12/2/04 Walt Disney World Prices Go Up...and Down
It's going to cost a whopping $5 more to ride Dumbo starting January 2, as Walt Disney World announced today that its one-day, one-park ticket price will rise from $54.75 to $59.75, a mere two bits short of $60. Talk about fuel surcharges to board the flying elephant! However, the price increase is part of an overhauled ticketing program, called "Magic Your Way," which will offer substantial savings for multi-day, multi-park tickets and a great deal more flexibility than presently available. Learn all about the new pricing program, and discover how to save money and find the best deal for your next Walt Disney World Vacation.
11/30/04 Goliath Begins with a Capital "G"
Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath is one of those you-either-love-it-or-hate-it roller coasters. Many thrill machine fans put the hypercoaster at or near the top of their favorites list. Put me in the hate-it category for a number of reasons. Chief among them: I nearly passed out from Goliath's extreme positive G forces. Read my review.
11/30/04 Goliath Photo Gallery
Pictures of the Six Flags Magic Mountain Hypercoaster.
11/16/04 Oh What Fun it Is to Ride
Defying conventional wisdom, some theme parks well beyond the temperate confines of Orlando and L.A. are opening up their gates to welcome hardy guests seeking holiday cheer. Let's check out some of the hinterland parks where guests can find Christmas and holiday hoopla, including Dollywood, Hersheypark, Six Flags Over Texas, and Georgia's Wild Adventures
11/6/04 The (Wet 'n) Wild Story of a Theme Park Visionary
Walt Disney, the man, is (rightly) lauded as a theme park pioneer and creative genius. But there are other, largely unsung, heroes whose vision, imagination, and fortitude have also forged bold, new concepts and helped shape the amusement industry--people such as George Millay, the creator of both SeaWorld and Wet 'n Wild. The Wave Maker, a new book by Tim O'Brien, offers a candid peek at the man behind the (water) curtain.
11/2/04 Over the (Jungle) River and through the (Zoo's) Woods
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then get the heck out of Southern California. But if you want some holiday hoopla along with some theme park fun, check out what Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and other SoCal parks have in store this season.
10/29/04 Busch Gardens Takes a (Huge) Dive--and You can See the Video
Next sping, Busch Gardens Tampa will debut SheiKra, the first diving coaster in the U.S. Climbing 200 feet, the coaster will dive 90 degrees (that's straight down folks). Other features will include a second 90-degree dive, an Immelmann loop, an underground tunnel, and a big splash water finale. Whew! I've posted an animated video rendering that does a great job showing off the innovative coaster.
10/25/04 Tomb Much Fun [brI]f you're looking for some unique fun in Boston, check out the brand new TOMB attraction. It's a highly interactive walk-through adventure chock-a-block with theme park and movie flourishes. Particularly apropos for the Halloween season, the attraction will be open year-round. Includes a photo gallery.
10/19/04 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...at Florida's Theme Parks
Florida's theme parks are magical throughout the year. Add an overlay of holiday cheer, and the parks supersize the magic and fun between Thanksgiving and New Year's. So, put on your Santa hat and your matching red shorts while we check out the holiday hoopla at Walt Disney World (the Osborne Lights are back!), Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando.
10/5/04 A Fear Number of Haunts
Theme parks are celebrating the haunted holiday with a gaggle of spooky events. In previous About Theme Parks features, I've profiled Halloween events at Six Flags parks and at theme parks in Florida and California. Now, let's take a look at some of the other major scream-a-thons at US theme parks, like Paramount Parks' FearFest, Cedar Point's HallowWeekends, and Hersheypark's Halloween in Hershey...if you dare!
10/1/04 Pig Out at the Big E
It's an amusement park, agricultural showcase, concert, gastronomical feast (if gastrointestinal horror), shopper's paradise, and circus sideshow all rolled into one. It's the state fair, an enduring tradition that only seems to grow in popularity even as the farm life it celebrates slowly fades away. The Eastern States Exposition, better known as the Big E, is one of the nation's biggest and best fairs. Located in West Springfield, MA, the Big E serves as the state fair for all New England states. Take a look at some of the sights from this year's Big E in my photo gallery.