California Adventure Trip Report

We arrived at the park around 10 and received a three hour tour having to do with the physics behind California Screamin’, Goofy’s Sky School, and Tower of Terror.  After the tour concluded at 1, we headed over to Condor Flats to get a Fast Pass for Soarin’ Over California, which had us return in about an hour. 20140125_183439 We ate lunch at the Taste Pilot’s Grill next door.  The food was mediocre and overpriced, but that is what people expect at a large Amusement Park like California Adventure.  If you want a truly memorable meal at the Disneyland Resort, stick to their fancy dining restaurants, Blue Bayou our Carthay Circle, and don’t worry about the price, the food is outstanding.  Soarin’ was fantastic, as always, and, has a new added element from the Disney Pixar film Planes, in which, before the safety spiel, where the names of the cities are flying by, a character follows by zooming by with the name.  We then headed up the road to Grizzly River Run. 20140125_143514 This is one of our favorite rapids rides in California, due to both its high splashing rapids, and its 2 drops, the only rapid ride in California to have drops.  20140125_134904This ride does get crowded, so unless you don’t mind waiting in about a 20 minute line, head towards it early in the day, or once it gets darker out.20140125_143401We headed over to Cars Land after GRR, but due to its short line, made a stop at Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.  Although this ride doesn’t bring any thrill factor to the table, it is still a traditional Disney style dark ride that is quite enjoyable, plus, due to its vehicles constant movement, there is never a line over 10 minutes.  Once we reached Cars Land, we immediately headed to the Single Rider Line of Radiator Springs Racers (fastest way to get through the lines if you don’t mind splitting up your party). 20140125_151253 We made it to the front of the line quickly, but, unfortunately due to a child exiting before the exit platform, the emergency shut down was hit, and our 25 minute wait became an hour by the time the whole system was re booted. 20140125_152316 Although the long wait, this is one of the premier new attractions at the Disneyland Resort, featuring both a well done inside dark ride, and a high paced family fun racing finale.  We then made the cut across Bugs World into Hollywoodland, and got Fast Passes for our favorite ride in the park, The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror.20140125_173708  We then rode Screamin’.  This ride is definitely one of the Disneyland Resort’s finest coasters, and, due to its constant running of 5 trains, it features a dispatch time of about 36 seconds per train.20140125_172923

Our only complaint of this ride was that both times we rode, we got the same train (orange) and the on board audio didn’t work.  We headed back to ToT, and as we remembered, it still remains the best ride at California Adventure. This ride features Disneyland-esque theming, as well as amazing drop sequences, that have riders completely up, off their seats at each drop.20140125_181323 20140125_181336We ended the night with a personal favorite, Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue.  This ride has a fantastic, immersive theming of being in the Monstropolis Transit Association, and although the ride once again, doesn’t have any thrill factor, it is a great way to relax and catch your breath after a long day of thrills. We finished the night by checking out Buena Vista Street at night for the first time.  It is a fantastic addition to the park, that is a ton better than the old entrance to the park.

Sierra Sidewinder Repaint, and Silver Bullet Repaint UPDATE

Steve Hickey and his ProCoat got another part of Silver Bullet repainted, they sent us the following picture. Only to imagine how hard it is to repaint Silver Bullet from a cherry picker over the water!image (6)

As we went to DCA yesterday, we had to stop at Knott’s real quick to pick something up, and we decided to run in to take some pictures of the fresh paint on Sierra Sidewinder! 20140125_200118 20140125_200201 20140125_200212

We also took some pictures of the progress on Silver Bullet. Which looked absolutely amazing! The helix, loop, and lift-hill are done, and the red looks so bright, the ride looks brand new! 20140125_200020 20140125_200010 20140125_200006 20140125_195945 20140125_195918

Silver Bullet Repaint!

As many of you by now know, Silver Bullet and Sierra Sidewinder are undergoing repaints! We have worked with the crew painting the ride, and they sent in some pictures of their progress. Photo credits go to Steve Hickey and his crew of ProCoat painters.

Since this crew is mainly working in the dark, due to the operations of the park during the day, most pictures seen below will be taken at night. There is currently one train operational on Silver Bullet, it seems like the park found this the perfect time to refurbish one of the trains, so it won’t only look great once the paintjob is done, it will also run fantastically smooth!

Below you’ll see the machines used while painting Silver Bullet, at this moment mostly red has been painted, but expect more repaint pics soon. The lift hill is close to being done.

image It’s hard for the paint crew to maneuver over the lake to paint the beast, but so far they’re doing a great job! Notice the fresh red paint, rather than the faded red.

image (5) The working lights light up the area well, notice the red support on the left, and the first red paint on the track near by, doesn’t it look great?

image (4) Notice the crane in between all the track.image (3) By daylight you can see how great the track is actually looking already!image (2) The lift-hill is pretty much done already, since it’s mostly red.image (1)We’ll soon have more Silver Bullet repaint pictures for you! Stay tuned!

Six Flags Magic Mountain Park Update 1/20/14

We went two days in a row, and since we couldn’t do a photo-update of yesterday, we’re doing one right now.

First off, X2 was running 2 trains, without fire, and malfunctioning music, but still great that it’s open again! Additionally they make you pay for lockers now, even if you have just purchased a souvenir bottle, so we highly recommend you to either not buy a souvenir cup, and live off of free water, or buy one after riding X2. We find it ridiculous that the park tries to sell you these around every corner, and thus forces you to pay additionally to store it. Even Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, which makes you use lockers for EVERYTHING, allows cups in the ride station for free. It’s time for SFMM to also install a special cup cabinet in every station (especially X2) that almost all other Six Flags parks have in use. More on X2’s actual operations tomorrow. (Below you’ll see the new chain motor, nice shade of red!)20140119_135726 20140119_144415 20140119_150035

Let’s move on to Bugs Bunny World! The new entrance is being realized, the carrot club theater is being restored, and Tweety’s Escape is being relocated next to Road Runner!20140120_140646 20140120_140632 20140120_140252 20140120_140204

Additionally, they’re replacing the Canyon Blaster Background, and the tea-cups ride is currently down for maintenance too! 20140120_140449 20140120_140427 20140120_140409

Last but definitely not least, the old Mooseburger Lodge building is being cleared out! We didn’t realize how much available space there actually is, and how great this could look as a sports bar!20140120_140741 20140120_140818

Quick SFMM Update 1/19/2014

PICTURE UPDATE WILL FOLLOW AFTER TOMORROW’S VISIT.

Let’s get to it. As the park opened both X2 and Full Throttle were down, both opened up later. X2 was sadly only running one train, resulting in a 2 hour line. The one train ran incredibly smooth, and the music didn’t even fade. Although there are still problems with the fire effects, we had a lovely ride, worth the very long wait.

We’ve also gotten stuck on Gold Rusher for the first time ever. On top of the second lift the system shut down, and we rolled back a little ’til we came to a complete standstill. We were ultimately greeted by a ride-op, very nice guy, which stayed with us ’til the system was restarted 10 minutes later.

Goliath has a bunch of new brakes stored under the storage tracks, not sure when these will be installed.

Riddler’s Revenge’s Station has finally received a small make-over! The ‘question-mark’ lasers have returned! All are working properly again!

Lots more is currently going on at the mountain, such as the BBW transformation. A photo-update will follow tomorrow, after we have visited the park again!

Tomorrow Tuesday — Minion Mayhem Update

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem sounds like it will be CA’s best new simulator-ride, and perhaps the most interesting family ride! Our partners at USHFans have made a more recent visit, thus the photo credits go to them. 

The brand new ride is to open in April, and as we look at it right now, they seem to be well on their way. 3222548_orig The following will likely be a part of the waiting line, it looks very similar to the line at Universal Studios Orlando.4189426_orig The detail of this project is amazing, look at the houses below, and how the cut-out 2D trees look with the blue background that’s actually a building. Very impressive.5040138_orig Another picture showing the great details that will go into the ride’s look!5263110_orig Take a closer look at the 2D cut-out of the tree!5599122_orig

We, will keep you posted on the progress Minion Mayhem makes! So check in with us regularly! Also, check out our Minion Mayhem post giving more details of the ride itself here.

 

Six Flags Magic Mountain Park Update 1/12/14

California Coaster Kings went to Six Flags Magic Mountain today. It wasn’t too crowded, if crowded at all, but lots of things were going on. Let’s take a look.

First off, one of Sky Tower’s windows was ‘open’, or broken. And the ride will not reopen ’til March 22nd. All entrance and exit paths are blocked. 20140112_135149

Scrambler has been dismantled, and all parts are located next to Apocalypse on the storage lot. Hopefully the ride will get some sort of re-paint, it’s very faded currently. 20140112_120843

Swashbuckler has also been dismantled for maintenance, the ride’s parts are stored partially next to ride and at the storage lot between HH and FT. 20140112_112300 20140112_112309 20140112_112307Additionally, does any one know why these trees, next to Swashbuckler have been marked, will they be removed? 20140112_112315On another positive note, Scream!, which was only running one train today, finally has it’s station music back! We loved the techno music and the auto-announcements. The volume was turned up just right, and waiting to ride has never been this good before.20140112_113248When looking at the Kiddie area expansion, Six Flags Magic Mountain is well on its way. Foghorn’s Railway has been removed, and is stored behind the carrot club theater. Tweety’s Escape is too, the new location for TE will be next to Road Runner Express, the site seems to be ready for the move of the ride. The cleared site will be home to the new kiddie coaster!20140112_110309 20140112_110319 20140112_110342 20140112_110438Just as there wasn’t a line, Lex Luthor broke down, and didn’t reopen for the day. Which we found sad as we were the only ones left waiting at a point. On the more positive note, we did get to see maintenance use the awesome orange remote control.   20140112_162620There is once again some activity going on at the old Thrill Shot site, hopefully we’ll soon see some sort of ride being placed there.20140112_121136

Additionally, Ninja is back to 2 train operations, with new wheels and harnesses, trains 1 and 3 have never rolled this smooth before. Another great thing is Batman. Batman was running one train today, with the other train not being in storage, we have a very strong feeling that the other train is being prepared to run backwards. Since we saw special parts for Batman Backwards located on the storage track between Riddler’s Revenge and Batman The Ride, and exactly half seemed to be unwrapped and gone already, Batman Backwards shouldn’t be too far away! X2 is doing good too, all the chain links are no longer stored on the site, and seem to have been installed, maintenance was working on X2 again today, so we hope for it to reopen soon!

That’s about it for today, as you’ve seen lots has happened. Please comment any thoughts, or additional information below!! Thank you!

Mooseburger Lodge — Full Throttle Sports Bar

The Mooseburger Lodge will likely turn into a Full Throttle themed sports bar! Several people have been told this. The restaurant is currently under construction, and will reopen , perhaps re-themed as a sports bar in either March or April. The park seems to be taking a distance from the previous ‘High Sierra Territory’ theme, and it wouldn’t surprise us if the park will soon transform the entire area into some sort of theme that will bring more attention to both Full Throttle and Bugs Bunny World.20140103_135545 20140103_135612

It seems that this one tree, will not be part of the new sports bar, and will be scrapped. 20140103_135608

The park made nice signs that they’d put on the doors of the restaurant. Showing all guests that it will not reopen ’til the renovations have been finished. 20140103_135623

Tsunami Soaker Construction Update

Tsunami Soaker construction has started at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom! For a description of the ride and more info first, click here

Below you’ll see some pictures of the construction site. Nothing majorly important has happened yet. So far, the old Wave Jumper ride that used to be in the spot across from Roar has been dismantled and is being stored next to Superman Ultimate Flight. 20140101_115637 Continue reading “Tsunami Soaker Construction Update”

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report 1-1-14

The first day of 2014 was a perfect day to visit Discovery Kingdom. The park was literally empty! We were the first guests of 2014, and had a great time. Let’s see what was going on at SFDK.

We arrived at the park, and we’re surprised to be one of the very first guests, and this only 40 minutes before park opening, eventually when the gates opened, we were the first guests to enter, and with our Gold passes we were also the first to enter the Oasis Plaza with the early entrance. We decided to ride Sky Screamer first since Medusa was still closed, and Kong hadn’t even start testing yet.20140101_105008 Continue reading “Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip Report 1-1-14”

2013-2014

It’s the end of 2013, and we thought that it’d be great to look back at the 2013 Season, and take a look at what 2014 will bring.

2013 was the year in which California’s Great America came back on the map with an amazing record breaking GCI woodie. The Gold Striker is a hit with the public, and after some years in which CGA didn’t receive much love, seems to be the beginning of a brighter future for this Santa Clara park.

2013 was also the year in which Six Flags Magic Mountain named itself the Thrill Capital of the World, with the addition of world’s tallest and fastest looping coaster. Full Throttle might be a bit short, but it definitely lived up to our, and many other’s, expectations. The record breaker opened a little later than expected, but it opened with a newly themed area which brings back life to the area. We love the LEDs and lasers used in the new area! The area luckily brought room for expansion, and improvement, the park could basically add anything to it!

2013 also brought us Coast Rider, this fun new family coaster is part of an expansion with family rides, brightening up the Boardwalk section of the park. The family expansion was great for Knott’s! We find it interesting to see a Wild Mouse being placed, but it’s actually really fun, and is a perfect family ride!

2013 overall, was a great year for the Californian theme parks. The parks are off to a great future, and all major parks have received great new additions in the last couple of years. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom had some great in-house improvements, as they remodeled their 2 dolphin stadiums. Thus they had 2 brand new Dolphin Shows, Drench! at the new Toyota Stadium. And Cirque Dreams Splashtastic, which was a huge hit with the public! Knott’s reopened their log ride. Timber Mountain Log Ride has become even more spectacular, and we love the revisions done to the ride.

2013 was also the year of the New Texas Giant accident, which caused the Six Flags seat belt hype. Goliath, Superman Ultimate Flight and Full Throttle are now using seat belts. 2013 was also the year in which we noticed how badly some of our favorite CA coasters need repaints. Tatsu, Ninja, Riddler’s Revenge, Scream!, Goliath, and Viper all need repaints, so do Silver Bullet and Sierra Sidewinder. Hopefully California’s Great America keeps up the hard work, and will finish repainting all rides in 2014. It would also be nice to see the back side of CGA get some sort of make-over this off season, so it’s ready to go in 2014!20130817_183149And then there is the 2014 Season, bound to be another great one for our CA parks. Although all big new rides for 2014 are outside of CA, the most appropriate expansions will still be made for our CA parks. We’re happy to announce that Silver Bullet will receive a paintjob next week! And we’ve also been told that Scream! and Tatsu will receive paintjobs for the 2014 Season.

2014 will bring us a make-over of the Calico Mine Ride at Knott’s. As well as an expansion of Knott’s Camp Snoopy kiddie area. Which brings us to Magic Mountain, which will also expand their kiddie area. Bugs Bunny World will receive a brand new Zamperla Gravity coaster for 2014 with the expansion and rejuvenation of the kiddie area. Six Flags Magic Mountain will also run Batman the Ride and Colossus backwards for a limited time in the spring of 2014.

2014 will also bring us Tsunami Soaker at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as well as the return of Cirque Dreams Splashtastic, which is a wonderful show that you can’t miss out on! Additionally Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will finally be open year round, as 2014 is their first year of weekly operations! Last but not least is the reopening op Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland, the entire track will be renewed, and we can’t wait for this great coaster to reopen, while totally upgraded!

We wish you the happiest year so far, and enjoy all 2013, and 2014, additions this upcoming season! The CA theme parks are in great shape and bound to give visitors a blast!

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Overlook of USH Trip — 20th of December 2013

California Coaster Kings went to Universal Studios Hollywood on the 20th of December, although we went mainly for Grinchmas, we were there for an entire day, thus we created a little overlook of our day. Ride Reviews and recaps will follow soon.

We arrived when the park opened, and the first thing we went on is the popular Studio Tour. Luckily there was no line, and we were on the first tram/bus to leave. A review will follow. 20131220_091539Next up, we decided to visit the lower lot, since it wasn’t crowded yet. We rode ‘Revenge of the Mummy’ first. There were no lines, so that was good. We rode it twice in a row. It’s a fun ride, a little short, but very smooth with a nice launch. It’s definitely a ‘must-do’ when at the park. A review of this ride will follow.

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Next up, Jurassic Park. Luckily we didn’t get wet on it. The ride has very well been put together, we ended up riding it 3 times. A review of this ride will follow.20131220_104239The last ride on the lower lot was the all new Transformers: The Ride 3D. Which was amazing! Definitely one of our favorite rides, good story line and pretty long line. Fast movements make the ride even better.  20131220_104359

It was interesting to see the interaction between ride-related characters and guests, such as characters from ‘Transformers’ and ‘Revenge of the Mummy’.20131220_161639 20131220_105355

We then returned to the upper lot, where we rode all other rides and went to see Waterworld and the Special Effects Stage. Waterworld was very good. It was interesting to see the show both at night and during the day. 20131220_133646 20131220_140135

Shrek 4D was awesome, and hardly had any lines all day. Simpsons on the other hand had about the longest line with Transformers all day, except for the 70 min Studio Tours line. We ended up riding all rides at least twice.20131220_091207

The main reason we came to the park was of course Grinchmas, which we totally loved. The park was beautifully decorated, and the tree lighting ceremony was a hit! Click here to read the Grinchmas Report!20131220_091132

Grinchmas Report

California Coaster Kings went to Universal Studios Hollywood on the 20th of December to cover Grinchmas! Short reports of our trip outside of the Grinhmas event will follow soon, with full coverage of all the rides, some of the shows, and of course Studio Tour! So stay tuned!

The park’s entrance and streets are wonderfully decorated!

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Universal Plaza was dedicated to offer everyone a variety of Grinchmas activities. Guests could decorate cookies, design tree ornaments, take pictures with the Grinch and his dog ‘Max’. As well as observe the tree, and all Who-Ville friends!

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The tree looked wonderful, and from 5-8PM, there was a tree lighting ceremony every 30 minutes, with music, artificial snow and performances of the characters walking around the plaza! There were also several performances around the park at night, related to the holiday season!

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Watch our video below of the plaza at night, the ceremony, the other live entertainment, and the artificial snow! Combined creating an awesome holiday event for young and old!