“Who knew Idaho had it’s own theme park? We are sharing everything you need to know about Silverwood.” – Becca
Photo Credit: Silverwood Theme Park
Photo Credit: Silverwood Theme Park
Originally opening at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1975, the Corkscrew was the first modern inverting coaster. This amazing coaster was also the first to takes riders upside-down not once but twice as they moved through the double helix that is the highlight of this coaster ride. In 1990, the Corkscrew found its new home here at Silverwood and continues as a little piece of history and a thrilling ride that people will enjoy for a while to come.
“Busch Gardens is a family friendly adventure park with a European theme that is located in Williamsburg Virginia, just a few minutes away from the historic part of that town.” – Pam
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New in 2017
In 2017, a great battle will ensue in the trappers’ village of New France. Vikings will invade, forcing the trappers to defend their village. Invade new territory on the first wooden coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The 74-foot drop makes it a force to be feared and nine airtime hills wait to be conquered by bold warriors. Chart a course through the winding frontier at 48 mph and claim eternal glory for your crew. Join the charge at www.buschgardens.com/project2017.
“California’s Great America in Santa Clara has been a Northern California theme park tradition for over four decades. While it’s known for its high-speed super-thrilling coasters, it also has a lot of offerings for younger kids, including an expanded Planet Snoopy area and full water park – Boomerang Bay – included in a single admission price. Get tips for making a visit to Great America with your kids on your next San Francisco Bay Area vacation.” – Leslie
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Taste of New Orleans
California’s Great America will introduce the exciting new Taste Of Orleans festival July 23-24 and 30-31 in the park’s Orleans Place area. Taste of Orleans will feature live Cajun, Jazz and Mardi Gras style music, regional food delicacies and drink and will be open to all Great America guests.
Regional cuisine includes chicken gumbo with red beans and rice, Po’boys, muffuletta, crawfish etouffee, beignets and much more. The live music features four jazz and Cajun bands that will entertain guests throughout the day.
“The Taste Of Orleans Festival renews a tradition of branding areas of Great America that represent and celebrate regions across the United States,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg. “This festival, and holiday events such as Halloween Haunt and our new WinterFest, provides even more and unique reasons for guests to visit Great America.”
A Chalk artist will paint Mardi Gras murals throughout festival and there will be mask decorating for kids 12-and-under. To close each evening, a Taste Of Orleans fireworks show set to Cajun music will decorate the sky.
2016 Season Passes are currently on sale for just $67 and features a season of fun in both Great America and Boomerang Bay Water Park. A $99 Gold Pass includes Halloween Haunt, WinterFest, Gilroy Gardens and more, making Great America one of the regions best family valued entertainment options.
Hersheypark with This Roller Coaster Called Life
“While many people focus on that trip to Walt Disney World for that ubiquitous family summer vacation, remember there are many great regional theme parks out there! One of our local regional theme parks, Hersheypark, offers a great place for family adventure with a sweet theme!” – Naomi
Photo Credit: This Roller Coaster Called Life
Download the App
Maximize your Hersheypark experience with The Official Hersheypark Mobile App! Find information on rides, dining options, zoo animals, shows, and more for Hersheypark and ZooAmerica. Use the customizable map for turn-by-turn directions to every attraction. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.
“Even with little ones in tow, you can still manage a day of family fun at a theme park centered around thrills and roller coasters.” – Lynn
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Roller coaster facts!
• More than 12 million pounds of concrete were used in the construction of GateKeeper
• Each piece of GateKeeper track weighs approximately 7,500 pounds.
• Each of the four pieces that make up GateKeeper’s keyhole towers weighs about 65,000 pounds
• Cedar Point now has 50,727 feet of roller coaster track… that’s more than 10 miles
• Riders travel at 176 feet per second (120 mph) on the Top Thrill Dragster—the fastest coaster in the park
• The Mean Streak is made of 1.7 million board feet of treated southern yellow pine
• More than 100 tons of nuts and 568 tons of steel were used to build Magnum XL-200
• Cedar Point boasts 71 rides, including 18 roller coasters making it the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World”