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Disney's Animal Kingdom closing Rafiki's Planet Watch

Last day for the area is October 20.

Walt Disney World announces date-based ticket pricing

A blog post says the resort is pursuing this direction in part to better distribute visitor guest load.

Five women make up core veterinarian team at SeaWorld Orlando

The group came from diverse interests but generally wanted to care for animals at a young age.

Fights break out at Valleyfair, police close the park early

Shakopee police join several other departments in clearing the park.

OSHA fines Cedar Point for fall hazard

The fines are for an accident where an employee fell through a skylight, and for allegedly inadequate training.

SoCal theme parks up their Halloween game under higher demand

More haunt attractions, more food and beverage cater to scare fans.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces Finnegan's Flyer swing ride

The 80-foot-tall ride will swing riders up to 45 mph.

Amputee victims of Alton Towers Smiler accident sue the park

The lawsuit comes three years after the accident that caused two women to each lose a leg.

Former Joyland property to be auctioned off as two properties

The park closed in 2006 and has since been vandalized.

SeaWorld ditches VR on Kraken roller coaster

Guest feedback noticed the headsets hurt ride capacity.

Walt Disney World Lyft drivers don't want union representation

The Minnie Van drivers files statements with the National Labor Relations Board.

Professor uses Adventureland on Long Island in college courses

Farmingdale State College teaches about theme parks and tourism.

SeaWorld and former CEO settle SEC case and pay $5 million

The SEC accused the company and former CEO Jim Atchison of misleading investors over the impact of the Blackfish film.

Epcot will replace Illuminations fireworks show after 20 years

The show is scheduled to be replaced at the end of summer 2019.

Hersheypark FAA filing suggests 220-foot tall ride

The park isn't saying why the agency would be looking at a ride height that tall.

Odd research suggests roller coasters can dislodge kidney stones

Big Thunder Mountain ideal for getting the stones loose.

Busch Gardens Tampa announces Tigris, a 150-foot tall launched roller coaster

The ride will open in 2019.

Morey's Pier closing Flitzer roller coaster

The park will celebrate the coaster with final rides on September 23.

Wild Adventures offers free tickets for hurricane evacuees

The park is asking for ID showing a county that was evacuated.

Orange County appraiser appeals court decision to refund Walt Disney World property taxes

The appraiser says that Disney's evidence in assessing the value of the Yacht and Beach Club resort was flawed.

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  1. Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point
  2. Fury 325, Carowinds
  3. El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure
  4. Lightning Rod, Dollywood
  5. Millennium Force, Cedar Point
  6. Twisted Timbers, Kings Dominion
  7. Twisted Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  8. Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce
  9. Voyage, The, Holiday World
  10. Wicked Cyclone, Six Flags New England

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On this day in...

2017: Knott's Scary Farm has a haunt themed to an abandoned amusement attraction

2016: Orlando becomes scare capital of the world for Halloween

2016: Court finds Alton Towers at fault in Smiler accident, hears ride operated in high winds

2014: Kentucky Kingdom has solid comeback year, will open more rides next year

2014: Halloween Horror Nights kicks off at bicoastal Universal theme parks

2013: Valleyfair adding Disk'O with new classic midway

2013: Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear Falfas v. Cedar Fair

2013: Chessington bans animal print clothing

2012: Maggie Valley ponders identity with Ghost Town

2008: Hard Rock Park official says lack of out-of-market advertising was devastating

2007: Land South Holdings buys Cypress Gardens, Herschend buys Wild Adventures

2005: CoasterBuzz Podcast launches with first episode

2005: Myrtle Beach development corp. won't pay for study

2005: Voyage construction photos added to Negative-G

2003: UK's Dreamland to close for good on Sunday

2003: Cypress Gardens purchased by non-profit group

2002: Disney World parks to make changes, restore perks for resort guests

2002: Disney theme park boss leaves for Gap

2002: PKI officially announces Delirium

2002: Wyandot fire ruled accidental

2001: Weight may have been a factor in Perilous Plunge death

2001: Vivendi Universal profits soar despite slow attendance

2001: Busch Tampa selling annual passes on installment plan

2001: Marine World park guide added to Coaster Grotto

2000: Village of Gurnee has Great America on the agenda

2000: Cedar Fair profits up 8%, Keller officially heading to Cedar Point

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