August 31, 2012 |
Escalating the amusement park arms race, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia said it would open the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster next spring. The debut of Full Throttle will bring the number of coasters at the park to 18, widening Magic Mountain's lead over its longtime rival Cedar Point. The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park has 15 coasters. For years, Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain have battled for the title of "roller coaster capital of the world" by adding and operating the most coasters of any amusement park.
August 30, 2012 |
In the amusement park arms race, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia announced Thursday what the park says will be the world's tallest and fastest looping roller coaster, set to open next year. The debut in 2013 of a coaster called Full Throttle will bring to 18 the total number of coasters at the park, putting Six Flags ahead of its longtime rival, Cedar Point, a theme park in Sandusky, Ohio, which now has 15 coasters. For years, Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain battled in the media for the title of "roller coaster capital of the world" by trying to operate more coasters than any other amusement park.
August 23, 2012 |
PIGEON FORGE, TENN. - Set against the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is surrounded by a green canopy of hardwood trees and colorful blankets of flowers that envelop every ride and attraction in the Tennessee wilderness. Photos: Top 10 Dollywood rides and attractions The 150-acre theme park in Pigeon Forge traces its origins to the 1961 debut of the Rebel Railroad, a five-mile steam train ride into the foothills of the Smokies, complete with Indian attacks and train robberies.
August 22, 2012 |
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.
August 20, 2012 |
David Krumholtz, who starred in the CBS mystery series "Numb3rs," which was helmed by executive producers Tony and Ridley Scott, took to Twitter on Sunday to write a short remembrance of Tony Scott, the 68-year-old film and TV director who died in an apparent suicide Sunday. The actor wrote about being directed by Scott in an episode of the series in which he played an eccentric math genius. Krumholtz wrote , "I had come to know Tony as a warm, enthusiastic and whimsical general with great vision and pride for his work and for the art of action.
July 26, 2012 |
Mike Trout is doing things a rookie big leaguer isn't supposed to be doing. An All-Star at 20, he's putting up numbers that haven't been seen in baseball for decades. According to the Angels, only one other player in major league history had as many hits (111), runs batted in (49) and stolen bases (31) as Trout in his first 77 games of a season: Ty Cobb in 1911. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about Trout is another thing that he isn't supposed to be doing: getting better.
July 22, 2012 |
In honor of the London 2012 Olympic Games, we decided to conduct an unscientific readers' poll to select the top roller coaster in the United Kingdom. Photos: 25 competitors in the All-England Roller Coaster Olympics Below you'll find an eclectic collection of 25 top coasters from the bigger and smaller U.K . parks vying for supremacy in the first-ever All-England Roller Coaster Olympics. The pool of contenders features a mix of steel behemoths, wooden monsters and colorful curiosities from most of England's better-known theme parks, with several selections from the big three amusement powerhouses: Alton Towers , Thorpe Park and Blackpool Pleasure Beach . With 167 coasters in the U.K., we clearly couldn't include every ride from every park in the poll.
July 10, 2012 |
The $800-million Adventure World Warsaw theme park set to break ground July 21 will feature lands dedicated to mythical creatures, ancient legends, fantasy worlds and Polish history. PHOTOS: Adventure World Warsaw theme park in Poland Located about a half-hour southwest of Warsaw, the 240-acre resort is expected to debut in 2015 with a theme park, indoor water park, retail center and two hotels. About a third of Adventure World will operate year-round with the remainder of the theme park open from March until October.
July 10, 2012 |
Two men who say they were barred from riding a roller coaster at Universal Studios Hollywood because they are missing limbs have sued the theme park. Angel Castelan, whose forearms were amputated after an electrical accident as a child, and Marvin Huezo, whose legs were amputated after a car accident, say they were kept off Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, an indoor roller coaster. The suit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, contends the men were kept off the ride in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A spokeswoman for Universal Studios Hollywood said the park does not comment on pending litigation.