Published: December 31, 2007 at 3:27 PMFWIW, I think that the number one *non story*, year after year is a close battle between "Disney's buying land near our town for a new Disneyland" and "Six Flags is building a park in Florida."
The reality? Disney's not going to cannibalize its multibillion-dollar investments in Anaheim and Central Florida, and Six Flags hasn't built a theme park since the 1970s.
Published: December 31, 2007 at 3:50 PM(Sigh) As usual nothing British comes up...
But anyway, it's been a good year for theme parks and I've unbiasedly voted for the 'Harry Potter Land' announcemant.
Published: January 1, 2008 at 7:43 AMI guess for me it is the Aquatica announcement. I am eager to see what it is like and hope it is the upscale attraction they promised. As a local, Wet and Wild is not a great option. Lots of slides, but the atmosphere is not what I want. I love both Disney waterparks, but they can get super crowded in the summer, so another choice is good.
Will this mark the end of Wet and Wild? That talk has been buzzing around these parts for a while.
Published: January 1, 2008 at 8:55 AMFor me the biggest story was the girl getting hurt at SFKK.
Published: January 1, 2008 at 5:46 PMI, too, had to vote for the girl who lost her feet. For me it was because I love rides and this story made me think. I don't ever go on a ride really thinking that something bad will happen. It's something you joke about to scare the people with you, but don't believe. Feeling safe on a ride is what lets you really have fun.
Published: January 1, 2008 at 6:24 PMI'm with the the previous 2 entries on the girl from SFKK. This was just such a horrendous accident - and the girl wasn't doing anything but riding the attraction "safely." That one really scared me.
Published: January 2, 2008 at 4:50 AMThe sad part is it wasnt Six Flags that caused it. As stated it was poor ride design buy Itmann. As far as Goverment saftey guild lines. I feel all states should have a Amusmentpark Saftey Dept. And all parks, inculding Disney should have to submit to inspections by the state...This has been in place in New Jersey for years, And works well Great Adventure has one of the best historys in the industry because of it.
Published: January 2, 2008 at 1:39 PMI think the biggest theme park story of 2007 is missing from your list. That story being the unnecessary closing of Geauga Lake by Cedar Fair. While Cedar Fair may have had many business reasons to justify their decision, the fact that Parques Reunidos would buy Kennywooed and its family of parks proves that under the right ownership Geauga Lake could have flouished. The closing of this great regional park (and its next door neighbor, Sea World, earlier in the decade) is a terrible loss for the Cleveland/Akron metro area but should cause all theme park fans sadness. Geauga Lake is the biggest story of 2007!