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  • Crime & Punishment: Log Flume-Based Discrimination

    Crime & Punishment: Log Flume-Based Discrimination
    A 52-year-old New Haven man, whose life's passion is riding the log-like flume rides in water parks, is suing Six Flags after the company banned him from its 18 locations for life. Jay Marc Harris, known as "Flumie" and "Flume Dog" to his friends (seriously), spends his summers touring water parks. At the Six Flags in San Antonio, he allegedly approached three moms, asking to "borrow" a child for a two-person ride. He seemed to dig his hole deeper when he specified that he would "prefer a young boy." Harris, a Hasidic Jew who wears a yarmulke-like swim cap at his beloved water parks, says his religion would preclude him from riding with a girl. The security guard who kicked him out apparently found reports of Harris hiding to stay overnight in the Six Flags in Chicago and chaining himself to a tree (to prevent his eviction) at the one in Atlanta. Six Flags banned him from all their parks. Harris is suing, claiming gender and religious discrimination. "It's a tragic story in my life," he told the San Antonio Express-News, adding, "[T]heir discriminatory policy of 'a girl whines, trash the guy' will scar me for life."
  • Knott's Berry Farm returns to its roots with Boysenberry Festival

    Knott's Berry Farm returns to its roots with Boysenberry Festival
    It's no wonder Knott's Berry Farm is hosting a Boysenberry Festival this month. Namesake Walter Knott was the first farmer to grow the berry commercially and start selling them at his Buena Park stand in the 1930s. As the story goes, Knott's business in...

    Unique wooden shuttle coaster coming to tiny Texas amusement park

    Unique wooden shuttle coaster coming to tiny Texas amusement park
    It’s safe to say most coaster enthusiasts had never heard of ZDT’s before the tiny Texas amusement park announced plans to add a one-of-a-kind ride this summer. Designed by Ohio-based Gravity Group, the Famous Switchback Railway will be...

    What to expect for Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration

    What to expect for Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration
    What do you give a 60-year-old theme park that has everything? How about a nighttime parade transplanted from Hong Kong Disneyland and an anniversary-themed update to its long-running fireworks show? Disneyland will add plenty of polish, sparkle and...

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas puts a new spin on fourth-dimension coasters

    Six Flags Fiesta Texas puts a new spin on fourth-dimension coasters
    The new Batman fourth-dimension roller coaster coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2015 will feature seats that spin forward and backward as the train navigates a zigzagging track with undulating straightaways and free-fall drops. Set to debut in summer...