Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weekly Rewind 8.14.10

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has named a new CEO and President, James Reid-Anderson. Mr. Reid-Anderson previously worked in the Healthcare industry, leading a company out of bankruptcy and into profitability. Al Weber, who was the interim CEO, will stay on as the company's COO. Sounds like they'll have a CEO who knows how to lead a company after Chapter 11, and a COO with deep amusement industry experience. Best of luck to them!

Kings Island is raising funds for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure breast cancer awareness efforts. The park is selling pink ducks that will float in the park's signature entrance fountains. On August 21st one duck will be selected from the fountain and the winner will receive a car! You can read more and purchase a duck (the park will deposit it into the fountain for you) on Kings Island's webpage.

Disney is making modifications to the previously announced Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Seems it might have skewed too heavily to the Princess side of things, and now that's being taken into consideration. No news on what exactly will change, but with construction already underway I'm sure we will find out soon enough.

Holiday World is having a great season, this article points out that they are about 10% ahead of last year's attendance figures. In these times that's a massive increase! The park's new water coaster, Wildebeest, as well as the improved economy has helped create the gains.

Carowinds is dropping daily photo hints for their 2011 announcement on their Facebook page. So far the four images, one of which is above, haven't made much sense - but it's fun to guess! The announcement should be in about two weeks from now.

It is not very long, but Dollywood has released a fun teaser video for their new Barnstormer ride. The park promises more details soon, but for now we'll just have to wait.

The next chapter in the demise of Freestyle Music Park has started - foreclosure proceedings were recently filed against the park. As they proceed all assets the park has will be sold off in order to repay their debits. That B&M coaster should go like a hot cake - but I hope whoever buys it keeps the paint job! I love those colors.

Dreamworld, in Australia, has announced that the Tower of Terror - the sister ride to Superman at Six Flags Magic Mountain, will be running the trains backwards starting this September. Some people believe this change will be similar to what will be done with Superman at SFMM, but the park is not saying anything about that just yet.

Friday the 13th was celebrated by Halloween events everywhere as a way to help spread the word on their plans for this fall. Kings Dominion released a video showing a behind the scenes look at the preparations going on at the park for their Haunt event. All the Cedar Fair Haunts also had their websites launched this week, but there's too many to link here! Lots of new mazes and scare zones again this year!

Six Flags Great Adventure is still making quick work of removing the Great American Scream Machine from the park. At this point they are taking down the lift hill, with only the first drop and first loop still standing. Check out some recent photos here.