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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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October 7, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Next year is shaping up as the year of the tower swing ride, with variations of the thrill ride heading to six theme parks — and counting. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., on Thursday announced plans for a 150-foot-tall SkyScreamer tower swing ride for spring 2011. SkyScreamer will be in the front of the park and rise to a height equal to Discovery Kingdom’s tallest roller coaster, the floorless Medusa . The open-air swings, similar to classic wave swinger rides, will accommodate 32 riders.
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Six Flags unveiled its 2012 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides, water slides and live shows at the amusement park chain's 12 North American locations. > Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2012 New Six Flags President and Chief Executive Jim Reid-Anderson said a full slate of new additions would become an annual event, promising to add a new attraction at "every Six Flags park every year. " Six Flags ' 2012 attractions include two new roller coasters, two relocated coasters, three tower rides, three water slide complexes and at least one show.
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May 22, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Imagine inner tubing down a water slide only to realize you've been riding along the back of a hissing 250-foot-long snake and are about to plunge into the gaping mouth of the fang-bearing and venom-spewing King Cobra. The new racing slide debuting in early July at Six Flags Great Adventure's Hurricane Harbor in New Jersey sounds more like a terrifying psychotic nightmare than a fun-filled day at the water park. PHOTOS: King Cobra water slide at Six Flags Great Adventure With King Cobra installations already in place in Turkey and Russia, the new Hurricane Harbor water park attraction marks the United States debut of the snake-themed water slide.
BUSINESS
December 27, 1998 | MIKE SCHNEIDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
At Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World's newest theme park, elephants and giraffes roam an ersatz African savanna munching on lush vegetation. The animals also appear to be taking a bite out of something else: attendance at Disney's other Florida theme parks. Disney's parks weren't the only ones with smaller crowds this year. The biggest theme parks in North America mostly had flat or smaller attendance than last year, according to figures compiled by the trade publication Amusement Business.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
A new era of towering thrill rides debuting over the next few years promises to alter the skylines of theme parks around the world. Photos: New towering thrill rides on the horizon Free-fall drop towers and skyrocketing space shots have been part of the theme park landscape for decades, but the next generation of sky-scraping attractions will significantly ramp up pulse rates while reaching once unimagined heights. Not too long ago, 300 feet was considered tall in the theme park universe.
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August 13, 2002 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They had a little time after picking peaches and before swimming, so Marie and Tom Burrows decided to take their grandson Zack to America's newest tourist attraction: An enormous pile of radioactive waste. His flip-flops flapping as he ran, 9-year-old Zack Aiello scrambled up the mini-mountain of boulders that entombs waste from decades of bomb making: TNT, asbestos, arsenic, lead and, above all, uranium, purified here in this St. Louis suburb to power the Atomic Age.
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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