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Swimming with Fishes

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey, so what I going to do on a winter’s day? One thing I wasn’t going do is to start singing California Dreaming by The Mamas and the Papas. No, I was going to go to Pennsylvania’s Pocono…
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Coal and Coasters

Coal and coasters have a lot more in common than simply sharing the first three letters. Take the coal car pictured here, outside the coal mining museum that stands in a far corner of Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania.…
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Katzafikoh

At the recent media event celebrating the debut of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort, it finally dawned on me. After years and years of visiting theme parks, I finally realized what…
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Really a Coaster?

The dictionary defines a roller coaster as “An elevated railway (as in an amusement park) constructed with sharp curves and steep inclines on which cars roll.” My definition is simpler. If it rolls on rails and is powered in part by…
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Hatchet Job

While cruising the trade show floor at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando I noticed two vendors had booths promoting axe throwing. I thought to myself, would axe throwing work in an amusement park? Not counting lumberjacks in the…
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Inspired Theming

Before theme parks, there were amusement parks. They had rides, games, food, and usually some nice shade trees. In the early 1950s the concept of a theme park was introduced, first with small family parks themed to children’s nursery rhymes…
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Flying High

Question for you. What American city has the most zip lines? If you enjoy urban ziplining, and I do, then Las Vegas is the place to go. Las Vegas has three of them including Slotzilla down the middle of Freemont Street, Fly LINQ over the…
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Alligator Encounter

Have you ever seen an alligator as part of a menagerie carousel? I never had, so was surprised to find one on display adjacent to a carousel, often called the "Flying Horses" by local residents of New Orleans, when I visited the Hines…
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