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  1. SeaWorld Makes $3.4 Billion Takeover Bid for Cedar Fair https://finance.yahoo.com/news/seaworld-makes-3-4-billion-160741492.html As reported by Bloomberg (Bloomberg) -- SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has offered to buy amusement park owner Cedar Fair for around $3.4 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said. SeaWorld made a bid of about $60 per unit in cash for Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The companies are working with advisers on the proposal, the people said. Deliberations are ongoing, and it’s unclear if the approach will lead to a transaction, the people said. A representative for Cedar Fair declined to comment, while a spokesperson for SeaWorld didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. And I thought SEAS was struggling financially. I don't see CF selling at this price. I don't think shareholders will approve it and CF is supposedly considering bringing back the dividend, which would probably also drive the share price back to $60.
  2. Please consult a medical professional about this. Riding a flying coaster (due to the riding position) does not sound like a good idea. Yes, there will be some pressure on your abdomen from the restraints, the amount depends on your dimensions. The pretzel loops on the B&Ms provide a very intense sensation and I don't know if that will trigger a reaction in you.
  3. Grand Texas will finally add some rides. Big Rivers Waterpark and Adventures is opening a new portion of the park called Big Rivers Fairground featuring 11 rides. All rides are expected to be operational in the spring, but some rides will open for the park's upcoming Christmas event. RCDB is showing that a VISA SBF spinning coaster will open next month. https://communityimpact.com/houston/lake-houston-humble-kingwood/parks-recreation/2021/11/29/big-rivers-waterpark-adventures-set-to-add-11-new-attractions/ Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures set to add 11 new attractions By Wesley Gardner Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures is launching a series of new rides with some of the new attractions opening to the public by December. The water and adventure park is part of Grand Texas, a 630-acre entertainment, dining and shopping destination in New Caney. According to Carl Foy, Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures’ marketing director, the new portion of the park, dubbed Big Rivers Fairgrounds, will feature 11 amusement park rides, including a spinning rollercoaster, a rocking pirate ship, a 360-degree spinning pendulum and several attractions for children. “Big Rivers Waterpark & Adventures is all about providing positive family experiences,” he said. “[The fairgrounds] is designed to be fun for all.” The new rides will add to the variety of attractions already available at the park, including water slides, a wave pool, rock climbing, a forest maze, ax throwing, a concert venue and a large aquatic obstacle course. According to Foy, the addition of the fairgrounds will allow the park to open earlier in the year than it has in the past. “It adds more length to our season and more components that we can grow with,” Foy said. “We can open up in March for spring break, for example, when the kids are out of school and it might still be too chilly to swim.” Foy noted officials were still in the planning phase of developing extended hours as of press time Nov. 16. “It depends on the time of year and weather conditions,” Foy said. “If it’s too cold, people don’t want to be climbing up and down walls and doing zip lines.” While Foy said the new rides that will be included in the fairgrounds are still under construction, some of them will be open to the public for the park’s upcoming Christmas at Big Rivers event in December. The rest of the new rides will be open by March 2022, he said. Looking to the future, Foy said Grand Texas’ main goal will be the construction of a theme park, although he said there still was not a timeline for when it would arrive. “The theme park is the ultimate goal, but it’s still a little bit away,” he said.
  4. What really got lost in the mix today is the addition of a Wacky Worm! And I wouldn't be surprised if the "Texas Wildcat" is another coaster, since "Wildcat" is popular coaster. https://austin.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/11-19-21-cota-amusement-park-2022-two-new-attractions/ Austin’s COTA reveals thrilling attractions for intensified amusement park in 2022 By John Egan Nov 19, 2021, 9:15 am Austin’s COTAland amusement park is getting ready to take visitors on a thrill ride — or two thrill rides, to be exact. The Circuit of the Americas announced on November 16 that COTAland, scheduled to formally debut in 2022, will become home to two thrill rides: the SkyBlazer and the Palindrome. COTAland reps say it’s the only place where people will be able to take advantage of these two rides next year. COTA has long been known for its racetrack, which hosts the U.S. Formula 1 Grand Prix and other racing events, but also features a variety of entertainment offerings, including its karting track, zip line, and holiday and music experiences. With the addition of COTAland, the property aims to take amusement to the next level. “COTA is working with the attraction industry’s best creators and producers to make COTAland a go-to amusement park destination,” Matt Hughey, senior manager of COTAland, says in a news release. “COTAland will feature everything from rides for young children to hair-raising experiences that will thrill even the most experienced theme park lovers. Something for everyone!” The SkyBlazer seats 18 riders side by side on a circular platform before raising them off the ground and then sending them hundreds of feet into the air. “After a few moments of anticipation, the rip cord releases and sends patrons into a momentary free fall before the swing motion catches them and sends them soaring over the enthralled onlookers,” the news release says. The Palindrome roller coaster will feature a 95-foot vertical lift hill, a top speed of 51 mph, two inversions, and a vertical “hop-stall” before riders experience the ride again — in reverse. Today, the park features “kiddie” rides, including a Ferris wheel and a carousel, but the SkyBlazer and Palindrome will elevate at least some of the experience to the adult category. Other rides planned for COTAland include the Skyflyer, Wacky Worm, and Texas Wildcat.
  5. After being delayed for two years, Luna Park is following through on some previously announced plans. https://abc7ny.com/luna-park-coney-island-amusement-sky-chaser/11084826/ Coney Island's Luna Park breaks ground on new rides, roller coaster, pedestrian plaza Tuesday, October 5, 2021 CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Coney Island's famed Luna Park broke ground Tuesday on expansion plans for new attractions and pedestrian plazas set to open for the 2022 season. The expansion includes a new ropes course, appropriately named the Sky Chaser, along with the Super Flume and the J2SK Coaster, a log flume intertwined with an exhilarating roller coaster creating a brand new unique experience for guests. In addition to the three new attractions, Luna Park is transforming three streets in landscaped pedestrian plazas between Wonder Wheel Way and the Coney Island Boardwalk. The new rides will be located in a long abandoned lot nestled between the minor League stadium and Luna Park, and the foundation is already in with the tracks on site. The city owns the land and leased it to Central Amusement International, which runs Luna park. "Luna Park will unveil two custom made Zamperla rides," Central Amusement International President Alessandro Zamperla said. "A roller coaster, the J2SK Coaster, and the Super Flume ride." The plans had been in place but were delayed by the pandemic. "For the entire year, there was no Luna Park, and there really was no Coney Island," NYC Parks Assistant Commissioner David Cerron said. "And I think that that makes this moment so much more meaningful and exciting." And while the Luna Park reopened this past summer, crowds weren't what they usually are, and businesses struggled. The new attractions could help. "It's probably going to bring a lot of people to Luna Park, for things to do for the kids and stuff like that, but it should be interesting," Ruby's Bar manager David McBarnett said. "I don't do roller coasters, but it should be cool." In addition to the attractions, there will be three newly upgraded pedestrian areas with kiosks and carnival booths. But the plans for those also changed because of the pandemic. "Instead of having all the containers, all the kiosks, one attached to the other, we actually created some space between them," Zamperla said. "COVID informed us a lot when it comes to construction, safety, and we did change some of the plans." The plazas will be an open-air entertainment destination with food, games and retail locations, adorned with shaded seating and greenery. Named after an iconic piece of Coney Island's history, Luna Park is the largest amusement park in New York City and the Big Apple's most famous playground -- with a heritage that stretches back more than 130 years. Luna Park lights up the famous Coney Island skyline with its timeless charm, historic landmarks, and exciting novelties. Adjacent to the nearly three miles of sandy beaches, two and a half miles of boardwalk, and other top attractions, Luna Park -- which employs more than 1,200 people -- offers more than 50 games, rides and roller coasters.
  6. Good luck with the government and courts in getting the park's plans but on track
  7. On Thursday I visited for the first time in a month and saw that they more than doubled the size of the preferred parking area. Anyone have any insight if this is permanent or just done an anticipation of Fright Fest? Doing it for Fright Fest makes sense since Preferred Parking can fillup during Fright Fest. Implementing it year round only makes it appear to be a money grab, unless the push for memberships is also going to include an increase in "free" or incentived preferred parking.
  8. How could I have forgotten Walygator? Oh wait, it was really easy to forget. I would have mentioned Elitch Gardens, but the dark ride intrigues me.
  9. Places I have been to that I have no desire to revisit unless they drastically change or acquire a unique installation Terra Mitica Disneyland Paris Wild Waves Mt. Olympus Canobie Park Seabreeze Frontier City Camden Park Magic Springs Great Escape Morey Piers There are plenty of small places others might include but that I'd revisit because they have charm.
  10. Went to Kennywood last Monday (July 22nd) and had a great time again. I was probably my 6th or 7th trip but for my niece it was her first visit. We got there at opening and stayed until 5PM with a goal of riding all the woodies and major coasters at least twice. My niece is pretty fearless, but Phantom's Revenge freaked her out and she didn't want to ride twice but we got everything else in. Random Thoughts Besides the rides, I loved partaking in and introducing my niece to Potato Patch fries and the chocolate dipped ice cream Steel Curtain - I love everything about it except the one train operations Sky Rocket - Still can't believe Premier only sold one, because the Sky Rocket II blows. I know it's all about the small footprint I'm not sure when Kennywood started their chaperone policy but it seemed to make a difference to me. The woodies all still deliver the goods in surprising ways. Very happy to finally ride the Old Mill, GOODBYE GARFIELD. I know that progress has to happen, but sad about the following developments over the past few years: Kangaroo is gone, Bayern Kurve is gone again, Noah's Ark changes (miss that old ending), and Ghostwood Estates is a complete joke.
  11. Dispatches on Candymonium might be quicker if customers were smarter or listened more closely. People were repeatedly not using the seat belts and had to be reminded to buckle in before pulling down the restraint.
  12. I'm a little confused if Sirocco is a completely new ride with programmed spinning vehicles or will they still be manually spun like the Cannibal Pots. Also I never realized Vogel Rok's original was in Sinbad tales, I like the more cohesive theme in the area, but will seem strange having Fata Morgana so far away .
  13. Nice to see Palace Parks and Entertainment making this option available. I'm not surprised about the admission issues at different parks. Cedar Fair ran into similar problems a few years ago. I remember having a Dorney Park Platinum pass the first year it was offered and having to: sign in Cedar Point, be escorted through a special area at Valleyfair, having to get a paper ticket from Guest relations at Michigan's Adventure, scanning at the gate for Geauga Lake.
  14. Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World can be done in the same day if you are not a water park person, especially if you start at Kentucky Kingdom and limit your time there to 2-3 hours. Holiday World is only a full day park if you have family or are doing the water park. However, I can see how as a first timer you might think you need to spend more time to take in everything, just be warned everything is not a quantity statement at Holiday World. I find the best way to navigate Holiday World is to not backtrack. If you like Voyage and Thunderbird, ride them as much as possible in a row versus walking around so much. Deciding you want to return to Thunderbird after riding Raven, might you up to an hour. I also recommend eating at the Thanksgiving area restaurant if you are a fresh turkey fan. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday meal and if it was practical I would eat more turkey at home.
  15. The park was reportedly sold for $15 million about 10 years ago, at the time the previously owners were claiming $1 million a year in revenue. There are plenty of small parks in the New Jersey area that survive. With proper market research, a little elbow grease and smart decisions I see no reason this park can't return. There are enough families in the area that won't snub their nose at a small park. I just hope enthusiasts don't put unrealistic expectations on the park and sh!t on the park because it is not for them.. I would love to see the new owners utilize the lake like Indiana Beach does to free up some dry land.
  16. Unless I'm missing something, simply stated, we're looking at the start of a public relations campaign to expand Disneyland. Of course if the focus is on what it can be, they are going to show the "best of" from other properties. I like their comment about removing old rides as a starting point to quiet the opposition from the Disneyland elitists who think their park is the best because it is the original park and sometimes oppose change because they are living in the past.
  17. It all depends on how you rate the most mediocre line-up. I would say the park with the most coasters where none would be in my Top 250 or so would be mediocre in my opinion. Of the parks I've been to Non-US Parks Wiener Prater takes the top spot FlamingoLand SunPark (China) Chuanlord Manor US Parks Valleyfair! Wild Adventures Morey Piers However, Wonderland Eurasia might be the true winner
  18. I just ran across this update https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/lost-island-theme-park-taking-shape/article_3cc989ee-17b8-59dd-b04c-70666c92b2ab.html Lost Island Theme Park taking shape Jeff Reinitz Feb 28, 2021 WATERLOO — Iowa’s newest theme park is rising from a former farm field south of town. The purple supports and tracks of a roller coaster soar above the snow-covered ground, and buildings are beginning to spring up as construction workers continue to labor through the winter. Work is projected to continue through 2021, and the Lost Island Theme Park remains on track for a 2022 grand opening, according to officials. “It’s going to be a huge asset for the city,” said Tavis Hall, executive director for Experience Waterloo. Even though it will only be open for a few months out of the year, the attraction is expected to be a large boost for the Cedar Valley economy. Hall said the total economic impact will be about $32 million a year once open, according to a study undertaken in 2019. That includes $6 million for food and beverage, $5 million for retail, $4 million for overnight lodging and $2 million for recreation, he said. “Most folks, when they come from out of town, they are going to make a weekend out of it and stop at restaurants,” Hall said. Gary Bertch, who is taking on the project with his wife, Becky, said plans for the theme park have been in the works for a decade. They came up with the idea as a way to fill a gap in the children’s and family-oriented entertainment in the area. Hall said the park will pair well with other attractions in the area. “From a community branding standpoint it’s awesome for us to have this amazing addition to the market,” Hall said. The Bertch’s also operate Lost Island Water Park — which opened in 2001 and is rated one of the best in the nation — the Bamboo Ridge Campground, Monaleo Adventure Golf and Monaleo’s Speedway go-cart track, which are across the road from the theme park site. The Isle Casino Hotel is also across the road. Stretching out over 90 acres and with a cost of around $100 million, the Lost Island Theme Park will have a 30-acre lake and five different “lands,” according to earlier reports. Concept art shows amusement park rides and play areas scattered among a volcano, temple ruins, statues and huts.
  19. Is the Citrus Tower still in Clermont? I remember it was a big deal when I was there as a kid.
  20. I saw this headline and thought maybe Goudurix was leaving. No such luck, only the dolphins, sealions and accompanying shows are leaving. https://www.mccourier.com/parc-asterix-announces-the-closure-of-a-flagship-attraction-that-has-existed-since-it-opened-in-1989/ Parc Astérix announces the closure of a flagship attraction that has existed since it opened in 1989 mccadminJanuary 25, 2021 This is the side change for Parc Astérix. The amusement park announced this morning in Le Parisien that one of its main attractions, which has been around since opening in 1989, is definitely closing its doors. A big change that many people have been expecting for several years. Goodbye to the theater of Poseidon and his animals Since opening in 1989, Parc Asterix has offered visitors the opportunity to discover a show with dolphins and sea lions. A very popular attraction with visitors, but it has been increasingly highlighted by animal rights associations. Indeed, associations have been campaigning for the end of captivity of dolphins and the closure of the dolphinarium for several years. A few days before the debate in the National Assembly on the law against animal abuse, Parc Asterix made a good choice. The dolphinarium closes its doors and the animals are replaced. There will be no more show at the Poseidon Theater to mark the reopening of the park, which is currently scheduled for April 3rd. The news was announced by Nicolas Kremer, General Manager of Parc Astérix, during an interview for Le Parisien. The decision had been made three years ago, but the park was waiting to find the right solution for its animals in consultation with scientists, experts and associations. The 8 dolphins and the 5 sea lions will be replaced in other dolphinariums in Europe. These animals are in full health, but after being bred in captivity, it is impossible to release them into the sea and marine protected areas are still in the planning stages. The transfer will take place in the coming weeks, but Parc Astérix does not want to say more so that the animals are transported smoothly. The animals leave, but Poseidon’s theater stays in place. The Parc Astérix will offer a new water show in the future. This could happen next season, Parc Astérix has started a competition in this direction. In the meantime, the amusement park is preparing for the arrival of Toutatis in 2023, an exciting attraction unique in France.
  21. The saga may be over, Standard Amusement is allowed to run Playland https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/12/18/playland-standard-amusements/ Exclusive: Westchester County Executive Agrees To Turn Over Playland Management To Private Firm By Tony AielloDecember 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm RYE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There has been a major development for the future of Playland, the country’s only government-operated amusement park. The county executive in Westchester has agreed to turn over management of Playland to a private company starting in 2022. A thaw in the legal battle over control of Playland in Rye means Westchester County will allow a private firm to run the park, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports. “We’re at a point now where cooperation, cooperative effort together, is the best way to protect the interests of the taxpayers and the users of the park,” County Executive George Latimer said. It’s a strategic reversal by Latimer, who just last year tried to kill a deal cut by his predecessor with Standard Amusements to manage the park. Standard filed to bankruptcy, which made the county unlikely to win a lawsuit over canceling the contract. The settlement ends a legal roller coaster ride between Westchester County and the company. It was bitter at times, like two guys in bumper cars trying to knock each other out. Standard was modest in claiming victory, saying it “looks forward to working closely together in the coming years to ensure that Playland thrives.” The county says the settlement will strengthen oversight of Standard’s commitment to spend $25 million on new rides, attractions and food service. “People will come to the park, have a better experience. They will be more likely to return, which is part of how we reach our numbers, not just by the one-time trial visit, but by the repeat visit,” Latimer said. The county also negotiated better terms for fees and revenue sharing that could eventually earn Westchester $1 million a year. If the pandemic eases and the park reopens in the spring, it will be the final season before the 30-year deal with the private firm kicks in 2022. The settlement does require final approval from the county board of legislators and federal bankruptcy court.
  22. If I remember correctly, Wonder Garden was as you assumed, but for kids only.
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