An 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.
Construction crews today placed the final spire atop Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort’s entrance tower marking an important milestone for the stunning 307-room property which opens summer 2015 next door to Dollywood’s award-winning theme parks. Officials also announced the first two members of the resort’s management team.
During today’s topping out ceremony, crews finished the last major project on the resort’s iconic outside profile. Attention now will focus inward as construction continues on the property’s spacious guest rooms and family-friendly public areas.
The Showboat Branson Belle, decks its decks as well as the halls to kick off the holiday season with Christmas cruises on Table Rock Lake. Made in the USA, the world-class headliner production show, presents classic Christmas carols, holiday favorites and a patriotic finale, plus a one-of-a-kind performance of The Nutcracker Suite by violin-playing aerialist Janice Martin. A new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® medley by the male vocal group, The ShowMen , celebrates the most famous reindeer of all on the 50th anniversary of the television special.
Silver Dollar City lights up its brightest season with a new $1 million light parade featuring the beloved Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® for An Old Time Christmas. One of the nation’s most acclaimed holiday festivals, An Old Time Christmas also features a 5-story Christmas tree with a light and sound show, Broadway-style musical productions, holiday foods and five million lights, November 1 – December 30 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.
Early in the Halloween season a group of people complained about a newspaper write-up promoting Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and the use of a picture that showed some of the Halloween props being use at the event. The picture featured several severed heads in a pirate themed maze. After the complaints started coming in claiming that Busch Gardens was insensitive to the family’s of people who were being decapitated by a radical group in the middle east, the heads were removed from the park. We asked the In the Loop staff there feelings about these actions.
Knott’s Berry Farm continues its tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military, both past and present, with free admission during its 25th annual Military Tribute. Knott’s is the only theme park that has continuously offered free admission to veterans and active military personnel in honor of our nation’s Veteran’s Day holiday.
Edaville USA located in Carver. MA is getting millions in upgrades from its owner. The theme park that was on the verge of shutting its doors is getting new lands one of which will be dedicated to the Thomas the Train and another to Princesses. Included in the new addition is a water park. The park owner Jon Delli Priscoli is spending 25 Million to add the new land and the attractions over the next few years. Thomas the Train Land is scheduled to open during the 2015 season. With the addition of the new land will also include a small increase in ticket prices. This is in addition to the renovations that where already done to the park for 2013 and 2014 that included the redoing of the parking lots and the main entry area. In 2013 the park got a few small flat rides in addition to what was already there. And according to the parks website 2014 was supposed to see the addition of 20 animatronic Dinosaurs.
A British career criminal recently was arrested after he convinced his 19 year old son to help him rob a seaside amusement facility where his son worked. Serial criminal Brian Powell convinced his 19 year old son to give him the alarm codes to the building. Brian broke in through a skylight and was caught on camera making a call to his son before disabling the cameras. For his sons role he was paid £1,400 of the £ 6640stolen. Brian and his son Callum were both convicted of the robbery. Brian for the actual act of doing it and Callum for the role he played for working at the seaside amusement facility for 10 months and working his way up to a position of trust where he was on one of three with the alarm code.
The popular PBS KIDS television show, Sid the Science Kid, is performing for one day only – Sun., Oct. 26 — during the last day of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular.
Created by the imaginative minds of Michael Lewis (veteran Broadway performer and producer of ImaginOcean), John Tartaglia (creator and writer of ImaginOcean and Tony Award-nominated actor) and The Jim Henson Company, JIM HENSON’S SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE: LET’S PLAY! is a live theatrical experience delighting kids and parents alike. Join Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald as they come to Orlando to discover the excitement and curiosities of the world around them.
This weekend is also the last chance for guests to experience SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. From trick-or-treating to bubble-filled dance parties, guests are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” filled with whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts, interactive crafts and all the amazing animals that SeaWorld cares for. Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to both JIM HENSON’S SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE: LET’S PLAY! and Halloween Spooktacular are included in regular park admission.
Disney rounds out the number one position for the number of injuries reported in the third quarter of the year with 12 people reporting a serious injuries. Disney injuries included four at the Magic Kingdom the guest that lost the finger tips in July at the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride. A women with Chest Pains at Big Thunder Rail Road. And two sick guest at Space Mountain. Hollywood Studios had four guests illness a 71 Year old man on the Great Movie Ride that lost consciousness . Two on the tower of terror from preexisting conditions and one man with chest pains on Star Tours. Two guest experienced loss of consciousness at Animal Kingdom. And rounding out Disney two at Epcot a 63 year old that fractured a bone on Nemo and Friends and one chest pains on Test Track.
Universal had one employee injury at wet and wild that OSHA is still investigating. While having one guest get motion sickness Hollywood Rip Ride Rockets and a headache on The Simpsons Ride.
The final Orlando parking reporting data is a migraine from Kraken at SeaWorld.