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December 2009

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November 2009

Nov 18, 2009
Magic Mountain to Tie Cedar Point in 2010 For Roller Coaster Record
Six Flags Magic Mountain's newest addition will bring the total number of coasters at this Southern California park to 17.

Nov 11, 2009
Veterans Honored With In-Park Parade At Universal Studios Florida
Universal's veterans march with others at the Universal Orlando Resort in a parade to commemorate Veteran's Day.

Nov 9, 2009
Gravity Group To Retrofit #1 Wooden Coaster With New Trains
Holiday World's Voyage roller coaster will be upgraded with the first set of The Gravity Group's Timberliner trains.

October 2009

Oct 30, 2009
Knott's Honors Veterans & Active Military With Free Admission
Annual Veteran's tribute offers those who've served in the U.S. military free admission to Knott's Berry Farm, November 1-26.

Oct 21, 2009
Cedar Point's Demon Drop Moving To Knott's Berry Farm
Cedar Fair will relocate the classic Intamin freefall ride to Knott's for a Memorial Day weekend debut.

September 2009

Sep 14, 2009
ACE Names The Great Escape Comet Roller Coaster Landmark
American Coaster Enthusiasts honor the historic coaster by naming it a landmark during the group's summer conference.

Sep 14, 2009
Dollywood Awarded Golden Ticket For Best Entertainment
Dolly Parton's theme park claims first-ever Best Entertainment honor in 2009 Golden Ticket awards.

Sep 13, 2009
Worlds of Fun Prowler Wins 'Best New Ride' Golden Ticket
New GCI wooden roller coaster named Best New Attraction by Amusement Today at 2009 Golden Ticket Awards.

Sep 10, 2009
2009 Golden Ticket Award Winners Announced
Annual awards given by industry publication Amusement Today highlight the best of the best within the amusement industry.

Sep 4, 2009
Historic Lakeside Cyclone Roller Coaster Reopens
After sitting closed all summer for repairs and renovation the historic Vettel designed wooden coaster is ready to thrill again.

Sep 4, 2009
Cedar Point Announces Shoot The Rapids Flume Ride
Fans were surprised to learn that the amusement park known for its roller coasters, would instead build a water ride for 2010.

August 2009

Aug 27, 2009
Busch Gardens Announces Sesame Street Safari Expansion
All new Sesame Street themed family attraction to open at the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay theme park in Spring of 2010.

Aug 26, 2009
The Intimidator Racing At Carowinds In Roller Coaster Form For 2010
Carowinds to build $23 million roller coaster with racing theme that will be the tallest, fastest, longest coaster in Southeast.

Aug 24, 2009
Universal Orlando Opens Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster
Orlando's newest attraction combines the thrills of a roller coaster with hit music, lighting effects and video.

Aug 20, 2009
Kings Dominion To Build $25 Million, 305 Foot Tall Roller Coaster
Intimidator 305 will be one of the tallest roller coasters in the world when it opens at Kings Dominion in 2010.

Aug 14, 2009
Roller Coaster Enthusiasts Coming To Worlds of Fun
Hundreds of coaster enthusiasts expected to show up Saturday for Worlds of Fun's annual Coaster Mayhem event.

Aug 13, 2009
World's Longest Water Coaster Coming To Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
$5.5 million water coaster is the second largest investment in a single ride in Holiday World's history.

Aug 12, 2009
Kennywood Expanding With Launched Roller Coaster For 2010 Season
Premier Rides to construct a 50 mile-per-hour launch roller coaster at the historic Pittsburgh amusement park.

Aug 4, 2009
Merlin Entertainment Opens Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Celebrity attraction brand Madame Tussauds opened a new location August 1st in the global home of celebrities, Hollywood.

Aug 3, 2009
Plan To Open World's First Amusement Park of Historic Rides Moves Forward
Dreamland Trust given ok to proceed with work on plans to create the world's first amusement park of historic rides.

Aug 2, 2009
Knott's and Ralphs Team Up To Help Orange County Food Bank
Admission discount offered to guests who donate canned food or purchase tickets at Ralphs grocery stores in August.

Aug 1, 2009
Worlds of Fun 'Cans For Coasters' Promo To Help Fight Hunger
Month long food drive offers can food donors admission discount to Worlds of Fun or Oceans of Fun.

July 2009

Jul 24, 2009
Cedar Fair To Sell Property Adjacent to Canada's Wonderland
Company says they're moving forward with sale of 87 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to their Toronto theme park.

Jul 24, 2009
Busch Gardens To Retire Big Bad Wolf After 25 Years
The popular suspended roller coaster will continue to operate at Busch Gardens Williamsburg through Labor Day.

Jul 2, 2009
Silver Dollar City Hosts Nearly 400 'Adrenaline Junkies'
Roller coaster fans rolled into Branson, Missouri last week as part of the American Coaster Enthusiasts national convention.

June 2009

Jun 30, 2009
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Freestyle Music Park
Park officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Myrtle Beach theme park.

Jun 25, 2009
Michael Jackson Star of Disney's Captain EO Attraction Dies at Age 50
Recording music legend and star of a Disney theme park attraction died Thursday afternoon of an apparent heart attack.

Jun 16, 2009
Roller Coaster Families Wanted For ABC's Wife Swap
Prime time television series looking for enthusiast families who love to travel to ride roller coasters and thrill rides.

Jun 16, 2009
Six Flags Great Adventure Big Wheel Receives Eco-Friendly Makeover
One of the park's original rides receives a fresh coat of paint and new LED light package for the 35th anniversary.

Jun 12, 2009
Regal Entertainment Group To Open Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen At 40 IMAX Locations
Advanced tickets on sale now for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:opening at in movie theaters and IMAX on June 24.

May 2009

May 23, 2009
$10-million Wooden Coaster Opens At Six Flags Magic Mountain
Terminator Salvation The Ride the park's 16th roller coaster debuts to the public today - Saturday, May 23.

May 22, 2009
Manta Soars Over SeaWorld Orlando This Summer
SeaWorld Orlando's newest attraction combines up-close animal encounters with a thrills of a flying roller coaster ride.

May 22, 2009
Bizarro Transformation Debuts At Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags to unveil its newly themed, renamed and enhanced floorless roller coaster to the public Saturday.

April 2009

Apr 3, 2009
Six Flags Magic Mountain To Rock Out During Spring Break
Live music, video games and Mr. Six Day planned for weeklong Six Flags Magic Mountain spring break activities.

Apr 2, 2009
Knott's Gears Up For Spring Break With Snoopy's Spring Safari
Knott's Berry Farm's Camp Snoopy to offer special activities for Children ages 11 and under.

Apr 1, 2009
Kings Dominion To Debut Two New Attractions Saturday
Opening day April 4th will be the debut of a new family thrill ride and giant Ferris wheel at Kings Dominion.

March 2009

Mar 31, 2009
Coney Island's Cyclone Roller Coaster To Open Sunday
Palm Sunday is the opening day for the world-famous New York City landmark roller coaster.

Mar 30, 2009
Multiple Zip Line Ride To Open At Dollywood This Summer
SkyZip the first multiple zip line ride at a US theme park to debut at Dollywood theme park in May 2009.

Mar 28, 2009
First Seats On Prowler Roller Coaster Now Up For Auction
Worlds of Fun auctioning seats for first official ride on Prowler and donating proceeds to fight against breast cancer.

Mar 27, 2009
Three Night Stay For Price Of Two At Universal Studios Hollywood
Book a two-night package with accommodations and theme park tickets and get one more night free.

Mar 25, 2009
Disney To Release Wii Game Based On Toy Story Theme Park Ride
Disney Interactive to release Toy Story Mania! exclusively for Wii home video game console this fall.

Mar 24, 2009
California's Great America Opens 2009 Season March 29
California's only combination theme park and water park to open for the 2009 season this Sunday.

Mar 24, 2009
Record Crowds Show Up For Six Flags Over Texas Spring Break
Six Flags Over Texas saw its largest one-week attendance for it's 'Spring Break Out' event.

February 2009

Feb 23, 2009
Holiday World On Oprah's List of Wacky Family Attractions includes Holiday World & Splashin' Safari theme park in it's list of 'Wacky Family Attractions'.

Feb 23, 2009
Universal Launches Web Site For Hollywood Rip Ride RockIT Roller Coaster
Promo site offers preview of the tallest roller coaster in Florida that will debut at Universal Studios Florida in spring 2009.

January 2009

Jan 2, 2009
Knott's Discounts Admission For Guests Who Bring Canned Food
Southern California theme park partners with Orange County Food Bank to help fight hunger in the local area.

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