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Record-Breaking Innovations Highlight New Rides and Attractions Coming to Six Flags Parks in 2018

Six Flags Entertainment Company, the world’s largest regional theme park company, announced the most spectacular lineup of world-record breaking roller coasters, rides and first-of-its-kind attractions in its 56-year history, debuting at Six Flags parks from coast to coast for the 2018 season. Six Flags is recognized throughout the world as a leader in innovation—pioneering a long list of industry firsts, including the world’s first hybrid roller coaster and North America’s first virtual reality (VR) coasters. Nobody delivers thrills like Six Flags and next season the thrills are taller, faster and BIGGER than ever.

“Many of the rides and attractions we are introducing are ‘world’s firsts’ and record breakers as we deliver fun-packed innovation at the highest level. Innovation is in our DNA and our guests expect and deserve one-of-a-kind experiences when they visit our parks,” said Six Flags Chairman, President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson. “Our strategy of providing something new in every park, every year, continues to delight our guests and has resulted in attendance growing to over 30 million guests annually.”

Six Flags, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, is launching a thrilling collection of new rides and attractions themed after the most famous Super Heroes and Super-Villains in the world. Here’s what’s coming to a Six Flags near you…

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Maine Rings In the Winter Recreational Season With More Than A Foot Of Snow

As Bob and Doug would say, “So, like take off to the Great White North”.

This past week marked the official start of the Maine Office of Tourism’s weekly snow reports, sent in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows the majority of Maine has between 18 and 24 inches. The coastal regions show less snow, while areas in the Maine Highlands region and Aroostook County show up to two feet or more.

According to a Bangor Daily News article, the Christmas day storm left more than a foot of snow covering much of the state, with heavy winds contributing to near whiteout conditions and snow drifts.

Christmas vacation week presents a busy time at ski centers throughout the state. Mt. Abram will host a variety of activities that range from beer tastings to a family ski race and après celebration. At Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, their Winter Festival will take place and feature equipment demos and open mic nights. Live music, movie nights and a New Year’s Eve celebration with fireworks and live music will be happening at Sugarloaf. In Newry at Sunday River, there is fun for the whole family including dining with Eddy the Yeti at North Peak, River Nugget Jam and New Year’s Eve fireworks. For the first time ever, Lost Valley was able to open their entire terrain for Christmas week.

“Every ski center in the state, both alpine and Nordic, has spectacular conditions with some areas reporting up to 22 inches in the last week,” said Greg Sweetser, Ski Maine’s executive director. “Many areas are operating on vacation week hours, so it’s a great week to hit the slopes.”

To celebrate the start of 2018, Farmington’s Titcomb Mountain will be running their Tour de Titcomb with a Classic Sprint and Hill Climb.

For snowmobilers, MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers said, “This winter’s snowmobile season is shaping up exceedingly well, with ample snow depth across most areas of the state and with cold temperatures helping to create a solid trail base.”

There are snowmobile trails groomed and ready throughout Maine. Some trails with excellent conditions include: Limestone, known as the “Border Trail” from Limestone to Van Buren; Coburn, between The Forks and Jackman; Madawaska, with a clubhouse occasionally open and serving chicken stew and ploys; and East Kennebago 1 and 2, with views from the summit of East Kennebago Mountain in Rangeley.

The MSA snowmobile trail conditions page went live on the website yesterday, and will be updated daily throughout the season. As a special caution for the coming week, some regions of the state are expected to experience an extended period of cold weather, especially in the Caribou area where there are warnings of a dangerous wind chill of negative 20 to 30 degrees during the day.

“Take it easy, bundle up and be sure your gear is in good working order if you venture out,” said Meyers. “Be smart and safe. Now is not a good time to end up having to walk!”

“We’re thrilled to see a lot of fresh snow covering much of Maine as we get ready to kick off the new year,” said Maine Office of Tourism’s senior tourism officer, Phil Savignano. “This season’s ski and snowmobiling season appears to be promising, and we also look forward to a winter filled with other outdoor activities and events. With Maine’s size and varied geography, keep in mind there is always good snow somewhere in Maine even if it’s not in your backyard.”

For weekend plans, bundle up to go ice skating at The Rink at Thompson’s Point, or for Nordic skiers and snowshoers, Pineland Farms of New Gloucester has freshly groomed trails and loops and to warm up at the end of the day, a kitchen and deli serving soups, salads and sandwiches. Get out of the cold by checking out one of Maine’s farmers markets in Portland or Brunswick, both open Saturdays.

The snow reports will be released each Wednesday throughout the season. Visitors can also find information about other winter activities and events on VisitMaine.com.


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St. Augustine Night of Lights Festival Dazzles Downtown

The 24th Annual St. Augustine Nights of Lights Festival dazzles the city as some three million lights adorn every corner of the historic district for two months.

During Nights of Lights, downtown St. Augustine businesses stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and shop amongst the lit buildings. The trains and trolleys offer special seasonal tours that take you through the best areas of Nights of Lights, and there are also a variety of specialty tours — everything from walking to horse-and-carriage tours, and even tours to see the lights from the water and from the air.

This award-winning holiday lights display runs now to January 31, 2018, in historic St. Augustine.

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Two World Record Coasters Planned for American Dream Mall

The indoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park at American Dream will feature two record-breaking roller coasters by Gerstlauer. They consist of an intertwined Launched Euro-Fighter with a beyond-vertical drop and a Spinning Coaster whose cars rotate on a vertical axis as they move along the track.

“Featuring the best in family and adult entertainment, Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream has been designed to appeal to customers of all ages. By working with the best partners in the business, our park experience will be highly themed and offer one of a kind rides by Gerstlauer,” Don Ghermezian, President Triple Five.

The Euro-Fighter boasts the world record for the steepest roller coaster drop, while the Spinning Coaster will hold the titles of the world’s tallest and longest free spinning roller coaster.

“These two coasters, appealing to thrill seekers, will break three world-records combined! Gerstlauer has far exceeded our expectations with these new to market coasters and we’re excited to have them on this journey with us,” commented Gary Hanson, a management consultant at Triple Five.

“We have worked on many projects, but this will be unlike anything we have ever designed. Visitors to Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream are in for a great ride,” said Siegfried Gerstlauer, Managing Director of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides.

About American Dream
American Dream, a world-class retail and entertainment destination, is being developed by Triple Five Group of Companies, owners of the two largest shopping and entertainment centers in North America – Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall.

American Dream is located in Bergen County, New Jersey at the Meadowlands Complex at the intersection of three major highways – I-95, Route 3, Route 120 – that service over 100 Million vehicles annually. American Dream is in the heart of the New York Metropolitan area with over 21 million residents and 62 million domestic and international tourists annually. The project is serviced by three of the largest airports in the US – Newark, LaGuardia and JFK International with 110 million travelers annually and is connected by passenger rail service to Penn Station New York.

American Dream, opening in 2019, is approximately 3 million square feet. American Dream will redefine the customer experience in shopping and leisure with a unique combination of retail, dining, entertainment and attractions – all in one location. Anchor tenants Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor — along with over 450 retail, food and specialty shops — are complimented by North America’s largest fully-enclosed indoor DreamWorks Water Park and Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park; a 16-story Big Snow Indoor Ski & Snow Park; a live Performing Arts Theater; 285-foot tall Observation Wheel; luxury movie theatres by Cinemex; Sea Life Aquarium, Lego Discovery Center; NHL-size Ice Rink; and two 18-hole miniature golf attractions. The center also features The Collections – a luxury and fashion area in the property and The Dining Terrace – a collection of fifteen full-service restaurants showcased in one location in the center.


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Kimco to Build Mill Station $110 Million Open-Air Shopping and Dining Experience in Baltimore

Kimco Realty Corp introduced plans for Mill Station – a new, open-air shopping destination at the former site of the Owings Mills Mall in Baltimore County, Maryland. Costco will anchor the 575,000-square-foot Kimco Signature Series development, which will feature national, regional and local retailers, a variety of dining options, ample parking, green space and pedestrian-friendly walkways. Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2018, with completion expected in early 2019.

The approximately $108-million, ground-up development will house up to 30 retailers and restaurants, linked by a network of walkways and connections to existing office and retail. Mill Station lies in close proximity to mass transit, and enjoys direct access to I-795, connecting Carroll County with Baltimore County. The shopping center will serve a population of 166,000 in the surrounding five-mile area, with an average household income of approximately $93,000.

Costco will open a 148,000-square-foot warehouse club at the shopping center, to include a deli, bakery, food court, garden center, optical department, photo center and a gas station. The Mill Station club will be the only Costco location within a 15-mile radius. Kimco is negotiating leases with several additional retailers to occupy a total of 350,000 square feet at the new center. Furthermore, the site’s existing AMC Theatre will be fully modernized, creating a state-of-the-art cinema experience.


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