BACKWARDS!

blast backwardsDuring Six Flag’s announcements for 2014, Magic Mountain got much exciting news, including what we like to refer simply as backwards. The spring season launches with an exciting twist on two of the  theme park’s beloved coasters. For a limited time, the popular suspended coaster, BATMAN The Ride and the celebrated wooden coaster, Colossus, will run BACKWARDS.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, the B&M inverted coaster, BATMAN the Ride, will be more intense than ever when riders dare to take on an all new experience going backwards! Continue reading “BACKWARDS!”

Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom vs. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom

The question is; will the new ‘World’s Tallest and Fastest Drop Ride’ beat the then ‘World’s 2nd Tallest and Fastest Drop Ride’? In other words, how much greater do we expect Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom to be, or do we think it won’t be much different… find out now…

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Let’s start with some quick stats of Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, and Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom.

  • Speed; 85 MPH90 MPH
  • Height; 400 ft. — 415 ft.
  • Passengers per dispatch; 1624
  • Attached to…; Superman: Escape from KryptonKingda Ka
  • Park; Six Flags Magic Mountain Six Flags Great Adventure

Looking at the statistics, we notice that faster and taller quite automatically warms up the enthusiast. Therefore we wouldn’t be surprised that most people would think of Zumanjaro as being automatically better. When looking at capacity, we would have to agree, but with capacity only. Structure and park shouldn’t make much of a difference, so we won’t discuss that.

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Speed

When looking at speed, we obviously notice that Zumanjaro is 5 MPH faster than Lex Luthor with a speed of 90 MPH. But how much different will a drop feel when the maximum speed is 90 (Z) or 85 (LL) MPH? Good one, right? Yes, we don’t believe it makes too much of a difference, and this is just for the name or statistics. It will be interesting to see how people will look at both rides when it comes to speed, especially after both are open, and if they have ridden both or neither.

Height

Then there was the height. Just like the speed, both rides deal with record breaking, extreme heights. But how much is 15 ft? A difference of 15 ft is not to much either, would it even be noticeable that you’re up 400 ft (LL) or 415 ft (Z)? We think not. We do agree that a drop ride with the world record of 415 ft in height sounds cooler than a 400 ft tower, and we’d agree with the public when that’d become an argument. But will it make much of a difference in the experience of the ride?

Capacity

Okay everyone, after believing that the rides are mostly the same, here’s capacity kicking in… Oh yeah were giving this to Zumanjaro, if we estimate the ride time to be about the same as Lex Luthor, then it would be able to cycle 150% of the LL passengers. Which is a big win! Waiting long periods of time for a drop that takes 4-6 seconds is not ideal, and therefore a faster operating ride is ideal.

 Overall Experience

When we recap all we said, but factor in the location and structure this time, we might get surprising different views of both rides. As known, Lex Luthor is attached to the sides of the Superman: Escape from Krypton structure. Zumanjaro will be attached to the front side of Kingda Ka. Looking at the surroundings, Magic Mountain is surrounded by mountains and hills. Great Adventure on the other hand has no mountains, or hardly any terrain height-differences close by. This results in a view that stretches farther for Zumanjaro. We’re not judging the nature/ landscaping around both parks, because the opinions can differ. But one of the biggest factors is the structures of the rides. We are going to say that Lex Luthor will still be a more thrilling experience when both are open because of the following; Both drop cars are positioned on different sides of the tower, back to back. This means you can’t see the other gondola, and you have nothing on either side of you. Zumanjaro has 3 cars next to each other, not having that effect of being solo. Then, perhaps, the greatest difference comes in. When Kingda Ka launches, it will launch over head, creating a feeling that you’re not all the way up, on LL there is nothing above you but the sky. Additionally, when Kingda Ka launches up the tower, the tower will shake, but since you’re not on the side this won’t make much of a difference. With LL on the other hand, the cars are located on the sides, and Superman: Escape from Krypton will launch up the tower without reaching the very top, this results in the cars pulling the tower forward a little when on their highest point. This results in the structure swaying 3 ft both ways, which means the drop cars sway to the left and right too! This is very thrilling, for you guys who haven’t experienced it, this is one of the most thrilling aspects of the ride.

That all said, perhaps Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom and Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom are nearly the same, and it won’t be much different. Or perhaps Lex Luthor is more thrilling although the records all go to Zumanjaro… Who knows?

SEAT-BELTS ON GOLIATH

Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain now has seat-belts! They were installed last week and are in use already. We have no clue why this is necessary after 13 years of injury-free operations. The seat-belts are very similar to the ones on Xcelerator at Knott’s. ‘Intamin’ seat-belts…

These are most likely installed because of the New Texas Giant accident earlier this year.

Photo credits to @AwesomeCoaster on Twitter
Photo credits to @AwesomeCoaster on Twitter

Knott’s

Hey there!

We went to Knott’s Berry Farm yesterday. (November 16th). And we have lots of interesting info and pictures. We will do 2 overall reports, one will be posted Wednesday the 20th, and the other on November 27th! Also, we’ll have lots of Ride Reviews, and additional info on rides such as Coast Rider, and GhostRider (re-tracked). So stay tuned, because we’ll go all Knott’s the next couple of weeks!

Comment any questions, or requests, for what we cover, talk about, or post!

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Universal Studios Hollywood- Day of Giving

On November 14th, 2 days ago, Universal Studios Hollywood hosted the ‘Day of Giving’. An event in which homeless people, and especially children, could come out to receive school supplies, clothing, backpacks, and books. There was a lot of media attention for this great event!

This year’s Day of Giving was; ‘Operation School Bell’, thus all the school supplies for the 250 homeless children. ABC7 and NBC4 came out to cover the event live, and so did our partners from USHFans.com. Universal Studios Hollywood had characters come to the event, to entertain the children. Some characters walking around the event were; Frankenstein, Shaggy, Scooby Doo, and Beetlejuice. There were lots of volunteers at this event, as well as park employees who decided to give a helping hand, creating an amazing group of people giving back to the community!

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Photo credits to; Anthony Santavenere of USHFans.com

For the only full-photo coverage of this event, please visit our partners of USHFans.com by clicking here.

 

Throwback Thursday–Wacky Soap Box Racers

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The Wacky Soap Box Racer coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm opened in 1976 as Cycle Chase.  It is a Special Coaster System Model made by Arrow Dynamics, known as a Steeplechase Coaster.  This special style of Steeplechase coaster was known as a Motorbike Chase, and featured four motorcycle like vehicles racing side by side on a tubular track, that simulated dips and curves as if on a road.  Continue reading “Throwback Thursday–Wacky Soap Box Racers”

Blue Bayou Review

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Although there are many fine dining experiences at Disneyland, there are very few on the level of Blue Bayou.  This is not only because of its fancy decor and unbelievably amazing steak and seafood, but also because it is actually located inside the ride The Pirates of the Caribbean.  Let your eyes adjust to the perpetual twilight of this truly unique setting where the bayou is, literally, by you!  Enjoy your meal as jealous onlookers on board the ride can smell the cooking of your delicious meal.  Overhead strings of colorful balloon lanterns cast an enchanting glow, dotting the darkness from which crickets chirp, frogs croak and fireflies wink while providing an ambiance like no other. Since its opening in 1967, Blue Bayou has been a must-do for many a visitor to the Disneyland Resort.  Once you’ve gotten an eyeful of your delightful surroundings, turn your attention toward getting your belly full! Naturally, at Blue Bayou, the menu is inspired by the Cajun, Creole and French influences of Louisiana.  blue-bayou-restaurant-00-560x315

They welcome you to the Bayou with a Cajun-inspired salad or a cup of our delicious New Orleans gumbo, included with your entrée. Then choose from such signature dishes as the pan-seared Tesoro Island chicken with Boursin cheese mashed potatoes or the Royal Street seafood jambalaya. During lunch, they feature the Buccaneer’s boneless beef short ribs in a Cabernet reduction—while at dinner, the broiled filet mignon and succulent lamb chops entrees, and the surf-and-turf combo is extra-deluxe. Little ones are also well provided for with roasted beef strip loin, cheesy macaroni and healthy Mickey Check meals of seared salmon or chicken breast.  Full men eat no dessert, so save room! They aren’t not telling tales when they say that savoring a piece of Key lime pie tart or crème brulée in this magical  establishment full of Disney history is an experience you won’t soon forget. bbysteak

During Coaster King’s last visit to Disneyland this past June, we feasted on this restaurants broiled filet mignon, and let us tell you, it is no joke.  This gives a whole new meaning to fine dining in a theme park.  Along with the filet mignon came a bowl of there house gumbo that tasted “straight out of Louisiana!”  We finished of the meal with a cup of their light and airy chocolate mouse (served for a birthday, we are unsure if this item actually appears on the menu).  This restaurant is definately the finest dining experience at any theme park in the state of California, or possibly the world.  Be sure to get a reservation, because they will stop taking walk in diners later in the day, but be sure not to miss out on Blue Bayou.

Quicksilver Express @ Gilroy Gardens

A park often forgotten about with all the CA Theme Parks is Gilroy Gardens. Gilroy Gardens actually has a very unique coaster! Quicksilver Express that is!

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Quicksilver Express is the world’s only Mine Train coaster made by Morgan. Quicksilver Express opened in the Gilroy theme-park in 2001, and was one of the last Morgan rides to be built. It’s a long ride, for a Mine Train Coaster, and has a track-length of 3,787 ft. QE is 60 ft. tall, and reaches speeds up to 38 MPH. The ride time is surprisingly short, with only 1 minute and 35 seconds.

Quicksilver Express has 2 trains, which fit 30 passengers each, which creates a capacity of approx. 1,400 riders per hour. The trains are similar to the Arrow Mine Train Coaster trains, with 5 cars of 3 rows each.

Quicksilver Express roller coaster QE has 2 lift-hills, and is built on a hill, offering a nice view of nature, as well as the gardens of the park it resides in, Gilroy Gardens. QE has the following height requirements; Riders must be at least 42 inches tall with an adult or 48 inches to ride alone.

Quicksilver Express is a very interesting, and often underrated, Mine Train coaster, that is actually pretty unknown, although it is faster than Gold Rusher at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and is unique due to the fact it’s the only Morgan Mine Train! So next time you are up in Northern CA to do some parks, why not check out Gilroy Gardens, and ride QE!

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Tomorrow Tuesday–Tsunami Soaker

The 2014 Six Flags’ new ride announcements were one of the biggest in Six Flags history.  Among these announcements, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom (Great Adventure), Goliath (Great America), and Medusa (Mexico), were all announced to open with a bang.

Although one of the more underrated Six Flags parks, and personally, one of our favorites, Discovery Kingdom, didn’t receive any new record breaking coasters or drop rides, they received some fantastic new add-ons, to add to an already great park.  First of all, they will be open year round.  Secondly, the popular Cirque Dreams Splashtastic show will return, after the success it had in 2013. Thirdly, they will be adding an all new soaksational experience: Tsunami Soaker.

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Tsunami Soaker is similar to the classical spinning 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 quite dizzying experience.  Each seat on the boat is armed with a  water gun so every rider can participate in the soaking of enemy boats. While your boat rotates around the wet course, you can engage in an soaking battle of aim, shooting your water blaster at other riders as well as innocent bystanders waiting in line to ride, 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.

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The Tsunami Soaker will have a platform diameter of 66 ft, and will be located in the former Wave Jumper space, on Roar Plaza. Below there will be two pictures showing where the ride would then have been be located. 

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Tsunami Soaker is coming to the park after the huge success this Mack ‘Twist ‘n Splash’ had in La Ronde. The ride was new for the 2013 season in the Canadian Six Flags park, and had the name; ‘Aqua Twist’. The ride was popular with the audiences visiting the park. These audiences are similar to the ones visiting Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags St. Louis. Therefore the St. Louis park is also receiving a Mack ‘Twist ‘n Splash’ with the name Tsunami Soaker for the 2014 Season.

 

Quick ‘what’s-up’ with Magic Mountain.

With the winter season kicking in, theme-parks start preparing for the 2014 season, and thus, so is Magic Mountain. Magic Mountain has taken down the world’s largest fake-tree, for the rejuvenation of Bugs Bunny World. Also, the 2 gift-stores next to the big tree, will most likely be taken down too in the process. This is likely to be the location of the new kiddie-coaster. Additionally, the park will now be running rides with lower capacities, since most rides will have trains in rehab for next season. Although MM doesn’t officially host Holiday in the Park, it will bring back some decorations, and the meet and greet with Santa Claus, as well as the popular snow-globe!

Special Saturday– CA Winter Events

In this special you’ll see the 3 major winter events in CA Theme-parks. The 3 biggest ones are Knott’s Merry Farm, Holiday on the Park (SFDK), and Holidays at Disneyland Resort. Below you’ll find a description of each!

  • Knott’s Merry Farm is one of the many events that Knott’s has, and is the second largest. Halloween Haunt at Knott’s Scary Farm being the largest event. Visitors will visit Knott’s at a time of celebration, with all rides and buildings decked in lights, and Christmas music all around the park. Knott’s has special shows for the occasion, and additionally, all Peanut Gang characters are dressed in special Holiday outfits, as part of the ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’. All rides are operating, and some rides are transformed for the event. Additionally, there is  65 ft. tall Christmas tree in the park, as well as more festive decorations. Knott’s Merry Farm is opened daily form the weekend before Thanksgiving through the first weekend of 2014, except for Christmas.
  • Holiday in the Park is a similar event, but up North, in Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The park’s rides are all beautifully decorated with Christmas lights, as well as other decorations alike. The park has many shows, which are all revised to the Christmas theme. Therefore there will be about 5 brand new shows every Holiday in the Park event! Additionally, the park has an artificial snow-hill in the back of the park, where visitors can slide down the icy hill on a sleigh provided by the park. This is a very popular attraction. Also, throughout the entire park, visitors will find fire pits, where they can get drinks, and relax while heating up by the fire. The park’s pathways are also heavily decorated with Christmas apparel. The park has had the world’s largest Christmas tree in one of it’s Holiday in the Park events, and still places a very tall tree in the entrance plaza each year. This is also the location where the Christmas closing and opening shows are being held. Over all, it’s a great event with all rides (but the ones that are in maintenance) operating, lots of interesting new shows, and a great atmosphere! Check it out if you happen to be up there!
  • The Happiest Place on Earth Becomes the Merriest Place on Earth.  The Disneyland Resort will once again be going all out for the Holiday festivities.  Starting November 12th, all of your favorite areas of Disneyland and California Adventure will be covered head to toe with Holiday decorations.  Carolers will line the lands of Buena Vista Street and Main Street USA, and the nights will all be capped of with the Believe in Holiday Magic Firework Spectacular.  Starting November 15th, the World of Color water show at California Adventure will begin sharing shows to spread the warmth of the holidays.  New for this year at the park is Viva Navidad; a fun celebration of Christmas with Latino influences, located at the dining area in Paradise Pier at California Adventure.  Of course, the three traditional Disney favorites will be returning.  First, the Christmas Fantasy Parade will once again wind around the streets of Main Street, featuring all of your favorite Disney characters in their finest Holiday attire, and of course the guest of honor, Santa Claus.  Also not miss Disney Holiday classics are the Nightmare Before Christmas themed Haunted Mansion, and the Holiday themed Its a Small World.  Overall, its looking like it will be one fine holiday season, and remember the Its Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

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