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  • Marine Vet Denied Entry to Six Flags Over This 'Offensive' Shirt...

    08/15/2014 11:36:56 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    fox news ^ | august 15, 2014
    A Marine veteran says he was denied entry into a Six Flags theme park in New Jersey after being told that the shirt he was wearing would offend people. Mario Alejandro, 33, had been given the shirt (shown above) for Father's Day and he was attempting to take his family to Six Flags Great Adventure last weekend for a child's birthday party. Proceeds from the Fourth of July-themed shirt go to the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports recon Marines and their families. Alejandro served four years in the Marines, including at the start of the Iraq war. He is classified...
  • Sea World's profits fall $42MILLION below Wall Street's expectations after devastating Blackfish

    08/14/2014 5:29:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS) fell Wednesday after the theme park operator reported second-quarter profit and sales that missed Wall Street expectations and cut its outlook for the year. The Orlando, Florida-based company also said it believes attendance during the period was hurt by negative publicity surrounding its treatment of killer whales, which are trained to perform tricks. A documentary last year called Blackfish suggested that the company's treatment of the killer whales provokes violent behavior from them, which in turn has led to the death of trainers.
  • Titanic iceberg simulator in Chinese theme park 'in bad taste'

    01/17/2014 8:44:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc ^ | 15 January 2014 Last updated at 07:07 ET
    ...a Northern Ireland politician has said. The attraction in Sichuan province, about 930 miles from the sea, will let hundreds of people at a time experience the shipwreck. The Titanic was built in east Belfast. Former Lord Mayor of Belfast Jim Rodgers said he had asked the Chinese firm behind the 1bn yuan (£100.7m) project to reconsider their plans. He said that while it was a "great idea" to build the Titanic replica at the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, "to have a simulation of an iceberg collision is going a step too far".
  • Six Flags: Woman killed while riding Texas Giant

    07/19/2013 6:08:52 PM PDT · by Halls · 81 replies
    wfaa.com ^ | 7/19/2013 | Halls
    ARLINGTON - Six Flags has confirmed an adult woman died while riding the Texas Giant Friday night. More details to come.
  • How the CIA Helped Disney Conquer Florida

    04/20/2013 4:36:56 PM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4-14-2013
    Starting in the mid-1960s when Disney set out to establish the Disney World Theme Park, they were determined to get land at below market prices and Disney operatives engaged in a far-ranging conspiracy to make sure sellers had no idea who was buying their Central Florida property. By resorting to such tactics Disney acquired more than 40 square miles of land for less than $200 an acre, but how to maintain control once Disney's empire had been acquired? The solution turned out to be cartoon-simple, thanks to the CIA....
  • Billionaire Plans Park of Giant Dinosaurs

    03/30/2013 6:07:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Discovery News ^ | MAR 30, 2013
    An eccentric Australian mining magnate who is building a replica of the ill-fated Titanic has unveiled his latest scheme -- a park of giant robotic dinosaurs. Clive Palmer, who last month in New York launched an ambitious plan to build and sail the "Titanic II", said he had ordered more than 100 life-size dinosaur robots from China to populate his north Australian resort. "We'll have the world's biggest dinosaur exhibit, with 165 animatronic dinosaurs," Palmer said. He already has two of the towering creatures -- named Jeff and Bones -- on display at his Palmer Coolum Resort on the Sunshine...
  • Where bin Laden went down, a theme park to rise up

    02/04/2013 7:04:49 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies
    NBC ^ | February 5, 2013 | Jeff Black
    Move over Orlando, here comes Abbottabad. Pakistan's tourism officials have announced plans to build a $30 million amusement park on the outskirts of the Himalayan foothills town that gained worldwide attention as the place where U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden. The 50-acre site will include a zoo, restaurants, water sports, miniature golf as well as rock climbing and paragliding, officials said. Officials in north Kyber Pakhtunkwa province denied to Sky News that the project was a way to improve the town’s image after the bin Laden raid, saying the goal is simply to boost tourism. "This project has...
  • SeaWorld Dolphin Caught on Camera Biting Girl in Orlando: Report

    12/02/2012 2:35:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Dec 2, 2012
    Jillian Thomas’ father, Jamie Thomas, captured the Nov. 21 attack on video with images of his daughter’s face contorting with pain as the girl suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimesAn 8-year-old Atlanta girl and her family say they got the fright of their lives at SeaWorld Orlando last month when a dolphin lunged toward the girl and bit her hand. Jillian Thomas’ father, Jamie Thomas, captured the Nov. 21 attack on video with images of his daughter’s face contorting with pain as the girl suffered three puncture wounds the size of dimes, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The cuts...
  • Billionaire Reportedly Building a Real Jurassic Park

    08/02/2012 10:31:52 AM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 27 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | 8-01-2012 | Kellie Foxx-Gonzalez
    If you’ve ever seen Jurassic Park, you probably remember the major take-away point: Don’t build a theme park full of cloned dinosaurs. But perhaps Clive Palmer didn’t quite get the memo. The billionaire is reportedly trying to clone a dinosaur so that he can set it free in his new Palmer Resort in Coolum, Australia.
  • Alpine Coaster with no brakes

    04/09/2012 7:29:58 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 32 replies
    Jaw dropping, high-speed, brakeless journey down the mountain. Austrian downhill coaster is nevertheless terrifying.” The coaster located Mieders, Austria, starts at the top of a mountain, reachable by a cable car.
  • Theme park shuts its gates after mass brawl breaks out over Muslims banned from wearing hijabs

    08/31/2011 12:54:27 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:34 AM on 31st August 2011 | By Mark Duell
    A theme park was forced to shut its gates to visitors yesterday when a mass brawl broke out after Muslim women were banned from rides unless they removed their headscarves. Two park rangers were hospitalised and 15 people were arrested in the scuffle at Rye Playland in New York. The theme park was crowded with around 6,000 visitors. Roughly 3,000 were in a Muslim tour group celebrating a holiday at the end of Ramadan.
  • Proposal for Religious Theme Park to Be Unveiled

    12/01/2010 12:02:26 PM PST · by day10 · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/1/2010 | Not Specified
    Gov. Steve Beshear has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday to unveil plans for a religious theme park in the northern Kentucky city of Williamstown. Beshear will be joined by representatives from Answers in Genesis, operators of the Creation Museum, at the 9:30 a.m. EST press conference in the Capitol to announce construction of the "Ark Encounter" theme park. The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that the proposal involves a full-scale wooden ark that would include associated museums, theaters, amenities, event venues and outdoor parking. Preliminary indications are that the attraction could draw as many as 1.6 million...
  • Today is Muslim Family Day at Six Flags

    09/12/2010 4:08:41 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Go give bugs bunny Dawah! Oh yea, Sheikh Yasir Qadhi will be giving the khutbah at Magic Mountain Six Flags in New Jersey. http://www.chillyoislamyo.com/muslim-family-day-at-six-flags-great-adventure/ Includes "congregational prayers." Do they allow this for Christians??
  • “Muslim Family Day” @ Six Flags on . . . September 12th?!

    07/19/2010 7:31:14 PM PDT · by massmike · 45 replies · 5+ views
    debbieschlussel.com ^ | 07/19/2010 | Debbie Schlussel
    So, it’s the middle of the summer, and your family and kids need something to do. You decide to take them to an amusement park. Best to avoid Six Flags . . . unless you’re Muslim. If you are, the red carpet is rolled out on the most interesting of dates, September 12th. I’m sure that this is the day after 9/11 is just coincidence, right?
  • Long lines at theme parks are for jobs

    03/05/2010 4:08:01 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 10 replies · 391+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/4/10 | Hugo Martín
    Theme parks are being flooded with applications from job seekers, as unemployed mortgage agents, sales clerks and construction workers who can't find work elsewhere seek temporary positions that often pay little more than minimum wage. A job fair at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia last weekend drew 1,600 people -- in the rain. Universal Studios Hollywood took in more than 1,100 job applications on just one day last month.
  • 1 Killed At SeaWorld

    02/24/2010 12:38:49 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies · 1,394+ views
    cfnews13.com ^ | Feb. 24, 2010 | Nick VinZant, Amanda Evans and Adam Longo
    ORLANDO -- One person is dead after an incident at SeaWorld. According to a witness, one of the trainers got pulled into the Shamu tank in Shamu Stadium and was killed. It happened during a Dine With Shamu event. Orange County EMT officials were called out to SeaWorld after it was reported a woman was not breathing. Around 2:30 p.m. News 13 received confirmation from Orange County Fire Rescue that it was a fatality. The dolphin and whale shows for the rest of the day have been cancelled.
  • Orca Pulls SeaWorld Trainer To Her Death

    02/24/2010 1:27:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 45 replies · 3,208+ views
    MSNBC ^ | February 24, 2010
    Orca Pulls SeaWorld Trainer To Her Death 'Grabbed ... and started thrashing,' witness says; 2 earlier deaths cited ORLANDO - A SeaWorld trainer was killed Wednesday when an orca pulled her into the water as she was talking to visitors. Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman John Mulhall said paramedics were called to the Shamu Stadium at the theme park resort where they found a worker who could not be revived. WKMG-TV reported that a witness, Victoria Biniak, said she saw the incident from a viewing area where the orca, or killer whale, is housed. "The trainer was explaining different things...
  • China OKs Disney theme park plans

    11/04/2009 12:07:42 AM PST · by thecodont · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | November 4, 2009 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Hugo Martín
    China, finally, is ready to build a house for Mickey Mouse. Beijing has approved plans to build a Disney theme park in Shanghai, a major milestone in the more than decade-long effort by Walt Disney Co. to dramatically expand its reach into China. Disney and the Shanghai municipal government jointly submitted plans in January to build a $3.59-billion park to open as early as 2014. It would be the entertainment giant's fourth theme park outside the U.S., after Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong -- and the first in mainland China, the fastest-growing mass market in the world. The Chinese central...
  • Steve Irwin's Aussie Zoo in Las Vegas to open featuring crocodile wrestling

    10/18/2009 5:15:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 21 replies · 1,422+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19th October 2009 | Carly Crawford
    CROC hunter Steve Irwin's dream of opening an Aussie zoo in Las Vegas is to be realised, three years after his death. Nevada officials say plans for an Australia-themed zoo in desert gaming mecca are back on the agenda. Representatives for the Irwins met Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman last week to discuss resurrecting their proposal for a US Australia Zoo featuring crocodile wrestling. "It looks like a great project with a crocodile-type enclosure where they would wrestle with the crocodiles and feed the crocodiles and have a real educational component to it and we're going to continue those discussions,"...
  • Blackstone to buy A-B InBev's theme parks for $2.7 billion ( Sea World and Busch Gardens )

    10/07/2009 11:34:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 497+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Oct. 7, 2009, 12:20 p.m. EDT | William Spain, MarketWatch
    CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Anheuser-Busch InBev said Wednesday that it will sell its entertainment business, including theme parks like Sea World and Busch Gardens, to the Blackstone Group for as much as $2.7 billion.The final purchase price will involve a cash payment of $2.3 billion on closing and the right to participate in Blackstone's returns that is capped at $400 million.
  • Kings Island removes controversial Halloween display

    09/25/2009 2:00:28 PM PDT · by ElainaVer · 20 replies · 879+ views
    An area TV station posted images of skeletons dressed to resemble dead celebrities, including pitchman Billy Mays, singer Michael Jackson, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas and actress Farrah Fawcett. Football star Steve McNair is depicted as a skeleton on a couch wearing a Tennessee Titans jersey and a helmet with a hole in the top. Draped across the skeleton’s lap is a depiction of Sahel Kazemi, McNair’s 20-year-old mistress, who police said murdered the football star, shooting him twice in the body and twice in the head in July before committing suicide.
  • Suspicious device found under WDW bus

    09/18/2009 1:54:53 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies · 1,675+ views
    MY FOX ORLANDO.com ^ | Published September 17; Updated September 18, 2009, 5:34 pm EDT | n/a
    Note: Video included. Suspicious device found under WDW bus Updated: Friday, 18 Sep 2009, 12:19 AM EDT Published : Thursday, 17 Sep 2009, 5:34 PM EDT SNIPPET: "LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office Hazardous Device Unit have determined that an object attached to a Walt Disney World bus is not explosive or hazardous. Once that determination was made, investigators removed the object from the bus for further examination. It is still unclear what the object is or why it was placed on the bus. Employees located the object attached to the...
  • When do we get to have a parade and our own day at Disneyland?

    09/15/2009 6:52:27 PM PDT · by conservativefunhouse · 2 replies · 512+ views
    The Conservative Fun House ^ | 9/15/09 | James Wright
    I recently received an email from a listener looking for answers… James, I read the following Newsweek article http://www.newsweek.com/id/214989 and was wondering if you thought being a racist was a choice? I don’t see how. Why would someone choose a life of scorn and ridicule? How did you come to accept it? How did you come out? Any help would be appreciated…I’m scared. Anonymous
  • Universal reveals details of new Harry Potter park

    09/15/2009 2:21:48 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 13 replies · 464+ views
    AP ^ | 091509 | Travis Reed
    MIAMI — It sounds like a new book in the Harry Potter series, but "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" will be a high-tech ride and the marquee attraction at the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter," a new theme park area opening in spring 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort. The "Forbidden Journey" ride was named by author J.K. Rowling and described Tuesday by Universal officials in a Web cast revealing details of what the Potter park will look like. Guests will enter the "Wizarding World" through a station archway named for Hogsmeade, the magical village near Hogwarts. A plume of...
  • Feds set to seize Dinosaur Adventure Land

    09/03/2009 1:38:26 PM PDT · by Señor Zorro · 4 replies · 724+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2009-09-02 | WorldNetDaily
    The son of imprisoned evangelist Kent Hovind says a judge's order to seize Creation Science Evangelism properties actually helps clear the path for a fresh start – free of legal trouble – if the Florida-based ministry can raise $170,000 in the next two weeks. Eric Hovind, who now leads Creation Science Evangelism, or CSE, told WND the federal government has given the ministry notice that the properties – which include the popular theme park Dinosaur Adventure Land – must be vacated by Sept. 15 if the forfeiture amount of $380,000 is not paid. The properties also include three homes. As...
  • Woman getting married to fairground ride

    08/08/2009 2:21:40 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 76 replies · 2,415+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 05 Aug 2009 | Sasjkia Otto
    This follows a "courtship" of 3,000 rides over ten years with the 80ft gondola ride called 1001 Nachts. Miss Wolfe, 33, from Pennsylvania, will change her surname to Weber after the manufacturer of the ride she travels 160 miles to visit 10 times per year, according to reports “I love him as much as women love their husbands and know we’ll be together forever,” she said. Miss Wolfe first fell for the ride when she was 13: “I was instantly attracted to him sexually and mentally. “I wasn’t freaked out, as it just felt so natural, but I didn’t tell...
  • Federal Judge Rules Creationism-Themed Park To Be Seized

    08/06/2009 5:40:04 AM PDT · by steve-b · 11 replies · 674+ views
    WLTX ^ | 8/4/09 | Ryan McClung
    In a bit of random news, a federal judge ruled last week that Dinosaur Aventure Land, a creationism theme park in Pensacola, Florida, would be seized. The park's owners were convicted of tax fraud and the land the park inhabits and the two bank accounts associated with it will be expropriated to satisfy $430,400 owed to the federal government in taxes. The seizure of the property is the result of 17 years of the park's owner, Kent Hovind, fighting the federal government over $470,000 in employee taxes owed. Hovind claimed he was employed by God and his "ministers" -- I'm...
  • Disney adds robotic Obama to attraction (HUGE BARF ALERT)

    07/03/2009 3:20:25 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 91 replies · 2,010+ views
    CNN.Com/travel ^ | 7/3/2009 | By Rob Marciano and John Murgatroyd CNN
    ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) -- He looks like President Barack Obama, speaks like him, and even gestures like him, but he is not exactly the president of the United States. This president is an audio-animatronic Obama surrounded by the 42 other U.S. presidents at Walt Disney World's newly revamped Hall of Presidents in Orlando, Florida. Disney gathered a team of what it calls "Imagineers," each trained in various disciplines such as artistry, design and engineering, to update the attraction that has been around since 1971. It's hard to believe the figures are not real people and, according to Disney officials, that's...
  • Jackson devotees wait patiently at 'Neverland' ranch

    07/01/2009 3:23:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 1,036+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/1/09 | Shaun Tanton
    LOS OLIVOS, California (AFP) – The plans for Michael Jackson's funeral remain uncertain, but that did not stop Desiree Crossley and her family from camping out for hours outside of his Neverland ranch. Reports that the King of Pop would be laid to rest at his sprawling fantasy estate prompted a near stampede here to the rolling hills of Santa Barbara wine country, with hundreds of media satellite trucks parking outside the gate. As newscasters broadcast live in multiple languages and traffic crews hurriedly erected no-parking signs, Crossley waited with a friend in foldable chairs, her two daughters sitting in...
  • Six Flags files for Chapter 11

    06/13/2009 8:39:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies · 1,558+ views
    Business Review ^ | 6/13/2009 | Jeff Clabaugh
    Debt-ridden amusement park operator Six Flags, controlled by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The New York-based chain of parks has been trying unsuccessfully this year to renegotiate terms with lenders on hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. Six Flags parks, including its Six Flags Great Escape and Indoor Water Park in Queensbury, will continue to operate as usual under reorganization. “The current management team inherited a $2.4 billion debt load that cannot be sustained, particularly in these challenging financial markets,” said Six Flags chief executive Mark Shapiro in a statement. “As a...
  • Disney Parks Stop Scans for Topless Riders

    05/15/2009 10:30:49 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 45 replies · 11,027+ views
    AP via Time.com ^ | May. 05, 2009 | AP
    (ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Disney says it will no longer scan riders on Splash Mountain and three other rides for guests who feel the need to flash their breasts for souvenir photos.
  • Disney cuts 1,900 jobs at theme parks

    04/03/2009 4:46:55 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 15 replies · 777+ views
    My Fox Orlando ^ | 4-3-2009
    <p>Some 1,200 people were laid off and 700 open positions will be left unfilled in the second phase of a reorganization begun in 2005 that was accelerated by the recession.</p> <p>The company did not say whether it would book a severance charge, or how much the cuts would save. "These decisions were not made lightly, but are essential to maintaining our leadership in family tourism and reflect today's economic realities," said Disney spokeswoman Tasia Filippatos in a statement.</p>
  • A Creationist Museum In California

    03/22/2009 7:40:47 PM PDT · by GL of Sector 2814 · 7 replies · 790+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | March 22, 2009 | Little Green Footballs
    Remember the film “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” in which Pee Wee Herman visited a California roadside attraction that featured giant concrete dinosaurs? Well, that roadside attraction on Highway 10 near Cabazon, formerly known as “Claude Bell’s Dinosaurs,” has now been bought out by fanatics who’ve turned it into a creationist museum. Long time LGF reader “Ringo the Gringo” visited this place recently, and filed a must-see photo essay at Ringo’s Pictures: The Lion, The Lamb and The Velociraptor - Cabazon, March 2009.
  • Spoodles out, Cat Cora in with new restaurant in 2009 (Disney putting HomoActivist front and center)

    03/17/2009 8:42:09 PM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 20 replies · 2,094+ views
    Walt Disney World is playing cat and mouse games at Disney's BoardWalk. Iron Chef Cat Cora is teaming with Mickey to develop a Greek Mediterranean restaurant called Kouzzina by Cat Cora. The restaurant will be owned and operated by Disney. The new eatery will replace Spoodles, which was also Mediterranean and had delicious food but never seemed to be able to earn a reputation among Disney diners. As of now, there is no set closing date for Spoodles, but the new restaurant is scheduled to open in Fall 2009. Hmmm, I smell an Epcot International Food & Wine Festival tie-in!...
  • Michael Jackson’s Neverland filled with things you don’t want to know about

    03/13/2009 1:56:34 PM PDT · by slomark · 16 replies · 1,924+ views
    Haven’t heard anything weird about Michael Jackson for a few days? Think maybe he’s just quietly gone away? No such luck. Now legal documents have come to light – thanks to TMZ.com – that provide an excruciatingly-detailed breakdown (open file in a Flash Player) of all the odd, disturbing stuff that fill every nook and cranny at NeverLand. Let’s just say a recurring theme here is statues of boys. Young boys. Young boys in every possible pose. More statues of young boys than you ever imagined:....
  • Michael Jackson's Brother Marlon Plans Slavery Theme Park

    02/22/2009 3:21:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies · 1,501+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | February 20, 2009
    MICHAEL Jackson's brother has been criticised for reportedly planning to build a slavery theme park in Nigeria. Marlon Jackson is said to be prepared to invest in a $5.3 billion theme park where tourists can visit a replica slave ship and walk the route of shackled slaves, before playing a round of golf or relaxing by a pool, reports The Guardian The former Jackson Five band member and the Badagry Historical Resort Development Project hope the park will attract African-American tourists keen to trace their roots back to Nigeria. But critics have labeled the theme park inappropriate and an insult...
  • U.N. Sponsors Refugee 'Theme Park' for the Rich and Famous

    02/02/2009 5:52:59 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies · 260+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Monday, February 02, 2009 | By John Zarocostas
    DAVOS, Switzerland — Are you looking for a little excitement in your life? Imagine what fun it would be to live through a rebel attack . . . to navigate a minefield … to negotiate with corrupt officials and border guards in a desperate effort to survive. Thanks to a U.N.-sponsored exhibition, visitors to the World Economic Forum in Davos last week got just that opportunity -- at a theme park with a name right out of Disney: "Refugee Run." Visitors were given the opportunity to experience the harsh conditions that millions of refugees and internally displaced people face daily...
  • Pictured: The theme park's 'cage of death' that drops tourists into a crocodile's lair[Australia]

    11/11/2008 8:49:56 AM PST · by BGHater · 13 replies · 271+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 07 Nov 2008 | Daily Mail
    Without the cage you wouldn't stand a chance swimming with a massive saltwater crocodile. But for brave punters who still want to get cosy with a feisty croc, a new Australian tourist attraction is offering the chance for a close encounter in the safety of a clear acrylic box dubbed the 'cage of death'. Just 4cm of acrylic, a pair of goggles and a swimsuit, will separate thrill-seekers from the jaws of Choppa, a saltwater crocodile. Close encounter: A tourist dives into a cage partially immersed in a crocodile pen at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Australia Getting cosy: Choppa the...
  • FReeper Canteen~Disneyland~17 July 08

    07/16/2008 6:00:51 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 287 replies · 9,026+ views
    Various Internet | Canteen Crew
    Welcome to the ~ Freeper Canteen ~ July 17, 1955 Disneyland Opens Disneyland, Walt Disney's metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opens on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year, who spend close to $3 billion. Walt Disney, born in Chicago in 1901, worked as a commercial artist before setting up a small studio in Los Angeles to produce animated cartoons. In 1928, his short film Steamboat Willy, starring the...
  • Boy decapitated by roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia [Darwin Candidate]

    06/29/2008 6:41:08 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 58 replies · 2,462+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 28, 2008 | RHONDA COOK and MARCUS GARNER
    "Batman the Ride" at Six Flags Over Georgia. It was the second Batman ride-related death at the Cobb County park. According to the police and a statement from the amusement park, the boy and a friend climbed over two 6-foot fences -- the park perimeter fence and a second one surrounding the ride -- to get to the roller coaster. Park officials said there were numerous signs warning would-be intruders of the danger. The victim was decapitated when the ride struck him, police said. The youth was not identified. "The areas where the individuals entered were clearly marked with signs...
  • Boy decapitated by roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia

    A 17-year-old South Carolina boy on an church outing was killed Saturday when he was struck by the popular "Batman the Ride" at Six Flags Over Georgia. It was the second Batman ride-related death at the Cobb County park.
  • An L.A. Speculator Plans a Disney-Style Park in Baghdad

    06/08/2008 5:17:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 492+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | 6/04/08 | DAVID FERRELL
    An L.A. Speculator Plans a Disney-Style Park in BaghdadWhat a blast By DAVID FERRELL Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 6:19 pm Only five years after U.S. warplanes rained down “shock and awe” on Iraq, decimating towns and families, a few rich Californians have figured out how to counter the mortar attacks, suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism that continue to ravage the capital city, Baghdad. Build an amusement park. Not enough excitement in machine-gun fire and cars blowing up? Soon, thanks to some Los Angeles–area venture capitalists, Iraqis may have what every adrenaline junkie really craves — thrill rides....
  • America Supports You: Anheuser-Busch Offers Free Theme Park Admission

    05/15/2008 4:33:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 142+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 15, 2008 – For the rest of this year, sitting in Shamu the killer whale’s “splash zone” or talking turkey with a big yellow bird are just two activities servicemembers and their families can enjoy for free at Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks. Through its “Here’s to the Heroes” program, which began in 2005, the brewing company is offering free tickets to its theme parks for servicemembers and up to three family members to thank them for all they do in service to the country. “It’s important to us for all the reasons you can probably predict,” said Fred...
  • Hollywood hopes theme parks, superheroes fly in Middle East

    04/19/2008 8:01:03 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 9 replies · 123+ views
    ap.google.com ^ | 04/19/08 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wonder Woman, King Kong and Shrek are heading for the Persian Gulf as part of the rush to build what could become the world's largest theme park playground. But even as the ink dries on the billion-dollar deals in the United Arab Emirates, movie studios are grappling with ways to make their signature characters and amusement parks fly in the conservative Muslim region. Politically sensitive characters such as Captain America could be left at home. Prayer rooms will join the list of accommodations, and menus will likely feature falafel and humus alongside pizza and hot dogs....
  • Dubai's Monstrosities: Still Scheduled for Completion

    03/23/2008 8:27:35 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 54 replies · 1,199+ views
    gridskipper ^ | Mon Mar 3 2008
    With last week's announcement of Busch's four-park deal in Dubai -- they'll be running a Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica water park -- it's worth revisiting what's been going on with all the developments we've covered in Dubai before. And there are plenty of new schemes in the offing as well. Someone somewhere really should maintain an obsessive blog about what's popping in Dubai real estate (hello Curbed?), but failing that, here's a roundup of some of the biggest, weirdest, and most expensive skyscrapers and manufactured metropoli in Dubai and environs. Not comprehensive by any means, because I...
  • Kennywood sold to Spanish company

    12/12/2007 6:14:26 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 39 replies · 235+ views
    Kennywood Park, the summertime mecca for generations of Pittsburghers in search of thrill rides, arcade games, old-fashioned family fun and gooey cheese fries, was sold yesterday to a Spanish company. Kennywood Entertainment, a West Mifflin-based enterprise since 1898, will be taken over by Parques Reunidos of Madrid, which plans to leave day-to-day operation of the park in local hands. The descendants of F.W. Henninger and A.S. McSwigan, who acquired the park from Pittsburgh Railway Co. in 1906, had been approached by amusement companies in the past about selling the local icon, but have refused. When Premiere Parks, an Oklahoma-based chain,...
  • 'Disney of religion' packs 'em in

    10/10/2007 12:37:39 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 123+ views
    The Gazette ^ | August 03, 2007 | Katie Paul
    BUENOS AIRES-- What would Jesus do? At a theme park in Buenos Aires, he rises to the heavens on the hour, every hour, as the rousing chords of Handel's Messiah blare out of speakers suspended from plaster palm trees. Welcome to Tierra Santa -- Spanish for the "Holy Land" -- where catechism meets adventure park. The park is promoted as the first religious theme park in the world, called "a voyage across time to get to know what ancient Jerusalem was like in the time of Jesus." Located between Argentina's bustling domestic airport and a water park, it offers a...
  • PRC to Build Replica of Forbidden City in Anna Texas

    08/20/2007 1:39:10 PM PDT · by Vortex · 54 replies · 1,986+ views
    Plans to build new "China Town" with replica of Forbidden City in Anna, Texas. Anna is approx 40 miles north of Dallas and the development is planned just West of the intersection of US 75 and FM 455. (Interestingly near where the Trans-corridor is currently proposed to be) Machine Translation ...The world's largest real estate project 250,000 acres China City The new special economic zones -- the United States after the completion of the largest city in Texas, is a reconstruction of Shenzhen, China. Two real estate developers to invest in new bright spot. Chinese immigrants in the United...
  • Disney Increasing Ticket Price To $71 (still a great value....snigger)

    08/03/2007 8:56:30 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 37 replies · 4,003+ views
    Local 6.com ^ | August 3, 2007 | Staff
    POSTED: 5:15 pm EDT August 3, 2007 UPDATED: 9:59 pm EDT August 3, 2007 Walt Disney World is raising ticket prices for third time in two years, company officials announced Friday. An adult one-day, one-park pass will increase 6 percent, $67 to $71 beginning Sunday. Discount packages also will be affected, but the per-day cost could be less than $23 for adults who buy as large as a 10-day package. The change is due to an annual planning cycle of travel wholesalers, tour organizers and commercial publications, Disney officials told the Orlando Sentinel. "We strongly believe that Walt Disney World...
  • Riders rescued from theme park chairlift

    07/31/2007 10:24:04 AM PDT · by Rb ver. 2.0 · 4 replies · 307+ views
    http://www.news-record.com ^ | Tuesday, July 31, 2007 | AP via N&R
    MAGGIE VALLEY (AP) — Dozens of visitors were rescued Monday from the chair lift at Ghost Town in the Sky after lightning struck the ride. Ten riders made it to the ground safely with the help of a rope ladder system, said David King, sales and marketing manager. Twenty-eight others had to wait until repairs were made. Rescue workers tossed ponchos, for protection from the rain, to those who were stuck. Wendy Whiteside of Knoxville, Tenn., said she and her family were about 10 chairs from the top when the ride stopped. The problem didn't dissuade her from possibly trying...