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Cedar Fair says attendance, pass sales up at amusement parks

Nov. 7, 2019 5:28 AM EST

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Cedar Fair Entertainment says its amusement and water parks have seen another jump in attendance this year. The Sandusky, Ohio-based company says helping drive the increase are its popular Halloween and winter events along with new nighttime festivals at some of its parks. Attendance...

Deputies: Florida man groped princess at Magic Kingdom

Nov. 6, 2019 1:01 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 51-year-old Florida man groped a Walt Disney World worker dressed as a princess during a photo opportunity at the Magic Kingdom. An Orange County Sheriff's Office affidavit says Brian Sherman and his wife posed for pictures with the woman on Saturday afternoon....

Universal won't be cited for electric shocks at water park

Nov. 5, 2019 3:53 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators say Universal Orlando Resort won't be cited for electrical problems that led to lifeguards getting shocked at its water park, saying the resort was unaware something was wrong. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a report released this week...

Man, 58, collapses and dies during Disney Wine and Dine 5K

Nov. 4, 2019 1:47 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 58-year-old runner collapsed and died at Walt Disney World's Wine and Dine 5K race. The Orlando Sentinel reports Mark Lockridge collapsed while running in Epcot during the 3.1-mile race on Friday. Reedy Creek Fire Department spokeswoman Eryka Washington told the newspaper that...

Lombard water park awarded top safety award

Nov. 4, 2019 8:36 AM EST

LOMBARD, Ill. (AP) — The Lombard Park District has announced that its Paradise Bay Water Park has received top safety marks. The "Gold International Aquatic Safety Award" was bestowed by Orlando, Florida-based Jeff Ellis & Associates , an aquatic safety and risk management consultant. It was the...

Tiger dies at Busch Gardens after altercation with brother

Oct. 30, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Bengal tiger has died at Tampa's Busch Gardens after getting into an "atypical altercation" with its brother. The park announced Bala's death in a statement Tuesday. Officials say a necropsy was being completed. Siblings Bala and Bhutan had lived in the park since 2007. Park...

Florida fast train to connect Miami cruise port with Orlando

Oct. 30, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's new highspeed rail system is building a station at PortMiami, giving theme park tourists the opportunity for a car-free vacation by connecting them to the busy cruise ship destination. Brightline said Tuesday it will build a station at PortMiami by 2020. The Virgin Trains will...

Correction: Amusement Park Ride-Naming Lawsuit story

Oct. 29, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — In a story Oct. 28 about a legal fight over the name of an amusement ride at Silver Dollar City in Missouri, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a California man had sued the amusement park. Silver Dollar City sued the man, Scott D'Avanzo, after his attorney sent a letter to...

Maryland man awarded $800K over fight with Six Flags guards

Oct. 29, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who says security guards beat him at a Six Flags America park on Father's Day in 2018 was awarded $800,000 by a jury on Friday. Nicholaus Mims and his family were visiting a water park area at Six Flags America in Bowie when the father took off his shirt and...

Massive American Dream mall opens but will shoppers come?

Oct. 25, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — More than two decades ago when a mega entertainment and shopping complex was being conceived on a vast swath of swamp land in New Jersey, the iPhone didn't exist, Amazon was only selling books online and malls were where you went for all your shopping needs. Now, after endless...