Tuesday, September 1, 2015
This one's a can't-miss in my book. Devin Olson Media, who has put together several short coaster documentaries before, has published their latest which tells the story of Carowinds' Fury 325.
Embedded above, the nearly half-hour film takes us through the entire Fury 325 project, start to finish, and goes in-depth with some of the key player's in the ride's development. These include Rob Decker, Corporate Vice President of Planning & Design for Cedar Fair, and Mike Fehnel, General Manager of Carowinds. There's some great insight into the long process of having Fury 325 designed and built, and as we well know the project wasn't exactly a small one so there's a lot of ground to cover.
Make sure to free up some time, turn down the lights and enjoy - many kudos to Devin Olson Media for their work!
Monday, August 31, 2015
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Above is a photo of the newly installed lift, well at least most of it. The ride will have dual stations to help with capacity, and after the stations is a slight turn and then directly up into the lift. Unless this ride is much taller than we expect, there should be another stretch of track then the support that will hold the crest of the hill after what is seen here. It could be the angle of the photo, but here the lift appears pretty steep. One other thought is that due to the layout of the Jurassic Park area, I'm not sure there will be room for a big swooping first drop like on most B&M Flyer coasters, so there is a chance for a more straight first drop here.
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As for what comes next, we will have to wait and see. I did some analysis on how far this ride might stretch in a previous post. There's still quite a bit to go!
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Sunday, August 30, 2015
It sounds like Matt Ouimet has plans for a couple more park front entrances to get "deckerated" like Cedar Point and Carowinds did, with coasters running in front of, or even through them. The term "deckerated" comes from Rob Decker, principal designer for the company.
The article also confirms that a couple more coasters will be converted like Mantis was into Rougarou at Cedar Point in 2015. Rumors are swirling that we will see this happen in 2016 on Vortex at California's Great America. Also of note is that the company's leader doesn't believe in relocating coasters to other parks, noting that if they are no longer popular at one park they're probably better retired for good than relocated. Good news for Dorney Park! I kid, I kid.
The article has plenty of other gems and is worth a read for any fan of the company. Check it out at this link.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
The 25th anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida is quite an achievement, and it's wonderful to see the park celebrating the milestone.
Year year's mix of original attractions that contain throwbacks to popular scares of the past 25 years is especially nice, evenly mixed with popular intellectual properties that are on the big screen today.
In all, Halloween Horror Nights 25 will offer 9 mazes, 5 scare zones and 2 live shows.
Going over the original content first, one of the most anticipated mazes is Jack Presents 25 Years of Monsters & Mayhem. Hosted by former event host Jack, the house will feature both classic Universal monsters and famous characters from the last 25 years of Halloween Horror Nights and revived scenes from some of the best and most popular mazes.
RUN: Blood, Sweat and Fears is based on the premise of being on a twisted game show where participants have to run for their lives... with poor results to be expected. The maze is based on two previous RUN houses, featured many years ago.
Body Collectors - Recollections is another throwback to previous houses under the same name. The famous body collector are out once again, this time looking for parts in Shadybrook Asylum.
Finally we have Asylum in Wonderland 3D, a bright and trippy visit into the world of Alice, where things have taken an even darker turn than in the familiar tale.
Most of the major movie-tie in themes were announced previously, but to do a little recap here they are. We'll have a Freddy vs. Jason maze which should be quite a battle to head through, and of course a very large The Walking Dead: The Living and the Dead maze that follows this past season's storyline, and an Insidious house that covers all three films.
The Purge has been used before at the event, but this year will be the theme of its own house. Finally, the park announced that the American Werewolf In London maze, a huge hit in 2013, will be coming back for an encore at this year's event.
The park's five scarezones all sound quite interesting this year, and include Psychoscareapy - Unleashed where a van of crazies from Shadybrook Asylum have escaped, and Icons - HHN which will feature some of the biggest and best icons that have ever hosted the event. Another great looking scare zone is Evil's Roots, which appears to be using some 'traditional' Halloween characters, like simple scarecrows, in frightening ways.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure will be back taking aim at pop culture again this year, and Jack's "The Carnage Returns" show will prove he always gets the last laugh.
For more details on Halloween Horror Nights 25, check out the event's official website.
Knott's Scary Farm is back this year and is also bringing back popular mazes and scare zones along with several new attractions. In total there will be 11 mazes, 3 scare zones and 2 live shows.
One of the bigger surprises of this year's lineup is the return of the use of the Calico Mine Ride as a scare attraction, this year named My Bloody Clementine. Riders will travel through the mine where Clementine and her father were murdered, and their ghosts are out for revenge.
Another new maze will be Paranormal Inc. - Case #13 The Haunting of Hayden Hill. Visitors will enter a dilapidated hospital where patients were secretly tortured by staff for years. Both the spirits of the victims and the demented staff will be on hand to hunt visitors, and Knott's promises plenty of "high flying aerial stunts and scares" in the maze.
Announced earlier, The Dead of Winter is the final new maze this year. An evil Snow Queen has an army of Viking warriors and is out for blood, eliminating anyone who enters her frozen domain. The maze will be the brightest the park has ever done, contrasting white, black and of course blood red. Sounds like an interesting approach, for sure.
The park will also bring back a host of popular mazes, many with new additions, longer sections, and newly designed Skeleton Key rooms. The park's three popular scare zones, Carnevil, Fiesta De Los Muertos and the Ghost Town streets will also be back.
Live entertainment is also a big part of Scary Farm, and The Hanging will take on the biggest news of the year once again, especially taking some fun jabs at fellow Southern California attractions. Once again the real Elvira can only be seen at Knott's this fall, in her own show called "Elvira's Asylum," a mix of comedy, music and dance.
To read more about this year's Knott's Scary Farm, click here.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Today Carowinds announced the epic transformation of their Boomerang Bay waterpark into the all-new, greatly expanded Carolina Harbor Waterpark, the main focus of an even larger 2016 park expansion.
Carolina Harbor Waterpark will feature an all new theme along with a host of new attractions, amenities, food offerings and more. Pulling back to 30,000 feet for a moment, here's a look at the entire new waterpark and what it will have to offer:
Carolina Harbor will also feature plenty of amenities to keep guests happy and content. 40 new cabanas, available to rent, will sprout up around the park, 1,100 new chairs and lounges will be added, a new bath house and several sand volleyball courts will be added.
Carowinds has launched a very detailed website for Carolina Harbor Waterpark, available at this link.
Outside of the historic waterpark expansion, there's even more coming to the park next season.
A major new live entertainment production will debut next year, named Cirque Imagine. The 30 minute show will premier next June and feature an "incredible showcase of strength, balance and athleticism." A similar show has been playing at Kings Island the past few years and regularly fills all the theater's seats, a sign of it's immense popularity.
As if all this wasn't enough, Carowinds has even more in store for 2016. At the end of today's presentation the park gave a tease at what they described as another "world's first attraction" that will open in 2016, and from the tease (see video from Screamscape) it seems to be themed to the popular Plants Vs. Zombies game series. Very interesting - the park plans to reveal those details in October.