Hard Rock snags the Eagles for a coaster; Disney tips Toy Story; Six Flags cheerleaders?

March 18, 2008, 9:46 PM · The news doesn't stop while we play our tournament. Here are a couple notes about new rides, opening later this spring:

  • Hard Rock Park, opening next month in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has announced that it will retheme its previously announced Midnight Rider Vekoma roller coaster as Eagles Life in the Fast Lane. The 2,234-foot coaster will feature an on-ride version of the band's hit "Life in the Fast Lane," rerecorded by the band especially for the ride.

  • Disney allowed newspaper reporters a look at some of the elements for the upcoming Toy Story Mania ride at Disney's California Adventure:
    "Up to eight people, who feel like they are shrunk to the size of toys, can ride on each spinning vehicle behind spring-action shooters. They shoot in five carnival games based on the characters, like an egg toss called Hamm 'N' Eggs and Bo Peep's balloon pop.

    "Plates pop out of the ground or hang from helicopters in a game with the Green Army Men. Rings are tossed over the Little Green Men. The ride ends with Woody's gallery, where players aim at targets that are bumbling down mine shafts."

  • Finally, I am stumped for an appropriately witty retort to this:
    "Six Flags announced today the launch of the first-ever professional, theme park cheerleading team -- Six Flags Thrilleaders. Making their public debut for the 2008 season, the Six Flags Thrillleaders will promote the company's unique brand of thrilling entertainment and become an integral part of Six Flags' ever-expanding entertainment offerings."


    Replies (4)

    March 19, 2008 at 6:59 AM · Six Flags is just pathetic. We are watching the steady, but sure demise of a once proud amusement park giant. This latest blunder is kind of like pouring iodine into an open wound.

    I like Cheerleaders as much as the next fella, but come on, do I really want them cheering me on every time I board the latest incarnation of BATMAN THE RIDE?

    Hmmm...come to think of it, that wouldn't be half bad. Maybe they can follow me around like my own personal cheerleading harem? What was I thinking...this is a great idea!!!!!

    Next up: Chipendale's Dancer's urge on the ladies!!!! Don't forget your dollar bills, girls!!!

    March 19, 2008 at 7:37 AM · I liked Midnight Rider as the name but I guess if that's what they wanna do well.... The new name is a bit long though.
    As for the cheerleaders??? Is that REALLLY necessary? I wonder how long THAT will last. Will they really be pros or just ppl wanting a job I wonder. I'm a cheerleader, can I be one???
    March 19, 2008 at 7:54 AM · If the cheerleaders are high-school-wrestling-cheerleader types, what are they going to cheer for? "Wait *in* that line! In it! In it!" or "Don't. Jump. That queue!"

    Now, if we're talking cheerleaders in the "Laker Girls" mode, well, that's a whole different thing, now isn't it?

    March 19, 2008 at 10:40 AM · Buy. A sea-. -son's pass.
    X. Has bro-. -ken down.

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