New Kinzel bio reveals how famous roller coasters were created

Thank heavens a now-forgotten Walt Disney manager decided that Richard “Dick” Kinzel wasn’t good enough for Disney. Cedar Point might never have gotten the roller coaster king. Kinzel’s rejection by the Mickey Mouse empire is one of the revelations of “Dick Kinzel: Roller Coaster King of Cedar Point Amusement Park” by Tim O’Brien, a new authorized biography written with Kinzel’s ...

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'Human error' caused Alton Towers crash

Two women needed leg amputations after the Smiler ride crashed into an empty carriage in front of it on 2 June. The safety control system was manually overridden without the proper protocols being followed, an investigation concluded. No technical or mechanical issues were found with the ride itself. Source:

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Alabama Splash Adventure Adds New Rides, Amenities

Alabama Splash Adventure on Wednesday announced it will implement capital improvements to increase guest comfort in 2016. Two new rides will be added to the park, including a Drop Zone that will raise up to six guests of all ages nearly 30 feet in the air, the company said in a release. Source:

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Busch Gardens Reveals New Particulars About Cobra’s Curse Coaster

Busch Gardens unveiled new details for its latest roller coaster, Cobra’s Curse, which is scheduled to open next year, at the International Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando this week. The family friendly roller coaster which twirls and has a 70-foot vertical lift has been under construction since January. Source:

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IAAPA Expo In Orlando Opens With New Innovations

Bright, tall and with new ideas that are going places. “This has never been done with any other dark ride in the world,” shares Julie Estrada, Legoland Spokesperson just moments before announcing details of a new ride. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) annual Expo opened Tuesday with innovations changing theme parks around the world and at ...

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