Author Archives: AT Staff

Carowinds opens Fury 325 roller coaster

By | March 26, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Wednesday March 25 (3-25) Carowinds unveiled its monstrous Fury 325 roller coaster to the media and invited members of coaster enthusiast organizations. At 325 feet, the mega-wonder is the tallest new coaster to open this year and the tallest in the world utilizing a traditional lift hill. The coaster is part […]

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SeaWorld Entertainment names Joel Manby as President and CEO

By | March 19, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Joel Manby as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 7, 2015. At that time, Manby, 55, will also join the Company’s Board of Directors. David F. D’Alessandro, who has served as […]

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Rainforest Adventure coming to Grapevine, Texas

By | March 16, 2015

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Construction has started on the new 3,500-square-foot Rainforest Adventure scheduled to open this summer at Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium. The new permanent exhibit takes guests to the lush environment of the world’s rainforests where they will encounter brand new species to Sea Life, including crocodiles, piranha, anaconda and more. The five-gallery display […]

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Proposed new ASTM waterpark standard highlights stationary wave systems

By | March 3, 2015

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Stationary wave systems bring the thrill of surfing to water parks. A proposed new ASTM standard (WK31624, Practice for the Classification, Design, Manufacture, Construction and Operation of Standing Wave Systems) will provide a reference tool for safe construction and operation that will prove useful to both manufacturers and owners of standing […]

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Cedar Point unveils more plans for 2015

By | February 24, 2015

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Although most attention has been focused on Cedar Point’s conversion of Mantis to Rogarou, the park has revealed plans for name-changes and makeovers of three more rides in 2015. First up will be another relocation for Calypso. The historic spinning platform ride from Mack Rides of Germany, was part of a multi-ride […]

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Amusement Today office closed Monday, February 23

By | February 23, 2015

ARLINGTON, Texas — The offices of Amusement Today will be closed on Monday, February 23, due to a North Texas ice storm that is causing hazardous road conditions through the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Conditions are not expected to improve until mid-morning Tuesday, February 24.

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Frontier City to get seven-story looping thrill ride

By | February 20, 2015

Oklahoma City, Okla. — Hang on to your hats, Oklahoma. Frontier City’s all-new extreme thrill ride brain drain is going to throw you for a loop this summer – literally! This exciting thrill ride is seven stories tall (over 72-feet high!) and puts 24 riders face-to-face as they rocket back and forth in suspense before […]

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World's largest swimming lesson looking for hosts

By | February 16, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Host Location registration for the 2015 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson opens on Saturday, February 14. New this year, all Host Locations will teach their lessons at 10 am in their local markets as the lesson travels around the globe over the course of 24 hours. In prior years, aquatic facilities hosting […]

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Pennsylvania amusement ride safety seminar to add crowd control seminar

By | February 13, 2015

In cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, a six hour session dedicated to the challenge violence and rowdiness at public events has been added to the Pennsylvania Spring Amusement Ride Safety Seminar. This informational session will be held at the Holiday Inn in Grantville, PA on Thursday February 26, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. […]

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DreamVision announces launch of multi-billion dollar family entertainment theme parks

By | February 9, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas — The DreamVision Company, a Fort Worth-based privately owned entertainment and media enterprise, announced plans for two multi-billion dollar theme parks and the addition of executive Dave Goodman as president of DreamVision Theme Parks and Resorts. DreamVision CEO Rick Silanskas says the parks are being developed in partnership with Bryan Robinson, CEO, […]

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