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Cedar Point adds second train to SV

January 01, 2020

Cedar Point started operating a second train on Steel Vengeance Friday, for the first time since the park's new roller coaster was involved in a minor collision on opening day.

The second train was added to the coaster this morning, in time for the park's CoasterMania event, an annual gathering of coaster fanatics from across the globe.

There's no word yet on when Cedar Point will add the ride's third train to its operation, bringing Steel Vengeance to its full capacity of 1,200 riders per hour.

The ride had been operating with one train since May 5, when two trains bumped each other in the loading station. No one was seriously hurt.

Since then, crews from Rocky Mountain Construction, the company that designed Steel Vengeance, have been in Sandusky working on the coaster. Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark declined to say what was wrong with the ride, but observers at the park said crews were working on the coaster's braking system.

Starting Saturday, the coaster will be added back into Cedar Point's Fast Lane Plus program, which allows visitors to pay extra to go to the front of the line on certain rides that attract long lines. 

Europa Park loses area of park to Fire

May 25, 2018

Thousands of people have been evacuated as a fire engulfed part of Germany's largest amusement park.

Nobody was hurt in the mass evacuation but seven firefighters were injured and went to hospital while trying to put out the blaze at Europa-Park, in the south western town of Rust. But was released the next morning. 

The fire started early on Saturday evening in a storage building, and then moved to engulf and destroy the Pirates of Batavia boat ride.

Some 250 firefighters tackled the blaze, finally managing to extinguish it on Sunday morning.

We have all the information and messages from the park on our instagram account


  • Dear visitors, there is currently a fire at the attraction 'The Pirates of Batavia'. Please avoid the Scandinavian subject area. We will inform you here shortly. Thank you.

  • This was a message from micheal mack sad day for #europapark thanks to all who help us to save our life's work! Can't express my feelings.Lost Batavia and Norway completely-but so far no person beeing hurt

  • According to fire brigade firefighters, the fire has been extinguished in the meantime and there are still a few re-firing work in progress. The park opens at 9.00 as planned. Unfortunately, the topics Scandinavia and Holland are currently not available This currently affects the attractions: Pirates in Batavia, Koffiekopjes, Vindjammer and Fjord Rafting.
    We ask for your understanding, if some processes may not work perfectly smoothly.

  • Credit goes to Europa-Park for working to get the rest of the park open for today. There's lots of signage around to keep visitors informed

  • Message from Micheal Mack.
    Although today was not the easiest day in our long history I want to thank our hard working and dedicated employees, emergency services teams and of course our great fans for making today go so well. A big Thank You.

    We briefly take a breath and want to seize the opportunity to thank you for the waves of sympathy reaching us throughout the net. Your messages and best wishes give us the strength to make every effort to return to normal operations asap. You are the best fans in the world.


We don't like posting bad news on our site but the way Europa Park handled this was really good, And the park reopened the next day to its guest. Scandinavia and Holland are currently not available This currently affects the attractions: Pirates in Batavia, Koffiekopjes, Vindjammer and Fjord Rafting but unbelievably the monorail in this area was still running. We know that the park will come back from this and be so much better.  

An Icon Is Born

May 24, 2018




After much anticipation, Blackpool Pleasure Beach's new 16.25M rollercoaster ICON finally opens to the public this Friday 25th May. After 5 years of planning and nearly 2 years since the project was announced to the public, the UK's first ever double launch rollercoaster is ready to offer guests to the park a unique and thrilling new experience. 

ICON launches visitors on an exhilarating journey where they will feel the same acceleration as a Formula 1 driver before twisting and turning at high speeds across the park, interacting with other rides. A second boost of speed will then launch riders to heights of 88.5ft, with drops of up to 82ft, giving even the bravest of thrillseekers an unforgettable ride. 

As riders head towards ICON's imposing ride station, they will head through a stunning set of Japanese mspired gates and down landscaped pathways. This journey is accompanied by ICON's 

original and dramatic soundtrack which builds anticipation for the ride. 


Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, comments,"I'm so pleased that everyone can 

finally experience ICON. It is a simply stunning ride and I'm delighted with the look and style of it. We have created a totally unique experience here at Blackpool Pleasure Beach confirming Our continued commitment to make Pleasure Beach one of the world's greatest amusement parks." 

Nick Thompson, Deputy Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach adds"ICON has been 5 years in the planning and it's an amazing feeling to finally be able to welcome our guests to experience it for themselves. The team at Blackpool Pleasure Beach have done a fantastic job in creating what 1 believe is one 

f the best rides in the country, if not the world." 

Icon Opens to the public on Friday 25th May 2018.

Peppa Pig World new rides for 2018

May 16, 2018

Peppa Pig World has introduced two new rides for the summer of 2018

Peppa Pig World, which opened in Hampshire's Paulton's Park amusement park in 2011, has been extended to four acres with the two new rides to give visitor an even better experience of the world of their TV favourite Peppa and her friends.

The Queen's Flying Coach Ride and Grampy rabbits Sailing Club were unveiled to the public today as part of a new section of Peppa's world

The new section of the park also boasts a new dining area, The Queen's Kitchen, and there is a dedicated baby care centre.

The Queen's Flying Coach takes visitors on a monorail tour around the newly extended part of Peppa Pig World in brightly coloured coaches while the Queen herself (perhaps) gives a running commentary. The ride is suitable for children of all ages so even babes in arms can experience their first amusement ride.

Grampy Rabbits's sailing Club takes you for a lazy river cruise along a new water route around Pirate Island, and is a fun ride for tots and parents alike.

Stephen Lorton, commercial director at Paultons Park, said: "Paultons Park’s significant investment behind the expansion has created increased capacity, a new eatery, as well as the two new rides that offer panoramic views of this popular family destination. Both rides are suitable for young children of all ages accompanied by a parent, providing fun for all the family."


May 14, 2018

We have an update on the operation of Steel Vengeance.

Right now, Steel Vengeance will be running with one train while the manufacturer, Rocky Mountain Construction, makes adjustments to the ride.

Because wait times for Steel Vengeance will be longer than normal, and to permit as many guests to ride as possible, we may institute a timed “boarding pass” that gives you a time to return to get into the regular line. Note that this is not for immediate access – it only gives you a time to enter the line.

Going forward, if we implement boarding passes, we will notify you on our official Twitter, including the time they will be distributed. Boarding passes must be obtained near the ride entrance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also, for now, we’ve removed Steel Vengeance from Fast Lane Plus. Keep in mind that you can still use Fast Lane Plus at many other attractions at the park, including Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster, GateKeeper and Valravn.

However, if you purchased Fast Lane Plus in advance of your visit and have decided you no longer wish to use it, you may stop at any admission window prior to getting your wristband to receive a refund on your Fast Lane Plus purchase.

We will keep you updated once we receive further details from the manufacturer.


May 13, 2018

At Dollywood’s Splash Country, summertime is playtime! Children are out of school and families have the opportunity to spend more time together making memories. In celebration of the water park opening on May 19, Dollywood is offering a weeklong sale to kick off the season: purchase a two-day Dollywood ticket and upgrade to a two-day, multi-park ticket for free! Guests can take advantage of this online offer until May 18 and the tickets can be used through June 3.


A special ticket offer isn’t the only exciting news. For its 18th season, Dollywood’s Splash Country is delighted to showcase park upgrades, Too Hot Tuesdays with a DJ on the wave pool deck, and lots of new menu items. Guests won’t know which way to look first!


From new landscaping and additional shade to new paint and theming, Dollywood’s Splash Country is hoping to treat water park guests to a mountain oasis getaway. Guests will find new lounge chairs throughout the park this season, and now they can rent Luxury Loungers in addition to Retreats and Canopies for guaranteed shade and comfort in between splashing and playing. The water park also has made improvements to wait times including self-serve ticket kiosks and opportunities to save 90% of the ride wait time with new TimeSaver H2O options—perfect for those hot days when you want to be in the water as much as possible.


“We love combing through guest feedback and delivering solutions to those requests,” explained Dollywood’s Splash Country General Manager Janet Dawson. “This season we’re pleased we can provide so much added value including Platinum TimeSaver H2O, new shade structures over queue lines, and new aquatic wheelchairs.”


Building on the response to the water park’s calming area and accessibility tubes, Dollywood’s Splash Country also is adding aquatic wheel chairs and adult changing tables for families to utilize this season. It is Dollywood’s Splash Country’s desire to make the water park fun for everyone, and simple additions like aquatic wheelchairs can make a big difference for families who have never been able to enjoy water attractions before.


“Our lifeguards and hosts can’t wait to welcome guests back to Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2018,” Dawson continued. “We are so proud of the work we accomplished in the off-season and we know our guests are going to love the upgrades, too. Splash Country will be the place to be this summer!”


New this season, guests can look forward to Too Hot Tuesdays which will feature a DJ on the wave pool deck noon – 3 p.m. (Tuesdays May 22 – June 26). Expect family-friendly summer hits and interactive games to enhance the experience.


When it’s time to take a break and enjoy a meal or snack, there are plenty of new offerings for guests to try! Trailhead Tacos is a newly-rethemed eatery that will feature a Tex-Mex menu, while other venues will boast new menu items. Make 2018 the year to try Loaded Tots, a new BeaverTail flavor featuring MoonPie, and a Cookie Dough Dream flavored gourmet milkshake. If guests need more reasons to be excited about topping off their water park day with refreshments, they also can enjoy Splash Country’s new Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.

Drayton Manor Park is the best value-for-money family trip to a theme park this summer!

May 13, 2018

If you’re looking for a great value, fun-filled family staycation this year, then look no further than Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire, which offers the best rate for an overnight stay and day out at a theme park for a family of four* compared to competitors.

The award-winning theme park offers a Thomas & Friends™ themed bedroom in its four-star onsite hotel from just £317, which also includes breakfast plus tickets to visit the theme park for one day. A second-day ticket can also be added for the small price of just £14 per person.

Below are example competitor prices based on similar inclusive packages for two adults and two children to share a themed room on Friday 24th August and receive breakfast and two-day attraction tickets and are accurate as of 27th April 2018:

  • Drayton Manor Hotel: £373 when booked seven or more days in advance

  • CBeebies Land Hotel: £502.50 for a ‘Postman Pat’ themed room when booked seven or more days in advance

  • Legoland Resort Hotel: £561.00 for an ‘Adventure’ themed room when booked seven or more days in advance

  • Chessington Hotel: £647 for a ‘Gruffalo’ themed room when booked seven or more days in advance

With no booking fee and free parking for those who have booked a hotel stay, these are some of the numbers that make Drayton Manor Park the most cost-effective trip this summer.

Drayton Manor Park has also re-introduced a helpful scheme to allow families to spread the cost of a Stay and Play package this summer. Family getaways, including an overnight stay at the 4 Star Drayton Manor Hotel, breakfast the next morning and theme park tickets for the whole family, can be secured for just a £1 deposit**. Guests can then spread the cost, with the remainder to be paid in instalments up to 28 days prior to arrival, where the remaining balance will be automatically taken.

With prices starting from just £161.60 for a family of four***, this Stay and Play offer from the award-winning park is available from 4th July and will be available until 27th August.

George Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park, comments: “With family holidays in the UK proving as popular as ever this year, we wanted to give families the chance to enjoy a well-deserved treat this summer, that’s easy to book and affordable too. With lots of exciting activities planned, we’re looking forward to welcoming guests to the theme park this summer so they can just relax and enjoy a wonderful family trip, filled with memories.”

There’s lots for guests to discover during their stay at the family owned and run theme park, including adrenaline-pumping rides such as Maelstrom, Apocalypse and Shockwave as well as Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which boasts more than 25 rides and attractions and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Not forgetting the immersive 4D cinema, which is screening a new film for 2018, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts, and a 15-acre Zoo that is home to over 100 animals from across the globe, to discover this summer too.

Drayton Manor Park is planning six weeks of Summer Sensation from Wednesday 25th July to Monday 3rd September at the Staffordshire-based attraction. With all to be revealed in the lead up to the summer months, keep your eyes peeled for brand new family events, a mix of money-saving offers and competitions as well as special surprises for the whole family to enjoy.

Gardaland is the first Park to offer a personalised, tailor made service to Guests with special needs

May 10, 2018

Gardaland, with its 43 years of experience as a point of reference for the amusement of children and adults alike, is introducing a truly unique and exclusive initiative aimed at people with mobility, sensorial and cognitive impairments, to lead them to the discovery of the Park with a personalised itinerary.


In conjunction with ProgettoYeah! Gardaland has created Easy Rider, a service designed specifically to make sure that even people with disabilities can have a fun time. We are speaking, for example, about people with visual limitations, reduced mobility, autism, down syndrome. Easy Rider serves as useful support to the group: accompanying its members inside the Park and helping them to best organise the day.


Gardaland is the first Park to offer a personalised, tailor made service to Guests with special needs. Many are the advantages: from a chance to relax and enjoy the day without any worries to the possibility of moving about the Park, effortlessly, choosing the quickest path to reach the most suitable rides. The assigned staff will put together a customised itinerary based on the needs of the group, will guide Guests inside the Park and will accompany them to the entrance of each ride, describing its characteristics before climbing aboard. Outlining how the ride works, explaining how to get on board, how to exit and what the track consists of. The Easy Rider staff can also carry out bookings on behalf of Guests inside the Park’s restaurants: a short break to recharge the batteries and then sprint back to the numerous rides of the Park!

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