Knott’s Berry Farm Announces Hangtime for 2018

Knott’s Berry Farm recently announced their newest addition, a Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster called Hangtime.

The Orange County Register said, “Sixteen riders will ascend 150 feet at a 90-degree angle.

At the roller coaster’s apex, they will pause to catch their breath for two seconds.

Then the track will seem to vanish – sending thrill-seekers plunging down what is billed as California’s steepest roller coaster drop.

‘We haven’t had any big expansions, though we’ve (added) family rides in the past few years,” said Jeff Gahagan, Knott’s vice president of maintenance and construction. ‘We felt it was time to go back and put thrills back into the park.'”

Read the entire article here.

HangTime Day Time Rendering With Logo

Staten Island Fun Park One of the Last Places for Go-Kart Racing in the City

Talk about going out for a spin. There are a handful of Go Kart tracks left in the city offering some throwback summer fun. Our Roger Clark gets behind the wheel — to check one of them out on Staten Island.

“It’s just a fun place to be,” said David Galst, Managing Director of New York Carousel. “Even though we are in the middle of the city, it seems like we are a world away.”

The Staten Island Fun Park is one of a handful of places in the five boroughs to take a go-kart for a spin. The entertainment complex which also features batting cages, and mini golf, has been renovated by the local company New York Carousel — under the watchful eye of amusement veteran Mark Blumenthal, who may look familiar from his days at Rockaway Playland and Coney Island’s Astroland — he is a go kart fan too.

Read the entire article and see the video at NY1.


Ride Entertainment Receives 2017 Bright Lights Award

Ride Entertainment, a leader in selling, operating and installing amusement and thrill park attractions worldwide, is proud to announce that its prolific and pioneering work in the attractions industry earned the company the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

The Comptroller’s Bright Lights Award recognizes and celebrates innovation in the private and nonprofit sectors. One company from each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City were honored. Headquartered at the Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Stevensville, Ride Entertainment received the Bright Lights Award for Queen Anne’s County.

Ride Entertainment CEO accepts the Bright Lights Award from Maryland Comtroller Peter Franchot.

Ride Entertainment CEO Ed Hiller (black shirt) accepts the Bright Lights Award from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“We have a great commitment to developing world-class entertainment systems, and we’re honored to represent Queen Anne’s County and the state of Maryland as leaders in our industry,” said Ed Hiller, CEO of Ride Entertainment. “We’re an adventure and amusement powerhouse that came from humble beginnings, so we’re excited to receive this recognition and make our home state proud.”

The company is known for its many record-breaking roller coasters and award-winning family attractions including Skycoaster®, the world’s most popular thrill ride; the SeaGlass Carousel, located at the Battery in Manhattan, New York; hair-raising roller coasters at Dollywood and many others.

“Fueled by Ed Hiller’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and with the help of his dedicated and hardworking employees, Ride Entertainment has become one of the world’s largest entertainment sales enterprises,” said Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. “This award recognizes our state’s thriving community of innovators and entrepreneurs that strengthen Maryland’s economy, generate jobs and tax revenue, and develop new ideas that more effectively deliver services and products to the marketplace, and I couldn’t be happier to award the Bright Lights Award for Queen Anne’s County to Ride Entertainment for creating innovative amusement park attractions across the globe.”


New amusement ride being added to the Forest Park Carousel at Woodhaven’s Forest Park

Business will really be hopping soon at the Forest Park Carousel.

The operators of the landmark merry-go-round will be introducing a new kiddie ride, The Frog Hopper, on July 1 near the carousel.

Business will really be hopping soon at the Forest Park Carousel.

The operators of the landmark merry-go-round will be introducing a new kiddie ride, The Frog Hopper, on July 1 near the carousel.

Read the entire story at QNS.


Wonder Woman-themed ride soars above Six Flags America

The “Wonder Woman” movie is soaring to box office highs after recording the biggest opening for a movie ever by a female director.

The superhero is also soaring at Six Flags America. The Prince George’s County amusement park is home to a Wonder Woman-themed ride. Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth is an extreme swing ride that climbs 24 stories of high and goes up to 40 mph once riders reach that maximum height.

Read the story and watch the video at WBAL.


Six Flags debuts Wonder Woman ride, tallest in park’s history


Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro will add the tallest ride in the theme park’s history this summer with the opening of the 240-foot tall Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth extreme swing ride.

The 24-story ride, created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, is named after the DC Comics super hero. It’s designed to spin riders around the tower in a 98-foot circle at speed of 40 miles per hour.

The park announced the ride as the new “Wonder Woman” movie opens in theaters Friday.

“Excitement around Wonder Woman is at its peak, making this the perfect time to debut the first ride bearing this iconic female DC Super Hero’s name,” said Rick Howarth, the park’s president, in an announcement Thursday.

Read the entire story at the Baltimore Sun.


You can go ziplining and rock climbing at Governors Island next week (Time Out NY)

Our newest zipline at Governor’s Island.

In case you haven’t read up on all the incredible things to do at Governors Island this summer, well, what are you waiting for?! We’ll let it slide since this news is all the encouragement you need in order to take a trip to the car-free oasis next weekend.

Just in time for Memorial Day, Adventures at Governors Island—NYC’s new premier destination for recreational entertainment—opens for the season on Saturday, May 27. This is the first time folks can enjoy thrilling attractions such as a Flywire Zip Line, a 3D Climbing Challenge and the Amazen’ Maze.

The island already has an impressive playground (including slides for adults), but the landmark’s newest attraction, located within the island’s Western Development Zone near Liggett Terrace, will make summers in NYC extra fun. Just imagine those killer views of the Statue of Liberty while soaring through the island breeze?

Read the entire story at Time Out New York.


Zip line eyed as Greenway moneymaker (Boston Herald)

boston-mass-zipline-extreme-engineering-greenway-ride-entertainmentA story on our newest zipline, which is run by the Operations Division.

Rose Kennedy Greenway officials plan to launch a 220-foot zip line through downtown starting next month, marking another bid by the nonprofit to stir up revenue but also utilize a slice of city parkland the state has long left unfinished.

Set to open early next month, the 30-foot-high, double-corded zip line will carry two riders side-by-side over a patch of the 17-acre park that runs between Clinton and North streets near Faneuil Hall.

It’s slated to run into September at $8 a ride, and while tucked alongside a ramp to an underground highway tunnel, Greenway officials say it will be “entirely contained” along a 100-yard grassy area and will not actually cross the ramp or any roads.

Read the entire story at the Boston Herald.


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.