Are You Ready For “Containment” ?

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We are excited to introduce the newest Haunt Attraction to throw it’s creepy hat into the ring in Georgia, Containment. This 25,000 sq ft attraction is being built out of Transport Crates (you know, the containers you see on the backs of Semi-Trucks and Trains) to create 19 rooms of fear.

Incorporating these cargo containers into their backstory makes for a really cohesive theme. WE LIKE THEMES. The story line is basically: A cargo train full of demonic artifacts derails and ends up at Atlantic Station. From there – Hijinx insue!

This dark attraction will incorporate live actors with state of the art animatronics to give the people ITP (that’s Inside the Perimeter for those not in the “know”) a frightfully good time.

An assortment of demonic artifacts collected by the mysterious Frightmares, Inc., was to be safely transported by train through Atlanta as part of a convoy of secured cargo containers.

But a mysterious chain of events changed everything.

The train derailed, causing the containers to crash onto the Atlantic Station property, followed by a series of unexplained incidents, disturbing behavior and mysterious disappearances.

The Frightmares team secured all of its cargo at the crash site, and the situation was contained…or was it?

Is there a link between these phenomena and the collection of demonic artifacts that remains quarantined below Atlantic Station? Come find out, if you dare…

Containment opens on Friday October 4th at 7pm and is located in the special events site @ 179 Tower Street
Atlanta GA 30326. Tickets go on sale on September 6 and can be purchased at Containment’s website http://containmentatl.com/

By Deborah Fitts

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Labor Day Weekend Festivities at Canada’s Wonderland

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VAUGHAN, ON, As the summer winds down, Canada’s Wonderland prepares to celebrate Snoopy’s birthday with a bang. On Sunday September 1, the Park will honour Snoopy with a special birthday lunch and will cap the night off with a spectacular fireworks show!

The Peanuts gang will celebrate Snoopy’s birthday in style with a special BBQ lunch in the Park’s Courtyard picnic facility. Birthday lunch tickets must be purchased in advance by logging onto the website at http://www.canadaswonderland.com/tickets.

The day will conclude with a world-class fireworks show by FXWORXS. The show will feature over 4000 explosions and custom fireworks designed just for Canada’s Wonderland, set to a soundtrack of summertime hits. Beginning at approximately 10:00pm, weather permitting, this show is included with Park admission.

For more information on the 2013 hours of operation, log onto http://www.canadaswonderland.com.

Canada’s Wonderland is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Canada’s Wonderland, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, three water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.
By Deborah Fitts

Fireworks To Light Up The Sky At Sesame Place In Langhorne On Labor Day Sunday, Concerts Welcome Fall Season !!

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MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP — The night skies over Sesame Place® will be lit up with a spectacular fireworks show on Labor Day, Sunday, Sept. 1.

The nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street is planning an unforgettable end-of-summer send off with fireworks set to music and songs from the award-winning television show. Park guests can rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance.

Labor Day, a national holiday first observed on Sept. 5, 1882, now traditionally signals the symbolic end of summer. Sesame Place guests will have the opportunity to celebrate summer’s symbolic end as they see the sky painted red (and green and blue) from inside the park. The Langhorne-based theme park has a longstanding tradition of entertaining guests with its impressive holiday fireworks. Fireworks made their debut at Sesame Place on Memorial Day weekend 2007. Since then, the family-friendly theme park has remained a favorite holiday destination for fireworks fans.

Fireworks will begin immediately following the 8:00 PM performance of the Neighborhood Street Party Night Parade. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Entry into the park will be limited five minutes prior to the start of fireworks. Twilight Admission and discounts are not valid on fireworks dates. Times are subject to change.

Labor Day visitors who wish to maximize their time with the much-loved Sesame Street characters can also book the park’s popular Labor Day BBQ in Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion, where at 5 PM, they can join everyone’s favorite furry friends at an open-air traditional holiday BBQ. Go to sesameplace.com or call 1-866-GO-4-ELMO for reservations.

Guests can purchase a 2014 Sesame Place season pass and get unlimited visits in 2014 plus the rest of 2013 free. There are three season pass options—the Super Grover Season Pass ($221.99), Big Bird Season Pass ($146.99) and Sesame Season Pass ($106.99)—which all provide unlimited visits through December 31, 2014 including A Very Furry Christmas. All pass levels include exclusive pass member events and a 30% discount on food, merchandise and Sesame Street character dining.

For tickets to Sesame Place or to learn more about events, season passes and character dining, visit sesameplace.com or call 1-866-GO-4-ELMO.

CONCERTS AT SESAME PLACE

Reservations are now open for the family-friendly theme park’s fall lineup of concerts and events featuring Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance Rock and friends, Caillou’s Musical Playdate, and Super WHY Live!

Super Why Live! Kicks off the fun on September 7-8 with You’ve Got the Power! Appearing for the first time ever at Sesame Place, the top-rated, Emmy-nominated preschool TV series that airs on PBS Kids, brings entertainment and education together in a live show that is both up lifting and entertaining.

Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance Rock continues the celebration at Sesame Place on September 14-15 with his friends Muno, Plex and Toodee as they get the sillies out with their colorful brand of entertainment. Kids and parents alike will have the opportunity to jump, shake and shimmy with DJ Lance and friends at their popular live show.

Kid favorite, Caillou opens on Saturday, September 21 for a two-day run of his musical playdate. Growing up is not so tough, especially with a friend like Caillou! The irresistible four-year-old is always up for an adventure and has the most unique way of looking at the world. Families are invited to join Caillou, his little sister Rosie, and their lovable cat Gilbert at this interactive live show packed with dancing and sing-a-long songs that are guaranteed fun for all.

Caillou’s Musical Playdate and Super WHY Live! are free to park guests. Tickets are $10 for Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance Rock and friends. Paid park admission is required in addition to show reservation.

Guests who would like to maximize their time with these popular performers can book VIP packages with advance seating, breakfast with the cast, and exclusive photo opportunities. Visit sesameplace.com for more details.

Also this fall, Jack Hanna will be bringing his animal enthusiasm along with some furry and feathered friends for meet and greets with Sesame Place guests on October 12-13.

All those who want to celebrate being a kid or being a kid again while enjoying these family-favorite shows can visit sesameplace.com or call 1-866-GO-4-ELMO for reservations.

Sesame Place 2014 season passes are on sale now. Guests who purchase a 2014 season pass receive unlimited visits in 2014 plus the rest of 2013 free. There are three season pass options—the Super Grover Season Pass ($221.99), Big Bird Season Pass ($146.99) and Sesame Season Pass ($106.99)—which all provide unlimited visits through December 31, 2014 including A Very Furry Christmas. All pass levels include exclusive pass member events and a 30% discount on food, merchandise and Sesame Street character dining.
By Deborah Fitts

Spend Labor Day Weekend at Dollywood’s Splash Country, it’s Time to Get Your Last RiverRush of The Season!!!!

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There’s Only One Weekend Left!

If you haven’t experienced the thrill of Tennessee’s first water coaster, RiverRush, there is still time! Spend the last days of summer fun in the sun with us at Dollywood’s Splash Country before the season ends Monday, September 2! With exciting slides, interactive water games and a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, Dollywood’s Splash Country has everything your family needs to end the summer season right! Keep the summer fun going at Dollywood’s Splash Country.
By Deborah Fitts

Canada’s Wonderland : Wonder Mountain to Unveil a Thrilling New Ride the, “Guardian” in 2014!!!

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For more than 30 years, a familiar darkness has surrounded Wonder Mountain at Canada’s Wonderland. Guests and employees alike have suspected a dark mythical presence hidden within this iconic landmark. In May 2014 the park will throw speculation about these myths aside and blast into Wonder Mountain to unveil a thrilling new interactive 4-D dark ride, Wonder Mountain’s Guardian.

“We felt the timing was right to enter the massive caverns of Wonder Mountain and provide our guests with a new dimension of thrills.” said Norm Pirtovshek, General Manager, Canada’s Wonderland. “Thrill seekers from all generations will be amazed by the combination of unique ride thrills and immersive 4-D interactive action as they compete for ride supremacy.”

Wonder Mountain’s Guardian begins with a perilous climb up the side of Wonder Mountain then plummets into its core traveling through five different layers of this dimensional world. Riders will encounter mythical creatures as they navigate 1,000 feet of coaster track through a desolate forest, underground lake and Draconian City. The quest culminates as riders enter the dragon’s lair for the ultimate battle with a heart stopping finale that will shock thrill seekers of all ages.

Montreal based TRIOTECH, a leading manufacturer of multisensory attractions for the amusement industry, has developed the ground breaking technology for Wonder Mountain’s Guardian. This next generation ride will allow guests to experience stunning 3D effects overlaid with 4-D elements: simulating wind, movement and more. Real time graphics and the fastest most accurate targeting system will be installed to create an ultra-immersive interactive experience.

“This new ride at Canada’s Wonderland will be a one of a kind, never seen before attraction.” said Ernest Yale, President and CEO of TRIOTECH. “It will bring the best elements of the physical, virtual and multi-sensory world. All this combined in a fully immersive and interactive experience.”
By Deborah Fitts

Tweetsie Celebrates Railroad Heritage Weekend

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Tweetsie’s locomotives pull a double-header at Railroad Heritage Weekend, returning Sept. 7 and 8 at the Blowing Rock theme park. Photo submitted Tweetsie Railroad will celebrate the golden age of steam locomotives and the park’s mountain heritage Sept. 7 and 8 during Railroad Heritage Weekend. The event will give railroad enthusiasts and visitors of all ages the opportunity to get up close and personal with the operation of Tweetsie’s steam locomotives and learn about their interesting past, along with the rich history of mountain traditions and culture.Railroad Heritage Weekend activities include shop tours, historic documentaries, a memorabilia display, photo sessions, Cherokee dance performances and an opportunity to ride in the cab of one of the locomotives. Tweetsie is offering special pricing for the entire weekend: $50 for adults and $34 for children ages 3 through 12; children 2 and younger are admitted free. This includes two days at the park with train rides and access to special Heritage Weekend events. The highlight of the weekend will be when the historic original locomotive No. 12 pulls the 1870s vintage coach car on nostop trips around the mountain, recreating the historic trains of the narrow-gauge East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. This exclusive train trip will run Sept. 7 and 8 only, while the No. 190 locomotive pulls a separate train taking riders on a Wild West adventure. On Sunday morning, Sept. 8, Tweetsie will showcase a doubleheader, the only day of the year when locomotives No. 12 and No. 190 work together to pull the train on the train ride. This year’s Railroad Heritage Weekend will include performances and demonstrations by Cherokee dancers from the Tsa-La-Gi Touring Program on Saturday, Sept. 7, providing a deeper glimpse into the area’s heritage. The Cherokee performances will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Tweetsie Pavilion and are open to all park guests.Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the famous Tweetsie Railroad Train Shop, where steam locomotives from across the nation are repaired and restored.The Tweetsie Train Shop staff strives to keep the historic locomotives in top condition.Railroad Heritage Weekend pass holders will have the opportunity to explore the special memorabilia display, which will showcase many rare artifacts and feature documentaries covering Tweetsie’s historic past. Only guests with a Railroad Heritage Weekend pass will have the opportunity to be a part of these activities.Tweetsie’s history goes back well beyond 1957, when the theme park opened to the public. The original “Tweetsie” was known as the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina (ET&WNC) Railroad. The line began service in 1881 from Johnson City, Tenn., to Cranberry. The railroad eventually expanded the line to Boone in 1919. Service to Boone continued until a flood in 1940 destroyed most of the tracks. By 1950, the remaining narrow-gauge portion of the line was abandoned. The railroad gained its familiar nickname, “Tweetsie,” from the sound of the whistles as they echoed off the mountains. The railroad’s sole surviving steam locomotive, engine No. 12, was purchased by Tweetsie Railroad in 1956, and North Carolina’s first theme park opened on July 4, 1957. Engine No. 190, the “Yukon Queen,” joined No. 12 in 1960 after being purchased from the White Pass and Yukon Railway in Alaska, where it had served the U.S. Army’s 770th Railway Operating Battalion during World War II.Tweetsie Railroad is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3. The 2013 season ends Sunday, Nov. 3. The park’s regular hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. during the Ghost Train Halloween Festival. Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival will take place Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 27 through Nov. 2, when admission is $28 for adults and children. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. Tickets and Golden Rail season passes are available at Tweetsie.com.
By Deborah Fitts

Six Flags America to Open New Mardi Gras Themed Area Featuring Two New Rides “Ragin’ Cajun” Roller Coaster and the “French Quarter Flyers” to Debut in 2014

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Six Flags America, fulfilling its commitment to innovation and new attractions every season, today announced a new Mardi Gras section of the park along with the addition of two exhilarating new rides. Ragin’ Cajun, a spinning, fast-track roller coaster, will be the theme park’s 9th roller coaster. Ragin’ Cajun will be joined by a new family-friendly, flying ride dubbed French Quarter Flyers. Both attractions will be located in the festive new Mardi Gras section of the park.

Guests will discover a celebration every day as snappy jazz and zydeco tunes pour into the streets of Mardi Gras. The entire area will be a party inspired by the energy of New Orleans with delicious foods, exciting games, tasty beverages and fun retail items to match the lively spirit of the South.

“Not one, but two new rides and a completely new look will bring the celebratory style of the Big Easy to Six Flags America,” said Rick Howarth, park president. “The new Mardi Gras area marks a considerable expansion to our excellent collection of rides and a major enhancement to our theming.”

Ragin’ Cajun is a fast track roller coaster that twists, turns and tilts as groups of four riders zigzag through 1,378 feet of dizzying 360° spins, breathtaking drops, sudden twists and erratic speeds. The roller coaster’s uniquely-designed train spins independently as it zips through a course as wild as its name and will add a new and adrenaline-charged ride experience to the existing coaster collection.

The young and fun at heart will love French Quarter Flyers, a family ride that will delight both kids and adults. This new attraction features eight individual flying cars. Each vehicle has a stationary rear wing and a moveable front wing and can travel at speeds up to 40 miles-per-hour. Guests will be the pilots and control their own riding destiny as they pump up the thrill for a more intense wild flight or simply sit back, take it easy and enjoy the ride.

Ragin’ Cajun and French Quarter Flyers are the first of their kind at Six Flags America, adding diverse new thrills found nowhere else in the region.

In addition to the new rides and improvements, Six Flags America is preparing to launch the park’s biggest and scariest Fright Fest ever featuring “Thrills by Day” and “Fright by Night”. The daylight hours will be filled with thrilling rides and fun-filled shows, but as the sun sets the park quickly turns to the dark side.

With five new, ultra-scary haunted attractions, Fright Fest is the ultimate terrifying experience. Fright Fest begins Saturday, September 28, 2013 and operates every weekend until October 27, 2013.

Six Flags America also announced today that 2014 Season Passes are now on sale at the lowest price of the year providing unlimited visits for the rest of the 2013 season (including Fright Fest) and all of the 2014 season. For a limited time, with the purchase of four or more season passes, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Season Pass that includes free admission and free season parking at any Six Flags Theme Park. Annual Memberships, which include all of the great benefits of a Season Pass, are also available online at an affordable monthly price. Offer expires October 27, 2013.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park. For more information, visit http://www.sixflags.com.
By Deborah Fitts