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Wild Arctic at SeaWorld Unlikely to Get New Polar Bears

In the last two years, SeaWorld Orlando’s Wild Arctic exhibit/attraction has had major setbacks. During this time period, both of their resident polar bears died. This week, SeaWorld has announced that it is unlikely that they will be adding any new polar bears to the attraction. This decision was ultimately …

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Coaster Challenge at Six Flags Great America Raises $49,000

Yesterday, Six Flags Great America hosted the first ever Coaster Challenge marathon event. The event allowed coaster lovers the opportunity to ride a 5k, 10k, or marathon instead of run it. Over the last few months participants raised money and the amount that they raised determined the length of the …

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Kentucky Kingdom Touts Very Successful First Year

Five years ago Kentucky Kingdom closed its doors and remained simply a memory on the state fairgrounds in Louisville. In those five years many had plans to redevelop the area but fortunately, Ed Hart was able to reclaim what was once his and return Kentucky Kingdom to operational status. Source: …

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Universities Try to Entice New Students with Waterpark Attractions

There seems to be an exciting new trend emerging on some college campuses as of later, water park recreation facilities! According to the New York Times, a university recreation center “arms race” is developing on many college campuses. In 2009, Louisiana State University surveyed its student body about what they …

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One Man Makes a Living as a Professional Theme Park Tester

I’m sure many of us have thought that being a theme park ride tester is a dream job. John Cooper has made that dream into a reality and is officially a professional theme park ride tester for Drayton Manor theme park. Each week he spends about 10 hours testing rides …

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Studio Backlot Tour Closing at Disney Hollywood Studios

When Disney Hollywood Studios opened in 1989, the Studio Backlot Tour was among the list of attractions for the park. This weekend, Disney announced that the entire attraction would be come to a permanent end on September 27th. The park has said that the reason for the closure is due …

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Scenic Railway at Dreamland Could Be Reopening in 2015

The oldest surviving roller coaster in Britain, the Scenic Railway has been through a lot. However, there is hope that both the ride and the park that houses it will reopen in 2015. The Scenic Railway at Dreamland opened in 1920 and ran until 2005. After 2005 the ride fell …

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CEDAR POINT ANNOUNCES NEW FLOORLESS COASTER, ROUGAROU

PRESS RELEASE: Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!®, will introduce a dynamically new riding experience when it unleashes Rougarou™ in the spring of 2015! Named after a terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore, Rougarou [roo-guh-roo] feeds on screams and lurks in and around the swampy lagoon at …

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Howl-O-Scream Cuts Severed Heads from Haunts and Parks

Halloween events at theme parks are no strangers to complaints and controversy. In the past, we’ve seen issues that ranged from parents being upset about content to activists being worried about the portrayal of groups or events. This year, Busch Gardens Williamsburg was targeted for their use of severed heads …

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Cedar Point Partners with LeBron James Foundation

PRESS RELEASE: It’s time to make good on a promise – and it’s bigger and better than expected. Earlier this summer, the park sent out a now-famous tweet stating that it would rename one of its coasters “King James” if LeBron James returned to Ohio. That outcome is now known. …

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