January 17, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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.
May 26, 2005 |
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?
July 11, 2003 |
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.
October 25, 2002 |
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.