For this little Throwback Thursday we’ll be looking at Spin out and Free Fall that used to operate at SFMM.
The Freefall was a ride developed by Giovanola and was a model that was marketed throughout the world by Swiss company, Intamin. Two generations of this ride were developed. First generation Freefall rides can be identified by the angled supports at the base of the lift tower. Second generation Freefall rides were identical, but the tower’s base structure on those variants did not taper outward. Riders were required to be 48 inches (122 cm) tall or more.
When Disney’s California Adventure opened in February of 2001, it contained 2 roller coasters: the Intamin looping launch coaster California Screamin’, and the lesser known Mack wild mouse coaster known as Mulholland Madness.
This ride was named for the famed but always traffic filled Mulholland drive in Los Angeles, themed with traffic signs and billboards around parts of the track. The ride vehicles featured paint jobs of old style California surf woodies, 50’s style flamin’ hot rods, or highway patrol cars.
The ride also featured a sign at the end of the ride stating it was the rental car return area. Unfortunately, withing the rides first month of operation, it experienced three accidents, causing the ride to be closed for repairs more than it was open. The media also weren’t big fans of the ride calling it a “off the shelf carnival ride with weak themeing”. The Los Angeles Times even went as far as stating that “the ride was a joke when compared to Disney’s other coasters”. The ride closed along with many other rides in the park for renovation in October of 2010. It reopened on July 1st, 2011 as Goofy’s Sky School, based off of the original Disney cartoon sketch “Goofy’s Gliders”. Unfortunately people haven’t been pleased with this renovation either calling it “a waste of time that equals the original and is embarrassing to be called a renovation”.
Recently after Disney spoke of there announcements to build a Tron light cycle coaster, of which our last tomorrow Tuesday was about, Disney made a second announcement to build a new ride based of the doors scene of Monsters Inc. This ride would be located in California Adventure towards the back of the park near the dark ride Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. It has also been announced that there will be a whole new Monstropolis themed area there. This would take the place of the theater housing Muppet Vision 3D, and the empty stage 17 building that once held the Who Wants to be a Millionaire experience.
V2: 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”
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)”
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 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
Speed: 65 mph
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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.
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.
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”