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.
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!”
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),
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.
Michael Turco is an American magician, illusionist, and entertainer. He began practicing magic growing up in New Jersey and doing shows in Atlantic City. He began performing these shows in Middle School, doing simple card tricks, and just progressed from there. In 2007, Turco began doing Magic Shows for The Welcome Home Troops Red Carpet Show, for which he still preforms today. In 2011, Turco performed in the 6th season of America’s Got Talent.
He has done 2 magic shows in Vegas, 1 at Planet Hollywood, and 1 at Bally’s Hotel, and now has the headline show at the Magic Moments Theater at Six Flags Magic Mountain called De’ Illusions. This show features, magic, as well as current music by artists such as Adele, Taylor Sift, One Direction, and Fall Out Boy, and choreographed dancing.
The show opens with dancers coming and pushing some sort of machine onto the stage, that they show is empty. They then close up to empty box of the machine and begin to spin the box, then open the box to reveal Turco. He then has three hollow pyramid shaped platforms wheeled onto the stage where he holds a blanket over each, and when the blanket is dropped, there are 4 magician’s assistant girls that appear, in the once empty platforms. There is then a cylinder on stage, that is halved by a piece of steel, that Turco has an audience member come and bang on with a hammer to make sure that it is solid. He then seals an assistant on one side with a sheet, and gets in the other side. He then seems to pull the shadow of his assistant into the middle, then pulls her out on the other side.
He then asks for a dollar from the audience, and makes it disappear in his palm along with a handkerchief, then makes the dollar reappear in his palm and pulls the handkerchief out of the center of the dollar. He then does a series of tricks using sharp objects. First, a small 1 unit by 1 unit by 1 unit cube, is unfolded to human size so an assistant can get in. The box is then refolded to its original size, and stabbed with three machetes. The machetes are taken out, and the box is unfolded to reveal the assistant unscathed. He then places an assistant into a human silhouette, in which the assistant puts both of her hands and one foot into slots in the silhouette box. The box is then turned on its side, and 8 large razor blades are inserted into the box, and then the box is separated into 8 parts. The box is put back together, the blades are removed, and then the assistant is removed from the box unharmed. The next trick discusses Stephen Hawkins theory of different dimensions. Turco gets into 2 octagonal frames covered by sheets that he pushes through, making the shape of his body in the sheets. he then slowly turns to just a 2 dimensional shadow, and then back into his three dimensional self. For the finale, a seesaw like structure is wheeled onto the stage. Turco climbs into a box on one side , which the assistants wheel around, until they drop it on sharp spikes. The box is then opened to reveal no Turco. He then appears at the top row of the theater, waving a checkered flag. At the end of the show as people are exiting, he shakes hands with the audience and sells a book of his tricks to any customers. Although these tricks may seem unbelievable, they do happen, and you must see this show next time you are at the park. It plays Thursday through Sunday (through August 11th), at different times, but the times are usually 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. (There are a maximum of 3 shows a day)