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Disney Is Going Big With Park Expansions

'Frozen' attraction opens in Hong Kong as part of a $60B expansion over a decade

(Newser) - Hong Kong's Disneyland opened its first Frozen-themed attraction on Monday, with thousands of eager visitors turning up to experience the new rides, some lining up for hours to get an early start. Based on Disney's wildly popular Frozen animated film, the new section of the park features landscapes...

6-Year-Old Falls From Florida Roller Coaster

Boy hospitalized in Orlando with traumatic injuries

(Newser) - A 6-year-old boy was hospitalized with traumatic injuries after falling from a roller coaster at a Florida amusement park. Fire officials said he was found on the ground about 20 feet below the Galaxy Spin's track at Fun Spot America, near Kissimmee, on Thursday afternoon, NBC News reports. Information...

Roller Coaster Rider Hit by Phone 'Traveling at 70+ MPH'

He says Cedar Point incident left him with open head wound, concussion

(Newser) - A Michigan man is considering taking legal action against Cedar Point after a painful experience at the Sandusky, Ohio theme park. David Carter tells the Detroit Free Press that he was hit in the head by an iPhone while riding the Maverick roller coaster Saturday, leaving him with a wound...

Roller Coaster Shut Down After Video Reveals a Crack
Man Records Frightening
Video of This Park Ride

Man Records Frightening Video of This Park Ride

Clip shows now-shuttered roller coaster at North Carolina's Carowinds with crack in support beam

(Newser) - A popular roller coaster at a North Carolina amusement park has been shut down indefinitely after a patron in the parking lot spotted something terrifying. Carowinds, located in Charlotte, said in a Sunday statement that its Fury 325 ride— billed on its site as the "tallest, fastest, longest giga...

Roller Coaster Riders Stuck Upside Down for 3 Hours

Ride malfunctioned at Wisconsin festival

(Newser) - Some passengers were stuck upside down for around three hours after a roller coaster malfunctioned at a festival in Wisconsin Sunday. Videos posted on social media show rescuers climbing the attraction at the Forest County Festival in Crandon, NBC reports. Crandon Fire Department Capt. Brennan Cook said "there had...

Riders Fall From Roller Coaster After Derailment in Sweden

One person is killed at Stockholm amusement park, seven are hospitalized

(Newser) - One person was killed and several others injured when a roller coaster derailed in Stockholm on Sunday, Swedish TV reported. Park officials told public broadcaster SVT that that one of the carriages on the Jetline roller coaster derailed and people fell to the ground at the Grona Lund amusement park....

Roller Coaster Strands Passengers on Preview Ride

Cars on Cedar Point's Wild Mouse stop on track

(Newser) - The fans-and-media preview of a new attraction at an Ohio amusement park didn't go well. The Wild Mouse roller coaster stopped suddenly at Cedar Point, and the people aboard had to be rescued. No one was hurt. One car came to a halt at one of the highest points...

Say Goodbye to World's 2nd Tallest Roller Coaster

Cedar Point in Ohio is shutting down the Top Thrill Dragster

(Newser) - An amusement park in Ohio announced Tuesday it would be permanently closing the world’s second-tallest roller coaster. The decision by Cedar Point comes a year after a small metal object flew off the 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster coaster and struck a woman in the head at the park in...

Roller Coaster Shuts After Riders Report Broken Bones

Japan's Do-Dodonpa roller coaster goes from zero to 112mph in 1.56 seconds

(Newser) - A roller coaster that can go from zero to 112mph in 1.56 seconds: What could go wrong? Something, perhaps. The Do-Dodonpa roller coaster at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan has been indefinitely put on ice while officials investigate whether riders sustained injuries because of it—and fairly...

Woman Waiting to Ride Roller Coaster Hit by 'Metal Object'

Top Thrill Dragster, world's 2nd-tallest roller coaster, shut down at Ohio's Cedar Point

(Newser) - The world's second-tallest roller coaster won't open again this year after a person standing in line was hit in the head by a metal object that flew off the ride last weekend at Cedar Point amusement park. The 420-foot-tall Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster will remain closed as...

Tallest Single-Rail Coaster Is a Devilish 'Scream Machine'

Jersey Devil coaster features 87-degree drop from 130 feet

(Newser) - Six Flags Great Adventure has a devilish desire to draw people out of their homes with what it claims is the fastest, tallest and longest single rail coaster in the world. The Jersey Devil Coaster, which opened at the New Jersey park on Sunday, immediately brings riders to the top...

Ride Turns Into Rescue
Roller Coaster Strands 22

Roller Coaster Strands 22

Ride turns into rescue at Phoenix amusement park

(Newser) - Firefighters safely rescued 22 people who were stuck for about two hours when a roller coaster stalled mid-ride in Phoenix. The cars stopped on a banked curve about 20 feet off the ground on the Desert Storm ride at Castles N' Coasters, CNN reports. "It was scary because we...

Rider Flung From Mountain Coaster Lands 10 Feet Away

Gatlinburg, Tenn., attraction was allowed to reopen the next day

(Newser) - A rider on a mountain coaster in Tennessee was seriously injured after being flung 10 feet from a cart and landing on the tracks, according to an incident report filed with authorities. The report filed by Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster says the rider was hospitalized with head, wrist, and ankle injuries,...

'Devil' Coaster Coming This Year Will Smash 3 Records

Six Flags Great Adventure's roller coaster in NJ will be the world's tallest, longest, and fastest

(Newser) - If a "tension-building ascent" up 13 stories, followed by zooming along a track at nearly 60mph is your idea of a good time, Six Flags Great Adventure has a ride coming later this year that might pique your interest. Per CBS Philadelphia , the Jersey Devil Coaster will open over...

Japan Theme Parks Can Reopen, But Screaming Is Banned

Haunted house ghosts should maintain social distancing, according to new guidelines

(Newser) - Riders may soon be able to enjoy the terrifying Takabashi ride at Japan's Fuji-Q Highland amusement park again—but they will be urged to wear masks and refrain from screaming during its 121-degree drop. The country's theme park operators have released new guidelines for reopening as Japan eases...

Leaky Test Dummies Plunge From Roller Coaster

It's still safe for humans, amusement park says

(Newser) - Two test dummies flew off a Jersey Shore roller coaster and crashed into a hotel—but the amusement park promises that human riders won't have the same experience. The water-filled dummies fell off the GaleForce roller coaster at the Castaway Cove park in Ocean City, NJ, during a routine...

The Roller Coaster Car Derailed and They Plummeted

Daytona Beach's Sand Blaster derailed Thursday

(Newser) - Six people were sent to the hospital late Thursday after an 85-foot high roller coaster derailed in Daytona Beach, Fla. Two people fell as much as 34 feet to the ground from the Sand Blaster's front car, which was left dangling perpendicular to the beach boardwalk with two others...

Power Outage Strands Roller Coaster Riders

It took 2 hours to restore power at Cedar Point

(Newser) - A power outage at an amusement park in Ohio left riders stranded on some of its roller coasters and other rides for about two hours. A spokesman for Cedar Point in Sandusky says the park lost power Monday afternoon when a car hit a utility pole, the AP reports. Photos...

Six Flags Plans One-of-a-Kind Coaster

The Wonder Woman ride in Texas will have only a single rail

(Newser) - Roller coasters typically have two rails, which can sometimes make for a rickety ride. If that bothers you, a new coaster in the works at Six Flags Fiesta Texas may either delight or terrify you—or perhaps both. The San Antonio park is constructing the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster,...

Ride a Roller Coaster, Pass Some Kidney Stones
Ride a Roller Coaster,
Pass Some Kidney Stones

Ride a Roller Coaster, Pass Some Kidney Stones

Though so far just one ride at Disney World seems to do the trick

(Newser) - Got a kidney stone? Consider a trip to Disney. That's the takeaway from new research out of Michigan State University that found taking a spin on a "medium-intensity" coaster may aid in the passing of the pesky mineral masses, with minimal discomfort, the Los Angeles Times reports. The...

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