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Knott’s Berry Farm in April

Coaster101 visited Knott’s Berry Farm recently. The park has a great history, but you can tell where Cedar Fair has come and changed some things up. Thankfully, though, a large part of the park has been kept in its original...

Pro-Amusement Park

If you’ve read some of my blogs or forum posts you may think that I am anti-Cedar Point/Cedar Fair. That is not the case. Far from it. I feel very fortunate to live so close to such an amazing amusement...

Expectations this summer?

With the economy in a deep recession amusement parks are going to have to do what they can to save money. This includes not building expensive, mega-attractions. However, major new rides still need to be built in order to keep...

Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit construction

Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit, the new coaster going in at Universal Studios Orlando is beginning to look pretty impressive. See for yourself: Photos by Adam Roth – Courtesy of www.themeparkreview.com   What’s that over there?   Building a coaster is...

Disney and Interactivity

A new blog that’s not about food or drinks!   The amusement park visitor of today is vastly different than the visitor of yesteryear. Visitors, especially the younger generations, are expecting more and more customized entertainment experiences. The days of...

Soft Drinks and Season Passes

This is a continuation of my profit-maximizing an amusement park series in regard to soft drinks versus gate pricing.   Soft drinks play an important role in amusement park economics. Soft drink sales are the backbone of many amusement parks’...

Attraction Awards 2009

Welcome to the 2009 Coaster101.com Attraction Awards! The results are posted below. The results were very interesting, thanks to everybody who voted!    This year we have five new categories:   Behehoth – Canada’s Wonderland   Hard Rock Park   The...

More on Food versus Gate Pricing

Another small park recently converted to Holiday World’s pricing formula. Magic Springs, in Arkansas, went to free drinks and sunscreen last year. They increased the gate by $7 (now $45.99 + tax in 2008) and parking by $2 (now $9)....