Sky Trail to be installed at Cedar Point Sports Center

Ropes Courses, Inc. is excited to announce one of its newest installations of their Sky Trail® ropes course attraction as part of a new Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky, Ohio. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, world-class amusement park Cedar Point and sport management company Sports Force Parks, out of Georgia, have partnered to create a 57 acre multi-purpose sports complex just minutes away from Cedar Point Amusement Park on Ohio’s north coast. It will be home to traveling tournament players in a variety of sports such as, baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. The Sky Trail® ropes course addition will challenge them and keep them on their game along with other offerings of a playground, mini golf course, trampoline park and more for both players and families to enjoy. 

“We’re honored to be a part of it all!” said Jim Liggett, owner of Ropes Courses, Inc. (RCI).

 

Participants will experience a whole new level of fun, quite literally, on the Sky Trail® ropes course when compared to the sports fields nearby. It will stand nearly 25 ft. tall, and will officially be the tallest amusement attraction on the Sports Center facility grounds. Participants will enjoy panoramic views of the Cedar Point roller coasters, tournament fields and Lake Erie as they climb through 11 diverse rope activities and soar down the attached Sky Rail™ zip line for a unique and kid-friendly adventure all in its own.

 

The fabrication and installation of the 7 pole Sky Trail® Navigator and Sky Rail™ zip line attraction will take just under a month to finalize. Much like any other amusement attraction, the Sky Trail® ropes course has a “gazillion” pieces and parts that attribute to its renowned caliber for durability and longevity. This course, composed of nearly 9 tons of steel, 6,500 fasteners and connectors, 1,000 ft. of combi-rope, 300 ft. of plumber and 81 gallons of paint, is sure to have a stand-alone “wow” factor when completed.   

 

RCI installation manager, Josh Shoup states, “This course has a standard layout we have experience putting together and it will only require 1 week’s time for 4 installers to complete the job. We’re confident Sports Force Parks and Cedar Point will be impressed with our capabilities.“ 

 

The course takes up 1,800 square feet of space and is designed for additional activities underneath the attraction. Each venue with these courses determines what additional offerings for its clientele works in this space. The Sky Trails® small footprint offers an opportunity for activities in its vicinity or for the not so “thrill seekers” to stay on the ground and watch the players up above. 

 

“The decision to add a Sky Trail® to the Sports Center was a smart one. Young kids and their families go up together and try their luck on the elements they decide they want to go through. When they exit the course, they all have a different perspective on the experience. The only thing that is the same are the smiles!“ said Liggett.

 

For more information on Sky Trail® ropes courses visit www.ropescoursesinc.com. For more information about the Sport Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center visit www.sportsforceparksandusky.com.

Kings Dominion Sees a Planet Snoopy Expansion

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Kings Dominion has announced a Planet Snoopy expansion this morning:

“Planet Snoopy has been a family fun favorite at Kings Dominion since 2013. We’re making
room for more fun, more laughs and more thrills in 2017 by adding three new thrill rides for your family and expanding the Planet Snoopy experience including a new event space and upgraded food and beverage locations.”

They’ll be adding Peanuts 500, Kite Eating Tree, and Sally’s Sea Plane.

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Wildwater Kingdom Discontinues Operation

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Wildwater Kingdom, the remaining part of the abandoned Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora, Ohio, has announced that it will discontinue operation this September. The park has released this statement:

“Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has announced that Wildwater Kingdom water park in Aurora, Ohio, will not reopen after the 2016 season. Its final day of operation will be Monday, September 5.

Cedar Fair has been working cooperatively with both Bainbridge Township and the City of Aurora to redevelop the entire property into what will best benefit the surrounding communities. After examining its long-range plans, Cedar Fair has determined that the time is right to begin this transition and will continue to work together with community leadership in the positive future development of the property.

Cedar Fair would like to thank the residents of Northeast Ohio for supporting Wildwater Kingdom each summer.”

Dorney Park Announces Their 2017 Additions

Dorney has announced that they will be adding two new rides and a couple more improvements around the park.

 

First off, The park is adding some new Bumper Cars to the park’s line-up.

“Back by the popular demand of Dorney Park guests….bumper cars! Just when you think you’ve got a clear path, BAM!–there’s someone you didn’t dodge. Get behind the wheel of this midway classic and take a crash course in family fun.”

The park is also adding a Troika, going by the name of Kaleidescope

“Test your thrill level with a spin on the all new Kaleidescope, a circular ride sending guests on a counter-clockwise trip of weightlessness and acceleration.
Manufactured by HUSS, the ride will feature three arms of seven gondolas moving counterclockwise against the ride’s main clockwise direction.”

The Live E department is getting a new addition, as well, with the addition of Cirque Imagine.

“New in 2017, Cirque Imagine will surely amaze crowds of all ages. This action-packed show features incredible displays of high-flying acrobatics, feats of strength, raw athleticism, beauty, grace and sidesplitting humor. You’re sure to stay on the edge of your seat and keep coming back for more!

Sit back, relax and cool off at the Good Time Theatre and take in a show like no other! Best yet, like all other live shows at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, it is included with park admission.

Once you’ve been amazed, stay after the show to meet and greet your favorite performers!”

Wildwater Kingdom is also receiving 29 new cabanas and a new full-service bar with the addition of “Sunset Beach Bar”.

 

In addition to all of this, the park will be receiving “Parkside Pavilion”, which will be able to seat 2,000.

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Worlds of Fun Announces 2017 Additions

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Worlds of Fun has announced the additions of two classic flat rides and Winterfest are coming in the 2017 season!

“Worlds of Fun is pleased to announce it will be adding two new unique and thrilling rides in 2017, as well as a completely redesigned front gate to enhance the guest experience next season.

  • Mustang Runner – Three arms with seven gondolas per arm turn one way while the base of the ride spins the other way.
  • Falcon’s Flight – A hair-raising thrill at nearly 100 feet above the ground. This ride spins and rises at the same time with more than 50 riders at a time.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to add two new rides for guests to enjoy. These classic amusement park rides will add thrills unlike anything in the Midwest.” said Worlds of Fun General Manager, Frank Wilburn.

But that’s not all. Families will be able to ring in the holidays next season and enjoy what is sure to be a new family tradition. WinterFest is coming to Worlds of Fun, showcasing 14 favorite holiday characters, spectacular light displays, ice skating, and festive live entertainment. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for six weeks beginning November 24, 2017.
“While rides and water slides are the focus for the summer, we pride ourselves on creating memories for families. What better way to create more memories than during Winterfest by starting a new holiday family tradition in Kansas City,” Wilburn added.
WinterFest is included with the purchase of a 2017 Gold Season Pass.

2017 passes are on sale now and also include one visit to the park in 2016.”

Cedar Point Announces 2017 Additions!

Cedar Point actually made three big announcements today! So 2017 will be a huge year for Cedar Point (Spoiler alert: Mean Streak isn’t getting RMC’d this year. Sorry guys, but they are making tons of huge improvements!)

We’ll start off with the new attractions:

“Big waves are coming in 2017!

Announcing the new Cedar Point Shores Water Park! It’s 18 acres of splish-splashin family fun, featuring three completely new water attractions, upgrades to food and merchandise locations, new cabanas and so much more.
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NEW Ways to Cool Off

You’ll find all-new attractions designed for big thrills and little thrills.

Point Plummet – It’s a six-story-tall aqua-drop body slide that will simultaneously send four riders on a nearly vertical free fall when the floor drops out from under them!

Starboard Surge & Portside Plunge – Located on the same structure as Point Plummet, these two, five-story tube slides can accommodate single riders or pairs and sends them through an enclosed tunnel before shooting them out into the sun through intense drops and turns.

Lakeslide Landing – A family splashground of epic proportions! There’s 12, kid-sized water slides that line the perimeter of a zero-depth-entry pool, giving kids their own mini water thrills while parents can relax under shade structures and enjoy an oversized lounge and sun deck area.
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NEW Ways to Dine

The new Crystal Rock Cafe will cook up delicious food items guests won’t be able to resist. The menu includes food items like:

  • Fresh-baked flat breads (caprese, buffalo mac & cheese and more)
  • Farm salad options (crispy chicken BLT, Asian chicken and chicken Caesar)
  • Pesto-glazed grilled chicken sandwiches
  • Fresh-breaded chicken tenders
  • Waffle fries
  • Tater tots
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Bratwurst
  • Loaded potato wedges

 

NEW Ways to Chill

The all-new cabanas, located on both sides of the massive wave pool, receive upgrades like free Wi-Fi, charging stations, ceiling fans, TVs and dedicated food and beverage service. The cabanas can accommodate friends, families or even family reunions!

More New Upgrades

Cedar Point Shores will receive a completely new entrance gate, a new poolside bar, new family changing/showering areas, more lounge chairs, additional shade, improved landscaping and unobstructed views of Lake Erie.”

Next we’ll get into the first of two lodging announcements:

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“Cedar Point’s historic Hotel Breakers is growing yet again!

Fresh off of a complete renovation in 2015, an additional six-story tower will be added to the classic beachfront property. The new tower will match the beautiful exterior of the existing hotel and will house 158 guest rooms with many of them configured as connecting family suites. A new outdoor pool area will also make its debut alongside the tower. Construction on the addition will begin after Labor Day and will continue through the 2017 season. It will open to new guests in time for the summer of 2018.

With the new tower, Hotel Breakers will have a total of 669 rooms, making it one of the largest hotels on the Great Lakes – and the love for the property keeps growing. Hotel Breakers has been voted one of the “Top 25 Hotels for Families” by readers of TripAdvisor and is just steps away from both Cedar Point and the new Cedar Point Shores Water Park.

Guests who stay at the Cedar Point Resorts receive the best benefits – Early Entry, allowing access to Cedar Point one hour before the general public to ride some of the biggest attractions, the best deal on park admission tickets (tickets that include free admission to Cedar Point Shores for the length of their chosen 1-day, 2-day or 3-day ticket) and of course, the closest rooms to the world’s greatest collection of rides.

Details on rates and reservations for the 2017 season will be available in early fall.”

And finally, a complete renovation of Breakers Express!

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“Coming in 2017, Breakers Express receives a complete makeover and transforms into Cedar Point’s Express Hotel! 69 new rooms will be added to the popular overnight haven. All guest rooms feature two queen beds and will be completely renovated with new bathrooms and bedding, mini fridges, microwaves and connecting family suites for additional time to spend together.

In the center of the property, a new splash pad and an outdoor courtyard featuring conversational living spaces will join the whimsical swimming pool and relaxing deck area.

Construction on Cedar Point’s Express Hotel is already in progress and will last throughout the winter.

Guests who stay at the Cedar Point Resorts receive the best benefits – Early Entry, allowing access to Cedar Point one hour before the general public to ride some of the biggest attractions, the best deal on park admission tickets (tickets that include free admission to Cedar Point Shores for the length of their chosen 1-day, 2-day or 3-day ticket) and of course, the closest rooms to the world’s greatest collection of rides.

Details on rates and reservations for the 2017 season will be available in early fall.”

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All of this is being added along with the Cedar Point Sports Center announced several months ago.

 

For more information, go to www.cedarpoint.com/what-s-new

 

California’s Great America Announces 2017 Additions!

 

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California’s Great America just announced their plans for 2017!

“Today California’s Great America announced that for the 2017 season, it will introduce Patriot, the first floorless coaster in the park’s 41-year history. Patriot will emerge from the soon to be retired Vortex coaster, the oldest stand up roller coaster in the United States. Season Passes for the 2017 season also go on sale today at the lowest price of the season, offering unlimited admission for the rest of 2016 and all of 2017.

Patriot will take riders to a 91-foot height before plummeting them into a 360-degree loop at 45 miles per hour. Patriot’s position in the park makes it a dynamic visual from three different sections of Great America.

The inspiration for the coaster’s name was taken from the fact that the ride is nestled adjacent to All American Corners within a park whose name celebrates America.

The transition from a stand up to floorless ride will include state-of-the-art blue and white trains positioning guests with their feet dangling above the blue and white track.

“With the track visible beneath their fee, Patriot will create unique and exciting new perspectives throughout the ride,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg.

Guests can take their “Last Stand” on Vortex through September 5. Then work will begin to ready Patriot for the 2017 season.

Great America’s season continues weekend operations through Oct. 30, with Halloween Haunt running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 24-Oct. 30.

WinterFest debuts and takes center stage Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 25-Dec. 30, with daily operations Dec. 19-23 and 26-30. Guests can ice skate in front of the iconic Carousel Columbia, admire magnificent displays of lights and décor, view spectacular live holiday shows, experience 18 rides, see Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and enjoy scrumptious holiday foods around the park.”

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Dorney Park Will Debut A Refurbished ThunderHawk In 2016

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will honor its 132 years of bringing thrills and family fun to the Lehigh Valley with a refresh to one of its most historic rides.

ThunderHawk, built in 1923 and originally called “The Coaster,” is being refurbished and will bring a bit of nostalgia back to Dorney for the 2016 season. Renovations include all new trains, and the entire coaster is being painted a sharp white, reminiscent of its original design. Bright, white lights will also outline the classic wooden roller coaster, sure to remind riders of the timeless American wooden roller coasters of days gone by.
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“We wanted to retain the historic feel of one of America’s most iconic wooden roller coasters,” said Mike Fehnel, Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. “Our thought was to keep the refurbishment as true to its original, classic design as possible, complete with an open air train in the front.” Today, ThunderHawk remains one of the great classic American wooden roller coasters. It’s the eighth oldest roller coaster in the United States, and the tenth oldest roller coaster in the world, and it continues to be a favorite among our guests.

CEDAR POINT UNLEASHES VALRAVN, THE WORLD’S TALLEST, FASTEST & LONGEST DIVE COASTER

Cedar Point will change the Lake Erie skyline once again with over 3,400 feet of thrill ride innovation when it introduces Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster, in 2016. Valravn is the regal king of birds, swooping in to conquer all other dive coasters on the planet with its powerful and intense maneuvers, massive structure and immense ride vehicles. Valravn will become the 18th coaster to take reign at The Roller Coaster Capital of the World® and will claim its rightful place among other record-breaking roller coasters at Cedar Point.

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Riders on Valravn are carried more than 20 stories up to the top of the coaster’s 223-foot-tall first hill. Once there, the train is held perilously over the edge of the first drop for approximately four seconds, giving anxious guests unparalleled views of the park before free-falling a record 214 feet at a completely vertical, 90-degree angle, reaching a top speed of 75 mph!

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Valravn then flips its passengers upside-down through a 165-foot-tall Immelmann, a fighter jet-like maneuver that takes the train into a half loop, then a half roll before traveling in the opposite direction. The train then approaches another drop zone – but there’s no stopping this time as riders plunge 125 feet down at a near-90-degree angle once again, twisting and turning upside-down two more times, once through a dive loop and then through a 270-degree roll before completing its epic journey over 3,415 feet of tarnished copper and silver steel track.

Valravn will shatter an astonishing 10 WORLD RECORDS when it debuts next summer, including:

1.Tallest dive coaster (223 feet)

2.Fastest dive coaster (75 mph)

3.Longest dive coaster (3,415 feet)

4.Most inversions on a dive coaster (three)

5.Longest drop on a dive coaster (214 feet)

6.Highest inversion on a dive coaster (165 feet)

7.Most roller coasters taller than 200 feet at one amusement park (5)

8.Most rides at one amusement park (72)

9.Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.9 miles)

10.Most roller coaster track at one amusement park (60,110 feet/11.4 miles)

Valravn is also the signature 100th roller coaster designed by the imaginative coaster minds at Bolliger & Mabillard in Monthey, Switzerland, and will feature ride vehicles never before seen on a dive coaster. Riders will sit eight-across on one of three, 24-passenger floorless trains, featuring tiered seating as well as comfortable over-the-shoulder restraints with interlocking seatbelts, much like those on the park’s GateKeeper wing coaster. Valravn can accommodate approximately 1,200 riders per hour and guests must be 54 inches or taller to ride.

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2. 223-foot-tall lift hill
3. Holding brake – hang for 4 seconds over the edge!
4. 90-degree drop
5. 165-foot-tall Immelmann
6. 131-foot-tall second hill
7. Dive loop
8. 270-degree roll
9. Airtime hill

Cedar Point is also making history as the first amusement park ever to utilize 3D virtual reality to introduce a new roller coaster. Guests can experience Valravn in 360-degree virtual reality by downloading the Cedar Point VR app onto their smart phones and inserting them into the Valravn VR Viewer. The app is now available in the App Store and Google Play store. To take full advantage of the virtual reality simulation, Valravn VR Viewers can be purchased by visiting cedarpoint.com/Valravn.

“The introduction of Valravn is a first for the amusement park industry on many fronts, including the exciting virtual reality experience,” stated Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “For the first time ever, guests are able to take an immersive ride on Valravn before it opens next summer – and the actual experience will be unmatched with the tallest lift hill, fastest speed, longest track and most inversions on a dive coaster, right here at Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

Additional details on Valravn can be found online, including real-time updates and live video feeds of the construction, by visiting cedarpoint.com/Valravn.

Carolina Harbor Coming Ashore In 2016

Carowinds is unveiling plans to bring a fresh and exciting Carolina coastal experience to guests with a historic waterpark expansion in 2016. The transformation is part of the park’s commitment to celebrate Carowinds’ heritage as the place where the Carolinas come together, creating an “aquatic playground” with thrilling new attractions, new amenities and a new coastal name – Carolina Harbor.

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Carolina Harbor Waterpark will be included with park admission and will offer guests relaxing moments of tranquility and refreshing thrills by the “shores”, plus delivers a best day ever guest experience. The addition is the latest phase in a $50 million plus multi-year expansion at Carowinds, an effort kicked off by building the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325, as well as new park food offerings which are regionally relevant.

“We listened to our guests and have made a promise to bring them more family-friendly attractions,” said Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “And we’re happy to be delivering on our promise with the addition of Carolina Harbor – a guaranteed ultimate waterpark experience. Carowinds is growing by leaps and bounds and continues to put the park on the map as the premier entertainment destination of the Carolinas.”

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Carolina Harbor will feature a combination of thrills, relaxation and family fun, including twice the number of water slides than the current Boomerang Bay.

Carolina Harbor will feature many of the park’s current popular waterpark attractions, while introducing a variety of new ones:

  • Blackbeard’s Revenge is a thrilling new six story tall water slide complex that features three exhilarating attractions and a total of six thrilling slides:

· Pirate’s Plank will send guests plummeting down a nearly vertical free fall where the floor drops out from underneath.

· Cannonball Drop will twist and turn riders through an enclosed chute with four intense 360-degree turns.

· Captain’s Curse shoots guests down a series of intense drops and turns.

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A new two-acre family area will include many new activities to enjoy together:

· Seaside Splashworks, a multi-level children’s water spray ground, will feature over 80 countless play elements including a giant 423-gallon tipping bucket.

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· Kiddy Hawk Cove and Myrtle Turtle Beach are two areas specifically geared with the little squirts in mind. These toddler areas will include jets of water spraying up from the ground surrounded by a charming garden atmosphere.

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  • Surf Club Harbor will be our newest wave pool, creating up to six foot waves in 12 different wave patterns, mimicking the high surf of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Carolina Harbor will also feature many new amenities:

  • New Entrance – A separately gated entrance convenient for guests who wish to enter the waterpark only.
  • New RestaurantsHarbor House a new restaurant featuring two 2,400-square foot outdoor seating patios. The restaurant will serve various Carolina favorites including BBQ and seafood. Schooners will be a full-service bar.

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  • Sand Volleyball Courts – New professional style sand volleyball courts will allow both casual and competitive play.
  • Additional Plush Cabanas and Seating – Over 40 new cabanas will be added at both wave pools and the new family area. An additional 1,100 lounging chairs will also be available for guests to enjoy some fun in the sun.
  • Upgraded Facilities – Current family changing areas will be upgraded. New restroom facilities and a bath house will be built.