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!

WindSeeker… Steel Hawk

WindSeeker will be leaving Knott’s Berry Farm, and will become Steel Hawk ar Worlds of Fun for the 2014 season! For more info on the (pretty obvious) reasons why the WindSeeker from Knott’s will be leaving, click on the BLUE WindSeeker link!

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Six Flags CA 2014

Six Flags Magic Mountain

It’s official. Coming in 2014, Six Flags Magic Mountain will introduce an exciting season-long line-up of thrills. In spring, BATMAN The Ride and Colossus will run backwards, and in summer, the children’s area will expand with a family-friendly coaster and a new show.

For a limited time next season, Six Flags Magic Mountain will intensify your ride experience and twist your view on BATMAN The Ride. The thrill ride will run backwards, giving you a whole new experience as you face the other direction. As you fly in reverse along the 2,700-foot track, with your feet dangling below, your ride is unpredictable, because you won’t be able to see the hairpin turns, vertical loops, and heartline spins coming up next.

No matter how many times you’ve been on the classic Colossus before, you’re going to be completely surprised during the reverse experience that is usually reserved for Fright Fest. As you elevate up the 100-foot-tall lift hill, you’ll be staring right back down at the ground you just traveled, and unpredictably plunge down the drop. You’ll race up and down 14 hills and a triple jump before you can even prepare to scream.

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Bugs Bunny World is the six-acre children’s area of the park with 12 pint-sized attractions. In summer 2014, this area will get a makeover with the addition of a new coaster and family-friendly show in the Carrot Club Theater. The new children’s coaster will be the 19th coaster at the park, and will feature an action-packed adventure with drops and hills for thrill-seekers-in-training. The new coaster addition brings the total number of coasters in the children’s area to four; more than any other U.S. theme park.

Next fall, the annual Fright Fest celebration will get even scarier with the largest event expansion in the park’s history, with new mazes, more scare zones, and extended days and hours.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

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In 2014, guests can enjoy the park all year long as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom expands its calendar to operate year round, including weekends and holidays in both January and February. Already home to the best entertainment in Northern California, the park will introduce a brand new interactive water ride, the first of its kind at the park. The all-new Tsunami Soaker will be the newest addition to the lineup of family thrills, and this wet and wild attraction will provide an energetic and engaging experience like no other, drenching riders of all ages.

Tsunami Soaker is like the classic teacup ride but with an exciting twist. You and up to five other passengers will hop into one of the nine round boats sitting on a circular floor atop a pool of water. As the ride begins, the floor will lower into the water until it disappears below, allowing your boat to float and splash around. Your raft will spin in circles while the other boats twist around you, creating a disorienting but fun experience.

Each seat on the boat is armed with a giant water gun so every rider can participate in the action. While your boat rotates around the wet course, you can engage in an adrenaline-pumping water battle, shooting your pistol at other riders as well as innocent bystanders, soaking them with bursts of water. This drenching water attraction will be a great way to cool off on a hot day and enjoy a fun family adventure.

 

For press releases; click here for SFDK, and here for SFMM

 

A Game in a Ride

2682136884_6a75f60782_zIn 2005, the Disneyland resort opened Buzz Lightyear: Astro Blasters in Tomorrow Land in Disneyland.  It replaced the 360 degree dome theater that housed the show America the Beautiful, as well as the line from Rocket Rods.  The line queue explains that evil Emperor Zurg is stealing the power source (batteries) from the little green men’s ships.  Buzz Lightyear asks the people in line who are referred to a Star Command, to help him stop the evil emperor.  Riders board their Ominover “space vehicles” which hold both 2 laser pistols and a joystick. Continue reading “A Game in a Ride”

Gold Striker at California’s Great America

The new woodie at CGA is definitely the best wooden coaster in California. Gold Striker came to the park after a long time without any new rides, the ride that they chose to create is definitely worth the long lines.

Gold Striker is conveniently located at the front of the park, next to the Star Tower, and the Carousel. The ride is filled with tunnels, and thanks to it’s millennium flyer trains, is also incredibly smooth. It’s longer than the rival park’s woodie, and is the longest woodie in northern CA, with a track-length of 3,197 ft. Gold Striker is 108.2 ft tall, and reaches thrilling speeds of 53.7 mph. Gold Striker is a GCI woodie, and has 2 trains with 12 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train. Continue reading “Gold Striker at California’s Great America”

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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Throwback Thursday- Spin out!, Free Fall!

For this little Throwback Thursday we’ll be looking at Spin out and Free Fall that used to operate at SFMM.

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The Freefall was a ride developed by Giovanola and was a model that was marketed throughout the world by Swiss company, Intamin. Two generations of this ride were developed. First generation Freefall rides can be identified by the angled supports at the base of the lift tower. Second generation Freefall rides were identical, but the tower’s base structure on those variants did not taper outward. Riders were required to be 48 inches (122 cm) tall or more.

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Goofy’s Sky School Vs. Mulholland Madness

When Disney’s California Adventure opened in February of 2001, it contained 2 roller coasters: the Intamin looping launch coaster California Screamin’, and the lesser known Mack wild mouse coaster known as Mulholland Madness.mullholand madness

This ride was named for the famed but always traffic filled Mulholland drive in Los Angeles, themed with traffic signs and billboards around parts of the track.  The ride vehicles featured paint jobs of old style California surf woodies, 50’s style flamin’ hot rods, or highway patrol cars.cars cali adv

The ride also featured a sign at the end of the ride stating it was the rental car return area.  Unfortunately, withing the rides first month of operation, it experienced three accidents, causing the ride to be closed for repairs more than it was open.  The media also weren’t big fans of the ride calling it a “off the shelf carnival ride with weak themeing”.  The Los Angeles Times even went as far as stating that “the ride was a joke when compared to Disney’s other coasters”.  The ride closed along with many other rides in the park for renovation in October of 2010.  It reopened on July 1st, 2011 as Goofy’s Sky School, based off of the original Disney cartoon sketch “Goofy’s Gliders”.  Unfortunately people haven’t been pleased with this renovation either calling it “a waste of time that equals the original and is embarrassing to be called a renovation”.  goofy

 

Tomorrow Tuesday-Monster’s Inc. Swinging Coaster

Recently after Disney spoke of there announcements to build a Tron light cycle coaster, of which our last tomorrow Tuesday was about, Disney made a second announcement to build a new ride based of the doors scene of Monsters Inc.  This ride would be located in California Adventure towards the back of the park near the dark ride Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. It has also been announced that there will be a whole new Monstropolis themed area there.  This would take the place of the theater housing Muppet Vision 3D, and the empty stage 17 building that once held the Who Wants to be a Millionaire experience.

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V2-A New Type of Spiraling Impulse Coasters

v2 signV2: Vertical Velocity, in Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, is California’s first and only Intamin Spiraling Impulse Coaster, but there is a twist, and the pun is intended!  A traditional Spiral impulse coaster, such as Possessed at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, features a U shaped track with two 90 degree vertical towers, 1 which uses in line twists to get to the top, and the other going straight up and down, using an LIM launch system to propel the inverted car either way.  V2, on the other hand, has its spiraling tower only angled at 45 degrees.  This wasn’t always the case.  In 2001, when the coaster opened it had the traditional U shaped track with the 90 degree towers.  Continue reading “V2-A New Type of Spiraling Impulse Coasters”

A Land of Legoes (Legoland)

Legoland California is an American theme and miniature park based off of the toy brand Lego located in Carlsbad, California (north of San Diego).  Merlin Enterprises opened the park on March 20th, 1999.  Merlin is the Europe’s largest theme park firm, and the second largest in the world behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  This was the first Legoland in America, and the 4th overall (Denmark, England, and Germany came before).  It shares its property with the Sea Life Aquarium, and the Legoland Waterpark.  The park has 9 themed areas featuring multiple rides and attractions: Continue reading “A Land of Legoes (Legoland)”

Throwback Thursday- Shockwave!

Shockwave was on of the world’s first stand-up coasters! The ride has a rich history due to the popular ride rotation program Six Flags used in its earlier years. It’s now in storage, but we’ll show you what happened before it ended up at Darien Lake.

The ride was originally built in 1986 for Six Flags Magic Mountain as Shockwave. The coaster was a very popular attraction at Magic Mountain regardless of its roughness due to the positions of the restraints. At the time, Six Flags had a ride rotation program, in which some coasters would remain at a park for a couple years and then transferred to another park, therefore in late 1988, the Shockwave was closed, in 1989 removed, and in 1990 relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure and opened there. At Magic Mountain, the former Shockwave location became the new area for the Psyclone wooden coasterwhich opened in 1991.

Shockwave was 2,300 ft long, was 90 ft high, and had a drop of 85 ft. It had 1 inversion, which was the 66 ft tall Loop. Shockwave was made by Intamin, and had Giovanola as sub-contractor, and pulled a mild 3.4 G’s, which were a lot at the time of opening.

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Riddler’s Revenge @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

Please watch in HD or 1080p!
Riddler’s Revenge is located in the Movie District section of the park, and opened in 1998. RR is world’s tallest, fastest, and longest Stand-Up Coaster. It has;
Length: 4,370 ft
Height: 156 ft
Drop: 146 ft
Inversions: 6
Speed: 65 mph
Duration: 3:00
G-Force: 4.2

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WindSeeker-ness

With the closure of WindSeeker at Knott’s Berry Farm, and the possible removal of it, we are looking into the design of the WindSeekers. 

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WindSeeker is a 301-foot-tall (92 m) swing ride at several Cedar Fair parks. The rides are Wind Seeker models manufactured by Mondial. They opened for the 2011 season at Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario, Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio, and Knott’s Berry Farm in California. Carowinds in North Carolina and Kings Dominion in Virginia opened their WindSeekers in 2012. The first four each cost US$5,000,000, and the next two each cost $6,500,000.

The three-minute ride features 32 suspended twin seats spinning around a central tower. A lighting package was installed on all WindSeekers, consisting of strips of LED lights mounted on the arms that support the swings and (except at Knott’s Berry Farm) colored floodlights to illuminate WindSeeker’s tower from above. Knott’s also has a different color scheme that, together with the customized sign, fits the Mexican theme that the area it resides in has.

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