So what else is new on the theme park front

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Hersheypark added four rides to its more than 60 attractions.

They are the Claw, in which riders dangle six stories high on a spinning pendulum, producing the feeling of weightlessness; Frontier Flyers, an "interactive swing" in which guests choose how high they will reach by adjusting the front fin of the flyer; Mini Pirat, a children's boat ride that swings back and forth; and Mini Scrambler, a low-speed version of the Hersheypark Scrambler ride.

Admission is $35.95 for ages 9 to 54; $19.95 for ages 3 to 8 and 55 to 69; $15.95 for ages 70 and older. Children age 2 and younger are admitted free. Flex tickets, preview plans and group discounts are available. For information, call (800) 437-7439 or visit

In addition, theme parks around the country also added several rides and attractions. A sampling is as follows:

• Water Country USA, Williamsburg, Va., is creating waves with the new Hubba Hubba Highway, an interactive river adventure. Guests can cruise down this free-floating river ride through water-spraying cactus and cool geysers. The winding jet stream covers 3.5 acres, making it the park's largest attraction.

Water Country USA is open daily from 10 a.m. Admission is $33.99 for adults and $26.99 for children ages 3 to 6. Two-, three- and four-day unlimited tickets are available, as are a variety of passports.

To learn more, call (800) 343-7946 or visit

• Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, introduced the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster. The Top Thrill Dragster races atop a track that stands 420 feet tall and rockets up to 120 mph.

Cedar Point, reputed to be the second-oldest amusement park in North America, boasts 16 roller coasters and another 53 rides. It also features four hotels, a beach and boardwalk and a marina on Lake Erie.

Admission is $43.95 for ages 3 to 59, 48 inches or taller. A variety of two-day admission packages are available. Younger children enter free. Parking is $8 a day.

For information, call (800) 237-8386 or visit

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