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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AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Returns To Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights 26

Don’t Enter…Dead Inside. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This fall, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s hit series, “The Walking Dead,” to Halloween Horror Nights, propelling guests into the most horrifying highlights of all six seasons – all in one unbelievably terrifying haunted house.

 

Guests will walk – or run – in the footsteps of the show’s cast of survivors, fending off packs of flesh-hungry walkers at every turn. They’ll step inside instantly-recognizable locations, such as the hospital from Season 1 where Rick awakens to a world overrun with the dead, the unnerving home of the Governor in Season 3 and the seemingly-safe refuge, Terminus, from Season 4.

The experience will culminate with iconic scenes from Season 6, where guests will trudge through a decomposed sewer and try to evade the brutal pack of villains, The Wolves, after they’ve invaded Alexandria. Along the way, they’ll rush to avoid the bite of the show’s most memorable walkers – including some that have never been seen before at “Halloween Horror Nights.” Click here for a sneak peek of the terror in store for Universal Orlando guests.

A popular “Halloween Horror Nights” staple at Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Walking Dead” has turned into an immersive 365-day experience inviting guests to step into a no-holds-barred zombie apocalypse. Brought to life with immersive detail, the new theme park attraction and “Halloween Horror Nights’’ offering is a collaboration with AMC and series Executive Producer and Director Greg Nicotero, whose special effects company, KNB Efx, raises the dead on the blockbuster TV series as well as for Universal Studios’ new permanent daytime  attraction.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

“The Walking Dead” is one of the most successful cable television shows in history. Based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, its passionate fan base continues to grow and follow the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world filled with ferocious walkers. The show returns for a seventh season in October, enabling fans to relive their favorite moments at “Halloween Horror Nights” before watching all-new episodes.

 

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

 

Six Flags Great Adventure The Joker Media Day

Six Flags Great Adventure held a media event for their newest ride, The Joker, and we were fortunate enough to be invited.

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Big Mike is on the scene and ready to check out the amazing new ride.

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And there it is! Gorgeous!

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I really love the theming of the station! The carnival of criminal posters are especially cool.

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Check out the ride in motion!

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It’s not a media day without delicious food being served.

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Six Flags Great Adventure has added an amazing new coaster to it’s already impressive lineup of rides. Make sure you plan a trip here this year to check them all out! 

Special thanks go out to the PR team at Six Flags Great Adventure, Big Mike, and Victor for making this all possible.

Award-winning Bluegrass Musicians, Tangy Barbeque Create Perfect Harmony During Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass

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Sweet sounds from the biggest names in bluegrass and the tangy tastes of the greatest barbeque in the South create a perfect harmony for guests during Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 13-22).  Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent, and The Willis Clan are just a small selection of the talented bluegrass pickers taking to the stage during this annual tradition.

“It always is a special treat to have these great bluegrass performers during my Barbeque & Bluegrass festival at Dollywood,” Dolly Parton said. “There is nothing like listening to these award-winning performers when they take the stage to share their talents with our guests. There is only one thing that makes the music better and that is a plate full of our famous southern barbeque—especially the ribs!”

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (May 15-16) are among the acts to help get the festival started on a high note. An impressive calendar of bluegrass talent performs throughout the event with more than 250 concerts scheduled during the festival. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver set up shop May 18 while Dailey & Vincent take the stage May 18-19. Other Barbeque & Bluegrass artists include Blue Highway (May 20), The Boxcars (May 22) and Balsam Range (May 22). The lineup also includes The Willis Clan (May 15), stars of the TLC show The Willis Family.

Vincent, one of bluegrass music’s most well-known performers, is a mainstay during the park’s annual festival and says the experience is unlike any other for her.

“We always love performing at Dollywood,” exclaimed Vincent. “There’s a special excitement in the air every time we perform there, and it comes through in the show and in the response of everyone in the crowd. We can’t wait to get there!”

All concerts are free and included with park admission. For a complete lineup of concert performances and show times, please visit Dollywood.com.

Dollywood’s award-winning food perfectly complements the sounds of bluegrass music’s finest. The aroma of bold barbeque wafts through the air, thanks to expertly-prepared pulled pork, smoked sausage and chicken, and slabs of ribs. Bountiful barbeque entrees are accompanied by Southern favorites like baked beans, corn on the cob and more. Guests also can find a number of sweet treats to put an exclamation point on their meal!

From bluegrass favorites and tangy barbeque at Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass to the park’s award-winning rides and family-friendly atmosphere, every season features amazing new memory-making moments to celebrate.

For more information about Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass, please call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit www.dollywood.com.

SeaWorld Orlando Announces Mako Opening Date

TWO NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS FEED THE FRENZY FOR THE COMING OF MAKO HYPERCOASTER

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The Mako frenzy continues to swell at SeaWorld Orlando with two new announcements today:

1) The new coaster – Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest — will strike with full force on a grand opening date of June 10, 2016.

2) Further feeding the Mako frenzy is a new live presentation in the park for guests who want a sneak peek starting now. The new presentation gives guests a preview of the ride design, construction and experience, and also shares interesting educational facts about sharks in the wild that need our help.

The preview presentation, called Mako Rising, is now being shown at Nautilus Theater daily at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Audience members enjoy complimentary snacks as they relax in the cool indoor theater and participate in the informative, interactive experience. All audience guests also will receive special in-park offers and the opportunity to win a prize during the presentation.

Mako Quick Facts:

• Opening June 10, 2016, Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.

• Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time”

• Orlando’s only hypercoaster lures guests to brave tight turns, stomach steep drops and endure shark-attack speeds.

• Riders will soar up to 200 feet high and reach speeds up to 73 mph.

• Mako will be the centerpiece of the new two-acre shark-themed realm which also includes Shark Encounter®, Sharks Underwater Grill®, gift shops, and shark- and shipwreck-themed educational experiences.

 

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Six Flags Great Adventure “The Joker” Construction Tour

Yesterday, March 13 2016, Six Flags Great Adventure was kind enough to invite us out to a special behind-the-scenes construction tour of their new for 2016 roller coaster : “The Joker” . The construction should finish up this week, cars will begin testing mid April, and barring any issues the coaster will open to the public on Memorial Day weekend.

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Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure Train will be transformed into the “Harley Quinn Crazy Train”

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We checked out the Sky Bar which will serve beer, wine, and snacks as well as a look at where they have completely removed the building from the former Chiller coaster. Speculation is already swirling around this being the site for a 2017 addition, but nothing official was discussed.

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On a final note, the Ferris Wheel will not be running on opening day due to a lengthy refurb.

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Thanks to Victor and Stacy for all of the great photos and information!

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO REVEALS INCREDIBLY IMMERSIVE JOURNEY OF NEXT BLOCKBUSTER ATTRACTION, “SKULL ISLAND: REIGN OF KONG”

Soon, you will be transported to an island shrouded in mystery and legend. It is a lost world where adventure – and the unimaginable – will challenge you in unforgettable ways. 

When it opens this summer at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong will bring the next generation of the King Kong legend to life. You will be thrust into an exotic world filled with the menacing, the intense – and the wildly entertaining. A powerful storyline, a stunning 3D experience, innovative technology – and the unexpected – will pull you into one of Universal Orlando’s most massive adventures yet. This is a multi-dimensional experience filled with surprise – all wrapped into what will be one of the longest Universal ride experiences ever created.

More first-ever details will be released soon. But today, Universal Orlando unveils details about the incredible journey guests will experience.

The adventure begins as you set out to explore an island rife with prehistoric creatures of unknown origin –and the legend of a beast still undiscovered. You find yourself at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading your adventure.

Once beyond camp, the menacing terrain shows signs of a native presence; beating drums draw you toward an ancient temple. Moving deeper into the ruins reveals a lost shrine – and proof you are not alone. You ignore warnings to turn back.

You board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will take you deeper into the island. Mysterious sounds pierce the air and you hear chanting. And then – you confront an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images that seem to pay homage to something you cannot quite comprehend. The temple’s massive wooden doors slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves.

Inside the caves, you meet your expedition leader – and suddenly find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity. Then, as those creatures turn on you, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence – bigger, closer and more overwhelming than you can possibly imagine. It is Kong. But is he friend or foe?

More details about “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” will be revealed soon. To stay up-to-date on all the latest news, visit www.universalorlando.com/ReignofKong.

SeaWorld Orlando Unveils New Coaster Car: Inspired by Sharks, Engineered for Speed

Today, SeaWorld Orlando unveiled the custom-built Mako lead car that will take riders on a thrilling experience this summer – the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando.

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Mako’s design and engineering was inspired by the real Mako shark – one of the ocean’s fastest shark species.  When it opens, Mako will top 200 feet high and reach speeds of 73 mph on a track that’s nearly a mile long. The new ride will be a hypercoaster, which means it’s all about speed, tight turns and that weightless feeling riders get at the top of each hill.

 

Coaster Train Design Facts Include:

 

  • Mako-Inspired Custom Car – In a collaboration between SeaWorld’s animal experts and ride engineers, the car is inspired by the physiology of an actual Mako shark, including five gills on each side, eye placement and sleek, hydro-dynamic look.

 

  • Fast Wheels Comprised of a special compound that reduces friction — providing a smooth, relentlessly fast ride from beginning to end.

 

  • Upper Body Mobility With only a lap guard on their lower body, riders’ upper bodies are free for added mobility and “airtime”

 

The coaster will boast a total of 21 cars – including 3 trains of 7 cars per train.

 

For more Mako information, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and join the conversation using #NothingFaster.