East coast earthquake shuts theme park attractions
What's shakin', east coast theme park fans?
(Sorry, but we in California feel it our duty to make fun of people on the east coast when they freak out after a quake. Welcome to our world, kiddos!)
Seriously, today's 5.8 earthquake in Virginia was felt on most of the east coast and has shut down attractions at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion, the theme park closest to the quake's epicenter.
Busch Gardens says it has reopened the slides at Water Country, but we're still awaiting word about ride inspections in the theme park. Neither park reports any injuries at this time, to visitors or employees.
Please post your observations in the comments.
Update, 3:27 pm ET: Kings Dominion just announced "Hurler, Dominator, Flat rides and waterpark have re-opened."
Update, 4:41 pm ET: Everything's back up at Busch Gardens.
Update, 6 pm ET: Kings Dominion says "Most of the rides are back up, only a handful remain."
I know that stationary amusement park rides dont have standards for government inspection, but are the rides built to code for regions, or for the worst possible scenario? Like are coasters in California made to withstand earthquakes, but ones on the east coast not designed for that because the local governments wont expect or check for that? I was planning to go to kings dominion saturday, but it was supposed to rain alot, now there may be earthquakes and nuclear power plant issues in the mix. what kind of inspection is done that allows the rides to reopen so quickly? I would think they would be checking all the nuts and bolts which could take some time. It probably would have been awesome to be on a rollercoaster when the earthquake happened though, or on darkcastle at bge. Has anyone ever been on a rollercoaster during an earthquake?
Building codes do vary by community, but even the California parks usually stop operation to check everything out after a quake.
Weird, Im in Florida and I didnt feel it. BTW< Ill be at Universal saturday. Thankfully hurricanes will be in the Carolinas by then.
Well you have to remember that rides at well managed parks such as Busch Gardens are extensively inspected and tested daily. This includes all support for the rides and all tracks on coasters, etc, so a follow-up inspection for support issues would be rather quick. With major attractions there is so much movement due to the ride movement that some natural sway is built in as well as dealing with winds and other things. So I would say that the parks did right by shutting down and doing inspections on top of their normal inspections.
To the first poster:
I was at KD today, and it looked like everything was up.
Funney story I WAS LEAVING CONEYISLAND LUNAPARK about 15 minutes before it happend had just gotton off a spin ride and thought it was me still dizzey from the ride but no the nthe car felt like it was about to tip. but anyway I did check no rides in CI were affected everything stayed up and running.
Charles, I've rode Intimidator 305 about 25-30 times over two visits, and will again in two weeks. I have never seen two-train operations. I have also never waited more than 20 minutes.
Interesting. This is my first time I can remember them not having two cars running, one loading while the other is on the track.
I guess it's like us freaking out when we get a little "weather." All's fair. But being a California girl growing up with "Sylmar" and "Northridge," we just roll with it.
There had to be people on some rides that felt the quake, love to hear from them. And those Cali quake riders should be thankful they don't have to live with the disasters that are hurricanes like we do here in Florida and the east/gulf coast.
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