SeaWorld Begins Installation Of New Roller-Coaster

The first piece of SeaWorld Orlando’s new 200-foot-tall hypercoaster surfaced this week as it travelled from the production facility in Ohio to its new home in Orlando. Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, and will reach speeds of 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track when it opens in summer 2016. Source:

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Help Support Theme Park Central by Buying on Amazon!

I know that many of you are going to be shopping on Amazon to find those perfect gifts for family and friends. The good news is that you can help support TPC with just one extra click of the mouse! If you click the following link before you start your shopping on Amazon, a percentage of your purchase will help …

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Annual PURGE commences at Universal Studios Hollywood & Orlando

PRESS RELEASE: Beginning Friday, September 18, the annual Purge will commence at “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort as both parks debut all-new disturbingly-real experiences, inspired by Universal’s popular franchise film series created by writer and director James DeMonaco and produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes. Source:

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Just How Tall Can Roller Coasters Get?

This is not a rhetorical question these days. Theme parks have engaged in a dizzying quest for height in recent years that has spawned a number of roller coasters as tall as skyscrapers. Altitude rather than velocity has become such a defining characteristic that rides that take advantage of their soaring heights have been given a name befitting a mammoth …

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Beech Bend Ride Malfunctions

As children and parents made their way around the tracks of the Dragon Coaster at Beech Bend Amusement Park on Saturday afternoon, they were jarred when the ride came to a sudden stop. “It just came to more of an abrupt stop than normal, but everything’s cool,” said park manager Charlotte Gonzalez. Source:

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