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Amusement Today offices closed Memorial Day

By | May 23, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — The offices of Amusement Today will be closed on Monday, May 26, in recognition of Memorial Day. The next desktop edition of extra extra will be delivered on Tuesday, May 27.

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Knott’s offers free admission to military personnel

By | May 21, 2014

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City water park are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE admission to active and retired United States Military personnel Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26). A tribute to the Knott’s Berry Farm Armed Forces Program all active Military, Retired […]

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Wildfires temporarily close Legoland California

By | May 19, 2014

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Fueled by unseasonably warm temperatures and the region’s notoriously hot, dry Santa Ana winds, eight wildfires — including several that impacted this affluent seaside city and its premier attraction, Legoland California — were sparked within a few hours of each other across San Diego County last week. Legoland, 35 miles north of […]

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IAAPA tools of the trade for midway games

By | May 16, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N,J. — Registration is in progress for the 2014 IAAPA Tools of the Trade for Midway Games educational event to be held June 24-25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Directors, managers, or supervisors in midway games, will find this is the best opportunity to network and learn with experienced games operations professionals. Attendees […]

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‘High Roller Wager’ Settled

By | May 14, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon made good this past weekend on what was termed a “high roller wager” – literally – with Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, Middlebury, Conn. Beech Bend Park flew a University of Connecticut 2014 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Men’s Basketball Champions flag atop its “Kentucky Rumbler” […]

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Frontier City opens Larson Flying Scooters

By | May 12, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The new Winged Warrior started flying at Frontier City on Saturday, May 10, just in time for Mother’s Day weekend. The eight-vehicle Flying Scooters takes the place of the removed drop tower and is located between the Starlight Amphitheater gate and the private catering area, just across from the Nightmare building […]

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Looping thrill ride launches at Kemah Boardwalk

By | May 9, 2014

KEMAH, Texas – Kemah Boardwalk is pleased to announce that it opened its newest thrill ride, the Flare looping coaster on Friday, May 9. The 75-foot tall ride, which is opening just in time for summer, will offer a unique experience for Texas Coast thrill seekers. Flare is the only ride of its size in […]

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Clay Jones, 42, whose family own and operate Beech Bend Amusement Park, passes away

By | May 7, 2014

BEECHMONT, Ky. – Darren Clay Jones, 42, of Beechmont, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12:22 a.m. at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Clay was born March 9, 1972 in Muhlenberg County, Ky. He was owner of Clay Jones Trucking and DC Transport, vice-president of Clay’s Trucking, vice-president of Beech Bend Raceway and Beech Bend Park. […]

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train dedicated, opening for guests announced as May 28

By | May 6, 2014

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, will officially open to Walt Disney World guests on May 28, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced today at a media preview of the attraction. Staggs made the announcement during a dedication of […]

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Making good on a wager

By | April 30, 2014

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. — Quassy Amusement Park’s George Frantzis packs up a UConn Huskies’ Championship Flag on April 29 in his Middlebury office. The flag is going to Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon in Bowling Green, Ky., to make good on a friendly wager. The deal between the two family-owned amusement parks: The winner (park) […]

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