June 1, 2002 |
A severe storm swept through a crowded amusement park in West Mifflin, killing one person and injuring nearly 50, including many children, authorities said. A roof over a ride called the Whip collapsed or partially collapsed, crushing one person, said Mary Lou Rosemeyer, a spokeswoman for Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh. The storm, with 80-mph winds, felled many trees in the park. "The wind was incredible and there was an extensive amount of damage," Rosemeyer said.
July 24, 2006 |
There was a time when Andy Quinn went skiing every year with a close-knit group of families that collectively owned 15 amusement parks. They hit the slopes by day and talked business at night. But these days, Quinn, a 53-year-old community relations director at Kennywood -- one of several parks his family jointly owns with another family -- has fewer companions during the weeklong outings. "We still do it, but there's only about four parks that are represented now," he said.
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.
May 20, 2013 |
A unique new haunted attraction opening this summer at a small United Kingdom theme park will combine a walk-through horror maze featuring live actors with a dark ride journey inside an abandoned mine shaft. The Hobs Pit maze and ride is set to open June 2 at Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Lowestoft, England, located about 100 miles northeast of London on the North Sea coast. Theme Parks: What may come to Wizarding World of Harry Potter 2.0 at Universal Orlando The 30-year-old amusement park has been promoting the new attraction with a clever viral marketing campaign that hints at the ride's paranormal back story.
July 18, 2011 |
Reporting from Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pa.-- My current travels across the great American roller-coaster belt will put me aboard five of the oldest operating coasters in the world, including the very oldest at little Lakemont Park here in Altoona. Photos : View the 21 oldest roller coasters in the world I found the rough, rickety and rundown Leap-the-Dips at Lakemont Park to be the perfect throwback to the golden age of coasters, when thrills were raw and wild rather than neutered by lawyers and lawmakers.
May 27, 2012 |
SANDUSKY, Ohio - As an amusement parks blogger, I have visited most of the big theme parks in Southern California and central Florida, but my roller-coaster résumé was a little thin when it came to the parks in between. So last summer my wife, Nancy, our 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, and I climbed aboard more than 70 coasters in 10 days at theme parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We each had established a few rules for our journey across America's Coaster Belt. Hannah was willing to ride coasters reaching 65 mph, topping out at 200 feet and going upside down three times.
August 5, 2001 |
More than 35 new coasters are making their debut this year at U.S. theme parks, according to the International Assn. of Amusement Parks and Attractions. They range from the Lego Technic Coaster at Legoland in Carlsbad, a ride for junior coaster lovers between 6 and 12, to the $12-million Titan Hypercoaster at Six Flags in Arlington, Texas, a 245-foot-tall behemoth that can reach 85 mph.
March 5, 1989 |
LTV Steel's once-mighty Aliquippa Works, which hugs the Ohio River for seven miles west of Pittsburgh, finally is being torn down, yard by rusty yard, and union boss Rich Vallecorsa is shedding no tears. About 8,000 workers once toiled at the plant, turning limestone, iron ore and coal into America's pipe, wire and tin plate. Only about 900 workers remain in two small mills that have managed to prove their profitability in the fickle 1980s.