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August 22, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
MASON, Ohio -- With 14 roller coasters, Kings Island ranks just behind North America's coaster capitals: California's Six Flags Magic Mountain (17), Ontario's Canada's Wonderland (16) and Ohio's Cedar Point (15). Photos: Top 10 Kings Island roller coasters Kings Island, just outside Cincinnati, traces its history to Ohio's Coney Island park, which dates to 1867 as one of the oldest amusement parks in the United States. Many of Coney Island's rides -- including Scrambler, Dodgem and Monster -- were relocated to Kings Island when the 364-acre theme park opened in 1972.
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April 19, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Cedar Point plans to turn the Ohio theme park's Million Dollar Midway into the $6-million Luminosity nighttime spectacular complete with lights, lasers and fireworks tied to a stage performance with DJs, dancers and drummers. PHOTOS: Luminosity nighttime spectacular at Cedar Point Debuting on June 8, the 40-minute Luminosity: Ignite the Night stage show will be followed by a pyrotechnics finale that leads into a DJ street party designed to turn the midway into an enormous dance floor.
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December 23, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
[Updated 9:35 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23]: A section of rain-damaged train tracks in the San Diego area that halted Amtrak passenger service and the Coaster commuter train Wednesday remained closed Thursday. The North County Transit District, which maintains the tracks, said on its website that because of soil erosion beneath the mile-long section, officials were suspending the Coaster service, which runs between San Diego and Oceanside, until Monday. In its place, the district is running buses between the two cities; click here for a schedule.
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September 19, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The Verbolten multi-launch roller coaster debuting in Spring 2012 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will take riders on a high-speed drive along the German autobahn before detouring through the forbidden Black Forest. > Photos: Verbolten coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg The themed family coaster at the Virginia theme park will feature two launch zones and an indoor section of the ride with special effects. The 3-1/2-minute ride will travel along a 2,800-foot-long track twisting and turning through the woods.
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August 7, 1994 | Carroll Lachnit, Carroll Lachnit is a free-lance writer
Go. And stay. That's the lure of the "motion-based simulator" attractions that are drawing crowds at theme parks this summer. But from Valencia to Anaheim, it's still popular to loop and swoop the old-fashioned way--on a speeding roller coaster. Here's a rundown of what's in vogue this summer, compared to what was hot a year ago: Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park. The top ride is the new Mystery Lodge. The "advanced technology theater" creates the illusion of motion and has a Native American theme.
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December 7, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
While all eyes will be on Disney California Adventure in 2012, plenty of other theme parks in California will be adding new rides and attractions in time for the summer crowds. Our Top 10 for 2012 is dominated by new rides coming to DCA's 12-acre Cars Land expansion , the grand finale in the $1 billion extreme makeover the Anaheim theme park has undertaken during the past five years. DCA's transformation is so massive that even Disneyland is taking the year off as far as new attractions go, letting the spotlight shine on its younger neighbor.
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June 2, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
China's Jurassic Dream is racing toward a 2013 grand opening with plans to double the size of the dinosaur-centric indoor theme park within three years of the fast-tracked debut. PHOTOS: Jurassic Dream theme park in China Designed by Burbank-based Thinkwell Group, the 20-acre theme park will be located in Daqing, a petroleum-rich city of 3 million people in northeast China that has been the site of numerous dinosaur fossil finds. "Kids all over the world love dinosaurs, but in China they have an emotional connection to dinosaurs because they are right in their backyard," said Thinkwell creative director Dave Cobb.
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December 2, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It already looks like 2012 will prove to be a good year for globetrotting ride enthusiasts as theme parks in Asia, Europe and South America are planning to roll out major new attractions. > Photos: Best new international theme park rides for 2012 Theme parks around the world are preparing a highly anticipated slate for 2012 that includes record-setting roller coasters, one-of-a-kind attractions, pulse-quickening thrill rides and family-friendly themed lands. Since it is still early, I'll update my Top 20 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
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April 13, 1990 | DAVID WHARTON
The unveiling of a new roller coaster at Magic Mountain is a harbinger of summer, as certain as rising temperatures and the increasing smog over Van Nuys. Officials at the Valencia amusement park believe they simply must offer a new ride each year to compete for Southern California's thrill-seeking dollar. Two years ago, Ninja debuted as the world's fastest overhead-suspended roller coaster. Last year, it was Tidal Wave, promoted as the wettest ride in Los Angeles.
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