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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001
Earlier this month, a revamped Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin reopened at Disneyland, almost a year after a preschooler suffered severe injury after being trapped underneath the ride. While the safety of theme park rides long has been a concern, something important happened differently this time. State regulatory officials played a significant role in supervising the aftermath of an accident because they were given new oversight as a result of legislation enacted in 1999.
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HOME & GARDEN
September 15, 2012 | CHRIS ERSKINE
First, let us consider the beauty that is a deep-fried Snickers: What they do here is spear the candy bar with a stick, then dip it in a thick batter that resembles liquid UPS packaging. Then they plunge the whole mess into hot oil, producing a deep-fried chocolate candy so gooey and full of calories many coroners would list it as a form of suicide. It is easily the icon of this L.A. County Fair, though the deep-fried Twinkie comes in an impressive second. Were I to pick a fantasy team of foods, they would be my quarterback and wide receiver.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of a tourist killed in a Christmas Eve, 1998, accident at Disneyland settled its claim against the park Wednesday, capping a case that focused the nation's attention on amusement park safety issues and spurred the state's first law regulating the industry. Terms of the settlement were sealed. An outside expert previously estimated the damages could top $20 million. Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez declined comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Steve Wicke is "just big into space. " The Westminster man took four months off his warehouse job last year to visit every NASA site in the United States. On Saturday, he joined an estimated 20,000 people who swarmed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's leafy campus for its annual open house weekend. Buses and SUVs clogged Oak Grove Drive near the La CaƱada Flintridge boundary with Pasadena and filled JPL parking lots to disgorge passengers of all ages, who descended on the exhibits and activities as if they were new amusement park rides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1988
The major robbery taking place at the Orange County Fair is not the occasional pickpocketing or purse-snatching, it is the everyday gouging of fair patrons who seek a little fun on the amusement rides. The prices average $1.50 per child's ride (three 50-cent coupons), and $2 per adult ride (four 50-cent coupons). This "per person" edict is carried out so stringently that a man carrying an infant of about 9 months old was required to pay an additional $2 for the baby to ride the bumping cars!
NEWS
August 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Roller coasters and other amusement rides spun, dropped and catapulted more than 10,000 thrill-seekers into emergency rooms with injuries last year, the government said. An annual report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 6,590 people were hurt on amusement park rides last year, down from 7,260 in 1999. Add mobile carnival rides and a total of 10,580 people were injured, 200 more than in 1999.
HEALTH
September 6, 1999
A spate of recent injuries and deaths at the nation's amusement parks has prompted calls for mandatory ride inspections. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says 47 people have died in accidents involving rides during the last 12 years at carnivals and amusement parks. Thirteen deaths occurred on roller coasters. The following information excludes four deaths reported since June, including one in which a 12-year-old boy fell to his death at Paramount's Great America in Santa Clara.
NEWS
January 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dreamland Margate in England plans to reopen in 2013 as the world's first amusement park dedicated to last-of-a-kind historic thrill rides, including one of the world's oldest roller coasters. Located about 75 miles east of London, the waterfront amusement park hopes to attract 350,000 visitors annually with a collection of vintage rides that include a whip, caterpillar, haunted swing, fun house and shoot-the-chute water ride. PHOTOS: Dreamland Margate heritage amusement park in England Dating to 1863 as a dance hall, the seaside location that would become Dreamland Margate eventually added a circus menagerie, pleasure gardens and amusement rides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1996 | HILARY MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daredevils, adrenaline addicts and future stuntmen--along with your neighbors, kids and spouses--are heading to the fairgrounds in record numbers in search of the ride of their lives. Whether it's a rip on the Zipper, a ricochet on the Orbiter, or a revolution on the Evolution, connoisseur thrill seekers are rating the rides. Which ride is the scariest? Which ride is the longest? How should you position yourself for maximum fear? Which ride leaves you closest to launching your lunch?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was her first visit to Knott's Berry Farm, and Gafudji Mekanisi, 25, was excited. She loved thrill rides, said her older brother, Zemba. But when their second ride of the day stopped, the once jubilant woman sat silent and slouched behind the safety bars. "She just sat there like a log," said Zemba, 27, of Corona, who was beside his sister during the ride. "I knew there was something wrong."
NEWS
January 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dreamland Margate in England plans to reopen in 2013 as the world's first amusement park dedicated to last-of-a-kind historic thrill rides, including one of the world's oldest roller coasters. Located about 75 miles east of London, the waterfront amusement park hopes to attract 350,000 visitors annually with a collection of vintage rides that include a whip, caterpillar, haunted swing, fun house and shoot-the-chute water ride. PHOTOS: Dreamland Margate heritage amusement park in England Dating to 1863 as a dance hall, the seaside location that would become Dreamland Margate eventually added a circus menagerie, pleasure gardens and amusement rides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
Michael Jackson was never a fixture on the county fair circuit, but his Neverland rides now are on a never-ending tour. The attractions he set up in his estate's private amusement park have been auctioned off and are being trucked from carnival to carnival, pitched as a chance to take a spin on a piece of history. At the far end of the midway at the Tulare County Fair in the Central Valley this month, signs announced: "Michael ride here! This is one of Michael Jackson's rides from Neverland Ranch!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
State officials were investigating Saturday whether mechanical or human error caused the first major ride accident at Disney's California Adventure, in which at least 15 park visitors suffered minor injuries the day before.
NEWS
May 26, 2005 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
Introduce a friend from New Zealand to the waterfront in Southern California and you'll probably get a puzzled look, and maybe another of those peculiar questions about our culture. "Why are all these sailboats boats here?" By "here," your visitor means here at the dock. Why, when the sky is fair, the winds light and steady, the sea gentle, are all these boats idle and unattended at their moorings? Why is the seascape from Malibu to Dana Point, or from Ventura to San Diego, so, well, empty?
NATIONAL
July 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman died at a New Orleans amusement park when she was struck by one of the rides, officials said. Rosa Donaldson, 52, was killed in an accident on a teacup-style "circular family ride" called the Joker's Jukebox, said Ann Wills, spokeswoman for Six Flags New Orleans amusement park. Local news reports said Donaldson apparently was standing near one of the cars trying to strap in her 4-year-old grandson when the ride started up.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A pendulum-style ride at the state fair in Raleigh killed a worker who may have slipped on the ride platform, officials said. A 15-year-old girl on the ride was treated at a hospital for bruises on her leg and released, an official said. The "Banzai" ride was functioning properly, an official said. He said Ervin Allen, 41, of Philadelphia, either slipped or stepped in the path of a steel footrest attached to a seat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Preparations were orderly and relatively peaceful Tuesday as workers and exhibitors brought in livestock, carnival rides and heavy equipment to get the Los Angeles Equestrian Center ready for Thursday's opening of the 53rd annual Valley Fair and Rodeo. The four-day event, organized by the 51st District Agricultural Assn., is expected to draw more than 50,000 people with activities ranging from a professional rodeo and live musical entertainment to carnival rides and livestock auctions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
State officials were investigating Saturday whether mechanical or human error caused the first major ride accident at Disney's California Adventure, in which at least 15 park visitors suffered minor injuries the day before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was her first visit to Knott's Berry Farm, and Gafudji Mekanisi, 25, was excited. She loved thrill rides, said her older brother, Zemba. But when their second ride of the day stopped, the once jubilant woman sat silent and slouched behind the safety bars. "She just sat there like a log," said Zemba, 27, of Corona, who was beside his sister during the ride. "I knew there was something wrong."
NEWS
August 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Roller coasters and other amusement rides spun, dropped and catapulted more than 10,000 thrill-seekers into emergency rooms with injuries last year, the government said. An annual report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 6,590 people were hurt on amusement park rides last year, down from 7,260 in 1999. Add mobile carnival rides and a total of 10,580 people were injured, 200 more than in 1999.
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