Sierra Sidewinder @ Knott’s Berry Farm

This Ride Review is ‘reviewing’ the, currently, only Spinning Coaster in CA! (Undertow hasn’t opened yet, and Pandemonium closed in 2011)

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Sierra Sidewinder opened in 2007 pretty unique, since there are only 3 Mack Spinning Coasters, and the other two are located in Europe! The ride is located in Camp Snoopy, right of the entrance plaza and is a nice family coaster that is super re-ridable, and you want to ride it over and over again since not a single ride is the same!

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Riders will approach the ride’s line after entering Camp Snoopy, the family/kids area of the park. The line exists out of 2 sets of switchbacks surrounded by wooden fences. The line is located right under the roller-coaster, so guests will see spinning coaster-cars fly by ever 2 minutes or so! Once guests have walked past, or through, the switchbacks, they will take the stairs up to the station, where they can choose a row to sit in. They will eventually board the relatively small trains, fasten their seat belts, lock their restraints and off they’ll go!

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The ride’s vehicles are locked (so they don’t spin) for the pre-lift and lift-hill section of the ride. Once the train reaches the top of the 62.3 ft lift-hill, the train’s cars will unlock their awesome spinning feature, and there is no stopping to ’till the end. The ride doesn’t have a large drop. The drop is only 39 ft, and goes right into a set of banked turns, the 3rd one being 90′ degrees tilted! After this the train will make a quick, sudden, transition into a double downwards helix, where the train will come very close to the ground. The train will then also reach it’s maximum speed of 37 MPH. Riders will then be thrown into a waving transition, in which the train will quickly bank about 45 degrees either way twice in a row. This movement is followed by two banked turns that run into the brake run. The train’s cars will then be rotated back to the original starting position for it to re-enter it’s station.

Perfectly aligned vehicles, since the cars don't start spinning 'til the first drop!
Perfectly aligned vehicles, since the cars don’t start spinning ’til the first drop!

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This ride may be a little short, but it really offers a unique ride that is different and exciting every time you ride, due to the spinning. The ride is nicely located, and circles some smaller rides that are located in the kids area. The ride’s lines tend to be short throughout the day, and even when the switchbacks are both full, the line will only be about 30 mins. So you can never go wrong with Sierra Sidewinder! Check it out next time you’re at Knott’s Berry Farm!

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Tomorrow Tuesday–Undertow at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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In August of 2012, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk unveiled plans for a new $5.5 million ride during a presentation for employees and media at the Boardwalk.  A new spinning roller coaster, named Undertow, will join the Boardwalk’s thrilling lineup of rides.  Manufactured by the German coaster company Maurer Sohne, Undertow will be the only spinning coaster in Northern California.   Continue reading “Tomorrow Tuesday–Undertow at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk”

Some Fright Fest @ SFDK pics

We were invited to the Ghoulish Gathering VIP event at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, but due to travel distance and time, we weren’t able to make it. An associate that lives practically next to the park was able to make it, and took a few pictures for us. The park was only open ’til 10, so most pictures were taken during the day. And since everyone at the event went on mazes at night, we have very few pictures of the park at night. (You’re not allowed to take pictures at the mazes) So here they are!

All rides were operating Friday night, looks pretty cool if you ask us!

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Of course our favorite ride, Superman Ultimate Flight, deserved their attention!

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is expanding it’s Fright Fest more and more every year, and they have also placed a huge spider on their woodie!

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The Fright Fest decorations looked awesome at the park! Below is an example!

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Have you been to any CA Halloween event yet? Let us know by commenting below!

Very short- quick update- SFMM 10/18/13

We went to Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain again yesterday. We decided to go on all mazes for the last time, therefore we didn’t have much time to look at all the things that went on. Also, we were with some friends, so mazes were our top priority. Below you’ll see a wooping 3 pictures! Which will show what we noticed real quick while we were at the park.

Around 6:30 PM, when they decided to open Total Darkness early, we saw this on our way from DC Universe to TD. Maintenance was climbing the superman track. Later, around 7 PM. Superman opened again.

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Another thing we noticed real quick, was the bus-stop waiting line. It is now a permanent line.

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Something we didn’t see the last 2 Fridays we were here! Nice greetings when approaching Colossus County Fair!

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Throwback Thursday–Hurricane @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Hurricane roller coaster santa cruzHurricane was Santa Cruz’s 2nd steel coaster built, and although somewhat compact at only 58 ft tall and 1430 ft long, it packed a powerful punch.  The ride threw riders at a monstrous 4.5 G’s, the same amount of force that the much larger coaster, Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom gives to riders.  The ride is made by SDC and shares a name with the model it is. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday–Hurricane @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk”

Short Fright Fest Update from 10/11/13

CCK was at Fright Fest (SFMM) again yesterday, and although there wasn’t much going on compared to last week, there were a few things we noticed!

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Six Flags Magic Mountain put up some signs with directions for the mazes. They were located at various places in the park, and looked very neat.

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This weekend, they seriously fogged out the scare zones, and we could finally see the ‘City Under Siege’ effects! (there was hardly any fog last Friday)

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Scream! finally received a new ‘shield’ on the fence (exit path). It used to be ripped, and looked awful. Next up; PAINT JOB!

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SFMM also added a TV screen in the Total Darkness line, guests in line can now follow groups inside the pitch-black maze. Nice addition!

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Other than this, Viper ran extremely smooth yesterday. Also, Batman: The Ride was closed all night too, and there were no lines for the rides, except for SEFK, which had a line reaching far outside the building.

Special Saturday–Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Although the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is considered a nostalgic park, being open since 1907, the park contains more thrills than many are lead to believe.  The park contains 33 rides and has a 34th on the way.  Along with its classics such as their carrousel or Ferris wheel, the park contains 6 rides classified by the park as thrilling.  The following is a list of these considered thrilling rides, as well as a description of their new coaster, Undertow. Continue reading “Special Saturday–Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk”

Throwback Thursday–Mountain Express

me1Mountain Express at Six Flags Magic Mountain was a Schwarzkopf Wildcat model that operated in the park from 1973 to 1983.  It was the parks 3rd roller coaster, and the first that the park built after it’s opening (Gold Rusher and Clown Coaster opened within the 1st year of the park’s existence).  It was located around the area where the coaster Goliath is located today in Pirates Cove.  The ride was quite a compact ride, reaching a maximum height of 50 ft and a maximum speed of 40 MPH. me2

After its 10 year run at Magic Mountain, the ride was renamed Wildcat and moved to Magic Landing in El Paso, Texas, where it operated until 1990, before moving to its final home, Bosque Magico in Mexico, and was run as Montana Russa, until its demolition in 2006. The ride became more popular at its 2nd and 3rd homes, due to the fact that it was the only coaster at Magic Landing, and 1 of only 2 coasters at Bosque Magico. The Schwarzkopf Wildcat 65 meter model is very rare to see today, with only 3 of them still running (Achterbahn at Skyline Park in Germany, Wildcat at the Washington State Fair, and Wildcat at the North Georgia State Fair).  The trains are similar to wild mouse cars, featuring only one car that seats 2 rows of 2.  The track contains a lift hill, that dips at the top before turning and dropping and then repeating the turn and drop 2 times on each side.

Achterbahn at Skyline Park (the same model as Mountain Express)
Achterbahn at Skyline Park (the same model as Mountain Express)