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      Doswell, VA – Kings Dominion announced today that the park will be adding a Food & Wine Festival to its 2024 season of events. Guests will be able to enjoy a wide assortment of exceptional wines alongside specially prepared culinary delights during their park visit this summer. The event begins on August 2 and is located in the Old Virginia section of the park.
       
      The event will feature wines from popular local wineries as well as from some of the state's top wine producers such as Prince Michel, Chateau Morrisette, Barboursville, Stinson Vineyards, Williamsburg Winery, and Rockbridge. Guests can pair their favorite wines with family-friendly evening activities, and a decadent, limited-time menu. Items include a charcuterie board with lavender honey, a flight of three spreads and flatbreads that includes whipped herb goat cheese, a fondu dipping option, and a sweets plate with chocolate cherries, figs, and wrapped dates.
       
      "The Food and Wine Festival is another example of how we continue to innovate and provide a unique, world class amusement park experience for our guests," said Bridgette Bywater, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion. "Guests will have an exclusive opportunity to enjoy some of the tasty local wines, paired with some of the most delicious and unique food around, in a setting like no other."
       
      In addition to the food and wine, guests will be able to kick back and enjoy the soothing tunes of live local bands and roaming musicians, including a barbershop quartet. Guests can also improve their wine knowledge by attending a guided wine tasting. Kids and competitors can let loose with over-the-top lawn games. The park will also have a ginormous paint-by-number mural where everyone can be an artist.
       
      The Food and Wine Festival occurs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, August 2 to 25, with the exception of August 23, when the park is scheduled to be closed. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. and will run into late evening each night in accordance with the park schedule. Guests are encouraged to check the Kings Dominion website and social media for details on event hours. Admission to the event is included with the cost of a regular park ticket or 2024 Season Pass, but guests will need to purchase food and wine separately.
       
      About Kings Dominion
      Kings Dominion, a 400-acre amusement park located in Doswell, VA off I-95, is home to more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, including 13 world-class roller coasters and Soak City, a top-rated 20-acre waterpark. Kings Dominion is a property of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world.
      About Cedar Fair
      Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive, and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 13 properties, consisting of 11 amusement parks, four separately gated outdoor water parks, and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites.  Cedar Fair's parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Toronto, Ontario.

    • Horror Fantasy and Halloween music composers Midnight Syndicate have released their 15th studio album, The Brimstone Club. Featuring the “soundtracks to imaginary films” concept the band helped pioneer, The Brimstone Club blends orchestration and sound effects to take listeners to a shadowy theatre club where the strangeness of its exotic entertainment and libations are matched only by its peculiar clientele.

      “The album was inspired by the Parisian Cabaret de L’Enfer, a 19th century hell-themed cabaret that was a forerunner to the haunted attractions and themed restaurants and taverns of today,” said Midnight Syndicate founder and co-composer Edward Douglas.

      “Sometimes a piece of history can prove to be every bit as fascinating as anything one might imagine,” added Midnight Syndicate co-composer Gavin Goszka. 

      Similar to Midnight Syndicate’s other albums, The Brimstone Club utilizes music and sound to tell a story whose details are left up to the listener. “We hope people are able to listen to it at least once from start to finish in a quiet darkened room. There’s a lot in this world to explore in your mind’s eye,” said Douglas.

      Listen to or purchase The Brimstone Club: https://midnightsyndicate.fanlink.to/thebrimstoneclub
      Watch The Brimstone Club album trailer: https://youtu.be/BfFesV1Bx9M
      Midnight Syndicate Legions of the Night Fan Community: https://legions.midnightsyndicate.com/join-legions-of-the-night
      Midnight Syndicate official website: http://www.MidnightSyndicate.com

      Midnight Syndicate
      Midnight Syndicate is synonymous with haunting themes, gothic fantasy soundtracks, and musical storytelling at its most evocative. If you’ve visited a haunted attraction or amusement park anywhere in the world during the Halloween season, went trick-or-treating, or enjoyed a night of Dungeons & Dragons with friends, chances are you’ve heard their music. Since 1997, dark music pioneers Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka have been entertaining fans of Halloween, gothic music, haunted attractions, horror cinema, video games, and roleplaying games with their soundtracks to imaginary films. Featuring a signature blend of orchestral music and sound effects, Midnight Syndicate’s fifteen studio albums, along with their independent film, The Dead Matter, and several film scores, have earned them a worldwide following. In 2003, the band was approached to produce the first official soundtrack to the seminal roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons. Their success has led to collaborations with Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights and Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends, along with features on television shows, HSN, SiriusXM’s Scream Radio, video games, King Diamond tours, a Misfits live album, and several releases by major horrorcore artists. In 2014, the band began producing Midnight Syndicate Live!, a series of horror-themed multimedia concerts which continue to enjoy successful runs at Cedar Point’s annual HalloWeekends event to this day.  

    • A second structural issue has been found on Carowinds' popular giga coaster, Fury 325. The discovery follows a previous break identified on the ride. Channel 9 started looking into a tip on Thursday regarding the potential presence of another crack in the coaster, but park officials remained tight-lipped, neither confirming nor denying the claim. On Friday, the North Carolina Department of Labor stepped in, confirming that they had been alerted to a "weld indication" on the ride. The department clarified that this term could refer to either a break or a crack in the coaster's structure. This development has raised further concerns about the safety and integrity of Fury 325, one of the park's major attractions.

    • MASON, OH
      Kings Island amusement park in Warren County announced today its new VIP Lounge opens Friday.
      The addition is for Prestige and Prestige+ season passholders. The lounge is located across from the new Enrique’s restaurant by Tower Gardens.
      It is billed as a “relaxing retreat” from the midways “with all-day access.” It has grab-and-go snacks, shaded lounge seating and other amenities, park officials said.

    • http://www.coaster-net.com/uploads/1/4/0/9/14092145/5d5c686d28821-image_orig.jpg LOUISVILLE, KY

      A longtime roller coaster at Kentucky Kingdom is being retired.
      The days of thrilling riders through loops an drops is over for T-3. Coaster 101 said the theme park announced the decision in an email to annual passholders Thursday.
      The inverted coaster opened in 1995 and was originally called the T-2. When the park reopened after a years-long closure, it was refurbished and renamed in 2015.

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    • http://www.coaster-net.com/uploads/1/4/0/9/14092145/6079092-web1-ptr-kennywood-04-052914_orig.jpeg WEST MIFFLIN, PA

      ​The Raging Rapids isn’t going away after all.
      Kennywood Park announced Thursday that it will bring back the water-based ride in 2023.
      “Over the next few weeks, teams will continue to break in and fine tune the ride’s new control system that was installed as part of its refurbishment project,” the park said in a social media post.
      “Those refreshed boats look pretty snazzy, too! We’ll share the ride’s exact springtime reopening date once everything is good to go.”

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    • http://www.coaster-net.com/uploads/1/4/0/9/14092145/2023-release-banner_orig.jpeg Charlotte, N.C. (April 6, 2023)—Carowinds, the region’s premier amusement park, continues the “50 years of Carolina fun” anniversary celebration with the opening of the all-new Aeronautica Landing on Friday, April 7. In the immersive aviation-themed area, families can explore, discover, and unwind together while enjoying two new culinary experiences and five new rides as well as a re-theming of an existing ride, for a total of six rides.
       
      A tribute to the Carolinas’ spirit of invention, exploration, and aviation, Aeronautica Landing gives pilots of all ages opportunities for their imaginations to soar and offers one-of-a-kind experiences for the entire family. 
       
      “Aeronautica Landing is a celebration of the influence that North Carolina and South Carolina have on our aviation history,” said Manny Gonzalez, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “We are excited that Carowinds is bringing to our community, and our guests, five new rides that are full of thrills related to the experience of flying. We went beyond with these attractions, Carowinds is introducing Terminal A which houses a unique food concept and new games in the area. It is a huge new experience in an area where parents can be with their families for an extended stay at the park.”
       
      Within Aeronautica Landing, high-flying adventures invite thrill seekers to buckle up and test their mettle. Aspiring hovercraft pilots can learn the ropes and maybe bump into a friend at Hover and Dodge, a re-theming of a classic attraction. Gear Spin is a red-hot propulsion engine outfitted for speeding and spinning adventures. Guests will test their G-force tolerance on Gyro Force (opening late spring) and can feel the adrenaline rush of airborne acrobatics on The Airwalker. Race and roll through obstacles on Air Racers. And boarding late spring, Windstar is a choose-your-own hang-gliding adventure.
       
      In addition, Aeronautica Landing will boast two new dining venues, Terminal A and Frequent Fryers. Terminal A allows guests to refuel alongside displays of memorabilia celebrating the Carolinas’ rich aviation history. Modeled after high-end and exclusive sky clubs, Terminal A harkens back to the golden age of air travel when top-tier service and luxury accommodations were the norm. A selection of craft beers and cocktails are available to enjoy in the upbeat lounge and open-air patio. Frequent Fryers, a re-theming of an existing location, presents delicious offerings right in the middle of the airfield. In true aeronautical fashion, the building is located next to the runway entrances to the area.
       
      This family-friendly area is surrounded with immersive décor and will feature a game zone complete with four new midway games (including Balloon Busters, Hydro Plane Rally and Sky High Wire Walk, an innovative acrobatic challenge), and the re-themed classic basketball challenge, Air Shot.
       
      Aeronautica Landing, located on approximately three acres, is the fourth rethemed area to be introduced at Carowinds. Blue Ridge Junction opened in 2019 and County Fair opened in 2017. The "Country Crossroads County Fair" park section, added to Carowinds in 1979, was completely renovated and renamed as Aeronautica Landing, breaking ground for reconstruction in August 2022.
       
      To learn more about Aeronautica Landing, visit www.Carowinds.com and the park’s social media channels.
       
      Just in time for spring break and the high-flying debut of Aeronautica Landing, Carowinds is open for daily operation Thursday, April 6, through Sunday, April 16. Guests can set a flight path for sky-high fun with a season pass. 2023 Silver Season Passes are available and include unlimited summer and fall daytime visits, free season-long parking, unlimited visits for Carolina Harbor Waterpark, admission into seasonal events Grand Carnivale, and The Great Pumpkin Fest, discounts on meals and merchandise, and Bring-A-Friend discount offers.
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    • http://www.coaster-net.com/uploads/1/4/0/9/14092145/eiy7nko2upk1ntnw_orig.jpeg SACRAMENTO, CA

      ​The “screaming” fun stopped abruptly Monday, but no one was injured, on a roller coaster stuck at Scandia Fun Center in North Highlands, as riders needed a rescue by firefighters. A Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District rescue team brought down a car stranded on an overhead section of track at the 5000 block of Hillsdale Boulevard near Madison Avenue around 6:45 p.m., according to a tweet from firefighters. They shared a photo of a Crazy Dane Coaster green-and-yellow car on the snake-like ride contrasted against the night sky.


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