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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Karnan's Oath Coaster Set to Debut at Hansa Park

German theme park will introduce a first-of-a-kind attraction featuring a 240-foot-tall high-speed hyper-coaster sandwiched between a pair of medieval-themed dark ride experiences. Set to debut this summer at Hansa Park, Karnan’s Oath: Beware of Its Spell will join two other dark ride-coaster combos built by Gerstlauer at the park: The …

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces Plans for 200 Foot Coaster

PRESS RELEASE: Something is stirring beneath the surface at SeaWorld Orlando, preparing to rise from the ocean depths and soar to thrilling new heights. Get ready for the frenzy of SeaWorld’s new 200-foot-tall coaster. In 2016, this thriller will take its place atop the food chain as Orlando’s tallest, fastest …

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Conneaut Lake Park Seeks $300K to Open for Season

Conneaut Lake Park has in hand none of the $300,000 in working capital its managers say they want to prepare the park to open, but its executive director says the amusement park it will open as planned May 22. “I have $150,000, which would be sufficient to open the park,” …

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Hotel Breakers Reopens with Modern Look, Nod to Past

Cedar Point’s historic Hotel Breakers, one of the oldest and largest hotels in Ohio, reopens next month with fewer rooms and a new, modern look. Cedar Point is in the final, frenzied weeks of a massive remodel of the aging lakefront inn, which opened in 1905, when most guests arrived …

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Whats New at Kings Island in 2015

Kings Island spokesman Don Helbig has a message for park enthusiasts this season: Come for the thrill rides, stay for the food and family attractions. The Mason amusement park’s world record-breaking roller coaster Banshee will continue to be the biggest draw this season, Helbig said. The $24 million ride became …

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Dorney Park to Build Permanent Structure for Haunted House

Dorney Park is planning to bring more scare power to its fall Halloween Haunt attraction with a permanent haunted house. Dorney representatives told South Whitehall Township planners Thursday about the proposed haunted house, which will be built near the Steel Force rollercoaster. The plans call for a one-story, 3,200-square-foot building …

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