Saturday, January 12, 2013

Weekly Rewind 1.12.13

WhiteWater has completed their first SilkGel slide resurfacing project at the West Edmonton Mall.  The photo on the left shows the before slide on the left, and after on the right.  The technology allows slides to be resurfaced and brightened, offering superior protection and resistant color fading.

Michigan's Adventure has given a name to their new Larson Flying Scooters, the Lakeside Gliders.  According to this story, the new ride will be set up near the park's main lake, hence the name.

Disney Parks had quite a management shake up this past week, with many executive level positions changing jobs.  The leader of Disneyland will now oversee the entire Disney World resort, and the former leader of Animal Kingdom will take over Disneyland - among many other switches.  Read the full details here.

The heavy work is now underway to Fun Spot America, as seen in many recent photos that the park is sharing.  The work right now is focused on the park's new Skycoaster and the White Lightning wooden coaster, as well as some of the park's other buildings.  Looking good!

The ground is exploding at Six Flags St. Louis.  But on purpose!  They're blowing up the ground as part of the foundation work for the new Boomerang roller coaster.  Check out video of that here.

Down with big vacations, and forever live on the Staycations!  That is the future, or at least a big part of it, so says Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet.  And he should care, considering that his kingdom of parks are all regional and perfect for staycations.

Kings Island does a great job with their social media presence, and has introduced yet another neat feature on their website.  The park is now cooking up a photo of the day, the first week of which has featured some neat looks back at the park's history.

More expansion seems to be on the agenda for Legoland Florida, where many believe that a Pirate themed area will be added this year.  The park is not saying anything official on the new, however, so we will have to wait to see if those rumors are true.

Pointbuzz has up a new video about recent developments at both Cedar Point and Cedar Fair, including an early look at GateKeeper's keyhole element being fabricated.  The interviews with Matt Ouimet and Rob Decker are definitely worth a watch.