Throwback Thursday #11 Log Jammer

For this Throwback Thursday we’ll be looking at a ride that is missed A LOT, Log Jammer.

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Log Jammer used to be one of the most popular rides at SFMM, it was great for the heat, and it was a long log flume through nature, with good variety of elements, basically everyone loved Log Jammer. But, in the winter of 2011/2012 the ride stood there with out a sign of it being closed, but then, right before it normally re-opened, a sign appeared saying it was closed for ‘future enjoyment’. No one knew what was happening at this point ’til they started to demolish the ride halfway through the 2012 season. It wasn’t ’til August of 2012 that the park had officially given a reason for the ride to have been demolished. They announced the record breaker Full Throttle to be placed in the former spot of Log Jammer for the 2013 Season. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday #11 Log Jammer”

SFDK ‘Ride Transformations’ Fright Fest 2013

An amazing thing about Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Fright Fest is that they have their top rides themed as well, in a special Halloween related theme. Below you’ll find the roller coasters, and what they will be transformed into. To see the SFDK Mazes and Scare Zones, click here. To see the show line-up for FF2013, click here.

  1.  Boomerang Coast to Terror – ‘The greatest scientific minds in San Francisco have gone mad trying to understand the deadly and befuddling mystery hidden deep within one of the most scariest and brain melting attractions in the world.’
  2. Vertical Velocity Rodent Attack – ‘A failed park lab experiment has resulted in thousands of cuddly white rats developing an insatiable taste for human flesh (especially teens).’
  3. Cobra Monster Mine – ‘Cobra sits on land that used to be one of the most profitable gold and silver mines in California until a terrible incident that caused hundreds of men to disappear. The old track has been closed for years, but we’re pleased to reopen it to celebrate the 100th anniversary!’
  4. Lost Souls of Kong – ‘Kong may be one of the most celebrated steel coasters in the world, but it is also the premier residence in the park for angry, disillusioned spirits whose only joy in death is tormenting riders in the most painful ways imaginable.’ (This is an interesting theme, since this SLC is also know for head-bangy-ness, and pain. Although it is one of the better SLCs, and we LOVE Kong!)
  5. The Medusa Witch – ‘Beneath Medusa lies the remains of a witch who destroyed a thriving town and left a terrible curse for anyone who dares to set foot on the property.’

 

SFDK Mazes for FF2013

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will have 7 Mazes, and 2 Scare Zones. 

The 2 Scare Zones are;

–  Cirkus Berzerkus – ‘Pay a visit to this chaotic zone where murderous clowns run rampant in the moonlight. Praying on the darkest fears of its victims, the clowns always know where they can find you.’

– Bloodbath Bayou – ‘What lays beneath the Discovery Kingdom waters is far from a tranquil lagoon. Instead what awaits are monstrous crocodiles, decaying zombies, scaly beasts and other unexpected inhabitants that want nothing more than to satisfy their appetite for fresh blood.’

The 7 Mazes are;

MAZE PASSES ARE REQUIRED.

Massacre Mine – ‘Explore an abandoned Gold Rush mine in search of gold, but be careful because terror lurks around every corner of this decrepit mine aptly dubbed “Massacre Mine.” Hundreds have died in this mine during their search for wealth and fortune, and rumors have it that the wicked spirits of the outlaws and miners now haunt the mine, determined to protect their unclaimed riches no matter the cost.’

Slaughter House Pig Farms – ‘Come visit the Slaughterhouse Pig Farm — a formerly condemned; family owned pork-processing plant where human flesh is served to unsuspecting customers. The slaughterhouse has reopened but the mystery meat remains just that — a mystery.’

Captain Bloat’s Shipwreck – ‘The remnants of a 200-year-old shipwreck still rests on the bottom floor of the Pacific Ocean just outside Vallejo. Supposedly guarded by the ghost of an evil pirate, Captain Bloat, the treasure on board has never been recovered. Captain Bloat’s crew of live sharks swim alongside the cavernous chambers ensuring no man gets close enough to examine the ruin.’

The Last Ride – ‘Dare to experience the sensation of being buried alive. Those brave enough to attempt the unthinkable will be treated to an earth-shattering peek into the life that follows death.’

Nightmare Manor – ‘After Nicholas Nightmare’s untimely death, his eccentric twin daughters were left to fend for themselves. Living alone in this 13-room manor on the Discovery Kingdom lot, the girls eventually went insane. Park guests who dare venture into the dark, Gothic setting must face madness and mind games when the clock strikes :13.’

Scrapyard of the Dead – ‘The workers of this ominous yet raucous junkyard are dead, but they don’t actually know it. They just wander the grounds adding to their stockpile of scraps and debris. Behind the deafening heavy metal music, these living dead are getting ready to pounce on whoever gets in their way.’

Total Darkness – ‘The construction of an advanced transportation system has veiled the world into darkness. Now your mind must find your way as you wind around with no light to guide you. Scream if you must, and hold on to those you think you can trust.’  — This will be the park’s NEW maze this year, similar to Blackout (NOW total darkness) at SFMM.

 

SFDK Maze Passes.

Discovery Kingdom does not offer Premium or Season Pass Maze Passes.

Unlimited visits on all premium haunted experiences available for $15.

This will be valid for 7 mazes.  (Luckily, there are only 7 mazes, so there are no additional fees when buying the $15 Maze Pass Wristband)

SFMM Maze Pass Prices

MAZE PASSES

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 THE SFMM FRIGHT FEST WEBSITE, CLICK HERE.

Flight Deck Ride Review (CGA)

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.

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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)”

Disney and Vekoma: A Match Made in Heaven

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”

SFMM Fright Fest 2013 MAZES

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 2013 Fright Fest Mazes;

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  • Aftermath – Batman Action Theater (Located next to the Riddler’s Revenge).
  • Black Widow – Old Eagle’s Flight station, Samurai Summit, between Ninja and Superman.
  • Chupacabra – X2 Plaza, old Revolution waiting-line, across from Panda Express.
  • Cursed – Tidal Wave line, entered through the handicap/flashpass- line.
  • Total Darkness – A.K.A Blackout, has been relocated to the Magic Moments Theatre.
  • Toyz of Terror – Formerly used for Jokester’s Hideout 3D, the Flashback building next to HH, and FT plaza.
  • Weepy Hills INSANEtorium – Formerly used for Slaughter House, the storage building behind Flash and next to Green Lantern.
  • Willoughby’s Ressurected – Located at the Sky Tower base, across from the Ninja entrance!

Speculation on a Replacement of the Simpsons Ride

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.  IMG_7740

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 (SFDK) Ride Review

This is the Ride Review of Medusa!

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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”

Future Survey

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?

Throwback Thursday- Tidal Wave (CGA)

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)”

Six Flags 2014 Coasters

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!

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