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2014 Golden Ticket Awards

September 6, 2014 - Daniel Westfall

These are the winners by category. We'll be posting the winners as they come in, so please refresh often to make sure you see all the winners Best Dark Ride: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal's Islands of Adventure Friendliest Park: Dollywood Best Shows: Dollywood Best Carousal: Grand Carousal at Knoebels Amusement Resort Best Funhouse Walkthrough Attraction: Noah's Ark at Kennywood Best Indoor Waterpark: Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Best Marine Life Park: SeaWorld Orlando Best Children's Park: Idlewild & Soakzone Best Seaside Park: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Best Water Ride: Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls at Island's of Adventure Best Water Park Ride: Wildebeest at Splashin' Safari Best Kid's Area: King's Island Cleanest Park: Holiday World Best Landscaping: Busch Gardens Williamsburg Best Christmas Event: Dollywood Best Halloween Event: Universal Studios Orlando Best Food: Dollywood Best Outdoor Show Production: "Illuminations Reflections of Earth" at Epcot Best New Water Park Ride of 2014: Verruckt at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Best New Amusement Park Ride of 2014: Flying Turns at Knoebels Amusement Resort Best Indoor Roller Coaster: Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando Best Steel Roller Coaster: Millennium Force at Cedar Point Best Wooden Roller Coaster: Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce Best Water Park: Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, TX Best Amusement Park: Europa Park Publisher's Picks: Turnstile Award--Hyland Hills Water World in Federal Heights, Colorado Legend Series Award--George Millay Person of the Year--Jeff Pike Persons of the Year--SeaWorld Rescue

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Cedar Point 2015 Announcement

September 2, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Join us in the forums for discussion both before and after the announcement! CEDAR POINT ANNOUNCES THAT MANTIS WILL BE SQUASHED ON OCTOBER 19th. Here is the video! SANDUSKY, Ohio (Sept. 2, 2014) – It’s the “last stand” for one of Cedar Point’s steel scream machines. Earlier today, the park announced that the Mantis roller coaster will soon give its final rides. Mantis was billed as the tallest, fastest and steepest stand-up roller coaster in the world when it opened on May 11, 1996. Featuring trains that secure guests in a standing position, Mantis provides its passengers with a unique ride experience.

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Six Flags 2015 Announcement

August 28, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Six Flags has just released their 2015 Official lineup. Check out what's coming to a park near you in 2015. Magic Mountain - Twisted Colossus - This classic California icon takes on a whole new twist as Rocky Mountain Construction gives the ride the iron horse treatment! The first ever RMC racing coaster (single track, races with itself!) featuring: 1. “Top Gun Stall” – an inversion where the train slows down upside down 2. Western Hemisphere’s first “High Five” – where two trains pass through an overbanked turn facing each other with the illusion that you can reach out and “high five” other riders 3.

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Amusement Park News

Cedar Point Partners with LeBron James Foundation

Activities announced for next season

September 16, 2014 - Dwain Sponseller

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. But the “ball” was back in the park’s court. Today, Cedar Point announces a joint decision with the LeBron James Family Foundation on a multi-year partnership which includes benefits that go far beyond renaming a coaster. The highlight of this new partnership will take place next summer when Cedar Point hosts all of the kids who are actively involved in the foundation’s “Wheels for Education” program and Akron I PROMISE Network for a day of fun with their families in the program's annual "I PROMISE Family Reunion" event.

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Alton Towers Dares Guests to Participate in the Ultimate Sleepover

New Scarefest experience will allow guests to sleep over in iconic ruins on property

September 16, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Alton Towers who always on the cutting edge of marketing its own park has created a new guest experience that will keep patrons up all night. At their annual Scarefest Halloween event, guests will be allowed to purchase a one of a kind all night experience that will allow them to participate in the Ultimate Sleepover. This experience will allow guest the ability to stay all night in the iconic ruins on the park’s grounds that have been rumored to be haunted. "We want to offer our guests an experience like no other – we are constantly striving to provide visitors with something totally out of the ordinary and the Ultimate Sleepovers are certainly different,” said Katherine Duckworth, of Alton Towers Resort.

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Evil Within Comes to Life in Haunt Maze

Gold Coast to get video game inspired maze

September 15, 2014 - Dwain Sponseller

With the autumn season upon us, theme parks throughout the world are opening up their Halloween events. Something very unique is coming to Movie World in Australia that revolves around a video game! According to, an after dark maze will feature the video game known as “The Evil Within”. Village Roadshow Theme Parks has partnered with Bethesda Softworks to bring Shinji Mikami's survival horror title to their signature annual after-dark event, ‘Fright Nights’. According to the article, the haunted maze will feature characters from the video game. Real life humans will dress up as these characters and roam around the corridors looking to scare some surprised prey.

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