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May 23, 1989 | By Julia Cass, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Runaway Mine Train at the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park was stopped in its tracks yesterday by a stuffed toy basketball dropped on the track by a passenger, leaving two dozen people stranded sideways 30 feet in the air for about an hour, police said. The passengers were brought down two at a time from the roller coaster-like ride in a cherry picker used by the Great Adventure Fire Company, Jackson Township police Lt. Joseph Piteo said. Shortly after 5 p.m., the train slowed as it was going up an incline.
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July 17, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A goose was killed by an amusement-park ride at Six Flags Great Adventure and as spectators watched in horror, according to a published report. The Asbury Park Press says the ill-fated goose landed on the sloped conveyor belt that pulls rafts up to a loading dock of the Congo Rapids ride on Sunday at the Ocean County amusement park. Witness Nicole Cora, 26. of Stonington, Conn., told the newspaper that operators stopped the belt and tried to scare the bird, but it did not budge.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca. Ilya's two boys, 8 and 4, and Yan's daughter, 7, reached pretty much the same conclusion as conventional focus groups: The $8 million, 14-acre, action-packed attraction is a child's dream come true. After all, few kids of any age would pass up a chance to ride, drive, or operate a life-size Tonka toy - like the ones that gave me so many happy hours in the 1960s.
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December 16, 1994 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Edward Dzura Sr. and his 33-year-old son, who has Down syndrome but is quite independent, stood in line last August for the merry-go-round at Dorney Park. The ride's operator, Dzura said, saw them and wondered aloud, in a voice that others in line could hear, if his son was "mentally retarded. " Then, the employee advised Dzura's son to go to the park's public relation's office because policy required an evaluation of "mentally retarded persons" before they could board rides.
NEWS
February 7, 1999 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If we were in the Northern Hemisphere, we would be rightside up. But we are traveling upside down at 60 miles an hour, feet free and bodies strapped into harnesses beneath a 100-foot-high serpent of black and yellow tubular steel. Cape Town's famous Table Mountain appears to be turned on its top, strangely floating on a pillow of clouds. They call this "The Wildest Place in Africa. " It's not Sierra Leone. It's not Angola. It's Ratanga Junction, Africa's first full-fledged amusement park.
NEWS
March 21, 1993 | By Josh Zimmer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
On a recent bleak Saturday afternoon, the MacCords of Burlington City wrestled with that age-old quandary - how to find a weekend activity that would satisfy everyone in the family. So they took their chances in Edgewater Park with Metro Marketplace, a huge indoor bazaar off Route 130. Featuring items as diverse as shirts and vases, weapons and health food, the marketplace is a commercial cornucopia. But shopping became secondary for the MacCords. To please young Zachary and Rachel, parents Erin and Gilbert MacCord headed straight for Fun World, a new section in the 190,000-square-foot building.
NEWS
June 2, 1995 | By Jordana Horn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The calendar may assert its authority over the changing of days and months, but it was the yearly opening and closing of Forest Park amusement park in Chalfont from the turn of the century until 1968 that governed the beginning and ending of summertime. It's that mental calendar that Chalfont Borough intends to pay homage to tomorrow, as the area celebrates the 94th anniversary of its incorporation with the theme "Remembering Forest Park. " The celebration will include amusements, if not the park itself.
NEWS
June 13, 2002 | By Susan Weidener INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The red-and-yellow bumper cars hit the wooden barricade and went into a wild spin. "I was never a Lego person, but this is better than math," Goshen Friends School fifth-grader Katherine Law, 11, said as she watched the little cars, each made out of Legos. Law and about 15 other graduating fifth graders at the school outside West Chester had gathered for a test run of their robotics project. Called Goshenville Roboworld, the fictitious amusement park - complete with bumper cars, a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel and water slides - was made entirely out of Legos programmed to perform like carnival rides.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2004 | By Dana Reddington INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The fact that summer's official start is less than four weeks away might not have hit home yet. But before you know it, school will be out, and a special family field trip or two will be in order. Unofficially, of course, it is summer, and Memorial Day weekend means amusement park season is in full motion-sickness-inducing swing. From added attractions for the younger ones at Sesame Place and Dutch Wonderland to thrill rides at Dorney Park, Hersheypark and Six Flags Great Adventure, here's a look at what's new for 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2002 | By STEVE GARY For the Daily News
Did you ever experience a head-snapping, bone-jarring sensation that came from being banged into by a bumper car in an amusement park ride? Did you ever wish you could own one of those bumper cars? Horst Auctioneers is giving you a chance. For more than 40 years, families wishing to get away from it all could spend some time relaxing at the Twin Grove Park Campgrounds and Amusement Park in Lebanon County, about a two-hour ride from Philadelphia. Inactive since the 1960s, Twin Grove Park was recently sold.
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April 26, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
JACKSON, N.J. - Slated to be the largest installation of its kind in New Jersey, Six Flags Great Adventure's planned solar farm might be called the "Kingda Ka" giant coaster of the park's green deeds. The amusement park says its energy project will eliminate nearly 226,000 tons of carbon dioxide over 15 years, greatly reducing its carbon footprint. But environmentalists are not along for the ride. In a shift from their usual support for such efforts, several state environmental groups have called it a "great green mistake" because it includes razing nearly 19,000 trees - a compromise that has raised questions about clean energy, environmental stewardship, and the greater good.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015
ONE YEAR AFTER her daughter's tragic death on a dark street in Northern Liberties, Stephanie Long is rebuilding her life one small step at a time. Long spent Monday, the first anniversary of Amber's murder, at Universal Studios in sunny Orlando, Fla. "I didn't want to stay home with the Kleenex box for Jan. 19," she told me by phone yesterday. "I got through the day without crying. I remember the good times with her. We've been to Universal twice as a family. " Before Amber's death, amusement parks had been a popular go-to place for the 26-year-old South Philly-based architect with a ready smile and positive outlook.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Katherine Dahlsgaard, For The Inquirer
The parents of a beautiful 9-year-old girl were exasperated when they all arrived at a mood and anxiety disorders unit in New York where I was working as a newly minted psychologist. They needed an explanation for their daughter's excessive worries about illness and the behaviors she engaged in to keep from getting sick. She was preoccupied with germs, washed her hands often, obsessed about the slightest tummy ache, and was terrified to be around people who might be sick. These fears had started gradually the year before, with no obvious cause.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca. Ilya's two boys, 8 and 4, and Yan's daughter, 7, reached pretty much the same conclusion as conventional focus groups: The $8 million, 14-acre, action-packed attraction is a child's dream come true. After all, few kids of any age would pass up a chance to ride, drive, or operate a life-size Tonka toy - like the ones that gave me so many happy hours in the 1960s.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN TWP. Watch out, Elmo and Big Bird. Cookie Monster is slated to get more of the spotlight in May. About 25,000 square feet at the Sesame Place amusement park near Langhorne will be transformed into Cookie's Monster Land by next spring. The park is to announce the move Thursday, and it will make the grumbling cookie hoarder one of Sesame Place's most visible characters. After one of the largest renovations in Sesame Place history, Cookie's Monster Land will feature new play areas and five new rides.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Ruby is a beautiful and sweet bilingual (Spanish and English) 14-year-old. Talented and creative, she is interested in music and plays the clarinet for her school. She also enjoys various arts and crafts, including drawing and sketching. Her favorite foods are rice, beans, chicken, and pizza. Ruby describes herself as shy, but once she is comfortable in a setting, she warms up and has fun. She recently graduated from the eighth grade and was eager to attend high school this fall.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
A NEW JERSEY woman is trying to save one of the state's venerable thrill rides from ending up on the scrap heap. Kara Silverman says she grew up with the "Rolling Thunder" ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., and doesn't want to see it taken down. She launched a petition on Change.org that had attracted more than 500 signatures by Sunday afternoon. The amusement park says it's going ahead with plans to take the ride down this fall to make way for the new Zumanjaro, Drop of Doom, billed as the world's tallest drop ride.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Investigators will try to determine if a woman who died while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in North Texas fell from the ride after some witnesses said she had not been properly secured. The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed that a woman died while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster - dubbed the tallest steel-hybrid coaster in the world - but did not specify how she was killed.
NEWS
July 21, 2013
Ride accident injures seven SANDUSKY, Ohio - A boat on a thrill ride at an amusement park accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over in water when the ride malfunctioned Friday, injuring all seven people on it. Operators stopped the Shoot the Rapids ride after the accident, which occurred on the ride's first hill, the Cedar Point amusement park said. Park police officers, medical technicians, ride operators, and park visitors helped the passengers off the boat. Cedar Point officials wouldn't say how the boat landed after rolling downhill.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
GETTYSBURG - During the monumental battle fought here 150 years ago, Powers Hill played a key role as a signal station and artillery position guarding the main route to Washington. Over time the fields turned to forest and few visitors made the short trek up the boulder-filled hill at the southeastern corner of Gettysburg National Military Park for the view. Because there wasn't one. Before last year you could not see the battlefield for the trees. Today, after trees have been clear-cut, a nonhistoric house demolished, and a small parcel of land purchased, a visitor can stand beside the boulders, look out across the Baltimore Pike clear over to Culp's Hill and understand exactly what was at stake.
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