Author Archives: AT Staff

Penn State senior wins PGAV Destinations scholarship

By | July 30, 2014

Imaginative waterpark design lands winner in Busch Gardens Williamsburg ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Senior Andrew Reiff of Penn State’s School of Visual Arts is 2014’s winner of PGAV Destinations’ Spot Experiential Scholarship. The first-of-its-kind scholarship was launched in early spring 2013 and challenged college students from US universities to design a destination based upon one […]

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Holiday World announces Thunderbird: Nation’s first launched Wing Coaster

By | July 25, 2014

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — The nation’s first launched wing coaster will take flight over Holiday World in 2015. Named Thunderbird, Holiday World’s first major steel roller coaster will feature a zero-to-60 miles-per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions — including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and a loop soaring 125 […]

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Walter Larson, Larson International founder passes away in Texas

By | July 21, 2014

PLAINVIEW, Texas — Walter F. Larson, a native Texan and lifelong citizen of Plainview, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2014. Walter was born on Sept. 26, 1930 to Walter W. Larson and Anita Jarvis Larson. Upon graduation from Plainview High School, he attended American Flyers pilot training school in Fort Worth. He married his […]

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Cyclone Storms out of Six Flags New England this Sunday

By | July 18, 2014

Park Recognizes State Employees and ACE Members for Final Ceremonial Ride AGAWAM, Mass. — Six Flags New England will be retiring the infamous wooden rollercoaster Cyclone on Sunday, July 20. To commemorate this special day, the property will host state employees and American Coaster Enthusiasts to take one of the final rides on Cyclone at […]

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Discovery Cove awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

By | June 27, 2014

Park guests share highlights of the one-of-a-kind Orlando day resort experience ORLANDO, Fla. — Discovery Cove in Orlando was recently awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence This accolade recognizes superior service and is only given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Discovery Cove receives top ratings based on a variety of […]

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FEC Dallas February 2015

By | June 26, 2014

Save the Date: FEC Dallas Feb. 8-10, 2015 What: FEC Dallas is an unparalleled conference designed by and for family entertainment center (FEC) owners, operators, manufacturers, and suppliers to Share, Engage, and Grow. Leading FEC professionals will gather to solve challenges, build their networks, compare information, and discuss successful strategies to increase profits. FEC Dallas […]

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Knott’s reopens revamped Calico Mine Ride, Camp Snoopy

By | June 13, 2014

BUENA PARK, Calif. – Knott’s Berry Farm reintroduced its fully updated Calico Mine Ride and a completely refreshed Camp Snoopy to the media on June 12. The public begins enjoying the new attractions June 14. The top-to-bottom refurbishment of the 54-year-old Calico Mine Ride began in early January and includes dozens of new, richly-detailed animatronic […]

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Ripley Entertainment President Jim Pattison, Jr. to Deliver Keynote Address at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 GM and Owners’ Breakfast

By | June 13, 2014

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced President of Ripley Entertainment Jim Pattison, Jr. will address attractions industry leaders as the GM and Owners’ Breakfast keynote speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 19, during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014. The Expo, which is the premier conference and trade show for the $24 billion global attractions […]

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William Hays “Bill” White dies at 67

By | June 6, 2014

Texas Highway Patrol, rodeo clown, Silver Dollar City, two Six Flags Texas parks highlighted long career CEDAR HILL, Texas — William “Bill” Hays White, 67, of Cedar Hill passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, surrounded by family and close friends. Bill was born Aug. 24, 1946, in Bryan-College Station. Known as “Bull” to his six […]

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Six Flags Over Georgia debuts Hurricane Harbor waterpark expansion

By | June 4, 2014

AUSTELL, Ga.— Six Flags Over Georgia opened its new waterpark, Hurricane Harbor, on May 30, 2014. As the largest expansion in the park’s 47-year history, Hurricane Harbor boasts four new water attractions and spans seven acres. “Hurricane Harbor is unlike any other water park in the region, and will quickly become a must-visit destination for […]

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