Latest Amusement and theme parks News

American Dream theme park sells out for 1st weekend

Oct. 21, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — If you're planning to go to the new American Dream mall's main attraction this weekend, you may be out of luck. Passes for afternoon and evening sessions at the mall's Nickelodeon Universe are sold out for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to American Dream's website. The...

2nd Sesame Street Place park opening in San Diego

Oct. 21, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There are plenty of sunny days to sweep the clouds away where SeaWorld is opening its next theme park. Officials with SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop announced Monday that they are opening the country's second Sesame Place park in San Diego in spring 2021. The first Sesame...

NFL owners agree to invest in Hall of Fame project

Oct. 18, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL says team owners have given the OK to invest up to $10 million in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton. A spokesman for the league says the decision came at the NFL owners' meetings this week in Florida. Hall of Fame officials are planning a multi-year development at...

Pack of handsome wild dogs debuts at Bronx Zoo

Oct. 15, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A pack of handsome brothers is getting settled at New York's Bronx Zoo. The foxlike wild dogs — called dholes (dohlz) — were born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2016. The trio, named Roan, Apollo and Kito, have brownish-red coats dappled with white markings, and bushy...

Disney cable cars resume, week after stalling

Oct. 14, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — An aerial cable car system that whisks visitors from theme parks to resorts at Walt Disney World is back operating more than a week after it unexpectedly stopped, stranding passengers for up to three hours in the air. Disney officials said the resort's Disney Skyliner started...

Review: 'Curious Toys' has deliciously creepy setting

Oct. 14, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

"Curious Toys," Little, Brown and Co., by Elizabeth Hand An amusement park with its odd corners, dark mysterious rides, nefarious-looking characters and garish lighting makes for a deliciously creepy setting for "Curious Toys," Elizabeth Hand's atmospheric historical novel set in 1915 Chicago. Despite all that,...

Good Grief: Owners of Charlie Brown song sue Dollywood

Oct. 10, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The copyright owners of the "Charlie Brown Christmas" theme song have sued Dollywood in federal court for copyright infringement. News outlets report the complaint says the East Tennessee theme park named for country star Dolly Parton has used the song without permission in live...

Park-goers stuck on Disney World's new aerial cable cars

Oct. 6, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World park-goers were stuck for hours aboard the Florida resort's newly launched aerial cable car system Saturday night, prompting firefighters to lift people from the gondolas to bring them back to the ground. There were no reported injuries. Riders reported being...

North Carolina fair bans mist fans as health measure

Oct. 4, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina fair is banning the use of hand-held mist fans to guard against an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease like the one that happened at another fair last month. A spokeswoman for the Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem also says the fair’s lone water...

Chinese lantern festival comes to Florida eco-adventure park

Oct. 2, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida eco-adventure park is hosting a Chinese lantern festival for the rest of the year. A Jungle Island news release says it's opening Luminosa to the public this Saturday. The 18-acre (7-hectare) park is located on an island between downtown Miami and Miami Beach. It has partnered...