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Child Falls From Roller Coaster

The young boy was flown to a local hospital with unknown injuries

(Newser) - A young boy was hospitalized with unknown injuries after falling off an 80-year-old wooden roller coaster Thursday at Pennsylvania's Idlewild & Soak Zone, NBC News reports. The boy hasn't been identified, but he may have been around 3 years old. According to KDKA , the boy was riding the... More »

What Will Be the World's Most-Visited Theme Park Opens

Disney's Shanghai park is its first in mainland China

(Newser) - Walt Disney Co. opened its Shanghai theme park Thursday, its first in mainland China, with a Chinese children's choir, Sleeping Beauty and other Disney characters, and speeches by Communist Party leaders. Vice Premier Wang Yang joined Disney CEO Bob Iger in cutting a red ribbon as the park opened,... More »

10 Most Popular Amusement Parks in the World

Disney dominates, but Universal cracks top 5

(Newser) - A new list of the world's most popular amusement parks shows just how pervasive the Disney brand is. Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida tops the AECOM Index with 20.5 million visitors in 2015, and the brand dominates the top 10. It was a good year for... More »

Dad Saves Son on Malfunctioning Roller Coaster in Dramatic Video

Scary moment was recorded

(Newser) - A dad's heartstopping moment was caught on video last week: Delbert Latham was filming himself and his son, Kaysen, riding a roller coaster at the Wonderland amusement park in Zita, Texas, when the seatbelt malfunctioned and the little boy started to slip to the floor of their ride car.... More »

Dead Body Found at Disneyland Paris

Worker died in apparent accident

(Newser) - A dead body—a real one, not one created for the attraction—was found inside the haunted mansion ride at Disneyland Paris Saturday morning. The 45-year-old park employee is believed to have been electrocuted while fixing a light fixture inside the ride, which is called Phantom Manor at the Paris... More »

Bird Halts Roller Coaster, Strands Riders Upside Down

Not cool, bird

(Newser) - Roller-coaster riders at one of Beijing's major amusement parks were left hanging upside down for almost 20 minutes when a bird stood on one of the ride's safety sensors. The Happy Valley Amusement Park said it took 18 minutes to bring the 26 riders to safety via a... More »

Major Theme Parks Around US Are Beefing Up Security

You'll have to pass a metal detector to enter the happiest place on Earth

(Newser) - With the Department of Homeland Security publicly worrying about potential attacks on crowded places, the three major theme parks in Orlando—Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando—added metal detectors on Thursday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The security devices are also being installed at Disneyland and Universal Studios in Los... More »

Water Park Owner Gives Up After 17 Days Chained to Water Slide

Kevin Dumont couldn't save park from being auctioned

(Newser) - The owner of a New Hampshire water park who chained himself to a slide tower 17 days ago to try to prevent the park's auction has ended his quest because of failing health and the lack of a financial savior. Kevin Dumont climbed the slide at Liquid Planet on... More »

Coming to Atlanta: Hunger Games Theme Park

China is also getting a new 'Hunger Games' attraction

(Newser) - Hunger Games fans in the US and China may get to find out for themselves if the odds are forever in their favor. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. confirmed Monday that the blockbuster movie franchise has been licensed for development in a theme park in Atlanta and an indoor entertainment center... More »

Woman Dies After Riding Disney's Space Mountain

July death was just made public this week

(Newser) - Records show that a woman died after riding Walt Disney World's Space Mountain this past summer. Pamela Lynn Haynes' death was included in a quarterly report theme parks are required to submit to the state. The report was made public this week. The Orlando Sentinel reports that 55-year-old Pamela... More »

Dark Theme Park Dismantled for Syrian Migrants

Dismaland fixtures are slated for French camp

(Newser) - The remains of a macabre theme park in England are about to find a new home—in a dismal camp where war refugees are barely scraping out an existence. NPR reports that British street artist Banksy, who created "Dismaland" in the town of Weston-super-Mare, England, announced its fate on... More »

New Roller Coaster to Break 10 World Records

Brace yourself for the Valravn Birdseye

(Newser) - Thrillseekers should pencil this one onto their 2016 calendar: The Valravn Birdseye is slated to open in May at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, and those who survive the 3,415-foot roller coaster will be able to brag that they've experienced a ride that quashed 10 world... More »

The Unhappiest Place on Earth: Banksy's Dismaland

Artist calls his creation 'a festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism'

(Newser) - Cinderella's carriage has crashed, she and the horses are dead, and the paparazzi are hovering over their bodies, snapping away. That's just one attraction in Dismaland , the new Banksy art show in the English resort town of Weston-super-Mare, the Guardian reports. Nearly 60 artists built what Banksy calls... More »

Guy Visits All 13 Disney Parks, Turns 'Disneyphile'

Brooks Barnes finds 'quirky surprises' from Hong Kong to Paris

(Newser) - Brooks Barnes once thought only the "zip-a-dee-doo-deranged" made an effort to visit all 13 Disney amusement parks around the globe. Hired to report on Disney in 2007, however, he began visiting several of the parks on business. Soon, a burning curiosity made him visit the full set as only... More »

24 Rescued From Stuck Maryland Roller Coaster

No serious injuries when Joker's Jinx malfunctions at Six Flags

(Newser) - It took five hours to rescue 24 people stranded on a roller coaster in Maryland yesterday. Prince George's County fire officials said 17 adults and seven children were stuck at the top of the Joker's Jinx roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland. An assistant fire chief... More »

Dozens Dangle for Hours on Six Flags Ride

Fallen tree derails Magic Mountain's Ninja

(Newser) - Around two dozen riders got more terror than they bargained for yesterday when the Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain hit a fallen tree branch, derailing the first car and leaving them suspended about 40 feet from the ground. The Los Angeles County fire department says the riders were... More »

Family of 5 Arrested in Amusement Park Brawl

... with police

(Newser) - A sentence that begins "A Vermont family goes to an amusement park" can end in any number of wholesome ways, and now this not-so-wholesome one: Five members of the Perry family are accused of brawling with police officers over a dispute involving knives on Monday, reports AP . The strange... More »

China to Build Titanic Replica—That 'Hits' Iceberg

Because experiencing a shipwreck simulation sounds ... fun?

(Newser) - If, for some reason, you've ever wished you could have experienced what it was like to go down on the sinking Titanic ... well, soon that strange dream can come true. A theme park being built in China will feature a life-sized replica of the doomed ship, and it will... More »

12 Conn. Kids Hurt When Ride Breaks

Swing ride suddenly lost power

(Newser) - A dozen children were hospitalized yesterday after a swing ride malfunctioned at a festival in Connecticut, sending children crashing into each other and the center of the ride in front of their horrified parents. One adult was also injured as the ride at Norwalk's Oyster Festival lost power, the... More »

Coaster Fixes Weird Problem: Too-Loud Screaming

Park adds a tunnel to keep neighbors happy

(Newser) - It's a great problem for any roller coaster to have: People were screaming too loudly. So loudly, in fact, that the screams exceeded an agreed-upon decibel limit between the Great America park in Santa Clara and a real estate company that owns neighboring properties. As a result, the park... More »

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