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May 1999


May 26, 1999

Walt Disney World Raises Admission Price
Orlando, FL -- Park management once again has raised the price of a one-day adult admission to Walt Disney World by two dollars. The new one-day price of $44 is the most expensive theme park admission in the country. The move comes just in time for the beginning peak summer season.

New River Ride May Open Saturday At Riverside Park
Agawam, MA -- Park officials stated this week that they are hoping to open the new Blizzard River attraction this Saturday, the first day of the busy 3-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. While officials would not confirm the opening day, they said that it would more than likely be ready.

May 6, 1999

Six Flags America Will Open Saturday
Largo, MD - Park officials announced that they would be opening the park for the 1999 season this Saturday, May 8. Last weekend park management delayed the opening at the last minute because construction work in the park had not been completed.

The Jokers Jinx a new roller coaster from Premier Rides will also open on Saturday. The new launched multielement steel coaster is anticipated to be a big hit with the public.

Valleyfair to Open Saturday for Preview Weekend
Shakopee, MN - Valleyfair officials announced that this Saturday and Sunday, May 8 - 9 will be a "preview weekend" for the park. The official opening is set for the following Saturday.

During the preview weekend the park is planning to unveil their new roller coaster, Wild Rails. The new steel coaster is one of the new "Mad Mouse" designs from Arrow Dynamics of Clearfield, Utah.

May 1, 1999

Construction Begins At Six Flags Magic Mountain
Valencia, CA - Construction on the yet-to-be-announced new roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain began last week. According to an inside source the initial construction work to be completed in the next couple of weeks includes site clearing and electrical work. Major work on the footers and track is not expected to begin until construction of the new Bugs Bunny World has been completed.

The initial site clearing is taking place on the hillside between the Superman tower and Colossus. As of last Thursday, several large trees had been removed and tractors were doing some earth moving in the surrounding area.

Serial Thriller Nearly Completed At Six Flags Astroworld
Houston, TX - A local reader reports that nearly all of the track on the new Serial Thriller roller coaster at Six Flags Astroworld has been installed. According to the report last week only a few pieces of track were left to be installed.

Testing of the new roller coaster is expected to begin within a couple of weeks. Sources say the park may open planning to open the new suspended looping coaster on the Memorial Day weekend if not sooner. The Serial Thriller was designed by Vekoma International.

Batman The Ride Begins Testing at Six Flags Over Texas
Arlington, TX - According to a reader the park began the initial testing phase of the new Batman the Ride inverted roller coaster last Thursday, April 27. The initial test runs were said to have occurred in the afternoon.

Batman at Six Flags Over Texas is the sixth clone of this popular Bolliger and Mabillard inverted roller coaster. The new coaster is expected to possibly open on Saturday, May 15.

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