Amusement and theme parks - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Amusement and theme parks Official: Storm triggered sensor that halted roller coaster ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Six Flags Over Texas says stormy weather including high winds triggered a safety sensor that halted a new roller coaster and left eight riders stranded for hours. The 120-foot-tall (36-meter-tall) Joker ride shut down early Saturday during an overnight high school senior event at the park in Arlington, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Dallas. Fi... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:27:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:27:00Z No need to schlep wallet, keys at Universal's new water park ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — No need to schlep around wallets or locker keys in your Speedos at Universal Orlando Resort's new water park opening later this month. That's because Universal is debuting a new wristband that can pay for food, open lockers, trigger special effects, set spending limits on the kids and most, importantly, eliminate waiting in lines by sending alerts when i... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:49:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:49:00Z Zoo home to April the giraffe and baby opening Monday HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — People hoping to get an up-close look at April the giraffe's baby born at an upstate New York zoo before a live stream audience will have to wait a little longer. Animal Adventure Park originally planned to open for the season this weekend, but delayed the date until Monday because of cool and rainy conditions in the forecast. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:07:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:07:00Z Remember 'Avatar'? Disney sure hopes you do NEW YORK (AP) — You may not have thought much about the 2009 movie "Avatar" over the past eight years, but Disney sure has. The Magic Kingdom is wagering a reported half-billion dollars that you and zillions of other people will line up for new theme park attractions based on the movie's bioluminescent world of Pandora. It's a major gamble, even by Disney... Tue, 09 May 2017 22:12:00 GMT 2017-05-09T22:12:00Z Oklahoma fire crews remove riders on stuck roller coaster OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firefighters rescued 19 people from a roller coaster that got stuck on the tracks Thursday at an Oklahoma City amusement park. The last person was removed from the Silver Bullet coaster at Frontier City amusement park shortly after 1 p.m. and no one was injured, Fire Lt. Ray Lujan said. The roller coaster cars became stuck about 11:30 a.m. atop a peak on... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:34:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:34:00Z Family of boy killed on Kansas waterslide to receive $20M KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The family of a 10-year-old boy who died on a giant waterslide at a Kansas water park will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments, according to court documents. The largest payment to Caleb Schwab's family, $14 million, will come from SVV 1 and KC Water Park, two companies associated with the Texas-based water park operator Schlitterbahn, ... Thu, 04 May 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-05-04T19:15:00Z Cedar Point, Knott's Berry Farm adds metal detectors SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Amusement park visitors to the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World" can expect slightly longer wait times to pass through new metal detectors. The parent firm of Cedar Point added another level of security to all of its parks. Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark says the process for passing through metal detectors sh... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:27:00 GMT 2017-04-30T14:27:00Z SeaWorld San Diego gets a furry surprise: a baby sea lion SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld San Diego is caring for a sea lion that was unexpectedly born to a sick mother. The park says the pup was discovered Wednesday when a team went to check the health of her mother, who was rescued from a beach in the city of Oceanside on Tuesday. The pup made a live appearance online hours after her birth. The bl... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:41:00 GMT 2017-04-27T22:41:00Z Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver NEW YORK (AP) — One of Comcast's fastest-growing businesses hasn't been selling cable or internet subscriptions — or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It's been theme parks. Since 2011, when Comcast first took over NBCUniversal's film and TV studios, cable and broadcast networks, TV stations and theme parks, the parks have been one of its biggest revenue drivers... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:01:00 GMT 2017-04-27T13:01:00Z New virtual reality ride features extreme heights, spiders JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey theme park is unveiling what it calls the world's tallest and fastest virtual reality drop ride that will prey on people's fears of heights and spiders. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson says riders of Drop of Doom VR will plunge 41 stories at speeds of up to 90 mph (145 kph) while battling mutant spiders. ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:57:00 GMT 2017-04-20T13:57:00Z Big summer for Disney parks: Pandora and Guardians of Galaxy Disney theme parks have a big summer ahead of them with major new attractions opening May 27 based on two movies, one about the Marvel Comics superheroes from "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the other about the lush alien world of Pandora from the James Cameron film "Avatar." The Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! attraction opens at Disney Californ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:42:00 GMT 2017-04-17T21:42:00Z He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — April the giraffe's calf is nursing strongly and his mother is recovering "perfectly," said officials with Animal Adventure Park on Sunday after a morning veterinarian check with the newborn. April gave birth to a healthy male calf Saturday at the privately owned Animal Adventure Park before an online audience of more than a mill... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 20:23:00 GMT 2017-04-16T20:23:00Z The Latest: April's giraffe calf height, weight revealed HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a male calf born to April the giraffe at a New York zoo (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The male calf born to April the giraffe is nursing well and has had his first vet checkup. Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page Sunday that the calf weighs 129 pounds (58.5 kilogram... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:31:00 GMT 2017-04-16T19:31:00Z It's a boy! Zoo confirms April the giraffe's calf is a male HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — And baby makes glee. Before an online audience of more than a million viewers, April the giraffe gave birth to a male calf Saturday at a New York zoo, ending weeks of proverbial pacing by animal lovers in a virtual worldwide waiting room. The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf shortly before 10 a.m. EDT in ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 03:31:00 GMT 2017-04-16T03:31:00Z Rescuers pluck passengers from stuck roller coaster BALTIMORE (AP) — An amusement park roller coaster featuring a "cobra roll," ''sidewinder loop," and "countless swift reversals" stalled Thursday evening outside of Washington, D.C., leaving 24 riders stuck 100 feet (30 meters) up in the air. Prince George's County Fire/EMS spokesman Mark Brady said on his Twitter account that the riders came to a standsti... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 01:41:00 GMT 2017-04-14T01:41:00Z 6 Flags park to be built in new Saudi 'entertainment city' RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has announced that a Six Flags theme park is expected to be built in a new entertainment city that will be the first of its kind in the kingdom. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says the project will also include a safari area. The kingdom's sovereign wealth fund, known as the Public Investment Fund, will be main the investor i... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 15:32:00 GMT 2017-04-09T15:32:00Z Bald eagles make big comeback in San Francisco Bay Area SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Endangered bald eagles are making a comeback in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of a national boom following decades of environmental investment. Nineteen nests have been tallied in eight Bay Area counties, including at Stanford University, a mall and a water park, The Mercury News in San Jose reported this week ( ). ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-04-05T19:51:00Z Lawmaker whose son died on waterslide supports regulations TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator whose 10-year-old son was killed on a waterslide fought back tears Thursday as he calmly urged colleagues to strengthen inspection rules for amusement parks. The House unanimously advanced the bill on a voice vote immediately after hearing from Republican Rep. Scott Schwab. His son, Caleb, was killed last summer on the Verruckt slide a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-03-30T22:17:00Z Disney moves Magic Kingdom metal detectors to ticket center ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World is moving its metal detectors to an earlier entry point at its most popular park, Magic Kingdom. The Orlando Sentinel ( reports that the detectors will now by located at the Transportation and Ticket Center starting next Monday. Visitors staying at three resorts along the monorail route, meanwhile, will go through ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:21:00 GMT 2017-03-29T17:21:00Z With monster trucks and Comic-Con, Saudis defy killjoy image DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Monster trucks, hip-hop dancing and Game of Thrones all have one surprising thing in common now: Saudi Arabia. The kingdom, which bans movie theaters and other entertainment venues, is challenging its ultraconservative image and loosening the reins on fun by opening its doors to live shows, including some American ones. ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:04:00 GMT 2017-03-29T07:04:00Z Review: Aimee Mann offers delicate takes on 'Mental Illness' Aimee Mann, "Mental Illness" (SuperEgo Records) Aimee Mann plays to an illusory type on "Mental Illness," a serene album of delicate, mournful songs with characters walking off cliffs, stuck in holes and escaping to amusement parks. Aiming to write the "saddest, slowest, most acoustic" songs as tongue-in-cheek confirmation of her image ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:26:00 GMT 2017-03-27T16:26:00Z By the numbers: Property values of theme parks in dispute ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld are engaged in legal battles with the county appraiser and tax collector regarding what their massive properties are worth. The theme parks claim the Orange County appraiser has assessed the properties too highly, resulting in higher tax bills than they deserve. The market value of a property is what it i... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:39:00 GMT 2017-03-23T13:39:00Z Where's the line? Theme parks aiming to eliminate them ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — At Universal Orlando Resort's new "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it's time to enter the ride. Universal is leading the theme-park charge into "virtual lines" that give visitors options for exploring a pa... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:54:00 GMT 2017-03-20T18:54:00Z Virtual reality roller coaster coming to theme park AGAWAM, Mass. (AP) — A new kind of roller coaster experience is set to premiere next month at Six Flags New England. The Galactic Attack Virtual Realty Coaster is billed as a fully immersive, virtual riding experience on the Agawam park's iconic Mind Eraser coaster. When riders board and put on Samsung Gear VR headsets, they'll see data... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:18:00 GMT 2017-03-19T21:18:00Z Comcast buying out partners for full ownership of Japan park ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Comcast NBCUniversal is paying $2.3 billion to buy out its partners to take full ownership of Universal Studios Japan. The company said Tuesday that it had agreed to purchase the 49 percent stake in the theme park from its partners, including Goldman Sachs, a U.S. hedge fund and an Asian private equity firm. Comcast... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:16:00 GMT 2017-03-01T00:16:00Z For Gore Verbinski, a fresh start after 'Lone Ranger' NEW YORK (AP) — Say what you will about Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," but it didn't lack for ambition. Verbinski's $215 million film was a bid to reorient the Texas Ranger tale around its Native American sidekick, Tonto (Johnny Depp), and reinvigorate the Western with rollicking blockbuster extravagance. It was both amusement park ride and commentary on American (and m... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:41:00 GMT 2017-02-16T18:41:00Z Critics don't even want animatronic Trump to speak ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Some critics of President Donald Trump are so adamant in their opposition that they don't even want a fake version of him to speak. An online petition was started last week, asking Walt Disney World to keep an animatronic Trump silent in its Hall of Presidents attraction. The attraction has animatronic figures of al... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:55:00 GMT 2017-02-01T22:55:00Z Family of boy killed on Kansas waterslide settles with park KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The family of a Kansas lawmaker's 10-year-old son killed last summer on what was billed as the world's tallest water slide reached a settlement Wednesday with the park's owner and the raft's manufacturer. Terms of the deal filed in Kansas' Johnson County District Court involving Caleb Schwab's family were not released. Messages lef... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-01-11T22:15:00Z Knott's Berry Farm to auction memorabilia in March BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) — Southern California amusement park Knott's Berry Farm plans to sell animatronics and other memorabilia at an auction. The Orange County Register reports ( ) that the 75-year-old theme park is auctioning more than 200 items at a sale in March. The items listed for sale include a Model T Ford... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:04:00 GMT 2017-01-10T18:04:00Z Disneyland employee, 81, set to mark 60 years at park ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — An 81-year-old Disneyland employee is set to celebrate his 60th anniversary of working at the California theme park. KABC-TV reports ( Oscar Martinez works at Carnation Cafe along the park's Main Street, U.S.A. He came to work at Disneyland as a busboy only a year after the park's opening in 1955. His skill at making breakfast pot... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:23:00 GMT 2016-12-15T14:23:00Z