SFMM update for 9/5/13

CCK went to SFMM today (September 5th) and there were no crowds, nor lines, anywhere! 

We arrived at around 12’15-12’30 PM, and this is how crowded it was…

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We immediately walked over to Full Throttle and there wasn’t a line! We waited for about 10 minutes, and decided to go on it a second time with an even shorter wait!

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Sorry for the quality of the pictures, but below you’ll see a couple of pictures of the work that was being done on X2. There was a big crane, and about 6 people working on top of the lift hill. Maintenance expects, and tries to manage, a reopening of X2 in December.

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Fright Fest is literally ‘right around the corner’, and the entire park is being decorated already. We also saw maintenance crews work on decorating fences that will create the lines for the mazes.

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Colossus is being prepared for running backwards this Fright Fest, and then all spring next season!

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They’re also preparing DC Universe for Fright Fest!

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Tidal Wave’s line is being transformed into, probably ‘Cursed’, a maze again, and thus riders got to enter the line through the handicap/flash pass entrance. They actually made a fancy sign for that too!

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Just like the sponsoring with a dedicated park wasn’t enough… Wonderful Pistachios Park got a new sign. Doesn’t look bad.

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With Hurricane Harbor being closed, and it being a Jewish holiday, there was seriously no one at the park… this picture was taken around 4 PM, the second parking lot was barely touched… NO LINES!

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That was about it for today. Everyone excited for Fright Fest?

Quick SFMM Update 9/1/13

We went to SFMM today, and decided to do a quick update on it.

And of course X2 is still closed after the chain lift problem…

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The X2 train, that stranded last week, is no longer stuck on the lift hill, and all 3 trains are now on the storage track next to the ride.20130901_172239

The ramp on the parking lot happens to be finished by now, and is sponsored by Toyota.

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This meant that the overflow lot had to be used again, even though it wasn’t that busy. They were also racing Superman for a while today, nice to see! It has been a while since some interaction!

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Apocalypse was open today! YAY! With the fire working too! Only bad thing were the crowds, the line ended up being like an hour and a half or so, because they were only operating 1 train…

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The park was open ’til 9PM today, so Full Throttle Nights were back, and looked surprisingly nice from the sky tower! Also notice how tropical, and “not concrete-y’ Hurricane Harbor looks at night!

 

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That wraps up the little things that happened at SFMM!

SFMM Park Update for 8/25/13

CCK went to SFMM again for a quick park-update, with X2’s chain breaking Saturday, this was obviously closed, and Apocalypse is still closed as well. 

Keep reading for more info.

It was the second, and last, free-friend gold pass admission, so the park was pretty crowded, and the entire over flow ended up being filled, because they were building a ramp for some media stunt on most of LOT 1/2.20130825_180333 20130825_180141

With the X2 chain breaking Saturday, X2 was of course closed and one of the train was stalled on the lift hill. (Obviously the point it was at when the chain broke). Notice that the other train that ran yesterday was placed on the storage track.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Update for 8/13/13

California Coaster Kings went to SFMM for an update, we saw some interesting things!

CROWDS! Not really, the park didn’t open the security gates until 10’10AM. The crowds really weren’t too bad today.

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We noticed how guests are actually able to just walk to the Action Theater!

 

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We tried to show last week that there has been a sign placed on the old Log Jammer pump-cabin, here it is by daylight.

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Woohoo! Just as we thought of a nice ride on Apocalypse, we figured out it was closed for maintenance… ALL DAY!

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Fright Fest signs are up to, everywhere around the park you can see them start for the event. It’s a sign from the park that the summer operations have ended, and yes Scream! still operates that one single train… 20130813_101208

If that wasn’t bad enough, Full Throttle only operated one train all day too! Creating long lines on a not-so-busy day…

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M&M’s has made a comeback, about 4-5 of these new M&M’s vending machines have been placed around the park.

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They were also fixing the AC on Tatsu while we were there, the new refurbished 3rd train, that was meant for 3 train summer operations, looks very nice, you can’t see it in this picture, but the new green seats look fresh, and there are now black headrests, instead of the former green.

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Last but not least, we haven’t seen pictures out there yet from the freshly painted Superman shield!

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That was it for today, more in the near future! We will be doing some awesome LIVE Fright Fest updates too, so stay tuned!

Quick Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain 8/6/13

California Coaster Kings went to Six Flags Magic Mountain to check it out again. We were there for a pretty short period of time, so we couldn’t cover the entire park. We got most though!

As soon as we arrived (5PM), we noticed that the Full Throttle line was LONG, but then we took a closer look, and the new switchback system made the line look longer, but a whole lot shorter. Also, until around 8PM, the park stopped the line under the screen, and had smaller groups of people walking up the ramp to the station. We honestly believe that’s a very good idea! Now the screen and canvas come to good use, even if there are shorter lines!20130806_170621

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Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain on 7/31/13

California Coaster Kings was at Six Flags Magic Mountain to do their first (of many) regular park updates. In the future California Coaster Kings will visit Six Flags Magic Mountain weekly to give you up-to-date information of what’s going on at ‘The Thrill Capital of the World’!

We noticed last week that Full Throttle Plaza’s lasers got nice weather proof bubbles around them. We hope that this means that the Full Throttle Plaza will also be lit up nice during the off-season. We noticed that Live It Up by Airbourne is being played in the plaza now too. We expect this plaza to be fully used for Fright Fest, during that time of the year weather can be pretty unpredictable. It seems like the lasers are in fact permanent!  Continue reading “Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain on 7/31/13”

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    California Coaster Kings went to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on July 5th for a park walk- through and update. Below you’ll see pictures with captions giving you the most up-to-date info. 

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Here is the park’s official parkmap. We didn’t get to get pictures from everything in the park, since the camera battery died.

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Cirque Dreams Splashtastic is one of the greatest shows we’ve ever seen. It is very creative, and impressive. The crowd is constantly entertained, and the acrobats get as much attention as the dolphins. This all means that every single thing going on is perfectly balanced out, and this all happens with a great mix of music and other effects, such as lights and water/fountains. If you have a chance to see it, make sure you check it out.

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Monsoon Falls (seen above) is a boat ride that tricked us. It looks like Tidal Wave from Six Flags Magic Mountain, but this water ride gets you very wet.  It is nice on a hot day, but we warn you, don’t ride it at night.

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One of the kiddie areas is Looney Tunes Sea-Port.

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Seen above is one of the animal exhibits. Seal Cove is a viewing area where guests can observe seals and sea lions, or feed them. ($5 for 3 fish).

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Seen above is the Sea Lion Stadium where a pirate themed show takes place several times a day.– Below you’ll see another animal exhibit. Penguin Passage is the penguin habitat close to V2 and Roar, and across from Seal Cove.

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Below you’ll see a picture (more pictures later on in this update) from a Dolphin Pool where guests can take pictures with them or feed them. Sometimes overload crowds for the Dolphin Discovery (Swim with dolphins program) do activities in here. Guests can stand to the side and watch the dolphins swim by or see them play, but the park employees will clearly state that it is NOT a touch pool.

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On the plaza behind the dolphin pool, you’ll see V2, Superman: Ultimate Flight, and Roar. (Roar Plaza)

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V2 stands for Vertical Velocity and is a 150 ft. tall Intamin Inverted Impulse Coaster. This V2 model is unique since it got altered from the original design due to city limits. The tower is now 45’degrees meaning that the upwards spiral is now an inversion, making this the only V2 that inverts.

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Below you’ll see pictures from Superman: Ultimate Flight. Superman Ultimate flight is a unique triple launch coaster with the world’s highest (complete) barrel-roll at 150 ft. The ride also travels forwards and backwards through the non-inverted loop, and has two 90’degrees steep 180’degrees twists. This really offers a unique ride experience so check it out when you have a chance to.

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Below you’ll also see pictures from Roar.  Roar is the first wooden roller-coaster to use millennium flyer trains, allowing it to do nice twists and fast turns. It’s 95 ft tall and has a drop of about 85 ft. reaching speeds up to 51 MPH. It’s a fun ride, and is smoother than most other woodies out there, even though the 2 other CA GCIs (Apocalypse and Goldstriker) tend to be smoother.

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Below you’ll see pictures from the Dolphin Discovery (Dolphin pool), and the Wave Jumper, which corresponded to the park’s former killer whale, Shouka. (1st pic is the view of the plaza from the dolphin pool)

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The park is a pretty sight as it is clearly divided up into different plazas, having all the big rides in the front side of the park, making it quiet and peaceful in the back where the lake is, and where the animal exhibits and habitats are. (sorry we have no pics of those since the camera died on the trip)

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In the stadiums they sell popcorn and cotton candy, as well as some other products. Below you’ll also see a picture of the newly renovated Toyota Stadium, which used to be Shouka Stadium when they still had the killer whale. The new renovation did the stadium good, and the new dolphin show, Drench!, is a nice addition to the parks show line-up. It is a good show for young and old, and they use many more dolphins at the same time than the old show used to have. Also the show features the most up to date pop music, making it an energetic and fun experience.

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On the back side of the park, before the animal exhibits and habitats, you will find Tasmanian Devil, a frisbee from Huss, Sky Coaster, the Ark (Swinging ship), Scrambler, Bird Theater, Crocodile Island, Voodoo (Huss Topspin) and Boomerang Coast to Coaster.

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Below you’ll see pictures from the Oasis Plaza, the plaza where Medusa, Cobra, Kong, and Sky Screamer are located.

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Kong is a Vekoma SLC standard, and has 2 trains, one yellow one red/orange. When CCK was there there were no lines, and we want to recognize the Kong-crew of the 5th of July, because they did an outstanding job with the operations, dispatch in no time, helpful and very sincere. Really enjoyed that. We know Kong is an SLC, and that many people think it’s too shaky, but CCK has been on many more SLCs in the world, and Kong is actually a really good one, CCK really enjoyed their rides on Kong, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is taking good care of it. Kong stands 110 ft. tall and reaches speeds of 50 MPH. It has 5 inversions, including a roll-over, a sidewinder, and a double in-line-twist.

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Medusa is a 150 ft. tall B&M Floorless-coaster with a 128 ft. tall vertical loop, immelman, zero-g-roll, sea serpent roll, and 2 corkscrews. It’s probably the park’s most popular coaster if not shared with S:UF.

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Kong is nicely located. From where ever you come, you can see the amazing SLC go. Neat look if you ask us.

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Below you’ll see the waiting line for Medusa which is partly inside a temple.

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Special Saturday-Walk-through of Castle Park. Riverside, CA

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The park has an indoor-carousel.
 Castle Amusement Park is a medieval castle themed amusement park in Riverside, CA.  The park features a miniature golf course complex, an arcade, and 21 different carnival-like rides. Some of these rides include Screamin’ Demon, a spinning wild mouse coaster, Dragon Tower, one of the smallest S&S launch towers leading to crazy ejector air time, and its featured coaster Merlin’s Revenge. The park also features an interactive dark ride called Ghost Blasters designed by Sally Corporation, who’s rides can be found across America. The park’s creator Bud Hurlbut designed several Knott’s Berry Farm rides such as Timber Mountain Log Ride. The park is now owned by Palace Entertainment.

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Screamin’ Demon is a spinning-wild mouse coaster made by Fabbri. SD is 33 ft tall and reaches a max. of 2.5 G’s.
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Merlin’s Revenge is made by Vekoma, and is a Junior Coaster Model (207meter). MR is 28 ft high and reaches speeds up to 22 MPH./ Notice the Falling Star ride in the back.
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Merlin’s Revenge travels through the trees and around a fountain near the end of the ride.
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Dragon Flyer is a fun family ride for visitors of all ages.
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Flying Saucer is a red gravitron that pushes and holds riders against the walls due to centrifugal force.
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The parks children area, which contains rides in which children can ride a carousel of motorcycles, animals, and its childrens coaster little dipper.
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The park offers a ship ride called the Sea Dragon that offers family fun for everyone!
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The King’s Crown is a ride in which you sit on your own swinging throne, similar to Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Swashbuckler.
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The Scrambler is a classic carnival ride in whch centrifugal force pulls and pushes you from side to side in your car.
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The park with the ride Fireball in the background, which takes you upside down at increasing speeds.
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The S&S drop tower ride the Dragon Tower, which launches riders up at 35 miles per hour to a 3g stop at the top.
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The worlds steepest log flume ride at 48 feet tall splashing down.
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The park’ Sea Planes ride lets riders fly, just like the red baron.
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On the Antique car ride, you can take trip through a turn of the century world, in your very own antique car.
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The park holds a Tilt a Whirl, a long time family favorite ride.
 

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In the center of the park is it’s crowning jewel, Castle’s castle, housing its arcade as well as Ghost Blasters, an interactive dark ride where riders shoot at moving ghost targets.

Live it. Be it. Ride it. OPEN IT

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Full Throttle opened up Saturday the 22nd, and of course California Coaster Kings was there. The media day event was on Friday the 21st of June, just one day before its opening to the public. The ride opened early at 8.00 AM for the Gold Pass holders, and opened at 10.00 AM for the general public. Some lucky people got to ride it during the midnight-riders event the night before, for which you had to purchase tickets. Tickets were 50 dollars, and included a meal from one of the 2 new restaurants, and a Full Throttle T-shirt.
When Full Throttle first got announced, mixed reviews started appearing. Many said that the ride was going to be way too short, and many kept teasing with the YOLO theme, which was in the original promotion video. But as soon as the track pieces of the 160 ft. loop and multi-launch rollercoaster showed up, reviews started to turn more positive, and excitement grew for Full Throttle.
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Now it finally opened, we can say that this ride really exceeded its expectations, and that all negativity around the ride earlier on has been disproved. Although you’ll always find some bad reviews, most reviews so far totally agree with our opinion, saying that the ride is unique, and is definitely worth the wait. The world’s tallest and fastest looping coaster will launch you from the station at a speed of 70 MPH right into an amazing 160 ft. looping which has an extraordinary period of ‘hang time’. The new ride also features a special effects tunnel with a backwards launch back through the unique dive-loop, and is followed by another forwards launch reaching speeds up to 70 MPH to ride over the outside of the 160 ft. loop, named a ‘tophat’.
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All this amazingness is punched in a 1 minute ride, so one can imagine it’s a non-stop action rollercoaster. Due to the opening date being a little early, the tunnel effects, and the station were not done yet, so a future update will include the final tunnel effects, and station roofing. Other than that the Full Throttle plaza is a great addition to the park, as it has ground misters for the heat, a stage where they preform daily, a big screen and tent with amazing lighting and lasers all over the plaza (.Which are used in the Full Throttle Nights show). As well as 2 new restaurants, 2 refurbished shops, and a new souvenir shop with 2 Coca Cola Freestyle machines. The new area has a great audio system, and really made Six Flags Magic Mountain stand out, since there are no other parks out there that have an area that is anything like this.
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If you have a chance to ride it, go for it, as the operations are pretty quick, and the lines move fast. Go Big, and Go SFMM, to live it. Be it. Ride it. Full Throttle.
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