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January 4, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The interactive Flying Ninjago thrill ride debuting in 2012 at Legoland Germany will send riders spinning through air on the wings of a dragon. Set to debut on March 30, the new ride is expected to be one of the first Sky Fly towers built by German-based Gerstlauer. PHOTOS: Flying Ninjago ride at Legoland Germany Sky Fly lifts riders 70 feet in the air aboard single-seat gondolas at the end of a cantilevered arm rotating around a central tower. Concept art released by Legoland Deutschland shows a seated boy piloting a scaly green dragon while holding handles that control the pitch of the creature's wings.
March 1, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The interactive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle thrill ride debuting at Minnesota's Nickelodeon Universe will send riders spinning through the air like high-flying martial artists. PHOTOS: TMNT Shell Shock ride at Nickelodeon Universe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Shock, a first of its kind ride in the U.S., is scheduled to open on March 17 at the indoor amusement park inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. The Gerstlauer Sky Fly tower will lift riders 70 feet in the air aboard single-seat gondolas at the end of a cantilevered arm rotating around a central tower at 25 mph.  Riders will control the pitch of the gondola's wings with their hands -- choosing to simply sit and spin, gently teeter-totter like a see-saw or wildly rotate like a plane propeller.
November 5, 1995 | Mike Penner
Nearing the fifth anniversary of its fortune-making groundbreaking, the audacious, ostentatious Pond of Anaheim today finds itself the somewhat unnatural habitat for ducks, bullfrogs, clippers, splashes and, very possibly, very soon . . . piranhas. Or tiger sharks, if the new arena football entry carries out its ominous threat and the name-that-franchise balloting bounces the wrong way.
What does it take to compete in a town where tourists can do anything from riding a sky-high roller coaster to watching fiery pirate battles? James Chih-Cheng Chen's answer: Go after a market that isn't being served. "I see so many Asian tourists here, but I see no Asian business people. They're happy with everything in Las Vegas except the food," Chen said. "I dreamed of a place to serve food to Chinese people."
September 12, 2008 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
Bobby Wilson, a.k.a. Kill Kill, is a roller pigeon fancier -- has been since he was a little boy in the projects in Watts. He was walking his dog down Holmes Avenue when he first spotted the birds flying above Eddie Scott's house. He watched in wonder as they whirled and somersaulted through the sky. Bobby was 9 years old and a serial collector of animals -- spiders, red ants, hamsters, lizards. But he'd never seen this. "You better not come in my yard!" Mr. Scott barked. Someone had just stolen a few of his top rollers and he was not happy.
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