Friday, April 18, 2014

Scott And Carol Present - A Banshee Teaser

On April 17th 2014 Kings Island unveiled their latest roller coaster...The Banshee! It is the longest inverted roller coaster in the world.

The park pulled out all the stops to welcome us. This Banshee ice sculpture was located in the VIP Reception area.

Our day had an early start with trains pulling out of the station, with the sky still dark and all the lights on.

The Banshee's eyes lit up as she cleverly clutched rider in her grasp. Many time she held them upside down.

It was a very chilly start to a wonderful day! Kings Island's maintenance department worked very hard to insure that the Banshee took flight at the appointed hour. Only 48 hours prior Banshee was experiencing snow.

You will have to wait for the rest of the story, because we are on the road all weekend.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holiday World Confirms Major Ride Removal

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In a post on the Holiblog, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari confirmed the removal of the park's giant splash ride, Giraffica.

Created for the park by Intamin and originally known as Pilgrims Plunge, the ride was the tallest water ride in the U.S.  It featured a vertical lift that took boats to the top of the 131 foot drop, after which a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour was obtained.  It originally opened in 2009, meaning it had 5 operating seasons as the park.

The post on the Holiblog indicates that the ride was closed more than they would have liked, and unofficial reports name everything from the boats to the complicated vertical lift as maintenance nightmares.  The ride originally was a part of Thanksgiving before being 'moved' into Splashin' Safari prior to last season.

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The new park map still shows the ride's elaborate boarding station in place, perhaps to be reused in the future for a new attraction? From the hints in the park's official post it sounds like another development will soon come to the Thanksgiving section, giving fans of the park something to look forward to.

Miracle Strip @ Pier Park: Open For Business!

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While many folks were up in Ohio today testing out a certain new coaster (more on that later), another substantial opening took place as well.  Miracle Strip @ Pier Park announced on their Facebook page that as of 3:32 p.m. they were officially open for business!

The park has completed the move from their old location down the street into their much roomier site.  Along with moving all the rides they previously had, the park added to their collection - doubling their offerings when all was said and done.  We spoke to the park about their plans earlier this year, if you missed that here is a link.

Miracle Strip @ Pier Park was already planning a grand opening celebration for the 18th, but have moved that back to the 19th due to a less than desirable weather forecast.  I know if I lived in the area I'd be making a trip out to see the new park!

Many congratulations to the park on their accomplishment, and we look forward to what is sure to be a bright future, including a new version of the famous Starliner wooden coaster in 2015.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scott And Carol Present - A Look at the New Kentucky Kingdom

Here is the latest iteration of Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane bay. For this year, much of the improvements involve getting wet in your swimsuit. With the Grand Opening projected for Memorial Day Weekend, park guests will be wetter than wet in 2014. 

Lightning Run has been topped off and thrill seekers will be pouring into Kentucky Kingdom despite the "storm warnings." Still lots of work to be done, but the heavy lifting is complete. 

The transfer track is still yet to be installed, but the... 

airtime hill and the rest of the turns are good to go! The only question is whether there will be strobes flashing to simulate lightning upon dispatch.

This colorful slide complex will offer riders their choice of wet thrills. Tunnels and funnels and bowls, oh my! No word yet on height requirements for the various options.

 The trough for Adventure River is nearly ready for landscaping, the tree in the middle adds a nice touch, don't you think? The worker gives a sense of the scale of the attraction and you can see another slide tower being erected a ways behind tree.

The Dutch Shoes are ready, are you? This mild family ride is a favorite across generations and many new fans will emerge after May 24, 2014.

One of the most ornately decorated flyers in recent memory will open with the park on Memorial Day Weekend. Named Professor John's Flying Machines, guests will do their best to soar through the sky like pilots who land at Standiford Field.
Our thanks to Kentucky Kingdom for proving these nice photos.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Small Look at Carowinds' Upcoming Thrill

This image certainly looks like a blurry mess, but it actually shows some footer placement for Carowinds' next big thrill.

Credit goes to the folks over at Carowinds Connection for the find.  It seems the park has put some plans out to bid for major changes to the parking lot entryway and toll booths.  Included in the plans for those changes are some footings and a ride tunnel that would appear to be for a new coaster.

And let's face it, we know a new ride is coming.  That was leaked some time ago, but the type, size, etc, has been a mystery and will remain one at least for now.  All the above image tells us is that the ride will indeed run out past the park's main entrance, appearing to then turn around and head back the way it came.  Also note that the footings for the ride stop being drawn at the state line, I suppose that the plans for the parking lot changes do not need to include them.

If you click over to Carowinds Connection you can see plenty more .pdf files of the plans, but you won't find any more details on the ride.  It's a start!

Scott And Carol Present - Update on Roar-O-Saurus at Story Land

Story Land, located in Glen New Hampshire has put itself on the map with it's 2014 addition, Roar-O-Saurus! This compact Gravity Group designed one of a kind wooden roller coaster, announced at IAAPA, has a lift height of 40 feet (providing a spectacular view of the surrounding area), sends riders soaring down a first drop of 38.5 feet, features 1,242 feet of track length, and provides riders 12 unique airtime moments.

Here is a great "riders" view of  Roar-O-Saurus' 40 foot lift hill. On this day the steel topper track was being installed.

Here's a rather snowy view of the Roar-O-Saurus station, Story Land's Assistant General Manger, Jack Mahany reports, "progress is a little slow as the tedious work has begun, absolutely no idea when it will run. Snow has begun to melt...what a winter"   For those who have been to Story Land, as the park's website says, "Fortunately, Glen is small enough that you can’t help but find us!"
Our thanks to Jack for the up-date and photos.