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.”
We went to SFMM today, and decided to do a quick update on it.
And of course X2 is still closed after the chain lift problem…
The ramp on the parking lot happens to be finished by now, and is sponsored by Toyota.
This meant that the overflow lot had to be used again, even though it wasn’t that busy. They were also racing Superman for a while today, nice to see! It has been a while since some interaction!
Apocalypse was open today! YAY! With the fire working too! Only bad thing were the crowds, the line ended up being like an hour and a half or so, because they were only operating 1 train…
The park was open ’til 9PM today, so Full Throttle Nights were back, and looked surprisingly nice from the sky tower! Also notice how tropical, and “not concrete-y’ Hurricane Harbor looks at night!
That wraps up the little things that happened at SFMM!
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!
Six Flags Magic Mountain
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”.
California Coaster Kings went to CGA last weekend, here is some info of our experience…
The pictures are a little mixed up, but before looking at the recent pics of the park, here’s how our day went, and what we thought.