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Still Pushing Dirt

Still Pushing Dirt

This year there is just one new amusement park opening in America. Midway between Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are building OWA Amusement Park, part of a 520 acre (210 hectare) destination resort in Foley, near Alabama’s most popular beaches. The 14-acre (5.7 hectare) themed amusement park will feature […]

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A True Family Coaster?

A True Family Coaster?

When Busch Gardens Williamsburg sent out their media kit for InvadR, they didn’t apologize for the misspelling. Rather, they touted the opening of the park’s first wooden roller coaster. I easily excused the spelling, since this ride was themed to a Viking invasion, and English was never the Viking’s first language. But what caught my […]

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The great leap backwards

The great leap backwards

Park Hoppin’ with Paul Ruben  Pictured here on the Cosmic Coaster, a Zamperla powered family coaster at Valleyfair, Shakopee, Minnesota, I was thinking – what is the most reproduced roller coaster?

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Why I love VR (the Virtue of Reality)

Why I love VR (the Virtue of Reality)

Park Hoppin’ with Paul Ruben  If they are frightened during a rollercoaster ride, passengers will close their eyes and the fear is diminished. I’ve always contended that the visual experience on a rollercoaster is half the thrills.

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Fun House longings

Fun House longings

In the old days, just about every park had a fun house filled with crazy things to do, writes Paul Ruben. Today most of them are gone.

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Gone to the dogs

Gone to the dogs

Park Hoppin’ with Paul Ruben Recently I visited Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, and met the newest member of the Morey Organization, Hobbs Morey, a Weimaraner.

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Socially acceptable road rage

Socially acceptable road rage

Park Hoppin’ with Paul Ruben The winter of 2014/15 brought an unusually large amount of snow to North America. And with the snow came scenes on my television screen of automobile carnage on the slippery snow-covered roads.

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Getting high in Colorado

Getting high in Colorado

PARK HOPPIN’ WITH PAUL RUBEN Since 2014 it is legal to buy cannabis in Colorado, but I much prefer adult beverages to Mary Jane.

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Sunshine on a rainy day

Sunshine on a rainy day

PARK HOPPIN’ WITH PAUL RUBEN Monday of IAAPA Attractions Expo week I made a quick trip to Busch Gardens Tampa to ride the park’s spectacular new drop tower from Intamin, Falcon’s Fury. While there I made some new friends, pictured here.

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Coney Island comeback continues

Coney Island comeback continues

PARK HOPPIN’ WITH PAUL RUBEN It had been two years since I last visited Coney Island, birthplace of the outdoor amusement industry. 

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