Saturday, November 5, 2011

Weekly Rewind 11.4.11

Cedar Fair reported their 3rd quarter results this past week, and things look pretty sunny for the company.  Attendance, revenues, per caps were all up.  They also announced a $90 million capital expenditure plan for 2012, but with no 'new' news, really.

Ed Hart and his redevelopment company may be out of the running to reopen Kentucky Kingdom, but that doesn't mean he's not going to sue the Fair Board for all the money he spent trying.  The whole situation is such a shame.

It's baaack!  Orlando Thrill Park sounded dead in the water, but suddenly an apparent agreement on zoning for the park has been reached and things are in motion once more.  City Council is set to meet regarding the plans this coming week.

The Great Escape is going to the city to receive the planning permissions they need to build their new Alpine Freefalls waterslide tower for 2012.   The tower will have two levels, the top will feature freefall slides, and a lower level will have multilane racer slides.

Does being the Chief Corporate Engineer for all of Six Flags' properties sound like fun? Dreaming up new rides and attractions sure sounds like a great way to earn a living!  The man who holds that title is Larry Chickola, and you can read an interview with him here.

Well that was rude - thieves stole a bunch of copper wire from the Blue Streak roller coaster at Conneaut Lake Park.  The theft won't stop the coaster though, as it was part of a maintenance line that was used for convenience by employees.

Just after the park closed for the season one of the largest supports for Canada's Wonderland's new Leviathan coaster went up - and the ride already looks massive.  There's still more to go before the ride tops out at 306 feet.

Florida's Magic Kingdom theme park is continuing prep for Under The Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction, part of which is a gigantic mural for ride's load area.  The Disney Parks Blog has a video of the impressive work of art.

The regular season may have just ended but Carowinds is already starting work on WindSeeker, the park's 301 foot tall ride for 2012.  Some photos of the very start of work were shared by the park this past week.