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2 Kids Had 'Miracle Escape' in Theme Park Tragedy

They're traumatized but physically unharmed

(Newser) - Two Australian children are traumatized but alive after what authorities are calling a miraculous escape in Tuesday's theme park tragedy . The children, a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, both saw their mothers die on Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park and escaped physically unharmed, the Australian ... More »

4 Die in Horrific Theme Park Accident

Victims were thrown from, trapped by ride at Australian park

(Newser) - Police in Queensland, Australia, are investigating a horrific accident that left four people dead on a ride at a popular Gold Coast theme park. Two men and two women in their 30s and 40s died on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld park on Tuesday, with two people... 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 »

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 »

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 »

$90M Noah's Ark Attraction Gets Opening Date

The ship will sail, so to speak, on July 7

(Newser) - Construction of a Noah's Ark attraction in northern Kentucky is sailing along, and the builders say it will open next year. Answers in Genesis, the Christian ministry leading the project, announced Thursday that the attraction will open to visitors July 7. The massive, 510-foot-long wooden boat is the $90... 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 »

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 »

Badly Injured Roller-Coaster Riders Stuck for Hours

This isn't the first incident for the 'Smiler'

(Newser) - The "Smiler" at the UK's Alton Towers theme park is billed as the world's first 14-loop roller coaster—but after a horrific accident yesterday, it isn't clear whether anybody will experience them again. Some 16 riders, four of whom suffered what the Guardian calls "life... More »

Taiwan's New Project: 'Sex Theme Park'

It will likely feature statues, videos, sex toys

(Newser) - What better way to prepare for Valentine's Day than planning a trip to a sex theme park? That's what the media is calling a project under way in Taiwan as part of a nearly 40-mile coastal "Romantic Boulevard." The Boulevard will feature some less scandalous stuff:... More »

Dubai Unveils Plans for World's Largest Mall

It will include 100 hotels, a theme park, and a climate-controlled network of streets

(Newser) - Being home to one of the world's largest malls is apparently not enough for the rulers of the United Arab Emirates, even just five years after Dubai was crippled by a massive debt crisis. The nation’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, says his planned Mall of the... 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 Rescued From Top of Universal Roller Coaster

167-foot Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit stuck for hours

(Newser) - A Universal Orlando roller coaster called the city's tallest got stuck last night, leaving 12 people high and dry for several hours before authorities rescued them. Firefighters were contacted at about 7pm; two hours later, they began using ropes and harnesses to reach those at the top of the... More »

At Mexico Fun Park, a Border-Crossing 'Experience'

...without the border

(Newser) - Splash Mountain it ain't: One of the attractions at Mexican amusement park Parque EcoAlberto is a re-creation of an illegal US-Mexico border crossing, complete with smugglers, dogs, sirens, and border patrol agents, PBS reports. It isn't supposed to be fun—the three-hour "Night Walk" experience is intended... More »

Creepy Abandoned Biblical Theme Park For Sale

Holy Land USA can be yours for just $350K

(Newser) - Abandoned theme parks are always creepy, but there's something extra, super creepy about Holy Land USA, a decaying biblical-themed park in Connecticut which shuttered 30 years ago and is now being sold for the bargain basement price of $350,000. The park was once a hot-spot in the 1960s... More »

Park Ride Again Strands Passengers 300 Feet in Air

Malfunctions for 2nd time this month

(Newser) - Thrill seekers might want to hold off on trying one especially thrilling California theme park ride: The Windseeker at Knott's Berry Farm has malfunctioned twice this month, leaving passengers dangling for hours. Yesterday, 20 riders were stuck for three and a half hours, 300 feet off of the ground,... More »

Magic Kingdom's Latest Offer: Booze

New 'Be Our Guest' French restaurant will sell wine, beer

(Newser) - Disney World has a new attraction: alcohol at the Magic Kingdom. A new French restaurant, Be Our Guest, will serve beer and wine every day. It's the first time since it opened more than four decades ago that the Magic Kingdom has served booze, though other Disney World parks... More »

Dozen Stuck on Roller Coaster for Hours

Newly-opened Superman ride leaves passengers hanging in California

(Newser) - A dozen Six Flags visitors expected to soar like Superman yesterday; instead, they got stuck in the air for two hours. The Superman Ultimate Flight ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in northern California stopped working when twelve riders were 150 feet in the air, at the ride's peak,... More »

Coming to Disney: $100 Entry

Walt Disney World parks keep boosting ticket prices

(Newser) - Visiting Mickey will soon cost a C-note if prices keep rising at Walt Disney World parks, Time reports. Basic admission cost $82 last June and hit $89 a year later, which, according to one Orlando Sentinel columnist, means $100 entry could come in just two years. “The moment you... More »

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