December 25, 1993 |
Here at Holy Land U.S.A., there are no rides - unless you count the wagon and minibus tours. Farm animals in this theme park often outnumber daily visitors. There are no lines for exhibits, no costumed cicerones. No food concessions, fast or otherwise. "Bring 5 loaves and 2 fishes and have lunch by the Sea of Galilee," suggests the park's brochure. Finally, the playland as parable. Situated in southern Virginia amid the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Lynchburg and Roanoke, this 245-acre replica of ancient Israel is a fantasy land tucked far away from mall-to-mall America.
August 6, 1991 |
Want thrills and chills? Forget the killer roller coaster. Think ahead . . . or rather . . . back to the future, where Universal Studios will take you on the ride of your life. The Orlando, Fla., theme park says it has integrated simulator ride vehicles, three-dimensional images projected on seven-story-high hemispherical screens, multi-channel sound, live effects and sophisticated hydraulics into a multi-sensory attraction that gives riders the illusion of time travel. Passengers will fall back in time, to the prehistoric era, to be swallowed by a dinosaur, then catapult forward to the year 2015.
January 26, 1995 |
The city's continuing efforts to keep the Yankees in New York are now focused on building a theme park around their stadium - a Yankeeland in the South Bronx, officials said. "A theme park might be a way to look at it," Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said yesterday. "The idea is really to build around the stadium things that are connected with baseball, connected with Yankee Stadium. " The plan, which could run as high as $600 million, was floated amid renewed speculation that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner had again turned his wandering eye to a new ballpark in New Jersey.
July 28, 1987 |
Six Flags Corp. has replaced four top executives at its Great Adventure amusement park to restore sagging public confidence after a series of accidents there over the last two months. These incidents, including the roller-coaster death of a young Chester woman last month, have contributed to a decline in attendance that has left Great Adventure running about 10 to 15 percent behind last year, according to park spokesman Mark Braff. Bad weather has also forced attendance down, he said.
November 22, 1987 |
Philadelphia may be the birthplace of the nation, but this is where the United States was conceived. In Williamsburg, America's earliest political superstars (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and George Mason) shaped the debates that led to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. From 1699 until 1780, Williamsburg was the capital of the influential Virginia Colony, a major social and cultural center rivaling Philadelphia, Boston and New York in prestige.
July 27, 1989 |
Harold Katz has your evening all planned for you. The Phillies game starts at 7. You go to South Philadelphia with the kids, arriving at the sports complex around 4. You roam around the amusement park for a while, taking in the rides and the games. Then you go to a nice restaurant nearby for dinner. The game is ready to start, so you drift over to the ballpark for the climactic event of your memorable day in Harold Katz's dream. This vision was described by Edward G. Rendell, who is acting as a go- between in negotiations between Katz and the city concerning the future home of the Philadelphia 76ers.
June 16, 1994 |
In the spring of 1995, the Home Run Derby theme park will open in the historic old Durham (N.C.) Athletic Park, home of the popular baseball movie, "Bull Durham. " The DAP, as it is known among baseball fans, was the home of the Class A Durham franchise since 1939 and was scheduled to be vacated before this season in favor of a new stadium. However, construction delays also delayed the retirement of the park - and postponed, by a year, the theme park idea. Home Run Derby at the DAP will involve everyday baseball fans and jocks of all sizes and ages in competitive activities similar to those that are such a popular part of the annual All-Star Fan Fests each summer in conjunction with the major league All-Star Game.
June 5, 1987 |
When Roy Acuff and others gathered beside the Cumberland River in 1970 to break ground for Opryland, few Nashvillians believed the musical theme park could ever rival the likes of Atlanta's Six Flags Over Georgia. But Opryland celebrates its 16th birthday this summer as a classy top competitor among its genre of theme parks. In fact, its emphasis on musical entertainment created a category of theme park and influenced its competitors, which had been more ride-oriented, to broaden their offerings.
January 21, 2001 |
I was No. 20 in the painfully slow line at the Budget Rent-a-Car counter at Orlando airport, having stepped over the medium-sized boy blocking the entrance to the queue with a stuffed tiger almost his size, while his parents seemed oblivious. Meanwhile, the behavior of the other T-shirted, baggy-jeaned, expensive-sneakered children in the vicinity brought eerie recollections of my own childhood. Brothers pulled sisters' hair, and sisters punched back. Parents told their children to just go sit over there, but the children would run back shortly, screaming that so-and-so did such-and-such, to which Mom or Dad would scream back that they didn't want to hear it. Add to that the frustration of hapless passengers who just wanted to get their rental cars and go, and soon I realized that everyone shorter than I was carping.
January 30, 1993 |
A committee of officials from City Hall and the Atlantic City Housing Authority yesterday approved a Brooklyn firm's plan to develop a theme park on the vacant Uptown Urban Renewal Tract. Forest City-Ratner, which develops malls and commercial centers, will build a $250 million year-round indoor and outdoor amusement park with water slides, carnival rides, a movie theater and other attractions. The developer was chosen from among five finalists, including the Showboat Hotel & Casino.