September 2, 2013 |
Rather than a big new ride for 2014, Six Flags Magic Mountain will unveil several smaller attractions throughout the year. The Valencia amusement park will run a couple of coasters backward in the spring, add a kiddie coaster and a pair of water slides in the summer and expand its Halloween offerings in the fall. After introducing the Full Throttle looping launch coaster this year at Magic Mountain, it makes sense that Six Flags would spread the wealth to other locations in the amusement park chain in 2014.
August 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A 5-year-old boy was recovering from a broken leg Thursday after he became frightened while riding a kiddie roller coaster at Coney Island, wriggled his way out of the car he was in, and fell. Witnesses said the little boy, whose name was not released, became wedged between the track and the cars of the Sea Serpent ride. Deno's Wonder Wheel, which operates some of the rides on the boardwalk at Coney Island, said the bright green Sea Serpent -- a ride designed for young children -- had never had an accident in its 15 years in operation.
August 12, 2013 |
I wonder whether the 9,985 who showed up at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday to hear Gustavo Dudamel conduct a wild and properly woolly concert performance of "Aida" included any of the Hollywood producers responsible for this summer's crop of unsuccessful blockbusters. It would be nice to think so, because Verdi's opera is an object lesson in the art of blockbusterism without the bluster. Bring on the camels and camp it up if you like. But this is also a showstopper opera open to ethereal eloquence.
August 9, 2013 |
Brian Banks, who is fighting for a job with the Atlanta Falcons, said his debut in a preaseason game on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals "was better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on. " Banks, a 28-year-old from Long Beach Poly High, should know about roller-coaster rides. He was a rising gridiron star before he was falsely accused of rape when he was 16, eventually being convicted and imprisoned for five years. He was released last year when his conviction was overturned after his accuser recanted her story.
July 23, 2013 |
The death of a roller coaster rider in Texas has focused attention on the vexing problem theme park operators face trying to accommodate passengers of various shapes in one-size-fits-all seats. News reports about a woman who fell to her death from a Texas roller coaster suggest her girth may have played a role. The accident follows one in 2011 in which an Army veteran who had lost both legs fighting in Iraq plummeted to his death from a New York roller coaster. Theme park ride designers and operators say the nation's obesity problem and the improved mobility of people who are missing limbs have forced them to bar more patrons from thrill rides that are designed for passengers of certain proportions.
July 22, 2013 |
A roller coaster manufacturer is sending investigators to Arlington, Texas, to determine what led to the death of a woman on a ride at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park. The dead woman has not yet been officially identified but local media reports have named her as Rosy Esparza, who with her son climbed aboard the 14-story Texas Giant roller coaster about 6:45 p.m. on Friday evening. Witness Carmen Brown who said she was next in line, said she saw the woman fall. "She goes up like this," Brown said raising her hand up in the air. "Then when it drops to come down that's when it released and she just tumbled.” Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, the German company that built the cars for the Texas Giant, is sending experts to look at the shuttered ride and investigate the incident, Tobias Lindnar, a project manager for the company in Munsterhausen, Germany, told the Dallas Morning News.