Six Flags Great Adventure Holiday in the Park® Festival By the Numbers

Six Flags Great Adventure offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to transform the iconic summertime thrill destination into a winter wonderland for Holiday in the Park®.

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Holiday in the Park by the numbers:

  • 1,250,000+ glittering lights
  • 42,000 feet of power cords – nearly eight miles
  • 15,000 man hours to complete
  • 7,190 ornaments
  • 6,025 feet of shiny garland
  • 1,000+ poinsettias
  • 500+ Trees

o   Cut trees: 460

o   Special Oversized Holiday Trees: 54

o   190 oak trees wrapped in lights

  • 240-foot-tall Treetop Summit, one of the world’s tallest light trees built on parachute ride tower
  • 215 holiday wreaths
  • 100 set up crewmembers
  • 33 rides running
  • 20+ venues with holiday-themed menus
  • 15+ holiday photo ops
  • 12 themed areas
  • 10 giant props & inflatables

o   Includes “Stewie the Snowman,” a three-story, walk-through inflatable and 15-foot-tall Nutcrackers

  • 9 daily tree shows of “Holiday Magic – A Celebration of the Season”
  • 9 roller coasters
  • 8 elves
  • 6 Looney Tunes™ characters in holiday dress
  • 5 snow machines
  • 4 Jingle Jammers
  • 4 stilt-walking toy soldiers
  • 2 gingerbread characters: Dot & Drop
  • 2 royal beauties: Snow Queen and Poinsettia Princess
  • 1 Mrs. Claus
  • 1 Santa Claus

Holiday in the Park runs December 23 and daily December 26, 2016 through January 2, 2017. More than a million glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s village and many popular rides provide an escape from the hustle and bustle, and a way for guests to create their own magical, memorable holiday moments.

Signature Holiday in the Park attractions include:

 

  • Holiday Magic: A Celebration of the Season ─ Spectacular light show on a 52-foot-tall tree in the heart of the park that dazzles nightly every 30 minutes through eye-popping effects and classic holiday music. The only show of its kind anywhere in the country
  • Gingerbread Junction ─ Features peppermint swirl-wrapped trees, dancing lights around the carousel pavilion, Dot and Drop’s Holiday Dance Party and a giant gingerbread man towering above
  • Joy to the World ─ Tranquil pathway of lit trees, luminaries and stained glass showcasing religious holidays from around the world
  • North Pole ─ Guests are welcomed into the warmth of Santa’s home for a meet-and-greet and holiday photos, plus kids can write letters to Santa and meet a talking reindeer. Last chance to visit Santa is December 23 before he travels back to the North Pole
  • Poinsettia Peak ─ Iconic Skull Mountain coaster draped in dazzling red lights with a crimson beauty, the Poinsettia Princess, greeting guests nearby
  • Polar Point ─ Stunning, ice-blue trees twinkle with the illusion of falling snow up above, while the Snow Queen meets guests below
  • Holiday Memories ─ Green, red and gold brighten this section filled with special photo opportunities like Mistletoe Moments and giant ornaments while nearby the Jingle Jammers sing holiday tunes by the fire pits as guests toast s’mores
  • NEW – Trouble in Toyland ─ This indoor show journeys to the North Pole as Mrs. Claus aims to restore order in the Toy Shop
  • NEW – Merry Market Place – Features thousands of white lights, unique gifts, and sweet treats at this holiday-inspired market
  • NEW – The JOKER –Soar outside the confines of the track in wing cars facing other riders on this festive, 4D free-fly adventure located in a Holly Jolly Christmas
  • NEW – HARLEY QUINN Crazy Train – The whole family can enjoy this junior roller coaster themed as a villainous train
  • NEW – Sky Way – This relaxing journey 104 feet above the lights provides a scenic view of the park

The sweet and savory tastes of the holiday season can be found throughout the park. Spiked egg nog, holiday-flavored coffee and hot chocolate, peppermint and mocha fudge, holiday beers, festive funnel cakes, specialty holiday platters of sliced turkey, smoked turkey leg and chicken platters with cranberry sauce, chili bowls, harvest salads and hot soups are available in various restaurants.

Holiday in the Park also features more than 30 thrilling rides such as the Sky Way, SkyScreamer, Carousel, Big Wheel and Tea Cups. Children can enjoy 11 pint-sized thrills in Whimsical Wonderland. Coaster fans can challenge world-class rides like Nitro, BATMAN™: The Ride, THE GREEN LANTERN and SUPERMAN – Ultimate Flight, THE DARK KNIGHT Coaster, Skull Mountain and THE JOKER. All rides and entertainment are weather permitting. Frontier Adventures including Safari Off Road Adventure, Bugs Bunny National Park, Golden Kingdom and Plaza del Carnaval do not operate during the festival.

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.

Efteling July trip report

In July 2016 we began a mini European trip consisting of Efteling, Movie Park Germany, Dusseldorf Rheinkirmes, Phantasialand, Walibi Holland and Toverland!

First on our list of travels was Efteling in the Netherlands! We drove to Efteling from Eindhoven, it was about a 30 – 40 minute drive to the park which greets you with this amazing entrance structure!

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Inside this thatched set of three spires is the park’s main entrance, ticket kiosks, and other miscellaneous services. We picked up our tickets and made our way inside the park. (Efteling also has one of the most intricately themed ATM’s i’ve ever seen!)

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Efteling is described as a fantasy themed amusement park and the attractions are based on elements from ancient myths, legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore. The whole park follows this consistent background theme but also splits off into separate areas. From the entrance, the park has a large central pathway that leads into the centre of the park. on the left-hand side is the Marerijk area which consists of a winding labyrinth of paths with models of famous folklore tales, with several of them being animated.

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We continued to the end and turned right which led us past a lake home to a scenic two boat ride and found ourselves at the park’s newest thrill machine: Baron 1898, which would be our first ride of the day!

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Baron 1898 is a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster that opened in 2015 at a cost of 18,000,000 EUR. The ride’s backstory is as follows (Thanks to Wikipedia):

 

In 1898, the wealthy baron Gustave Hooghmoed (whose last name is a variation on the Dutch word Hoogmoed, which loosely translated means haughty or overconfident) is led to discover a nearby cave that is rich in gold deposits by a spirit known as the Witte Wieven (“Wise women”, “Dames Blanches” or “White ladies”); however, this spirit gives Hooghmoed the admonition that if he disturbs the gold in any way, he will suffer terrible consequences for the remainder of his life. In an attempt to circumvent the spirit’s threat, Hoogmoed presses the destitute locals into working in his newly opened gold mine, where many of the workers suffer catastrophic accidents or are chased out of the cave by the “Witte Wieven” and her supernatural cohorts.

After the Baron is called out of his office to tend to an emergency in the mine shaft, mine overseer Laars will help guests into his specially designed mine elevator vehicles that are capable of traveling both vertically and horizontally. After the guests board the special mine cars, Laars and the machine shop are suddenly attacked by vengeful spirits of miners who have previously vanished under the influence of the “Witte Wieven”. Before Laars’s office apparently explodes, he sends the miners out of the mine; as the car ascends, a giant fireball bursts from the opening of the machine shop and almost reaches the rear car of the train. As the train is about to leave the mine, it stops as the “Witte Wieven” can be heard singing from the pit, from which smoke pours and lights can be seen. After a few seconds, the “Witte Wieven” scream, “You shall not evade my curse! Prepare to forfeit your lives!” as the miners plunge down the exit of the mine.[10]

 

We queued around 45 minutes to 1 hour and finally entered the main building in order to experience the first of several preshow rooms. I won’t spoil what happens but it does contain some pretty clever projection techniques. The coaster’s layout is rather simple by way of the lift, vertical drop, Immelman, inline twist, helix and finally into the break run. It’s a very fun ride but unfortunately very short. Fun fact: This is the only B&M Dive coaster that does not turn at the top of the lift before the drop.

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A short walk from Baron is De Vliegender Hollander (translates to The Flying Dutchman). This actually ended up being my favourite ride at the park. It is a water coaster built by KumBak Coasters. It’s also my favourite type of water coaster, one that you don’t get wet on!

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The rides queue starts outside and on this day took about 45 minutes. You make your way into the front of the building and through a series of intricately themed queue rooms all leading up to the main station area. The stations theming is stunning. It’s one of my favourite themed stations i’ve ever seen. From the soundtrack to the faux night sky above, the atmosphere and style are just perfected.

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You board your boat which seats up to 14 people per boat and away you go. The ride has a sort of “Pirates of the Caribbean” vibe to start but then turns rather dark. Before you know it a huge ghost ship looms over you and you climb the lift. A couple of surprises later and you find yourself crusing the outdoor coaster part of the circuit before heading to the final splashdown into the lake for all to see. I really enjoyed this ride and highly highly reccommend it!efteling-neil-35

Up next we decided to check out the two racing GCI (Great Coasters International) wooden coasters – Joris en de Draak (George and the Dragon). This ride opened in 2010 and replaced the aging Pegasus wooden roller coaster that occupied the same spot. To me, this ride felt slightly underwhelming compared to other GCI coasters I have ridden. This is not to say the ride is bad by any means as it was very fun, just that you should treat it as a smaller woodie that the whole family can enjoy together. The highlight of it was the racing aspect. It’s always run as a racing coaster and they make a competition out of it by cheering on the winners and booing the loosers as the trains reenter the station after each ride. The winners station also has winning flags dropped down at this point as well. It’s a really nice touch!

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In the centre of the ride stands the mighty dragon. It’s an audio animatronic that breathes fire and also slaps its tail in the water sending up a fountain of water that it timed to wet the riders on the “Water” side of the coaster. Talking of side, the sides are named “Fire” and “Water” and you get to choose what side you wish to ride just before you climb the stairs to the platforms. I personally preferred the Fire side. It’s full of typical GCI airtime goodness and is a very very fun ride to ride. Riding three times I thought I would have had a good chance of being on the winning train at least once but luck wasn’t on my side this trip as we lost all three times!

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Next to try out was Python. Python is a Vekoma corkscrew coaster with two loops and two corkscrews. The wait was a long one due to single train operation on that day. It was nice to see it was running new trains with Vekoma’s new vest style restraint but it did not seem to help the ride experience. It was pretty rough in parts but on a positive side the ride visually looks great nestled in with De Vliegender Hollander and Joris en de Draak.efteling-neil-43 efteling-neil-44 efteling-neil-45

After a coffee and a snack from a nearby outlet we continued our exploration around the park, taking in some of the sights and the superbly landscaped gardens.

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We found ourselves facing Vogel Rok. I had no clue what type of ride it was, apart from knowing it was a roller coaster of some sort. The queue looked very inconspicuous from the outside but once inside you get to the top of a set of stairs and “Wow! that’s a lot of people!”.

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The ride is a non inverting indoor coaster that simulates the flight of the Vogel bird. It was a nice fun family ride and rode silky smooth as well. After Vogel Rok we located Villa Volta. Villa Volta had always intregued me so I was excited to finally get to try it. The preshow seemed to go on for ages but that might have been due to not knowing the language! What surprised me here was how light it was inside the main ride. Most of these “Mad-house” style rides are pretty dark and dingy but this was was bright and well lit. It made for a nice variation but other than that was a standard mad house affair.

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We made our way through some lovely landscaped areas around this side of the park which housed many childrens rides, over to our next ride: Droomvlucht. This is the parks signature dark ride. You can tell that it is one of the park’s older rides but it’s still very well done. The name translates to Dreamflight and it describes the experience pretty well. It opened in 1993 after failing to open in the same year as Disneyland Paris in 1992. The ride vehicles are pretty basic theme wise but can be described as suspended versions of Disney’s Haunted Mansion Doom Buggies.

The ride takes you past various scenes of fairies, castles, forests and other fairy-tale creatures with a backdrop of fairytale music. The ride’s finale is a huge downward spiral around the edge of a forest. You do seem to pretty much coast the entire way, but no, it’s not a coaster!

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After riding Droomvlucht we continued our tour around the edge of the park by ending up in the centre pretty much back where we started. This area will be the site of next years brand new dark ride: Symbolica. Not much is know about it but I can be pretty much sure it will be a ride not to be missed!

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We knew that we still had the final remaining coaster to ride so we headed off to locate it in a wooded area. Bob is an Intamin Bobsled and one of the older coasters that Efteling has. This ride, like other Intamin bobsleds has the weird drifting sensation as you speed round the corners. It can make you feel a bit nervous when the back end of the car drifts out when your not expecting it, especially if you’ve ridden any of the Mack bobsleds as those do not do that.

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To the right hand side of the park entrance is Fata Morgana. This is a tow boat ride based around 1001 Arabian Nights. It’s quite a long ride, coming in at 8 minutes long. It’s home to a wide variety of animatronic figures and I enjoyed the use of opening and closing curtains over the boats course to hide the upcoming scenes. The ride has a pretty cool musical soundtrack too.

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After Fata Morgana, we headed back into the heart of the park and came across Efteling’s Spooky Castle called Spookslot. I had entirely no idea what this was and by the end there was no way I could have even guessed! It was weird but strangely fun. I think the best thing to do is just watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9KGLtcUa2Y

After the quirkiness of Spookslot we just wandered around the park and decided to ride Pagode. This is a type of ride called a Flying Island, it’s made by Intamin and there are not a huge number of them around so they are fun to ride when you get the chance. The overall experience is pretty similar to a normal observation tower apart from this one as the cabin mounted on one end of a giant arm which rotates up taking you with it. Also, you are not stuck behind a sheet of plexi-glass either! From up the top you get some stunning vies of Efteling and the surrounding area, plus a small sneak peak of the awaiting parts of Symbolica.

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A wander back over to the main coaster area of Efteling and a few more rides on De Vliegende Hollander and Joris en de Draak before we made our way to the main entrance as it was nearing the parks 8pm closing time.

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The park did have an amazing music, fountain and fire display over the lake which put a nice finale to everyone’s day. After the show we made our way out to return to our hotel and off for more fun at Movie Park Germany which is coming up next time!efteling-neil-93

 

Nashville Whiskey Festival

Presented by Midtown Corkdorks, the 5th annual Nashville Whiskey Festival showcases the talents of more than 60 distilleries and provides guests with the opportunity to sample a wide range of fine whiskeys. Enthusiasts can also learn more about the craft by attending educational panels run by industry experts.

In addition to the many samples to try, there will be gourmet food to enjoy and local live musicians will provide a soundtrack to the entire event.

With distilleries from all over the world pouring from their finest barrels, it’s no wonder that spirits enthusiasts will be traveling from all over the country to attend the 2016 Nashville Whiskey Festival.

The Nashville Whiskey Festival will be held on October 1, 2016 from 6:30pm-10:00pm. VIP admission is from 5:30pm-10pm.

All attendees and ticket buyers must be 21 and over.

For additional details please visit www.nashvillewhiskeyfestival.com

Wild Adventures Trip Report

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Conveniently located just off Interstate 75, you’ll find Wild Adventures Theme Park- a park that is packed full of adventures for the entire family! This park is great stop for anyone traveling down I-75 to or from Florida, as there are activities for everyone to enjoy. We highly recommend adding it to your to-do list soon!

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Wild Adventures packs plenty of thrills offering seven roller coasters throughout the park! The seven coasters offer a great variety from wooden to steel and offer selections for the daring adventurers to family thrill seekers.

Cheetah is a 90 foot tall, 3,000 foot long wooden coaster which offers a panoramic view of the park before dropping riders along a track which reaches an excess of 50 mph! Cheetah was built by Customs Coasters, Inc. in 2001.

Viking Voyage offers a 45-foot decent and takes riders up to speeds to 40 mph. The style of this ride is known in the coaster community as a Triple Out and Back.

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Swamp Thing is a suspended Vekoma International coaster that takes riders up and over Wild Adventure’s swap area. Swamp Thing twists and turns riders at speeds up to 26 mph and to 1,122 feet of twist and turns.  Make sure you secure all your personal belongings because as you twist and turn, you find yourself dangling over gators below!

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Twisted Typhoon is a Vekoma suspended looping coaster offering a roller over, sidewinder, and a double inline twist inversions. Twisted Typhoon reaches speeds up to 49 mph and a height over 100 feet!

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Boomerang is a thrilling Vekoma steel coater offering a cobra roll and a vertical loop. Boomerang drops riders 125 feet, providing 5.2 G’s at speeds of 48 mphs.

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Go Bananas is a “wild mouse” styled coaster which spins, turns, and drops riders who are looking for a great thrill. The coaster reaches a height of 49 feet and offers 1,214 feet of family fun.

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Ant Farm Express is a thrilling family coaster in Vekoma’s style of a roller skate model coaster. Ant Farm Express reaches a top speed of 22 mph and a drop of 20 feet, making this a great first time coaster for little thrill seekers 36” or taller in your family!

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If roller coasters aren’t your speed, Wild Adventures boast some really fun flat rides for the entire family. One of our favorite flat-ride styles that offers great thrills can be found here at Wild Adventure, Tailspin. Tailspin launches you 50 feet forwards and then backwards, spinning as you get a great 360 of the area around you.

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After you get your fill of thrills, stop by the Splash Island Water Park (opened seasonally AND included in the price of admission) which located within Wild Adventures. The Waterpark offers Catchawave Bay, a 20,000 square-foot wave pool, Paradise River, a lazy river that wraps around Splash Island, and a great selection of exhilarating water slides!

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Another great option within Wild Adventures is the opportunity to see various animals located within the park. The Two Toed Sloth (our personal favorite) can be found at Wild Adventures, alongside of a many other captivating animals including wildebeest, monkeys, rhinos, lions, tigers, bears- oh my!

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Wild Adventures provides a great experience for all those who visit. From coasters to waterparks to animal exhibits to shows, Wild Adventures is definitely a stop that everyone must make.

 

Plan your visit to Wild Adventures Today!

3766 Old Clyattville Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601

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DOLLY PARTON ANNOUNCES $2.5 MILLION PARADE SET TO DEBUT DURING DOLLYWOOD’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana has long been known as one of the world’s best holiday theme park events. Dolly Parton today unveiled plans for an awe-inspiring new parade—dreamed up as only she can—which will add even more excitement to this family-favorite festival.

Named The Parade of Many Colors, the new $2.5 million addition helps make this year’s event the best and brightest in the park’s history. The parade perfectly complements Dollywood’s spectacular Christmas offerings which include four million festive lights, the remastered Christmas in the Smokies, the all-new It’s a Wonderful Life, and the joyous holiday atmosphere guests have come to enjoy during this lively festival.

Like her new NBC holiday movie, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, Parton’s new parade celebrates the fun, faith, family and harmony of the holidays. Vibrant floats, interactive characters and a few other surprises help spread cheer throughout Dollywood this holiday season.

“The joy I feel during the Christmas season makes my heart sing because of the love and sweet Christmas memories I have of family and friends from when I was a child,” Parton said with a smile. “Christmas is the time of year when traditions, faith and family come together to create experiences we all remember forever. That is why my new movie and this parade are so important for me. I truly believe The Parade of Many Colors will inspire some of those same lifelong memories for the families who see it.”

The Parade of Many Colors represents another significant investment made by The Dollywood Company as part of the $300 million investment strategy announced in 2013. The company also recently announced the addition of TailSpin Racer to Dollywood’s Splash Country for 2017.

Dollywood has added two days to its calendar, December 6 and 13, to provide guests more time to experience the eight-time winner for Best Christmas Event. One of Dollywood’s greatest entertainment offerings is remastered in 2016, as Christmas in the Smokies, returns to its traditional home at D.P.’s Celebrity Theater. Guests can celebrate the joy of the season while a cast of singers and dancers performs hometown holiday favorites while accompanied by a band of live musicians!

Dollywood’s entertainment team brings a Christmas classic to life with the debut of It’s a Wonderful Life. Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, small town businessman George Bailey discovers the true value of life, family and friends with a little help from his guardian angel, Clarence.

For more information about Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas or The Parade of Many Colors, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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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Valleyfair Announces a New 230 Foot Star Flyer!

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Valleyfair made the announcement yesterday morning:

“Thrill seekers, get ready to reach for the stars as Valleyfair announces plans for a 230-foot-tall Starflyer ride in 2017.

North Star – named to celebrate the region’s affinity to being “up north” and the great outdoors – is a 230-foot-tall tower that will spin riders more than 20 stories above the ground. Seated in two-person chain-link swings that will allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating in a circular motion reaching speeds of up to 40 mph as the swings ascend and descend the tower.

“The annual trip to Valleyfair has always been a family tradition in Minnesota,” says DaveVF2017CloseUp Frazier, Vice President and General Manager of Valleyfair. “The addition of North Star certainly adds to the continued commitment to provide lasting family memories for our guests.”

By comparison, North Star will rank as the second tallest ride in the park next to the 275-foot Power Tower and will occupy the spot soon-to-be vacated by Enterprise, which will be retired later this month. The location positions North Star at the front of the park where, living up to its name, it will serve as a beacon to guide and greet guests on their journey to the park. North Star is the only ride of this type in the upper Midwest.

North Star is manufactured by Austrian-based Funtime. Construction on North Star will begin this month and be complete by early to mid-December. The ride will open to guests in the spring of 2017.

The best way to experience the new North Star is with a 2017 Gold Season Pass, on sale now at the lowest price of the season. Season Pass holders enjoy unlimited visits all season long, including Soak City Waterpark and Valleyscare, free parking, in-park discounts, exclusive offers and events and so much more.”