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  1. 3 taken to hospital: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/x1528014722/Three-hospitalized-after-Spider-collapses-at-Camden-Park http://www.wsaz.com/mobi?storyid=126069823
  2. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2006) – Guests at the largest Halloween event in the Carolinas this year will experience Paramount’s Carowinds version of the seven deadly sins as Scarowinds features seven “sin-sational†attractions, each daring guests to experience the temptations of evil that lurk in the dark every Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. – Midnight, Sept 29. – Oct. 28, plus Sunday Oct. 29. Scarowinds will reinvent the Halloween theme park experience this year with a seventh shrieking season, supplying guests with new bone chilling attractions and classic haunts that promise fresh thrills and excitement. Brave souls who dare to enter will undergo a transformative horror experience that will forever alter their notions of fear. With more than 60 acres of the Park’s most popular rides and attractions changed into terrifyingly realistic settings, guests are sure to have their blood run cold with intense dread, shock and terror. “The seventh season of Scarowinds will be the most intense and frightening one yet at the number one Halloween event in the Carolinas,†said Paramount’s Carowinds General Manager John Shanrock. “Scarowinds 2006 promises gruesome new maze attractions to terrify and thrill as well as a grisly new freak show experience sure to have guests withering in fear.†ATTRACTIONS Slaughter House Deafening cries of hundreds of pigs echo from the animal silos in the distance. Severed pigs’ heads on wooden stakes line the road to the decaying Shady Lakes Pork Processing Facility. All the killing and torture has taken its toll on the sanity of the butchers who work here. The pigs have become too boring and the butchers have decided that it is time to take new victims for slaughter! Big Top Terror The circus was packed with a full house under the big top when the Ringmaster took the stage to begin the greatest show of all. Suddenly a spark ignited, and a flame spread through the entire tent in seconds burning it to the ground. The fire claimed hundreds of victims and animals on that fateful October afternoon. No one knows how the fire began, but each night at Scarowinds guests can still hear the screams of victims being burned alive - their souls trapped beneath the charred and blackened canvas seeking escape and revenge on those who dare to enter. Haunted Woods Trespass into these woods when darkness falls, and you will find yourself inside your worst nightmare. The journey brings you face to face with the twisted killers, monsters and evil tormentors of your very own dreams. The deranged inhabitants of the woods do not like to be disturbed by visitors – trespassers should be wary of terror-filled surprises around every corner! Murder Manor Legend recalls that this old abandoned manor was condemned more than 30 years ago, but the inhabitants have stayed on to be near the things they hold dear. Visitors to the manor should be warned! The spirits indulge themselves in the pursuit of blood and live for the thrill of murder. Those who dare to enter may never be heard from again! FreakShow Deluxe™ The freak show features a revolving group of sideshow misfits and burlesque beauties performing the most amazing, death-defying and spine tingling freakish acts each night at Scarowinds. The show features a variety of acts including fire-eating, glass walking, sword swallowing, a human pincushion and a contortionist who defies imagination. No two shows are ever alike – and guests never know what they might see! Funhouse Express A dilapidated fun house attraction sends chills down guests’ spines during a hair-raising test drive! Jimmy, a would-be inventor, takes the audience on a wild ride through a spooky and crazy world full of clown chaos in this motion-simulated movie experience. Elvira’s Superstition Elvira, the mistress of the dark, invites guests inside her virtual ‘Scream Park’ for the ride of their afterlife. It’s full scream ahead, as guests screech and scrape through Elvira’s thrill ride, promising frightfully interactive entertainment the likes of which no living being has ever seen. Many of the Park’s favorite rides will remain open for a nighttime thrill, but will feature a menacing twist. Guests can dare to experience some of the scariest thrills on the planet in the darkest “dead†of night as they test their bravery on a terrifying lineup of rides including BORG Assimilator™, the Carolinas’ only flying coaster, Top Gun®: The Jet Coaster, Drop Zone Stunt Tower®, Vortex™, Carolina Cyclone and Thunder Road. Advance tickets are on sale now at the Park on operating days for $27.99 or at www.scarowinds.com for $28.99. Discount tickets are available at all participating Harris-Teeter stores in Charlotte, N.C. and all BI-LO stores in South Carolina for $29.99. Discount coupons that include a buy-one-get-one-free offer on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 6 are available at Bojangles. Even though Park Season Passes are not valid for admission to Scarowinds, Passholders can purchase one discounted ticket per pass per visit for only $17.50 at the Park and online. Season Passholders must show their 2006 or 2007 season pass at the gate for entrance to the Park. Scarowinds is a separate ticketed event and is not combined with Paramount’s Carowinds regular Park operation admission during the day. For additional information about Paramount’s Carowinds, guests should call 704-588-2600 in N.C., 803-548-5300 in S.C., toll free at 1-800-888-4FUN or visit the website at www.scarowinds.com. Paramount’s Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.†In addition to Paramount’s Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates eleven other amusement parks, five water parks, one indoor water park resort and six hotels.
  3. The Interpreter

    SeaWorld Shakeup

    Massive: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/02/19/seaworld-entertainment-executive-shakeup/80600048/
  4. Cryptosporidium. And Poo. And sweat. http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/27/swimming-pools-can-give-you-diarrhea-5269062/
  5. http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100809/GJLIFESTYLES/100809804/-1/SANNEWS
  6. Attendance down, earnings miss. Company thinks its "California" problem is to "correct misinformation" and installing two Florida coasters in 2016 will make things all better. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seaworld-entertainment-inc-reports-second-quarter-2015-results-300124561.html Really?
  7. Firefighters working to evacuate riders: http://m.nydailynews.com/news/national/firefighters-rescuing-passengers-stuck-maryland-flags-roller-coaster-article-1.1898711?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fentertainment%2Fculture+(Culture)
  8. Orca Shows to be Phased Out, Breeding To END TODAY: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2016/03/seaworld-to-end-all-orca-breeding-phase-out-shows.html?ana=e_orl_bn_breakingnews&u=pB2D54PrJ4m%2Btf5T51zZ5o6bDaJ&t=1458211403&j=71492962
  9. Record breaking attendance? Did I miss something?
  10. Industry sources say the lifthill and first drop were "dropped" this morning.
  11. B&M's have gentler hills than John Millers, not to mention far more effective restraint systems.
  12. The parabolic negative airtime hills would not be recreated in the USA in today's climate. A rebuilt Big Dipper would resemble the original as much as Kings Dominion's Grizzly does Coney Island of Ohio's Wildcat or Canada's Wonderland's Mighty Canadian Minebuster does Coney Island of Ohio's Shooting Star--which is to say almost not at all. Geauga Lake itself had the prime exemplar. The Raging Wolf Bobs was made of wood and had coaster trains that ran on steel wheels on wood track. Otherwise....the Riverview Bobs recreated? No. Just no.
  13. Every US and Canadian amusement/theme park has a max capacity--set by, among other things, fire and evacuation concerns.
  14. And some places won't even allow any grandfathering regardless. In any event, some laws and regulations, like the ADA, have no grandfathering provisions anywhere in the USA.
  15. And yet the Washington Metro always has ads for the Busch Gardens Yule Event.
  16. The Interpreter

    Kings Dominion Hurler 2017

    Things are not as they seem... -- M. McLuhan
  17. See also Kings Island. Columbus Day. 2016. The park was..... CLOSED.
  18. This is easy. Raise prices. Again and again.
  19. Kings Dominion can be quite the scary place during BooFest.
  20. Now, yes. When Cedar Fair closed the park, no. And for reasons previously alluded to, rebuilding it exactly somewhere else is almost certainly not an option. John Miller woodies aren't design compliant with modern day standards for newly built rides.
  21. No. What needed to be done by a company like Cedar Fair was to preserve the ride and move it elsewhere...like Valleyfair!
  22. PTC? Big Dipper was a John Miller with in-house rebuilt, heavily modified NAD trains.
  23. You assume: a. The blueprints exist. b. Cedar Fair would sell them. c. The ride could be rebuilt without extensive changes in today's regulatory and legal environment. d. There is room for that coaster at Coney Island of Ohio. At least one of those is highly unlikely.
  24. The most words I've ever found on the New Sensation: https://fghsaa.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/memories/ Note rcdb.com has the Big Dipper history incorrect. They've been advised many times. Also of interest: https://fghsaa.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/camden-park-memories/?relatedposts_hit=1&relatedposts_origin=1852&relatedposts_position=0 Don't miss the comments on each post, which are at the very bottom.
  25. The Interpreter

    Other Parks

    Beech Bend appears to be closed for the year.