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Orlando water parks again closed for cold weather

Unusually cold weather again forces the big theme parks to close their water parks, this time for three days.

Speculation builds for Universal Orlando's new Harry Potter roller coaster

Rumors suggest a bike-themed ride or a powered inverted coaster.

Alton Towers announces Wicker Man wooden roller coaster

The horror themed ride will open this summer.

SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby takes on "small minded" arguments of activists

The theme park chief says activists "don't know what they're talking about."

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Wild Mouse demolished

Ride was one of four left in the world, opening in 1958.

Former Geauga Lake Tilt-a-Whirl purchased by Northeast Ohio FEC

The Caddie Shack purchased the ride from the Columbus Zoo, will operate it in 2018.

Former Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Great Adventure GM returns to Magic Mountain

Neal Thurman has more than two decades with the company.

Cold thins crowds at Orlando theme parks

Temperatures dip to 30's after driving rains.

Silver Dollar City sets attendance record with 2.1 million guests

The park attracted 500,000 guests in the November-December period.

Six Flags Magic Mountain will be open every day this year

Park will offer promotions and contests around the new schedule.

Japan's Space World attracts crowd as it closes forever

The park closed for good, after 27 years, on the last day of 2017.

The top 10 roller coaster and amusement park stories of 2017

These stories attracted the most attention this year on CoasterBuzz.

Disneyland suffers power outage

Several rides were down for a few hours on Wednesday.

Magic Kingdom closes on Christmas at capacity, also Internet reaction

People act shocked every year.

Merlin works with New York State on freeway exit renovation for new Legoland

The company will shoulder most of the cost of the construction.

Village Roadshow sells land under its Gold Coast parks in lease-back deal

The company will pay $6.2 million in rent per year to start.

Robo Trump speech revealed at Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents

The benign speech doesn't sound anything like the usual banter of the Twitterer-in-Chief.

Cedar Fair names Tim Fisher COO

The move comes after the Richard Zimmerman is promoted to CEO after the departure of Matt Ouimet.

Disney will own even more theme park IP with pending acquisition of Fox film and TV units

Existing licensing deals provide revenue for Disney even if they can't use the properties in their own theme parks.

Union threatens to strike at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Dispute is primarily over benefits and paid time off.

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  1. Fury 325, Carowinds
  2. El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure
  3. Millennium Force, Cedar Point
  4. Twisted Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  5. Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce
  6. Leviathan, Canada's Wonderland
  7. Lightning Rod, Dollywood
  8. Ravine Flyer II, Waldameer Park
  9. Voyage, The, Holiday World
  10. Superman The Ride, Six Flags New England

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On this day in...

2017: Universal Orlando testing virtual queue on Despicable Me attraction

2016: Thorpe Park announces Derren Brown's Ghost Train

2016: New attractions mark booming year for Orlando theme parks

2016: Disney Springs transition from Downtown Disney has a long history

2013: Apollo and Six Flags reportedly interested in SeaWorld Parks prior to IPO

2012: Maintenance a year-round job at Lake Compounce

2011: North Korean amusement parks offer state-sanctioned fun

2011: Gwazi reopens with new Millennium Flyer trains at Busch Gardens Tampa

2010: CoasterBuzz Podcast #168 posted

2008: Proposed low-cost housing site in Anaheim sold to hotel developer in resort district

2008: Universal Studios Florida launches re-worked Disaster ride

2007: Myrtle Beach Pavilion reduced to rubble

2007: Ralph Stricker dies at age 79

2007: Man arrested at Kings Island sues park for $10 million, claiming mistreatment

2007: Six Flags Marine World renamed Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

2006: Six Flags names CFO and executive VP's

2005: Sally Corp. hires firm for European representation

2005: Disney plans to mix ads with video games to target kids

2005: PKICentral adds photos and video from Italian Job Stunt Track construction tour

2001: Cedar Point raises ticket prices by a dollar

2001: The Great Escape announces acrobat show for 2001

2001: Guinness says Millennium Force and Steel Dragon are inches apart

2001: PKI's defunct Bat coaster computer modeled at Badnitrus

2001: New Titan photos posted as lift continues to rise