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Dream Job

Dream Job

When testing his new Gale Force launched coaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, New Jersey, owner Scott Simpson loads the train with test dummies. I’ve always wanted to be a test dummy, so asked Scott if I might take one of their places. That’s me pictured on the left, the one without the […]

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Training Ground

Training Ground

While at Planet Snoopy, the children’s area of Kings Dominion, I had this photo taken with Woodstock, one of the characters in the Peanuts comic strip about which Planet Snoopy’s rides are themed. For those of you unfamiliar with Kings Dominion, it is an 85-mile (137 km) long traffic jam south of Washington, D.C. Planet […]

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Hide it to ride it

Hide it to ride it

When a park operator adds a drop tower, one of the benefits is that it changes the skyline of the park. It towers imposingly over the adjacent rides, intimidating guests by its sheer height. Part of the thrill is being lifted to an extreme height before plummeting earthward. It’s a beacon to thrill seekers. So […]

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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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Compact discoveries

Compact discoveries

Parks with limited space that crave a big, tall, eye-catching coaster ride, need not be disappointed if they consider some of the low-footprint, compact options that are currently available on the market. The new family of vertical rides need not necessarily have a large monetary layout either, as Paul Ruben finds out… Read more here

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