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December 2007

Dec 16, 2007
Six Flags Discounts 2008 Season Passes For One Day
Six Flags one day sale offers 25% discount on 2008 theme park season passes for both new and renewing passholders.

Dec 14, 2007
Seattle Amusement Park To Close Earlier Than Planned
City officials approved an agreement to lower Fun Forest's annual lease payment in exchange for an early termination.

Dec 11, 2007
Kennywood To Sell Amusement Parks To Overseas Operator
Kennywood Entertainment entered into agreement to sell its amusement parks to Madrid, Spain based Parques Reunidos.

Dec 10, 2007
Ghostwood Estate Interactive Dark Ride Coming To Kennywood
New eight room haunted house and state-of-the-art dark ride replaces a retired Kennywood amusement park ride.

Dec 10, 2007
Morey's Piers Updating Great Nor'Easter Suspended Coaster
Suspended roller coaster to get new restraints, updated look and possibly a new name for the 2008 season.

Dec 6, 2007
Senator Asks Cedar Fair To Save Historic Roller Coaster
A letter addressed to Cedar Fair CEO asks that the company save or relocate the historic Geauga Lake wooden roller coaster.

Dec 4, 2007
National Media Outlets Focus Attention On Holiday World
Holiday World Splashin' Safari featured in national magazine and on a major network television show.

Dec 1, 2007
New Thrill Ride, Expanded Attractions For Wild Adventures
Under new ownership the Valdosta theme park will offer a new ride, more animals and expanded festivals for 2008.

November 2007

Nov 28, 2007
Steel Hawg Roller Coaster To Debut At Indiana Beach In 2008
New inverting family roller coaster designed and built SS will be the first of its kind to operate in a US amusement park.

Nov 9, 2007
Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival Returns To Dollywood
The 18th annual event at the Tennessee theme park features 3.5 million lights, all-new Santa's Workshop, holiday shows, roller coasters and more.

Nov 8, 2007
Play Pass Promo Offered Again At Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags offers a year of family fun at the Los Angeles theme park for one low price with the 2008 Play Pass promotion.

Nov 7, 2007
Pony Express To Arrive At Knott's Berry Farm Next Summer
Riding horseback passengers will be launched to 38 mph on this first of its kind roller coaster for a United States theme park.

Nov 4, 2007
Myrtle Beach Family Kingdom Named Best Family Amusement Venue
In the annual poll conducted by The Sun News readers voted Family Kingdom Amusement Park the best family amusement venue.

Nov 2, 2007
X2 and Thomas & Friends Coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags to upgrade their X roller coaster and create a new children's play area with Thomas themed train ride.

Nov 1, 2007
Busch Gardens Europe Continues Fun Card Promo For Virginia Residents
For the same price as a single-day admission residents received unlimited visits to Busch Gardens through September 1.

October 2007

Oct 27, 2007
Gigantic Christmas Tree Coming To Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
World's largest Christmas tree to be part of the Northern California theme park's first Holiday in the Park event.

Oct 26, 2007
Back To The Future The Ride Sweepstakes Winner Drives Away In Delorean
Universal Studios Hollywood handed over the keys to the winner of the classic 1981 Delorean chosen from over 50,000 sweepstakes entries.

Oct 26, 2007
New Wood Roller Coaster and New Attractions For Santa Clara Theme Park
The park will start next season with a brand new name California's Great America and a new thrill ride.

Oct 25, 2007
Dollywood's Splash Country Adding SwiftWater Run Ride
Brand new $1 million inner tube bowl slide to open at the Pigeon Forge water park in May 2008.

Oct 23, 2007
B&M Floorless Roller Coaster Planned For Kings Dominion
Virginia theme park will introduce the world's longest floorless roller coaster Dominator in late spring 2008.

Oct 2, 2007
Suspended Roller Coaster Coming To Michigan's Adventure
Michigan's first suspended looping coaster will give thrill-seekers another reason to visit the Muskegon amusement park next summer.

September 2007

Sep 28, 2007
Hersheypark 'Heats Up' 2008 Season With New Roller Coaster
After hosting a record-breaking Centennial season this year Hersheypark announces a $12 million new attraction for next season.

Sep 28, 2007
Evel Knievel Coaster Coming To Six Flags St. Louis
Great Coasters International to build $7 million wooden roller coaster at the St. Louis theme park.

Sep 27, 2007
Discovery Kingdom To Add Spinning Roller Coaster In 2008
Six Flags to expand the Vallejo theme park with the addition Tony Hawk's Big Spin roller coaster.

Sep 27, 2007
'The Dark Knight' Themed Roller Coaster Coming To Three Six Flags Theme Parks In 2008
Great Adventure, Great America and New England to open rides tied in with the summer release of Warner Bros. The Dark Knight movie.

Sep 24, 2007
Las Vegas Roller Coaster Moving To California Amusement Park
Family steel tracked roller coaster to resume operation next year at the The Forest at Granite amusement park in Fresno.

Sep 22, 2007
Historic Geauga Lake Amusement Park Closing Forever
Cedar Fair is closing the 119-year-old northeast Ohio amusement park, but continue to operate the Splashwater Kingdom water park.

Sep 21, 2007
Disney's HalloweenTime Event Returns To Disneyland Resort Theme Parks
Both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, characters and attractions are transformed for the Autumn holiday season.

Sep 20, 2007
Kima Bay Waterpark Attraction Part Of $6 Million Expansion At Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
New $1.7 million interactive water play structure tops list of improvements at Indiana theme and water park.

Sep 19, 2007
Holiday World To Announce New Attraction Tomorrow
Park officials will announce their expansion plans for the 2008 season that will include a new attraction tomorrow.

Sep 19, 2007
Disneyland Resort Begins Grand Californian Hotel Expansion
Construction commences on 200 new hotel rooms and the first Disney Vacation Club villas at the Anaheim Disney resort.

Sep 19, 2007
Kennywood To Serve Up Free Food During Phantom Fright Nights Preview
Guests may to chow down for free at Kennywood's concession stands during the preview night for this year's Halloween event.

Sep 14, 2007
Crane Lands On Roller Coaster At Hard Rock Theme Park
Pothole or mud patch may have caused a crane to topple over at the construction site for the Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach.

Sep 6, 2007
Boardwalk Bullet Roller Coaster Blasts Into Kemah Boardwalk
Texas Gulf Coast's only roller coaster features a 92-foot plunge and more than 3,200 feet of wood track.

August 2007

Aug 27, 2007
Canada's Wonderland Building Tallest, Fastest Roller Coaster In Canada
After 18 months of planning and construction Behemoth roller coaster will premier at Canada's Wonderland in May 2008.

Aug 22, 2007
31st Annual Giant Corn Feast To Be Held At Valleyfair
Summer is not over with two upcoming special events on the calendar at Valleyfair amusement park.

Aug 22, 2007
Bonus Day Added To Lake Compounce Operating Calendar
Lake Compounce amusement park operating calendar for the remaining regular season includes one extra day in September.

Aug 21, 2007
Worlds of Fun Public Safety & Military Appreciation Week
Active military and public safety personnel get into both Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun for free this week.

Aug 13, 2007
Guest Satisfaction Hits All-Time Highs At Six Flags Parks
Six Flags announced that its guest approval ratings for its busiest month July hit all-time highs in several categories.

Aug 12, 2007
Universal Orlando Increases Ticket Prices To Match Disney
One-day ticket increase matching Disney parks after company reports second quarter earnings for its theme parks.

Aug 12, 2007
Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park To Be Renamed In January
Walt Disney World confirmed that the Orlando theme park will have a new name starting next year.

Aug 11, 2007
When The Temperature Rises Oceans of Fun Is The Spot To Cool Off
Kansas City waterpark offers 18 water slides, wave pool and lazy river to cool off in during the current Midwest heat wave.

Aug 1, 2007
Newly Married Couple Go For Spin On Knott's Roller Coaster
Nicole Crabtree and Nathan Vanderweit exchanged vows and then left the station for a ride on Knott's new Sierra Sidewinder roller coaster.

July 2007

Jul 25, 2007
Final Time Travelers To Board Back To The Future The Ride Labor Day
Universal Studios Hollywood invites fans of the attraction to take a final ride and possibly drive home in a DeLorean.

Jul 24, 2007
Mall of America Park To Be Named "Nickelodeon Universe"
Nickelodeon and Mall of America announced the new name for the nation's largest indoor family theme park.

Jul 24, 2007
Dollywood Spending $5 Million For River Battle Ride
Next summer the theme park expands its Timber Canyon area again with a new interactive, but wet family water ride.

Jul 24, 2007
Ghost Town In The Sky Roller Coaster Opening Delayed
World's only roller coaster built on the side of a mountain will reopen next season after an extensive refurbishment.

Jul 14, 2007
Led Zeppelin The Ride Topped At Hard Rock Theme Park
Hard Rock celebrates milestone as it tops the theme park's signature roller coaster that will open in 2008.

Jul 10, 2007
Wild West World Theme Park Files For Bankruptcy
Kansas' first family theme park has closed the gates just two months after its grand opening.

June 2007

Jun 30, 2007
Arnolds Park Celebrating The Legend Roller Coaster's 80th
The classic figure-eight wooden roller coaster is the 13th oldest operating wooden roller coaster in the U.S.

Jun 29, 2007
Historic Starliner Roller Coaster Reopening Delayed
Cypress Gardens said the installation of a computer component is holding up the reopening of the wooden coaster.

Jun 28, 2007
Playland Park Reports Large Increase In Attendance
Attendance and revenue at the county owned amusement park are far ahead of projections in part due to good weather.

Jun 20, 2007
AMC Theatres Offers Free Movies This Summer During AMC Summer MovieCamp
Moviegoers of all ages are invited to free Wednesday morning movies at selected AMC Theatre locations nationwide.

Jun 15, 2007
Kings Island Hosts 30th Annual ACE Summer Con
The annual convention of roller coaster enthusiasts will visit Kings Island theme park June 17 - 20.

Jun 14, 2007
Pro Bowlers Throwing Strikes At Six Flags St. Louis
PBA Bowling stars arrive at Six Flags Theme Park to compete in '2007 PBA All-Star Shootout' for the next four days.

Jun 13, 2007
New Roller Coaster Rising at West Edmonton Mall Amusement Park
Galaxy Orbiter selected as the name for this new spinning roller coaster currently being installed in Galaxyland.

Jun 11, 2007
Subs Diving Again With Finding Nemo Stars at Disneyland
Disney officials dedicated the highly anticipated Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage today at Disneyland Park in Anaheim.

Jun 8, 2007
Cedar Point To Host Roller Coaster Fans From Around The World
They are coaster crazy and they're coming from all over to ride the roller coasters this Sunday at Cedar Point.

Jun 8, 2007
Dollywood's Fifth Annual Kidsfest Begins June 15
Eight-week festival features exotic animals, comedic vegetables, talented dogs and an outer space expedition.

Jun 1, 2007
Harry Potter Theme Park Coming To Universal Orlando
Universal's Islands of Adventure to debut Harry Potter Theme Park within a Theme Park in 2009.

May 2007

May 23, 2007
Firehawk Flying Roller Coaster To Debut Saturday
Kings Island theme park will send adventure-seekers soaring Memorial Day weekend on the park's first flying roller coaster.

May 16, 2007
Worlds of Fun To Welcome Roller Coaster Enthusiasts
Roller coaster enthusiasts from around the country will meet at the Kansas City amusement park for the Coaster Mayhem event Saturday.

May 11, 2007
Renegade Roller Coaster To Open Saturday At Valleyfair
Valleyfair reopens May 12 with several new additions including a brand-new $7 million wooden roller coaster.

May 11, 2007
Six Flags and Kraft Foods Together Launch Promotion
Six Flags and Kraft launch Play Like A Kid, Pay Like A Kid offer on Kraft's Macaroni Cheese boxes.

May 4, 2007
Kennywood Opens 108th Season With New Thrill Ride
Cosmic Chaos spinning ride and new Kiddieland ride set to run on the opening day of the amusement park's 2007 season.

May 4, 2007
Wiggles World at Six Flags Great America to Open Saturday
Six Flags Great America's third area devoted to kids will debut when the park opens for the 2007 season on May 5.

May 2, 2007
'Wild West World' Theme Park Set To Open Saturday
After two and half years of planning and construction the new Western theme park in Kansas is ready to open the gates.

May 1, 2007
Kennywood Entertainment To Acquire Story Land
New Hampshire children's theme park viewed as a perfect fit for Kennywood Entertainment.

May 1, 2007
La Ronde Galloping Carousel Being Restored For Park's 40th
Restoration of the world's oldest galloping carousel going full speed ahead for May 19 reopening.

April 2007

Apr 30, 2007
Universal To Build 150-acre Theme Park in Dubai
Universal Parks Resorts said it will develop a new theme park as part of the Dubailand development.

Apr 30, 2007
Disney's Pirates World Premier Sells Out in 14 Days
Red carpet event to be held at Disneyland Park on May 19 raised $3 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Apr 27, 2007
Six Flags First Quarter Numbers Up Compared To 2006
Theme park operator Six Flags gave investors a preview of its first quarter 2007 revenues that they will discuss on May 9.

Apr 27, 2007
Award-Winning Danger Rangers Show Returns To Dutch Wonderland
New York Broadway production team delivers new interactive live show with new Danger Rangers music for season two.

Apr 26, 2007
Six Flags To Continue Use Of Lo-Q Queue Technology
The virtual queue system will be added to two more parks and remain in use at existing Six Flags parks through 2009.

Apr 26, 2007
Follow-Up: Township Bans Smoking at Six Flags Theme Park
Jackson Township passes an ordinance banning smoking at amusement parks in support of Six Flags no smoking policy.

Apr 26, 2007
Dorney Park Gets Zoning Change For Roller Coaster
A minor zoning change moves the amusement park one step closer to building a new 184-foot tall roller coaster.

Apr 25, 2007
Will Harry Potter Become Part Of Universal Orlando?
Reports are claiming that author JK Rowling is close to signing a deal to create a Harry Potter theme park.

Apr 25, 2007
Universal Creating "The Simpsons" Ride For Theme Parks
New mega-attraction based on the hit animated TV series coming to both the Orlando and Hollywood theme parks in 2008.

Apr 23, 2007
Cedar Fair Declares First Quarter Cash Distribution
The latest distribution represents the theme and water park operators 80th quarterly cash distribution.

Apr 23, 2007
Six Flags Announces New Credit Facility
The company intends to use the proceeds to refinance amounts outstanding under its existing credit facility.

Apr 19, 2007
Six Flags Great Adventure Wants No Smoking Law
Park officials ask the local township to back up their no smoking policy with a local ordinance banning it.

Apr 18, 2007
Magazine Names The Voyage #1 "Scare You Silly" Coaster
Two Holiday World Splashin' Safari wooden roller coasters receive top ranking by national magazine.

Apr 17, 2007
Giant 7-Story Swing Ride Debuts at Silver Dollar City
Missouri theme park's new $6 million attraction offers roller coaster speeds and giant-size thrills.

Apr 17, 2007
La Ronde Is On The Lookout For Thrilling Stories
For its 40th anniversary the park is looking for stories from park visitors that will be featured on their web site.

Apr 13, 2007
Led Zeppelin - The Ride Coming To Hard Rock Park
This looping roller coaster is one of the most anticipated rides at the world's first rock 'n' roll theme park.

Apr 12, 2007
New Entertainment Coming To Darien Lake This Season
Under new management the theme park will reopen May 5 with a new name, logo and several new shows.

Apr 11, 2007
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls To Begin Soft Drink and Sunscreen Promo
Arkansas amusement and water park to include unlimited soft drinks and sunscreen with admission this season.

Apr 11, 2007
Elitch Gardens Unveils New Logo and Familiar Name
Denver theme park reverts back to its original name after the recent sale of the park by Six Flags.

Apr 10, 2007
Six Flags Completes Sale Of Seven Parks To Parc
Six Flags finalized the sale of three water parks and four theme parks to Jacksonville company for $312 million.

Apr 9, 2007
Free Admission Promo Gets Out Of Control At Six Flags
Radio station sponored event turns into chaos, severe traffic jams and bad publicity for Six Flags Over Georgia.

Apr 5, 2007
Universal Roller Coaster Shut Down For Inspection
Park employees stopped the theme park attraction after a passenger found a loose bolt in a seat.

Apr 5, 2007
Speed The Ride Evacuated After Unexpected Stop
Las Vegas roller coaster attraction unexpectedly shuts down stranding sixteen passengers for about an hour.

Apr 3, 2007
Worldwide Theme Park Attendance Increased 2.2% In 2006
Disney continues its dominance as an estimated 186.5 million guests attend the world's Top 25 amusement/theme parks.

Apr 3, 2007
Remaining Rocky Point Buildings To Be Demolished
The remaining structures at the former amusement park will be demolished by the end of the month.

Apr 3, 2007
World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt at Cypress Gardens
More than half-a-million eggs hidden at the theme park sets a new Guinness Book world record.

Apr 2, 2007
Rare Band Organ Begins Playing At Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is new home for a rare Wurlitzer 165 Organ from San Francisco's Playland-At-The-Beach.

Apr 1, 2007
Coney Island's Astroland Park Reopens For Final Season
Fans show up for the start of Astroland's farewell season before the amusement park is removed for redevelopment.

March 2007

Mar 31, 2007
Gilroy Gardens Begins New Season With Spring Fling
California's only horticulture theme park opens for the 2007 season with an all-new spring event.

Mar 30, 2007
Great America Opens For 31st Season Tomorrow
Northern California theme park to open new wave pool in May and offers new season pass options this year.

Mar 24, 2007
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Named Top Value Park
New issue of Consumers Digest names America's Top Amusement Parks and places Holiday World in the #1 spot for value.

Mar 15, 2007
Knott's Soak City Palm Springs Opens For 2007 Season
This 21-acre oasis sports a 1950s Southern California beach theme and features 22 water rides and attractions.

Mar 12, 2007
Cedar Fair Increases Quarterly Cash Distribution Rate
Regional amusement and water park operator continues its trend of increasing its cash distribution to partners.

Mar 11, 2007
Ball Park Hot Dogs Coming To Six Flags Theme Parks
Six Flags, Sara Lee announce multi-year sponsorship and marketing alliance making Ball Park official hot dog of Six Flags.

Mar 8, 2007
New Mystery Mine Attraction Nearing Completion at Dollywood
The park is finishing up construction of the Mystery Mine roller coaster that will be the first of its kind in the country.

Mar 7, 2007
Guest To Take Flight On New Idlewild & SoakZone Ride
The park's new flying skooter ride will be ready when the historic amusement park opens for its 130th season in May.

Mar 5, 2007
Aquatica SeaWorld Orlando's Third Park To Open March 2008
This one-of-a-kind water park only SeaWorld could create, Aquatica blends animal experiences, sandy beaches and thrills together.

Mar 4, 2007
SeaWorld To Unveil Plans For Third Orlando Theme Park
The park is expected to announce plans and unveil specifics for a third theme park that will combine beaches with live animals.

Mar 4, 2007
Bonfante Gardens To Be Renamed Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
The park hopes the new name will create more geographical awareness among visitors and help drive tourism to the area.

Mar 3, 2007
Geauga Lake Readies New Attractions For 2007 Season
The Ohio amusement park and water park will introduce a variety of park improvements for the upcoming season.

Mar 3, 2007
Nickelodeon To Rebrand Mall of America Theme Park
The amusement park inside the country's largest shopping mall will become the first-ever Nickelodeon theme park.

Mar 3, 2007
Six Flags Over Texas To Kick Off Season For Spring Break
On March 10th the Arlington theme park will begin the 2007 season with its annual Spring BreakOut festival.

Mar 1, 2007
Demolition of Hurricane Roller Coaster Begins At Pavilion
A lack of interest from buyers means the wooden coaster at the recently closed Myrtle Beach Pavilion will be torn down.

February 2007

Feb 28, 2007
Six Flags Theme Parks To Add Thomas & Friends Areas
Six Flags parks in Northern California and New England will introduce half-acre Thomas Town themed areas in 2007.

Feb 27, 2007
Bell's Zingo Wood Roller Coaster To Be Dismantled
The Tulsa amusement park will begun the task of taking apart the wooden coaster piece-by-piece so it may be placed in storage.

Feb 22, 2007
Racing Water Slide Coming To Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
The new six-lane racing attraction will debut Memorial Day weekend at the waterpark.

Feb 21, 2007
Six Flags St. Louis To Debut Tony Hawk's Big Spin Coaster
The new spinning roller coaster ride is part of the theme parks exciting lineup of entertainment for 2007.

Feb 21, 2007
LucasArts Thrillville No.1 Children's Video Game Franchise Of 2006
The new theme park game from LucasArts' was purchased by more than half a million by the end of 2006.

Feb 10, 2007
Disney Building Interactive 3-D Dark Ride In California and Florida
An all-new attraction based on the Disney-Pixar Toy Story movies will open at two Disney theme parks in 2008.

Feb 9, 2007
Busch Gardens Africa Switching To Floorless Trains For SheiKra
America's first dive roller coaster to take on a different point of view with new, floorless cars from BM.

Feb 9, 2007
Kings Island To Debut New Flying Roller Coaster
Firehawk the Cincinnati theme park's 14th roller coaster to debut at Kings Island on Memorial Day Weekend.

Feb 7, 2007
Disney Reports Travel Bookings Up At US Theme Parks
Bookings for travel to its domestic theme parks is about three percent compared to the same period a year ago.

January 2007

Jan 31, 2007
Is Nickelodeon Coming To the Mall of America Theme Park?
Nickelodeon and the mall are reported to be finalizing a deal that would bring the network's characters to the theme park.

Jan 30, 2007
New Ice Show, Parade and Lower Admission at Carowinds
North Carolina theme park will reduce the price of admission and add entertainment for 2008.

Jan 23, 2007
Magic Mountain Bids Farewell To Two Roller Coasters
Los Angeles' Six Flags theme park to remove Psyclone and Flashback attractions to make room for future expansion.

Jan 22, 2007
Six Flags To Continue To Thrill Guests In Southern California
Both Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor spared from sale and will remain open as Six Flags parks.

Jan 22, 2007
Six Flags To Rename and Renovate Northern California Theme Park
Newly branded Six Flags Discovery Kingdom the theme park will feature new shows and more animal interaction for guests.

Jan 16, 2007
Six Flags Agrees To Sell Seven Parks For $312 Million
Los Angeles locations excluded from this sale of four theme parks and three water parks to new operator.

Jan 8, 2007
New Jersey's Steel Pier To Operate For Another Season
The Pier's amusement park has been part of the Atlantic City boardwalk since 1898.

Jan 5, 2007
Kansas Wild West World Theme Park To Open May 5
Construction of the new 130-acre theme park north of Wichita is about a month ahead of schedule.

Jan 5, 2007
Donate Can Of Food To Receive Discount On Knott's Admission
Starting January 8th guests who bring a can of food to donate will get a discount on admission to Knott's Berry Farm.

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