In the 1942 film “The Corpse Vanishes,” actor Bela Lugosi explains that he finds a coffin “much more comfortable than a bed.”
Six Flags St. Louis is seeking people who find lying in coffins within their comfort level. The Missouri theme park announced on its website Friday that to celebrate the 30th year of Fright Fest, it will host a 30-Hour Coffin Challenge.
Six contestants will be chosen to spend 30 hours in “deluxe,” “slightly used” coffins measuring 2 feet wide by 7 feet long, the Post-Dispatch reported. Hours of repose will be from 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, until 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the park.
Contestants will be allowed to bring a friend, the park said on its website, but only during Fright Fest operating hours. After hours -- from midnight Saturday until noon Sunday -- they will be on their own, but “some of our Fright Fest Freaks will be lurking about in the darkness.”
There will be six-minute bathroom breaks every hour, but a contestant will be eliminated from the competition if he or she gets out of the coffin.
Park officials did not specify whether this is an open or closed casket competition, but for health (and liability) reasons, we’ll assume it’s an open showing.
However, to ensure comfort, contestants are encouraged to bring a pillow and blanket. The park will provide, food, drinks and snacks, and will provide cellphone charging stations to pass the time.
Contestants who make it through the 30 hours will receive two 2019 Gold Season Passes and a Fright Fest Prize Package, which includes tickets to the haunted house and Freak Train. As for the $300 prize, if more than one person makes it through a drawing will be held to award the cash.
But nobody goes home empty-handed. All winners will be allowed to keep the coffin, the park said on its website.
After all, the challenge organizers want their contestants to rest in peace.
Fans of “Stranger Things” can enjoy a new corn maze in Indiana based on the popular Netflix series, WDRB reported.
The maze will debut at Exploration Acres in Lafayette on Sept. 14 and will be open through Oct. 28, the television station reported.
Tim Fitzgerald, president and CEO of Exploration Acres, said he got the idea for the maze after binge-watching “Stranger Things,” WXIN reported.
The size of the maze is equal to approximately 15 football field, and paths through it are more than 10 miles long, WDRB reported. Its design will include images from the show, including the main characters riding their bicycles, the television station reported.
The high temperature is expected to be 47 degrees Friday in Grand Prairie, Texas, but that will not deter the grand opening of an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark.
The park will feature 11 waterslides, an outdoor wave pool, a surf simulator, an arcade and a lazy river. Food and beverages also will be sold.
The park, with a retractable roof, was funded by the taxpayers of Grand Prairie.
The is part of a larger complex that includes a fitness center, theater and media center, KTRK reported.
For the second time in a week, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has reached capacity and is not accepting guests, the company said Sunday.
The company put out a notice to guests through the My Disney Experience app saying the park was not accepting new visitors at this time.
The park also reached capacity on Christmas Day.
Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom are not affected by the closure, the company said.
Disney Imagineer Martin A. “Marty” Sklar, who helped craft the vision that produced Walt Disney World and Epcot, died Thursday, the Walt Disney Company announced in a blog post. He was 83.
Sklar worked at Disney for 54 years and "was instrumental” in helping Walt Disney create and expand his vision for theme parks.
“Everything about Marty was legendary – his achievements, his spirit, his career,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company. “He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence. He was also a powerful connection to Walt himself. No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty and we’ll miss his enthusiasm, his grace, and his indomitable spirit.”
Sklar was recruited to create The Disneyland News for the California theme park in 1955, when he was a student at UCLA. After graduating in 1956, Sklar joined Disney full time. He retired as executive vice president and imagineering ambassador on July 17, 2009, on the 54th anniversary of Disneyland’s opening.
It’s a hotel that Disney is hoping guests will marvel at.
Disney’s Hotel New York, a 565-room property near Disneyland Paris’ Disneytown. will be renovated to feature the props, drawings and costumes from Marvel films, television shows and comic books, Travel & Leisure reported.
The Art of Marvel will be the first Marvel Comics hotel. It will boast a skyscraper facade and likely will include Stark Tower, Travel & Leisure reported, continuing Marvel’s expanded presence among Disney properties.
The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, and has opened two attractions -- Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout! at Disney’s California Adventure; and Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland. Walt Disney World’s Epcot park in Florida will be opening a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster soon, while Avengers attractions are being proposed for the Disney California Adventure park, Travel & Leisure reported.
A woman riding a bungee-style ride at a fair in central Paris narrowly avoided serious injury, and possibly death, when the seat belt on the ride failed.
Luckily her legs got caught up in the ropes, which prevented her from falling to the ground, but the video of the episode shows her head was just inches from an elevated platform as she swung back and forth upside down.
The crowd was stunned as the accident unfolded. A bystander quickly tried to grab the dangling woman as she swung by, eventually grabbing hold of her hand to slow her momentum down.
The ride was part of an annual street fair at a park in central Paris.
Roller coasters are supposed to be frightening as they move at high speeds through twists and turns, up steep inclines, and twice as fast down heart-stopping hills, but a bird strike isn’t supposed to be part of the terror.
But that’s exactly what happened on a roller coaster in Spain billed as Europe’s fastest coaster.
It was all caught on camera, too, at the new Ferrari Land in Barcelona.
A pigeon struck the shocked coaster rider in the face at the top of a 367-foot vertical track on the Red Force roller coaster while traveling more than 100 miles an hour, according to the Huffington Post.
The thrill seeker, who was in the front seat of the coaster with a friend, looked stunned when the bird first hit him, then the force of the ride pinned the pigeon to the man’s neck before it was able to flutter away.
Although he did have a little blood on his face, the rider recovered quickly and seemed to enjoy the rest of the ride.
It’s unclear if the blood belonged to the man or the bird.
Video of a worker at Walt Disney World mopping the floors of a restaurant at the Art Animation Resort and then cleaning the tables with the same dirty mop is gaining some attention.
“Anybody with any kind of common sense can see that is unsanitary,” said Jesse Arias, the man who took and shared the video with WFTV. “It’s just really disturbing that they were doing something like that and exposing us to diseases. There are thousands of people that walk those parks a day.”
Arias said the resort manager comped him for the cost of his hotel, but he said it still bothered him. Afterward, he wrote letters to Disney, but he said he never got a satisfying response.
A spokesperson for the resort said that when workers found out about the incident, they immediately took action.
The spokesperson said it was an isolated incident.
Disney officials said the woman in the video works for a third-party vendor and she is no longer welcome on Disney property.
Paul Cook, a retired health inspector, said he had never seen anything like it.
“I would have immediately closed that place and had them come in and say, 'You have to retrain your employees on properly cleaning, sanitizing food service equipment and properly cleaning the floor,” Cook said.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website listed a few minor violations since the resort opened in 2012. None involved the food service area.
Six Flags Over Georgia has set a Guinness World Record for Most People Kissing Under Mistletoe.
According to a press release, 402 people (201 couples) were part of the historic event.
The kisses lasted for at least 10 seconds, the release said.
The event was sponsored by Mistletoeing.com, which provided the sprigs of mistletoe; DenTek, an oral health company; and the amusement park.
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