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2004 NEWS ARCHIVE

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Archive of past news articles on theme & amusement parks, thrill rides and attractions.

December 2004

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Construction Begins On New Stratosphere Thrill Ride
The fourth thrill ride to be built atop the Las Vegas tower is slated to open this spring.
| Read More | 12/29/04

Disneyland Parade Float Collides With Guests
Four people were injured when the Genie float in Disneyland's Christmas Fantasy parade bumped them.
| Read More | 12/28/04

Baby Killer Whale Born At Sea World San Diego
Sea World announced the birth of a baby killer whale in the main pool at Shamu Stadium Tuesday morning.
| Read More | 12/22/04

Worldwide Park Attendance Up 2.2% In 2004
Amusement and theme parks worldwide set an attendance record with an estimated 252.4 million guests in 2004.
| Read More | 12/21/04

Busch Gardens To Open State-Of-The-Art 3-D Dark Ride
Curse of DarKastle the latest addition to the park's lineup of thrill rides to open Spring 2005.
| Read More | 12/15/04

New B&M Inverted Roller Coaster Opens At Knott's
Tuesday Knott's Theme Park pulled the trigger and fired off their brand new Silver Bullet roller coaster.
| Read More | 12/08/04

Martin's Fantasy Island Buys Spinning Coaster For 2005
The new roller coaster from Zamperla is part of a $2 million capital improvement plan for the park.
| Read More | 12/02/04

New Thrill Ride To Debut at Cedar Point in 2005
Maxair, a new Huss Giant Frisbee ride to spin and swing onto the midway at the famed amusement park resort.
| Read More | 12/01/04

November 2004

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Hong Kong Disneyland Park Opening Day Announced
Disney and the Hong Kong SAR government announced that the park will open in September 2005, earlier than expected.
| Read More | 11/22/04

New High-Tech On-Ride Video System Announced
XTREMEX3 system allows amusement parkss to sell a DVD/CD video of the on-ride experience taken from multiple cameras.
| Read More | 11/17/04

Water Coaster Planned For Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Crush 'N' Gator, a new white-knuckle water coaster ride to open at the Disney water park in 2005.
| Read More | 11/17/04

Holiday World Winner Of Applause Award at IAAPA
One year after becoming a finalist Holiday World is named the winner of the industry's most coveted international award.
| Read More | 11/17/04

Geauga Lake 2005 Expansion Includes New Water Park
Cedar Fair announced plans for a major water park addition at its newest Ohio property Geauga Lake.
| Read More | 11/11/04

Knott's Prepares To Fire Off New Attraction On Dec. 7
Thirty days and counting until Knott's takes aim and fires off its brand new inverted roller coaster, Silver Bullet.
| Read More | 11/08/04

First Rides On Knott's New Coaster Up For Auction
The first rides on Knott's new roller coaster to go to highest bidders with proceeds benefiting local charity.
| Read More | 11/07/04

Silver Dollar City Announces Launched Roller Coaster
Powder Keg, an explosive-launch roller coaster, to blast riders from 0-53 mph in 2.8 seconds in 2005.
| Read More | 11/07/04

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Opens Nov. 6
the park readies for the Christmas season with the unveiling of the country's tallest Christmas pyramid.
| Read More | 11/05/04

Atari's Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 Game Screams Into Stores
The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 tycoon franchise is packed with all-new thrills for roller coaster fans.
| Read More | 11/02/04

October 2004

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Dive Coaster Coming To Busch Gardens Tampa Spring '05
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay goes over the edge with SheiKra, the nation's first Bolliger and Mabillard dive coaster.
| Read More | 10/27/04

Lego Co. Likely To Sell Or Spin Off Theme Park Operation
Lego's four theme parks will likely be sold or transferred to a new company as part of a downscaling effort.
| Read More | 10/21/04

Paramount's Carowinds To Add New Rides For '05
Two family rides including one relocated from Kings Island will open at Carowinds in spring 2005.
| Read More | 10/13/04

FearFest Haunts Kings Dominion Weekends October 16-31
The region's largest, most terrifying Halloween celebration features new events and attractions this year.
| Read More | 10/11/04

Liseberg To Launch Intamin Rocket Coaster In 2005
Sweden's Liseberg park is building a new $6.8 million roller coaster to debut in April 2005.
| Read More | 10/11/04

Holiday World To Spend $6.3 Million On Park Improvements
The highlight of the improvements will be a new wave pool doubling the size of the Splashin' Safari water park.
| Read More | 10/07/04

Nick-Or-Treat Is Kids Trick-Or-Treat Nickelodeon Style
Paramount's Great America is inviting kids to put on their costumes, search for treats and celebrate the holiday.
| Read More | 10/06/04

Dollywood To Expand Park With 10 New Rides For 2005
Country Fair expansion to focus on families and include six rides which parents may ride with their kids.
| Read More | 10/01/04

S&S Swing Ride Opens At Knott's Berry Farm
The park's new Screamin' Swing attraction opens in time for the park's busiest event, Halloween Haunt.
| Read More | 10/01/04

Final Track Piece Set On Knott's New Roller Coaster
Knott's Berry Farm is right on track to open the new Silver Bullet roller coaster in early December.
| Read More | 10/01/04

September 2004

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World's Tallest, Fastest Roller Coaster Announced
Six Flags Great Adventure to build a record breaking coaster that will speed to 128 mph and rise 456 feet.
| Read More | 09/29/04

Hersheypark To Build First Of Kind Coaster For 2005
The park's new attraction will combine a roller coaster with a freefall drop ride and be the first in the world.
| Read More | 09/25/04

Hong Kong Disneyland Tops Off Sleeping Beauty Castle
The first Disney family vacation destination in China marks a major milestone toward completion.
| Read More | 09/24/04

Knott's Honors Fire and Police With Free Admission
The 12th Annual Fire and Law Personnel Salute will take place from November 25 through December 12, 2004.
| Read More | 09/24/04

Cedar Fair Declares Third Quarter Cash Distribution
The third quarter distribution represents the partnership's 70th consecutive quarterly cash distribution.
| Read More | 09/23/04

Paramount's Great America To Triple Water Park Size
Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay water park expansion project to begin shortly for the 2005 season.
| Read More | 09/22/04

Tomb Raider Ride To Open At Kings Dominion In 2005
Brave the thrill ride, based on the popular games and films, next season at Paramount's Kings Dominion.
| Read More | 09/16/04

Six Flags Builds Colossal Water Park At Great America
The world's largest interactive waterplay structure to anchor new Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, opening spring 2005.
| Read More | 09/16/04

Knott's Sets Sail With A Brand New Attraction
Lucy's Tugboat a new family attraction is launched in Knott's six-acre kids' paradise, Camp Snoopy.
| Read More | 09/15/04

Dorney Park Unveils New Floorless Coaster For 2005
Hydra The Revenge a new multielement, floorless looper is now under construction for next season.
| Read More | 09/14/04

Attendance Up 3% In August At Cedar Fair Parks
Cedar Fair reported that combined attendance at its parks for the month of August increased 3% from a year ago.
| Read More | 09/07/04

Job Fair To Be Held For Knott's Halloween Haunt Event
The park is now accepting applications for more than 1,000 positions to support its annual Halloween Haunt.
| Read More | 09/03/04

Kings Dominion Adds Bonus Weekend In November
The park is open daily through Labor Day, plus the addition of a bonus weekend November 6 7, 2004.
| Read More | 09/02/04

August 2004

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Hurricane Closes Disney World Theme Parks
Hurricane Charley nears Florida's west coast forcing the Orlando Disney Parks to close.
| Read More | 08/13/04

New Stunt Car Ride For Two Paramount Theme Parks
Paramount's Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland to open The Italian Job high-speed Mini Copper stunt car ride in 2005.
| Read More | 08/12/04

Two Records Broken At The Orange County Fair
Attendance and ride revenue records were set at the 112th edition of the Orange County Fair held July 9 - Aug 1.
| Read More | 08/02/04

UK Theme Park Issued Noise Abatement Order
Alton Towers has been ordered by a court to reduce the noise generated by its roller coasters and rides.
| Read More | 08/02/04

July 2004

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CoasterDynamix Launch Impressive Coaster Model
The Dragon model is being marketed as the world's most realistic, working roller coaster modeling system.
| Read More | 07/31/04

Wild Adventures To Better Prepare For Hot Weather
Park officials respond after 36 visitors were treated for dehydration at the amusement park last weekend.
| Read More | 07/28/04

Gyro Swing Ride Coming To Australia's Gold Coast
Dreamworld to unveil The Claw a pendulum thrill ride that will spin and swing at speeds up to 40 mph.
| Read More | 07/27/04

Shockwave Roller Coaster To Remain Closed
Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster to stay closed after rains and floods eroded soil surrounding supports.
| Read More | 07/21/04

Attendance Down, Park Spending Up at Six Flags Parks
Six Flags Inc. commented today on the year to date attendance and revenue performance of its parks.
| Read More | 07/15/04

Dragster Closed at Cedar Point After Incident
Four people received minor injuries after being struck by shards of metal while riding the roller coaster.
| Read More | 07/13/04

Exhibit On Amusement Parks To Open August 5
Free show in San Francisco to celebrate the history and technology of amusement parks and their icon attractions.
| Read More | 07/12/04

Minor Injuries After Disneyland Coaster Trains Collide
Three injured after two trains on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster bump each other.
| Read More | 07/09/04

Morey's Piers To Move Historic Goldent Nugget Coaster
Classic ride to be relocated to Mariner's Landing and renovated by coaster preservation team Comeback Coasters.
| Read More | 07/08/04

Attendance Increase Breaks Record at San Diego County Fair
A 4.5% increase in vistors sets a new attendance record for the fifth largest fair in the United States.
| Read More | 07/07/04

June Attendance Up 6% At Cedar Fair Parks
Cedar Fair reports that attendance at its seven amusement parks and five water parks was up from a year ago.
| Read More | 07/02/04

June 2004

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Beloved Blackpool Chairman Lilian D. Thompson Dies
The chairman of the second largest theme park in Europe and largest in the UK passed away Wednesday night.
| Read More | 06/24/04

Mummy Coaster To Open At Universal Studios Hollywood
State-of-the-art indoor dark ride roller coaster opens June 25th at the Hollywood theme park.
| Read More | 06/22/04

Coaster Marathon To Benefit Habitat For Humanity
Participants will ride the Superman coaster at Six Flags Darien Lake to raise funds for the organization.
| Read More | 06/14/04

Two Roller Coasters Closed For Restraint Modifications
Knott's Xcelerator and Six Flags' Superman close pending modifications to the rides' lap bar restraint systems.
| Read More | 06/02/04

Cedar Fair Reports Early-Season Attendance & Revenues
Combined revnues at is parks were up about 3% from last year for the first five months of the year.
| Read More | 06/01/04

May 2004

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America's First Halfpipe Coaster Opens In Denver
Thrill seekers and snowboarders now have something to to do at Six Flags Elitch Gardens this summer.
| Read More | 05/27/04

Fire Damages Station For Historic Roller Coaster
A blaze at Blackpool Pleasure Beach last night destroyed the station and train for the Grand National coaster.
| Read More | 05/21/04

Summer Season Begins At Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The famous Northern California seaside attraction opens daily for its 97th summer season on Friday, May 28.
| Read More | 05/20/04

4th Annual Blue Streak Challenge To Be Held July 19
Conneaut Lake Preservation Society event to raise funds to preserve the classic Blue Streak wooden coaster.
| Read More | 05/12/04

Six Flags To Modify Restraints On Superman Coaster
Modifications to be made to the restraint system on the Superman roller coasters following tragic accident.
| Read More | 05/07/04

Hersheypark To Open New Roller Coaster May 8
Storm Runner the world's first hydraulic launch coaster with inversions and the park's 10th to open Saturday.
| Read More | 05/06/04

Disneyland to Unveil New Parade For 50th Anniversary
New parade titled Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams to feature one of the largest gatherings of Disney Characters.
| Read More | 05/04/04

April 2004

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Five New Rides For Six Flags Great America
A newly themed Mardi Gras section with five new rides is slated to debut for the 2004 season.
| Read More | 04/28/04

Magic Mountain Allowed To Reopen Roller Coaster
Six Flags Scream roller coaster will remain closed this weekend out of respect for family and friends.
| Read More | 04/10/04

Cedar Fair Completes Acquisition of Six Flags Park
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure near Cleveland will reopen in May under new ownership and a new name.
| Read More | 04/08/04

Chance Revolution Thrill Ride Coming To Dorney Park
The new spinning, swinging ride will be added to the park's collection of thrill rides for the 2004 season.
| Read More | 04/06/04

Two New Attractions Open Today At Legoland
Commemorating the park's fifth birthday Legoland officials showed off their newest roller coaster, Coastersaurus.
| Read More | 04/02/04

MGM and Six Flags Launch New Simulator Attractions
Stargate SG 3000 Interactive Simulation Adventure to debut at several Six Flags theme parks this summer.
| Read More | 04/01/04

March 2004

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Thunderhead Wooden Coaster Set To Open April 3
Dollywood's set for its 19th season that will see the debut of the park's first wooden roller coaster.
| Read More | 03/31/04

Six Flags Launches First National Ad Campaign in 7 Years
New brand character transports overscheduled, stressed-out families to a day of ultimate fun.
| Read More | 03/20/04

Rescued Dolphin To Debut At Six Flags Marine World
Cupid rescued on Bryan Beach near Freeport, Texas on Valentine's Day will charm the public this weekend.
| Read More | 03/19/04

Coaster Model Kit To Be Available From CoasterDynamix
The company formed to produce high quality, easy to assemble, realistic model amusement rides.
| Read More | 03/16/04

Six Flags Worlds Adventure To Be Acquired By Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the Six Flags park for $145 million.
| Read More | 03/10/04

America's First Half Pipe Coaster Coming to Denver
Six Flags Elitch Gardens will debut the most thrilling new snowboard thrill ride this summer.
| Read More | 03/09/04

Cedar Fair Increases Quarterly Cash Distribution Rate
For the 17th consecutive year the partnership will increase its cash distribution to shareholders.
| Read More | 03/08/04

Atari Announces Third RollerCoaster Tycooon Game
The thrilling new sequel from Atari is expected to be the wildest ride yet and will ship in late 2004.
| Read More | 03/04/04

February 2004

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DelGrosso's Announces Largest Park Expansion
Three new rides and a seven day operating schedule highlight the changes for the coming 2004 season.
| Read More | 02/20/04

Cedar Fair Reports Record Results For 2003
The publicly traded partnership that owns and operates eleven parks announced record results for 2003.
| Read More | 02/06/04

Magic Mountain Begins Online Print-N-Go Ticket Sales
Save time before going to Six Flags by buying your tickets online at and printing them at home.
| Read More | 02/02/04

January 2004

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Waldameer Spending $5 Million On Park Improvements
The highlight of the amusement park's improvements will be a new spinning roller coaster that will be unveiled in June.
| Read More | 01/18/04

Cedar Fair Parks Entertain More Than 12 Million in 2003
Combined attendance totaled 12.2 million guests at the company's eleven amusement parks and water parks.
| Read More | 01/10/04

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