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December 25, 1993 | By Steve Goldstein, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
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.
BUSINESS
August 6, 1991 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
January 26, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
July 28, 1987 | By Alan Sipress, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 22, 1987 | By Gary Farrugia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | By Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 16, 1994 | by Ted Taylor, Special to the Daily News
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.
NEWS
June 5, 1987 | By RICHARD LOCKER, Special to the Daily News
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.
NEWS
January 21, 2001 | By Andrew Bender, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
January 16, 2012 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
An ambitious plan to turn the uninhabited 400-acre Burlington Island into a historical theme park is advancing, a Mount Holly developer says, even as the state is moving to designate the island's southern end for the dumping of dredge spoils. Karen Robbins, chief executive of Woolman Community Development, the group the Board of Island Managers chose three years ago to develop the site, said her company wanted to turn the Delaware River island into a re-created 17th-century Lenni Lenape village, trading post, and fort.
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NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Comcast Corp., hungry for revenue and profit growth beyond its core telecommunications business, is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into theme parks in California and Florida and doing what few other U.S. companies have the financial muscle to do - challenge Walt Disney Co.'s tourism business. Here in America's sunny theme park capital, it's ground zero. Comcast acquired Universal Orlando Resorts as part of its deal for NBCUniversal in 2011, just as Universal was reaping huge attendance gains from the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
DEFIANT ACTS of teen rebellion are difficult to put across on a pink Barbie bicycle. Especially if you're a boy. A visual point made in "The Way, Way Back" - sullen adolescent Duncan (Liam James) storms away from his jerk of a stepfather (against-type Steve Carell), pedaling furiously down the road to anywhere, handlebar streamers blowin' in the wind. The boy's rage is real, but we can't help laughing, and this is typical of the movie's tonal gift for turning pain into humor.
NEWS
September 1, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The same ticket will get visitors access to roller coasters and rhinos - and a closer look at exotic wildlife - in a 2013 revamping of Six Flags Great Adventure that its owners claim will create the world's largest theme park. By combining the park's 350-acre Wild Safari and 160-acre traditional amusement area, Great Adventure will be about 10 acres larger than Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, officials said Thursday at the Jackson Township, N.J., destination. In the new Safari Off Road Adventure section, guests will interact with some of the 1,200 animals that had been seen in Wild Safari.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roller coasters still rule the amusement park, but in the shadow of twisting steel serpents and rumbling wooden towers, a gentler landscape has been taking shape this summer. Parks have been adding more family fun to the entertainment equation, balancing out the thrills. This doesn't mean the carousel is making a comeback as a park headliner, though. The rides in this new, less-white-knuckled world have their own scariness. Take the SkyScreamer at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., which lifts riders 242 feet into the air and swings them at speeds of 40 m.p.h.
NEWS
June 22, 2012 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 1,800 people were evacuated this afternoon from a popular Camden County amusement park after it received a threatening phone call. Authorities were summoned to Clementon Park and Splash World and the rides were shut down following the 2 p.m. call, in which it was implied that people would be hurt. The facility was searched by police and nothing was found, a park spokesman said last night. Business will resume tomorrow, he said. Contact the Online News Desk at 215-854-2443 or online@phillynews.com
NEWS
January 16, 2012 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
An ambitious plan to turn the uninhabited 400-acre Burlington Island into a historical theme park is advancing, a Mount Holly developer says, even as the state is moving to designate the island's southern end for the dumping of dredge spoils. Karen Robbins, chief executive of Woolman Community Development, the group the Board of Island Managers chose three years ago to develop the site, said her company wanted to turn the Delaware River island into a re-created 17th-century Lenni Lenape village, trading post, and fort.
NEWS
August 5, 2011 | By Joshua Adam Hicks, Inquirer Staff Writer
JACKSON, N.J. - Robb and Alissa Alvey always dreamed of globetrotting, but neither expected to be traveling by roller coaster. Since 2005, the couple have been organizing group vacation packages centered on amusement-park tours and reviews. Now they twist, loop, and roll their way through six trips per year that have taken participants from theme-park-saturated Florida to Scandinavia and Japan. On Thursday, the Alveys, accompanied by 120 hard-core coaster enthusiasts, swung through Jackson to try out the attractions at Six Flags Great Adventure.
NEWS
July 10, 2011 | By Ben Dobbin, Associated Press
DARIEN, N.Y. - A U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs in Iraq and had been trying to rebuild his life was killed after he was thrown from a roller coaster at an Upstate New York amusement park. Teams of inspectors on Saturday were examining the Ride of Steel coaster at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, about 30 miles east of Buffalo. Sgt. James Thomas Hackemer, 29, was ejected from the 208-foot-tall ride Friday evening, after climbing aboard during an outing with family and friends.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By Daniel Deagler
In the Fox crime procedural Bones , the principals are often seen repairing to a Washington tavern called the Founding Fathers. This always gives me a chuckle because, although several of the Founding Fathers eventually found their way to Washington, they did all their founding in Philadelphia. Flag Day, which is today, is fairly obscure as a holiday, but it's an important anniversary for the nation and the city. It was the birthday of the American flag, in 1777, and the U.S. Army, in 1775.
NEWS
June 1, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the expanded world in which Comcast Corp. now finds itself, Harry Potter is a precious property - and the company is likely to have to pay top dollar for the world-famous wizard. Comcast must consider purchasing the 50 percent ownership in the Universal theme parks in Orlando that it does not already own. The seller is the private-equity firm Blackstone Group. The Philadelphia cable company has until June 12 to decide, according to terms of a contract with Blackstone. The possible deal was first reported Tuesday morning by the website TheWrap.com.
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