Over the course of the last two years, Gene Staples of Indiana Beach Holdings LLC has become quite the high profile buyer in the amusement industry. In 2020, Indiana Beach shut it’s doors, as it’s parent company (Apex Parks Group LLC) was looking to offload the park. Gene Staples came forward, and managed to acquire, […]
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In the summer of 2020, a series of markers were placed around Kings Island that started beside Invertigo and stretched beyond the Timberwolf Amphitheater complex. The discussion of the markers later ceased as it was described by the park as being part of a “utility improvement”. During this past weekend’s Passholder Previews, work could be […]
Over the last few years, many amusement park enthusiasts and locals were curious about the fate of the plot of land where the former Kings Island Resort and Conference Center stood for over 40 years. It now seems there are new developments for the site. In early 2021 a series of transactions began, starting with […]
Silver Dollar City has recently re-opened for the 2021 season. The park, coming off the recent success of Mystic River Falls appears to have more projects in line. Construction walls have gone up around the exterior portions of Fireman’s Landing. The walls are crudely built, with trees poking through holes in the wall, perhaps in […]
Back in 2005, one of the most devastating hurricanes in history touched down in New Orleans. One of the sites in its path of destruction was Six Flags New Orleans — which closed in August of 2005 in preparation for the storm and never re-opened after hurricane Katrina flooded the 250 acre theme park. After […]
In 2021, Kings Island’s Racer will enter it’s 50th season of operation. Having thrilled millions of riders and started the second golden age of the wooden coaster, the ride has had a celebrated history. The twin 88 foot tall/3,415 foot long coaster has been a park favorite due to it’s unique layout. Although a racing […]
The process of building a roller coaster is a drawn out process that usually takes several years. While the planning, alterations, and designing of the coaster happens in park offices, the most dramatic and recognized stages of the procedure is the physical construction. Generally the coasters are built while parks are closed, but more and […]
Rain Waterpark has been a staple of the Thirsty Pony restaurant and an icon at the entryway to Cedar Point. After sitting abandoned for a few years, rumors swirled about an impending demolition. The demolition of the waterpark began today with the removal of the waterslides. Each fiberglass piece of the two slides was detached, […]
Ever since the demolition of Redwood Falls at the Columbus Zoo, guests have been asking if anything would replace the former log flume. While a few teases and potential “twists” were offered, folks eagerly waited for an official announcement. The Columbus Zoo surprised many today by announcing their second coaster, Tidal Twist. The announcement was […]
In the start of 2020, the expansion at Busch Gardens Williamsburg was the talk of the amusement park industry. The park announced Pantheon, a unique launch coaster, and work was beginning on a record breaking shuttle coaster, termed “Drachen Spire” by coaster enthusiasts. As the COVID pandemic struck, many were wondering what the fate of […]
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