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.
October 25, 2012 |
The first volleys of the next roller coaster revolution have been fired in the forested Idaho panhandle, the emerging epicenter of thrill ride innovation. Located in the small town of Hayden, Idaho, Rocky Mountain Construction has burst onto the ride manufacturing scene seemingly out of nowhere, shaking the theme park industry like a rumbling coaster train rocketing along a rickety old track with plans to build two looping wooden coasters in 2013. > Photos: Rocky Mountain and the history of looping wooden coasters Not since the coaster wars of the 1980s and '90s have the possibilities for thrill rides, new and revamped, seemed so promising.
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.
March 2, 1997
In the never-ending competition to add faster, scarier, bigger rides to lure tourists to theme parks, two new "inverted" roller coasters, which suspend the cars from the tracks like ski lifts, debut this spring. Next Saturday, "The Great White" ride opens at Sea World of Texas in San Antonio--the first roller coaster at any of the nation's four Sea World parks. And on April 11, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Va.
September 3, 2002 |
HOLD THE ENLIGHTENMENT More Travel, Less Bliss By Tim Cahill Villard 300 pages, $24.95 Reading "Hold the Enlightenment: More Travel, Less Bliss," a collection of essays by adventure travel writer Tim Cahill ("Pass the Butterworms"), is like visiting a theme park that offers thrills for all types, from easygoing Dumbo-caliber rides to the most hair-raising roller coasters.
May 2, 2001 |
A fire raged through a roller coaster at one of Europe's largest amusement parks, forcing 150 passengers to scramble down 60-foot ladders to escape. At least 54 people were injured, most of them suffering smoke inhalation. Phantasialand in Bruehl in western Germany was filled with 20,000 guests for the May Day holiday, officials said. "We just barely avoided a catastrophe," said Cologne police director Winrich Granitzka. The park's founder said the fire probably began in a cable.