Here is Preview of what is coming in 2014 for Kentucky Kingdom:
Lightning Run New Coaster for 2014:
Thunder Run Roller Coaster Refeb:
Water Country USA’s guests are in for an epic journey on the park’s newest thrill ride – Colossal Curl™, set to debut at Virginia’s largest water park this spring. Park officials announced details about the attraction today via Busch Gardens’ official YouTube channel.
Visit www.youtube.com/buschgardensva to watch the official video as well as teaser videos the park released over the past several weeks leading to today’s announcement. Make sure to click on the subscribe button to stay up-to-date on Colossal Curl developments.
True to its name, this mega slide promises to deliver a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure. Colossal Curl features a funnel element that will swish and swirl guests before whisking them through the ride’s enclosed colorful tubes on their way to a wave element that hurtles them high above the park.
“Hanging ten will have a whole new meaning for Colossal Curl riders,” said Larry Giles, vice president of engineering for Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA®. “There is nothing else like it in North America.”
Colossal Curl is being built near the park’s main guest entrance. Construction will begin by the end of the year. By spring, many of the ride’s features will be visible to guests as they arrive at the park.
Water Country USA Vice President Jeff Thomas said the company decided to build Colossal Curl because of increased guest interest for the park’s first family thrill attraction. Colossal Curl will have the same 48-inch ride height as Vanish Point®, which opened in 2011 and has thrilled guests with its drop-away floors and speed slides.
“Vanish Point was our first big thrill slide that had riders saying ‘Wow’ and Colossal Curl will now will get the same reaction,” Thomas added.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA posted this video clip to their Facebook page this morning teasing a new water ride for 2014.
Kings Island announced late Thursday night details of its newest attraction. The new attraction, called Banshee, is the world’s longest inverted roller coaster at 4,124 feet and will hit a top speed of 68 mph.
The new coaster will open in 2014 and will be located on the same site as the former Son of Beast roller coaster, according to Don Helbig, spokesman for Kings Island.
“The new attraction will be available next year when we open the park in April of 2014,” Helbig said.
Construction of the new attraction began April 22, according to park officials.
DOSWELL, VA (July 26, 2013) – Kings Dominion is hiring for the largest scare force in the region for the 13th season of Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion. In all, Kings Dominion is looking to fill 644 positions, which is a 6% increase from 2012.
Kings Dominion will introduce two mazes for the 13th season of Halloween Haunt – “Miners Revenge” and “Zombie High”. “Miner’s Revenge” is based around the darkness of a coal mine where dead miners are seeking their revenge on unsuspecting guests. Plus, guests may not want to attend the tragic high school prom where the dead are no longer dead at “Zombie High”.
In total, Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion features 10 mazes, six scare zones, five live shows and more than 450 monsters roaming the midways.
Kings Dominion will host five upcoming Scream Tests and Creature Casting dates for job seekers interested in being Halloween Haunt monsters and performers:
Individuals looking to attend one of the Scream Tests and Creature Casting dates are asked to first apply online at www.kingsdominion.com/jobs before attending a casting call. On of the day of the casting call, potential employees should go to Kings Dominion’s Human Resource Office, which is located at 16000 Theme Park Way in Doswell, Virginia.
Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion is open on select nights from September 27 though October 27.
DOWSELL, Va. — Kings Dominion is excited to announce the park is now one of only three businesses in Virginia to be recognized by the National Weather Service as StormReady!
“This StormReady recognition sends a positive message because unlike a lot of business that have most of its employees inside, Kings Dominion has employees and patrons outside in the most vulnerable locations. Kings Dominion is primarily in business when thunderstorms are most active. This sets an example for other businesses to show how to keep its employees and guests safe,” said Bill Sammler, Meteorologist, National Weather Service
“The StormReady recognition shows Kings Dominion cares about the safety of not only the people who work here, but also those who visit here. It is another tool to help Kings Dominion better prepare itself if we should get any severe or hazardous weather,” said Hezy Braxton, Security Manager, Kings Dominion
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The anticipation of what was going to be coming to Busch Gardens Tampa has been accumulating for months. The park has been throwing out hint after hint and most amusement park lovers and enthusiasts were expecting a tower type ride like the one that opened in Williamsburg. Today Busch Gardens in Tampa announced the arrival of Falcon’s Fury. Guests are in for a treat as it will be the first of its kind drop tower. The drop tower will be the tallest freestanding tower ride in North America.
According to the release, the park’s new thrill ride is supposed to mimic a falcon swooping down at massive speeds to prey on some small animal for its meal. The ride will raise you over 300 feet and then what happens next is something that will excite even the bravest of enthusiasts. The tower train will then tilt 90 degrees where you will be face down toward the ground. The train will then drop and you will free fall toward earth at 60 MPH in a death defying position. The ride is expected to be built this off-season and be open for 2014 season. The ride will be located in the Timbuktu region
This announcement is just the beginning of 2014 projects throughout the country. We are expecting big announcements from Sea World, Kings Island, and other major theme parks.
Quassy Amusement Park is primed and ready for another fantastic year of splashing fun in the sun as the park will be opening some new attractions at its water park. According to the Hartford Courant, Quassy will be opening the water park on May 25th and the park will open under a new name. The water park at Quassy used to be called Saturation Station and brought an instant popularity to the park. Park officials began to think last year of names that could go with new attractions that the park was receiving. One name that was thrown around a lot was Splash Away Bay. This name was originally going to be for the new toddler spray-ground area, however members liked the name so much that it became the new name for the water park itself. “With the huge expansion of the water park for this season, we felt now was the appropriate time to re-name it,” said Quassy President Eric Anderson.
The water park is doubling in size as the park is adding a BulletBOWL water raft ride and two free fall water slides that are both being built by ProSlide Technology in Canada. The park has also built a brand new “Splash Pad” for toddlers that is over 2000 square feet. George Frantzis II, a park owner said, “that area (splash pad) will be called the ‘Fish Pond’ instead. Our guests have requested a water play area just for the toddlers, and this will be just that!”
Busch Gardens, a leader in the business of fun for 38 seasons, opens Sunday, March 17, just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and kick off a season filled with fun for the entire family. After visiting favorites like Verbolten®, the park’s newest roller coaster, guests can join the party in the park’s Irish village. A celebration for this special day includes an exclusive Celtic Dyne experience, leprechauns and plenty of holiday-themed refreshments.
Park guests will notice some not-so-subtle changes at the park this year including the newly renovated and expanded entrance that highlights the park’s inherent beauty. Vibrant colors, a decorative water feature and beautiful landscapes will let guests know their fun is about to begin.
“We wanted to make a lasting first impression on our guests when they arrive and we believe these changes will kick off a memorable and fun day for everyone,” said Busch Gardens’ Park President Carl Lum.
Kings Dominion is excited to announce the first of its eight new rides in the bigger, better Planet Snoopy – Woodstock Whirlybirds – has arrived at the Doswell theme park. Woodstock Whirlybirds will feature six, four-passenger teacups that will take families for a spin with a new Woodstock twist. Kings Dominion will unveil its bigger, better Planet Snoopy in the spring, which will boast eight new rides and span nearly 14-acres. The remaining seven new rides are expected to arrive at the park within the next two weeks.
Busch Gardens is proud to announce that Kevin Lembke has accepted the position of Busch Gardens’ Vice President of Merchandise. Lembke is a 13-
year veteran of the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment family. He joined SeaWorld Orlando in 2000 as a merchandise manager where he oversaw
daily retail operations at the Florida park. Lembke quickly moved up the ranks. His most recent role at the company was in
SeaWorld’s corporate office overseeing merchandising strategies across its many properties,
including Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA
Lembke received his bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Buffalo. He is moving to the Williamsburg area soon along with his wife, Tamara, and four children
Silverwood has announced two new rides to hit the Theme Park this year!
From Silverwood’s Facebook Page: “To recognize all of our loyal families, we are introducing our new family fun ride for the 2013 season. The Barnstormer!!”
“Meet our NEW thrill ride for the upcoming season! This is the tallest ride of it’s kind in the entire world!! It will take you upside down and all around in 2013.”
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Orlando, Florida-based SeaWorld, controlled by private equity firm Blackstone Group LP (BX.N), filed for an initial public offering in December but is also in talks with potential buyers in what is known as a “dual track” process, Reuters reported previously.
Apollo, which got into the resort and leisure business with its $262 million acquisition of Great Wolf Resorts in 2012, and Six Flags, the largest regional theme park operator in the world, are among several potentially interested parties, according to the sources.
The process is largely limited to a small group of industry players that have experience in the sector, one source said.
A deal could value SeaWorld, known for its killer whale mascot Shamu, at about $4 billion, based on the financials of its publicly listed peers, such as Six Flags and Cedar Fair LP (FUN.N).
Blackstone acquired SeaWorld from beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (ABI.BR) for $2.3 billion in December 2009, according to Blackstone’s website.
Blackstone and Apollo declined to comment, while Six Flags was not immediately available. The sources asked not to be named because the process is not public.
A public offering for SeaWorld remained the more likely route since it would come at a time when shares for amusement park operators are trading at healthy levels, one source said.
Established operators in the U.S. theme park industry host about 315 million visitors per year and have proven resilient in a weak economy as parents still turn to them for family vacations.
SeaWorld owns 11 theme parks, including those with the SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place brands, and cares for more than 67,000 animals.
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Iron Rattler, under construction at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, is making progress. The park posted photos to Facebook showing off the twists and turns of the topper track going in place, as well as some reconstruction of the lift hill. Iron Rattler replaces the current “Rattler” roller coaster, with new Rocky Mountain topper track, to create a hybrid wood/steel coaster experience. The coaster will also feature a one of a kind inversion.
Photos Provided by: Six Flags Fiesta Texas