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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: The Roller Coaster Capital of the World

April 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Sure, cultural experiences and taking in a little history are great options when heading out on holiday, but sometimes we recognize that a dose of serious fun is in order. That’s why we suggest skipping the long-haul hassle to hit up some summertime fun early in the season, and there’s nowhere better than to do so than Sandusky, Ohio.

Spread across 364 acres right on Lake Erie sits the world's best place to take in all things roller coaster. Cedar Point have over 70 rides and amusements, and when we last checked we think there were like 16 different roller coasters—although honestly we may have lost count. The park has been welcoming visitors as a summertime rite of passage since 1870, so you can bet they know how to keep a crowd happy.

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The 2014 Opening Dates for 10 of the USA's Best Water Parks

April 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like we're finally turing the corner when it comes to the warmer weather, and sooner than later it’ll be time for the calendar to flip over to May. That means water park season will also officially be underway, so here’s a quick rundown of when some parks across the country are set to fire up their slides and lazy rivers for the very first time:

· Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort - New Braunfels, Texas - April 26

· Raging Waters - San Dimas, California - May 10

· Splashin' Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana - May 16

· Six Flags White Water – Atlanta, Georgia - May 17

· Water Country USA – Williamsburg, Virginia - May 17

· White Water at Silver Dollar City – Branson, Missouri - May 17

· Wilderness Resort – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin - May 23

· Noah's Ark – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin - May 24

· Water World - Federal Heights, Colorado - May 24

· Soak City at Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio - May 24

[Photo: Wikimedia]

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Opening Dates for 10 of the USA's Best Theme Parks

April 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like we're finally turing the corner when it comes to the warmer weather, and sooner than later it’ll be time for the calendar to flip over to May. That means theme park season will officially be underway, so here’s a quick rundown of when some parks across the country are set to fire up their coasters for the very first time:

· Carowinds – Charlotte, North Carolina - March 29

· Elitch Gardens Theme Park – Denver, Colorado - May 3

· Holiday World & Splashin' Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana - May 3

· Kennywood – West Mifflin, Pennsylvania - May 3

· Six Flags Great America – Chicago, Illinois - May 3

· HersheyPark – Hershey, Pennsylvania - May 9

· Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio - May 10

· Darien Lake – Corfu, New York - May 10

· Michigan's Adventure – Muskegon, Michigan - May 21

· Great Escape – Lake George, New York - May 23

[Photo: Andrew 94]

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Ferrari Begins Construction of Second Theme Park Outside Barcelona

Where: Spain
March 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Combining the wonderful world of Ferrari with all things theme park seems to be a great idea, as the Ferrari theme park empire is moving beyond its home over in Abu Dhabi. Park officials are getting ready for a second theme park, as it sounds like they're packing up some cars, rides, and corn dogs and heading over to Spain.

Park number two will be known as Ferrari Land—as opposed to the original, Ferrari World—and it’s going to be constructed as part of the PortAventura resort area a little more than an hour outside Barcelona.

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SeaWorld and Shamu Pulling Out All The Stops For Their 50th Anniversary Celebration

March 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

We realize there’s a little bit of controversy when it comes to SeaWorld and its parks and practices; however, when a theme park is celebrating its fiftieth birthday, it's hard to deny its popularity. The "Sea of Surprises" anniversary bash kicked off earlier this week at all three SeaWorld locations and will take place for the next 18 months via a handful of new events and attractions.

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We Found A Little Bit of Coney Island Down Under in Australia

Where: Australia
March 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wandering around Sydney and Melbourne, travelers will eventually look to grab a postcard to send home to friends and family. Amongst the shots of beaches, kangaroos, and the Opera House, one relatively scary image is that of Australia's very own amusement park, Luna Park.

The iconic gate tempting thrill-seekers of all ages can be found across Sydney's Harbour Bridge at Kirribilli as well as the sea-side shores of St. Kilda in Melbourne. Pass through Mr Moon's delightfully scary mouth and head into a small park that is more like a flashback into yesteryear of roller-coasters, sideshows, and games than the modern-day monoliths of Six Flags and Universal.

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Universal Studios Begins Blueprints for a Beijing Park in 2018

Where: China
March 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Beijing might not be the next Orlando, but it looks like they are on schedule to get one heck of a theme park if things go according to plan. The suits behind the Universal Studios empire are looking in their direction, and it sounds like the bulldozers will start moving some earth sooner than later.

Nothing has been confirmed from the folks at the Universal Studios camp, but the Los Angeles Times is now reporting that it’s only a matter of time. This will be park number six for the company and the theme park family, as there are four already doing their thing with one opening in South Korea in 2016.

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What Happens in Disney Parks at 3am? Find Out Yourself This May

March 6, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

They’re at it again this year, but after the news from last month it’s going to cost you a little bit more to party all night long. Disney parks in California and Florida are doing the 24-hour thing once again, and this year’s events are set to go down this May.

Things were kicked off in a unique way, as they used a message on Twitter featuring 140 characters—Disney characters to be specific. Memorial Day Weekend is when things will be open all day long, as the “Rock Your Disney Side Party” takes place at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

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Eataly Dares to Dream of Building a Foodie Theme Park in Italy

Where: Bologna, Italy
March 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next trip to Italy might just include a little more theme park and a lot less museum, as what they’re calling the Disneyland of food might be arriving in Bologna. The folks behind the foodie supermarket wonderland known as Eataly are getting ready with their next big idea, and it sounds like Fico Eataly World will be arriving sooner than later.

Details are somewhat limited at this stage in the process, but we do know that the park will take over around 20-acres of real estate. Restaurants, grocery stores, and something they’re calling food labs will all be part of the place. They’re even going to bring in some fish—to eat?!—as there are also plans for an aquarium.

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Disney Isn't the Only One Raising Theme Park Prices

February 28, 2014 at 7:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well that didn’t take too long. Earlier in the week we were chatting about how prices were increasing at Walt Disney World, and now it looks like the other theme parks just down the interstate are doing the same. We kind of figured this was going to happen, but we guess we just did not expect it to take place so soon after.

Looking to pay for all the new entertainment options and additional Harry Potter stuff, Universal Studios is upping the price of admission at their two theme parks in the Orlando area. It looks like a one-day ticket is now $96 for the big kids and $90 for the little kids, and if you’re looking to hop between the parks on the same day it will be $136 for adults and $90 for children. The prices do not include tax, so expect things to jump right over that $100 level when it’s all said and done.

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Why One Canadian Theme Park is Psyched to Play with Lasers

Where: Canada
February 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s some goodies heading to Canada this theme park season, as one of the country’s best park’s—Canada's Wonderland—is adding a brand new attraction just in time for the warm weather. It’s not exactly a roller coaster, but at the same time it kind of is one too.

Things are set to open for the first time around the beginning of May, as the park cuts the ribbon on its $10-million investment in fun and entertainment. Known as Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, the new slice of theme park awesomeness will feature a 60-foot coaster hill to enter the dark ride environment.

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Disney Parks Hike Ticket Prices, Making One Day for One Person Nearly $100

February 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Mickey Mouse must have a boat payment due or something, as he’s looking to raise a little more cash at his theme parks down in Florida. Walt Disney World just announced that they’re upping the admission cost to its theme parks, and the price increase is effective pretty much immediately. So if you’re been saving up for that trip to visit the Magic Kingdom—you might need to save a little bit more.

It’s pretty much an annual expectation at this point, but it always seems to sneak up on those with Disney plans on the horizon. This time all four parks are going up in cost by $4 per day, and it’s the Magic Kingdom leading them all. It will now set back one visitor $99 to check things out for the day, and when tax is added onto things that’s $105.44. Of course Disney wants you to stay longer than one-day, and the tickets for multi-day visits work out to be a better value. However, it’s a little scary that the cost of doing business with Mickey has now gone over that $100 mark.

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