Incident Closes Kennywood Park on Opening Day

Kennywood Park had a great opening day Saturday, until the sun went down. West Mifflin Police Department and other area law enforcement were called to the amusement park just before 9 p.m. for reports of a riot, according to county officials. West Mifflin Police later said there was a large crowd with people pushing one another. Source: coaster-net.com

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My Life Really is a Roller Coaster

Meet the man behind Europe’s largest inverted wooden roller coaster which is set to open in Ireland this summer. Korey Kierpert is the primary engineer responsible for building 32-metre high ride Cu Chulainn at Tayto Park, Co Meath. Anyone brave enough to try it will hurtle through the air at 90kph and hang upside down at a terrifying 115 degrees …

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SeaWorld Barbie is No More

The SeaWorld Barbie doll has been tossed overboard. Mattel confirmed Friday that its licensing agreement with SeaWorld will not be extended. SeaWorld has come under fire for its treatment of killer whales, or orcas, after the sharply critical documentary “Blackfish” aired in theaters in the summer of 2013 and on CNN in the fall of that year. Source: coaster-net.com

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Holiday World's Thunderbird: Out To Launch

The barn shakes with anticipation. Lights flicker and hearts pound with adrenaline. A thunderclap, its sound piped through speakers, reverberates through the line of eager riders. Nervous laughter follows. Two-by-two riders are strapped into the nation’s first launched wing roller coaster, legs dangling over nothing. The train inches forward to an opening. Source: coaster-net.com

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Impulse Opens at Knoebels

  The suspense ended Saturday at Knoebels Amusement Resort as the Impulse roller coaster did indeed open to the public on opening day of the park’s 79th season of operation. Brian Knoebel, one of the park operators who, with other members of the fourth generation of the family, was involved in bringing the new steel roller coaster to life, said …

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