Wednesday's theme park news round-up

July 22, 2009, 2:55 PM · Today we've got roller skating roller coasters, stupid guest tricks, cute animal videos and a deal on theme park tickets. What more do you want?

Dumb one?
Have you ever wanted to roller skate down a roller coaster?

Nah, neither have I, but you can scratch that off your list off "things no one yet has done." A 36-year-old man strapped himself to a pair of inline skates and "rode" the Mammoth at the Trips Drill theme park in Germany.

It's a 98-foot wooden coaster with a top speed of about 55 mph, and you can check out a short snip of video at the top of this report.

Dumb two!
A bomb squad detonated a suspicious package at Cedar Point last Friday, which was found under a car in the Cedar Point parking lot. The "bomb" turned to be a fake, and after a through investigation, local police determined the device was placed by... they guy under whose car it was found.


Cops cuffed the 27-year-old from Pennsylvania when he returned to his car at the end of the day.

Cute one
Have you been wishing you could see video of four baby dolphins swimming with their mothers?

The folks at SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove deliver for you:

Cute two
There's a certain other marina mammal at SeaWorld that believes (I am told) that dolphins, though photogenic, are pretty much wimps. So I guess Shamu might take mild offense at being included in today's piece after the dolphins. Hey, just consider them your opening act, big fella. Here's more, courtesy SeaWorld, from the Big Whale's point of view. Literally.

Deals one
Speaking of Shamu, I've been recommending for some time that Twitter users follow @shamu. If you are looking for deals on tickets to Six Flags parks, make sure that you follow @sixflags, too. Today, the amusement park chain offered $15 tickets to any of its parks, through a link posted on its Twitter feed. The link was good only for two hours, so it's gone now, but I'd recommend following the feed anyway, for future deals. (And FWIW, I retweeted the alert on Theme Park Insider's Twitter feed, so please follow us over there, too.)

Deals two
If you are in the Kansas City area, and belong to any union, World of Fun's hooking you up with $25.99 tickets. Just show your union card at a ticket booth, and you can buy as many tickets as you'd like. Just got an e-mail from WoF recalling that press release. Sorry.

Deals two redux
Universal Orlando's pulled the blackout dates on its "Season Pass" annual passes. So enjoy the rest of the July and the Christmas season, passholders.

Replies (2)

July 22, 2009 at 7:55 PM · I am impressed that you are able to keep up with all of this on a road trip! I was always way too absorbed in the "are we there yet" to care about anything else. I commend your dedication to the theme park nation that follows this hallowed site.
July 22, 2009 at 8:57 PM · Amen to Rick Stevens' comment - got lucky enough to read your KI and Weds Roundup on the same day! Hope you have a great time in Williamsburg!

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