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Six Flags Magic Mountain delays launch of 17th coaster until 2011

Six Flags Magic Mountain delays launch of 17th coaster until 2011

This weekend’s scheduled debut of a new family roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain has been postponed until 2011 because of construction delays, according to amusement park officials.

Mr. Six’s DanceCoaster, themed to the frenetically dancing senior citizen who serves as a spokes-character for the amusement park chain, would have been the Valencia theme park’s 17th coaster.

The delay means Ohios Cedar Point amusement park will retain the coveted title of “roller coaster capital of the world” for at least one more year. Mr. Six’s DanceCoaster would have moved the two parks into a statistical tie, although Cedar Point has already announced plans for a new thrill ride in 2011 – which may or may not be a coaster.

Six Flags Magic Mountain delays launch of 17th coaster until 2011

At 28 feet tall and with a top speed of 21 miles per hour,  the 679-foot-long Mr. Six coaster certainly wasn’t designed to set any records or wow hard-core enthusiasts. Formerly known as Road Runner Express, the kiddie coaster was relocated by Six Flags from a now-shuttered park in New Orleans to Magic Mountain.

While the track has been delivered to Magic Mountain and an area has been cleared for the new ride, crews have not yet poured cement footings or begun vertical construction of the coaster.

Magic Mountain still plans to open a new water play area Saturday at the neighboring Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park, as well as a new drumming-and-dancing show called Slambang, which will run from June 12 through Sept. 6 in the Magic Moments Theater.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain delays launch of 17th coaster until 2011Find the latest amusement and theme park news at the Los Angeles Times Funland blog: www.latimes.com/funland. Follow Funland on Twitter and Facebook.

– Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer

Images: Coaster logo, top, and artists rendering, bottom, of Mr. Six DanceCoaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain

By LA Times

The Best Pancakes in America

As a child, we become huge fans of those fluffy, soft, golden-brown pancakes served during breakfast. What joy it is to lather the thick, gleaming syrup, watching it cascade over stacks of pancakes. And who has not tried making one? Misshapen pancakes forced to other family members, we have great memories of our first tries in making these delicious cakes. And if youve managed to let a pancake fly as you tried flipping it over in the pan, then welcome to the happy and huge club of pancake aficionados. Dont worry though, as there are lots of places to try them.

Chosen for their creativity, toppings and filling, here are some of the best places in America where you can satisfy your cravings for this simple yet delightful cake which, though it has been enhanced, flavored, and changed in countless ways, remains everybodys favorite.

The Farmers Diner in Quechee, Vermont

The Best Pancakes in America

Founder Ted Murphys mantra is “food for here,” so they only get the best-and freshest-ingredients from local farms. Organic lovers will surely delight in this place and their organic, wheat flour buttermilk pancakes, served with Vermont maple syrup and Cabot butter. Its a quaint, retro-style diner which will appeal to many. And if you think thats not enough, you can also order Vermont Liberty Tea Companys fruit-lavender brew. When its harvest season, Champlain Orchards cold apple cider will surely quench your thirst. Nothings as fresh and clean as this. For sides, you can try Vermont Smoke and Cure ham steak, or maple sausages.

Stanley in New Orleans

The Best Pancakes in America

Along Jackson Square in the French Quarter is a new eatery. You will surely be charmed by the soda fountain counter, where you can swing your legs while sitting on the swivel stool, waiting for your stack of pancakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Steens cane syrup-the local sweetener that has that molasses kick. And since youre in New Orleans, if you can, order the Eggs Stella-soft shell crabs on top of poached eggs with Creole hollandaise. The best sides are Bloody Mary and that spicy bowl of P&Js oyster, shrimp, and andouille sausage gumbo.

Hawaiian Style Café in Big Island, Hawaii

The Best Pancakes in America

Want the biggest pancakes? This place will give it to you. In the town of Waimea, locals love this place for their Loco Moco-hamburger patties over rice, with grilled onions, fried egg and gravy. Naturally, the serving is huge as well. All items on the menu can be lathered with gravy or paired with a fried egg, including the Pancake Sandwich which is the size of a platter-two-stack pancakes with whipped butter and coconut syrup. For other must-tries, go for the fried rice, Spam and Portuguese sausages.

The Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon

The Best Pancakes in America

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10 Best quick getaways this Spring

Warmer weather, blooming flowers, and all other reasons for a quick weekend getaway come to us this spring. If you are in the mood for some sand, sun, water, or some dose of hiking on the slopes, then check out our list of some quick spring escapes that you can try.

Sailing in Antigua or in Barbuda

Deciding to head to Antigua or the smaller nearby island of Barbuda means you also have the inkling to go on sailing. April is actually a great time to be in Antigua as the Classic Yacht Regatta also kicks off by mid-month and the Antigua Sailing Week on the last week of the month. These are among the biggest events in the Caribbean and in the world of regattas.

The trade winds and the picture perfect harbor magnets every yachter, sailor, and water lovers to this corner of the world. Even on land, there are quite a number of attractions that you should not miss. Aside from the white sands, you have to see some of the historical sites of Antigua. About 30 miles away is the untouched Barbuda and the pure Caribbean life it offers.

10 Best quick getaways this Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

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