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Boomerang Roller Coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm Has Last Ride on April 23

BUENA PARK, Calif, (March 17, 2017) – Knott’s Berry Farm says goodbye to the park’s veteran rollercoaster, Boomerang on April 23rd. Riders will have one last chance to ride the reverse shuttle rollercoaster starting now and throughout the duration of Knott’s annual springtime Boysenberry Festival which kicks off April 1-23.

The 27 year-old rollercoaster has been a staple in the recently renovated Boardwalk area, replacing the historic “Roaring 20’s Corkscrew” in 1990.  Since its opening, Boomerang has taken thrill-seekers on an enthralling two minute ride forward and backwards on its 875-foot track.

Guests will have the opportunity to take a last ride on Boomerang during the popular Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, a celebration of Knott’s Berry Farm’s historic roots anchored by the flavorful boysenberry. Newly expanded this year to 23 days, Knott’s will be showcasing a unique selection of over 75 boysenberry-inspired items from tasty food creations and rare wines to one-of-a kind merchandise that commemorates Knott’s renowned history.

For over 75 years, Knott’s has created memories for families and park goers of all ages; the park has been home to multiple thrilling rollercoasters and family attractions. The park’s team will continue to assist in strategically advancing the park’s development as it continues to grow throughout the years along with our guests.

A 2017 Season Pass is a great way to enjoy memorable events and a year of family fun. Season Passes can be purchased online starting at $91.00 or 6 easy payments of $15.16. To purchase Season Passes or tickets, or for more information about Knott’s Berry Farm, visit www.knotts.com or download the Knott’s mobile app for your smartphone today.

Planet Coaster Spring Update Detailed

Cambridge, UK. 13 March 2017. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today revealed the new Planet Coaster Spring Update, available to all Planet Coaster players for FREE on April 11, 2017.

Spring has sprung! The sun is shining, birds are singing and Planet Coaster is celebrating the new season with three new rollercoasters, three new fully-customizable flatrides and the unique ‘Speed’ go-kart ride to thrill and delight your park guests.

Planet Coaster’s Spring Update is Planet Coaster’s second major expansion following December’s Winter Update, offering huge new creative opportunities for Planet Coaster players. Today Steam’s Planet Coaster Workshop is home to almost 100,000 community creations, and April’s Spring Update will open the door to even more variety and creativity.

But a new danger lurks in the world of Planet Coaster, with pickpockets and vandals now operating in players’ parks. A crime-ridden park will see guests’ happiness fall along with your profits, but security guards and CCTV cameras are on hand to keep park guests safe and prevent mischief-makers from spoiling the fun.

The Planet Coaster Spring Update includes:

New Rollercoasters

  • Steel Hydra. Feel the G-force aboard Planet Coaster’s first suspended swinging coaster.
  • Trident. Go there and back again with the first of Planet Coaster’s two new shuttle coasters.
  • Bakasura. Trident’s bigger, badder brother is a thrilling inverted boomerang coaster.

New Tracked Ride

  • Speed’ Go Karts. Design your own karting tracks using Planet Coaster’s powerful track editor and see your guests put pedal to the metal! Who will win and who will spin?

New Flatrides

  • Elixir Machine. 360 degrees of spinning, swinging, twisting, upside-down insanity.
  • Big Wheel. An iconic favorite from the golden age of theme parks.
  • ZoZo. The long-armed ZoZo is another addition to Planet Coaster’s lineup of vintage classics.

New Feature

  • Crime and security. Dissatisfied guests may vandalize park scenery, and pickpockets will infiltrate your park to steal other guests’ cash. Keep your law-abiding guests safe with security staff and CCTV cameras.

And visit the Planet Coaster livestream at YouTube.com/PlanetCoaster/Live for further Spring Update announcements over the coming weeks.

For press assets, including new Spring Update screens, visit PlanetCoaster.com/Press. Join Planet Coaster on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram all @PlanetCoaster.

Planet Coaster is available now on Steam and FrontierStore.net for £29.99 ($44.99, €37.99).

BATMAN Launches Backwards at Six Flags Great Adventure

Batman the Ride Backwards Promo Art

Batman the Ride Backwards Promo Art

JACKSON, NJ — July 7, 2015Six Flags Great Adventure, the world’s largest theme park, unveils a second thrilling roller coaster experience for 2015 by flipping one of its most innovative and adrenaline-charged coasters backwards for a limited time.

BATMAN™: The Ride becomes even more intense as it undergoes a gravity-defying role  reversal through Labor Day weekend. Guests can dare to take on an all-new experience on the world-famous suspended, looping coaster as its chair lift-style train is flipped 180 degrees. The excitement is magnified since guests cannot see the twists and turns that await them on 2,700 feet of track.

The journey begins with a nearly 11-story climb to the top of the lift hill.  Next, riders soar beneath the track through five daunting inversions including a giant vertical loop, zero-gravity roll and corkscrew turns at speeds up to 50 miles per hour….backwards.

Batman the Ride Backwards Promo Art

This ratchets the intensity way up,” said John Fitzgerald, Six Flags Great Adventure president. “We’re calling all thrill seekers to come out during this limited window and put their inner ‘super hero’ to the test.”

Since opening in 1993, BATMAN™: The Ride has given more than 27 million thrilling rides and reigns as one of the most popular roller coasters in the world.

“New Jersey’s 2015 tourism season is bigger and better than ever thanks to experiences like this here at the world’s largest theme park,” said New Jersey Acting Governor Kim Guadagno.  “Already one of the park’s leading roller coasters, the reversed ride will give visitors another exciting reason to come back to Six Flags Great Adventure again and again.”

Tickets, operating hours, park information and special events can be found at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure

El Diablo Opens at Six Flags Great Adventure

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Jackson, NJ ─ May 14, 2015Beginning today, riders will feel the heat of Six Flags Great Adventure’s 13th roller coaster when it previews to Season Pass holders and Members during an event presented by Kia Motors America. The world’s largest theme park will open the devilish El Diablo to the general public on Saturday.

“The Jersey devil inspired the theme for our newest attraction, and El Diablo delivers a scorching thrill for a variety of age groups,” said park President John Fitzgerald. “Our guests told us they wanted a ride that would excite tweens and prepare them for the extreme thrills of coasters like El Toro and Kingda Ka, and El Diablo is the perfect fit.”

The giant, fiery red, looping coaster is located in the Mexican-themed Plaza del Carnaval section of the park. It features riders sitting in “face-off” (face-to-face) seats rocketing forward and backward pendulum style until the train gains enough momentum to complete a full revolution seven stories in the air. The coaster then kicks into high gear, completing full revolutions until it stops momentarily with riders suspended upside down, and then reverses direction for even more thrills. Guests can experience six gravity-defying inversions before the train finally comes to a stop.

El Diablo riders must be at least 48 inches tall. El Diablo previews to Six Flags Season Pass holders and Members May 14 and 15, and will celebrate its grand opening to the public May 16.

For more information on Six Flags Great Adventure, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure

Pantera Entertainment Announces Theme Park Studio


Porter Ranch, Calif.–April 12, 2013--Pantera Entertainment today announced Theme Park Studio, an advanced theme park and roller coaster builder for PC. Already in development for several months, Theme Park Studio has generated excitement and acclaim among fans of the genre. Pantera will launch a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter with the goal of releasing the title this fall.

Theme Park Studio is a powerful set of tools that allows players to build amazing theme parks of their own design. The simulator includes a robust coaster editor that is both easy to use and flexible, allowing rails to be bent, twisted, and shaped into almost any design imaginable. With brakes, accelerators, tunnels, and custom mesh, there is virtually no limit to what players can come up with. Prefabricated templates also provide the ease of click-and-drop designs.

Theme Park Studio breaks new ground with its new custom flat rides designer, a unique tool that gives players the opportunity to design, build, and invent custom rides, or simply select from the extensive library of pre-built rides. Extensive landscaping tools, custom scenery importing, and advanced vegetation solutions that make trees, bushes and flowers react to wind and turbulence make it possible to create stunning, picturesque environments. A full particle effects editor delivers amazing and realistic visuals, and full 3D stereoscopic support lets you experience your rides in eye-popping 3D. When your park is complete, open the gates and watch guests tour your park and enjoy the coasters and rides.

“It began as a project we wanted to build for the community, especially now that the future of other theme park franchises is in doubt,” says Steve Fielding, president of Pantera Entertainment. “Our idea was to integrate our tools and technology into one massively powerful theme park creator that gives fans unprecedented control of their designs and creations. We had a great engine and a sophisticated set of tools we had been using for internal development, and we love designing roller coasters and theme parks, so this was a great way to release a product that packs a real punch technologically.” The Season Pass recently covered the simulation on their podcast, which can be found at http://traffic.libsyn.com/seasonpasspodcast/The_Season_Pass_230.mp3

Early response to Theme Park Studio has been extremely positive. Robb Alvey of ThemeParkReview.com says, “Theme Park Studio is everything you could want in a theme park simulation game.” Adds George Taylor of Micechat.com, “Theme Park Studio should make a lot of the Roller Coaster Tycoon fans very happy as well as breathing new life into the theme park and roller coaster sim market.” Orlando Attractions Magazine says, “For all the people who want to be an Imagineer, this is the game for you.

Pantera has extensive experience creating theme park and roller coaster simulators, with a portfolio that includes one of the most advanced roller coaster designers ever created, Hyper Rails, as well as Roller Coaster Factory, 3D Roller Coaster Designer and 3D Snowboard Resort Designer on PC, and Six Flags Fun Park for the Wii.

The Kickstarter campaign launches today at: Ultimate Theme Park Kickstarter. Rewards range from themed wallpaper for a $5.00 “Park Guest” contribution up to $5,000 “Executive Producer” level, which includes a stay at the Disneyland Hotel and invitation to the Theme Park Studio wrap party, among other perks.

“We’re getting great feedback as word has spread about Theme Park Studio, and it’s really exciting,” says Fielding. “Crowd funding will enable us to produce a complete product with the features that people have been asking for, such as pre-built ride libraries, and get it to market much more quickly.”