Access to the 2013 Fright Fest Mazes requires a maze pass. A maze pass provides unlimited access to all mazes for night of visit. Express Maze passes provide quick and unlimited access to all mazes for night of visit.
Regular Maze Pass – $15
Express Maze Pass – Limited availability for each night, starting at $30
Season Pass holders Special: $13 Regular Maze Passes available at park only.
Visit Maze Pass sales center for details.
For this Ride Review we’re taking a look at Flight Deck from California’s Great America!
Flight Deck is a custom B&M Inverted coaster, and is relatively small, but packs a lot. It is most definitely the ride at CGA that has the most theming to it. The ride opened as Top Gun, when the park was still owned by Paramount, and still has all the scenery that came with it. The only difference is the lack of music and branding the ride has, it seems kind of alternative, and could use a little help finding a unique identity once again. Other than that, Flight Deck is among the best rides in the park, battling with the all new Gold Striker.
Once riders have made their way to the entrance of the ride, they are welcomed by the ‘Flight Deck’ sign that stands under the ride. The line is pretty short, moves really fast, and has lots of scenery. The line will pass by a huge screen with an aircraft carrier on it, and will ultimately pass under the huge ‘Flight Deck’ sign. From this point you’ll enter the more ‘themed’ line where you walk through a small, we guess, flight deck :D. Once you’ve had enough time to enjoy the scenery you’ll get to the stairs that lead up to the station. The ironic thing about CGA is that most rides have half covered waiting lines, but stations out in the sun. We’re not a fan of that, we advise them to just place some covers over the stations, which will hardly cost them any money and will make guests a whole lot more satisfied. Anyways, you will be assigned rows, and you’ll wait in the sun a bit before you board the trains, that have way shorter seat-belts than any other B&M we’ve ever been on… Continue reading “Flight Deck Ride Review (CGA)”
When Disneyland built their first Vekoma coaster, no one would have guessed this would be a relationship that would last for a while. This coaster was the Gadget Go coaster, a Vekoma 207 meter Junior Coaster, which doesn’t even reach 30 ft or 25 miles per hour. It opened in 1993 as the first roller coaster in the Mickey’s Toon Town section of the park. Since then, Vekoma has built another coaster for Disneyland, 3 for the 3 parks in Orlando, 4 for the 2 parks in France,1 for Disneyland Tokyo, and 2 for Hong Kong Disney. All of the following listed are Disney Vekoma coasters: Continue reading “Disney and Vekoma: A Match Made in Heaven”
After a few months of some speculation, it might be that the Simpson’s Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood will be closed down and replaced.
Now, although the park hasn’t announced any hints on what might replace it, many Universal fans have been posting there ideas of a new thrill ride. (NOTHING HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN RELEASED) One of the most popular ideas is a motion simulator ride, so the Simpson’s Ride structure could be kept and just re-themed, featuring a theme from the new Universal film, Pacific Rim. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it is a science fiction thriller in which aliens begin to attack from underground earth, and humans must build giant, human controlled robots to destroy the aliens. The movies 2 tag lines were “Go Big or Go Extinct” and “To Fight Monsters, we Created Monsters”. Continue reading “Speculation on a Replacement of the Simpsons Ride”
Medusa is a custom designed B&M Floor-less, and is definitely, together with SUF, the park’s most popular ride.
Riders will approach the ride after they’ve entered the Oasis Plaza, the giant of the park is hard to miss. The yellow/lime and purple beast’s entrance is located in the back of the plaza. Riders will enter the temple-like waiting-line, and will then enter the actual temple. The temple holds switchbacks and has a set of stairs that lead up to the boarding platform. Once up on the top level of the temple (station) riders will be assigned rows, there is one row with 2 ‘big’ seats in row 4, and there is a sign saying so. Once riders board the vehicle, the adventure is about to begin. Continue reading “Medusa (SFDK) Ride Review”
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…
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!
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.
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.
Colossus is being prepared for running backwards this Fright Fest, and then all spring next season!
They’re also preparing DC Universe for Fright Fest!
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!
Just like the sponsoring with a dedicated park wasn’t enough… Wonderful Pistachios Park got a new sign. Doesn’t look bad.
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!
That was about it for today. Everyone excited for Fright Fest?
For this Throwback Thursday we’re looking at a popular ride that was very similar to Montezooma’s Revenge. Since MR seemed rather popular when we asked on FB and IG, we decided to go ahead and post this for Throwback Thursday!
Tidal Wave, later Greased Lightnin’, was a Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop with a Weight-Drop launch system. A number of the early installations had a Weight Drop launch system. This system involved a catch car attaching itself to the train, which was attached to the weight via a cable. When the launch was triggered, the 40-ton weight was dropped down a shaft pulling the cable and catch car which in turn pushed the train down the launch track. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday- Tidal Wave (CGA)”
Are you ready for the new 2014 Roller Coaster Additions in the Six Flags chain?
Six Flags America will be getting 2 new rides, one of them is a roller coaster. The roller coaster they’re receiving comes from Six Flags Great America.
Six Flags America will introduce a new Mardi Gras section of the park along with the addition of two exhilarating new rides. Ragin’ Cajun, a spinning, fast-track roller coaster, will be the theme park’s 9th roller coaster. Ragin’ Cajun will be joined by a new family-friendly, flying ride dubbed French Quarter Flyers. Both attractions will be located in the festive new Mardi Gras section of the park.
The new Mardi Gras area is a celebration of culture and entertainment. The festive new section is themed after the energy and liveliness of New Orleans. You can expect the snappy jazz, blues, and zydeco music as it pours into streets. Plus delicious food, exciting games, yummy beverages, and fun retail shops will help bring the spirit of the South to Six Flags America.
Ragin’ Cajun will be the park’s ninth roller coaster. This fast-track roller coaster twists, turns, tilts, and rotatesaround a 1,378-foot-long zigzagging track. The unique four-passenger train spins 360° and zips through breathtaking turns, which are sure to thrill even the most extreme coaster riders. This roller coaster is sure to be as wild as its name and will add a new and adrenaline-charged ride experience to the existing coaster collection.
To see the other 2 great new coasters, keep reading!
After 11 years of no new additions (slides) to the line-up of Hurricane Harbor LA, Tornado was the last addition in 2003, the 2014 season brings us Bonzai Pipelines!
Bonzai Pipelines are two body slides that sit side-by-side and offer a unique launching capsule system. After reaching the top of the five-story tower, guests step into the enclosed vertical capsule where the floor drops out beneath them, sending riders free-falling 40 miles-per-hour down the slide. Launch programming may be varied so that all riders launch at the same moment, or in sequence.
Also for 2014, HH LA will finally organize some awesome event the water park needed!
”To round out the water park experience, Dive-In Movies will be offered in the Forgotten Sea wave pool, new dining options are planned, as well as extended operating hours.”
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!
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.
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
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.
In 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”
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”
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.
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.
For this little Throwback Thursday we’ll be looking at Spin out and Free Fall that used to operate at SFMM.
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.
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.
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.
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”.