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August 15, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Germany'sEuropa-Park plans to open an elaborately themed wooden roller coaster in March 2012 that celebrates the Norse mythology of legendary heroes and supernatural creatures. > Photos: Concept art of Europa-Park's new wooden coaster Dubbed Wodan, the theme park's first wooden roller coaster will top out at 115 feet and reach speeds of 60 mph while navigating hairpin turns and airtime hills over a 3,500-foot-long track in the Icelandic area of the park. The new coaster, Europa-Park's 11th, will cross the tracks of the Atlantica SuperSplash water ride and the Blue Fire steel coaster.
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January 30, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
A new hybrid dark ride-roller coaster at Germany's Europa-Park will take visitors through a microscopic universe populated by ants the size of elephants, bumble bees as big as fighter jets and blades of grass taller than skyscrapers. Photos: 'Arthur and the Invisibles' ride at Germany's Europa-Park Debuting in April, the ride will be themed to the "Arthur and the Invisibles" animated movie trilogy directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson. The stories follow the adventures of a tiny race of creatures known as Minimoys who live in peaceful harmony with nature in a secretive underground world.
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January 30, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
A new hybrid dark ride-roller coaster at Germany's Europa-Park will take visitors through a microscopic universe populated by ants the size of elephants, bumble bees as big as fighter jets and blades of grass taller than skyscrapers. Photos: 'Arthur and the Invisibles' ride at Germany's Europa-Park Debuting in April, the ride will be themed to the "Arthur and the Invisibles" animated movie trilogy directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson. The stories follow the adventures of a tiny race of creatures known as Minimoys who live in peaceful harmony with nature in a secretive underground world.
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August 15, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Germany'sEuropa-Park plans to open an elaborately themed wooden roller coaster in March 2012 that celebrates the Norse mythology of legendary heroes and supernatural creatures. > Photos: Concept art of Europa-Park's new wooden coaster Dubbed Wodan, the theme park's first wooden roller coaster will top out at 115 feet and reach speeds of 60 mph while navigating hairpin turns and airtime hills over a 3,500-foot-long track in the Icelandic area of the park. The new coaster, Europa-Park's 11th, will cross the tracks of the Atlantica SuperSplash water ride and the Blue Fire steel coaster.
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February 20, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Ride enthusiasts are already drooling over a multi-launch roller coaster coming to a Swedish amusement park that promises six inversions and a series of near-miss encounters with other rides dotting a wooded hillside terrain. Photos: Projekt Helix megacoaster at Liseberg Dubbed Projekt Helix, the $30-million coaster is set to debut in spring 2014 at the Liseberg amusement park located outside Gothenburg, about equidistant between Oslo, Norway, and Copenhagen, Denmark, along Sweden's west coast.
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June 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Five of Europe's largest theme parks said Monday that they are teaming up to offset intense competition from Walt Disney Co.'s Euro Disneyland. The parks will offer visitors discount coupons for use at the four other parks and intensify efforts to ensure that travel agents do not over-promote Euro Disneyland.
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January 24, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SeaWorld San Diego will add a manta ray-themed family roller coaster on May 26 that marks the U.S. debut of a highly anticipated prototype ride. PHOTOS: Manta roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego Paired with a 100,000-gallon aquarium and outdoor ray pool, the Manta coaster will twist and turn over low terrain in the relatively unused back corner of the marine park near the Skyride and Flamingo Cove, SeaWorld officials said....
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July 17, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The first of 10 theme parks planned for a 2,000-acre resort billed as the "Orlando of China" is expected to open in late 2013 after three years of construction. The $2-billion marine-based Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park on Hengqin Island in China is to be connected by bridge to Macau and by ferry to Hong Kong. Chimelong Group already operates a resort about 75 miles northwest of Hong Kong, in Guangzhou, that includes the Chimelong Paradise theme park as well as a safari park, water park, crocodile farm and hotels.
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February 9, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SeaWorld San Diego will add a $10 million-plus roller coaster in 2012 that marks the U.S. debut of a highly anticipated prototype ride. Paired with a 100,000-gallon aquarium and outdoor ray pool, the Manta coaster will be in a relatively unused back corner of the marine park near the Skyride and Flamingo Cove, SeaWorld officials said. The 30-foot-tall Manta will feature dual launch zones, a 54-foot drop into a subterranean trench and a dramatic wing dip into a shallow lake over a 2,800-foot-long track.
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May 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
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.
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September 6, 1998 | EILEEN OGINTZ
The kids are yelling their lungs out on the upside-down roller coaster and scarfing down too much cotton candy. It's another theme park--but no one except us is speaking English. We're at Parc Asterix, about a half-hour's drive north of Paris, based on the enormously popular cartoon and comic-strip character Asterix the Gaul. Had we been really homesick, of course, we could have gone to Disneyland Paris; it's an easy train ride from central Paris, and plenty of English is heard there.
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December 2, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
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.
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