Knott’s Berry Farm Update January 10th 2015

It’s time for a new Knott’s Berry Farm Update! I attended the Knott’s for the Cure media event in the morning, and everything related to that will follow in a different post soon. This update includes many things around the park that were worthy to be included in this update.

Let’s start with Pony Express, which is back to two train operations. I find this very ironic almost, since during the summer it occasionally only operates one train… 20150110_133251 (Large)

The park has definitely not finished cleaning up after Merry Farm yet! There are a whole bunch of decorations left to put in storage. Though it isn’t half as bad as Magic Mountain, that has hardly stored away anything! 20150110_130550 (Large) 20150110_112806 (Large)20150110_123719 (Large) Though I really like these banners, they’re clearly Merry Farm!20150110_123737 (Large)

Just like Riptide, La Revoluccion is still awaiting parts from Germany. Meanwhile the ride’s fences, gates, control boxes, etc are being replaced/ moved around quite a lot. 20150110_125435 (Large) 20150110_125452 (Large)

Boomerang, which is seriously the only coaster running in the rain (even light rain), has received new station speakers. 20150110_115906 (Large) Even more exciting, the train has received a new chassis! Meaning that the base of the train has been replaced, with new wheels, etc. It’s smoother, though not very significantly. It’s still a great ride!20150110_122714 (Large)

Staying on the Boardwalk, Xcelerator will soon receive a brand new Fast Lane waiting line. It’s hard to see in the picture below, but small flags in the grass indicate where the new path will be placed. 20150110_125051 (Large)

Right next to Xcelerator, Coasters has received a new repaint. So has the interior. 20150110_123444 (Large) The neon-signs are awaiting new neon-lights. 20150110_123459 (Large) Here’s the poster on the door, and the inside still wrapped up. 20150110_123513 (Large) 20150110_123518 (Large)

There are quite a few rumors of Calico Saloon closing for a while, to be totally reconstructed as the building is wearing out. The building is visited by many people each day and is quite old. 20150110_111303 (Large)

The Timber Mountain Log Ride is closed for maintenance. It’s closed ’til January 30th. 20150110_111356 (Large) The drop and lift-hill are being worked on most. For example, the entire conveyor belt from the last lift will be replaced. 20150110_111359 (Large) The new conveyor belt is ready to be installed and stored under the ride. 20150110_105201 (Large)

The Calico Railroad was closed for a couple of days, as the park renewed the crossing. New tile and concrete were placed. 20150110_114840 (Large) In addition the fences/gates were taken out, and repainted black. (Used to be purple).20150110_100130 (Large)

Moving on to Voyage to the Iron Reef! There’s still not much to see really, some work has been done inside, and the laser-tag is currently also under construction. The Arcade is only closed due to the construction going on inside, other than that it’s currently used for storage and will reopen with Voyage to the Iron Reef20150110_124335 (Large) 20150110_124010 (Large) 20150110_123952 (Large)

GhostRider, which is so much better with a wet track, will be closed for extensive maintenance, and likely some more re-tracking from January 20th ’til February 13th. 20150110_140059 (Large)

That was the regular Knott’s Update for now, stay tuned for everything related to Knott’s for the Cure! To check out our new Six Flags Magic Mountain Update with lots of interesting things going on, click here!

Six Flags Magic Mountain Update for January 7th and 8th 2015

I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain two days in a row, and decided to combine the things I saw into one update. So here it is, on the bottom of the post you’ll find the Twisted Colossus Update from yesterday as well.

Holiday in the Park is now over, but pretty much every single piece of Holiday theming is still in the park. 20150107_160818 (Large) My guess is, that next week when they’re closed, they’ll start converting the park back to what it was, but they sure have a lot of work to do.20150107_160932 (Large) Funny enough I saw many people still taking pictures with the tree of heroes over at DC Universe.20150107_153723 (Large) The Holiday in the Park wreaths that the park hung up on almost every single lamppost, are pretty much all still there. I expected them to take them down earlier, like during the crowd-less operating days this week. 20150107_154237 (Large) The tree of water is turned off and the photo-op scenery is gone. The lights that moved are protected in their plastic boxes to be taken out soon.20150107_151121 (Large) Yesterday they were taking apart the stage. 20150107_151200 (Large) Today only the frame of the light-installations was left standing. 20150108_152244 (Large) Sorry for the blurry picture, but it’s time for the pistachio park walls to be fixed, the wallpaper is tearing off. 20150107_170116 (Large) Jet Stream, though still leaking significantly less than a couple of months ago, is starting to leak pretty badly again. 20150107_155606 (Large)The park did though manage to finally fix up the Xtreme Zone sign after the T was missing and the sign was faded for a very long time. 20150107_154220 (Large)

To my surprise, I noticed that the paint on Batman is starting to just simply flake off. It’s slightly hard to see in the pictures, but there’s plenty of places along the track where the paint just let loose, tore off, and the old gray track colors are clearly visible below. 20150108_161827 (Large) Still hard to see, but there are a couple of significant gray spots on the first corkscrew for example. 20150108_161756 (Large) Moving on to Apocalypse. Which first off NEEDS RETRACKING! I gave it a couple of shots the last two days to redeem itself, but sadly enough Apocalypse has become very rough. Remember how rough Roar was at a point? Well Apocalypse is currently rougher than Roar ever was… Moving on to the cool news, row 9 (seats 17 and 18) on train 1 have new restraints, not just any new restraints, it’s the new GCI restraints for their Millennium Flyer trains. You may recognize them from Gold Striker, where all restraints look like this!20150107_155211 (Large) One day has passed since our Twisted Colossus Update, and a whole lot of track has been placed! The approach to the High Five element (both sides) is under construction. 20150108_145957 (Large) 20150108_150014 (Large)

That was it for today, please check out the separate Twisted Colossus Update that matches this update from the last two days, by clicking here!

Twisted Colossus Update January 7th 2015

It’s only been 3 days since our last Twisted Colossus Update, but surprisingly much changed! I went to the park to ride some coasters with no lines, but immediately spotted the progress made. It’s not a very big update, but it’ll show you the process made.

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The green hill following the drop has finally been placed, I expected it to be placed a while back, so I’m very glad to see it in place!20150107_150039 (Large) There are also a lot more track pieces on site, and they were starting to place track for the High Five element already!20150107_150103 (Large)

The track that was previously the approach to the slow turnaround inside the structure has been taken away. Which was still there in almost its entirety last Sunday. 20150107_150046 (Large) 20150107_150118 (Large) 20150107_150044 (Large)

The Rocky Mountain Construction crew was doing some more work on the lift-hill, though I’m not entirely sure what. 20150107_150138 (Large)

The area has officially closed and is blocked off. Meaning Scream!’s closed ’til the opening of the all new Screampunk District. Obviously I don’t have any pictures from inside the closed area, but a lot has been stripped already. All tables are gone, fences are being stripped, trees are being removed, paths are being ripped out, etc. Six Flags Magic Mountain didn’t wait a second to get started, it’s already one big construction zone in there! 20150107_153728 (Large)

Thanks for checking out this quick Twisted Colossus Update, our regular Six Flags Magic Mountain update is now LIVE as well, featuring pictures from the day AFTER this update! Click here to go to the update! For the Twisted Colossus update from 3 days ago, with more pictures from within the future Screampunk District, click here!

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Twisted Colossus Update January 4th 2015

It’s the first week of January, and a week since our last Twisted Colossus Update. I guess with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day the construction slowed down a bit, as not as much has changed as I expected.

The green drop is still not followed by the little hill. Which I expected to be placed by now, and in general, the structure on that side remains the same as last week. 20150104_143558 (Large) The Top Gun structure is under construction, I have a feeling a lot of wood will be added in order for the element to become reality. 20150104_143620 (Large) They’re working on preparing the High Five element for track placement, though currently there aren’t many noticeable changes from last week. 20150104_143650 (Large)Twisted Colossus is stilll looking very pretty, in case anyone doubted that. 20150104_143707 (Large) Moving on to the part of the ride that has been drastically altered over the last two weeks, the old second turn-around!20150104_143500 (Large) 1/3rd of the original height has been taken off, and currently the shaping continues for the Double Up, and the Outward Bank Floater that will be on this side of the structure. 20150104_143514 (Large) You can now see the station, and where the track will be placed that will mark the transition from blue to green. 20150104_143538 (Large) They trimmed down the huge structure quite a bit!20150104_151152 (Large) In the station not much has changed, they’re clearing it out more. If you look precisely, you may notice that the control panels have all been taken out and the floors are being leveled. 20150104_151043 (Large) And then there’s the ride that ‘screams’ for a repaint. It will either close tomorrow for its overhaul, or a week later, since the park extended their daily operations ’til January 11th. I’ll step by sometime during the week to figure out whether it’s closed yet, or not. 20150104_143438 (Large) A quick last, faded-paint-Scream shot!20150104_151116 (Large) Might not see this building again, ’til it’s repainted and the Looking Glass Theater. 20150104_151346 (Large) One quick look at the future Screampunk District made me realize how insanely badly the area needs a face-lift. I’m stocked for the future of Screampunk District!20150104_151412 (Large)

That was it for today, really not that much has happened. Click here for last week’s update, that includes some more changes. For our back-stage Twisted Colossus tour post, please click here. Everything you need to know about the new area can be found there!