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August 22, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
MASON, Ohio -- With 14 roller coasters, Kings Island ranks just behind North America's coaster capitals: California's Six Flags Magic Mountain (17), Ontario's Canada's Wonderland (16) and Ohio's Cedar Point (15). Photos: Top 10 Kings Island roller coasters Kings Island, just outside Cincinnati, traces its history to Ohio's Coney Island park, which dates to 1867 as one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. Many of Coney Island's rides -- including Scrambler, Dodgem and Monster -- were relocated to Kings Island when the 364-acre theme park opened in 1972.
July 24, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey-- Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., has a long and winding roller coaster history that's filled with as many twists and turns as the amusement park's many record-breaking rides. Photos : Top 10 Six Flags Great Adventure roller coasters Great Adventure was a must-see on my road trip across America's coaster belt, in large part because of the park's three world-class rides: El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro.
December 30, 1997 | DARYL STRICKLAND, Daryl Strickland covers tourism and small and minority business issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5670 and at
Mickey Mouse Jr. has outdistanced the original Mickey. Disneyland, the Anaheim theme park, has slipped from its perch as the continent's most popular theme park, surpassed by The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. An estimated 17 million people visited the Magic Kingdom, up 23%, versus 14.2 million at Disneyland, down 5%, or about 700,000 people, according to Amusement Business, a Nashville-based trade journal. Disneyland's attendance declined for a couple of reasons.
October 1, 2013 | By Bob Pool
What goes around comes around, some in Long Beach are saying about a proposal to rebuild the city's famous seaside roller coaster. City Council members will be asked Tuesday night to authorize a feasibility study into the construction of a two-lane “racing” roller coaster on a 2½-acre site near either the Long Beach Aquarium or the Queen Mary. Backers of the project say they have lined up investors for what designer Larry Osterhoudt calls the Cyclone Racer coaster. City Council member Gerrie Schipske wants the city manager to determine the feasibility of the coaster project, which she said “would create considerable tourism dollars” for Long Beach.
Knott's Berry Farm has sued the manufacturer of its $9-million Windjammer roller coaster, charging that the ride contains serious design flaws that cause it to regularly break down and prevent operations during even modest winds.
July 16, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pa. - With its extensive collection of turn-of-the-century rides and attractions, Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pa., is a living, breathing, trapped-in-amber ode to the "Golden Age of Amusement Parks. " Photos: Top 10 oldest rides and attractions at Kennywood As you pass through the tunnel from the parking lot to the park, you're transported back in time to a place full of memories and free of worries. Filled with vintage wooden coasters and rare old rides, the quaint and nostalgic park is the kind of place passed down from generation to generation.
Knott's Berry Farm plans to add a huge wooden roller coaster on the amusement park's west side, a move that would boost the park's collection of coasters to five. The new, as-yet-unnamed attraction would rise to a height of 112 feet as it carries 1,680 passengers per hour on a 100-second ride. Park officials outlined the wooden coaster's basic design in documents filed recently with the city of Buena Park.
March 31, 1997 | MARTIN HENDERSON
Cal Wells III and his Rancho Santa Margarita-based Arciero-Wells racing team are excited about the two upcoming CART events, the IndyCarnival in Queensland, Australia, April 6, and the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix April 13. His driver, Max Papis, will debut the new version of the Toyota powerplant, the RV8B, in the MCI Toyota; Hiro Matsushita will continue to run an RV8A in the Panasonic Duskin Toyota.
July 18, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
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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