"The new coaster, named Top Thrill Dragster, will be more than 400 feet tall and will reach speeds of 120 mph," reported Dick Kinzel, president and chief executive officer. "It will be the first roller coaster in the world to pass the 400-foot-tall milestone and will easily be the tallest structure at Cedar Point."
The new coaster will launch riders out of a starting position and accelerate quickly up to 120 mph, then climb a 420-foot hill before dropping riders 400 feet back toward the ground at an amazing 90-degree angle, again reaching speeds of up to 120 mph.
"It will be the park's 16th roller coaster -- more than any other park -- and it will strengthen Cedar Point's position as the thrill ride capital of the world."
Top Thrill Dragster will be built in addition to Steel Venom, the park's seventh roller coaster which was its first new coaster since 1996, and will feature the introduction of Paradise Falls, a large family water funhouse.
This new attraction, located in the adjacent water park, Oceans of Fun, will include water cannons, a 1,000-gallon bucket that empties every five minutes on guests below, water slides, and much more."
For the fifth straight year, Cedar Fair has earned the title of "Best Amusement Park In The World" for its its efforts at Cedar Point, according to an international survey. In addition, three of Cedar Point roller coasters were ranked among the top 12 steel roller coasters in the world.
At Dorney Park, (near Allentown, Pennsylvania) planned capital expenditures will total $6 million and will feature the addition of ten new water slides and the complete renovation of the park's giant wave pool. A total of $3 million will be invested in various upgrades at the Partnership's other parks.
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Cedar Fair's six amusement parks are
Cedar Point, located on Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo;
Knott's Berry Farm near Los Angeles in Buena Park, California;
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom near Allentown, Pennsylvania;
Valleyfair near Minneapolis/St. Paul;
Worlds of Fun, located in Kansas City, Missouri;
and Michigan's Adventure near Muskegon, Michigan.
The Partnership's water parks are located near San Diego and in Palm Springs, California, and adjacent to Cedar Point, Knott's Berry Farm and Worlds of Fun.
Cedar Fair also operates Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota under a management contract.
Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership which owns and operates six amusement parks and five water parks. The address is: One Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, OH 44870-5259 General Information (419)-627-2350
"Zonga" is Six Flags Marine World's new seriously twisted supercoaster. You'll get twisted just looking at it. It features four brightly colored full-circle, full-tilt, fully-inverted loops in wild yellow, glowing green, too-hot red and passionate purple. Zonga will be ready to roll in Spring 2003.
The new ride takes its name from a Swahili word for "coil" or "loop," and Zonga will be a veritable spin cycle of head-over-heels fun.
From the top of Zonga's sky-high lift hill, the 20-passenger trains will take a screaming dive at a 70-degree angle then immediately arch backwards into two giant back-to-back steel circles. Zonga riders spend the next two minutes wheeling, whirling, rolling and careening through a colorful circumvolution of twisting track, including two more big, breath-taking round-out loops.
Six Flags Marine World's 2003 Season kicks off on Saturday, March 15. The Park is open on weekends in the Spring and Fall, and daily during Spring Break and Summer. Northern California's most popular family park, Six Flags Marine World offers 35 animal attractions and nine shows along with its 35 rides and other family fun activity centers.
Six Flags, Inc. (NYSE: PKS) is the world's largest regional theme park company with a total of 39 parks in North America, Europe and Latin America. Six Flags parks serve 35 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Six Flags is a publicly held corporation with corporate offices in New York City and Oklahoma City. The Company's stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol: PKS. American Online keyword: Six Flags.
Based on the DC Comics Super Hero, SUPERMAN, the World's Greatest Super Hero and a timeless America icon, SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT's phenomenal airborne experience will give everyone the opportunity to soar like a Super Hero and fly freely like never before.
SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT will be the park's fourth coaster designed by Swiss engineers Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard, considered by many as the industry's premier roller coaster manufacturers.
"The name SUPERMAN evokes images of freedom and breathtaking flying adventure," said Jim Wintrode, Six Flags Great America's general manager. "SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT combines the world's best roller coaster technology with man's desire to fly through the air, making it the most unique ride to come to this area of the country."
The adventure begins the moment passengers board the sleek and colorful, 32-seat train sitting four abreast. The unique seats of this coaster tilt riders face-first into a flying position before they leave the station, so that everyone is suspended horizontally from the track above.
The anticipation builds as passengers, secured by specially designed over-the-shoulder harnesses and lap bars, climb the 109-foot lift hill with nothing but a bird's eye view below.
With arms stretched forward and feet trailing behind, passengers on SUPERMAN - Ultimate Flight fly freely like never before. For almost three minutes, riders sail through sharp dives, high banked curves and spirals uniquely designed to enhance this flying experience.
The coaster's track is barely visible as riders are transported from a theme park attraction to the imaginative and limitless experience that comes from literally soaring through the sky, creating an experience that no one will ever forget.
SUPERMAN's remarkable flight pattern covers more than 2,798-feet, with two sleek trains soaring over virtually invisible track at speeds greater than 50 mph.
The signature feature of SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT comes as riders sail through the first-ever, pretzel-shaped inverted loop, climbing to the top of the large looping figure and diving into a curve which brings them amazingly close to the ground, amplifying the sensational feeling of flying.
Rounding out the flight is a surprising 360-degree in-line roll just before the train enters the station, turns average coaster enthusiasts into high-flying Super Heroes.
"The SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT perfectly compliments the park's vast and varied coaster collection," added Wintrode. This innovative design system and state-of-the- art technology make it a must ride for every theme park enthusiast.
Bolliger and Mabillard's other three Six Flags Great America coasters - Iron Wolf, Raging Bull and BATMAN THE RIDE - consistently rank among the park's most popular rides. For more park information, call 847-249-2133 or visit Six Flags Great America on the web at sixflags.com.About the author: Lin Stone maintains a National Directory of the best health insurance companies on the web and a National Directory of the best car insurance companies on the web. Hundreds of his other articles are available for free reading on the Internet. Just Click HERE to see an index to his works.
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