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COASTER-net 17th Anniversary Week!

July 30, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Saturday August 1st is our 17th anniversary and in celebration, we've lined up a whole week of releases and special events that will be bigger than anything we've ever done! Saturday August 1st (A.M.) - The release of the 1st teaser trailer for From Dreams to Screams: Fury 325! Two years in the making and finally the release is near...but before the release check out this amazing teaser trailer to whet the appetite! Saturday August 1st (P.M.) - After you watch the teaser...check out this very special episode of COASTER-net Uncut that features a discussion with the Devin Olson Media team! Continue article...

Beat the Beast: 2016 Rumors Episode 2

July 28, 2015 - Dwain Sponseller

In the newest episode of Beat the Beast, Andy and Dwain look at the latest rumors swirling around the 2016 season that have already begun to surface. This episode we look at Six Flags Great Adventure, Carowinds, Kings Dominion, and Dorney Park.

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Beech Bend Ride Topples

Minor Injuries Reported

July 26, 2015 - Dwain Sponseller

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A swing ride at Beech Bend Amusement Park toppled over Saturday evening resulting in injuries to multiple people, none of whom is critical. The Warren County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the park at 6:18 p.m. along with The Medical Center Emergency Medical Services ambulances to evaluate the injured. Eight people were taken by ambulance to the ER at The Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Glenda Chu said. The emergency room Saturday was preparing to receive up to 10 more patients who were expected to arrive in private vehicles. "We responded with EMS, fire and emergency management to Beech Bend Park for the swing ride ... Continue article...

Action Park Debuting World's Longest Water Slide

Slide being brought over from New Zealand

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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A water park that already carries its share of lore is about to get a little more wild, as Action Park will soon debut the World's Longest Waterslide. The 2,000-foot-long slide was brought over from New Zealand and rebuilt on Mountain Creek's ski slopes. The first round of employee testing will begin Friday, and representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on-site to confirm the ride officially qualifies as the longest. The World's Longest Waterslide, made of 20 1,000-foot sections of polyvinyl chloride plastic, is not yet approved by the state Department of Community Affairs, so non-employees cannot yet ride it. Continue article...

Universal Hollywood Opens Their Own Raptor Encounter

New meet & greet experience capitalizes on success of Jurassic World

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: The ferocious predatory Velociraptors that gained notoriety in the Jurassic Park blockbuster movies and sprang to life in “Jurassic Park—The Ride” at Universal Studios Hollywood will be unleashed in an all-new exciting “Raptors Encounter” experience at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. that pits guests in a daring face-to-face standoff with these terrifying, now free-roaming carnivores. Tipping the scales at a hefty 750 pounds, towering 15 feet in height and 13 feet from tail to snout, the aggressive Cretaceous-era dinosaurs will each succumb to highly skilled handlers who adeptly guide them to within feet of guests in a specially themed area of the park, located adjacent to “Jurassic Park—The Ride.” Highly intelligent creatures, Raptors—short for Velociraptors—are notorious hunters, who in recent years have undergone intense training by adept handlers as part of these unusual guest interactions. Continue article...

Dollywood Inspects Rides Daily to Prevent Accidents

Behind the scenes look at the daily maintenance of a theme park

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Dollywood draws tremendous numbers of visitors to our area each year, and many of them are looking for the thrill they get from roller coasters. WATE 6 On Your Side went behind the scenes at the theme park to see how the park makes sure you are safe on those rides. By the end of this year, more than two million people will have walked through the gates at Dollywood. “I think it’s the Wild Eagle ride that we really want to do, so we’re first in line. We’re excited. We’re going to get out there and ride it!” said Destry Roberts from Biloxi, Mississippi. Continue article...

ZDT’s New Wooden Roller Coaster to Set World Record

Grand Spike will be steepest on any wood coaster

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Attention all roller coaster enthusiasts: ZDT’s Amusement Park’s newest ride should thrill adrenaline junkies as it’s on schedule to set a new world record for the steepest wooden coaster with an incline at 87 degrees. Following an announcement on the park’s Facebook page, owner Danny Donhauser said not only will The Switchback be the first modern wooden shuttle coaster, it will set a new world record for steepest incline which currently is 85 degrees. “It’s always good to have a world record,” Danny said. “It is especially neat for a small park like us because world records are really hard to achieve for coasters.” FULL STORY Continue article...

Shanghai Disney Trading Main Street for the Garden of the Twelve Friends

New park release amazing concept art

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Walt Disney Co. will roll out attractions based on “Star Wars” and Marvel superheroes at its new Shanghai theme park when the $5.5-billion facility opens next year, Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger said here Wednesday as the company kicked its publicity efforts for the long-in-the-making resort into high gear.. After stumbling with the launches of California Adventure in Anaheim in 2001 and Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005, the company is out to prove that it has learned from past mistakes such as building less ambitious parks and failing to understand the cultural and culinary habits of its customers. Disney has spent handsomely to expand and upgrade Hong Kong Disneyland and California Adventure since their openings. Continue article...

Tayto Park: Over 100,000 ride New Cooden Coaster in Just 7 Weeks

Cú Chulainn Coaster also a big hit

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster, which travels at speeds of over 100kph, was opened on June 7 and since then tens of thousands of people young and old have travelled from all over the world to give it a whirl. Figures released from Tayto Park show that over 2,100 people ride the coaster every day, with one person riding it over 30 times in a single day. The oldest person to ride the coaster so far was 83, and the furthest away someone travelled to go on the rise was from Tasmania (17,757 km away from Co Meath). Tayto Park General Manager Charles Coyle said that he was delighted with the success of the ride. Continue article...

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Take Home Trip Advisor Awards

Orlando, Texas, San Diego, Tampa and Williamsburg all rank

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE All three SeaWorld parks in Orlando have won a 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award for amusement parks in the United States. The 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards are based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks worldwide over a 12-month period. Discovery Cove won 2nd place, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark won 4th and SeaWorld Orlando was ranked 10th. Each park connects guests with the sea in a different way, yet all three blend up-close animal encounters with world-class entertainment to inspire guests to care for and conserve nature. Families interact with animals in unique ways, whether it is walking among a colony of hundreds of penguins in their 32-degree snowy habitat at SeaWorld Orlando; floating in a lazy river past a grotto of colorful fish at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, or sharing a swim with an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin at Discovery Cove. Continue article...

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