March 2, 1997
In the never-ending competition to add faster, scarier, bigger rides to lure tourists to theme parks, two new "inverted" roller coasters, which suspend the cars from the tracks like ski lifts, debut this spring. Next Saturday, "The Great White" ride opens at Sea World of Texas in San Antonio--the first roller coaster at any of the nation's four Sea World parks. And on April 11, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Va.
December 6, 1994 |
O.C. Parks: How do Orange County's theme parks rate? Not very high, according to the Applause Award, presented annually by the International Assn. of Amusement Parks and Attractions. This year's award went to Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. Other finalists were Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City; Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.; Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; Ocean Park in Hong Kong, and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.
August 19, 2001 |
Plenty of energetic grandparents love theme parks, and Walt Disney World has noticed, offering its first vacation packages for grandparents traveling with grandchildren. Disney's Grandkids and You Getaway, which runs through September, includes three nights' lodging at any of the park's resorts, admission to all Disney attractions, breakfast with Disney characters and a pre-arrival Magical Memory Box with a stuffed toy, autograph book and Birnbaum's official Disney World guidebook.
May 28, 2012 |
The smooth, quick and quiet Manta family coaster that debuted over Memorial Day weekend at SeaWorld San Diego is just the type of thrilling ride the marine park sorely needs. PHOTOS: Manta roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego The knock on the sea life show-heavy park has always been that it doesn't have enough rides. Over the past few years, SeaWorld has added a number of kiddie rides, but this summer the park finally got around to satisfying the tween set. For a 30-foot-tall family coaster with a top speed of 43 mph, the $35-million Manta manages to pack a lot of surprises into its modest proportions while even delivering a pair of firsts for a U.S. coaster.
November 12, 2010 |
It already feels as if 2011 is shaping up as a tweener ye ar for new rides and attractions at U.S. theme parks. Last year saw the blockbuster debuts of Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida and the " World of Color " water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. And 2012 promises a long list of marquee additions headed by Cars Land at DCA and Transformers at Universal Studios Hollywood in California.
March 1, 2014 |
Like art, music and fashion, roller coasters speed through trends in a never-ending pursuit of the latest and greatest record-setting feat. Over the years, theme parks have introduced all sorts of "world's first" coaster designs billed as the fastest, tallest or longest -- only to be overtaken in subsequent summers by faster, taller and longer behemoths. Photos: Banshee inverted coaster at Ohio's Kings Island So it comes as somewhat of a surprise that Ohio's Kings Island will introduce the world's longest inverted coaster in April with an under-the-track design that last reigned supreme in the 1990s.