New “Coaster” for SeaWorld San Diego

San Diego, California, USA

SeaWorld San Diego submitted plans to build a new “roller coaster” for the 2019 season. The proposed new 22 foot (6.7m) high attraction will cover approximately 800 square feet (244m2) with a figure eight layout. Judging by the ride dimensions and layout, the new attraction will likely be a Skywarp by Skyline Attractions. Click the headline for more information and photos

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Six Flags Magic Mountain opens CraZanity

Valencia, California, USA

Six Flags Magic Mountain opened CraZanity, the park’s new record breaking swinging pendulum ride. The Zamperla Giant Discovery seats 40 riders along a ring-shaped gondola that swings back and forth as it rotates, eventually swinging up to 170 feet (52m) in the air at speeds of 75 mph (120 km/h), making it the tallest and fastest ride of its type in the world. Click the headline for more information

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HangTime opens at Knott’s Berry Farm

Buena Park, California, USA

Knott’s Berry Farm opened HangTime, the park’s new Gerstlauer Infinity coaster that illuminates over the Boardwalk with a themed LED light show. With a 150 foot (46m) vertical lift hill, the steel dive coaster features a 96° beyond vertical drop, 5 inversions and reaches speeds up to 57 mph (92 km/h) after holding passengers for a few seconds at the top. Click the headline to see videos and photos

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VR Showdown at Knott’s Ghost Town

Buena Park, California, USA

Knott’s Berry Farm released details about “VR Showdown in Ghost Town”, the park’s new-for-2017 free-roaming, multi-player Virtual Reality experience that will be available to guests at an introductory price of $6, in addition to park admission.
The interactive VR attraction will have guests embark on a time travel adventure, which will transport them to a futuristic version of Knott’s western town of Calico. Players will be met by robotic creations and embark on a daring mission with other groups of players to defend the town. Armed with wireless VR headsets and futuristic blasters, multiple players will compete against one another for the highest score, as part of this immersive adventure, while striving toward shared team goals. Click the headline for more information

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Knott’s Berry Farm guests stranded

Buena Park, California, USA

Twenty-one people were stranded aboard the Sky Cabin at Knott’s Berry Farm for over seven hours when the rotating passenger gondola got stuck 125 feet (31m) above ground. The attraction stalled around 2pm local time and after several attempts to lower the ride, Orange County firefighters were called to the scene. All 20 guests and the ride operator were safely on the ground just before 10 pm.

The fire department rescuers appeared to access the top of the observation tower through its central hub and from there rappelled down to the passenger cabin. The guests, seven children and the rest adults, were harnessed to firefighters and lowered with ropes one by one to the ground. No injuries were reported. Click the headline for more information

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