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Ariana Grande to Perform at Hersheypark Stadium This Summer

Tickets on sale April 4th

March 31, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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One of the biggest names in pop music will perform in Hershey this summer. Ariana Grande will continue her Honeymoon Tour at Hersheypark Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26. Joining her will be Latin superstar, Prince Royce.

Grande has earned two Grammy Award-nominations including Best Pop Vocal Album for "My Everything" and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, a Platinum-certified No. 1 album, a Billboard Women In Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award.

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Dreamland to Reopen After Being Closed for 10 Years

Will reopen June 19

March 31, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Roll up, roll up … Tickets went on sale today for Britain’s oldest amusement park. Dreamland Margate will reopen on 19 June, 10 years after it closed and following an £18m refurbishment that has seen some original rides restored and the addition of a host of retro-style amusements harking back to Dreamland’s 1960s heyday. The centrepiece of the new park is the original Grade II-listed scenic railway, which was damaged in arson attacks in 2008 but has been restored piece by piece. The 17 rides, evoking the old-fashioned fun of the traditional British seaside, include a replica helter skelter, a vintage pedal car roadway, a Wedgwood teacup ride, dodgems and a ferris wheel. Continue article...

Bring Today Show to Cedar Point

Vote now to see Jenna Bush Hager ride Top Thrill Dragster

March 30, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Cedar Point is looking for help from park enthusiasts to bring The Today Show's own Jenna Bush Hager to the park. Hager, who is known as Today's adventurous correspondent, on Tuesday started asking for suggestions for her next challenge.

Hager, the younger fraternal twin daughter of former president George W. Bush, travels the country for the Today Show.Dianne Sesto, of Cuyahoga Falls, on Tuesday was eating breakfast and watching the Today Show when she saw a segment of a new coaster at a park in another state.

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Dollywood Announces 30th Anniversary Celebration

Special performance by Dolly herself

March 30, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Dolly Parton‘s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout 2015 with a plethora of special events, including unique stage shows and nightly summer fireworks displays. Parton’s last performance at Dollywood was in 2005, but the singer will be returning to kick off the Showcase of Stars with four concerts on Aug. 8 and 9. The showcase will also feature special guests, who are yet to be announced, throughout August and September. Through April 20, the park is hosting the 15th anniversary of the Festival of Nations, featuring music, dance, food and art from around the globe, to showcase different cultures and traditions. Continue article...

Power Park Investing Heavily in New Roller Coaster

According to CEO Mikko Kiviluoma is the Power Park's single largest investment to date.

March 28, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Ground works are already underway in Alahärmä - it could Mikko Kiviluoma thank the mild weather for. It is not a question any ordinary roller coaster. This climb is not only high, 40 feet in the air, but also travels several meters down under the ground, in the dust present at the amusement park.

Roller coaster coming from Germany in 70 trucks. "There is something completely new, not only for the Nordic countries but for the whole of Europe," says CEO Mikko Kiviluoma.

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Six Flags Great Adventure Plans to Go Green with Solar Power

Plans to replant lost trees

March 28, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Six Flags Great Adventure plans to clear more than 18,000 trees to build a 90-acre solar farm capable of meeting virtually all of the theme park's electrical needs. At 21.9 megawatts, the facility would be the largest of its kind in New Jersey, generating enough energy to power about 3,100 homes. The ambitious project, which Bedminster-based KDC Solar LLC will construct, operate and own, is aimed at making Great Adventure the largest self-powered theme park in the U.S. "We are continually searching for new ways to operate more efficiently and enhance our role as good stewards of the environment," the park's president, John Fitzgerald, said in a prepared statement. Continue article...

Preserving the Past at Knott's Berry Farm

Honoring the legacy while moving forward

March 27, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Matt Ouimet, the CEO of Knott’s parent company Cedar Fair, lied. Or at least he told the facilitator of focus groups to fib – Knott's was closing, they were told.

"People had reactions like, 'What will we do without it?' 'I want to take my daughter there,' ” a chuckling Ouimet recalled about guests' emotional attachment to the park. “It might have been a little cruel."

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Metal Detectors Installed on Rip Ride Rockit Coaster at Universal

In place to stop loose articles from being taken on ride

March 27, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Universal Orlando on Wednesday began testing the use of metal detectors for roller coaster passengers to ensure rider safety, according to the theme park.

The park said one metal detector was put into use Wednesday morning at the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster at Universal Studios. If the test runs smoothly, the park said it will consider putting stand-alone detectors at other attractions.

The metal detector is located in an area just before the loading platform of the ride. If a potential passenger activates the metal detector, a wand is used to determine what specifically triggered the mechanism.

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First Rider Auction Announced for Thunderbird

To Benefit Give Kids the World

March 26, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The nation’s first launched wing roller coaster opens to the public in just over a month, and Holiday World officials have launched a charity auction for the very first public rides.
Holiday World’s auction, ending on April 8, will have 20 winners who will each claim a pair of seats on Thunderbird’s first public rides.

“For these historic first rides on our new roller coaster, we decided to auction the specific seats to the highest bidders. Thunderbird’s First Flight Auction will benefit a very special organization, Give Kids The World,” says Holiday World president, Matt Eckert.

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Fury Delivers the Fury on Media Day at Carowinds

New ride opened on 3-25

March 26, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The states of North and South Carolina were a big buzz today as Carowinds unveiled their world record breaking coaster Fury 325. Media and coaster enthusiasts arrived to a beautiful scene as Fury 325 wound its way across and under the new entrance area of the park. The new entrance garners a new and refreshing entrance for guests as they arrive glancing into the eyes of the riders on the coaster. As you walk across the bridge, you can watch the train dive under you into a tunnel and come out behind you as it races back to the station. Continue article...

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