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November 25, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Wham! Bam! Ka-Pow! A bruising brawl involving comic-book superheroes, Saturday morning cartoon characters and extreme sports icons will change the ride and roller coaster landscape of Six Flags' 11 U.S. amusement parks in 2011. An intellectual property housecleaning at the amusement park chain has left Bugs Bunny, Superman and Scooby-Doo victorious and Thomas the Tank Engine, The Wiggles, Evel Knievel and Tony Hawk vanquished. In a sudden about-face, Six Flags is undoing several licensing agreements established since 2007 for 60 amusement park rides and attractions.
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March 7, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
Six Flags Magic Mountain is expected to add a terrain-hugging launched roller coaster in 2013 featuring the world's tallest loop, according to an employee who wasn't authorized to speak on behalf of the amusement park. A Magic Mountain mechanic inadvertently revealed closely guarded facts about the record-setting  attraction while casually talking with a group of coaster enthusiasts during the recent West Coast Bash event at the Valencia amusement park. Details of the conversation quickly appeared on the Theme Park Review  website and rapidly spread through the online coaster community.
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June 16, 1996
There are more than 500 rollercoasters in the world, and 50 more are scheduled to open this year. Here's a sampling of the new ones: * U.S.: 1. Location--Athol, Idaho Park--Silverwood Theme Park Name of Ride--The Grizzly 2. Location--Las Vegas, Nev. Park--New York, New York Hotel and Casino Name of Ride--Big Apple 3. Location--Portland, Ore. Park--Oaks Park Name of Ride--no name 4. Location--San Antonio, Texas Park--Six Flags Fiesta Texas Name of Ride--Joker's Revenge 5.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
The Full Throttle launch coaster debuting at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2013 will feature a record-setting vertical loop that riders traverse twice -- once on the inside and again on the outside. > Photos: Full Throttle coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain The one-of-a-kind terrain-hugging roller coaster will have three launches -- two forward and one backward out of a special effects tunnel. > Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2013 As planned by designers, Full Throttle riders will be launched from the station, going from zero to 70 mph through the world's tallest loop and into a series of high-banked turns.
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July 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
During the dog days of summer, sometimes it's too hot to even think. That's the ideal time to pick up your laptop, head to an air-conditioned coffee shop and do something more mindless than people-watching: Enter a few travel contests. My e-mail box has been flooded lately with contests that promise to treat you to San Antonio or Oregon -- provided you win. Here are some that seem easy to enter. Good luck! --Group trip to Texas: The city of San Antonio is giving away a trip for eight (as in you plus seven others)
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April 6, 1997 | EILEEN OGINTZ
In 1836, Col. William Travis called his band of exhausted men together inside the Alamo walls and drew a line in the dirt with his sword. Their situation was hopeless, he said. They were fewer than 200 Texans against 4,000 well-equipped Mexican soldiers. Their choice: flee the old mission or cross the line and stay to fight for the freedom of Texas. Only one man, a mercenary, left. Three days later, the 182 men fought until none were left alive. Davy Crockett died in the Alamo. So did Jim Bowie.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new water slides coming in 2014 to water parks around the world, but then I realized a number of big attractions have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. Photos: Best new water slides for 2014  | Best new water parks for 2014 It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a good year for water park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
NEWS
November 14, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2013, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. > Photos: Most anticipated new U.S. theme park rides for 2013 It already seems like 2013 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects, and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
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.
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