Thursday, December 1, 2016

Help Dolly Parton help the citizens of Sevier County, TN

Many amusement park enthusiasts have experienced the hospitality and charm of Dollywood and other of Dolly associated properties. This is your time to give back some of your special family moments worth repeating by helping out the associates who gave you such a good memories. No entertainment operation can exist without good people, and inside the park and out, the staff of Dolly's properties in Pigeon Forge have all experienced a great hardship, directly or through their friends and family. Please take a moment to watch Dolly's appeal here:

You can follow the link directly to donate, or send your donation to this address:

Dollywood Foundation
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
Pigeon Forge  TN  37863

Let's all give back! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday World Adding Classic Flat Ride + More in 2017

Picking up on one of the trends of the moment, Holiday World released a mannequin video today to give park fans plenty of teasers as to their new for 2017 ride.  Watchful eyes were able to pick up on just what ride will be added next season, check out the video and see what you can catch:

The new attraction will be named Firecracker, and is a classic Calypso flat ride that will be fully refurbished and added to the 4th of July section of the park, across from Liberty Launch.  The ride originally operated at LeSourdsville Lake Park in Ohio before moving to Fun Spot in Indiana.  Holiday World obtained the ride, of which there are only a handful still operating, and will bring it back to life for guests next season.

Next season Holiday World will also make three more attractions wheelchair accessible, add more shade structures on popular attractions such as Kitty's Tea Party and Otorongo, replace the Watubee family raft ride's tower structure, and improve many of the park's food and beverage outlets such as the Alamo. Both The Voyage and The Raven wooden roller coasters will also have off-season trackwork done.

The park promises more news on 2017 changes soon on their HoliSounds podcast.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Eye of the Storm Ride + More Announced for Kentucky Kingdom's 2017 Season

© Kentucky Kingdom
Thrill seekers will have another ride to line up for at Kentucky Kingdom in 2017, when Eye of the Storm debuts.  Know as a Giant Loop and manufactured by Larson, the ride will take 24 passengers up to 70 feet in a giant loop, moving both forwards and backwards.  These rides have become extremely popular in recent years, popping up at both small and major amusement parks across the country.

The new ride, alone with two additional new children's rides that were announced, push Kentucky Kingdom to offering more than 80 different rides and attractions - with 5 roller coasters, 20 water park attractions, and expansive children's area and more.

Changes were also announced for the park's wooden coaster, Thunder Run, which will receive a brand new train in 2017.  The coaster will also receive track modifications and improvements designed to give "a smoother and faster ride," which I'm sure will not be frowned upon by visitors!

Kentucky Kingdom is also focusing on park amenities in 2017 to keep their ever-growing attendance base happy.  They will spend money on items like more shade structures in ride lines and in the water park, more tables, chairs and benches throughout the ride and water areas, stronger air-conditioning in restrooms and restaurants, more lockers, new technology to improve the speed of season pass processing, three new ticket sales windows and a brand new entrance for the Hurricane Bay water park.

Since reopening, Kentucky Kingdom has found much success and expanded greatly each year - 2017 looks to be no different!

Monday, November 28, 2016

New Super Cyclone Coaster Coming to Santa's Village Azoosment Park

© Santa's Village Azoosment Park
Santa's Village Azoosment Park, located in East Dundee, Illinois, has announced that they are building a new roller coaster for 2017, named the Super Cyclone.

The park, which was reopened in 2011 after be closed for five or so years, has steadily expanded each year adding rides and attractions along with its popular petting zoo (hence the Azoosment Park name).  It originally opened in 1956 as just Santa's Village, and had two sister parks of the same name in California.

The new coaster will be fabricated by Interpark, and is one of the company's Super Cyclon designs.  The ride will feature orange track and gray steel supports, and is designed as a mild thrill ride that can appeal to the whole family.  When complete, the Super Cyclone will stand 35 feet tall, feature 1,148 feet of track, have a top speed of 30 miles per hour and utilize several two car trains that zip around the course.

You can read more about the park's expansion plans and keep up with the status of the new ride via the park's website.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Casino Pier Confirms New Euro-Fighter Layout

Just a couple days ago we were taking a look at Casino Pier's new Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster, and hypothesizing about the ride's layout.  Well, the park went ahead and just posted the ride's full layout on Facebook, answering any remaining questions we may have:

© Casino Pier
As we suspected, the new roller coaster will be generally the same as the 320+ model, without the 360 degree helix at the very end of the ride.  That means after the 72 foot tall lift hill and 97 degree drop, riders will navigate a full vertical loop, immelmann turn, head up into a heartline roll and then end with a quick turn into the brake run.

On Twitter, Ride Entertainment said that Casino Pier's new coaster will be the "world's first EF-320," so it would appear that that is the model name that Gerstlauer has given this layout.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Scott And Carol Present - Great News From the NRCMA and Uremet

Excerpts from the press release:

After the tragic death of National Roller Coaster Museum founding board member Mark Moore in July, his family and business wanted to ensure legacy while supporting the efforts of the National Roller Coaster Museum in which he strongly believed.   
Moore was a true amusement industry pioneer.  In 1982 he the founded Uremet, an industry leading urethane wheel manufacturer where he remained as president. Moore brought his business acumen and a strong, innovative vision to the NRCMA board over his eight years as a member of the organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the legacy of the amusement park industry.  

A fundraiser is planned for the International Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando this November sponsored by Uremet and the Moore family with the goal to endow an expansion of the Museum’s Plainview, Texas archive facility in Moore’s name.
With the Mark Moore Memorial fundraiser, the NRCMA is proposing to double the size of its current archive facility and to create a showroom for public access to select artifacts within the Museum’s collection.  The expansion will be named for Moore and will quantify his success in the industry and his support of the NRCMA.
The NRCMA is an unaffiliated, 501 (c)3 non-profit organizations dedicated to the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts and memorabilia to document and archive the history of the amusement park industry in a dynamic environment while providing the most complete repository of information and documents regarding the amusements industry.
Here is a concept drawing of the Mark Moore expansion:
The Uremet Corporation started things off in a big way:

A small gathering was held at the Uremet booth to kick off the fundraiser and make the seed money announcement.
Steve from Uremet was kind enough to talk about Mark and his feelings for the amusement industry during what has to be a difficult time for the transitioning of Uremet towards the future.
Richard, a founding member of both American Coaster Enthusiasts and also the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives Board reminisces about both the NRCMA and Mark Moore. Word on the show floor was that over $200,000.00 had been pledged before the end of the show. If you wish to support this cause and honor Mark Moore, here is some more from the press release:
To donate to the NRCMA to aid in the protection and preservation of historic roller coasters and amusement park artifacts:
Mail to: NRCMA, ATTENTION: Jeff Novotny, NRCMA treasurer, PO Box 5424, Arlington, Texas 76005-5424
Purchase at Amazonselect AMAZONSMILE and 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to the NRCMA
 Visit: or the NRCMA facebook page for further updates.