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Workmen install lift chain on Banshee inverted roller coaser

By | February 1, 2014

MASON, Ohio – In this photo, a workman prepares for the installation of the chain for the lift hill of the new Banshee roller coaster at Kings Island. The $24 million ride will be the longest inverted roller coaster in the world when the ride debuts April 18. Riders will scream their way through 4,124 […]

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Up-close tour of vehicle assembly building at Kennedy Space Center

By | January 31, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Visitors interested in receiving unprecedented access to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center now have until only Feb. 11 to enjoy the KSC Up-Close Tour of the VAB. After a little more than two years, the tour is being halted to allow for modifications needed while Kennedy Space […]

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Long-time entertainment industry veteran Ray Pilszak dies

By | January 29, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill. — Ray Pilszak, 82, a long-time employee of Amusement Business, died January 18, 2014, in the city of his birth, Chicago. He would have turned 83 years old on March 5, 2014. Known in the industry as a tenacious ad salesman, Pilszak had only one job his entire adult life and that was […]

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Universal Orlando Resort reveals details for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley

By | January 24, 2014

2014’s Most Anticipated New Theme Park Experience Opens This Summer and Brings More of Harry Potter’s Adventures to Life ORLANDO, Fla. — Never before has a theme park created a guest experience like this: you climb aboard the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade and moments later arrive at King’s Cross Station — where the wonders of […]

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Cedar Fair announces organizational changes

By | January 22, 2014

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced Carrie Boldman as the Company’s corporate vice president, merchandise and games. In addition, the Company announced the promotion of Matt Shafer to corporate vice president, strategic alliances. “We are thrilled to have Carrie […]

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Legoland Florida salutes active personnel in armed forces with military appreciation days throughout 2014

By | January 15, 2014

Active Military Receive Free Admission Plus Family Member Discounts WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Legoland Florida salutes the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces with the continuation of Military Appreciation Days throughout 2014. As an appreciation for their continued service, all active duty military personnel including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, […]

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Busch Gardens' Falcons Fury exceeds 300-foot mark

By | January 7, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. — Construction on Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens Williamsburg surpasses the 300-foot mark on Tuesday, January 7m 2014. The first-of-its-kind Intamin drop ride will top out at 335 feet and feature seats that tilt 90 degrees forward so riders are facing the ground as they plummet from the top of the ride.

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NEAAPA hosts Tom Morrow Social

By | January 7, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA) held its annual Tom Morrow Social during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Orlando, Fla. The late Tom Morrow was called “Mr. NEAAPA” for his years of contribution to the association. Shown at the gala are NEAAPA […]

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AIMS Safety Seminar Orlando 2014

By | January 2, 2014

Housing closes Monday The 41st Annual AIMS Safety Seminar is set to Kick off on Sunday January 12, 2014. Industry professionals from around the globe will gather in Orlando for five days of intensive education, testing and certification. For those that have not yet arranged housing with the host hotel — now is the time. […]

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Amusement Today offices closed for the Holiday Season

By | December 22, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas — The offices of Amusement Today will close at noon on Monday, December 23, 2013, and will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2014 in order to give our employees a chance to celebrate Christmas and New Years with their family and friends. Amusement Today desktop edition will not be published on December 24, […]

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