December 18, 2011 |
The new Black Widow pendulum swing coming to Kennywood in 2012 will fling riders through the air like pint-size passengers on an enormous spinning Frisbee. > Photos: Black Widow thrill ride at Kennywood The 90-foot-tall thrill ride is set to debut May 17 with opening of the West Mifflin, Pa., theme park for the summer season. Riders will sit in 40 outward facing coaster-style seats as a counterclockwise-spinning circular gondola swings back and forth in a pendulum motion.
December 2, 2011 |
It already looks like 2012 will prove to be a good year for globetrotting ride enthusiasts as theme parks in Asia, Europe and South America are planning to roll out major new attractions. > Photos: Best new international theme park rides for 2012 Theme parks around the world are preparing a highly anticipated slate for 2012 that includes record-setting roller coasters, one-of-a-kind attractions, pulse-quickening thrill rides and family-friendly themed lands. Since it is still early, I'll update my Top 20 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
November 14, 2011 |
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2013, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. > Photos: Most anticipated new U.S. theme park rides for 2013 It already seems like 2013 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects, and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
August 22, 2011 |
The new 301-foot-tall WindSeeker tower swing ride at Knott's Berry Farm combines the exhilaration and tranquility a bird must feel soaring amid the clouds. The ever-changing view from the lazily spinning ride provides the perspective of a circling hawk hovering on a thermal updraft. Down below, the bustling freeway traffic and suburban sprawl stretch endlessly to the ocean and mountains and beyond to the horizon as the wind whips your hair. > Photos: WindSeeker at Knott's Berry Farm The oft-delayed ride "soft opened" last week and is expected to make its official debut in the coming days.
August 19, 2011 |
Well, that didn't last long. Six Flags Magic Mountain will relinquish sole ownership of the coveted title of " Roller Coaster Capital of the World " later this year when the Valencia, Calif., amusement park removes one of its record-setting 18 coasters. Magic Mountain boasted of nabbing the coaster title when the Green Lantern: First Flight spinning coaster officially opened in July. The removal of Deja Vu will move Magic Mountain back into a statistical tie with Cedar Point in Ohio, which also has 17 coasters.
August 18, 2011 |
Canada's Wonderland will move into the top echelon of the world's roller coaster parks in 2012 with the addition of Leviathan, the Toronto-area amusement park's 16th coaster. > Photos: Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland The $28-million inversionless Giga coaster will include an 80-degree first drop followed by a series of camelback hills and a 115-degree overbanked hammerhead turn that will cross over the front gate of Canada's Wonderland. Set to open in May 2012, the 3 1/2-minute ride will feature lap-bar restraints and over a mile of track along an L-shaped layout. With 16 coasters, Canada's Wonderland will move into third place behind Six Flags Magic Mountain (18)
July 27, 2011 |
Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain have been battling over the coveted title of Roller Coaster Capital of the World for years. The two parks were tied, with a record 17 roller coasters apiece, until the Six Flags amusement park in Valencia added the Green Lantern coaster this year, besting its Sandusky, Ohio, rival - at least for now. > Photos: Cedar Point vs. Magic Mountain Cedar Park fans boast that the ride...
July 21, 2011 |
Reporting from Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.-- The campgrounds, picnic groves and trolley parks that proliferated in Pennsylvania and Ohio in the late 19th century have survived through lean times and changing tastes to become some of the oldest operating amusement parks in the U.S. Photos: Vintage rides and attractions at America's oldest amusement parks Like many of the oldest theme parks on my trip across America's Coaster...
July 15, 2011 |
Known as "America's Roller Coast," Cedar Point has been home to many record-breaking rides over the years and boasts a towering skyline of steel unmatched by any other amusement park. Photos : View the Top 10 Cedar Point roller coasters With 17 coasters, Cedar Point remains just behind Six Flags Magic Mountain's 18 coasters in a fierce back-and-forth battle for the coveted title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World. " The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park is about mind-blending speeds, gut-wrenching drops and scream-inducing thrills of the wooden- and steel-coaster kind.
July 14, 2011 |
I'm setting off on a road trip across America's "Coaster Belt," hitting eight theme parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in just 10 days. Along the way, I'll visit some of the oldest amusement parks in the world and climb aboard classic wooden coasters, record-setting modern metal beasts and vintage flat rides. I've visited most of the big theme parks in Southern California and central Florida, but my roller coaster résumé has always been a little thin at the parks in between.