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 |
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.
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.
June 29, 2012 |
While theme parks often add water parks to attract more visitors and encourage longer stays, Italy's Etnaland water park will introduce a twist on the trend by opening a theme park in 2013. PHOTOS: Etnaland theme park set to open in 2013 Set to debut in March 2013, Etnaland's new theme park will feature 27 attractions including roller coasters, thrill rides, dark rides and water rides. Park World reports that several of the theme park attractions may soft-open in late 2012.
June 19, 2012 |
It was not exactly Mr. Toad's wild ride. More like a roller coaster ride. An octopus attached itself to a female dolphin's belly and went for a short ride off the island of Kalamos in the Ionian Sea. This unusual behavior was observed by Joan Gonzalvo of the Tethys Research Institute in Milan, Italy, who wrote about it on his blog . Gonzalvo photographed a dolphin jumping out of the water with what appeared to be something attached to its...
June 2, 2012 |
It's been almost three years since the U.S. recession officially ended, but the country remains stuck in a roller-coaster economy. The table above from the Bureau of Economic Analysis says it all -- economic growth speeds up, then slows down, then speeds up, and now it's slowing down again. It's as if there's some kind of invisible ceiling that we can't break through. What's worse, the ceiling isn't all that high -- GDP growth between 3% and 4%. If the United States is to recapture the low unemployment rates of the mid-2000s, before the subprime mortgage meltdown, it needs a sustained run of GDP growth that's solidly above 3%. In the first three months of 2012, by contrast, GDP grew a meager 1.9%.
May 31, 2012 |
Cedar Point theme park in Ohio plans to add a $25-million record-setting winged roller coaster in 2013, according to local media reports. Photos: Winged roller coaster at Cedar Point The Swiss-based Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider, dubbed "CP Alt.Winged," would be the world's fastest and longest winged coaster with a taller initial drop than any similar ride, according to a memo obtained by the Sandusky Register newspaper....