Silver Dollar City’s New Festival of Wonder Leads 2017 Events: A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience!

The all-new Festival of Wonder in April, a new summer concert series and a big new Christmas expansion top the lineup for Silver Dollar City’s 2017 season, designated the Year of Food and Crafts. The Year of Food and Crafts celebrates the art of American fine craftsmanship with new handcrafted treasures, and presents new signature dining experiences with over 200 new specialty foods throughout the season.

The Year of Food and Crafts kicks off with the park’s opening ride event Spring Ride Days March 15-26, then the new Festival of Wonder opens April 6 with amazing acts of curiosity and larger-than-life performances, all billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience.” Featuring the world’s largest playable stringed instrument, the Earth Harp Collective has strings stretched the length of Red Gold Heritage Hall, vibrating above the heads of the audience as it plays,  creating a multi-faceted music experience. The Earth Harp is just one of the show’s beyond-believable instruments from visionary instrument creator William Close, an America’s Got Talent finalist. The festival also features the Flamenco Kings, seven brothers whose stunning performances are a fusion of flamenco, tap, martial arts and acrobatics; Balancing Wonders, presenting gravity-defying performers in an extraordinary balancing show; plus Speed Painter Dan Dunn, glass armonica music and incredible wind instruments.

New foods for the Festival of Wonder take an outrageous turn as well, including Curious Kabobs with shark or alligator on a stick, and the World of Bacon with Bacon Cannoli and Chocolate Covered Bacon. The festival runs April 6-30.

In May, the popular festival Bluegrass & BBQ brings in top bluegrass musicians, including a special concert with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Skaggs, winner of 14 Grammy Awards, 8 CMA Awards, 11 IBMA* Awards and 2 Dove Awards, headlines Memorial Weekend, with a concert on May 28. Also among the festival’s top performers are Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, The Gibson Brothers and The Grascals. A huge new BBQ Pitmaster Courtyard offers savory barbecue feasting, with new foods including layered Barbecue Sundaes, a “Ribs Spectacular,” and Mason Jar Desserts. Bluegrass & BBQ runs May 4-29.

June brings a new Echo Hollow Summer Concert Series, presenting concert fun from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with performances by Poco, Rare Earth, The Association, The Spinners and The Lovin’ Spoonful. Concerts are June 2-4 and 9-11.

June also brings the family-focused festival Star-Spangled Summer, featuring the Harlem Globetrotters, with 9 new Guinness World Records for trick shots, in the final year of The Globetrotter Experience show. The festival also presents stunt dogs, champion cloggers and cartoon characters, June 3-July 16. Food Days lead into and top off summer events with wild new flavors. The park’s night ride event Moonlight Madness, July 15-30, brings back ride-in-the-dark fun and evening street dances, performances by international touring group Rockapella.

The top names in Southern Gospel fill the stages for Southern Gospel Picnic, August 24-September 4, including Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Dove Award winners The Booth Brothers and Jeff & Sheri Easter, Greater Vision, The Hoppers, Legacy Five and The Isaacs. The food spotlight is on Southern cuisine, as Southern cooking expert and food blogger Christy Jordan presents all-new recipes in The House of Chicken & Fixin’s.

Concerts featuring country music icons Restless Heart, Diamond Rio and Lonestar are presented each evening during Silver Dollar City’s Country Music Weekend, September 8-10, and the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival features the nation’s finest craftsmen and authentic cowboys, September 13-October 28. The festival presents the popular Wild West Show with trick riders, ropers and a world-champion Native American Hoop dancer; Western music, a barn dance, and 125 visiting craftsmen. Cuisine includes Cowboy Beef Stew and Dutch Oven Dessert

An Old Time Christmas is brighter than ever, debuting the all-new Christmas in Midtown, a 70,000 sq. ft. area filled with new light displays 9 stories high, including 30 angels, animated reindeer pulling a sleigh, 3 light tunnels, two 40-foot long moving trains, dozens of stars and snowflakes, and a 50-foot tree, all created at Silver Dollar City. Christmas in Midtown adds 1.5 million new lights, bringing the park’s total to 6.5 million lights. The festival also presents “Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade” led by the most famous reindeer of all, with musical lighted floats and dozens of costumed characters, plus two original musical productions: It’s A Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Ranked as one of the world’s top holiday events, the park dazzles with the acclaimed 5-story special effects Christmas Tree and an encompassing light-and-sound show on the Square, plus new holiday foods, November 4-December 30. Also new this year is aNew Year’s Celebration December 31 and January 1.

The park presents more than 40 rides and attractions, including the world-famous wood coaster Outlaw Run, named Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide and featured in Guinness World Records 2015. The new Year of Food and Crafts spotlights the park’s 100 craftsmen demonstrating America’s heritage crafts, hundreds of new food specialties are added to the dining options, and shows fill the stages throughout the season. The 1880s-style theme park is open March 15December 31, 2017 and January 1,

Playland’s Castaway Cove Announces Brand New Coaster For 2016!

Playland’s Castaway Cove in a triple launching S&S coaster, coming in 2016! It will be 125 Feet Tall and feature : Beyond 90º Drop, 64 MPH Launch Speed, Three Launches, and 7 Thrilling Elements!


I am really excited to see this smaller park adding a new ride like this!

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At Least 6 Injured After Ride Tips Over At Beech Bend Park

Image by Ashley Short

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Officials said a ride tipped over at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky injuring several children.

According to WBKO, emergency personnel responded to the park after a children’s swing ride tipped over.

At least six were injured when the incident happened around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Authorities said all were taken to the hospital, some by private vehicle.

The ride has been set to be inspected to determine what malfunctioned, but officials said uneven weight distribution could have been a factor.

The manager of the park said the rest of the park was scheduled to remain open for regular business hours. No further details were immediately available.


Kentucky Kingdom announces the upcoming addition of Storm Chaser, its fifth roller coaster and second new coaster since the theme park reopened 14 months ago.


Kentucky Kingdom is recognized within the amusement industry for its diverse mix of thrilling coasters, which include Thunder Run, the classic wooden coaster ranked among the top “woodies” in the world; T3, its newly revamped and reopened suspended looping coaster; Lightning Run, a one-of-a-kind hyper coaster introduced in 2014 and rated among the top 25 steel coasters in the world by Amusement Today; and the Roller Skater, a whimsically themed family coaster and a favorite with all ages.

With the objective of offering its guests something truly unique, the park commissioned Rocky Mountain Construction to design and build its fifth and newest coaster.  According to John Mulcahy, the park’s Director of Marketing and Communication, “Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) is on the leading edge of coaster design and engineering, admired by both coaster enthusiasts and industry professionals.”

Mulcahy went on to say, “What makes Storm Chaser so special is that it will have RMC’s unique and patented iBox track, which will rest on wood, creating the “feel” of a wooden coaster, but will be supported by a steel superstructure.  This yields a ride that’s smooth as glass, yet also very fast and intense.  The iBox track also allows for the addition of exciting elements not normally associated with traditional wooden coasters.”

Some might refer to Storm Chaser as a hybrid coaster, but it’s actually an entirely new category of coaster.  There are only five other parks in the world to have a coaster with the revolutionary iBox track and they are the marquee attractions at some of the largest parks in the world, including Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California), Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, Texas), and Six Flags New England (Agawam, Massachusetts).

“These other iBox coasters have gotten rave reviews and we’re very proud to be joining their ranks,” remarked Mulcahy.  Storm Chaser will give our guests a coaster experience like no other in the region.”

Mulcahy continued, “Storm Chaser, standing 100 feet tall at its highest point, will be the first coaster in America to feature a barrel roll drop from a 10-story lift hill, not to mention a near-perpendicular 78-degree angle of descent.  But that’s just the beginning.  That first roll is followed by a stall dive, a tip-out corner, airtime hills, a twisted airtime drop, and even a corkscrew, features that simply can’t be offered on traditional wooden coasters.”

Mulcahy confirmed that Storm Chaser will replace the coaster formerly known as Twisted Twins.  Work on this project has already begun and Storm Chaser will be ready for its first riders when the park opens in the spring of 2016.

Ed Hart, President and CEO of Kentucky Kingdom, noted, “Since we’re all about creating exceptional thrills at Kentucky Kingdom, Storm Chaser fits the bill.  Storm Chaser would normally cost as much as $15 million all-in, but we’re saving money by using some of the existing superstructure from Twisted Twins.  However, because of the new configuration, taller lift hill, and many other innovative features, we are essentially redesigning and building a new coaster.”  Hart went on to ask, “When’s the last time you dropped ten stories while doing a barrel roll?”

Fred Grubb, co-founder and “chief innovator” of RMC, added, “We are thrilled to have been selected for this project and to help introduce our special brand of coaster design to Kentucky.  Storm Chaser will be one of the most exciting coasters we’ve ever built!”



Kentucky Kingdom’s New Coaster In 2016 -By Jason Slone

What does Kentucky Kingdom have have up its sleeve for the 2016 operating season?  Time will tell and from what we found out recently it will tell soon.  Since the park reopened last year after being closed for the 5 previous years, the word from the park was the former Roller Coaster “Twisted Twins” would reopen.  However, at that time we didn’t know much more than that.  Now I think we can shine a little more light on that subject.  During a recent event at the park we were given a “behind the scenes” tour of the site where the former coaster resided.  The park officials would not go into many details about what they were doing yet, but did say that a official park announcement would be coming within the next couple of weeks.  As you can tell from the photos we took during our tour, construction (or should we say deconstruction) is well under way.  It also looks as if a lot of the existing structure is planned on being reused.



We will keep you posted as soon as the park makes the official announcement we will post it here.  I think this is going to be a very intriguing one for sure.

Adventureland to add “The Monster” in 2016 -By Josh Cameron

Adventureland announced yesterday that they will be adding Monster in 2016! Monster will be the largest investment the park has made since Adventure Bay, costing an estimated 9 million dollars.


Monster will start off with a 133 foot tall vertical lift hill, followed by a 110 degree (20 degrees beyond vertical) first drop to reach its top speed of 65 MPH. The ride will have 5 inversions, including the first zero-g stall in the western hemisphere, and 10 airtime moments during the 2500 foot ride.


Monster’s layout, provided by Adventureland.

Monster doesn’t come without a loss, though. This ride is the replacement of yet another classic log flume. The Log Ride will give it’s last ride on September 7th, 2015, ending it’s nearly 40 year life. While the ride was still structurally sound, technology has advanced since it was built. Also, water rides are very expensive to maintain.

Photo provided by Park Jouney


Monster is expected to open in June of 2016!


Turbulence Opening Date Announced! May 22nd



Facts about Turbulence Coaster


  • This coaster will be Long Island’s largest and ONLY spinning coaster!!
  • This coaster will have two trains, one yellow and one green
  • Because this is a free spinning coaster, each ride will be unique!! No two rides will be the same!
  • This coaster will debut in spring of 2015 and will take nearly two months to build!
  • This is the TALLEST and FASTEST coaster Adventureland has ever had!
  • This new coaster will be very family friendly; children as small as 44″ can ride with an adult!!

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DelGrosso’s Opening Day


DelGrosso’s Amusement Park will open for the 2015 Summer Season on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.  The Park will be open weekends and Memorial Day in May.


Opening Day celebrations kick off at 11am on May 9th with TWO HOURS of FREE Rides from 11am-1pm.  An All-Day Fun Pass is only $16.95 during the month of May.  On Opening Day the park is running a special BOGO on All-Day Fun Passes.  From 1pm-Close, you can purchase one pass at $16.95 and get one FREE!  On Mother’s Day – May 10th, all Moms get to Ride for FREE.

“We are so excited to be kicking off our 68th Season of family fun,” says Carl Crider Jr., General Manager of DelGrosso’s Amusement Park.  “Our staff has been hard at work for months preparing for the season, and we are excited to get the summer fun started.”

New This Season

  • New Ride for the 2015 Season – The Rock Star!

Description:  The Rock Star is a spectacular thrill ride that elevates riders 55’ above the midway on top of a flying platform.  Attached to a swinging arm that looks like the neck of a guitar, The Rock Star gives riders a unique free fall experience as the platform whisks toward the ground, after making a full circular, clockwise motion.  The ride is complete with an awesome LED Light show and it seats 22 riders.  Riders must be 42” tall to ride.

  • New Game – Ring A Bottle

Description:  This new game will be in Kid’s Kingdom.  Guests will have the option to choose from three different play options.  The options will be 10 rings for $1.00, 25 rings for $2.00, and a bucket of rings for $5.00.  There will be three different colors of bottles to indicate what the guest will win if they ring the neck of the bottle.

  • New Food Items – Deep Fried Oreos, Refillable Cups, Kids Meals, and more!

Description: DelGrosso’s Amusement Park prides itself on providing “America’s Best Amusement Park Food.”  Additions to the already delicious line up this year include: Deep Fried Oreo’s, Kunzler Jumbo All Beef Hotdogs and Jalapeño Cheddar Hotdogs, Refillable Soda Cups that can be purchased and then brought back to the park for $1.00 refills all season long, and Kids Meals and Combo meals that are available at every food stand (excluding the Sauce Boss Pizzeria).

Pricing for 2015

  • May & September $16.95
  • June, July & August $19.95

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park By The Numbers

  • Estimated 300,000 visitors a year
  • Home to 17 Picnic Pavilions that will host 800 plus picnics this summer
  • Estimated – 1200 pounds of Murf’s Famous Potato Salad will be made for Opening Weekend
  • Park Guests will enjoy an estimated 25,000 Pizzas at the park made with DelGrosso Pizza Sauce
  • Park Chef and staff will prepare over 2,300 pounds of spaghetti for the 2015 Spaghetti Wednesday meals


A full 2015 Event Schedule for DelGrosso’s Amusement Park can be found online at and on Facebook at the DelGrosso’s Amusement Park page.

  • You can also sign up for weekly Text Messages from the Park to find out what’s happening by texting the word DELGROSSOS to 99605. Standard text messaging rates apply.
  • You can sign up for a Monthly E-mail Newsletter “The DAP Insider” to learn more about events and special deals by texting the word PARKFUN to 22828. Standard text messaging rates apply.