After a full refurbishment that lasted several months, Knott's Berry Farm has reopened their classic Timber Mountain Log Ride to legions of eager fans.
The Timber Mountain Log Ride first opened at the park in 1969 and was originally known as the Calico Log Ride. A log flume at its core, the ride features a trip up a mountain and past several animated scenes during indoor sections. The high level of theming made the ride an instant success, and has kept it popular ever since.
Early in 2013 Knott's Berry Farm announced that the ride would close for five months to have a major upgrade, including new scenes with animatronics from Garner Holt, complete with new lighting and audio. You can see in the video above just how great the attraction looks now that it has reopened!
For more photos and information on the ride's reopening, check out this link to Micechat. There's also some great press photos of the new indoor scenes. How wonderful is it that Knott's took the effort - and cash - to bring the ride back to life in such a tremendous way? Great job!
Friday, May 31, 2013
After a full refurbishment that lasted several months, Knott's Berry Farm has reopened their classic Timber Mountain Log Ride to legions of eager fans.
Carowinds is having a big birthday party this Saturday, June 1st, in honor of the park's 40th anniversary. As with all things celebratory, there will be a cake - a big one - so big in fact it's being called "largest ever served on the state line!" Mmmm, cake.
If that wasn't reason enough to check out the festivities, you can also take in the history that the park has had over those forty years while there. Originally opened in 1973 Carowinds has expanded from only 73 acres on opening day to 398 acres of rides and attractions - including 13 coasters and four original opening day attractions: the Scrambler, the Carolina Goldrusher, Snoopy's Junction train, and the Carolina Skytower.
• 9:30 am - Ceremonial ribbon cutting with two people who were with us opening day- James Henderson, Carowinds’ first official visitor, and Connie Dorn Rist, Ms. North Carolina 1972.
• 10:00 am – Fort Mill High School marching band opens the park and helps us sing happy birthday as we cut and share our giant birthday cake free for the first 400 visitors!
• 11a-1pm – We don’t often have a book signing, but when we do the book is about us! Carowinds worked with Arcadia Publishing to commemorate our anniversary season with a beautiful historical collection of photos documenting four decades of thrills!
• 6:00 pm - The party keeps going with the crew from V101.9 fm! They’re leading the evening portion of our birthday bash with a performance by the Purple All Star Steppers and a summertime dance party!
• 8:00 pm- The World’s Largest Soul Train Line (how cool is that?!)
• 10:00 pm- Boom! Pop! Ooooh and Ahhhhh! We wrap up the celebration with fireworks coordinated to light up the night with the biggest hits of 1973!
As an extra special treat for visitors during the month of June Carowinds will offer next day tickets - in case you need another day to see it all - for only $19.73. That's a steal!
Congratulation to the park on their anniversary!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
|© Users Jayblazer / kirbias1 on KICentral|
The support are a pretty shade, but where will they end up? There's also track being manufactured, and a shot of the shipping label shows a ride type that one could take to mean Wing Coaster. All speculation, of course.
There's plenty of rumors of parks in the U.S. that could call these parts home in the future, but it is just as easy to think that they will be loaded onto a ship and head to another continent.
For all the photos click on over to KICentral!
|Welcome to Worlds of Fun!|
|Just inside the entrance gates.|
|One of the original sections of the park.|
The theme park is broken up into themed sections, each representing a different part of the world in a generalized sense. Think more on the continent level than on the country level. When you enter the park you find yourself in Scandinavia, and the size of the trees and well grown in look of the park shows that it dates back to the park's opening.
|Beautiful, and greets you after you enter.|
The ride dates back to 1926 when it was originally built by M.C. Illions of Coney Island, NY. There are very few Illions rides left in the world today, so Worlds of Fun is rightfully proud to have the ride as part of its offerings.
|Spinning and twirling thrills.|
|Look - blue sky! Pretty, right?|
|Boating through the woods and past a waterfall.|
|First forwards, then backwards. Don't get sick!|
|There be dinos in those woods!|
|Wave hi to the guests in Dinosaurs Alive!|
The addition also comes with the redevelopment of one of Africa's retail locations into the Dinostore where you can buy everything and anything related to dinosaurs. Hide your wallet! Just kidding.
|I want to ride!|
Prowler is a Great Coasters International wooden ride that was built in 2009. The ride's design was a bit of a departure for the designers, as their typical twister layout was pushed aside for a long, curving out and back style experience.
|Down the first drop you guys go!|
Oh, and thanks to lucky timing on the train for the photo above! The lightning and sky behind the ride are terrible, but I wanted to feature it anyway.
|Roaring over those hills on the way back is good times.|
We've still got three more continents to go, but that will have to wait until part two. Check back for that next week!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The show starts with a bit on the magical map, created by a wonderful wizard - and told through the use of giant animated screens. Mickey joins in and decides to try to fill in out last part of the map that is not yet complete, and ends up embarking on a magical journey after being pulled into it - becoming an animated version of himself.
If you'd like to check out the show, here's a video of the production from Inside the Magic.
|The Park on Opening Day © Six Flags Great America|
The park had been keeping close track of the overall count since the end of last season, knowing that it would be happening not far into the 2013 operating calendar. According to this article the tally stood at 99,999,700 at the start of Monday morning. That made finding the exact guests pretty easy, especially since the weather was poor and there wasn't a flood of guests entering the park. Six Flags Great America first opened its door in 1976.
In the end two season pass holders were the lucky guests, James Briggs of Naval Station Great Lakes and Sarah Brock of Gurnee. They received free food, front of the line passes, and some souvenirs to mark the occasion.
Congratulations to the park on their achievement, and here's to another 100 million!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The return of Wet 'n' Wild to Las Vegas came with much excitement when the park opened for the first time this past weekend. So much excitement that the park actually had to turn guests away due to capacity issues!
The park opened on the 25th though the 27th for Gold Season Pass members only, on a first come first served basis. The park was such a draw that they had to closed the gates until guests departed, making room for new ones to enter.
|© Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas|
There's also a large lazy river - the Colorado Cooler - and a wave pool named Red Rock Bay. A large splash tower play area rounds out the offerings, aptly named Splash Island as it is located in the center of the lazy river.
The park will be open May 28th through June 2nd for all pass holders, and the general public starting June 3rd. You can check out some additional aerial photos of the park from Vegas Helicam LLC at this link.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Knott's Berry Farm has opened their new themed area, known as the Boardwalk, as promised over this Memorial Day Weekend. Filled with a timeless retro feel, the area pays homage to the classic seaside boardwalks we've all known and loved throughout the years.
The section features new rides and attractions located on the space that Perilous Plunge formerly called home. With that massive splash ride now just a memory, a new family roller coaster and two additional flat rides have moved in amid all new theming, landscaping, and upgraded lighting.
The Boardwalk contains plenty of fun details that really bring the theme of the section together. Coast Rider is a wild mouse style roller coaster, though one of the larger models that features a bigger first drop.
In the splash-down area from the Plunge, two new family rides have been added. The Surfside Gliders are a set of Larson Flying Scooters, where riders can take hold of their carriage's sail and have as wild or mild a ride as they wish. Another ride that had been in storage for a while has reappeared, the Pacific Scrambler. An amusement park classic, the Scrambler churns riders around in the cars - the person on the outside always gets squished!
If you'd like to see some photos of the well done addition, check out this story from Micechat, and Westcoaster also has a nice gallery up as well.
One aspect of the Boardwalk that I really like is that some work and thought went into the theming of the area. Granted we're not talking Disney or Universal levels, but for Knott's the section is cohesive and I think that's wonderful. This video is a bit old, and I had missed it, but it details some of the park's efforts and has some neat concept art.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
That was quick! We just recently featured photos of the train being placed on the tracks of Hades 360, and now Mt. Olympus has already opened the coaster to visitors.
If you are curious to see how the ride handles through the full inversion, check out the video above. You can also see the overbank turn that takes place immediately after the roll. The train really moves through both new elements!
With first rider reviews now coming in, we are hearing that Hades 360 is running smooth and fast! For more videos of the ride, including off-ride perspectives, check out the park's Facebook page.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
|© Luna Park|
Once started, the turntables as well as each barrel start to spin, giving a thrill as riders turn a crank to be able to shoot a blast of water at other riders. Spectators also have the ability to fire water cannons to soak riders as well, adding another layer of interactivity.
As far as I am aware this is the first instillation of the ride by Zamperla - making good on their intent to debut new attractions at Luna Park, using it as a bit of a showcase.
I'm interested to see video of the new ride, which I am sure will come soon since the ride just opened today. For more photos of Water Mania, check out Luna Park's gallery.
It seems like it is the season for backwards roller coasters, especially at Six Flags Great America.
The park opened Batman The Ride backwards not too long ago, and from the start indicated that it would be for a limited time only. Now the announcement has been made via Twitter that backwards Batman (or Namtab as I like to call it) will run until July 7th.
Disappointed fans will find the news easier to take, however, since the park is far from done with turning around their coaster trains.
That's correct - the day after backwards Batman closes a backwards version of Viper will "slither" into the park. The wooden twister coaster, opened in 1995, is of the Cyclone variety. That means it is a wooden ride that's roughly modeled after the world famous Coney Island Cyclone.
And now guests will get to experience the coaster backwards starting July 8th.
But wait, there's more! The park also let the news out that later in the Fall the American Eagle will also go backwards. The massive set of racing rides has had its trains turned around several times throughout its many years, but will still give season regulars something to look forward to later this year.
Friday, May 24, 2013
May 25th will be the grand opening of Cirque Dreams Splashtastic at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the park has revealed. The show is currently previewing to great reviews and long lines of excited guests.
The show features "astounding physical prowess as the performers bring together a series of high-flying stunts and daring aerial acts above water. In the water, dolphins will emulate some of the artistry in their own way, as marine mammal trainers guide them through a series of show-stopping behaviors."
Cirque Dreams Splashtastic was created by Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg specifically for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The cast of the show features dolphins alongside individuals from around the globe that were hand picked for the production.
“Our goal was to complement the personalities of the dolphins and performers through playfulness, extraordinary feats, synchronicity and unparalleled showmanship,” said Goldberg. “Cirque Dreams Splashtastic will be one of those unique and memorable entertainment attractions rarely experienced.”
Taking place over the water in the park's Dolphin Harbor Theater, Cirque Dreams Splashtastic is included in park admission and will run two shows each day until August 11, 2013.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
|© Universal Studios Florida|
Visitors will be able to walk down the streets of Springfield, including Fast Food Boulevard, seeing popular locations from the show along the way. Meat Sandwiches will be available at Krusty Burger, fried treats at the Fying Dutchman, a slice from Luigi's Pizza, donuts from Lard Lad, and even Moe's Tavern will take up residence.
The concept art also shows a mini-Duff Brewery where you'll be able to drink Duff Beer - brewed specifically for the park and only available there - along with The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop, which I would expect to be a new retail location. Two new characters will join the area as well, Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob.
A new spinner flat ride named Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl will debut along the water's edge, taking "foolish humans on an intergalactic spin designed to send them into orbit."
The new area has been under construction for some time now, and only has a listed opening date of Summer. Now that the cat is officially out of the bag I bet more details of the area will pop up.
|© SeaWorld Orlando|
Antarctica includes dining at the Expedition Cafe, shopping at Glacial Collections, and the main ride experience named Empire of the Penguin. The attraction uses motion based, trackless vehicles that spin and twirl through several show scenes as they follow the story of Puck, a baby penguin that they watch grow and take on an exciting adventure.
The attraction leads visitors directly into the penguin exhibit where it is a seriously cold 30 degrees - I think it will be pretty amusing to see Florida tourists in those temperatures! No huge glass barriers separate guests from the animals, instead small disguised spaces keep guests and the penguins from coming too close. Still, from photos it appears as though you're pretty close!
The press for the ride is growing by the minute, but the Orlando Sentinel has a great story up with a huge collection of photos. There's also links to related videos and other galleries. If you want to actually see video of the ride, check out this review from Theme Park Insider - but only watch the point of view video if you don't mind spoilers!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Perfect timing after Scott & Carol's story today featuring a look at Mt. Olumpus' Hades 360 - the park sent out some photos of the ride's train which recently arrived at the park. Scott and Carol are traveling in Texas (yes, I'm jealous) so they asked me to post them.
The new Timberliner train is manufactured by Gravitykraft. I love the screaming red color they used!
Here's an awesome shot of the decorative front panel of the train. Hades looks a little angry if you ask me!
The park wasted no time installing the train onto the tracks. The addition of the Timberliner was needed in order to navigate the 360 degree inversion that has been added to the ride.
One last shot of the new train being added to the track. When a new ride, or in this case heavily renovated ride, receives its train that means testing can't be far off! I think we're all quite excited to see Hades 360 run for the first time.