Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fire at Playland Castaway Cove

A small fire occurredIMG00216 at the Ocean City boardwalk park in New Jersey. The park was closed at the time and the fire was spot by someone passing by. Officials are saying one ride was damaged and was most likely caused by paining and constructions supplies at the ride. At this time it appears the fire was accidental.

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Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.  Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, then share a smile with a playful penguin at the South Pole while visiting the park’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®!


PRESS RELEASE: Ohio man 50 millionth rider on The Beast roller coaster at Kings Island

Beast50MAn Ohio man took the 50 millionth ride on a roller coaster that opened 35 years ago at Kings Island.

Mark Specht of Berea, Ohio took the ride Friday on The Beast during the park’s Halloween Haunt event.

Specht received a Beast t-shirt, cap and ornament, picture frame, a 2015 VIP tour for eight guests and a large sign proclaiming him as the coaster’s 50 millionth rider.

When The Beast opened to the public April 14, 1979, it was acclaimed America’s ultimate roller coaster. It broke all existing records as the longest and fastest ride in the world. The Beast is still listed in the prestigious “Guinness Book of World Records” as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,359 feet.

The Beast sprawls across a densely-wooded, 35-acre site at speeds up to 65 mph, with a ride time exceeding four minutes.

The ride was constructed in less than a year, after two years of research and design – all by Kings Island personnel. By the time workmen had completed the massive Beast construction in March of 1979, they had used 650,000 board feet of southern pine lumber; 37,500 pounds of nails; 82,480 bolts and washers and 2,432 square yards of concrete.

Each of the three trains on The Beast has traveled a total of 889,850 miles. That’s the equivalent of more than 35 times around the world!

Kings Island will be open for three more days this season after this weekend, October 31 through November 2.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios removing sorcerer’s hat

Disney has announced they will be removing the sorcerer’s hat from Hollywood Studios.  Disney say it will be removed as part of them reimaging that section of the park.  Disney said that by removing the 122 foot eyesore from the end of the street it will return the park to the golden age of Hollywood look from opening day of the park.

Noah’s Ark Theme Park Hiring plans in Jeopardy of causing state funding withdrawn

The Noah’s ark theme park in development slated to open in 2016 hasn’t hired employees yet but is in trouble from the state already. The park plans on hiring only people that believe that the flood has happened. The state warns that the discrimination will be cause them to have to revoke millions in tax credits to the park. The parks parent company Answers in Genies requires all employees to sign a faith statement stating they believe in creationism and the flood. The park is threatening legal action against the state if the tax credits are revokes on the grounds of first amendment rights and state constitutional rights. The state contents that they did not have to warn the park that they can’t discriminate in hiring because the state can’t support any one that discriminates in there hiring of employees.

Project 2015 – Red Arrows Sky Force at black pool pleasure beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is reaching for the skies with a brand new ride for 2015!

The 42-acre amusement park has joined forces with the world famous Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, to launch a unique thrill ride which will take excitement sky-high!

In another world first, Blackpool Pleasure Beach will become the world’s first tourist attraction to have a ride based on the planet’s best aerobatic display team.

Preparing for deployment in the Spring, the ride’s aircraft will provide an exhilarating experience like no other!

Loved across the planet for their jaw-dropping displays which have thrilled millions, the pride of the Royal Air Force will now be represented at the *UK’s number one amusement park in a unique partnership where the rider takes control of their own plane to become a master of the skies.

Complete in Red Arrows livery, the brand new ride will also feature its own control tower from which novice pilots will be prepared for take-off.

The 72ft high, 12-seat white-knuckle ride will take you on a 360-degree tour of the skies and sits in the shadow of the world famous Big One rollercoaster. Stepping into your very own Red Arrows cockpit, you take control of the plane and spin, glide and take formation in your very own display.

Red Arrows Sky Force will have you spinning, swirling and exciting the senses while your fellow pilots take control of their own flights before touching down and checking out a dedicated a Red Arrows shop, which will feature exclusive merchandise and souvenirs designed for Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Deputy Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Nick Thompson, said: “We cannot wait to launch our new ride for the 2015 season. We are the first amusement park in the UK to work with the Red Arrows on such an exciting project and we know it will be something unique for thrill-seekers to experience.

Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Amanda Thompson OBE, said: “The Red Arrows are a British institution so it was a perfect fit for the UK’s number one amusement park to work with them. They are an amazing sight to see when they are in the skies and I am certain our new ride will give our guests a unique thrill they will want to experience again and again.”

Squadron Leader Ruth Shackleton, Team Manager of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “The Red Arrows have enjoyed a long association with Blackpool at the Pleasure Beach during the team’s 50-year history.

“The new Sky Force ride is a wonderful, and unique, means to continue this relationship and provides an exciting way for people to learn more about the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force and the role the Service plays in protecting the UK. The team are also thrilled the ride will take pride of place adjacent to the Big One. It is also fantastic that the north west of England will get to enjoy and play host to a permanent Red Arrows experience.”

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Kentucky Kingdom Sued for water park injuries

Two people are suing the park claiming they were injured on a water slide. The two claim they were injured while riding the voodoo water slide. The parks chief investor Ed Hart stated that the two were violating park rules if they went down the ride together for being over the weight limit and going down the ride before receiving instructions or permission from the lifeguards operating the slide.   Ed Hart has also received a signed affidavit from friends stating that there sole intention of going to the park was to get injured and sue. One of the two has also had their season pass revoked for trying to climb a fence and enter a ride restricted area.   Voodoo express has been ridden 50,000 this season with no other injuries reported.