September 9, 2013 |
If you're planning a long stay at Legoland California in Carlsbad this fall, Travelzoo's offer of $90 for a five-day pass might be just the ticket. That means visitors can spend as much time as they like at roller coasters, Miniland USA, tube slides and the aquarium. The deal: The pass comes from Travelzoo, and you must buy it from its website. The resort-hopper pass for five days covers admission to the Legoland theme park , the water park and the Sea Life Aquarium . Passes cost $90 for adults and $80 for children 3 to 12 years old, and expire five days after the first day you use them. When: No deadline on buying the pass, which is good through Oct. 27. Details: The pass deal is a good value, even if you don't use it for the full five days.
September 3, 2013 |
Katherine Gould recently enjoyed a thrilling ride on Magic Mountain's fast-zooming, forward-and-backward-rotating, face-down-plunging X2 roller coaster. Then she underwent a frustrating experience trying to recover from Magic Mountain's lost-and-found department the smartphone that had gone flying from her pocket at some point during all that zooming, rotating and plunging. "I honestly didn't think I'd get my phone back," Gould, 45, told me. "But I did expect at least an attempt at customer service.
August 22, 2013 |
Dollywood -- the Pigeon Forge, Tenn., theme park that dates back to 1961 -- has big plans that will take the park beyond what it's best known for, award-winning live music. "We're finally building our resort," Dolly Parton told the Associated Press. The singer became a partner in the enterprise in 1986. She told AP that a 300-room resort is in the works as part of a $300-million expansion to take place over the next decade. Included are a fishing pond and fire pits where guests can make s'mores.
August 8, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Passengers waiting to board the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Walt Disney World used to stand in long lines that snaked along the sun-baked pavement. Riders are now ushered into an air-conditioned tent, where kids can play on slides, a climbing tower and a toy fire engine while parents wait for the buzz of a pager telling them it's time to ride the attraction. "It's so much better this way," Russ Spence of Richmond, Va., said as he relaxed in the tent, waiting to take his 3-year-old grandson on the ride.
July 23, 2013 |
After watching bobsledders, ski jumpers and snowboarders, spectators at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will be able to take a thrill ride of their own at a theme park next to the Olympic village. The $300-million Sochi Adventure Park is to open in late 2013, just ahead of the Games, and continue as a year-round theme park after the Olympics end in February. Organizers envision repurposing the sporting venues, theme park, hotels, apartments and retail shops into a resort destination after the Olympics.
July 23, 2013 |
The death of a roller coaster rider in Texas has focused attention on the vexing problem theme park operators face trying to accommodate passengers of various shapes in one-size-fits-all seats. News reports about a woman who fell to her death from a Texas roller coaster suggest her girth may have played a role. The accident follows one in 2011 in which an Army veteran who had lost both legs fighting in Iraq plummeted to his death from a New York roller coaster. Theme park ride designers and operators say the nation's obesity problem and the improved mobility of people who are missing limbs have forced them to bar more patrons from thrill rides that are designed for passengers of certain proportions.
July 17, 2013 |
The first of 10 theme parks planned for a 2,000-acre resort billed as the "Orlando of China" is expected to open in late 2013 after three years of construction. The $2-billion marine-based Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park on Hengqin Island in China is to be connected by bridge to Macau and by ferry to Hong Kong. Chimelong Group already operates a resort about 75 miles northwest of Hong Kong, in Guangzhou, that includes the Chimelong Paradise theme park as well as a safari park, water park, crocodile farm and hotels.
July 7, 2013 |
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2014, 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 2014 It already seems like 2014 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.
July 6, 2013 |
It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and several major attractions are in the works for Asia. PHOTOS: Best new international theme park rides for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones will get announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
June 16, 2013 |
I've visited many theme parks in the United States over the last few years as the theme park blogger for The Times' Travel website, but this summer's crop of rides already has me updating my bucket list. Here's a look at some of the biggest new roller coasters, dark rides, live shows, water slides and themed lands planned for this summer at theme parks across the country. Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City, Mo. If I could visit only one theme park this summer, I'd head to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., to climb aboard the triple-inversion Outlaw Run hybrid (wood and steel)