2009 Golden Tickets Announced

The 200 Golden Ticket Awards by Amusement Today have been announced. The results can be seen at http://www.amusementtoday.com/corndog/2009gtawinners.html
We’d like to Congratulate our own Kings Island on winning Best Kids area 8th year in a row. Kings Island also won 2nd place for best new coaster with Diamondback. Diamondback and The Beast also placed 7th among the top 10 steel and wood coasters.  We’d also like to congratulate Cedar Point for Best Amusement Park 11th year in a row.

Shoot The Rapids coming to Cedar Point in 2010

A Whitewater Family Adventure Begins!

Cedar Point Announces New Water Ride for 2010 Season

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Grab your paddles and climb aboard the newest river-ride adventure this side of the Appalachians! Shoot the Rapids, an all-new family water ride, will rise above Cedar Point’s rustic Frontier Trail when it makes a splash on Opening Day 2010.

During the 2,100-foot-long journey, adventurers will travel through a wooded area and around an illegal still used for brewing sweet-tasting elixir, all while encountering surprise water elements and special effects. Guests will navigate the waters aboard a 10-passenger boat. Riders will be seated in five rows of two and will be secured by individual over-the-head lap bars.

The excitement builds when the boats ascend one of two lift hills. The first and largest hill will be 85 feet tall and will drop riders down onto Millennium Island at a 45-degree angle. The second hill will be 49 feet tall and will end with a dramatic “shoot” through water rapids and rockwork.

Guests on the Frontier Trail can keep their feet planted on dry land and watch as riders complete their wet and wild trek down the final drop.

“Shoot the Rapids will instantly become a family favorite,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Our guests wanted another option to cool off on warm summer days. We listened, and Shoot the Rapids will deliver the perfect combination of refreshment, thrills and new memories at Cedar Point.”

Shoot the Rapids will cost more than $10.5 million to build and will be the most expensive water ride ever built at Cedar Point. It will have a capacity of approximately 1,200 riders per hour. The ride will last three minutes. A rider height requirement has not yet been determined and will be released at a later date. The ride was designed and manufactured by IntaRide LLC of Glen Burnie, Md., the same company that built the Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force roller coasters and the Thunder Canyon river-rafting ride.

Ready to take a ride? Please visit cedarpoint.com for a computer animation of Shoot the Rapids, plus construction updates and photos, a live construction webcam, video blogs and more.

http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/park/rides/water/shoot_the_rapids/

Halloween Haunt to desecrate Kings Island with more blood, terror and gore than ever before!

Most immersive horror experience around expanded to 16 terrifying nights

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – There’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.  Screams of pure panic pierce the night in the most immersive horror experience in the Midwest – Halloween Haunt at Kings Island!

Halloween Haunt 2009 has been expanded to 16 terrifying nights and will desecrate Kings Island with more blood, terror and gore than ever before!  The bloodcurdling horror and mind-bending terror of Halloween Haunt features more than 500 ghastly creatures emerging from the darkness, 13 highly-intense and chilling haunted attractions including the new Slaughter House maze and Hot Blooded “live” show, along with some of the most hair-raising rides on the planet such as the new Diamondback roller coaster, a 230-foot tall monster that screams through 5,282 feet of track at speeds up to 80 miles per hour!

Halloween Haunt is not for the faint of heart and will ravage all of your senses.  This in-your-face horror experience continues to break new ground and is filled with terrifying chain-link mazes, frightening wooded trails, disturbing clowns in 3D and outrageous “live” shows.  No other Halloween event in the region can match the number of scares, blood, terror and gore.

Parents, be advised. Halloween Haunt includes graphic scenes, suggestive themes and intense imagery and is intended for mature audiences; not recommended for children. No one and nothing is off limits!

Gates to the underworld are open from 7:00pm to 1:00am every Friday and Saturday night September 25 through October 31 and select Thursdays (October 8, 15) and Sundays (October 11, 18) from 7:00pm to midnight.

Halloween Haunt is included free with park admission and season pass.

For more information on Halloween Haunt, including attractions, rides, photos, videos and deadly deals on tickets, log onto www.visitkingsisland.com/haunt.

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island.  All You Fear is Here!

Carowinds Announces Intimidator for 2010

Carowinds, located in Charlotte, North Carolina has announced their new coaster for 2010. Intimidator, a B&M hyper coaster will open in the spring of 2010. The coaster will be the tallest and fastest coaster in the southeast reaching heights of 232ft, speeds of more than 75mph, and nearly a mile long.  The coaster will be the largest investment in the park’s 37 year history.  More information, photos, layout and webcam can be found at…

http://www.intimidator.carowinds.com/

2 Locals Achieve 1000 Rides on Diamondback

The SOAR region of ACE would like to congratulate ACE member, Gary Coleman of Monfort Heights, Ohio, and 13 year old, Andrew Klenk of Lebanon, Ohio for achieving 1000 rides on Kings Island’s Diamondback.  Gary rode was the first to get 1000 rides on August 23rd, followed by Andrew on August 24th.  We give hats off to both of these coaster enthusiasts.  Keep on riding, or as Cedar Fair says, “RIDE ON!”

Kings Dominion Announces Biggest Investment in Park History

Kings Dominion, located in Doswell, Virginia has announced the biggest investment in park history.  Kings Dominion will spend $25million to build the tallest and fastest coaster on the east coast, called The Intimidator 305.  The coaster, which will be built by Intamin AG of Wollerau, Switzerland, will tower over the park at 305ft and drop 300ft at an 85 degree angle, going 90mph. The coaster will be themed as a Dale Earnhardt race car, and Dale Earnheardt Inc. will partner with Cedar Fair Entertainment to bring the massive coaster to life.  King’s Dominion’s new coaster will be located in the park’s Congo section and be the 15th coaster in the park’s collection of world class coasters. The coaster will open in Spring of 2010, in time to celebrate the park’s 35th anniversary.   More information can be found at

www.intimidator305.com

Holiday World Adding World’s Longest Water Coaster in 2010

Just one day after we announced our neighbors to the east, Kennywood is getting a new coaster, our neighbors directly to the west, Holiday World has announced they will be adding a new LIM launched water coaster, which will be world’s longest. Details are at

http://www.holidayworld.com/rides/wildebeest

Kennywood To Get New Coaster in 2010

Our neighbors directly to the east of us are in for a treat in 2010. Kennywood has announced a new coaster to be unlike they’ve ever seen there.  Details are at

http://www.palaceentertainment.com/kennywood/NEWfor2010.html

And Also,

http://www.coasterfanatics.com/sec_news/news_detail.asp?id=1976

Ohio State Fair Coming to Fairfield

The midway portion of the Ohio State Fair including rides and food stands will be coming to the Cincinnati Mills Mall this week, Weds Aug 12-Sun Aug 16th.  Information about The Carnival can be found at,

http://www.cincinnatimall.net/pdf/carnival.pdf

High-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda to take thrills and chills to new heights at Kings Island

Legendary high-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda to take thrills and chills to new heights at Kings Island

Seventh-generation member of world-famous Wallenda family of daredevils to perform awe-inspiring, death-defying 262-foot high walk August 15

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – As a seventh-generation member of the world-famous Wallenda family of daredevils, Nik Wallenda is known for performing death-defying stunts.

On August 15 at Kings Island, Wallenda will push the limits of what his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, started more than 100 years ago with a spectacular high-wire walk on a cable about the diameter of a nickel suspended 262 feet in the air from the park’s front gate to the Eiffel Tower – a distance of more than 800 feet – with no safety nets or harnesses.

“I’m very excited about my walk at Kings Island,” Wallenda said. “This is going to be the highest walk I’ve ever done. I’ll be taller than the new Diamondback roller coaster!”

Wallenda has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records twice.  His first record came in Kurashiki, Japan in 2001 when he was part of an eight-person pyramid. In October, 2008, he broke the record for the longest distance and greatest high-wire height ever traveled by bicycle, riding a distance of 150 feet 20 stories above the ground in Newark, New Jersey.

The 30-year-old Sarasota, Florida native will become the third member of the Wallenda family to perform at Kings Island (family patriarch Karl Wallenda was the first 35 years ago in 1974 and Rick Wallenda last year).  His walk will be performed at a height that is three times higher than the previous Wallenda walks at Kings Island.

Wallenda’s history-making walk is scheduled for 7:00pm and included free with park admission.

The walk at Kings Island is part of the Nik Wallenda Walk Across America Tour this summer at Cedar Fair parks.

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMgIg5CG_98