Here’s a little promo for our future Fun Fact Fridays!
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Here’s a little promo for our future Fun Fact Fridays!
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With the recent Stealth article, and the removal of both Deja Vu and Invertigo we held a poll on the remaining Vekomas in CA. Kong came out pretty strong, and since there are different views on this SLC, we are giving our honest ride review.
Kong is a Vekoma SLC that once stood in Opryland USA as Hangman. Kong came to the Vallejo theme-park in 1998 after Premier Parks bought the park, and wanted to transform the Marine-Park into a theme-park. Together wit the park’s boomerang, Kong started it’s operations in may of 1998. The entrance was located next to the Dolphin Harbor stadium, and the parking lot used to be at the now Oasis plaza. Continue reading “Kong- There Is No Escape”
Seaworld San Diego has the least coasters of all the Seaworld parks in the US, this doesn’t mean the 2 coaster that they have aren’t unique. The first coaster opened in 2004, Journey to Atlantis, and the second one opened in the spring of 2012.
Both coasters are Mack coasters, Journey to Atlantis is a Mack water-coaster with a unique lift system halfway through the ride. When riders are positioned in the boat-like ride vehicles they get dragged up the lift-hill, this is followed by a little roller-coaster track pre-drop, and they will then enter one of the 2 big towers where the track becomes a flume, and the ride vehicles drop down for the first splash. After the splash riders will enjoy some of the scenery before entering the second tower o the bottom. Once they enter the tower they will be accompanied with another ride vehicle, the doors will close, and a screen will make it seem as they are in Atlantis with sea creatures surrounding them. Then all the sudden the ride lift system pulls the 2 vehicles to the top height of the ride, and the roller-coaster section of the ride starts, 1 vehicle at a time will go down the roller-coaster track. Once the relatively short roller-coaster section comes to an end, the vehicles will splash in the water, where after riders will enjoy some of the scenery again before returning to the station. Journey to Atlantis used to also house dolphins, they have been replaced by Mantas. Journey to Atlantis has a height of 95ft, a max.d drop of 60ft, has a max. speed of 42 MPH, and has a ride duration of a stunning 5 minutes!
As we move on to the newest addition to the park’s line-up, we have a multi-launch coaster by Mack that has similar trains to the ones on Bluefire in Europa Park. Manta has an interactive waiting-line that goes through Manta aquariums and touch-pools. Once riders are seated, the train will roll into a tunnel where projection will make it look like riders are in the under water world, without notice the train will launch of this tunnel at a speed of 43 MPH. The coaster is terrain hugging so there are lots of quick movements and little pops of airtime before slowing down in the middle of the ride After you slowdown the train will once again launch up-to a 43 MPH, and riders will do some last fan-favorite movements before returning to the station. Manta has a ride-length of 2,800 ft, a max. height of 30 ft, a max. drop of 54 ft, which goes in the ground and has a splash effect. Manta also pulls a surprising 4 G’s over the 2 minute ride duration.
This is our Batman The Ride Off-Ride video.
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Batman The Ride is located in DC Universe in Six Flags Magic Mountain
Batman The Ride has;
Length: 2,700 ft
Height: 105 ft
Speed: 50 mph
Disney’s California Adventure opened in February of 2001, along with Downtown Disney and the Disney Grand Californian Hotel. The park was opened to show the history and lifestyle of California. The ride did very poorly for the first year, and some of their original attractions, such as Superstar Limo were closed, due to poor attendance. In 2002, a Bug’s land opened, to make a more kid friendly area to the park. In 2004, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was added to the park, after its huge success in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. In 2006, Superstar Limo was replaced Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. Continue reading “California Adventure”
The Boardwalk area of Knott’s Berry Farm used to house Perilous Plunge, which closed on September 3, 2012. On October 22, 2012 Cedar Fair Entertainment Company filed a trademark for Coast Rider . Knott’s Berry Farm officially announced Coast Rider and two other rides on November 1, 2012. These 2 other rides together with the Mack Wild Mouse were to open in the Spring of 2013.
The ride opened up along with the rest of the brand new boardwalk on May 25, 2013 Continue reading “The Boardwalk”
California Coaster Kings went to Six Flags Magic Mountain to check it out again. We were there for a pretty short period of time, so we couldn’t cover the entire park. We got most though!
As soon as we arrived (5PM), we noticed that the Full Throttle line was LONG, but then we took a closer look, and the new switchback system made the line look longer, but a whole lot shorter. Also, until around 8PM, the park stopped the line under the screen, and had smaller groups of people walking up the ramp to the station. We honestly believe that’s a very good idea! Now the screen and canvas come to good use, even if there are shorter lines!
In June of 2011, Star Tours, the classic Disneyland ride that opened in 1987 but closed in 2010 reopened as Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. This ride featured many new technological advancements such as HD and 3D videos, new animatronic characters, and interactive and changing ride experiences. Now Disney and Lucasfilms are at it again to update this ride for the new Disney Star Wars film slated to open in 2015.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a rather unique and different park in the Six Flags chain. SFDK is America’s only wildlife, marine life, and wild-rides amusement park. Anyone who has visited this park knows how uniquely the park is set up. All the big rollercoasters are distributed over two big plazas, and the extreme flat-rides are spread through the park. Random stadiums are located throughout the park, and the zoo area and marine life area are located on the back side of the park next to the lake. The park has an amazing line-up of shows in which they work together with world class entertainment companies. Most of the shows are extremely educational and will teach rather that entertain you with animals performing tricks, but more on that later. The animals in both the habitats in the zoo, and in the walk-through or interaction exhibits are really well taken care off, and there seems to be an experienced and well trained staff that does so.
Pacific Park is an oceanfront amusement park located in Santa Monica. The park, located on the Santa Monica Pier, looks directly out on the Pacific Ocean, in the direction of Catalina Island. It is the only amusement park on the West Coast of the United States located on a pier.
There are a total of 13 rides in Pacific Park, including the world’s only solar powered Ferris wheel that provides a view of the Pacific Ocean and a roller coaster that circles the majority of the park. Even though its only 2 acres in size it’s a fun attraction for families to visit. Continue reading “Special Saturday Pacific Park!”
Our off-ride of Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain!
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Tatsu is world’s tallest, fastest, and longest Flying Coaster. Tatsu came to the park in 2006 and is still a fan-favorite with long lines. “Tatsu” is Japanese for “Flying Beast”.
Length: 3,602 ft
Height: 170 ft
Drop: 111 ft
Speed: 62 mph
– 103 ft tall Corkscrew
– 96 ft tall Zero-G Roll
– 80 ft tall Horseshoe
– 124 ft tall Pretzel Loop
– In-Line Twist
For our 6th Throwback Thursday we are looking at the first ‘modern’ roller coaster to invert. Corkscrew at Knott’s Berry Farm.
When Corkscrew first opened at Knott’s Berry Farm, it achieved two things of historical significance. Corkscrew was not only the first modern inverting coaster in the world, but it also was the first roller coaster to take riders upside down twice. Continue reading “Corkscrew – Knott’s!”
California Coaster Kings was at Six Flags Magic Mountain to do their first (of many) regular park updates. In the future California Coaster Kings will visit Six Flags Magic Mountain weekly to give you up-to-date information of what’s going on at ‘The Thrill Capital of the World’!
We noticed last week that Full Throttle Plaza’s lasers got nice weather proof bubbles around them. We hope that this means that the Full Throttle Plaza will also be lit up nice during the off-season. We noticed that Live It Up by Airbourne is being played in the plaza now too. We expect this plaza to be fully used for Fright Fest, during that time of the year weather can be pretty unpredictable. It seems like the lasers are in fact permanent! Continue reading “Park Update for Six Flags Magic Mountain on 7/31/13”
This is the ride review for Pony Express from Knott’s Berry Farm.
Pony Express opened in 2008 in the back corner of the park. Pony Express is located next to Bigfoot Rapids in the Ghost Town area of the park. Pony Express is themed after the Pony Express mail service from the old west and is a Zamperla coaster. Pony Express has 2 trains with 16 riders per train. In these trains riders ride horses which are located with 2 on a row for 8 rows. The ride is a launch coaster and travels over the existing locomotive that the park also operates. Continue reading “Pony Express!”
Since the release of The Avengers in May of 2012, many people have pondered if Disney plans to open up a Marvel themed park, or area in a Disney park. Disney executives have stated that although there is basically no chance of this opening in Florida, there will be possibilities of this park opening in Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo, or Paris. The reason for no Marvel Florida is due to the fact that Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure already has a Marvel themed area. Walt Disney Imagineers have a model made up of the park, and it is planned to contain thrill and entertainment experiences for people between the ages of 15-45 years of age.
It is planned to be over an 100 acre area, alongside both Disneyland and California Adventure near the Toy Story Parking Lot. It would be the third park added to the Disneyland Resort, and would have a separate gate and admission fee. Disney decided to open this park after their huge success of their California Adventure relaunch. The park would feature a Vekoma Motorbike Coaster (similar to Velocity in Flamingo Land England),
a Vekoma Family Inverted Coaster (similar Freedom Flyer in Florida),
a Gerstlauer Eurofighter (similar to Speed: No Limits from England),
a Motion Simulator ride, and a water ride.
Water coasters such as Schlitterbahn’s Master Blaster (the original) have been running since 1994. These rides are water slide that travel both up and down, using magnets, conveyer belts, or strong water currents.
These slides are produced by either of the 2 large Canadian water park producers: Proslide and White Water West. Unfortunately, only two water coaster slides have opened west for the Rocky Mountains: Maximum Velocity at Wet n’ Wild in Phoenix, Arizona, and Master Blaster at Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville (Near Sacramento), California.
Wild Rivers Irvine is planning on making a new water coaster made by White Water West, and may also open a water coaster in their newly planned sister park in Temecula, California. In Garden Grove, about a mile from Disneyland, a newly planned indoor water park known as Great Wolf Lodge, plans to open as the as the Great Wolf Lodge’s chain largest park.
Although the park hasn’t released a full slide list yet, its newest park next to Kings Island in Ohio features a water coaster. The next possibility for a new water coaster in California would be at Sea World San Diego’s newly purchased Aquatica park which was formerly Knott’s Soak City in Chula Vista, California.
Other possibilities for new water coasters in California include Six Flags Magic Hurricane Harbor, whose sister park of the same name in Massachusetts has a water coaster, and Anahiem’s Golfland Sunsplash whose sister park in Roseville has a water park, but these are long shots.
The point is that water coasters are the greatest technology in waterslide engineering right now, and we need more here in California.
Insane Coaster Wars is a television show, produced by the Travel Channel, that first aired in July of 2012. Each episode shows four coasters, each with something in common like, extreme heights, speed demons, etc. After riders ride the rides, they are offered the chance to rate the coasters features, like inversions, first drop, etc. Whichever coaster has the highest score wins for the episode. Recently, when we have visited Magic Mountain we have seen Travel Channel shooting episodes for their 3rd season at Full Throttle and Goliath.
In season 1, Medusa of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom appeared in the pilot, themed G-Force Giants, but unfortunately Apollo’s Chariot from Busch Gardens Virgina beat it out.
In the episode titled Speed Demons, Xcelerator of Knott’s Berry Farm appeared but lost to Top Thrill Dragster of Cedar Point.
In the 2nd season premier, Tatsu appeared in the Worlds Tallest episode, but lost to Formula Rossa.
X2 won the 6th episode of the second season titled upside down under, beating out Superman Escape of Australia, iSpeed of Italy, and X-Flight of Six Flags Great America.
In season 3, as well as Full Throttle, and Goliath, it is predicted that Superman: Ultimate Flight of Discovery Kingdom will make an appearance.
A short Off-ride video of Goldrusher at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The ride is the oldest Roller Coaster in the park and opened with the park in May of 1971.
Length: 2,590 ft
Height: 70 ft
Speed: 35 mph
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