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Ride Gallery Update

February 11, 2015 - Dwain Sponseller

Hey Coaster Fans! The Ride Gallery Department has been hard at work over the past month and content is starting to be added on a consistent basis! Within this update, we have a mix of new and old coasters as well as exciting thrill rides. These have been written by multiple members of the RG team so give them a big thanks when you get the chance. Below, find links to all of the coasters and rides that we have recently completed. If there is a coaster that you do not see on our list, let us know and we will get it completed!

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Club COASTER-net Discounts Have Returned

January 26, 2015 - Daniel Westfall

We've been working this off-season to get just the right mix of discounts for you and to find additional discounts that you may have been looking for. Through a new program we will now have access to discount for Disney World, Disneyland, Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld Parks, Busch Gardens parks, all Six Flags parks and more, as well as select hotels, restaurants, and even discounts to some concerts and other events. We're also going to continue some of our most popular discounts like Holiday World, but they now have an online discount program so you will now be able to print your tickets at home or even at the hotel the night before.

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COASTER-net is Now Hiring

December 27, 2014 - Daniel Westfall

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It's that time of year again when we are looking to fill vacancies for various positions on the COASTER-net Team. We have openings for at least two writers on our News team, and one to two writers for our Park Gallery and Ride Gallery. We're also looking to expand our Downloads department with the release of NL2, Theme Park Studio, and addition of Roller Coaster Tychoon World either being recently released or coming soon. Lastly we'd love to add to our team of Photographers from around the world. While the duty of "Photographer" will not give you any Staff benefits by itself, it's a great way to get your name out there as we choose photos form our photographers every year to feature in our COASTER-net Coaster Calendar.

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Amusement Park News

U.S. Treasury Sanctions Hezbollah Terrorists Who Own Amusement Park in Nigeria

Believed to have furthered activities

February 28, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The United States Treasury Department designated two members of Hezbollah who are running an amusement park in Nigeria. Armin Rosen of Business Insider reports: "The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control added two individuals to its specially designated nationals list on February 26: Fouzi Reda Darwish Fawaz and Mustapha Reda Darwish Fawaz, two Lebanese men living and working in west Africa. … Three of the men’s businesses were added to the sanctions list, meaning that the US believes that those businesses in some way furthered Hezbollah’s activities (although as sanctions law expert Sam Cutler noted on Twitter, businesses “owned 50% or more by SDNs are automatically blocked and may be subject to designation.”) A supermarket and a second, innocuously named enterprise are now on the SDN list, along with a more surprising inclusion: the Wonderland Amusement Park and Resort in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital." FULL STORY

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Schlitterbahn Close to Paying Construction Company Money Owed

Owed over half a million dollars

February 28, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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We have a 6 Investigates follow up on the financial problems surrounding Schlitterbahn. As we've reported, the company owes over half a million dollars to vendors, but now, at least one of those vendors is about to get paid.

That vendor is a construction company called Texas Descon. Schlitterbahn owes them nearly $700,000. That's more money than what's owed to all of the other vendors combined.

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Disney ‘Pushing Boundaries’ with ‘Avatar’ Land at Animal Kingdom

New details reveal amazing images

February 28, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Disney has pulled back the curtain on the creative process its Imagineers go through to bring theme park attractions to life, as part of an update on how its “Avatar” land is taking shape at its Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando.

“This project is really pushing the boundaries of what is possible,” wrote Bruce Vaughn, Walt Disney Imagineering’s chief creative executive, in a Disney Parks blog post on Thursday.

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