Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Venus Vortex New at Lake Compounce's Crocodile Cove in 2020


© Lake Compounce
A brand new thrilling family water slide, named Venus Vortex, will open Memorial Day 2020 at Lake Compounce's water park, Crocodile Cove.  The large addition will go up near the park's wave pool, which is also a somewhat recent addition, on land reclaimed when the road adjacent to the park was moved several years ago.  That gave Lake Compounce a sizable open space to develop, which they have been with additions like Venus Vortex, the Bayou Bay Wave Pool and Riptide Racer.

© Lake Compounce
The slide will stand more than six stories tall and feature a yellow and green color scheme, sure to make it noticeable from afar.  The four-person rafts will start their journey simply enough, curving through some twists and turns and entering a covered tunnel portion.  Suddenly they will soar out of the tunnel and down a steep drop into a giant half-pike that is decorated to resemble "the carnivorous mouth of a hungry venus flytrip ready for its next meal."  This concept art shows the entire slide's layout, including the giant funnel.

© Lake Compounce
Once in the jaws of the giant fly trip (notice the red teeth they are going to add to the side of the slide's walls - a nice touch), the rafts will slide up and down each side giving moments of weightlessness to passengers.

The Venus Vortex will be "Lake Compounce's largest and most thrilling slide to date," said Jerry Black, Lake Compounce General Manager.  "This addition will further solidify our park as the go-to water park in Southern New England."


Cedar Point Celebrates 150th Anniversary in 2020 With Nostalgia + New Pass


© Cedar Point
Next year Cedar Point will be celebrating the park's 150th anniversary all summer long with a mix of nostalgia and a nod to the future of the resort.  The park dates back to 1870 when the very beginnings of what Cedar Point is today were just starting to take root.  Over the decades the resort and amusement park have grown into one of the world's favorite places to explore, find thrills, spin and twirl, splash in a water park, and even spend a summer vacation at.

The park will celebrate their history next year with a "multitude of new family entertainment and memory-making experiences."  "Guests will enjoy a fully-immersive nighttime celebration along the Main Midway, try new, delicious and innovative food options (along with a few throwbacks of old), take home new memories with a complete line of nostalgic souvenirs and merchandise, step into a reimagined Town Hall in Frontier Town and climb aboard a river expedition for a new generation."

All of the activities planned sound fun, and the park promises that plenty more surprises are on the way and will be revealed as the 2020 season approaches.  The thought of having a boat ride back on the park's central lagoon is pretty exciting on its own.

© Cedar Point
While we wait on more details on all the fun that is planned for 2020, the park has also announced a brand new Gold Pass that is an amazing deal.  We don't usually cover ticket/pass information here, but Cedar Point's new Gold Pass, in honor of their 150th anniversary, is pretty extraordinary.  For just $99 visitors can get access to the park for the remainder of the 2019 season, and all of 2020, plus Cedar Point Shores and free parking.

For a park the size of Cedar Point which offers so much, that's really a steal.  I have a feeling there will be plenty of folks celebrating at the park next year!


Monday, August 19, 2019

Busch Gardens Tampa Gives New Peek at 2020 RMC Hybrid Coaster


© Busch Gardens Tampa
There are so many exciting projects going on in North America for 2020, one of which is the massive Rocky Mountain Construction conversion of Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa.  The theme park has revealed that they are indeed transforming the dueling coasters into one record breaking hybrid ride, but haven't shared all the details just yet.

Previously the park released only one image of the ride, showing a massive first drop and a sharp uphill climb that morphs into a downhill barrel roll.  And some "ests," the tallest, fastest and steepest hybrid roller coaster in North America.

Thankfully, on the recent National Roller Coaster Day, the park released a fun teaser clip on social media.  North East Coasters put it on YouTube, check it out:

There are some great point of view animation clips mixed into the "est" titles at the start, one of this shows the view from the top of the lift with a lot of the layout below.  The later clip shows a very large stall element before it ends.

There's still so much more to know about the Gwazi transformation, and the clip does promise that they will tell us soon.  Can't wait!


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Knott's Berry Farm + Valleyfair To Introduce Large Festivals for 2020 Season



Cedar Fair appears to have found success with special events and festivals, especially at Knott's Berry Farm, and is adding more to the chain's lineup in 2020.

Knott's Berry Farm will hold "A Knott's Family Reunion" during next summer, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Knott's family curbside berry stand, which started in 1920.  "What started with a humble farm evolved into a premier destination that has come to witness 100 years of historical and timeless memories shared among friends, neighbors and families from around the world."

© Knott's Berry Farm
A Knott's Family Reunion will pay "tribute to Knott’s history and legacy of family fun.  Guests will be immersed in a once-in-a-lifetime celebration featuring festive park d├ęcor, themed food items, unique entertainment, exclusive merchandise and special surprises along the way, all paying homage to the nostalgia that surrounds the historic theme park. Details about the exciting 100th anniversary celebration festivities will be announced in the coming months."

“The Knott family vision and values led to the birth of Knott’s Berry Farm, and through this milestone celebration it is our opportunity to honor the last 100 years of remarkable memories that have shaped our history,” said Jon Storbeck, General Manager of Knott’s Berry Farm. “The 100th-anniversary celebration embraces the farm’s rich history and signifies the importance of the Knott family’s commitment to building a place for generations of guests to create lifelong memories.”



Grand Carnivale, a massive celebration that had a popular run at four Cedar Fair parks in 2019, will also debut at Valleyfair in 2020.

The celebration will be similar to those that took place this year - a giant cultural celebration mixing live entertainment, food and beverage tastings, a parade and nighttime celebration into one event. 
"Grand Carnivale is Valleyfair’s largest-ever event and entertainment line-up that features 150 costumed performers and seven massive, Marti Gras-inspired multicolor floats.  The 23-day event kicks off with the Spectacle of Color Parade along the midway, followed by a Carnivale Street Party including an interactive dance party and family-friendly activities."

Grand Carnivale will run at Valleyfair next year from July 25th through August 16th.


Worlds of Fun to Build Midwest's Longest Mat Racing Waterslide for 2020


© Worlds of Fun
We now know exactly what will be replacing the Diamond Head waterslides that were recently announced to be removed from World's of Fun's waterpark, Oceans of Fun.  New for 2020 will be Riptide Raceway, billed as the "Midwest's longest mat racing water slide."

The four lane mat racing slide will start 5 stories above the bottom of the slide, and the attraction will feature four lanes that riders can race on.   Using foam mats, the riders will race head-first down 476 feet of slide.

© Worlds of Fun
The attraction will feature a somewhat unique layout for a mat racing slide, with each path going through several turns, drops and a 360 degree helix before the finish line.  Riptide Raceway is being created by White Water West, and will utilize the natural sloping landscape to its advantage.  It is the first major expansion to Oceans of Fun since 2013.

“With its thrilling twists and competitive elements, Riptide Raceway is sure to be an instant fan-favorite,” said Tony Carovillano, Worlds of Fun’s vice president and general manager. “We’re constantly looking for new ways to delight our guests, whether it’s an event like the international street festival Grand Carnivale that debuted this summer, to great new dining venues, and now this exciting water park attraction. Our collection of rides, slides, and immersive events provides a complete lineup of family entertainment that’s unmatched in the region.”


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Grand Carnivale + New Racing Waterslide Opening at Carowinds in 2020


© Carowinds
The 2020 season at Carowinds will feature a brand new water slide attraction within the Carolina Harbor water park, and an exciting summer festival named Grand Carnivale.

Called Boogie Board Racer, the new waterslide is one of the industry's popular mat racing style attractions.  Riders head face-first down one of six lanes and move through drops and a large helix before one final plunge sends them toward the finish line at maximum speed.

© Carowinds
Boogie Board Racer was designed for Carowinds by White Water West, and will start from a 60 foot tall tower that is located adjacent to Copperhead Strike.  The slide is billed by the park as the longest of its kind in the Southeast and is the first large expansion to Carolina Harbor since the waterpark was rebranded in 2016.


Next summer will also be an exciting one for Carowinds due to the addition of Grand Carnivale, Cedar Fair's already popular global celebration featuring a nightly parade, food tastings, dance party and more.  The event will run at Carowinds from June 13th through July 5th, 2020.

“The new Boogie Board Racer water slide will amp up the adrenaline in our world-class Carolina Harbor waterpark and our guests will crave its exciting twists and turns as they compete against friends in this fan-favorite racing attraction,” said Pat Jones, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager. “And we’re going all out with Grand Carnivale, the largest summertime event ever held at Carowinds. We’ve seen how families enjoy our fully immersive SCarowinds and WinterFest events in fall and winter, and we’re bringing that same sense of wonder and delight to this captivating new summer nighttime experience. These investments, along with the new Springhill Suites by Marriott at Carowinds which opens this fall, further strengthen our position as the premier entertainment destination in the Carolinas.”


Kings Island's New Giga Coaster - Orion - Drops In For 2020 Season


© Kings Island
The much speculated new coaster for Kings Island's 2020 season has been revealed to be Orion, according to the park it will be one of only 7 giga-coasters in the world.

Orion will be the centerpiece of the newly themed Area 72 section of the park, with a station located just behind Flight of Fear, where Firehawk once lived.  Orion will be Kings Island's longest, tallest and fastest steel roller coaster.

© Kings Island
The park has created a backstory for Orion, it seems that the coaster will feature a "prototype vehicle developed by the Project X initiative.  Scientists are in a race against time to develop technology capable of weaving transport vehicles through a coming meteor storm and traveling to a new planet within the Orion constellation.  For the program to be successful, it needs volunteers to help with testing."  Naturally the test riders will enjoy their soaring view of Kings Island as they do their part to protect human civilization.

© Kings Island
Orion will start with a lift hill that towers 287 feet over the park, followed by a 300 foot first drop that will give trains a top speed of 91 miles per hour.  The ride features a total of 8 hills, with the second being heavily banked to the left and standing 174 feet tall.  The ride's turnaround element stands an impressive 202 feet tall on its own.  The return trip back toward the station features several speed and air-time hills, along with a giant helix.

© Kings Island
Here is the full layout of Orion, like the other B&M giga coasters it will eliminate a traditional mid-course brake run by placing it at the end of the ride before the final brakes.  That allows the trains to zoom through the course without interruption.  Orion's total track length is 5,321 feet and the ride is planned to open next spring.

Here's a nice fly-by view of the ride in action, see more videos including a point of view ride on Orion at Kings Island's website.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Michigan's Adventure to Feature All-New Camp Snoopy Themed Area in 2020



The 2020 season at Michigan's Adventure will be all about Snoopy and his Peanuts friends, as the park introduces a large new family area named Camp Snoopy.

Featuring a wooded setting with plenty of shaded seating areas and a relaxing atmosphere, Planet Snoopy will occupy space in the center of the amusement park that is currently occupied by Be-Bop Blvd., which was recently announced to be retiring.  The Camp Snoopy and Planet Snoopy areas at other Cedar Fair parks have remained popular after many years, and the Camp Snoopy theme will fit in especially well with Michigan's Adventure.  While the park has long has plenty of kiddie rides, they have never been located in one area with a cohesive theme like that which will be found in Camp Snoopy.

© Michigan's Adventure
This aerial view shows all that Camp Snoopy will offer among its winding pathways.  The area will feature five kids rides, and a large play area.  The new rides include:

 - Woodstock Express, a family roller coaster
 - Trail Blazers, featuring cars that zoom around a small track
 - Mud Buggies, off road themed vehicles that bounce up and down as they spin
 - Camp Bus, a bus that zooms around in a vertical circle with Snoopy at the wheel
 - Beagle Scout Lookout, with hot air balloons that riders spin up toward the sky in

© Michigan's Adventure
The expansion also includes two play areas, together known as Beagle Scout Acres.  The areas are both aimed at kids, but one is for smaller tots and the other includes activities sure to keep older kids busy.  A similar addition was a part of Carowinds' Camp Snoopy, and was a big hit with families.

“The significant expansion and imaginative theming of our children’s attractions reinforces Michigan’s Adventure as one of the region’s top destinations for families,” said Camille Jourden-Mark, Vice President and General Manager at Michigan’s Adventure. “The new Camp Snoopy joins attractions such as the award-winning Shivering Timbers roller coaster and WildWater Adventure water park in providing our guests with unique opportunities for creating family memories for generations to come.”


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Seaside Splashworks Multi-Level Play Structure Headed to Dorney Park's Wildwater Kingdom in 2020


© Dorney Park
Dorney Park has announced the addition of Seaside Splashworks for Wildwater Kingdom's 2020 season.  The attraction will be a large, multi-level water play structure that will take occupy the island in the middle of Wildwater River, replacing Island Water Works.

Themed to the sights of a trip to the beach, Seaside Splashworks will feature more than 75 different play elements designed to engage the entire family for hours.

© Dorney Park
This concept art shows what the finished product will look like, bright and colorful and full of cute beach theming.  The attraction will contain many noteworthy features such as six water slides totaling 430 feet in length, interactive spray jets that guests can operate, water cannons throughout, a splash zone designed just for toddlers and a 317 gallon tipping bucket that drenches everyone underneath it every few minutes.

“Wildwater Kingdom is already one of the top ranked water parks in the country, and Seaside Splashworks brings us to a new level with something for everyone to enjoy,” said Michael Fehnel, Dorney Park’s vice president and general manager. “We’re committed to bringing our guests a diverse array of entertainment, from our immersive events like the new Grand Carnivale international festival and fan favorite Halloween Haunt, to a terrific new attraction like this. Our team is proud to deliver an experience that’s unmatched in the region.”
© Dorney Park
The above schematic view of Seaside Splashworks gives us a wonderful idea of how the park will fit such a large structure onto the island.  Giving us perspective that the concept art alone does not, we can see how the attraction will extend out into the middle of the island, also replacing the small splash pad that is currently located there.  The structure will be the largest in Wildwater Kingdom, with six towers, 12 water cannons and 9 tipping cones.

© Google Maps
Comparing this aerial view of the island formed by Wildwater River to the schematic above helps paint the picture of how the area will be transformed.  Seaside Splashworks will also contain a "195 foot net bridge trail where guests can challenge their climbing and discovery skills" according to the park.  The development will also come with plenty of lounge chairs and shade structures for families to relax under during their day at the park.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Canada's Wonderland Announces Two New Attractions for 2020


© Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland has announced two new attractions for their 2020 season, one for the theme park and one for Splash Works, their water park.

The above concept art is for the Splash Works attraction, named Mountain Bay Cliffs.  A truly surprising attraction addition, Mountain Bay Cliffs will feature several locations on a large faux mountain that visitors an jump off of into a deep pool below.

Mimicking the thrill of cliff jumping, visitors can pick the height they jump from, with the tallest level at 25 feet - only for the most brave guests.  At first I thought the image was of the park's signature Wonder Mountain, as it definitely appears to have some similarities in design to the park's icon.  The attraction is unlike any we've seen added to a Cedar Fair park in a long time, I am excited to see the reaction of visitors to Splash Works next year.

© Canada's Wonderland
The second new attraction will be a kid-friendly ride located within the park's Planet Snoopy themed section.  Named the Beagle Brigade Airfield, the ride will take kids in one of six airplane themed vehicles as they swing around a suspended oval track.  While I did not see confirmation from the park, it appears as though the Beagle Brigade Airfield will be one of Zamperla's Flying Tigers attractions.

“We’re committed to finding new ways to deliver fun, immersive and memorable experiences to guests of all ages,” said Norm Pirtovshek, General Manager at Canada’s Wonderland. “The addition of Mountain Bay Cliffs in Splash Works will offer our guests a unique outdoor experience unlike any other.  And Beagle Brigade Airfield promises to be a favourite for children, as we continue to expand our family attractions in KidZville and Planet Snoopy.”


Silver Dollar City Reveals $30 Million 2020 Expansion Including Mystic River Falls


© Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is embarking on a massive, $30 million expansion over the next year that will include the debut of Mystic River Falls, a thrilling but family friendly river raft adventure.

The park will celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2020 and not only build the new water attraction ($23 million), but also create and all new themed area named Rivertown, complete with a new Rivertown Smokehouse restaurant ($4 million), but also expand Pumpkin Nights this fall ($2 million) and An Old Time Christmas this winter ($1.5 million).  The park's expansion over the next 12 months is the largest the park has ever done in one year during it's 60 years of operations.

© Silver Dollar City
Mystic River Falls is the focus of all these expansions, however, and is billed as having the "tallest drop in the Western hemisphere" on a ride of its type.  The ride features a thick backstory tying it to Marvel Cave and the exploration surrounding it, which is how the theme park got its start six decades ago.

The legend of Mystic River Falls blends "fact and fiction, legend and lore, to arrive at an attraction that celebrates the spirit of adventure that’s part of Ozark culture.  An underground body of water that seems to come from and go nowhere, Mystic River truly appears on the park’s historical maps as discovered and documented by botanist S. Fred Prince in the late 1800s, and to this day, flows in Marvel Cave."

"For the new ride, guests will be transported back to the 1880s in a storyline that revolves around a historically-based fictional character named Pearl Brazen, an intrepid explorer who’s eager to take them on a bold quest to find the headwaters of the river."

© Silver Dollar City
This fantastic aerial map of Mystic River Falls and the new Rivertown themed section shows off all that park guests have to look forward to.  The ride is being created by Silver Dollar City itself along with R.E.S., Barr Engineering and Herschend Family Entertainment Corporate Development.

The ride will feature some very unique features.  The rafts, of which there will be 18 and each will seat 8 guests, will go up a vertical elevator that stands 82 feet tall, taller than many roller coasters.  The elevator will have 4 different platforms that will "allow for scenic views, increase capacity and lessen wait time" and is the only of its kind in the world.  At the top they will float through 180 feet of channel that is 66 feet above the park, then soar down a 45 foot drop into a lagoon below.

The ride's layout includes many waterfalls, a hidden mine shaft and other scenic features, and stretches 2,100 feet.  The designed ride time is around 5 and a half minutes.

© Silver Dollar City
As we've seen since the park opened this year, Silver Dollar City is already hard at work on the ride's construction.  They released this great aerial view of the work so far, and you can easily make out some of the ride's layout here.  The park had to clear out a large area for Mystic River Falls, but has promised to plant at least two trees for each one removed during the construction phase.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Worlds of Fun Removing Body Slides for New For 2020 Project


© Worlds of Fun
Something new is on its way to Worlds of Fun, specifically to Oceans of Fun, in 2020 it would seem.  Last week the park confirmed that their set of three body slides, together named Diamond Head, will be removed at the end of this season.

The slides, named Waikiki Wipeout, Maui WoWee, and Honolulu Lulu, are originals to the park when it opened back in 1982.  Pretty astounding that body slides have lasted 37 years to be honest!

© Google Maps
Worlds of Fun is not cramped for space, so it comes as no surprise that the slides already have plenty of open land around them.  Seen above, the park has a lot of land to work with when it comes to a new slide or attraction in the water park.  The park's tease about the 2020 project said they will welcome a new "tide" next year, and while obviously about a water attraction it's a bit too vague to speculate much on the nature of the ride.  Major water park manufacturers offer a plethora of slide combinations these days, so we really could see a number of things replace Diamond Head.

While on the subject, it looks like several Cedar Fair parks will be making their 2020 capital announcements on the 15th of this month, so potentially not long to wait to find out about this new attraction.  We've also had Kings Island and Dorney Park confirm that they will release news on that day.  Hang tight!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

SeaWorld San Antonio's New Wood Coaster is Looking Great


© SeaWorld San Antonio
SeaWorld San Antonio's not-so-secret wooden roller coaster, currently standing tall over the theme park, is progressing by the day and looking better than ever.  Each new section that is going up looks more fun than from the last update, and in these new photos there are some interesting elements going up.

ACE South Central has shared a bunch of photos of the coaster on Twitter this weekend.  The park has started the turn at the top of the lift that will eventually lead to the first drop.  More interestingly, they've also added a very highly banked curve complete with elevation changes to the middle of the structure.


It's not easy to tell from the angle that the photos were taken at, but the high point of the new curve looks to be close to vertical in banking.  If the ride stays low to the ground (and fast) like the image in the original leaked art was, this is going to be a furious ride.

Some of these photos also show that the ride's station structures are being framed out, with a roof looking ready to go up next.

I hope the park announces this one soon, or maybe not, as it's quite fun to see this mystery ride go up!


Saturday, August 10, 2019

California's Great America to Transform Water Park in 2020 to South Bay Shores


© California's Great America
The long awaited water park transformation at California's Great America is taking place for the 2020 season the park has announced, that is when the all-new South Bay Shores water park will debut.

Say good bye to Boomerang Bay, as South Bay Shores will totally change the existing water park, and expand it in the meantime.  Using land the park has gained the past few seasons from closing a handful of attractions bordering the water park, the new park will be 15 acres, growing by almost 5 acres.

© California's Great America
South Bay Shores will not only be physically bigger, it will also offer a much fuller water park experience to guests.  In addition to an all new theme and new names for existing attractions, the total number of rides and slides will go from 10 to 18, there will double the amount of lounge space, and the number of dining options will increase from one to three.

© California's Great America
The expansion will see a brand new slide tower go up, featuring six separate slides.  Shark Reef Plunge is four separate trip door body slides that start from six stories above the ground.  Feeding Frenzy and the Barracuda are two raft slides also on the tower, the former features a large whirlpool finale, and the latter has tight turns and a giant drop at the end.

© California's Great America
Kids will also find an all new play area, named the Tide Pool, complete with eight new child friendly water slides.  The zero depth entry pool will be a great place for families to splash and play, and comes with plenty of seating and lounge space.  Another addition, Barefoot Beach, is a sand play area that will let kids mimic a day at the beach.

© California's Great America
All this new fun will have visitors to South Bay Shores pretty hungry, and California's Great America is also expanding food options with two new locations.  Pier 76 Cafe is a large new restaurant serving foods from the area, such as fried shrimp and fresh fish tacos.  Also new is the Sand Bar, which will offer cool drinks for guests to enjoy.

South Bay Shores will also feature "a brand new entrance, new family changing/showering areas, more lounge chairs, additional shade and lush landscaping with native plants."  Existing cabanas in the park will also be upgraded with "free Wi-Fi, charging stations, ceiling fans, TVs and dedicated food and beverage service."

"South Bay Shores represents the newest phase of a multi-year revitalization of California’s Great America, building on our nearly 50 year heritage of giving Bay Area residents even more reasons to call the park their favorite destination for fun,” said Manny Gonzalez, vice president and general manager of California’s Great America. “Along with the waterpark, recent investments such as the innovative RailBlazer roller coaster, new dining venues, and general park improvements are showing guests and the community that the park’s transformation is fully underway here in the South Bay.”


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Michigan's Adventure Removing Family Car Ride ... New for 2020 Addition?


© Michigan's Adventure
Today Michigan's Adventure shared on social media the news that the park's electric car ride, called Be-Bop Blvd, will close forever after August 11th.  That gives fans of the attraction just a handful more days to take a spin on the classic 1950's car inspired attraction.

The ride was one of the last to be built at the park before Cedar Fair purchased it in 2001.  The attraction was actually meant to open in 2000, but due to construction delays was never opened until the following season or maybe the one after that.  The ride was manufactured by D.H. Morgan, who made ten or so of these rides nearly all of which have already been removed.

As a classic antique auto style attraction, Be-Bop Blvd was different in that the cars were electrically driven, which according to some has made it have plenty of maintenance issues through the years.

© Google
The attraction takes up a decent amount of room on prime real estate within the center of the rides side of Michigan's Adventure.  The ride is outlined in blue above, giving an idea of the space it takes up.  Just from the image you can see that the park's older Arrow corkscrew ride could almost fit in the area... to give some scale.

Now the park has not said anything about why the ride is being removed or if it has to do with a new for 2020 attraction, but we can speculate that it is!  Michigan's Adventure is well known for not adding any new attractions season after season, with only some very small additions here and there.  A set of Flying Scooters, kids water area and a petting zoo are examples.

Many have long thought that the park's kiddie rides could be better collected in a Camp Snoopy style area, and this removal would give plenty of room for a small version of that.  Or maybe the park is finally due for a major thrill ride?  I wouldn't speculate on a roller coaster to be honest, but you never know.  Then again, with Kings Island just having added back antique autos this year, maybe the park will just swap out their old cars for some less maintenance-intensive antique autos next season?  We'll have to stay tuned.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cheetah Chase Launched Water Coaster Prowls Into Holiday World in 2020



© Holiday World
Holiday World has announced the addition of Cheetah Chase, a pair of dueling water roller coasters, to Splashin' Safari for the park's 2020 season.  The addition will be the water park's third water roller coaster, making it the "undisputed Water Coaster Capital of the world" according to the park's president, Matt Eckert.

The two sides of Cheetah Chase will feature a combined slide length of more than 1,700 feet, and each will feature bright colors that evoke those that are found on cheetahs.

© Holiday World
The attraction is billed by the park as the "world's first launched water coaster."  Each raft can seat up to three individuals at a time and rafts on both the left and right side of Cheetah Chase will depart the station at the same time.  They will then immediately be blasted forward using a horizontal water powered blast.  Sliders will hit a maximum speed of up to 30 feet per second while on Cheetah Chase.

© Holiday World
After being blasted up the first incline the rafts will begin to pass through the ride's many special features, including three sections of interaction, including a "head-to-head dueling zone" mid-ride.  There are also four separate Flying Saucer elements along the paths, which create "a faster and tighter ride with stronger g-forces" according to the park's release.

Cheetah Chase, also featuring the world's tallest Rocket Blast section at 27 feet tall, will be a very significant, $7 million investment for Holiday World.  It will join the park's award winning other water coasters, Wildebeest and Mammoth, when it opens next summer.

Check out this cool fly around animation of Cheetah Chase, and be sure to take a spin on the point of view movie as well. 


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Carowinds Adding New Parade to Winterfest Celebration


© Carowinds
Carowinds has announced that they are expanding their already popular Winterfest celebration this year by adding a brand new parade, aptly named the Winterfest Wonderland Parade.

The park shared some of the concept art seen here on their official website, which describes the parade as filled with "dazzling displays, exciting performances and extravagantly decorated holiday floats.  It sounds like the Winterfest Wonderland Parade will utilize performers the park has in their various shows to end the day with an energetic parade performance.

© Carowinds
The floats for the addition are being created by Kern Studios, who is well known for creating Mardi Gras floats, and also fabricated those used in this summer's Grand Carnivale celebration at four Cedar Fair parks.

"The WinterFest Wonderland Parade will entertain our guests in a very special way," said Brent Barr, corporate vice president of entertainment for Cedar Fair. "This is an over-the-top production that comes right to you on the midway. It's absolutely the perfect complement to a magical evening at WinterFest."

Winterfest at Carowinds will run select nights from November 24th through December 31st.


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