November 13, 2013 |
In the latest skirmish in a years-long legal battle prompted by the death of a SeaWorld trainer in Florida, a federal appeals court heard arguments in a case challenging a ban on close contact between SeaWorld staff and killer whales. In 2010 at the Orlando park, killer whale Tilikum snatched trainer Dawn Brancheau from a platform and thrashed her around underwater until she died . Federal workplace investigators later cited SeaWorld , saying trainers were exposed to hazards because they were allowed unprotected contact with the killer whales.
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October 18, 2013 |
Authorities this week released photos of a man and woman suspected of stealing two duffel bags during a private party at Raging Waters for Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and their families. The bags contained hundreds of dollars worth of personal items, including two sheriff's deputy badges and sets of identification. Dozens of families were at the San Dimas water park on Sept. 22 when the bags disappeared, KTLA reported. “When badges are stolen it's very concerning to us because people can use these things and they can pose as deputy sheriffs,” said Sheriff's Deputy Johnie Jones.
October 15, 2013 |
In true Disney style, the Aulani, the leeward Oahu resort that opened in August 2011, is giving customers what they want: a larger water park and a new eating spot. Beginning Saturday, the Aulani resort will expand its Waikolohe Valley water play area with the opening of Ka Maka Landing. It features include an infinity pool, a splash zone for younger children and a new poolside cafe. The pool boasts an infinity edge overlooking a 9-acre, blue lagoon with a white sand beach.
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.
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.