Disney and Vekoma: A Match Made in Heaven

When Disneyland built their first Vekoma coaster, no one would have guessed this would be a relationship that would last for a while.  This coaster was the Gadget Go coaster, a Vekoma 207 meter Junior Coaster, which doesn’t even reach 30 ft or 25 miles per hour.  It opened in 1993 as the first roller coaster in the Mickey’s Toon Town section of the park.  Since then, Vekoma has built another coaster for Disneyland, 3 for the 3 parks in Orlando, 4 for the 2 parks in France,1 for Disneyland Tokyo, and 2 for Hong Kong Disney.  All of the following listed are Disney Vekoma coasters: Continue reading “Disney and Vekoma: A Match Made in Heaven”

SFMM Fright Fest 2013 MAZES

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 2013 Fright Fest Mazes;

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  • Aftermath – Batman Action Theater (Located next to the Riddler’s Revenge).
  • Black Widow – Old Eagle’s Flight station, Samurai Summit, between Ninja and Superman.
  • Chupacabra – X2 Plaza, old Revolution waiting-line, across from Panda Express.
  • Cursed – Tidal Wave line, entered through the handicap/flashpass- line.
  • Total Darkness – A.K.A Blackout, has been relocated to the Magic Moments Theatre.
  • Toyz of Terror – Formerly used for Jokester’s Hideout 3D, the Flashback building next to HH, and FT plaza.
  • Weepy Hills INSANEtorium – Formerly used for Slaughter House, the storage building behind Flash and next to Green Lantern.
  • Willoughby’s Ressurected – Located at the Sky Tower base, across from the Ninja entrance!

Speculation on a Replacement of the Simpsons Ride

After a few months of some speculation, it might be that the Simpson’s Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood will be closed down and replaced.  IMG_7740

Now, although the park hasn’t announced any hints on what might replace it, many Universal fans have been posting there ideas of a new thrill ride. (NOTHING HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN RELEASED) One of the most popular ideas is a motion simulator ride, so the Simpson’s Ride structure could be kept and just re-themed, featuring a theme from the new Universal film, Pacific Rim.  For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it is a science fiction thriller in which aliens begin to attack from underground earth, and humans must build giant, human controlled robots to destroy the aliens.  The movies 2 tag lines were “Go Big or Go Extinct” and “To Fight Monsters, we Created Monsters”.     Continue reading “Speculation on a Replacement of the Simpsons Ride”

Medusa (SFDK) Ride Review

This is the Ride Review of Medusa!

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Medusa is a custom designed B&M Floor-less, and is definitely, together with SUF, the park’s most popular ride.

Riders will approach the ride after they’ve entered the Oasis Plaza, the giant of the park is hard to miss. The yellow/lime and purple beast’s entrance is located in the back of the plaza. Riders will enter the temple-like waiting-line, and will then enter the actual temple. The temple holds switchbacks and has a set of stairs that lead up to the boarding platform. Once up on the top level of the temple (station) riders will be assigned rows, there is one row with 2 ‘big’ seats in row 4, and there is a sign saying so. Once riders board the vehicle, the adventure is about to begin. Continue reading “Medusa (SFDK) Ride Review”

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SFMM update for 9/5/13

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…

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Colossus is being prepared for running backwards this Fright Fest, and then all spring next season!

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They’re also preparing DC Universe for Fright Fest!

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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!

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Just like the sponsoring with a dedicated park wasn’t enough… Wonderful Pistachios Park got a new sign. Doesn’t look bad.

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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!

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That was about it for today. Everyone excited for Fright Fest?

Throwback Thursday- Tidal Wave (CGA)

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)”

Six Flags 2014 Coasters

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!

Continue reading “Six Flags 2014 Coasters”

Hurricane Harbor LA is getting something new after 11 years!

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.

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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.”