V2-A New Type of Spiraling Impulse Coasters

v2 signV2: Vertical Velocity, in Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, is California’s first and only Intamin Spiraling Impulse Coaster, but there is a twist, and the pun is intended!  A traditional Spiral impulse coaster, such as Possessed at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, features a U shaped track with two 90 degree vertical towers, 1 which uses in line twists to get to the top, and the other going straight up and down, using an LIM launch system to propel the inverted car either way.  V2, on the other hand, has its spiraling tower only angled at 45 degrees.  This wasn’t always the case.  In 2001, when the coaster opened it had the traditional U shaped track with the 90 degree towers.  Continue reading “V2-A New Type of Spiraling Impulse Coasters”

A Land of Legoes (Legoland)

Legoland California is an American theme and miniature park based off of the toy brand Lego located in Carlsbad, California (north of San Diego).  Merlin Enterprises opened the park on March 20th, 1999.  Merlin is the Europe’s largest theme park firm, and the second largest in the world behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  This was the first Legoland in America, and the 4th overall (Denmark, England, and Germany came before).  It shares its property with the Sea Life Aquarium, and the Legoland Waterpark.  The park has 9 themed areas featuring multiple rides and attractions: Continue reading “A Land of Legoes (Legoland)”

Throwback Thursday- Shockwave!

Shockwave was on of the world’s first stand-up coasters! The ride has a rich history due to the popular ride rotation program Six Flags used in its earlier years. It’s now in storage, but we’ll show you what happened before it ended up at Darien Lake.

The ride was originally built in 1986 for Six Flags Magic Mountain as Shockwave. The coaster was a very popular attraction at Magic Mountain regardless of its roughness due to the positions of the restraints. At the time, Six Flags had a ride rotation program, in which some coasters would remain at a park for a couple years and then transferred to another park, therefore in late 1988, the Shockwave was closed, in 1989 removed, and in 1990 relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure and opened there. At Magic Mountain, the former Shockwave location became the new area for the Psyclone wooden coasterwhich opened in 1991.

Shockwave was 2,300 ft long, was 90 ft high, and had a drop of 85 ft. It had 1 inversion, which was the 66 ft tall Loop. Shockwave was made by Intamin, and had Giovanola as sub-contractor, and pulled a mild 3.4 G’s, which were a lot at the time of opening.

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Riddler’s Revenge @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Riddler’s Revenge is located in the Movie District section of the park, and opened in 1998. RR is world’s tallest, fastest, and longest Stand-Up Coaster. It has;
Length: 4,370 ft
Height: 156 ft
Drop: 146 ft
Inversions: 6
Speed: 65 mph
Duration: 3:00
G-Force: 4.2

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WindSeeker-ness

With the closure of WindSeeker at Knott’s Berry Farm, and the possible removal of it, we are looking into the design of the WindSeekers. 

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WindSeeker is a 301-foot-tall (92 m) swing ride at several Cedar Fair parks. The rides are Wind Seeker models manufactured by Mondial. They opened for the 2011 season at Canada’s Wonderland in Ontario, Cedar Point and Kings Island in Ohio, and Knott’s Berry Farm in California. Carowinds in North Carolina and Kings Dominion in Virginia opened their WindSeekers in 2012. The first four each cost US$5,000,000, and the next two each cost $6,500,000.

The three-minute ride features 32 suspended twin seats spinning around a central tower. A lighting package was installed on all WindSeekers, consisting of strips of LED lights mounted on the arms that support the swings and (except at Knott’s Berry Farm) colored floodlights to illuminate WindSeeker’s tower from above. Knott’s also has a different color scheme that, together with the customized sign, fits the Mexican theme that the area it resides in has.

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Matterhorn Bobsleds Refurbishment Review

In 1959, The Matterhorn Bobsleds opened, as the first true steel coaster.  Nearly 55 years later in January of 2012, the ride closed for a 6 month refurbishment project.  The theming was refurbished on the outside of the mountain, adding new, more realistic snow by adding glass to the white paint mix to make the “snow” glisten in the sun, and there were some repairs as well new theming was added to the inside of the mountain.  The ride vehicles were changed from possible lap sitting bobsleds to a newer and more comfortable single seating only cars, similar to the cars in Space Mountain in Disney World in Orlando. Continue reading “Matterhorn Bobsleds Refurbishment Review”

Six Flags Magic Mountain Update for 8/13/13

California Coaster Kings went to SFMM for an update, we saw some interesting things!

CROWDS! Not really, the park didn’t open the security gates until 10’10AM. The crowds really weren’t too bad today.

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We noticed how guests are actually able to just walk to the Action Theater!

 

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We tried to show last week that there has been a sign placed on the old Log Jammer pump-cabin, here it is by daylight.

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Woohoo! Just as we thought of a nice ride on Apocalypse, we figured out it was closed for maintenance… ALL DAY!

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Fright Fest signs are up to, everywhere around the park you can see them start for the event. It’s a sign from the park that the summer operations have ended, and yes Scream! still operates that one single train… 20130813_101208

If that wasn’t bad enough, Full Throttle only operated one train all day too! Creating long lines on a not-so-busy day…

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M&M’s has made a comeback, about 4-5 of these new M&M’s vending machines have been placed around the park.

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They were also fixing the AC on Tatsu while we were there, the new refurbished 3rd train, that was meant for 3 train summer operations, looks very nice, you can’t see it in this picture, but the new green seats look fresh, and there are now black headrests, instead of the former green.

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Last but not least, we haven’t seen pictures out there yet from the freshly painted Superman shield!

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That was it for today, more in the near future! We will be doing some awesome LIVE Fright Fest updates too, so stay tuned!

Tomorrow Tuesday–Tron Light Cycle Coaster

All new plans have recently leaked that Disneyland will attempt to build a Tron Light Cycle Coaster.  This came after hearing that Disney Shanghai would open a Tron light cycle coaster in early 2014 and is already under construction.  Both rides are predicted to be modified Vekoma motorbike launch coasters similar to the ones in Happy World China or Flamingo Land in England.  It hasn’t been announced yet, but it is rumored that the coaster may follow parts of the old People Mover track.

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Kong- There Is No Escape

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.

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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’s Coasters!

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!

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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.

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Stealth

On July 22, 1999, Paramounts Great America announced they would open a roller coaster made by Vekoma named Stealth. CGA called it the first ever Flying Coaster. The construction of the ride forced the reconstruction of the lower half of the parks Arrow Dynamics log flume ride (loggers Run). Stealth opened on April 1st, 2000, and was painted gray red and white.
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Batman @ Six Flags Magic Mountain

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
Inversions: 5
Speed: 50 mph
Duration: 2:00
G-Force: 4

 

California Adventure

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

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.

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The ride opened up along with the rest of the brand new boardwalk on May 25, 2013 Continue reading “The Boardwalk”