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Roller Coaster Ride Guide 2014

See what new rails you'll be able to ride this season.

Some 2014 Coasters
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Coaster Highs at Kings Island

Tuesday April 22, 2014

All the attention is on Banshee, the inverted coaster that just opened to great acclaim at Kings Island. But there are some other great rides at the Ohio amusement park -- and some that are just meh. Let's separate the meh from the oh boys! with a rundown of the best rides at Kings Island.

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Spring for Theme Park Deals

Monday April 21, 2014

The weather is getting warmer, the seasonal parks are opening (at least on weekends), and the 2014 theme park season is almost in full swing. Almost. Until spring has fully sprung, the destination parks in Florida and California are still offering off-season deals. Cases in point:

Read about these and other just-updated Florida theme park deals and California theme park deals.

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Coney Island Cyclone on Track for Repairs

Friday April 18, 2014

One of the most venerable and beloved roller coasters, the Cyclone at Brooklyn's Coney Island, may feel a bit smoother this year. That's because it received some TLC in the off-season.

According to the Daily News, the ride had 950 feet of new track installed, or about one-third of its total track replaced. The article also states that some enthusiasts were wary of the repairs, and fretted that it might compromise the Cyclone's notoriously rough ride. That makes me laugh.

I'm all for tradition and preserving classic attractions, but the 87-year-old coaster is going to have to be repaired occasionally. Rotting wood is not something that should be preserved.

I am, however, sympathetic to traditionalists who have been concerned that the expansion and development of Coney Island could threaten to destroy its character. It can be tough to find the proper balance between maintaining a sense of place and integrity and bringing renewed vigor to the area. For the most part, I think that Luna Park and other recent changes to Coney Island have found the right balance. I can't wait to try the re-tracked Cyclone.

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The Transformation of Universal Studios Hollywood

Tuesday April 15, 2014

To follow up Universal's announcement last week about its ambitious development plans for Universal Studios Hollywood, let's take a closer look at what has already happened and what we can expect over the next few years. The 5-year overhaul of the park, pegged at $1.6 billion, will utterly transform it and introduce many exciting new developments. Read about the Universal Studios Hollywood Expansion, which has, or will include:

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