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!

 One of ’em was that Colossus Backwards was closed all night… 20131011_184537

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)

Vortex @ California’s Great America

In this Ride Review, we’re taking a look at the 2nd B&M ever made. VORTEX at California’s Great America that is. 

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Vortex is located behind the big carousel, and is hard to miss since it is the only roller coaster before heading past the food locations to the back and middle of the park. Riders will approach the line where a wooden sign indicates that they’re about to board Vortex. The lines is simply all switchbacks that seriously never fill up. Riders will then approach the stairs that lead to the station. The station is out door, and there will be a canopy for the operator that will assign you a row. Continue reading “Vortex @ California’s Great America”