Published: August 6, 2014 at 1:41 PMFrom the McKeesport Daily News 8/4/14: "The Thunderbolt, a thrilling, nostalgic roller coaster at Kennywood Park, was designated an ACE(American Coaster Enthusiasts) Coaster Landmark. The park's Racer and Jack Rabbit were named landmarks in 2010...Kennywood is especially honored by this latest award from ACE because it makes the amusement park the only one in the country to have three landmark coasters....The New York Times called the Thunderbolt the King of Coasters back in the 1970's and interest in the ride helped usher in a second golden age of roller coasters... Nationwide, ACE has designated 30 roller coasters as landmarks....ACE members presented a plaque to the West Mifflin (Kennywood) amusement park last weekend."
Published: August 6, 2014 at 2:03 PMSounds like mantis at CP is going to be Named King James and is being painted green. Michigan Adventure is going to get new slide complex.
Published: August 6, 2014 at 3:24 PMI haven't heard that rumor about "Rougarou" (darn, I HATE it when Jeff gets a Cedar Point scoop before me!), but that would make sense. I wonder if it has anything to do with the rumor and hint that Tony Clark, the main PR guy for Cedar Point, dropped about Mantis. I've heard that it might not be long for this world, a rumor strengthen by Cedar Fair/Canada's Wonderland removing Skyrider, another stand-up coaster. Mantis and Iron Dragon stand over and above part of the old Cedar Point lagoon system, which also houses the HalloWeekends haunted area "Blood on the Bayou". Bayou? Cajun? Rougarou? Coincidence?
Published: August 6, 2014 at 5:51 PMSome Universal Orlando info....OI & Parkscope insiders are saying upwards to 30,000 people per day on some days are riding Hogwart's Express. The capacity on that ride is excellent.....Seth Kubersky, writer for Touring Plans, Guide to Universal Orlando, and Orlando weekly reported today that this has been the most profitable summer ever for Universal Orlando. He also lauds the exceptional crowd control operations for the 2014 Potter expansion. Due to these controls Universal has not experienced the crowding problems they had with IOA in 2010 with the opening of Harry Potter Hogsmeade.
Published: August 6, 2014 at 7:44 PMSadly, the rumors on SDC's 2015 expansion are not as grand as Firechaser Express. Just a collection of kid and family friendly midway rides (some of them from nearby, defunct Celebration City). However, strong rumors point to something "big" in 2016, if I live that long.
Published: August 7, 2014 at 11:20 AMUniversal press release today...Hogwart's Express just celebrated their 1 million rider.