News Archive - September 2011

Company finds success building phone apps for theme parks

Posted September 29, 2011, 10:00A | Contributed by Jeff

Phone applications help guests plan their visits at the parks.

Big theme parks cash in on theme park Halloween craze

Posted September 29, 2011, 10:00A | Contributed by Jeff

Scare events range from gore to friendly smiles.

Legoland Florida prepares for soft opening this weekend

Posted September 29, 2011, 10:00A | Contributed by Jeff

The former Cypress Gardens is nearly ready for its debut as a Lego-themed park.

Thorpe Parks add bigger seats to rides to accommodate bigger guests

Posted September 29, 2011, 10:00A | Contributed by Jeff

Britain has highest obesity-related death rate in Europe, according to article.

Arrow's Ron Toomer dies at 81

Posted September 27, 2011, 1:14A | Contributed by Jeff

Known best by roller coaster entusiasts for his work with Arrow Development/Dynamics, Toomer had a hand in the design of many pioneering steel coasters.

Zippin Pippin generates record revenue for Bay Beach

Posted September 27, 2011, 12:54A | Contributed by Jeff

Roller coaster pushes revenue at the park 50% beyond last year's.

New owner of California's Great America will also manage Gilroy Gardens

Posted September 27, 2011, 12:53A | Contributed by Jeff

JMA Ventures will run the park following several years of Paramount Parks and Cedar Fair operation.

Bell's kiddie rides will operate at flea market

Posted September 25, 2011, 12:38P | Contributed by Jeff

This will mark the first time that any of the rides from Bell's Amusement Park have operated since the park was closed.

New Jersey piers go from amusement parks to near-vacant lots

Posted September 24, 2011, 12:21P | Contributed by Jeff

Transformation of the seaside attractions is an annual ritual as rides are rehabilitated in the off-season.

Design firm sues SeaWorld for allegedly stealing designs

Posted September 23, 2011, 3:37P | Contributed by Jeff

SeaWorld says claims are baseless.

Playland future may not include amusement rides

Posted September 23, 2011, 2:55P | Contributed by Jeff

Dropping attendance and mounting debt pressure elected officials to take action.

Kentucky Kingdom will not open in 2012

Posted September 22, 2011, 3:22P | Contributed by Jeff

Developer Ed Hart says he does not have the partnership in place to make it happen next year.

Dorney Park latest Cedar Fair park to announce dinosaur attraction

Posted September 22, 2011, 3:20P | Contributed by Jason Hammond

Up-charge attraction will debut for the 2012 season at the amusement park.

Video of trainer drowning not shown at SeaWorld OSHA hearing

Posted September 22, 2011, 10:53A | Contributed by Jeff

Theme park asking judge to throw out fines after death of whale trainer.

Disney announces partnership with James Cameron for Avatar attractions, starting at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Posted September 21, 2011, 10:47A | Contributed by maXairMike

Theme park attractions based on the record setting movie are in the works for Disney.

S&P boosts Cedar Fair outlook from "stable" to "positive"

Posted September 20, 2011, 11:12A | Contributed by Jeff

Change is in response to announcement of California's Great America sale.

Negative-G posts photos from Six Flags Great America

Posted September 20, 2011, 11:12A | Contributed by Paul Drabek

Photos feature the many roller coasters of the Chicago park.

SeaWorld fights OSHA findings in trainer's death

Posted September 19, 2011, 12:46P | Contributed by Chitown

Industry watching the case carefully where SeaWorld will fight for the right to put trainers and animals in the water together.

OSHA fines Walt Disney World $69,000 for safety violations

Posted September 19, 2011, 12:30P | Contributed by redman822

Investigation began after death of mechanic working on Primeval Whirl.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces Verbolten

Posted September 19, 2011, 11:43A | Contributed by Jeff

New roller coaster from Zierer will open for 2012.

Cedar Fair to sell California's Great America for $70 million

Posted September 19, 2011, 11:35A | Contributed by Jeff

Park will be sold to JMA Ventures, proceeds to reduce debt.

Analyst says moderate and deluxe resort booking soft at Walt Disney World

Posted September 16, 2011, 4:06P | Contributed by Jeff

Rates thought to be slightly higher while occupancy is lower.

OSHA investigating lightning death of lifeguard at Adventure Island

Posted September 15, 2011, 1:01P | Contributed by Jeff

Unpredictable weather is one of the factors being considered in the accident at the water park.

Ed Hart says he's close to a deal to open Kentucky Kingdom

Posted September 14, 2011, 12:23P | Contributed by Jeff

Businessman says he's waiting for lease terms for the amusement park that are acceptable.

Miniland rises at Legoland Florida

Posted September 14, 2011, 12:23P | Contributed by Jeff

Miniature models of landmarks will play prominent part of the new theme park.

Hersheypark questionable for this weekend after flooding

Posted September 13, 2011, 1:12P | Contributed by Jeff

Park officials say they've made progress restoring the park, but haven't yet made a call for this weekend.

Knoebels hopes to have much of park open this weekend after record flood

Posted September 13, 2011, 1:12P | Contributed by Jeff

Parks spokesman says the flood at the amusement park was worse than the one in 1972, and that "buildings were moved."

SeaWorld Orlando ups one day price, but remains below Walt Disney World and Universal

Posted September 13, 2011, 12:59P | Contributed by Jeff

Marine theme park jumps to $81.99, while competitors rest at $84.99 for one-day tickets.

Flooding at Knoebels nearly matches record flood of 1972

Posted September 12, 2011, 2:27A | Contributed by Walt S

Amusement park sees the worst flooding in decades, damaging midways, buildings and rides.

Adventure Island lifeguard struck dead by lightning

Posted September 12, 2011, 2:23A | Contributed by Jeff

Supervisor at the Busch Gardens water park was working the Key West River Rapids slide.

Florida theme parks still affected by the events of 9/11

Posted September 12, 2011, 2:23A | Contributed by Jeff

Law enforcement still considers parks major targets for terrorism.

ZooAmerica bison euthanized at Herhseypark to prevent drowning in flood

Posted September 8, 2011, 11:11P | Contributed by KnoebelsGrandCarousel

Park says its flood plans were put into effect, but the flood waters came too quickly.

Angry Birds publisher finds unauthorized theme park game in China

Posted September 8, 2011, 12:45P | Contributed by Jeff

Chinese theme park uses the characters from the popular video game to stage real life bird hurling game.

Cedar Fair revenue up 4% through Labor Day

Posted September 8, 2011, 12:24P | Contributed by Jeff

Amusement park company also saw a 2% increase in per capita spending, and 5% in out-of-park revenue.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3D coming to Nintendo 3DS

Posted September 7, 2011, 12:50P | Contributed by Jeff

Translation of the video game appearing on Nintendo's newest handheld in 2012.

About 40 Indiana Beach workers protest the amusement park's owners

Posted September 5, 2011, 5:51P | Contributed by Jeff

Picketers worry about safety and poor treatment of workers.

Ferrari World attendance picking up after bumpy ride

Posted September 5, 2011, 5:51P | Contributed by Jeff

Ride closures and low attendance around the opening of the theme park cast doubt about its future.

Bay Beach Park and the Zippin Pippin photos are up at Negative-G

Posted September 5, 2011, 5:51P | Contributed by Paul Drabek

Check out Green Bay's amusement park and it's newest addition, the Zippin Pippin.

Dollywood announces Wild Eagle roller coaster

Posted September 4, 2011, 9:30P | Contributed by Jeff

For 2012, Dollywood will open a B&M wing rider.

Kings Island rebrands water park as Soak City

Posted September 2, 2011, 2:22P | Contributed by Jeff

New wave pool, improved lazy river part of the expansion.

Ohio carousel finds new home below Brooklyn Bridge

Posted September 2, 2011, 12:34P | Contributed by Jeff

Horses have been painstakingly restored over the last 20 years.

Analysts upgrade FUN from "hold" to "buy"

Posted September 1, 2011, 5:43P | Contributed by Jeff

KeyBanc analysts say that Cedar Fair units are on the rise.

Six Flags Magic Mountain announces Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom

Posted September 1, 2011, 12:53P | Contributed by Jeff

New 400-foot free-fall ride will be bolted to the existing structure for Superman: Escape from Krypton.

Six Flags New England announces Goliath

Posted September 1, 2011, 12:45P | Contributed by Jeff

Giant inverted boomerang roller coaster will cross the country to find a new home in 2012.

Six Flags Great America announces X-Flight

Posted September 1, 2011, 12:40P | Contributed by Jeff

Chicago area park will build a B&M wing roller coaster for the 2012 season.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas announces SkyScreamer

Posted September 1, 2011, 12:40P | Contributed by Jeff

Tower swing ride will be 200-feet tall.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom announces Superman: Ultimate Flight

Posted September 1, 2011, 12:34P | Contributed by Jeff

Premier Rides roller coaster will launch riders through several twists and inversions.

Six Flags America announces Apocalypse

Posted September 1, 2011, 12:30P | Contributed by Jeff

Maryland amusement park gets its first B&M roller coaster.

LA Times posts, then apparently pulls, round up of Six Flags 2012 attractions

Posted September 1, 2011, 2:13A | Contributed by Jeff

Article outlines names and ride types for much of the chain.

Silverwood security saves money, environmental impact, with bicycles, recycles soda bottles

Posted September 1, 2011, 1:45A | Contributed by Jeff

Park realizes cost savings by switching security detail to bicycles instead of utility vehicles.

Kings Dominion will add animatronic dinosaurs in addition to Windseeker in 2012

Posted September 1, 2011, 1:45A | Contributed by Jeff

Dominion is the latest Cedar Fair park to announce the up-charge dinosaur attraction.

Dorney Park announces Stinger for 2012

Posted September 1, 2011, 1:27A | Contributed by Jeff

Relocated roller coaster from California's Great America will make its new home in Allentown.

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