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Universal Orlando Unveils Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Mystery finally revealed

May 6, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Finally, it's official: King Kong is coming back to Universal Orlando in a brand new ride called "Skull Island: Reign of Kong," scheduled to open in the summer of 2016 at Islands of Adventure.

Universal Creative's executive producer, Mike West, made the official announcement Wednesday.

Skull Island will transport guests on a large, safari-type vehicle through a perilous jungle, an ancient temple and a foreboding underworld of caves. Throughout the rid,e guests will face dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures before finding themselves face-to-face with King Kong, himself.

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Your No Limits Coaster Could Become Reality

Project X Design Challenge!

May 5, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your No Limits Coaster design built in the real world? Well wonder no more! You now have the once in a life time opportunity to have one of your designs built in real life. The Project X Design Challenge provides you with a template along with design requirements and parameters. Other than that, you are free to build what you want in the allowed space. The winner of the contest will get a chance to work with a real roller coaster manufacturer to bring your design to life. Continue article...

Cedar Point Opens Saturday for 146th Season

Park Celebrates 146th Season with New Floorless Coaster, Renovated Hotel and More

May 5, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: The day you dreamed about all winter is almost here! Cedar Point, the popular vacation destination of millions of visitors from around the world, will open its gates for the new season this Saturday, May 9. This summer, Cedar Point will focus on thrills with the addition of Rougarou – the park’s first floorless roller coaster, comfort and convenience with the grand re-opening of the classic Hotel Breakers, and a wide variety of new attractions and offerings. Cedar Point will build upon its legacy as “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!” when it debuts Rougarou. This new floorless scream machine is Cedar Point’s 17th roller coaster and provides a ride experience unlike any other at the park. Continue article...

Is Your Name Charlotte? Then You Get Free Entry to Thorpe Park

To celebrate the royal family’s latest addition, the theme park is offering free entry from today (Tuesday, May 5) to Monday, May 11, 2015 to anyone aged under 12 years old, lucky enough to share the name of the little princess.

May 5, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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AFTER nine months of speculation and anticipation surrounding William and Kate’s pregnancy, the royal baby, Charlotte, has arrived! The new princess may be an heir to the royal throne, but it’s visitors that can enjoy a royal day out thanks to the new arrival. To celebrate the royal family’s latest addition, Drayton Manor Theme Park is offering free entry from today (Tuesday, May 5) to Monday, May 11, 2015 to anyone aged under 12 years old, lucky enough to share the name of the little princess. To qualify, you must provide valid proof of ID*, before being granted entry into the attraction. Continue article...

Six Flags' Goliath Awarded Longest Drop, Fastest, Steepest Wood Coaster by Guinness

Wood coaster officially recognized for breaking records

May 3, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Yesterday, Six Flags Great America opened for its 40th season of operation. To open the new season, Six Flags held a dedication ceremony where last year's new coaster, Goliath was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the fastest, steepest, and having the longest first drop of any wood coaster in the world. The event was attended by various media and coaster enthusiast clubs. Goliath was officially measured by the Guinness Book and was awarded the three records in the wood coaster category. The first drop of the coaster was awarded the new crown for longest drop at 180 feet. Continue article...

Cedar Point, Kings Island Releasing Exclusive Brews

Also hosting brew festivals

May 2, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The Cedar Point and Kings Island amusement parks are rolling out some exclusive craft beers this year. Cedar Point in Sandusky has teamed up with The Brew Kettle in Strongsville to produce Rougabrew. The beer, a 5 percent helles lager, is named after the park’s new floor-less coaster Rougarou. The beer will be available in bottles and on draft. “We made Rougabrew to appeal to all craft drinkers and are very excited to have the opportunity to introduce our craft beers to the customers of Cedar Point with the launch of the Rougarou coaster,” Brew Kettle owner Chris Russo said in a news release. Continue article...

Incident Closes Kennywood Park on Opening Day

Great day at the park spoiled by a negative situation

May 2, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Kennywood Park had a great opening day Saturday, until the sun went down. West Mifflin Police Department and other area law enforcement were called to the amusement park just before 9 p.m. for reports of a riot, according to county officials. West Mifflin Police later said there was a large crowd with people pushing one another. Police dispersed the crowd The term riot was “a great exaggeration,” said Kennywood Park spokesman Nick Paradise. “Around dusk we saw several large groups of teenagers running through the park, scuffling, pushing and shoving,” he said. FULL STORY UPDATED: PRESS RELEASE: We understand there is some concern about what happened at the park Saturday evening. Continue article...

Ride Gallery Update

April 30, 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! Continue article...

What is the Best New Coaster Class??

April 27, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Join Andy and Danny as they weed through the years to find which year has the best set of new coasters that opened! Click on the link to enter the discussion!

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My Life Really is a Roller Coaster

Man behind huge Tayto Park ride tells how he went from making models to real thing

April 27, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Meet the man behind Europe’s largest inverted wooden roller coaster which is set to open in Ireland this summer.

Korey Kierpert is the primary engineer responsible for building 32-metre high ride Cu Chulainn at Tayto Park, Co Meath.

Anyone brave enough to try it will hurtle through the air at 90kph and hang upside down at a terrifying 115 degrees at one point.

And as the brains behind Cu Chulainn, Korey hopes to be one of the first to try it out.

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