Last week at your amusement park...June 20, 2011

A digest of amusement park news and rumors...and a couple of rants...with a sense of humor...

From Jeff Elliott
Posted June 20, 2011 at 1:45 PM
Coney Island - A "coney" is a rabbit. And Coney Island was named "rabbit island" because there were many rabbits in the area. Therefore one can easily come to the conclusion that a "Coney Dog" is a hot dog not made with pork, turkey, or beef, but made with rabbit. With everyone claiming to serve the "Original Coney Dog", ask them if it is indeed made out of rabbit. And if not, why do they call their food item a "rabbit dog" if it does not contain rabbit meat or dog meat. Maybe they should rename the whole place to "Asphalt Island" and "Asphalt Dogs" least the names would be accurate....

Cedar Fair - I am starting to think that when Cedar Fair was trying to put in their credit card information to buy one Windseeker, the website bogged down and they kept hitting the submit button until it finally went through. When 10 of the things showed up in the mail a couple of days later, they had no choice but to install them (or pay the insane restocking fee). Hint for the betterment of the company: just hit the submit button once and if the website stalls out, pick up the phone and call the supplier.

Europa Park - As one of the best parks I have never been to, and the home/testing grounds of Mack Rides, Europa Park confirmed that it is getting a new wooden GCI roller coaster.

Islands of Adventure - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter celebrated being soft-opened for one year by holding a grand opening celebration with free butterbeer.

Universal Studios Hollywood - Not to be outdone, Universal Studios Hollywood raised their prices. The problem is that there are like 7 attractions at USH, so now the breakdown is that you are spending about $15 per ride. A fool and his money...

Kings Island - The rumor mill has suggested that Son of Beast is going to be fixed in time for the 2012 season, stating that if this did not work, the ride would be scrapped. My thoughts are that if they spend a single penny on anything other than Iron Horse tracking system(like the Texas Giant just received), it is money wasted. Son of Beast needs a rebirth, not a refurb. While you are making with the Iron Horse tracking system, put the loop back in. In other rumors, Kings Island may be getting a new steel coaster for 2012. Hopefully these rumors are one in the same.

Six Flags Great Adventure - SFGA just raised their parking price to $20! Yeah! More blacktop! We love blacktop! Be sure to factor that into the cost of admission before you go somewhere else.

Mt Olympus - Rumor has it that they want to install a Star Flyer. No offense, but seriously, SERIOUSLY rethink that move. With all of the problems and all of the installations that just happened with the Windseekers, this is something that you do not need. Why not build a new go-cart track with a loop? Or a large mud pit for the kids? Or a chemical dump? Or free admission to registered Theme Park Insider members?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg/Europe - Construction has started on Verbolten. There have been sightings of a girl running around the area in a red cloak and three pigs snarling up the construction....but that is what happens when you get rid of the Big Bad Wolf...

Create My Caption - In the discussion thread post your best caption for the following picture taken at Knoebels, one of the few places left where you could even take a picture like this. Photo lovingly borrowed from


From Jeff Elliott
Posted June 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM
SeaWorld San Diego - In what is certainly a case of two-timing us, Mr. Robert Niles has started making excuses for SeaWorld’s huge attendance drop off on the 10News San Diego website. Stay classy San Diego...

Joyland - In a smug turn of events, while walking up to the podium to announce their perfect 63-year safety record, the spokesperson for Joyland stumbled on the steps and broke their leg, was then gored by a rampaging wildebeest, before being flattened by the wood sign above the stage touting their perfect safety record.

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...

From Jeff Elliott
Posted June 21, 2011 at 8:35 AM
Caption: "This thing is going to look really good on my wall next to the bird, the cat, and the car"

Caption: Rex gives up his car chasing habit when presented with a much bigger fish.

Caption: Rex thought the roller coaster was interesting, but couldn't shake the smell of the half eaten hot dog in the trash can.

From Jorge Arnoldson
Posted June 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM
Caption: Too bad I have to be 48" to ride. Oh, wait! If I stand upright, I'll be able to get on!

From Tony Duda
Posted June 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM
Caption: I would so be in that garbage can if I didn't have this #@&$ing leash on!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

"Strangest looking fire hydrant I'VE ever seen..."

From James Rao
Posted June 21, 2011 at 4:57 PM
I totally agree about an Iron Horse solution (with a restored loop) for Son of Beast. I rode the Texas Giant back in May - what a brilliant redo of a beat up old Dinn Corp woodie! Coaster fans everywhere should make a special trip to experience the Texas Giant, and to support the Iron Horse solution that will hopefully breathe new life into decrepit, old, painful, and sometimes even dangerous wooden coasters like SOB.
The NEW Texas Giant (circa 2011)

Caption: "My dog is so excited to be at Knoebels... maybe I should pincher?"

Caption: "All dogs may go to Heaven, but I'll go a LOT sooner if I ride that rickety old thing!"

Caption: "It's been 35 years since my last visit, and they still haven't opened Flying Turns!"

From Jack Curley
Posted June 21, 2011 at 6:32 PM
Caption: Not interested. There are no windows to stick my head out of.

From Carrie Hood
Posted June 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM
Caption: Well, if the cat said he did it...

Caption: It's loud, it's noisy, it's.. Oh! Trashcan!

From Jeff Elliott
Posted June 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM
Caption: Rex needed a moment to get over the shame of yakking on the roller coaster...

Caption: Beyond the roller coaster, the squirrel was staring back...

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