April 29, 1999
It used to be that a trip to Six Flags meant packing kids and lunches into a station wagon and steeling your nerves for every-other-mile traffic jams and three hours worth of "Are we there yet?"Now the kids will hardly have time to beg for their first bathroom break before the station wagon reaches Central Avenue and the gates of Six Flags America are in sight.The new theme and water park in Largo, formerly Adventure World, opens Saturday with fanfare befitting an amusement park: confetti cannons, helium balloons and Looney Tunes characters marching in a parade.
February 2, 1999
The Baroness Katharine Harris van Hogendorp sits in the nostalgic light of morning by a handsome Knabe piano, its unique dun-colored finish worn away above the keyboard, a place where she rested her forearm while teaching generations of piano students.She's a somewhat unlikely baroness, completely without affectation, warm and sympathetic and thoughtful, still light-hearted and venturesome in her mid-80s. She's a spirited Baltimore woman who married an enlightened Dutch nobleman.She's reflecting this morning on her World War II service as a Red Cross worker at a secret air base in India.
October 29, 1998
The owners of Adventure World said yesterday that they will invest $27 million to transform the Largo park into a Six Flags theme park before it reopens in the spring.Oklahoma-based Premier Parks Inc., which has owned Adventure World since 1991, bought the Six Flags chain for $950 million in April."Obviously our acquisition presented us with this great opportunity," said Kieran Burke, Premier's chief executive."The motivation is clearly to create a major regional destination park," he said.
May 25, 1998
The glory days of the roller coaster are back.This summer, 34 new roller coasters are opening across North America, the most in a single year since the Great Depression. One in particular is grabbing attention: a classic wooden roller coaster at Adventure World in Largo.Called ROAR, the ride incorporates elements from the most popular and scary roller coasters of the 1920s, considered the golden age of coasters.More to the point, ROAR careens over Southern yellow pine trees at 50 mph, crosses over itself 20 times, plunges into a 133-degree right turn, makes six reversals and rockets through a roofed section of track, all in 50 seconds.
July 8, 1997
The world's most reliable baby sitter is out of business for 11 long weeks, and many Baltimore-area parents are paying with their sanity.Sibling fights. TV overdoses. I want a snowball. I'm bored. I need a ride.A good case for year-round schools.When Marci Strozykowski comes in at 10 a.m. from her early-morning job at the post office, Kevin and Lisa, 11 and 8, are ready to go. Anywhere. The movies, the mall, McDonald's to collect free toys with their Happy Meals."They fight like cats and dogs if you don't keep them amused," the Rosedale mother says.
May 22, 1997
If you're looking for a way to cool off with a splash this summer, there are water rides and amusements to satisfy any thirst for thrills within driving distance of Baltimore.Torpedo tubes send riders rocketing through tunnels, and high-speed water slides twist and turn to the ultimate splashdown. There are leisurely river float trips, miniature slides and interactive devices that shoot, spray and dump water by the gallons.A thrilling new log boat ride at Adventure World in Largo will roar through high-speed channels and a pitch-dark tunnel, plunge passengers backward down hair-raising water chutes, jolt along through camel-hump chutes and spin wildly in a whirlpool before crashing down a heart-stopping plunge and flying out of the mouth of a skull.