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June 23, 2009

Hi, Everyone. Sorry about the prolonged silence. I'm dealing with an urgent family issue and updates will be on hold for at least another couple of weeks. Thanks for your patience.

-Robert

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June 11, 2009

Sorry about the relatively quiet week. Had some DSL hardware issues and connectivity was almost nil. But AT&T seems to have done their job and I'm cautiously optimistic that things are stable once again.

So back at it, then:

Coney's true believers aren't so happy about the proposed plans for that funzone and they recently raised their voices.

Here's a Disney "rumor" I missed entirely.

Happy Birthday, Santa Cruz' Giant Dipper! Here's to another 85 years!

So when is Ghost Town In The Sky's Cliffhanger coaster going to open? Well, it's "on the way" is all we're promised.

I was unaware that Disneyland Paris and the neighboring Studios Park are the first parks to get seriously Googled.

Six Flags wants to help you get "Fame"-ous.

-Robert

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June 7, 2009

I hope you'll enjoy this Pilgims Plunge Ride Review. And be sure to have a listen to the Season Pass's very special HoliWood Nights podcast!

-Robert

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June 3, 2009

In brief:

It may not rock our world, but Myrtle Beach is indeed getting another park.

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner restaurant is getting ready to celebrate a major anniversary and the Farm is planning some nice treats to honor the milestone.

If you're into all things green, then check out this "theme park."

It's a bit too soon to say how Freestyle Music Park is doing, don't you think?

A pirates-themed water park? I'm all for it, mateys!

-Robert

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June 1, 2009

Man, am I beat... got back from the big HoliWood Nights trip this Sunday and I'ma need some more recovery time. But what a blast and a half. Some quick capsule reviews - Diamondback: Best B&M hyper ever? Quite possibly. Pilgrim's Plunge: Great fun, very wet, a perfect addition to Holiday World's mix. The Voyage: Hands down, the best woodie I've ever been on. Son of Beast v.2.0: Pure evil. Loathsome. Nothing but pain and hate. I'm counting the days until that massive pile of FAIL is sent tumbling to the ground.

Anyway, bear with me until I can find the energy, but many new ride reviews are in the works.

-Robert

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May 26, 2009

Hola, peeps! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, where applicable. Mine was good, despite the fact that Terminator Salvation, the movie, was a heartbreaking disappointment. Also somewhat disappointing was a lack of coasters... but that will soon be remedied. Tomorrow, I'm off for HoliWood Nights, with a Diamondback chaser. Can. Not. Wait.

So in the meantime, feel free to check out some old Ride Reviews, maybe purchase a photo or MegaWorld souvenir, or join the fun at the RideWorld forums.

Have a great week!

-Robert

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May 21, 2009

Duh-duh-duh... DUH-DUH! Terminator Salvation: The Ride has begun harvesting humans and here's a review by the LA Times' Brady MacDonald. And be sure to check out the predictably awesome coverage of the media day mayhem over at Theme Park Review. Can't wait to hit that mofo!!!!

And here's the official announcement by USH of the Return of The King:

“The Eighth Wonder of the World” Rises From Ashes to Astound Studio Tour Guests: King Kong Re-Emerges In A Fierce New 4-D Attraction in 2010 At Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Los Angeles, California, May 19-2009--King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios Hollywood, said: “King Kong has been an integral part of Universal Studios Hollywood for decades and, after last year’s fire, we knew he had to be resurrected for our Studio Tour guests. We’re very excited to announce that not only are we re-introducing King Kong, but we’ve completely re-imagined the experience and will incorporate this legendary icon into a truly innovative Studio Tour attraction.”

In the new attraction, guests will don special glasses as they enter a darkened soundstage aboard the Studio Tour trams and will be transported— via the magic of Surround Digital 3D projection —deep into the dark heart of the world of Skull Island. They’ll survive a close encounter with a swarm of monstrous bats, only to be confronted by the terrifying presence of Kong himself. Suddenly, an enormous, ravenous 35' tall dinosaur will challenge Kong and guests will feel their trams jolt, roll and shudder as they find themselves caught in the middle of a ferocious showdown between the great ape and the giant lizard. The action will immerse guests in the battle between the two colossal predators.

A previous King Kong attraction was introduced at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1986 and remained a much-admired part of the Studio Tour until it was destroyed last year.

King Kong, known as “the eighth wonder of the world,” has been called “the experience for which movies were invented.” Since first appearing on the screen in the 1933 original classic, “King Kong” has been re-made twice, each time on a tremendous scale, earning a total of seven Oscar and three Golden Globe® nominations.

Most recently, the 2005 version took the best elements of the original “King Kong” story and adrenalized them with up-to-the-minute effects magic and the alchemic talents of a superlative group of filmmakers, cast and crew. Released to critical acclaim in late 2005, “King Kong” was a worldwide box office hit and, with DVD sales, earned well over $700 million, becoming the fourth-highest grossing movie in Universal Pictures history.

The arrival of the new King Kong experience will follow major enhancements to the Studio Tour. Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce an upgraded Studio Tour experience this summer, transforming its trams into "mobile movie theaters" with state-of-the-art flat-screen high-definition monitors and digital playback systems. The new high-definition monitors will feature commentary from filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Stephen Sommers, along with insight from such personalities as Al Roker, Nancy O’Dell, Billy Bush and Whoopi Goldberg. Clips from numerous movie and television productions, corresponding to sites visited along the Tour route, will add a new dimension to the tour of backlot attractions, sets and facades, capturing how they were transformed for various productions.

Famed film locations on the Universal back lot include the “War of the Worlds” set, Western Streets, European Street, Mexican Street, the Psycho House-Bates Motel, and sets from ABC’s hit series “Desperate Housewives” on Wisteria Lane. Back lot attractions include "Earthquake," "Jaws," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb."

Also this summer, Universal Studios welcomes the "The Tonight Show Starring Conan O'Brien" to a newly constructed soundstage at the studio and will celebrate the re-opening of most of the iconic sets damaged in last year's fire. Studio tours and film production will resume at the world- famous Courthouse Square, Brownstone Street and an enhanced New York Street. Additionally, new film locations will be introduced to meet contemporary film production needs, including a modern urban cityscape, with glass and steel façade structures that will provide film and TV crews with the opportunity to replicate a modern city street scene in a controlled studio environment. The new contemporary cityscape will be the largest modern urban backlot shooting location in Los Angeles.

-Robert

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May 20, 2009

I've got a review of "The Business of Fun" DVD up over at BlooLoop.com.

-Robert

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May 19, 2009

The King Is Dead; Long Live The King! I'm loving this story at Variety about Universal Studios Hollywood's plans to bring back a beloved attraction; sounds like those of us on the West Coast will get a little Spider-Man-teched righteousness before the Transformers ride shows up in 2011. No sir, this ain't your Daddy's monkey, baby.

-Robert

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May 18, 2009

You thought Wild West World had a short run? Well, pity poor Love Land, the theme park that didn't even get to open... What a shame.

La Ronde's Monstre coaster stalled out today, causing an hour-long evacuation. Bummer.

A far, far sadder story comes from Spain, where a 55-year-old worker was struck and killed by one of Port Aventura's woodies.

And finally for tonight, it looks like Disney's plan to develop a Tomorrowland-themed movie is getting closer to the lift-off stage. Can't say the bare descriptions of the plot are really churning my butter much, but we'll see.

-Robert

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May 17, 2009

So the Coney Island "brain trust" mentioned below has issued its recommendations and it's kind of good news, but not entirely.

Here's the good news: "The panel said 12 acres along the fabled boardwalk is sufficient space to build 30 new major amusements, including a roller coaster with a drop tower, water rides, a 'House of Horror,' other thrill rides, and rides suitable for kids."

But: "Panelists also said there's no need for a theme park like Disney Land in Coney Island and that while Coney Island's history should be celebrated, the city shouldn't get stuck on preserving artifacts but rather focus on enhancing visitors' experience at an affordable price."

Read it all here.

Prepare yourself for China's Love Land! Um, kids, this one's kinda "Parental Guidance Suggested," so be warned.

Can you believe it's been 20 years? Wow, how time flies... God Bless Cedar Point and God Bless Magnum XL-200. Check out this article and dig the photo of that AWESOME tattoo!

I've heard of "amulance chasers," but this loser takes the cake. "Thousands of people die each year in roller coaster deaths, as a result of a tragic accident or due to the carelessness of others in theme park accidents." Simply unbelievable...

-Robert

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May 14, 2009

Pop quiz: you're in a new theme park and here are some of the ride names: Iron Horse, Soak'd, The Time Machine, and Round About. What's the park's general theme? Would you guess "music?"

You know what Six Flags needs? An exclusive pretzel cracker, that's what.

Sounds like Six Flags Great America's new Buccaneer Battle is going to have some very long lines on hot days.

It looks like InBev will actually continue to own the Busch Gardens/SeaWorld parks for a little longer than originally thought.

While most theme park companies are having a rough time of it, Merlin Entertainments is doing pretty darned well. And they're planning big things for Alton Towers over the next ten years, including plenty of new rides and a third hotel. Jolly good!

The Coney Island Development Corporation has put together an amusement industry brain trust to come up with some good ideas for the area's future, and I'm very glad to learn that the group includes Premier Rides' head honcho Jim Seay.

Here's a nice story about the big plans for Quassy Amusement Park, including their new woodie.

-Robert

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May 11, 2009

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this story, but it seems a park in "Buga Colombia" has just raised some serious bank, some of which will go towards building "...Vertigo Force, which will be one of the highest, longest, and fastest roller coasters in the world." Sounds like PR hype, but who knows?

Only very slightly related to the subject of "amusement parks," this story is worth noting for its incredible "Say, what?!" factor.

Sure enough, the rocky job market has been beneficial for many parks looking to fill the ranks this season.

From the genius who brought the world "The Ice Cream of the Future" comes his next great leap forward in food innovation: Coffee Dots!

-Robert

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May 10, 2009

First off, Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

All right, then, be sure to feast yer peepers on this awesome look at SFFM's Terminator Salvation: The Ride trains, courtesy of The LA Times' Brady MacDonald. Very dark and foreboding, a sign that the park is really working the theme. Two weeks, man, just two more weeks...

Although it's not necessarily high on the excitement list, don't forget that Maine's Funtown Splashtown USA park will be opening its own "new" coaster this summer, too (the Wild Mouse from Maryland's Jolly Roger Amusement Park).

If you enjoy the G-force science behind thrill rides, then you'll enjoy this great blog post that measures such data on several rides at the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. Note that the park's little Hurricane coaster packs a momentary 4G punch!

In random business news, Universal Orlando really felt a sting last quarter, and though Six Flags is not in great shape, things are improving a bit. Helps that the Mexico park is back open after a week closed due to the Swine Flu crisis. Cedar Fair didn't do so great, either.

Here's a great interview with Brian Morrow, the conceptual designer of SeaWorld's Manta. Among the facts divulged: he did hope to have the coaster's trains actually hit the water and cause the splash, but B&M said it couldn't be done. So they found a fountain design company to create the effect.

North Myrtle Beach is getting closer to having another amusement zone.

Last for today, I saw "Star Trek" last night and WOW, what a good time! Fun, loaded with action, and a really sweet reboot for the whole mythology. Given the early box office success, I'm hopeful that Vegas' Star Trek: The Experience will not remain a sad shadow of its former self for long. (Also, Spock roolz.)

-Robert

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May 6, 2009

Bummer: more bad news for Ghost Town in the Sky.

Also some bad news for Disney, but some good news on the horizon, hopefully.

And it looks like Manta is nothing but good news for Orlando's SeaWorld.

Want to know in detail what criminal behavior Wild West World founder Thomas Etheredge has been charged with? It's all here.

So Led Zep is now called The Time Machine... and I can't say I'm madly in love with that. I like the random tune factor idea, but a name more related to music would have made me happier, like "Jukebox: The Ride," or something... And a family ride called "Get Off Of My Cloud"? Sounds really inviting, doesn't it?

-Robert

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May 3, 2009

With the opening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the summer feels as though it has officially begun. Saw it last night, and here's my capsule review: I'm really looking forward to "Star Trek" next weekend.

Anyhoo, here's a nice little bio of legendary coaster designer Herbert Schmeck, courtesy of his hometown newspaper.

Dig some video pimpage of World's of Fun's new Prowler coaster. There's only a tiny bit of first drop POV footage, but stick around for the last "rider testimonial."

Carousel aficionados will enjoy this video as well.

Coming soon to a theme park near you: more human tracking technology (brought to you by Precision Dynamics Corp., a division of Skynet).

Thomas Etheredge, he of the Wild West World debacle, is not a happy man these days.

Check out The LA Times' Brady MacDonald's rundown of the '09 amusement highlights, which optimistically includes Knoebel's Flying Turns coaster.

Finally, hopes for much-needed expansion plans at Hong Kong Disneyland are looking brighter.

-Robert

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April 30, 2009

First up, check out the big roundtable discussion that's just been posted over at The Season Pass. Episode 78 features co-hosts Doug and Brent, and Martin Palicki (Editor-in-Chief/Owner of IPM: InPark Magazine), Urso Chappell (Owner of www.ExpoMuseum.com) and yours truly for a lively, informative chat.

Now, this whole Swine Flu thing may be getting a bit too much media attention; I mean, it's not the Black Plague... yet. That said, I'm glad I don't live in Mexico. More bad news for the park chain that's now an OTC stock...

Ghost Town In The Sky is still on a rocky road to full fiscal recovery and the Cliff Hanger coaster is still nowhere close to operational status.

In happier news, Harry Potter: The Exhibition has opened at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago; enjoy this report at Snitchseeker.com. Sounds like a nice appetizer before the big feast is served in Florida next year.

Indiana Beach Amusement Park is going back to free general admission this season, for the first time in several decades. Nice!

And here's a nice sneak peek "behind the walls" of SeaWorld's Manta coaster. Looooking good!

-Robert

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April 27, 2009

Now, why aren't we seeing something like this right here in America? Great idea, Shijingshan Amusement Park!

-Robert

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April 26, 2009

Sorry about the update-free week; wrapped up in all kindza stuff. On to some randomness:

Read all about Freestyle Music Park's four new Zamperla rides. (Still not used to that name...)

Speaking of rock and roll-themed fun, the Arizona Decades park is struggling to find a home.

Sounds like the "Disneyland of the Phillippines" is really going to happen.

Here's a nice feature on some "secrets" of Disney's Hollywood Studios park.

It's a bummer about the delayed opening for USF's Rip, Ride, Rockit coaster, but the extra wait will no doubt be worth it.

A UK theme park based on a book series called "Horrible History?" No idea what that is, but it sounds kewl...

-Robert

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April 19, 2009

Kings Island's rock-em, sock-em Diamondback coaster is earning early raves, including this one from the guy who parted ways with a four-figure sum for the privilege.

There's more news on the Beemer's debut here.

And here, too. Can't wait to take my own spin in late May!

This is one DVD collection I must possess, and if you're a fan of Disneyland history, you must also.

-Robert

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April 16, 2009

Awesome park, awesome ride, awesome cause: start bidding, peeps!

EBAY CHARITY AUCTION OFFERS FIRST RIDES
WORLD’S TALLEST WATER RIDE—PILGRIMS PLUNGE—OPENS MAY 2

SANTA CLAUS, IND-----For the next week, visitors to eBay will have the opportunity to bid on riding in the front seat of the very first boat launched from the World’s Tallest Water Ride when Holiday World opens for the season on May 2.

Pilgrims Plunge, a classic “shoot the chute” ride, will utilize an open elevator to swiftly lift boats filled with riders 135 feet in the air. The boats will pause briefly and then rapidly descend a world-record 131 feet at a 45-degree angle, creating a wall of water splashing 45 feet high and 90 feet wide.

The charity auction will raise money for food banks in four states, as part of the park’s “Feeding Families Food Drive,” a two-month effort to collect 200,000 food items for the needy.

“The top five bidders will each win two tickets to opening day, the very first opening-day rides on Pilgrims Plunge, free lunch, plus Pilgrims Plunge beach towels,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari president Will Koch. “And it’s for such a great cause—feeding those in need.”

To view this online auction, go to http://tinyurl.com/131feet. The link is also available on the park’s website www.HolidayWorld.com. The week-long auction runs through Wednesday evening, April 22.

Details about the Feeding Families Food Drive are outlined on Holiday World’s website: www.HolidayWorld.com/Give. The frequently-asked-questions section includes special instructions for group-ticket holders, season pass holders, and the park’s 2,100 employees.

Holiday World opens for the season on May 2 with the premiere of Pilgrims Plunge, the world’s tallest water ride. Both Holiday World and Splashin' Safari will be open daily beginning May 15. For more information, visit the parks’ website at www.HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-463-2645.

Speaking of auctions for good causes, Kings Island's Diamondback first rider auction has a winner. And:

More than $102,000 was raised in the auction for A Kid Again, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun-filled outings and on-going support to children with life threatening illnesses and their families, from the day of diagnosis until the children reach the age of 20.

Well done, Allan Hague of Yantis, Texas, and everyone else who did their part!

-Robert

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April 13, 2009

If it had been my choice, I woulda gone with a different name for the former Hard Rock Park, something like, "Boogie Town," or "Tunesville," or "Islands of Screaming Guitar Adventures." Which is why it's a good thing I wasn't consulted. But apparently, Myrtle Beach residents aren't so crazy aboout "Freestyle Music Park," either.

A woman was seriously injured at the I-X Indoor amusement park, very sad news indeed.

Most of us are already pretty familiar with the amazing backyard Blue Flash loop coaster, but in case you're not, here's a brief feature on it.

Disneyland in India? Yup, if this guy's dream comes to fruition.

Oy. Poor, poor Coney Island... What's to become of this hallowed place?

And if you're a fan of "Dancing With The Stars," (or all things eco), then clear your schedule for Sunday, April 19th:

KABC’S HIT ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ SENSATION GILLE MARINI HELPS UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT THE THEME PARK’S FREE, FAMILY FRIENDLY ‘ECO-FAIR’ ON SUNDAY, APRIL 19 FROM 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.

Universal City, CA—KABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” front-runner Gilles Marini will sign autographs, greet fans and perhaps show off a move or two when he makes a special guest appearance at Universal Studios Hollywood’s FREE Eco-Fair on Sunday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests can take rides on electric bicycles, discover how an engine-less SUV can zoom to astonishing speeds and see just how quickly cookies bake in a solar powered oven at the family-friendly “Eco-Fair” in front of Universal Studios Hollywood’s main gates.

EZ Green Bikes will offer test drives and explain why 70 million people in the world today choose electric bikes for transportation, while GM Motors’ engineers will educate the intrigued on how an SUV can use zero petroleum and be emission-free.

RockNSocks turns a special process that conserves land, water and energy into a fashion statement and will show off their funky footwear made from regenerated cotton. Path to Freedom, an organization dedicated to helping people learn how to “think globally, act locally,” will also be on hand with eco-inventions that will make you think twice about the energy you use in your everyday life.

-Robert

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April 8, 2009

Astroworld's old Mayan Mindbender is about to begin its new life as The Hornet at Amarillo's Wonderland park. (I'm still in denial that Astroworld is no more... *sniff*)

Speaking of former Astro-parks, a new, albeit temporary, amusement establishment is taking the place of Coney Island's defunct Astroland, and they have the temerity to call it "Dreamland." As Coney Island historian Charles Denson is quoted, "To throw some carnival rides in and call it Dreamland seems kind of a shame." That's an understatement for sure. (At least the good ol' Cyclone is still keeping Coney's glory alive.)

Here's the craziest rumor I've heard in a long time: Disney's building a theme park in Peru. Where does stuff like this get started?

And last for tonight, the crazy things teens do for kicks... (Seriously, don't do this.)

-Robert

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April 5, 2009

Live fast, die young. That's rock 'n' roll, baby.

Some pretty big job cuts are hitting the U.S. Disney parks.

Nine days on a roller coaster to win a family cruise? Not sure that payoff would be worth it, but that's just me.

The last vestiges of Chippewa Lake amusement park will soon be gone.

Planning to hit some Euro-parks this summer? Then here are a few tips about where it's most economical to stay.

I'm still trying to decide what I think of Bizarro... I mean, as part of the whole Superman mythology, it seems a little obscure... again, that's just me.

-Robert

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April 1, 2009

More random bits 'n' pieces:

Bits 'n' pieces of an old Maryland park have found a new home. There's more on this story, with video, here.

The Hard Rock Park mess is going to be a tough one to clean up.

If thrill ride mishaps and the law are your bag, then dig this story.

One man has a dream of opening the "Disneyland of the Phillipine." He also has an unusual, uh, criminal record.

Check out Brendan Walker, "thrill engineer."

Visiting China's "Bird's Nest" stadium any time soon? There's a new attraction nearby you'll want to put on your itinerary as well.

-Robert

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March 29, 2009

Here's my trip report from this year's West Coast Bash. Enjoy!

-Robert

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March 26, 2009

You think you've got a pimped-out ride? Then check this, yo! Dang, that is fine...

Okay, here's my favorite press release of the day:

Park’s ‘Flower Lady’ Retires at 98

Santa Claus, Ind. ---- At the age of 98, longtime Holiday World employee Frieda Foertsch says it’s time to become a “lady of leisure.”

Starting in 1954, Foertsch literally worked her way around the park, at first in the kitchen and admissions, followed by sewing Santa suits and cleaning the park, and, for the past two decades, caring for the park’s flowers.

At her retirement party, she thanked the Koch family for “putting up with me all these years” and teased park president Will Koch that she’d worked at the park “before you even existed.”

In 2000, Foertsch was named Indiana’s Outstanding Older Worker by Green Thumb, Inc. The national organization sent her to Washington D.C. for a week’s celebration and featured her in their 2001 calendar. Foertsch was also included in a “60 Minutes” segment about older workers.

You GO, girl!

Congratulations, Frieda!

Here's an amusing park-related story with a message: you mess with The Mouse, you pay the price.

And last for today, it's Manta test-run footage, bay-bee!

Looking gooood...

 

-Robert

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March 24, 2009

At the Bash, mentioned below, we heard plenty about how SFMM was really going all out to make Terminator Salvation: The Ride the most highly-themed Six Flags rail-rider ever (eat it, Dark Knight: The Coaster). Not too many details were divulged, but we were promised a major preshow, props and cool stuff all over, and plenty of surprises, some of them on the ride itself. Well, the LA Times' Brady MacDonald has scoopage galore, including the fact that some of the film's cast members are participating in the pre-ride video footage. Major Sweetness. (Glad to see my future wife, Moon Bloodgood, is helping out.)

Some quickies:

Hong Kong's Ocean Park continues its major redevelopment.

Ghost Town in the Sky's Chapter 11 filing breaks my heart.

Happily, the Wild Escape theme park seems to be on the verge of getting real.

The I-X Indoor Amusement Park is set to open this weekend.

All kindsa theme parks are hoping to rise in China.

And dat's it for tonight!

-Robert

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March 23, 2009

Another West Coast Bash has come and gone, and oh, baby, was it good. My voice is still raspy from all the screaming and the cold, and stuff, and it will take some time to put up a proper trip report, but let me say tonight the following:

Chris Godsey and Robb Alvey, along with everyone at Six Flags Magic Mountain, have put together the best single-day enthusiast event I've ever attended. Even with the record crowd (about 700 all told), ERT sessions were spectacular. Empty stations for the less popular coasters, and 10-minute waits for X2. Ten minutes. Awesomely awesome.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg (a metaphor many would use, since the day was kinda chilly and the night was freakin' cold). Weather aside (hail fell from the sky! No joke!), it was a hellacious success. What a day.

Bring. It. On.

I bow low with utmost respect. Magic Mountain is getting more magical by the hour.

-Robert

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March 17, 2009

It's a little late for the sentiment (7:00PM on the West Coast), but Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Okay, so first some good news/bad news: West Coast Bash 2009 is SOLD OUT! If you were planning to show up the morning of, and you haven't registered yet, you're out of luck. Congrats to Chris Godsey of RideWorld.com and Robb Alvey of Theme Park Review for building one of the most popular enthusiast events ever! The total number of attendees has been limited to keep the ERT lines from getting crazy, so for the 2010 edition, don't delay making your plans.

Speaking of Six Flags Magic Mountain, the awesome host of the WCB, the LA Times' awesome Brady MacDonald posted a very interesting story today about that park's healthy financial position, plans for more coasters and such, and tidbits about Six Flags' international expansion schemes. Really worth your while.

Unfortunately, the overall park chain remains hindered by its long-term debt, and hopes to deal with that debt are not looking so rosy.

And the world-wide economic sting is hitting Hong Kong Disneyland, too. That park's much-needed expansion plans are not happening any time soon.

Back East, Coney Island is still embroiled in all sorts of shenanigans. Joe Sitt is not one of my favorite people...

Last for today, here's an interesting story from a few days back: Italian rides manufacturer Fabbri is getting into the park-planning business. They're putting together a whole new playground in China that will feature their "85-metre Giant Wheel, a Bounce Tower, a Splash Battle ride and a Helisky ride." Read it all here.

-Robert

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