Amusement and theme parks

Fireworks seen from the Lincoln Memorial explode over the Potomac River for Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 04, 2019 - 10:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America's birth as a country has been filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and, of course, fireworks. Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York and other places around the country are holding massive celebrations with big name artists like...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 file photo, Dubai Parks & Resorts celebrates it's opening ceremony with fireworks in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Dubai firm DXB Entertainments said Tuesday July 3, 2019, it will pay $7.5 million to Six Flags after abandoning plans to build a version of the U.S. amusement park in the emirates amid a slowdown in the economy. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
July 03, 2019 - 6:04 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai firm said Tuesday it will pay $7.5 million to Six Flags after abandoning plans to build a version of the U.S. amusement park in the United Arab Emirates amid a slowdown in the economy. DXB Entertainments, which runs Dubai Parks & Resorts, said it...
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This photo provided by Ryan Reede shows smoke from a fast-moving brush fire that Reede took as he was riding on a roller coaster at Six Flags in Valencia, north of Los Angeles. The brush fire erupted near the huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze. (Ryan Reede via AP)
June 10, 2019 - 11:59 am
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze. Six...
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In this photo provided by Arthur Wilkie, people evacuate Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif., north of Los Angeles, as smoke from a fast-moving brush fire surrounded the area. (Arthur Wilkie via AP)
June 09, 2019 - 7:55 pm
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving brush fire erupted near a huge amusement and water park in Southern California on Sunday, sending hundreds of visitors to the exit to escape clouds of smoke and ash before fire officials asked them to stay put while they worked to contain the blaze. Six...
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This March 16, 2019 photo provided by Animal Adventure Park shows April the Giraffe with her new male calf on in Harpursville, N.Y. There will be no more babies for April, the giraffe that enthralled worldwide YouTube audiences with two livestreamed pregnancies and births. Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, says Thursday, June 6, 2019 that 17-year-old April will start contraceptives Friday and retire from the park’s breeding program. (Animal Adventure Park via AP)
June 06, 2019 - 6:25 pm
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — There will be no more babies for April, the giraffe that enthralled viewers worldwide with two livestreamed pregnancies and births. Jordan Patch of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, says Thursday that 17-year-old April will start contraceptives on Friday and...
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From left, "Star Wars" film franchise creator George Lucas, cast members Billy Dee Williams and Mark Hamill, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and cast member Harrison Ford stand in front of the Millennium Falcon starship during a dedication ceremony for the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction at Disneyland Park, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
May 30, 2019 - 1:38 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is on the same land as Disneyland, but stepping into the new attraction transports visitors to an entirely different world. The theme park offered media a glimpse into Galaxy's Edge on Wednesday. The exclusive tour included a Star Wars-themed food...
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State Sen. Ling Ling Chang poses for a selfie with a hot air balloon shaped like Yoda of Star Wars, outside the Capitol Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Chang, a Southern California Republican whose district is near Disneyland, joined other lawmakers in declaring May 4 as "Star Wars Day."(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 02, 2019 - 6:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — May the fourth officially be with you. The California Legislature voted Thursday to declare May 4 "Star Wars Day" in recognition of a Disneyland theme park slated to open later this month. It's a play on the Star Wars' phrase "may the force be with you." The resolution by...
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This undated photo provided by the Aurora, Ill., Police Department shows Timmothy Pitzen, missing since 2011. A young man's claim to be Timmothy, the missing Illinois boy who disappeared under tragic circumstances eight years ago, has been exposed as a hoax, authorities said Thursday, April 4, 2019. DNA tests have determined the young man is not Timmothy. (Aurora Police Department via AP)
April 03, 2019 - 11:30 pm
In 2011, 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen's mother picked him up at school in Illinois, took him to the zoo and a water park, and then killed herself at a hotel, leaving a note in which she said her son was fine but that no one would ever find him. On Wednesday, a 14-year-old boy came forward to tell...
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March 11, 2019 - 3:01 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A woman who was attacked by a jaguar after crossing a barrier at a zoo to take a photo of herself with the animal has apologized to the facility outside Phoenix. A spokeswoman for Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park said the woman, who suffered deep cuts, came back to the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2008, file photo, provided by Richard Maack, a Wilma Flintstone figure is seen at the Flintstones Bedrock City theme park near Williams, Ariz. The theme park near the Grand Canyon designed around the "Flintstones" cartoon will now be strictly for the birds. The new owner says it will become Raptor Ranch: Birds of Prey park, a showcase for falconry. The Arizona Daily Sun reported on the sale this week. (Richard Maack via AP, File)
February 12, 2019 - 12:38 pm
WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — A theme park near the Grand Canyon designed around the "Flintstones" cartoon will now be strictly for the birds. The Arizona Daily Sun reported this week that the sale of Flintstones Bedrock City, north of Williams, Arizona, officially closed Jan. 31. The stone-age village...
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