At midday today (Wed 19th Sept), 54 year-old American, Richard Rodriguez, ended his ride marathon on Pleasure Beach Blackpool's The Big One roller coaster.
Rodriguez started his challenge on 31st May, therefore he has rode it for 112 days consecutively, thrashing the previous Guinness World Record for consecutively rollercoaster riding by nine days.
During this time, Rodriguez would travelled over 20,000 coaster miles, spending up to 10 hours on the ride only being allowed five minutes rest every hour under Guinness rules. Big congratulations to Richard! How's the back?
Euro Disney S.C.A., the operating company of Disneyland Paris, has announced the refinancing Euro Disney group’s debt with a new €1.3billion (£1b/$1.7b) cash injection from The Walt Disney Company.
The refinancing means interest incurred by the Group will be reduced by a total of €45m over the next 5 years, which, more importantly, might pave the way for new attractions. Is it a face saving exercise on Disney's behalf or will it lead to investment? Only time will tell!
The full press release can be found in the link below.
A panel of world wide theme park enthusiasts yesterday (Saturday Sept 8th) revealed the winners of the Golden Ticket Awards2012. The Golden Ticket Awards celebrate the "best of the best" in the theme park industry. The awards are compiled by Amusement Today.
25 awards were up for grabs, Dollywood (where the ceremony was held this year) scooped 5 awards, including the "Best New Ride for 2012" for Wild Eagle. Cedar Point won "Best Theme Park" and "Best Steel Coaster" for Millenium Force.El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure won "Best Wooden Coaster". For the full list of categories & winners, click "read more" below.
Featuring the world's "tallest, fastest loop" and three launches, the recently announced Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain will be a fantastic new addition to the 2013 coaster line up
As if the loop and launch wasn't enough, they've also added in a reverse launch, a top hat that is connected to the loop and enough inversions and thrills to make your pants wet.
Full Throttle will be located near the front of the park in a newly themed area where guests will experience high-energy action through fast-paced imagery, sound and lights. With this addition, Six Flags Magic Mountain firmly holds the coveted “Coaster Capital of the World” crown — with a total of 18 roller coasters — more than any other theme park on the planet.
California's Great America has not opened a new coaster since 2012, but it looks like they may have struck gold with thier new-for-2013 wooden coaster, GoldStriker.
Billed as "the tallest and fastest wooden coaster in Northern California", GoldStriker will be 3,197ft (974mtrs) long, have a 103ft (33mtrs) first drop and travel at nearly 54mph (84kph).
The coaster will be manufactured by Great Coasters International, famed for Thunderhead at Dollywood and Troy at Toverland (amongst others) so we're expecting something special here! Even if it turns out to be bronze rather than gold, after a 12 year drought, any new coaster at CAGA is better than none!
The ride is scheduled to open in Spring 2013. The park is holding a "First Rider Auction" for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation charity; details below.
At Alton Towers' Scarefest this year, a new scare maze is set to give guests a taste of its new-for-2013. The Sanctuary invites guests to book an appointment at an abandoned facility, but a terrifying twist awaits.
New developments on the X Sector site have uncovered an area of the Towers where human experiments were rumoured to have taken place in the early 1900’s by a controlling force known only as The Ministry of Joy. What starts out as an innocent visit through The Sanctuary soon takes a turn for the worse.
Katherine Duckworth, Alton Towers' head of consumer marketing, said, "Details of the new ride coming to the theme park in 2013 are still a closely guarded secret but we know that people are hugely excited about its arrival and want a hint of what is to come. The Sanctuary is set to make Scarefest more terrifying than ever, and give our guests the chance to experience a preview of our new ride before it opens to the public in March."
Scarefest 2012 will also see the return of Terror of the Towers and Carnival of Screams scare attractions. The event runs from 13-14th and 19-31st October where the park will be open until 9pm. Nemesis in the dark, anyone?!