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In Orange County, California, the little theme park that's big on fun will soon close forever. The land occupied by both Hobby City, the 50-year-old village of shops, and Adventure City, the adjacent children's theme park developed in the 1990's, has been sold by the founding family for redevelopment. Though the attraction managed to hold its own for many years while postitioned between Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park and Disneyland in Anaheim, one can only surmise that skyrocketing property values along Beadh Boulevard and ever-increasing insurance and liability issues are chief causes. Adventure City is home to the Freeway Coaster Bumper-to-Bumper (Miler, 1994) and The Tree Top Racers, a vintage Miler wild mouse relocated and refurbished in 1999. Both Hoby City and Adventure City continue to operate, thru factions of the operating family in the dispute over details, final closure is expected sometime in 2006.


The world's highest roller coaster has closed; the High Roller, which has encircled the crown of Las Vegas' Stratosphere Tower since 1996, will be dismantled to make room for a new attraction. The circular roller coaste from Primier Rides with cumbersome restraints ran along an all-right-turning course at the frightful altitude of over 900 feet. Other rides at the top of the tower - Big Shot, X-Scream, and Insanity - will continue to operate.


The 1998 Caripro "Batflyer" family suspended coaster has been removed from Paramount's Kings Island, as the former Hanna-Barbera Land and Nickelodeon Central are being transformed into Nickeldeon Universe for a 2006 debut. Scooby's Ghoster Coaster had a difficult time moving passengers through it's low-capacity ride systeml a similar coaster, the two tracke Caripro Spellbreaker at Legoland California, seased operation in 2003, and Caripro is no longer in business. Though PKI's coaster count now cuts back to 13, one can only assume great new things are on their way.

All three stories come from ACE News, Volume xxviii, issue 3, January-February 2006

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