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Having spent a few days with Jared Polin (AKA FroKnowsPhoto) I have not seen him wear anything but a variety of ‘I shoot RAW’ T shirts. I am not sure he actually has any other shirts in the closet. Being a well coined photography term, Jared went to a New Jersey Six Flags wearing this shirt and was detained at the gates by security for wearing the I Shoot Raw shirt (after getting a ticket), and was asked to replace the shirt with another one.

Jared told the security that he is going to film the discussion and tried asking the security guards why he can not wear the shirt. To this he was replied with a series of recursive answers, ranging from ‘it is a family friendly park’, ‘it is up to management discretion’, ‘Several guards pointed up your shirt’ but they could not explain why the shirt was deemed inappropriate.

In the end, Jared had to go in the park and get a different shirt to be allowed in (see lead photo for his selection).

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Here is how Jared describes the episode:

I was honestly taken back with being told that I could not come into the park with my shirt. I have been wearing them for four years and have traveled the world with not one issue. When I asked what was inappropriate they would not tell me, so I chose to take out my phone to film me asking the question. I included the entire interview un-edited. I did not want to cut anything from it so you could hear and see the exact conversation.

I was not happy that they would not tell me what about my shirt was inappropriate. I fully understand my shirt has double meaning but to not get an explanation is pretty infuriating. The one thing my brother was told was that my shirt could have double meaning. That may be true but you should SEE the shirts they sell in their stores that are even worse than mine. I have the images posted on the website.

Actually Jared was not even upset about not going into the park, and is not dissing six flags in any way, his rant has more to do with the fact that the park is somewhat hypocritical and sells a bunch of shirts  just as double meaningful as I Shoot Raw!

To make it a complete #fail story, the response from the park’s social media team has been nothing more than a cut and paste answer.

Hey @SixFlags I did film the encounter if u would like to see. It was upsetting not to get an explanation as to what was inappropriate.More)

— Jared Polin (@froknowsphoto) May 30, 2014

If you feel like supporting Jared, you can get the I Shoot Raw shirt here.

[Six Flags Denied Me Access To Their PARK Because Of My I SHOOT RAW SHIRT: RANT via froknowsphoto]

5 Easy Ways to Save Money at Theme Parks This Summer

Roller CoasterVetal/Shutterstock Single-day admissions to some of the country’s most popular theme parks hit $99 this summer. Tack on transportation, lodging and in-park purchases, and costs quickly add up. By the time the coasters have been conquered and your thrills have been chronicled on Facebook’s (FB) Instagram, you’re going to be out a lot of money. Let’s dive into how to save some at the park this season.

1. Find the Local Discounter

Amusement park chains and most theme park operators realize that you can’t succeed without having a steady flow of locals. They often team up with area supermarkets or restaurants to offer discounted tickets.

If you’re heading to a local park, you probably know the area businesses offering discount admissions as either coupons you present at the gate or prepaid entrances. If you’re heading out to a park while you’re traveling, find the name of the grocery store or burger haven offering deals through the park’s website, social media page or park forum.

2. Do the Math on a Season Pass

For essentially the price of a one-day ticket, SeaWorld’s (SEAS) “Fun Card” tickets are good for unlimited admissions through the end of the year at many of its parks. There are some blackout dates, and some annual pass holder perks like complimentary parking aren’t included, but it’s too cheap to ignore.

Six Flags (SIX) and Cedar Fair (FUN) have annual passes that typically pay for themselves after the second or third visit. It will take longer to offset the purchase of Disney (DIS) or Comcast’s (CMCSA) Universal annual passes.

3. Head Out With a Pass Holder

If you and your family decide that a becoming an annual pass holder isn’t the right call — or it isn’t in your budget — see if you know anyone who’s an annual pass holder and join them at the park.

Attractions are always more fun with more people, and your pocketbook will probably thank you for this tip. Annual passes typically include free parking, and many premium varieties come discounts on food and shopping. Six Flags even has “Bring a Friend Free” days for owners of season passes.

4. Go Online Before You Get in Line

Days if not weeks before heading out to a park, start following the park’s Facebook and Twitter (TWTR) feeds. It’s a great way to learn more about the park, and it’s where the park promotes deals and opportunities to its biggest fans.

You may also want to start following Groupon (GRPN) or LivingSocial for the park’s home city. Last year we saw SeaWorld and Legoland offer deals this way. At the very least, you may score a great bargain for a nearby eatery to hit up before or after a day at the park.

5. Save Money on Park Purchases

There aren’t too many parks like Holiday World in Indiana that offer complimentary sodas and sunscreen to guests once they get inside. Most gated attractions know that they have a captive audience and are not afraid to take advantage of the situation with overpriced snacks and merchandise.

No one is forcing you to buy any of these items. Folks can often load up on grub and even souvenirs outside of the park. There’s no shame in having free iced water with your in-park meal instead of a soda. If you have to splurge, ask around for the best bargains. Even the high-end theme parks have closeout racks of unsold trinkets.

Have fun, and enjoy the marked down thrills.

Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is spending the summer in Celebration, Florida, covering all of the new attraction openings. He owns shares of Walt Disney. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Walt Disney. Try any of our newsletter services free for 30 days. ​

‘Insane Coaster Wars’ returns for another worldwide thrill ride

The third season of “Insane Coaster Wars” takes viewers on another virtual world tour aboard 28 roller coasters in Europe, Asia, Central America and the United States.

While the 2014 lineup is somewhat less prestigious than the first two seasons, the seven-episode series on the Travel Channel more than makes up for the diminishing star power with a slate of lesser-known gems.

The drop-off in marquee names was inevitable after knocking off 50-plus rides in the freshman and sophomore seasons, with a roster that included El Toro, Millennium Force, Kingda Ka, Formula Rossa, X2 and The Beast. Indeed, the first two seasons read like the top 25 of the Amusement Today and Mitch Hawker polls, the two most respected annual rankings by coaster enthusiasts.

The third season focuses on record-setting rides known for height, length and inversions as well as the latest theme park craze: looping wooden coasters.

During the first season, “Coaster Wars” producers grouped similar coasters together in each episode, allowing for the sort of side-by-side comparisons favored by coaster purists. The second season mixed up disparate ride types in each episode, making for more difficult head-to-head assessments but more compelling shows.

The producers wisely decided to forgo the viewer voting aspect of “Coaster Wars,” which was really nothing more than a reality show gimmick. I’ve always been more interested in the fantasy travel component of the show that takes ride enthusiasts on the ultimate roller coaster road trip – albeit via your television.

Also changing: Theme Park Review’s Robb Alvey will move from his former on-camera presenter role to a behind-the-scenes consultant on season three.

Being a bit more of purist, I’m going to break the 28 rides in the third season into five categories: height, length, inversions, wood and a catchall I’m calling unique and obscure. I’ll include a full schedule at the end with a ride-by-ride breakdown by episode along with broadcast dates and times.

Looping wooden coasters

A stellar lineup of new wooden coasters is by far the highlight of the third season of “Coaster Wars,” which features three of the latest looping wooden coasters, long the Holy Grail of ride enthusiasts.

Debuting in 2013, Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City was the first of the new breed of wooden loopers and is clearly the class of “Coaster Wars” season three. Voted the best new ride of 2013 by Amusement Today, the $10-million triple inversion Outlaw Run features a 68 mph top speed and a 81-degree first drop of 162 feet.

Voted the second best new ride of 2013 by Amusement Today, the Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas underwent a massive renovation that turned the 1992 wooden coaster into a looping hybrid coaster. The remade ride with a steel track on wood supports features a barrel roll inversion and a series of beyond-vertical banked turns.

Originally built in 2000, the Medusa wooden coaster at Six Flags Mexico is currently undergoing a similar transformation by Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction, which built Outlaw Run and rehabbed Iron Rattler. The hybrid wood-steel Medusa Steel Coaster is scheduled to open this summer with a trio of zero-g rolls. The show features the old ride and does not mention the upcoming changes, which should be complete by the broadcast.

Height

Built in 1991, the oldest ride in this category is still the king. The 228-foot second drop on Phantom’s Revenge at Pennsylvania’s Kennywood is still one of the tallest in the world. The fan favorite has been ranked in the top 15 of Amusement Today’s steel coaster poll since 2002.

Billed as the tallest, fastest and longest winged coaster with the highest inversion of any coaster in the world, the 170-foot-tall Gatekeeper flies over Cedar Point’s front entrance as the new icon of the Ohio amusement park.

Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain was briefly recognized as having the longest drop (225 feet) and fastest speed (85 mph) of any closed-circuit roller coaster in the world when it debuted in 2000. A few months later, those titles both transferred to Cedar Point’s Millennium Force, widely considered to be one of the best coasters in the world. Goliath still remains one of my favorite rides at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World.

The other Goliath in “Coaster Wars” hails from Canada’s La Ronde amusement park. Unlike the trajectory of most coasters, the 2006 out-and-back hyper has steadily climbed in the Amusement Today poll to reach the top 25. The 4,000-foot-long steel coaster features 10 hills ranging in height from 175 to 43 feet.

The Full Throttle launch coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain features the world’s tallest vertical loop (160 feet), with riders traversing the loop twice – once on the inside and again on the outside over a top hat element. Reaching 70 mph, the ride includes three launches – two forward and one backward out of a special effects tunnel.

The 2012 Wodan Timbur at Germany’s Europa Park is among the tallest (131 feet) and fastest (62 mph) wooden coasters in the world. Themed to Norse mythology, the coaster queue features fire, mist and water effects while the indoor sections of the ride include projection mapping, smoke screens and moving ceilings.

Length

The extremely long coaster has fallen out of favor in recent years as theme parks cram more elements into smaller packages – which saves space and cuts costs. It should come as no surprise then that none of the rides in this category are ranked in the top 50 of the Amusement Today and Mitch Hawker polls.

That said, the third season of “Coaster Wars” does feature the world’s longest coaster – the 8,133-foot-long Steel Dragon 2000 at Japan’s Nagashima Spa Land. Built in 2000, the year of the dragon, the $50 million behemoth is also one of the fastest (95 mph) and tallest (318 feet) coasters in the world.

Nagashima Spa Land is also home to the third longest wooden coaster the world: the 5,577-foot-long White Cyclone, one of only four wooden coasters in Japan. The 1994 out-and-back White Cyclone is also one of the fastest (63 mph) and tallest (139 feet) wooden coasters in the world.

Similarly, The Boss terrain twister at Six Flags St. Louis is one of the longest (5,051 feet) and fastest (66 mph) wooden coasters in the world with one of the longest drops (150 feet).

Rounding out the category are four out-and-back hyper coasters that are among the longest steel coasters in the world: Silver Star (5,315 feet) at Germany’s Europa Park, Mamba (5,600 feet) at Missouri’s Worlds of Fun, Big One (5,497 feet) at England’s Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Superman: Ultimate Escape (5,577 feet) at Six Flags Mexico.

Inversions

Most of the coasters in this category hail from more than a decade ago when record-setting rides featured six, seven or even eight inversions. Today, the record holders all boast inversions in the double digits. Unfortunately, none of those looping leviathans are featured in season three of “Coaster Wars.” In fact, none of the rides in this category crack the Amusement Today or Mick Hatcher top 25, a testament to the strength of the show’s first two seasons.

The twin leaders in this category both hail from two decades ago: the 1993 Kumba (7 inversions) at Florida’s Busch Gardens with a rare vertical loop around the lift hill and the 1994 Raptor (6 inversions) at Ohio’s Cedar Point which set records when it opened as the world’s tallest, fastest and longest inverted roller coaster.

Next up are a pair of Superman-themed floorless coasters each featuring zero-g roll, cobra roll and interlocking corkscrew elements: Superman Krypton (6 inversions) at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Superman: Ride of Steel (7 inversions) at Spain’s Parque Warner Madrid.

The 2008 Fahrenheit vertical lift hill coaster at Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark features a beyond vertical 97-degree first drop and 6 inversions, including a cobra roll, double corkscrew and a Norwegian loop.

Rounding out the category is a unique coaster at an obscure Guatemala theme park that easily could have landed in our next and final category. But with 8 inversions and a rare triple heart-line roll, the 2002 Avalancha at Xetulul theme park features more inversions than all but a handful of coasters in the world.

Unique and obscure

Cheetah Hunt isn’t particularly tall (102 feet), long (4,429 feet) or have many inversions (1). It even has a terrible name. But that doesn’t stop it from being a truly unique ride. The triple launch coaster at Florida’s Busch Gardens features a distinctive figure 8 element at the top of first hill and a themed queue that includes a cheetah exhibit. It was also Amusement Today’s second best new ride of 2011.

By far the most unique ride in “Coaster Wars” season three is the one-of-a-kind Gravity Max at Taiwan’s obscure Lihpao Land Discovery World. The 2002 tilt coaster features a horizontal platform at the top of the lift hill that tips forward 90 degrees before releasing the train into a tunnel.

In 2012, Six Flags St. Louis flipped the trains around to launch riders backward on the rechristened Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast. The change pumped new life into an already innovative 1998 shuttle coaster with a vertical spike track terminus and a 150-foot-tall inside top hat element.

With trains that hang below the track, Ednor L’Attaque inverted coaster at Canada’s La Ronde theme park features five inversions, including a sidewinder and double inline twist. The twice-relocated ride built atop a lake is named for a fictional sea monster (Ronde spelled backwards).

The 2001 Insane Speed floorless coaster at Taiwan’s Janfusun Fancyworld amusement park features four inversions, , including a dive loop and an interlocking corkscrew. Sometimes referred to as Crazy Coaster on the park’s website, the Taiwanese name literally translates to “Bright Insane Speeding Car.”

One of only four wooden coasters in Spain, the 2002 Coaster Express at Parque Warner Madrid features a pair of 590 degree and 520 degree helixes.

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“Insane Coaster Wars” on the Travel Channel

Ride-by-ride breakdown by episode of with broadcast dates and times:

Episode 1: Tilting Terror

Saturday, June 29, 7 p.m.

Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Gravity Max at Taiwan’s Lihpao Land Discovery World

Mamba at Missouri’s Worlds of Fun

Superman: Ride of Steel at Spain’s Parque Warner Madrid

Episode 2: Inverted Woodie

Saturday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.

Outlaw Run at Missouri’s Silver Dollar City

Avalancha at Guatemala’s Xetulul

Phantom’s Revenge at Pennsylvania’s Kennywood

Insane Speed at Taiwan’s Janfusun Fancyworld

Episode 3: World’s Tallest Loop

Saturday, July 6, 7 p.m.

Full Throttle at California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain

Goliath at Canada’s La Ronde

Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast at Six Flags St. Louis

Wodan Timbur Coaster at Germany’s Europa Park

Episode 4: 318-Foot Scream Machine

Saturday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.

Gatekeeper at Ohio’s Cedar Point

Steel Dragon 2000 at Japan’s Nagashima Spa Land

Cheetah Hunt at Florida’s Busch Gardens

Coaster Express at Spain’s Parque Warner Madrid

Episode 5: Beyond Vertical Drop

Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Fahrenheit at Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark

White Cyclone at Japan’s Nagashima Spa Land

Kumba at Florida’s Busch Gardens

Silver Star at Germany’s Europa Park

Episode 6: 255-Foot Plunge

Saturday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.

Goliath at California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain

Ednor L’Attaque at Canada’s La Ronde

Raptor at Ohio’s Cedar Point

Superman Ultimate Escape at Six Flags Mexico

Episode 7: 21-Story Free Fall

Saturday, July 20, 7 p.m.

The Boss at Six Flags St. Louis

Big One at England’s Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Superman Krypton at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Medusa at Six Flags Mexico

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Photographer Problems: Photog Stopped at Six Flags for Wearing ‘I Shoot RAW’ Shirt

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Many photographers love photo-themed T-Shirts — from camera brand-specific ones, to the cool offerings of Dodge & Burn, all the way to funny and maybe inappropriate shirts like the Camera Sutra. But, as Fro Knows Photo photographer Jared Polin learned recently, you might wanna leave the photo-themed T-Shirt at home when you visit your local amusement park.

Polin, who explains the entire encounter in his “Six Flags Rant” above, recently visited Six Flags amusement park… or rather tried to visit Six Flags. As soon as he got past the main gates, he was stopped by security and told he would have to change his I Shoot RAW photography-themed T-Shirt.

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Fro caught the altercation on his smartphone (vertical video warning…), and in the video you can see him asking the guards to please explain what was so inappropriate about this shirt that, as he points out, has never caused him any grief in the past. He never got a straight answer, but apparently the potential double entendre of the “I Shoot RAW” shirt was more egregious than the “Size Matters” roller coaster shirt in the Six Flags gift shop.

You can see the incident for yourself and hear the full story from Polin by checking out the video above. In the end, he was able to stay at Six Flags, but was forced to buy another T-Shirt. In quintessential Fro Knows Photo style, he chose a very loud green and pink ‘VIP: Very Important Princess’ shirt as a substitute… hmmm… I wonder which shirt drew more attention…

Dividends, Sporting Events, and Upcoming Conferences – Analyst Notes on CBS, Life Time Fitness …

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According to the Company, in Life Time Tri CapTex, which is the second in the Company’s six-event pro series, 33 professional triathletes participated. The Company added that the event is now in its 24th year and has become a Memorial Day tradition. The full analyst notes on Life Time Fitness are available to download free of charge at: http://www.analystsreview.com/Jun-10-2014/LTM/report.pdf Six Flags Entertainment Corp Analyst Notes Six Flags Entertainment Corp (Six Flags) posted on their events page that it will take part at the upcoming Oppenheimer Consumer Conference on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusettss. Additional information regarding the conference will be posted on Six Flags’ website. The full analyst notes on Six Flags are available to download free of charge at: http://www.analystsreview.com/Jun-10-2014/SIX/report.pdf Bally Technologies Inc. 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Magic Mountain Colossus: ‘Walley World’ coaster to close, cryptic announcement says

VALENCIA — There’s something about the click, click, click, then clack, clack, clack of a rickety wooden roller coaster that keeps Rosie Salazar returning to Colossus.

“It’s my favorite ride,” the 59-year-old El Monte resident said as she and several members of her family made their way into Six Flags Magic Mountain on Wednesday. “These are the old fabulous roller coasters we grew up with. These days, the kids want to be upside down and fly.”

So when Salazar and other Colossus fans heard that the ride would end its run at the end of summer, the news was, well, nothing short of colossal. A vague statement by Six Flags Magic Mountain on Tuesday left many speculating on social media and blog sites about what will happen to the gigantic coaster and its iconic frame seen in movies, television, and visible by motorists from the 5 Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley.

With its cross-hatched wooden frame, slow rhythmic ascent, dramatic pause at its 100 foot peak, and 62 mph dive into a curve, Colossus remains a favorite among coaster riders far and wide, said Kurt Dahlin, a Castaic resident behind TheCoasterGuy.com.

“I’m not sure it’s ending,” Dahlin said. “I think it’s going to be getting a new chapter, and that’s what all the speculation is about.”

He said comments on his blog about Colossus varied.

“The older people are very nostalgic about it all, and other people say its time has come,” Dahlin said. “The younger generation wants the more thrilling rides. I would be very surprised if they closed a ride like Colossus, unless they make it up with new technology.”

Dahlin said a similar wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas was retrofitted with steel. The hybrid coaster is now smoother and more popular, he said.

“Magic Mountain has had its ups and owns over the years,” Dahlin said. “You hear people who don’t like it, but I’m not in that camp at all. They have a great collection and the most coasters in the world.”

Once billed as the tallest in the world, Colossus opened in 1978. It features two identical side-by-side tracks, is 13 stories tall and offers a pair of drops greater than 100 feet, according to Magic Mountain.

An accident in which a young woman died on the ride just after it opened prompted its closure for a year, and the trains were replaced, among other adjustments.

In the 1983 comedy “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, Colossus was seen by viewers as part of Walley World, the fictional amusement park that became the obsessive quest of Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase. It was also seen on episodes of “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Knight Rider,” “Wonder Woman,” and “The A-Team.”

Park officials would not elaborate on why it was being shut down, but banners around the theme park in Valencia announced its end to visitors.

“Colossus, the king of wooden coasters, ends its 36-year reign on August 16,” according to Tuesday’s statement from the park. “Six Flags Magic Mountain will announce exciting future plans for the park we think our guests will love at a later date.”

The coaster was built by Bernards Construction, based in the city of San Fernando. It cost $7 million to build.

One side of the ride is currently running backward and the other side was not operating Wednesday. The backwards run will last until June 15, and it will resume running forward until it shuts down.

When Colossus opened, its height, length and speed landed it on the historical map of greatest wooden coasters, said David Lipnicky, spokesman for the Texas based American Coasters Enthusiasts. The nonprofit organization of 5,000 members from 16 countries was also founded in 1978. Colossus, said Lipnicky, is one of 211 wooden roller coasters worldwide. The oldest one still running is Leap-The-Dips in Lakemonth Park in Altoona, Pa. It was built in 1902.

But technology has changed and so has Colossus, which Lipnicky and others said is not the same ride that opened more than three decades ago. That the park is ending its run doesn’t surprise him, he added. Giant wooden coasters cost money to maintain and may not be as popular.

“It’s a lot more tamer than in 1978,” he said. “It’s far less exciting. It’s also running different trains. The whole ride experience is different.

“A lot of your biggest coasters after a few decades do show wear and tear,” he added. ”Wear and tear costs a lot of money. We do hate to see wooden coasters go away, but on the other hand, we like our parks to stay in business. The public will probably enjoy whatever comes after it.”

Still, Lipnicky agreed there is something special about a wooden coaster such as Colossus.

“It’s been a much loved ride and beloved coaster,” he said. “While Revolution put Magic Mountain on the map, it’s tough to see Revolution from the highway. With Colossus, it is so mammoth and so recognizable, it’s just very iconic.”

Patrons at the park Wednesday agreed that they would miss the bumps, jerks and rickety sounds.

Pat Chambers, a tourist from Australia who calls himself a coaster junkie, said Colossus is his second favorite ride behind X2, which dives, flips and twists while spinning.

Stilll, “I’m not a wooden coaster fan,” he said. “I have to feel like I’m flying.”

Maria Callero, 22, of Chula Vista disagreed.

“I think it’s sad they want to change it,” she said. “The new rides are too harsh.”

Six Flags to close Colossus roller coaster in August

When it opened in 1978, the Colossus roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia was the tallest and fastest in the world.

Today, the wooden coaster that peaks at 125 feet and reaches speeds of 62 mph doesn’t rank among the top 10 in either category.

That may explain why Six Flags has decided to dismantle the coaster to make way for a new attraction.

Colossus will carry its last riders on Aug. 16. Park officials declined to say what will fill the space.

“Six Flags Magic Mountain will announce exciting future plans for the park we think our guests will love at a later date,” the park said in a statement.

The ride was unique for having two sets of tracks that run parallel to each other, but the vehicles were not designed to race each other.

Six months after the ride opened, a 20-year-old woman was ejected from her car and killed. The ride has been upgraded and modified several times since it opened.

Theme park insiders say Colossus will likely be replaced by another coaster because Six Flags has been in a long-running rivalry with Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, for the title of “roller coaster capital of the world.”

Including Colossus, Six Flags has 18 coasters, while Cedar Point operates 16. Six Flags will briefly increase to 19 later this month when it adds a new coaster for younger children titled Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers.

[For the Record, 9:00 a.m. PT June 10: An earlier version of this story said that a worker was killed in 1996 while working on the Colossus roller coaster. She was killed on the Revolution roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.]

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Six Flags Mexico Announces Medusa Steel Coaster Opening Date

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Another opening date has been announced for one of the class of 2014′s most anticipated thrill rides, Six Flags Mexico‘s Medusa Steel Coaster.  The park revealed that the ride will open on June 14th, less than a week from now!

The coaster, which was transformed from its wooden coaster origins into a steel hybrid, has been testing regularly at the park.  That means that lucky park visitors have been able to see the ride in action, and even film the trains as they make their runs.  Granted most of the ride is obscured by trees, but there’s still plenty of action:

[embedded content]The first thing I noticed (aside from how loud it is) was the incredible speed that the trains have!  Once they are off the first lift it looks like this one won’t be letting up at all.  I expected the final heartline inversion to be taken at a pretty leisurely pace, but that’s not at all how things turned out.

Between Medusa Steel Coaster’s June 14th opening, and Six Flags Great America’s Goliath just after, it’s going to be an exciting time for both Rocky Mountain Construction and coaster fans.

World’s steepest waterslide, Bahama Blaster now open at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

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World’s steepest waterslide, Bahama Blaster now open at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Theodore Koumelis – 09 June 2014, 12:19

New water park expansion includes kids’ slides, cabana village & beach bar.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Bahama Blaster, featuring the world’s steepest water slide drop at 80 degrees, is now open and the thrilling centerpiece of a massive water park expansion in White Water Bay. Bahama Blaster offers an adrenaline rush like no other collection of slides in the region. This addition to White Water Bay features four body slides that sit side-by-side with a unique launching capsule system. After reaching the top of the six-story tower, guests step into the enclosed vertical capsule where the floor drops out beneath them, sending riders free-falling 40 miles-per-hour down the slide.
 

Delivering again this year on our tradition of providing extreme thrills, we are excited to unveil the world’s steepest water slide, Bahama Blaster, in our free water park, White Water Bay,” said park president Martin Bozer
 

This attraction and last year’s debut of the Iron Rattler actually have something in common; both have drops of at least 80 degrees! And for guests who prefer something a bit more tranquil, we are introducing several new water park amenities including two fun kids’ slides, new relaxing cabanas, and the tropically themed Dom Julio’s Beach Bar,” Bozer added.
 

Guests visiting Dom Julio’s Beach Bar, a swim or walk-up refreshment oasis, will be able to enjoy adult beverages (including one-of-a-kind signature drinks), along with soft drinks, bottled water, and nachos.
 

Connected to Dom Julio’s is the park’s new lounge pool, Paradise Cove featuring a small pool area for younger guests to relax and splash in after coming down the exciting twin kids’ slides, Bamboo Chutes.
 

In addition to the thrilling new guest areas in White Water Bay, Fiesta Texas offers a new luxury amenity; Cabana Village with six all-new luxury cabanas featuring ceiling fans, a dining table and chairs, two recliners and a fully stocked mini-refrigerator. Several tasty catering options are also available. Cabanas may be rented for an additional fee.
 

Guests can experience the thrills of Six Flags Fiesta Texas all year with a 2014 Season Pass. A Season Pass offers unlimited visits to both the theme park and White Water Bay Water Park and comes with in-park savings on food, games and souvenirs, free tickets for friends and access to exclusive events. Season Passes may be purchased online at sixflags.com.

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