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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.
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BUSINESS
May 7, 1996 | From Reuters
MGM Grand Inc., owner of the $1-billion MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas, on Monday unveiled a $250-million plan to transform the Emerald City-themed hotel into a "City of Entertainment." The four-phase program will add stores and entertainment venues, a convention center, parking and redesign the lion's-head entry along Las Vegas' famed Strip.
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April 12, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The once-famed Steel Pier on the long-faded Atlantic City Boardwalk will invest more than $100 million on new amusement rides and entertainment venues after scrapping plans to revive its centerpiece diving horse act amid an outcry by animal rights activists. PHOTOS: New rides at Steel Pier in Atlantic City Located across from Donald Trump's Taj Mahal casino on the New Jersey shore, the 1,000-foot-long amusement pier will add 11 rides, an arcade, nightclub, museum and ballroom during a four-year expansion project.
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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February 9, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A disaster-prone Texas tourist destination that for more than a century has been an on-again, off-again home to oceanfront amusements will once again lure thrill-seekers with roller coasters, midway games and carnival confections. PHOTOS: New rides at Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier The $60-million Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier plans to open in May with 16 rides, including a vertical-lift steel coaster, a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel with programmable LED lights and a 200-foot-tall swing tower offering panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico.
NEWS
December 24, 1996 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's the latest recipe for any casino developer hoping to join the big leagues on the Las Vegas Strip: First, find yourself an old, tattered casino-hotel to blow up--literally; next, identify a strong theme for your new resort, such as a city that bespeaks style or romance (Caution: New York and Paris are taken); finally, assemble a construction fund of at least a half-billion dollars--$1 billion is even better. Those may be high hurdles anywhere but here.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | Brady MacDonald
As summer approaches, 2014 already looks like a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and Asia and several major attractions are in the works for North America. PHOTOS: 32 best new theme park additions of 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap across the globe. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones get announced. Let's take a look at the 32 most anticipated additions planned for 2014 at theme parks close to home, across the United States and around the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 1996 | Laurie K. Schenden
The newest hotel-attraction in Las Vegas is also the easiest to spot. The Stratosphere, which opened April 30, towers over everything on the Strip and is topped off with the Let It Ride High Roller and Big Shot thrill rides, which cling to the exterior. If drinks and dining are more your speed, the cocktail lounge and (slowly) revolving restaurant are tucked safely inside. There are indoor and outdoor observation decks (acrophobes beware) and three wedding chapels in the 100-story-plus tower.
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Six Flags unveiled its 2014 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides and water slides at the amusement park chain's 13 locations. Photos: New rides coming to Six Flags parks in 2014 Six Flags' 2014 additions include four roller coasters, four thrill rides, five water attractions and a new water park. Among the highlights: Six Flags Great America (outside Chicago) By far the biggest addition at any Six Flags park for 2014 is the Goliath wood-steel hybrid coaster planned for Six Flags Great America in Illinois.
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