Latest Amusement and theme parks News

Governor backs move for more ride inspectors

Jul. 16, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor supports efforts to increase the number of state amusement ride inspectors. Ride safety has drawn increased attention after a 2017 accident at the Ohio State Fair killed a young man thrown from a ride. A young woman who was among the injured died more than a year...

Group suggests enclosure for orcas in San Juan Islands

Jul. 15, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An environmental nonprofit group is hosting a series of public meetings in western Washington to discuss the possibility of creating an enclosure in Washington's San Juan Islands for orcas retired from theme parks. Leaders of the Whale Sanctuary Project said a cordoned-off bay or cove...

Walt Disney World Skyliner to begin operating in September

Jul. 15, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney visitors will get to try out the theme park's new air gondolas in September. Walt Disney World announced Monday that the Disney Skyliner, which is like mini cabins in the sky, will begin operating on Sept. 29 and will give guests a "a never-before-seen birds-eye view. " It will...

Police investigate Disneyland brawl after video surfaces

Jul. 8, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A newly released video capturing a family's brawl at Disneyland this weekend has prompted police to reopen their investigation into the fight, authorities said Monday. Officers were called to the theme park on Saturday to help break up the melee, which began between a brother and sister...

The Latest: Gov. Newsom says Trump wants to help California

Jul. 6, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California's strongest earthquake in 20 years (all times local): 4 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom says President Donald Trump has called him and expressed commitment to helping California recover from two earthquakes that hit the state in as many days. Speaking to...

Southern California reels from magnitude 7.1 quake

Jul. 6, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quake with a magnitude of 7.1 jolted much of California, cracking buildings, setting fires, breaking roads and causing several injuries while seismologists warned that large aftershocks were expected to continue for days, if not weeks. The Friday night quake — preceded by...

Amusement park reminder of hurricane may soon come down

Jul. 5, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Zydeco Scream roller coaster stands motionless, and so does the Big Easy Ferris Wheel. Scampering rabbits, slithering snakes and lurking alligators are the only visitors to the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. Once it resounded with children's laughter and the...

Concerts, fireworks and a military parade mark July Fourth

Jul. 4, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America's birth as a country has been filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and, of course, fireworks. Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York and other places around the country are holding massive celebrations with big name artists like Jennifer...

Ten-story Ferris wheel debuts in Green Bay

Jul. 4, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 10-story Ferris Wheel is making its debut in Green Bay. WLUK reports the first riders boarded the wheel on Tuesday at Bay Beach Amusement Park. They paid $50 each for the ride as a donation to the park's fundraising group, the Friends of Bay Beach. The group spent $2.1 million to...

Opening date set for long-delayed Meadowlands megamall

Jul. 3, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Officials have finally set an opening date for a massive retail and entertainment center in the Meadowlands. The long-delayed American Dream project will open Oct. 25. The announcement was made Wednesday by its developer, Triple Five. American Dream will feature 3 million...