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California’s Great America – In 2005, a doctor broke her wrist while riding a bumper car attraction at California’s Great America. Of course, this being California, before going to the hospital, this woman went first to her lawyer’s emergency room and filed a lawsuit within 3 minutes of the incident taking place. After Superior Court threw out the lawsuit, the appeals court has ruled that the case does have merit and that she can proceed with the lawsuit. While nothing has been decided in 6 years other than that the lady can go forward with the lawsuit and not actually ruling in anyone’s favor, what this does do is open up the liability of amusement parks…….and we wonder why Disney just raised their ticket prices….Disney was probably starting to front load how much it is going to cost them in legal fees to defend themselves from every moron who skins a knee at their park.
Alabama Adventure – In a true reflection of American spirit and values, a riot broke out at Alabama Adventure when, after admitting half the state’s kids for a $10 discounted admission fee, a beer vendor refused to sell adult beverages to a group of kids with perfectly legitimate fake ID’s. While the group of 10-year-olds was taken in for questioning, the only charges filed were a felony charge against the beer vendor for smarting off to a group of minors and a charge of inciting a riot.
Delgrosso (Pennsylvania) – June 16th is Drug Free Day at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park. Apparently they are ok every other day.
Shedd Aquarium (Chicago) – Admission this week is free from Monday to Friday. So instead of dropping your kids off at Six Flags Great America for a cheap babysitter, you can now drop them off at Shedd Aquarium for a free babysitter.
Mt Olympus – 11 people were taken to the hospital after a mistake by a 23 year vet of the park putting too much chlorine and sulfuric acid in the water. Rumors claim that the employee had said something to the effect of, “If the little whippersnappers wouldn’t keep peeing in the pool, we wouldn’t need all of the chemicals.” Followed quickly by, “This should clean those little **explicative** out of my pool.” At which point he left for the day with only half his shift worked. (But I must mention that I started that rumor just now.)
Knoebels – It looks like there may be life in the Flying Turns roller coaster. They are testing a new car that sounds like it may work. Don’t expect the ride to open until next season at the earliest.
Dollywood – Looks like a new coaster is on the way for next season.
Six Flags America – Also looks like there is a new coaster on the way for next season.
To see if anyone actually reads this, I am going to start a new sub-feature called “Create My Caption”. In the discussion thread post your best caption for the following picture taken at Kings Island’s Dinosaurs Alive.
If I have missed anything (and I have, so no worries there) please post below. If you have some inside information, more news, more rumors, first rides, please share with the rest of us.
Sources: Screamscape, Amusement Today, and whatever else I happened to read this week...
Caption: With her veil and best smile on, Rosie stepped out of the trees to meet Rex at the altar...
Caption: Rex figured if the wolf could dress up like Red Riding Hood and eat someone, maybe he could make it work, too...
Caption: "The doorbell always rings when I'm in the middle of a shower..."
Caption: Gumby Rex: "MY BRAIN HURTS!" (think Monty Python Gumby)
Caption: Blushing and smiling after being caught eating the lunch lady, Rex sneaks backwards back into the forest...
Caption: Wearing the latest in royal headgear, Rex entered the banquet area of the Ascot races where he was unaware that the horses were not on the menu...
And yes, I look forward to your updates every week. This week was particularly fun.
I like the caption you wrote...I think it will be fun to continue it....
Caption: *Sings* I feel Pretty! Oh so Pretty!
Caption: "It's Raptor...not Wrap-tor!"
" Where's my bag ?. Where's my bag?. This is total BS. Where's my.........oh here it is "
Caption: I put on too much Aqua Net this morning and my head is flammable. Don't want to end up like my friend down the sidewalk
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