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”

2013 Six Flags Magic Mountain Maze Review!

California Coaster Kings went on all mazes this Fright Fest! Thus we’re doing a review on all of ’em! *(SCARE LEVEL provided by park) Read our Fright Fest update by clicking here.

  • Weepy Hills INSANEtorium – 8/10 – INSANEtorium was an interesting new maze. It replaced Slaughter House and was nicely set up. It just felt like it missed some major aspects, which we hope will be there next year. The entrance is nice, and it all makes perfect sense regarding the theme. The only things that should change are the amount of rooms/ character interactions, and the end. In the end visitors used to flee for the chainsaw, now there’s nothing, and you just walk around the building to get back to DC Universe
  • Toyz of Terror – 10/10 – Toyz of Terror is our favorite new maze! It starts off at the point where Jokester’s Hide Out used to start, but the entire maze has been transformed into a toy factory. The props are very nicely done, as well as the repaint it under went. Some fan-favorite aspects from the ‘clown’ styled maze have returned, such as the long hallway full of doors, where the toys pop-out, and the spinning tunnel. DEFINITELY A MUST-DO!
  • Total Darkness – 9/10 – After the HUGE ‘Blackout’ maze success last year, Six Flags in general stepped up their game, and installed a ‘Total Darkness’ maze in almost all of its parks. Magic Mountain received a Theater themed one, where visitors enter the Magic Moments Theater to go through the pitch-black maze. This year, the lines moved fast, as there were 2 sides that were used. Your group would be assigned either side, where strobe lights would disorientate visitors before they had to enter the ‘Total Darkness’ while having only a rope to hold on to, and navigate through the maze! 
  • Willoughby’s Resurrected – 9/10 – Willoughby’s used to be a 10/10, and we’re not sure why they changed that, since we thought it was scarier than Aftermath. Anyways, Willoughby’s is a maze where you are seriously terrified from the beginning on! As you enter the Maze, the first thing you do, is the scariest. There’s some loud noise as a dead carcass gets hit against a wall, there is a bright flash of a picture that’s being taken, and there is an air-pressured fog machine blowing against your leg. This all happens at the same time, before you enter the actual maze. The actual maze has been done pretty well, with the recreation of this old mansion, with the moving paintings, bloody bathroom, and screaming children.
  • The Aftermath – 10/10 -A 3 year veteran and a favorite of ours here at CCK.  It is loosely based off of the TV show the Walking Dead, and is located on the theater in the movie district that used to house the Batman stunt show, and featuring many of those effects, including overturned automobiles, a model helicopter that hovers around the maze, and even a car that has flames that burst up between 10-20ft tall out of its front hood.  And let’s not forget lots of disorienting fog!
  • Black Widow – 7/10 -The story takes participants through the basement of an old apartment building, overun with deadly spiders, and the spiders’ victims trapped in its webs.  The maze is located on top of Samurai Summit in an area between Ninja and Superman: Escape from Krypton, and right in the middle of the Exile Hill scare zone.
  • Chupacabra – 6/10 -The classic story of the sheep killing Mexican killing beast with a new twist of its craving for human blood.  The maze is a serious park veteran and is located on Baja Ridge, with its entrance located between Viper and X2’s entrances, and goes through the old Revolution line.
  • Cursed – 6/10 -Another park veteran that goes through the Tidal Wave line, and features Gypsy’s who have become werewolves, and, although, not the longest or best mazes, definitely does one of the best transformations.