New launch coaster for Seaworld San Diego for 2012!

In 2012, Sea World San Diego will be getting a new launch coaster made by German company, Mack. Mack are the same people who own the popular German amusement park, Europa Park, and this will be their first launch coaster in the U.S. The coaster will be called Manta and will be intended to be a family coaster unlike Sea World Orlando’s Manta. The ride will be about 30 ft tall and will reach speeds around 43 mph. It will be a great new addition to the Sea World San Diego and the Sea World chain! For more info and a 3D animation of Manta’s layout, go to this link:

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California’s Great America’s Invertio to go to another park

CGA’s Vekoma Invertio (creatively named Invertio) is to leave the its Norther California home and go to another cedar fair park. The park is hoping to use the land for a new attraction which they have long been needing. Lets just hopes its something good, thats what happened with stealth.  Read what the park had to say:

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Farrari World to be sold by owner to pay off dept.

Only about 3 months after opening, the Ferrari world theme park will be sold so the owner of the park, Alder Properties, can off there AED 10 billion dept. And that’s just to survive the year! The park is to be sold to the government.

Read about it in this report:

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Universal’s Islands of Adventures Ripsaw Falls catches on fire!

At Orlando amusement park ,Islands of Adventures, a major fire erupted at Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls which is the parks log flume.  Park guest and employees were evacuated from the park at about 5:30 p.m.. No injuries were reported.  To see pictures and read more about this tragic accident, click the link below:

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Six Flags drops ride licenses.

Beginning in 2011, Six Flags is leaving many of there ride and attraction licenses such as:

– Tony Hawk
– Thomas the Tank Engine
– The Wiggles
– Terminator
– Evel Knievel

There are also rumors the some of there food locations will be gone such as:

– Johnny Rockets
– Papa Johns
– Mrs. Fields (SFOT location already gone)
– TCBY (SFOT location already gone)
– Coldstone Creamery

Some of there rides and attractions will be named to things as simple as, Big Spin instead of, Tony Hawk’s Big Spin.

Read about in this article:

(NOTE that that magic mountain’s GCI wooden coaster, Terminator Salvation the Ride , will be renamed to Apocalypse)

Six Flags amusement parks prepare for thematic makeovers

Wham! Bam! Ka-Pow!

A bruising brawl involving comic-book superheroes, Saturday morning cartoon characters and extreme sports icons will change the ride and

roller coaster landscape of Six Flags’ 11 U.S. amusement parks in 2011.

An intellectual property housecleaning at the amusement park chain has left Bugs Bunny, Superman and Scooby-Doo victorious and Thomas the Tank Engine, The Wiggles, Evel Knievel and Tony Hawk vanquished.

In a sudden about-face, Six Flags is undoing several licensing agreements established since 2007 for 60 amusement park rides and attractions. The extensive slate of name changes and thematic makeovers are expected to begin in early 2011. The cost-cutting move comes in the wake of a Six Flags management overhaul after the company emerged from bankruptcy earlier this year.

Six Flags will re-theme the Thomas Town kiddie lands, based on the children’s television show “Thomas & Friends,” as unbranded Whistle Stop Depots, amusement park officials confirmed.

Since 2007, Six Flags has added Thomas Towns at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia), Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo), Six Flags New England (Massachusetts), Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags America (Maryland). Six Flags America opened its Thomas Town in June 2010.

Six Flags also plans to de-theme the Tony Hawk Big Spin coasters at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis, officials said.

The spinning coasters, which made their debut in 2007 and 2008, will be called simply “Big Spin.” The Tony Hawk Halfpipe ride at Six Flags America also will be stripped of its affiliation with the skateboarding star.

In addition, the Evel Knievel wooden coaster, which opened in 2008 at Six Flags St. Louis, will be renamed American Thunder, ending Six Flags’ association with the late motorcycle daredevil, officials said.

Screamscape reports that Six Flags will also remove the Wiggles World theme added in 2007 and 2008 to five parks: Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey), Six Flags Great America (Illinois), Six Flags New England, Great Escape (New York) and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The Wiggles World theme, based on “The Wiggles” children’s television program, has already been stripped from five Fiesta Texas rides, according to the park’s website.

The intellectual property retrenchment returns Six Flags to its core branded relationships: DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Riddler, Joker and Green Lantern), Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner and Tweety) and Hanna-Barbera (Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear).

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Holiday Park Purchased by Belgian Entertainment Company

Studio 100, a Belgian entertainment company, has bought the German amusement park, Holiday world. Holiday world is very well known for its Intamin mega coaster, Exposition G-Force which has voted as the best steel roller coaster many times! Studio 100 is the owner of the Plopsa amusement parks, which are currently in Belgium and the Netherlands. Read about with is press release:

Maya the Bee and Vicky the Viking come Hassloch
How Plopsa, the theme park area of Studio 100, announced today, is the German entertainment and theme park Holiday Park with immediate effect a new member of Plopsa theme parks. This Holiday Park is the first German theme park in the Belgian group. “Our own theme park in Germany, in which we can use the Studio 100 characters like Maya the Bee and Wicked to give the Vikings a home is a logical strategic impact,” says Steve Van den Kerkhof, CEO of Plopsa. Under the Belgian model of every Studio 100 figure, a whole new area is classified. Plopsa The Group comprises four theme parks so far: three parks in Belgium since April 2010 and another park in the Netherlands. explain Studio 100 owner Gert Verhulst and Hans Bourlon: “We are very pleased and proud of our new family member.”

The Holiday Park was founded by the Schneider family 1971st Next year the park celebrates its 40th anniversary. “I am glad that the Holiday Park in Plopsa Group will successfully continue to grow,” said Wolfgang Schneider, former managing partner of the Holiday Park.
Plopsa plans to expand the existing park and investing in the next four years 25 million euros.

More than 100 studio and Plopsa
Within a few years, Studio 100 has developed into one of the most important companies in the “family entertainment” in Belgium and the Netherlands. The TV characters, “Mega Mindy”, “Samson and Gert”, “Heinzelmann pop”, “K3”, “Amika”, “Anubis” and many other heroes are very popular. Founded in 1996, Studio 100 for an entertainment company has developed. Television productions, shows, movies, newspaper supplements and editions, audio, video, merchandising and theme parks were built.

The existing Plopsa theme parks are characterized by a magical architecture, from a fairy-tale atmosphere and the Studio 100 figures. Plopsaland De Panne, Plopsa Indoor Hasselt Plopsa and Coo are located in Belgium and Plopsa Indoor Coevorden in the Netherlands.
In 2008, Studio 100, the German took EM.Entertainment GmbH with brands such as Wicked, Maya the Bee, Tabaluga and Heidi. Since then, the German headquarters of Studio 100, the Studio100 Media GmbH in Munich, where currently 40 employees. Under the umbrella of Studio100 Media classics like Maya the Bee and Heidi also new developments such as Anubis, which was produced in association with Nickelodeon

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Ferrari World opening delayed.

October 27th, 2010 was going to be the opening date of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, but was postponed out of respect for Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, who died the same day. The park announced that the they will be opening their doors on November 4th, 2010.  Many fans are frustrated about the news say things like,”With the height of respect to the Sheikh, it’s slightly mad to completely postpone the opening by a week at a few hours notice…”.  But one can’t blame the excitement and anticipation for the parks opening. Ferrari World will be the worlds only Ferrari theme park and is home a new Intamin accelerator coaster, Formula Rossa , which will take you up to 149 mph, a world record!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Introduces 3 new attractions

It has just been announced that Bucsh Garden’s Tampa will open 3 new attractions for 2011, one of them being an LSM (Linear Synchronous Motor) coaster with not one but THREE launch sections built by Swiss roller coaster company, Intamin AG.

Press Release:

Wednesday, Oct. 13 (Tampa, FL) – For more than five decades, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has found inspiration in its animals. Animal care experts have turned that inspiration into adventure with immersive natural habitats like the Serengeti Plain, Myombe Reserve, Edge of Africa and Jungala. Engineers have also turned it into adrenaline, capturing the spirit of the animals in wood and steel with coasters like Kumba, Gwazi and SheiKra.

Now, the next generation of thrills emerges from the crossroads where up-close animal encounters and awe-inspiring rides come together. This spring, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will introduce a new mega-attraction that introduces guests to join the hunt for excitement and experience a new breed of speed.

Cheetah Hunt

The centerpiece of the new attraction is Cheetah Hunt, a Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launch Coaster that uses the force of repelling magnets to launch riders from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds – not once, but three times.

This one-of-a-kind, multiple launch-point coaster will board in Busch Gardens’ historic monorail station, which has been completely renovated as part of the new attraction.

The first launch propels the train out of the station and into the grasslands that surround the new area. Moments later, a second burst of speed accelerates riders to 60 mph and up into the ride’s signature tower element that climbs more than 10 stories above the African landscape before plunging 130 feet into a subterranean trench.

Cheetah Hunt covers a lot of ground, setting a new distance record for Busch Gardens’ roller coasters at 4,429 feet of track. After leaving the Crown Colony Plaza area, it races across a portion of the Serengeti Plain, staying close to the ground to give guests the experience of a cheetah sprinting across the plains. Elements such as over-banked turns, air-time parabolas and a heart line roll inversion imitate the agile creature chasing its prey, leaping and pouncing into the Nairobi area, where the train twists through a rocky gorge that was formerly part of Rhino Rally.

At the far end of this three-quarter-mile path, a third burst of speed rockets the train back across the plain toward the station in a thrill-ride experience unlike anything Busch Gardens’ guests have ever experienced.

Cheetah Run

But this one-of-a-kind coaster experience is only a portion of the new realm. Building on Busch Gardens’ unrivaled ability to combine thrills with immersive animal encounters, Cheetah Run will set a new standard for bringing nature and humans together in a really unique way.

Located in the area that formerly housed the Budweiser Clydesdales, this expansive new habitat will give visitors the opportunity to get closer to cheetahs than ever before with elevated, glass-paneled viewing areas. Even more exciting will be the chance to witness the world’s fastest land animal in action. Busch Gardens’ trainers will conduct daily sprints with the cheetahs for an awesome opportunity to see one of nature’s true wonders in full form!

Families can also explore interactive touch screens to learn even more about these big cats and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s work on their behalf. Through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, the adventure parks have been helping wild cheetahs since 2005.

The Realm

While thrill-seekers race across the plain on Cheetah Hunt, and even non-riders appreciate the beauty and grace of the cheetah in Cheetah Run, the realm surrounding this new mega-attraction offers many more opportunities for adventure and exploration.

Built at the crossroads where Morocco, Egypt and the Edge of Africa all come together, the plaza will be a bustling, colorful celebration inspired by the sights and sounds of the cultures that feed into it. Busch Gardens’ famous Crown Colony House Restaurant will remain a focal point of the area as well with a new, terraced entrance that will feature additional outdoor seating and natural landscaping.

Cheetah Hunt and Cheetah Run open in spring 2011. Together, they form a unique experience – the kind you’ll only find at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

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Knott’s Berry Farm’s Pony Express Roller Coaster accident.

10 people were injured as 2 train on Knott’s Berry Farm’s Pony Express(made by Zamperla rides,Italy) collided into each other on  October 7, 2010.  The collision was caused by one train not making it over the hill and rolling back in to the launch area( know as a roll back) however, instead of the ride stoping and launching again, it rolled back into the station, hiting the other train. The 10 people were rushed to the hospital to be checked on. The 10 injured said that they felted pain in there neck and/or back. Knott’s is not sure what cause the roll back. Here is a video link:

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New Coasters at Magic Mountain

It has just been announced that Six Flags Magic Mountain is adding 2 more coasters to their 2011 line up.  That makes 3 new coasters for 2011.  One of them is Superman in reverse so that you are launching backwards. These are their new rides:

Superman: Escape for Krypton- Superman in reverse with new trains.

The Green Lantern – The first Zac Spin coaster to be made in the U.S.

Kids Coaster- It was first to be called Mr. Six dance coaster.

Kids Coaster and Green Lantern are going to give SFMM 18 coasters, which is a world record.

Here is a video of Super Man: Escape for Krypton and the green lantern.

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