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August 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., may be the only place on Earth where you can celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and the Fourth of July all in a single day. Photos: Top 10 Holiday World rides and attractions The family-owned theme park prides itself on its collection of record-setting rides and an award-winning water park that's included with the price of admission. In 1946, park founder Louis Koch opened Santa Claus Land in this small Indiana town to pay tribute to the town's namesake elf. The self-proclaimed “world's first theme park” featured a train, a toy shop, a few kiddie rides and, of course, daily visits by Santa Claus.
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August 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., may be the only place on Earth where you can celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and the Fourth of July all in a single day. Photos: Top 10 Holiday World rides and attractions The family-owned theme park prides itself on its collection of record-setting rides and an award-winning water park that's included with the price of admission. In 1946, park founder Louis Koch opened Santa Claus Land in this small Indiana town to pay tribute to the town's namesake elf. The self-proclaimed “world's first theme park” featured a train, a toy shop, a few kiddie rides and, of course, daily visits by Santa Claus.
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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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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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March 13, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A racing wooden roller coaster debuting this spring at a Chinese theme park will feature a first-of-its-kind element in which riders in dueling trains reach out toward each other and attempt to exchange high-fives. Dubbed the High Five by the American ride designers, the wooden coaster opening in April at Happy Valley Wuhan will be officially known as Dragon Wings. Riders traveling in parallel trains along banked tracks during the unique High Five element will tilt inward 90 degrees, allowing their upward raised hands to almost touch during the near-miss moment.
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December 26, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The theme park industry will take a deep breath in 2013 after the launch of several landmark attractions and with more groundbreaking projects on the horizon. The last few years have seen several theme park additions that have altered the industry landscape and set attendance records -- from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The future promises even more theme park innovation in the form of Shanghai Disneyland in China and Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
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June 26, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
The new "Insane Coaster Wars" coming to the Travel Channel this summer lets viewers take a virtual ride on many of the best roller coasters in the United States right from the comfort of their living room couch. PHOTOS: 24 rides competing in "Insane Coaster Wars" Premiering at 9 p.m. on July 8, each themed half-hour episode will let viewers vote online for their favorite coasters in six categories: speed, height, G-forces, inversions, wooden coasters and suspended coasters.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
Broadcom Corp., the No. 1 maker of semiconductors for cable-TV modems and digital set-top boxes, agreed Monday to buy closely held Altima Communications Inc. for $560.6 million in stock to gain greater access to small to medium businesses. Broadcom will issue 2.5 million of its Class A shares for San Jose-based Altima, which makes networking products for switches, routers and Internet appliances and sells mostly in Asia.
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November 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
About this time each year ride manufacturers and theme park operators gather in Orlando, Fla., for the International Assn. of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show. > Photos: Ride makers unveil new attractions at IAAPA show Ride makers use the annual IAAPA show to announce attractions for the coming year and unveil ride concepts they hope will become the next big industry sensation. You can catch in-depth video and photo updates from the IAAPA show floor at Theme Park Review and Screamscape . Here's a roundup of the biggest attraction announcements to come out from IAAPA this past week: Gravity Group will add a barrel roll to the Hades wooden roller coaster at Wisconsin's Mt. Olympus in 2013.
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January 2, 1997 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The start of the new year may be the only time when it's common for people to give serious, structured thought to the future. But, for some kids in the San Fernando Valley, it's an ongoing topic. During the fall semester, David Silverberg, a social science teacher at Oakwood School in North Hollywood, put his seventh-graders to the task of figuring out what schools of the future should be like.
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June 9, 1986 | DAVE PALERMO, Times Staff Writer
Lee Slotsky lifted his 10-month-old daughter, Danielle, to his shoulder and nodded at the ornate horses twirling around the merry-go-round Sunday in the carrousel building at the Santa Monica Pier. "Look how beautiful they are," Slotsky said. "Every one of those horses is handmade. I've been coming here for 25, 30 years and, even when the place was closed, I'd rub the stuff off the windows and look inside. I've got a lot of memories from this place, and my kid will have the same memories I have."
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