New in Dollywood in 2017: 20-story Drop Line (WLOS)

On Friday, Dolly Parton unveiled her newest Pigeon Forge dinner attraction, Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures, a dinner event with a show.

The media and Dollywood representatives were invited to the park’s newest attraction, the 20-story Drop Line.

Guests will be lifted nearly 20 stories up a tower that overlooks Timber Canyon and then plummet to the ground.

Read the entire article WLOS.

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Do you dare? New ride at Valleyfair will suspend you 20 stories in the air (Star Tribune)

There’s a new ride at Valleyfair, this one for thrill-seekers who want to dangle their feet 20 stories above the ground while spinning at 40 miles per hour.

It’s called the “North Star” and it’s ready for action when the Shakopee amusement park opens May 12.

Named after the region’s great Up North with a nod to Minnesotans’ love of the outdoors, the North Star is reminiscent of that carnival mainstay, the swings.

Read the entire story at the StarTribune.

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New ‘Hydrus’ Roller Coaster Opens At Seaside Heights Casino Pier (CBS New York)

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It was a big day on the Jersey Shore as the new Hydrus roller coaster opened at the Seaside Heights Casino Pier.

The ride starts with a seven story drop, then puts riders through a series of upside down loops.

The Hydrus replaces the Jet Star roller coaster, which was swept off the pier and into the ocean during Super Storm Sandy in 2012.

People say the new ride does not disappoint.

“It was kind of scary when you’re up there and you see the ocean and then you just drop straight down,” one girl said.

Read the entire story at CBS New York.

Elitch Garden’s Star Flyer is not for those with a weak stomach (9 News Denver)

DENVER – Looking for a thrill?

Elitch Gardens has you covered!

If you think you’ve already experienced everything the Denver amusement park has to offer, think again.

The Star Flyer is one of the tallest rides in Colorado.  It allows riders to soar above the Denver skyline.

Hopefully you have a strong stomach because this thing not only takes you up 17 stories but it spins you around at 50mph!

Read the entire story at the 9 News website.

Statement Regarding Adrenaline Extreme Ride

Yesterday there was a shocking incident in Paris on the “Adrenaline” Extreme Ride, which is an unauthorized knock off device which attempted to copy Skycoaster’s signature flight experience.  In the incident a young girl’s harness apparently failed, leaving her hanging by her ankles as she rode the 50 meter tall ride.  Thankfully, despite the dangerous situation it appears that there were no serious injuries.

The Adrenaline ride is not connected in any way to Skycoaster or Ride Entertainment.  Skycoaster and Ride Entertainment have worked tirelessly to achieve its unmatched safety record, including  rigid equipment inspections and mandatory operator training. If you have further questions please contact Mark at Info@RideEntertainment.com .

DNA Info: Staten Island Go-Kart Facility Reopens Under New Name and Owner

EMERSON HILL — The operator of a now-shuttered Midland Beach amusement park is taking over a go-kart facility in the borough, revamping it with upgrades and a new name.

New York Carousel, which shuttered their Fantasy Shore children’s amusement park earlier this year after opening it in 2014, won a contract from the city to take over the outdoor go-kart park at 215 Schmidts Lane.

Formerly known as Staten Island Go-Karts, the new owners renamed the venue Staten Island FunPark, opening it for the first time this season on Saturday.

Read the entire article at DNA Info.

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The Charm City Carousel Spins at Light City

Our site in Baltimore is thrilled that we are back with another year as a part of Light City. If you have not been to Baltimore there is no better week than this event, which is happening now! The city is festooned with unique, lighted art exhibits and the event is unique to the United States. From illuminated see-saws to “house of cards”, this week is something that has to be seen to be believed. When you visit be sure to take a ride on the Charm City Carousel.charm-city-carousel-baltimore-maryland

Hydrus is Standing

In January the Ride Entertainment team installed the new Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster at Casino Pier. The coaster was sold by Ride Entertainment’s sales division and features three inversions. Dubbed Hydrus by the park, the coaster is sure to be a home run and attract thrill-seekers up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

Key stats on the coaster:

  • Ride Name: Hydrus
  • Park: Casino Pier
  • Manufacturer: Gerstlauer Amusement Rides
  • Model: Euro-Fighter
  • Height: 22 meters (72 feet)
  • Length: 320 m (1,050 feet)
  • 3 Inversions
  • Vertical Lift
  • Beyond-Drop Drop (97 degrees)
  • Opening: May, 2017casino-pier-seaside-heights-new-jersey-ride-entertainment-gerstlauer-euro-fighter

Staten Island Go Karts

Ride Entertainment’s Operations Division recently began operating Staten Island Go Karts. This is our eighth site overall and sixth in the New York area. We hope you stop by soon and go for a spin. Expect to see more news about this site soon!

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Euro-Show Bound

laronde-montreal-canada-skycoaster-ride-entertainmentWe are looking forward to seeing you at the IAAPA EAS show! We will be with our friends Valtiner & Partner in booth 1657. Stop by and let’s talk Skycoasters, Slingshots and any other thrill ride that will thrill your guests.