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July 6, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and several major attractions are in the works for Asia. PHOTOS: Best new international theme park rides for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones will get announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
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February 9, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
The Flight of the Demon winged coaster debuting March 29 at Germany's Heide Park will swoop through the dark along a twisting track bathed in devilish lights and lasers. Photos: Flight of the Demon winged coaster at Germany's Heide Park Known as Flug der Damonen in German, the $20-million coaster built by Switzerland's Bolliger & Mabillard is currently undergoing on-track testing at the Hamburg-area theme park. Custom painted by German graffiti artist Markus Genesius , the coaster trains will be themed as flying demons with gleaming red eyes and dagger-like fangs.
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NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
The Flight of the Demon winged coaster debuting March 29 at Germany's Heide Park will swoop through the dark along a twisting track bathed in devilish lights and lasers. Photos: Flight of the Demon winged coaster at Germany's Heide Park Known as Flug der Damonen in German, the $20-million coaster built by Switzerland's Bolliger & Mabillard is currently undergoing on-track testing at the Hamburg-area theme park. Custom painted by German graffiti artist Markus Genesius , the coaster trains will be themed as flying demons with gleaming red eyes and dagger-like fangs.
NEWS
July 6, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and several major attractions are in the works for Asia. PHOTOS: Best new international theme park rides for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones will get announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
NEWS
September 12, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The $20-million Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Tennessee is on track to be the first winged coaster in the U.S. when it opens in March 2012. > Photos: Wild Eagle winged coaster at Dollywood With riders sitting on either side of the track in a winged formation, Dollywood's sixth coaster will feature trains themed as bald eagles with outstretched wings. The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Similar B&M Wing Rider coasters also are scheduled to open next year at Six Flags Great America outside Chicago ( X-Flight )
BUSINESS
March 6, 2007 | From Reuters
Private equity firm Blackstone Group is buying Tussauds Group, owner of Madame Tussauds wax museums, for about $1.9 billion in cash, creating the world's second-biggest theme park group, behind Walt Disney Co. The deal, announced Monday, would combine Tussauds, one of London's biggest tourist attractions, Sea Life aquariums and the London Eye Ferris wheel with New York-based Blackstone's Legoland and Gardaland theme parks, which are held in its Merlin Entertainments Group.
TRAVEL
September 21, 1997
The top 10 theme parks in Europe, based on attendance in 1996: Park: Disneyland Paris Location: Marne la Vallee, France Attractions: Varied attractions and themes Visitors (in millions): 11.7 * Park: Blackpool Pleasure Beach Location: Blackpool, England Attractions: Traditional and high-tech rides Visitors (in millions): 7.5 * Park: Tivoli Gardens Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Attractions: Gardens, rides, concerts, fireworks Visitors (in millions): 3.
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Billed as the world's tallest water ride, the $26-million Divertical at  Italy's Mirabilandia theme park will combine a shoot-the-chutes flume and a roller coaster track with an offshore powerboat racing theme. PHOTOS: Divertical water coaster at Mirabilandia Debuting June 16, the Divertical water coaster will feature an innovative elevator lift system that carries the 10-person boats to the top of the 197-foot-tall ride. From there, riders will descend a 45-degree water flume at speeds topping 65 mph. After a tidal wave-like splash, the train will continue along a coaster track over air-time hills and hairpin turns before dropping into a second splashdown pool.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Swarm winged coaster at the United Kingdom's Thorpe Park will take riders through post-apocalyptic scenes of war and destruction when the $29.5 million ride opens in spring 2012. > Photos: The Swarm coaster at Thorpe Park The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Billed as the U.K.'s first winged coaster with riders sitting on either side of the track in a "winged" formation, Swarm has salivating fans eagerly waiting to see if the cutting edge ride is also the U.K.'s first fourth dimension coaster featuring rotating seats (like Six Flags Magic Mountain's X2)
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
After a half decade without a new roller coaster and the removal of two aging rides from its coaster fleet, Cedar Point can once again reclaim its self-proclaimed title of "America's Roller Coast" with the addition of Gatekeeper in 2013. > Photos: Gatekeeper winged coaster at Cedar Point Billed as the tallest, fastest and longest winged coaster with the highest inversion of any coaster in the world, the $30-million record-setting ride will fly over Cedar Point's front entrance as the new icon of the Ohio amusement park.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The X-Flight coaster coming in May to Six Flags Great America will take riders seated in a winged formation through a near-miss keyhole fly-through that serves as the new ride's signature element. PHOTOS: X-Flight wing coaster at Six Flags Great America Themed to look like a stealth fighter jet, the new wing coaster at the Chicago-area amusement park will feature trains with seats that straddle the track, giving riders the sensation of having nothing above or below them.
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