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Roller Coaster Shuts After Riders Report Broken Bones

Japan's Do-Dodonpa roller coaster goes from zero to 112mph in 1.56 seconds

(Newser) - A roller coaster that can go from zero to 112mph in 1.56 seconds: What could go wrong? Something, perhaps. The Do-Dodonpa roller coaster at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan has been indefinitely put on ice while officials investigate whether riders sustained injuries because of it—and fairly...

Woman Waiting to Ride Roller Coaster Hit by 'Metal Object'

Top Thrill Dragster, world's 2nd-tallest roller coaster, shut down at Ohio's Cedar Point

(Newser) - The world's second-tallest roller coaster won't open again this year after a person standing in line was hit in the head by a metal object that flew off the ride last weekend at Cedar Point amusement park. The 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster will remain closed as...

Tallest Single-Rail Coaster Is a Devilish 'Scream Machine'

Jersey Devil coaster features 87-degree drop from 130 feet

(Newser) - Six Flags Great Adventure has a devilish desire to draw people out of their homes with what it claims is the fastest, tallest and longest single rail coaster in the world. The Jersey Devil Coaster, which opened at the New Jersey park on Sunday, immediately brings riders to the top...

Ride Turns Into Rescue
Roller Coaster Strands 22

Roller Coaster Strands 22

Ride turns into rescue at Phoenix amusement park

(Newser) - Firefighters safely rescued 22 people who were stuck for about two hours when a roller coaster stalled mid-ride in Phoenix. The cars stopped on a banked curve about 20 feet off the ground on the Desert Storm ride at Castles N' Coasters, CNN reports. "It was scary because we...

Rider Flung From Mountain Coaster Lands 10 Feet Away

Gatlinburg, Tenn., attraction was allowed to reopen the next day

(Newser) - A rider on a mountain coaster in Tennessee was seriously injured after being flung 10 feet from a cart and landing on the tracks, according to an incident report filed with authorities. The report filed by Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster says the rider was hospitalized with head, wrist, and ankle injuries,...

'Devil' Coaster Coming This Year Will Smash 3 Records

Six Flags Great Adventure's roller coaster in NJ will be the world's tallest, longest, and fastest

(Newser) - If a "tension-building ascent" up 13 stories, followed by zooming along a track at nearly 60mph is your idea of a good time, Six Flags Great Adventure has a ride coming later this year that might pique your interest. Per CBS Philadelphia , the Jersey Devil Coaster will open over...

Japan Theme Parks Can Reopen, But Screaming Is Banned

Haunted house ghosts should maintain social distancing, according to new guidelines

(Newser) - Riders may soon be able to enjoy the terrifying Takabashi ride at Japan's Fuji-Q Highland amusement park again—but they will be urged to wear masks and refrain from screaming during its 121-degree drop. The country's theme park operators have released new guidelines for reopening as Japan eases...

Leaky Test Dummies Plunge From Roller Coaster

It's still safe for humans, amusement park says

(Newser) - Two test dummies flew off a Jersey Shore roller coaster and crashed into a hotel—but the amusement park promises that human riders won't have the same experience. The water-filled dummies fell off the GaleForce roller coaster at the Castaway Cove park in Ocean City, NJ, during a routine...

The Roller Coaster Car Derailed and They Plummeted

Daytona Beach's Sand Blaster derailed Thursday

(Newser) - Six people were sent to the hospital late Thursday after an 85-foot high roller coaster derailed in Daytona Beach, Fla. Two people fell as much as 34 feet to the ground from the Sand Blaster's front car, which was left dangling perpendicular to the beach boardwalk with two others...

Power Outage Strands Roller Coaster Riders

It took 2 hours to restore power at Cedar Point

(Newser) - A power outage at an amusement park in Ohio left riders stranded on some of its roller coasters and other rides for about two hours. A spokesman for Cedar Point in Sandusky says the park lost power Monday afternoon when a car hit a utility pole, the AP reports. Photos...

Six Flags Plans One-of-a-Kind Coaster

The Wonder Woman ride in Texas will have only a single rail

(Newser) - Roller coasters typically have two rails, which can sometimes make for a rickety ride. If that bothers you, a new coaster in the works at Six Flags Fiesta Texas may either delight or terrify you—or perhaps both. The San Antonio park is constructing the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster,...

Ride a Roller Coaster, Pass Some Kidney Stones
Ride a Roller Coaster,
Pass Some Kidney Stones
STUDY SAYS

Ride a Roller Coaster, Pass Some Kidney Stones

Though so far just one ride at Disney World seems to do the trick

(Newser) - Got a kidney stone? Consider a trip to Disney. That's the takeaway from new research out of Michigan State University that found taking a spin on a "medium-intensity" coaster may aid in the passing of the pesky mineral masses, with minimal discomfort, the Los Angeles Times reports. The...

Child Falls From Roller Coaster
Child Falls From
Roller Coaster

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...

Lawmaker's Son Dies on World's Tallest Waterslide

Kansas waterpark shuts down after death of boy, 10

(Newser) - The world's tallest waterslide has been shut down indefinitely while authorities investigate the tragic death of a lawmaker's son. Caleb Thomas Schwab, 10, died Sunday afternoon on the "Verruckt" waterslide at the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. The boy, son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, was...

Roller Coaster Car Full of Kids Goes Flying

Crowd at M&D’s theme park tries to help

(Newser) - People watched in horror Sunday as a roller coaster car flew off the rails and plummeted 30 feet to the ground at a Scottish theme park, injuring two adults and up to nine children. Eyewitnesses say the car from the Tsunami roller coaster landed upside-down on another ride at M&...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Man Looking for Phone Killed by Roller Coaster

He jumped a fence at Cedar Point

(Newser) - An Ohio man who lost his cellphone on a roller coaster ended up losing his life as well after going back to look for it. Police say 45-year-old James A. Young was killed by the same roller coaster he had just ridden at the Cedar Point amusement park when he...

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