Latest Amusement and theme parks News

Florida manatee deaths soar as polluted water kills seagrass

Oct. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It's not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that...

Florida higher-speed train service to resume Nov. 8

Oct. 21, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — South Florida's higher-speed passenger train service will resume operations Nov. 8 after being closed for 20 months because of the pandemic. Brightline says it will resume with hourly service between Miami and West Palm Beach. Company officials say all...

$650M plan would give Los Angeles Zoo flashy transformation

Oct. 20, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $650 million plan would give the Los Angeles Zoo a theme park-style transformation over the next 20 years. The city-owned zoo in the city's Griffith Park area would get exhibit upgrades and new attractions such as a 60-foot-deep (18-meter-deep)...

Opening, ticket prices announced for Peppa Pig theme park

Oct. 20, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A standalone Peppa Pig theme park at the Legoland Florida Resort is set to open Feb. 24, park officials announced Tuesday. Officials also announced ticket prices. A one-day ticket for the central Florida park will be...

New Orleans picks developer for empty amusement park site

Oct. 16, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans has chosen a developer to revitalize the site of a former amusement park that has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said a group called Bayou Phoenix is the city's choice to develop the former Six...

Popular California safari park stripped of accreditation

Oct. 16, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A popular wildlife preserve in the San Francisco Bay Area has been stripped of accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums over concerns about the facility's care for animals. The association, also known as the AZA, announced this...

Foxwoods casino seeks approvals to build high-end RV park

Oct. 15, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

PRESTON, Conn. (AP) — The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, owners and operators of Foxwoods Resort Casino, is seeking to develop a luxury RV resort on land the tribal nation has owned since 1994. The tribe and Blue Water Development Corp., of Ocean City, Maryland, recently...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 13, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. October 13, 2021. Editorial: The Tampa Bay Rays loss hurts. Losing the Rays would hurt a lot more The Rays are looking for a new stadium. Will the Tampa Bay area deliver? That hurt. Losing a playoff series always...

Amusement park to scale back hours after fights

Sep. 30, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Six Flags America is scaling back hours during its annual Halloween events after a series of fights broke out over the weekend at at the amusement park in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. A melee prompted the park to close an hour early...

Disney World opened 50 years ago; these workers never left

Sep. 29, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Applying to be one of the first workers at Walt Disney World, high school graduate George Kalogridis made a split-second decision that set the course for his life: he picked a room where prospective hotel workers were being hired. Chuck Milam got a...