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Join Us on Facebook Live for Kings Island Announcement

July 28, 2016 - Dwain Sponseller

As Kings Island is poised to make a big announcement, join us on the COASTER-net Facebook page tonight beginning around 8pm. Danny Miller will be hosting the Live Facebook chat and you can join in the on the fun. There will be discussion, laughs, and of course debating what the ride could ultimately be as well as the name. The live chat will continue up through the announcement with a bit of discussion afterward. Stop chasing the Pokemon for a few hours and join us for a great live chat as we learn what the new coaster at Kings Island will be in 2017! Continue article...

Record Revenue for Six Flags for First Half of 2016

July 27, 2016 - Dwain Sponseller

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, today announced another period of strong financial performance with revenue for the first six months of 2016 growing $51 million or 11 percent to $522 million, driven primarily by a 7 percent increase in attendance, a 3 percent increase in guest spending per capita and a 104 percent increase in international licensing revenue. On a constant currency1 basis, revenue for the first six months of 2016 grew $57 million or 12 percent. Net Income for the same time period increased $19 million and Adjusted EBITDA2 grew $21 million or 19 percent to $132 million. Continue article...

Theme Park Line Design

A look into queue theme design

July 26, 2016 - Danny Miller

No one likes to wait in line for theme park rides. Most of us would prefer going straight to the ride without any wait at all. Until recently, very few attractions actually made the wait for an attraction interesting, but with new technology comes new trends, and with new trends comes a new mindset. Theme park attraction have always been themed to varying levels, with Disney and Universal leading the way when it comes to highly-themed attractions. What has more recently become a trend outside of the big chains though, is the idea of making the queue part of the attraction, not just a staging area for waiting guests. Continue article...

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Summer 2017

July 23, 2016 - Dwain Sponseller

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, announced to a packed house of fans that the Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to Disney California Adventure park! Beginning in summer 2017, the outrageous and irreverent gang will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! – a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure. Guests will be right in the mix with characters from the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” films. Deep inside his fortress-like collection, the mysterious Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) is displaying his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are trapped in customized display cases, suspended over a vast abyss. Continue article...

$4.48-Billion Theme Park to Rise in Chongqing, Built by Six Flags Entertainment Group

July 23, 2016 - Dwain Sponseller

There is a third wheel to the theme park giant in China. Disney, the company behind the Shanghai Disneyland, is the first giant. The second is Dalian Wanda which plans to build more theme parks across China. On Wednesday, a third theme park giant was introduced when Six Flags Entertainment Group revealed plans to construct the Chongqing Riverside-Six Flags Theme Park worth $4.48 billion, or 30 billion yuan. According to China Daily, it would be the first international theme park in the western part of China. John Duffey, president and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment, said the company chose Chongqing to build the theme park because of the city’s significant population, growing middle class, increasing disposable income and limited theme park presence. Continue article...

Chessington World of Adventures Closing Down Iconic 26 Year Old Bubbleworks Ride

July 22, 2016 - Dwain Sponseller

Chessington World of Adventures is saying goodbye to one of its most iconic rides and giving fans the chance to take a part of it home with them.

The foamy, family Bubbleworks ride will close down at the end of summer after completing more than 15 million circuits. During its 26 years Professor Burp and his factory helpers have soaked 32 million people who boarded the bobbing bathtubs and travelled through the workshop.

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New towers, six slides will open at Knotts' Soak City next season

Will demolish bought property to complete expansion

July 20, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Knott’s Berry Farm’s first Soak City expansion project in 10 years will feature a 165-foot water tower feeding four new slides and another 150-foot tower with two slides sure to keep guests cool during warm summers. “This expansion is really to enhance what we have at the park,” said Jeff Gahagan, Knott’s vice president of maintenance and construction. “We’ve turned into the local park that everybody can call home.” Expected to begin later this year, construction on the 1.8-acre expansion will eliminate some parking. To compensate for lost spaces, Knott’s will demolish two buildings along Beach Boulevard it recently purchased from Buena Park for $250,000 and replace them with a 130-space parking lot. Continue article...

Fun Spot Looks to Add 3rd Theme Park

Expansion could be in other cities as well

July 19, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Fun Spot has seen growth recently at both of its parks, but that’s not enough to meet the need for family entertainment centers. The north I-Drive location announced a multi-phase expansion that will include everything from a water park to a new Universal Orlando-style parking garage. Down in Kissimmee, Fun Spot recently moved some of their smaller rides next door to Old Town, in part, to make way for the new Head Rush 360 thrill ride. The Kissimmee park circles a small retention pond with the world’s tallest skycoaster as the park centerpiece. The skycoaster predates the park by a number of years. Continue article...

Guardians of the Galaxy, Tron, & Pixar rumored to be headed to Epcot

Update to Future World might be coming in next few years

July 18, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

While most of the focus at Walt Disney World has been on Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, there's a growing list of rumored possible fixes for major issues that have been plaguing Epcot. The brand new Frozen Ever After ride recently opened in Norway, and the new international film, along with the new third theater, has opened at Soarin’. At this point, the park has no official projects in the works but many rumors point to major updates coming to Future World in the coming years. A massive update to Future World has long been conjectured, with plans dating back to the late 1990s, but the chance of a major overhaul now looks stronger than ever. Continue article...

Howl-O-Scream is Letting Fans Decide Theme of Room in Circo Sinistro

Also announces new Terror-tory

July 18, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

After letting fans choose the name of their new 2017 roller coaster, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is at it again, this time allowing fans to choose a theme within their newest Howl-O-Scream haunted house, Circo Sinistro. Fans are able to write in a vote with two examples being a room themed to a ring of fire or a room themed to a tight rope walk. Also announced for this year's Howl-O-Scream is the new Terror-tory, Sideshow Square. According to the park, "Your jaw will drop on your way to the big top. What was once only in your imagination is now a frightening reality full of haunts, curiosities and plenty of scare to make you shriek. Continue article...

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