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Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 20

Entertainment | Donald Wood | November 20, 2015

Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 20

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Busch Gardens Reveals Details of New Roller Coaster
Busch Gardens Tampa announced one of its latest projects coming in 2016, a roller coaster called Cobra’s Curse that features freely spinning ride vehicles and a 70-foot vertical lift, making it the only ride of its kind in the world.

Noah's Ark-Themed Amusement Park to Open Summer 2016
The Noah's Ark-themed amusement park in Kentucky that has made waves in recent months announced Thursday that it is scheduled to open on July 7, 2016 and should attract an estimated 1.4 million people annually.

New King Kong Ride Coming to Universal Orlando
Based on a new King Kong movie due out in 2017, Universal Orlando Resort is developing a ride for Islands of Adventure called Skull Island: Reign of Kong. The multi-sensory, multi-dimensional attraction will open in summer 2016.

CNN Breaks Down Top 2016 Attractions
Thanks to CNN, amusement park enthusiasts have the opportunity to see the top new attractions and facilities slated to open in 2016, including Twentieth Century Fox World, Disney and more.


It will be months before visitors can actually ride on Dollywood's new Lightning Rod roller coaster, but the company’s official YouTube page is offering a virtual 360-degree, point-of-view ride.

A reportedly drunk man scaled the steps of a Mesoamerican pyramid at the Mexico Pavilion of Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase in Orlando recently, and it was thankfully caught on tape.

In a case of the strange, an animal rights group is suing to get a chimpanzee named Candy out of the Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge where the animal smokes cigarettes and is given soft drinks instead of water.

A team of engineers at Force Dynamics retrofitted an amusement park-style, hydraulic motion platform to play Grand Theft Auto V, including riding a roller coaster. The results are amazing.


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