This appears to be the plan for Universal Studios’ new rol…


Hang on for a wild ride. 

A veteran theme park enthusiast has obtained what appears to be the detailed track layout for the new “Fast & Furious” roller coaster at Universal Studios Hollywood.  

The ride, known only as Project 409 at this point, will begin in the park’s upper lot, descend into the lower lot, and then return to the station after looping around the Starway escalator. That much we already knew thanks to a geotechnical permit obtained by Alicia Stella of Theme Park Stop.

Information released by the park itself has been far less specific.

“Equipped with a state-of-the-art ride system uniquely created to engulf guests within the dynamic ‘Fast & Furious’ universe, this all-new roller coaster will benefit from Universal Destinations & Experiences’ decades-long expertise in revolutionizing the development of the contemporary roller coaster across its global theme park destinations,” Universal Studios said in its July announcement.

Fast & Furious Coaster Construction
The area where the new “Fast & Furious” roller coaster will be built at Universal Studios Hollywood. September 2023. (KTLA)

To make way for the new coaster, Universal Studios took a wrecking ball to its popular Animal Actors and Special Effects show venues. KTLA’s helicopter recently captured footage of the construction, which is still in its infancy. 

Now, thanks to great investigative work from an administrator of, we can see the ride’s anticipated footprint and track layout. 

WARNING: Spoilers Below! 

Based on the plan, it appears the coaster -as expected- will launch riders from a station in the upper lot into a series of high-speed banked turns and drops through the lower lot adjacent to Kirk Douglas Drive and just south of Jurassic World – The Ride. The first part of the coaster also appears to include a large corkscrew.

Fast & Furious Coaster Site Plan
The purported site plan for Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Fast & Furious” Coaster. (

Then, in one of the biggest thrills, riders are launched into what looks like a “dive drop” type of inversion next to a parking lot that sends the train hurling back toward the east at ground level.

After at least two more anticipated launches and inversions, including a loop around the Starway escalator, the ride comes to an end.  

The source

Zachary Strader, a self-described “professional fact finder” and “theme park whisperer,” told KTLA how he obtained the plan.

“[It] was included in a large collection of documentation I pulled directly from a governmental agency that Universal Creative is required to work with ahead of any major site disturbance at Universal Studios Hollywood,” he told us. “It’s always impossible to assert that what I’m looking at is the final plan as things can change during development. That said, I can say with confidence that the plans in question depict what Universal Creative requested permission to construct as of May 2023.”

Assuming the plan is accurate, there are still many unknowns including theming, the queue, indoor and outdoor features, and the type of cars. But the track design itself, Strader says, can tell us a lot.

“Given that we can see a top-down perspective … there is far less uncertainty here than with other similar project leaks in the past. We instantly know track locations and rotations. That only really leaves heights and speeds unknown.”

Strader created a composite map showing the track over a satellite image of the existing area and several other ParkFans members created impressive 3D animations of the coaster – or at least what they think it will look like.

Fast & Furious Coaster
A composite image showing a satellite view of Universal Studios Hollywood and the purported site map for the new Fast & Furious roller coaster. (

Based on mysterious (possibly leaked) concept art posted online last year, bloggers also suspect the cars might “drift” on the track to replicate the movement of racers in the “Fast & Furious” films.

Strader says the new coaster appears to be designed by Intamin, a Liechtenstein-based company that has been building coasters since the 1960s. (Liechtenstein is a tiny nation wedged between Switzerland and Austria). 

Intamin developed the world’s first hydraulic launch system, including the one used to send riders from 0 to 128 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds on Kingda Ka, North America’s tallest and fastest coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. 

Theme parks rarely share specifics about rides in development, so it’s understandable that Universal Studios Hollywood did not respond to KTLA’s requests for comment.

But one thing is for certain: the coaster will be easily visible from the 101 Freeway so thousands of L.A. drivers can watch it take shape over the coming months.

Universal Studios Hollywood has not yet released a projected opening date.  

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Halloween at theme parks in the United States is a big deal. But which is the best for the spooky season? We have the answer.

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Credit: Disney

While theme parks are spread far and wide across the US, Florida is home to, arguably, the most popular. On sheer scale alone, the Walt Disney World Resort is a behemoth of theme park entertainment, having been opened for the last 52 years following Walt Disney’s successful Disneyland opening in 1955.

Joining Walt Disney World in the Sunshine State is Universal Orlando Resort. Together, the pair make up six of the most visited theme parks worldwide, including Magic Kingdom Park and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

At Halloween, both of these destinations light up with all things spooky. Walt Disney World hosts the annual Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on select nights from August through November at Magic Kingdom, while Universal Studios Florida becomes home to the haunts and horrors of Halloween Horror Nights.

Universal Studios Florida archway during Halloween Horror Nights
Credit: Universal

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And while some may think one of these two may be the best Halloween experience at a theme park, the highest-ranked park lies elsewhere.

Nestled in Sandusky, Ohio, the Cedar Point theme park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair. Thought to be the second-oldest running amusement park in the United States, having opened in 1870, Cedar Point is the flagship location for the corporation. Other locations include Carowinds in North Carolina, Worlds of Fun in Missouri, and Knott’s Berry Farm and California’s Great America in California.

The latter, which is found in Santa Clara, California, hit the headlines recently after featuring a Taylor Swift takeover in line with the musician’s record-breaking (and economy-saving) The Eras Tour, which played at the Levi’s Stadium in late July.

Three clowns from the Carnevil Scare Zone at Knott's Scary Farm
Credit: Knott’s Berry Farm

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Back in the Midwest, though, and Cedar Point is home to some of the most thrilling attractions around. From Magnum XL-200 to Millennium Force to the hypercoaster Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point is known for its roller coasters as well as its wide variety of other attractions, live shows, and entertainment.

Unlike other parks across the US, such as Universal resorts and Disney parks, Cedar Point is a seasonal park, opening partially through the year and then on weekends from Labor Day through Halloween; these are known as HalloWeekends.

And it is Cedar Point’s Halloween offering that has cemented it as the best in the US, killing off the competition, including Magic Kingdom Park, Universal Studios Florida, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in the Sunshine State.

Cedar Point roller coaster
Credit: Cedar Point

Per a ranking conducted by Jeffbet and sent to Inside the Magic via Journo Research, it is revealed that Cedar Point tops the list for US theme parks this Halloween.

Based on various factors like amenities, attractions, availability, price, crowding, theming, and popularity, the ranking reveals that the top 10 theme parks in the US this Halloween season are as follows:

  1. Cedar Point, Ohio
  2. Knott’s Berry Farm, California
  3. Disneyland Park, California
  4. Six Flags Magic Mountain, California
  5. King’s Island, Ohio
  6. Hersheypark, Pennsylvania
  7. Universal Studios Hollywood, California
  8. Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey
  9. Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia
  10. Disney California Adventure, California
Guests walk through Villain's Grove at Disneyland's Oogie Boogie Bash.
Credit: Disney

“The 364-acre amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, also scored the best for value for money, with the $46.99 entry fee and $25 parking well worth it when the whopping 72 attractions and time spent in the park (up to 13 hours each day over the spooky season) are accounted for,” the report reads.

“The park also performed particularly well for theming, as there are a staggering 19 Halloween-specific ‘nighttime frights’ planned over their ‘Halloweekend’ events, including mazes, outdoor scare zones, and ‘sinister’ live shows.”

The report also details how the data showed that Cedar Point was popular, with the second-highest annual search volume after Universal Studios Hollywood. And in terms of reviews, the park has a 4.6 out of five.

Nighttime shot of light up pumpkins and a roller coaster at Cedar Point
Credit: Cedar Point

Rounding out the end of the list, and outside the top 10, are Six Flags Great America in Illinois, and Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, all found in Florida.

It’s interesting to see some of the biggest names in US theme parks land at the bottom of the list, but when taking into consideration the elements that this ranking was based on (attendance, crowds, pricing, etc.), it’s easy to see why.

Both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort face some of the biggest crowds in the world. In fact, Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park on the planet. Then, when it comes to ticket costs, both have some of the biggest price tags in the theme park space and when adding on the separate cost of the hard-ticketed Halloween events, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights, those prices can soar rather quickly.

Mickey and Minnie dressed up in their Halloween costumes during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Credit: Disney

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Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends runs through October 29 with a range of “daytime delights” and “nighttime frights.” As for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights, the former has its last party on November 1, and the latter wraps up its scare-fest on November 4.

What do you think is the best Halloween at theme parks in the US? Would you put Cedar Point at the top? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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Woman Suing Six Flags St. Louis After Being Grabbed By “No…


A woman is suing Six Flags St. Louis after her neck was grabbed by a “vine in the shape of a noose,” resulting in an incredibly serious injury.

Guests riding Fireball at Six Flags St. Louis
Credit: Six Flags

Throughout the United States, Six Flags is recognized as one of the top theme park brands, promising exciting thrill rides, roller coasters, and annual Fright Fest events at every one of its parks. Multiple parks are recognized as the best in the world, including Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, Six Flags Great America in Northern California, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in, well, Texas.

However, numerous smaller Six Flags parks are also worthy of recognition, including Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, MO. Unfortunately, it looks like this specific amusement park is currently being recognized for a gnarly accident that occurred on its Log Flume attraction.

Woman’s Necked Grabbed By Vine on Log Flume at Six Flags St. Louis

Guests riding Log Flume after a drop at Six Flags St. Louis
Credit: Six Flags

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Other Six Flags parks may be more well-known, but Six Flags St. Louis remains one of the more underrated amusement parks under the Six Flags banner. The popular Missouri theme park has numerous thrill rides like the Screamin’ Eagle wooden roller coaster, River King Mine Train, the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis dark ride in DC Comics Plaza, and the Thunder River raft ride.

However, a different water ride has recently grabbed the attention of local news teams when it allegedly led to numerous injuries for a 53-year-old woman. According to the woman, she was riding the log flume attraction, appropriately named Log Flume, in June 2020 when an overgrown vine “in the shape of a noose” grabbed her “around the neck and by the nose.”

a photo of a Log Flume surrounded by vegetation
Credit: Jeremy Thompson via Wikimedia Commons

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The incident resulted in a “ruptured disc in her spine” as well as injuries to her right arm and shoulder, requiring extensive medical therapy. The lawsuit describes her injuries as “painful, permanent and progressive.”

The woman is suing Six Flags St. Louis for negligence due to the overgrown vegetation around the ride. She is asking for $25,000 to cover her current and future medical bills since more treatment is still required over three years later.

The Log Flume drop, showing multiple plants around the ride
Credit: Six Flags

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According to the woman’s lawyer, Gerard Schneller, the Six Flags park has been less than helpful, “They just ignore you.” Six Flags St. Louis has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

Hopefully, the woman will be able to find some kind of relief for her injuries, especially since the incident seems far too specific for her to have just made up. However, the photos of overgrown vegetation shared by Schneller to the Riverfront Times seem to be of Thunder River instead of Log Flume. However, you can watch a video of the full ride on the official Six Flags website. Time will tell how this turns out for the plaintiff.

Should Six Flags St. Louis be held responsible for this incident? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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Luciana Periales Named Second Vice Chair of IAAPA’s Board …


Luciana Periales has been named the second vice chair of IAAPA’s Board of Directors for 2024.

What’s Happening:

  • Luciana Periales, the chief executive officer of Neverland Park in Argentina, was named the second vice chair of IAAPA’s Board of Directors for 2024.
  • She will serve as the first vice chair of IAAPA in 2025 and lead the global association for the attractions industry as the chair of the board in 2026.
  • Periales’ selection was made during a board of directors meeting on September 23 in Vienna, Austria, just before IAAPA Expo Europe opened its doors at Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center.
  • With her strong connections in the attractions industry, Periales is carrying on her family’s legacy in her role with Neverland, which was founded by her uncle.
  • Under her leadership, Neverland remains committed to innovation, evolution, and growth.
  • Today the company owns 30 attractions in Argentina and Spain. Periales has been a valued volunteer and committee member with IAAPA for more than a decade, including serving on the Association’s Family Entertainment Center, Strategic Planning, and Service Awards committees, and the IAAPA Board of Directors as the chair of the Latin America, Caribbean Regional Advisory Committee.
  • Luciana’s selection was part of a larger election of seven people who will take new positions on the IAAPA Board. New board members begin their service in 2024.

The following board members were also named:

EMEA Regional Advisory Committee Chair Director (2024-2026) – Håkon Lund

  • Mr. Håkon Lund is president and owner of Lund Gruppen in Norway. Lund Gruppen is deeply rooted in a legacy of amusement parks and attractions.
  • Lund Gruppen is a family business, that dates to 1895 and spans four generations. The company owns brands like Lunds Tivoli, Kongeparken, Skånes Djurpark, Festdager, and Landstreff Stavanger and operates parks in Norway and Sweden.
  • He has served as a member of the IAAPA EMEA Regional Advisory Committee for several years and has presented at several IAAPA events.

North America Regional Advisory Committee Chair Director (2024-2026) – Denise Beckson

  • Ms. Denise Beckson is the vice president of government affairs and human resources for Morey’s Piers, a seaside amusement and water park resort in Wildwood, New Jersey, in the United States.
  • Beckson has been involved in the parks and attractions industry for more than 30 years.
  • Her experience in the industry has focused on safety, education and training, aquatic operations, risk management, food and beverage, HR and talent acquisition, and government relations/public affairs.
  • She has a rich history of service within IAAPA, serving on various committees and taking on leadership roles, including chair of the Global Government Relations and Global Education committees.
  • She also served a three-year term on the IAAPA Board, was a member of the association’s headquarters relocation task force, and is actively engaged in advocacy representing the industry on vital issues at a state and federal level and educating lawmakers and regulators about attractions.

Facility Member Director (2024-2026) – Su “Dale” Zhan Hang

  • Mr. Su “Dale” Zhan Hang is group vice president at Chimelong Group, located in China, the parent company of the comprehensive resort, Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort, which owns major theme parks and attractions in China.
  • He has experience working on large development projects under the guidance of his father, Mr. Su Zhigang, Chimelong Group chairman.
  • He is very involved in many different community organizations including serving as vice president of the China Tourism Chamber, vice president of the Guangdong and Macao Federation of Industry and Commerce and serves as a director at Guangdong Federation of Young Entrepreneurs.

Facility Member Director (2024-2026) – Neil Dwyer

  • Mr. Neil Dwyer is the vice president of operations for Qiddiya Investment Co. – Six Flags Qiddiya in Saudi Arabia.
  • With nearly 20 years of experience in several industry companies, Dwyer offers a deep understanding of the attractions industry.
  • He has experience working in multiple theme parks, including Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Camelot Theme Park, IMG Worlds of Adventure, and Global Village. Currently, overseeing strategic development for Six Flags Qiddiya, a theme park resort in Saudi Arabia, he is instrumental in shaping the park’s vision, growth strategy, and operational plans in a rapidly growing market.
  • Dwyer’s involvement with IAAPA has been diverse and impactful, encompassing roles on committees, subcommittees, task forces, leading education sessions, and contributing to education content development as a subject matter expert.

Facility Member Director (2024-2025) – Gina Claassen

  • Ms. Gina Claassen is the corporate safety director for Herschend Family Entertainment in the United States and has been with the company for 25 years. 
  • Herschend Family Entertainment and its parent company Herschend Enterprises are a family-owned themed attractions corporation that operates entertainment, tourism, and hospitality properties including theme parks, water parks, resorts, aquariums, and the Harlem Globetrotters Sports Entertainment organization.
  • Herschend Family Entertainment attractions span 26 locations across the United States and British Columbia. Claassen has a long history of involvement with IAAPA including serving on the IAAPA Board of Directors in 2023.
  • She has been an IAAPA Expo Show Ambassador, served on the exhibitor awards, facility operations, and IAAPA Expo program planning committees, and has led education sessions at numerous IAAPA events.

Facility Member Director (2023-2025) – Rajen Shah

  • Mr. Rajen Shah is the managing director of The Great Escape water park and Arihant Industrial Corporation Limited.
  • The Great Escape is an attraction on the outskirts of Mumbai that has 13 slides, kids’ pool, children’s play equipment, and a wave pool.
  • He has much experience within IAAPA serving on several committees and the IAAPA Board of Directors.
  • He was the recipient of the IAAPA Outstanding Service Award in 2021. He is also the founding member of the Indian Association of Amusement Parks & Industries (IAAPI) and has served on the IAAPI board for the past 23 years in various capacities including chairman, and secretary general, and he has been involved in international government relations.

What They’re Saying:

  • “Luciana Periales was chosen as the second vice chair for the 2024 IAAPA Board of Directors because of her deep industry roots and innovative leadership as CEO of Neverland, a successful group of entertainment centers,” said David Rosenberg, chair of the 2023 Governance Committee. “Luciana’s passion, expertise, and commitment to making a positive impact make her an exceptional choice to help steer IAAPA and the attractions industry toward a dynamic future.”

Tricia Kennedy

As a huge Disney fan Tricia enjoys having Walt Disney World basically in her backyard. When she’s not at the theme parks she is either playing drums or with her dog Yoda. She is a lifelong Star Wars fan and has ridden Star Tours over 270 times.

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Coca-Cola and Six Flags Launch Second QuickSix Store Featu…


QuickSix by Coca-Cola, Six Flags, and Amazon Just Walk Out technology


VALENCIA , CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, September 28, 2023 / — The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: CO) and Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) announced the opening of their second QuickSix concept store, powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology eliminates checkout lines and provides guests more time to enjoy world-class rides, as well as savory snacks and delicious beverages throughout the park.

“Our goal is to elevate our guests’ experience and allow them to spend more time making memories instead of standing in line,” said Stephanie Borges, global vice president of Six Flags. “This collaboration marks a turning point in theme parks, bringing together innovative technology and captivating attractions to create the ultimate experience for our guests.”

This strategic collaboration between Coca-Cola, Six Flags, and Amazon reimagines the theme park guest experience through streamlined shopping. Guests enter the store using their credit card at the entry gate. The technology detects what shoppers take from or return to the shelves and creates a virtual shopping session. When guests complete their shopping, they can leave the store without waiting in line, and their choice of payment method will be charged for the items they took with them.

“From the moment we learned about Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, we saw an opportunity to ensure Coca-Cola was a part of this experience,” said Rachel Chahal, director of amusement and eatertainment partnerships at The Coca-Cola Company. “We are proud of the inaugural launch of the Six Flags Great Adventure store earlier this summer and look forward to success on the West Coast.”

The concept store, which first opened Memorial Day weekend at Great Adventure in New Jersey, serves guests faster, whether they crave an ice-cold beverage, quick snack, or souvenir of their visit. Just Walk Out technology is made possible by artificial intelligence like computer vision, deep learning, and generative AI that accurately determines who took what in almost any retail environment.

For more information on the Six Flags Media Day on October 5th at 4 pm PST, please contact


About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca‑Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories. Our company’s purpose is to refresh the world and make a difference. We sell multiple billion-dollar brands across several beverage categories worldwide. Our portfolio of sparkling soft drink brands includes Coca‑Cola, Sprite and Fanta. Our hydration, sports, coffee and tea brands include Dasani, Smartwater, Vitaminwater, Topo Chico, BODYARMOR, Powerade, Costa, Georgia, Gold Peak and Ayataka. Our nutrition, juice, dairy and plant-based beverage brands include Minute Maid, Simply, innocent, Del Valle, fairlife and AdeS. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We seek to positively impact people’s lives, communities and the planet through water replenishment, packaging recycling, sustainable sourcing practices and carbon emissions reductions across our value chain. Together with our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain, known as the Thrill Capital of the World, boasts 20 world-class roller coasters—more than any other theme park on the planet—and is home to more than 100 rides, games, and attractions, including roller coaster icons like Twisted Colossus, Tatsu, Full Throttle, and X2. For more information, visit

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) is the world’s largest regional theme park company with 27 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For nearly 62 years, Six Flags has entertained hundreds of millions of guests with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. Six Flags is committed to creating an inclusive environment that fully embraces the diversity of our team members and guests. For more information, visit

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