Saturday, March 23, 2019

Kennywood Tops Off The 220 Foot Peak of The Steel Curtain


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Kennywood's massive new roller coaster, The Steel Curtain, reached its maximum height of 220 feet this past week when the very top of the lift hill track was installed.

The park had a ton of press to the construction site to get an update on the record breaking coaster, which will be a part of the new Steelers Country themed area.

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The Steel Curtain is already a very imposing structure that is towering over Kennywood.  With bright gold supports and black track (Pittsburgh Steelers colors, of course), the ride is hard to miss.  If you have any doubts about that, check out this photo of the ride over the park's skyline from Kennywood Connection!

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Featuring a North America record of 9 inversions, The Steel Curtain is going to be one of the most thrilling coasters on the planet.  It's truly unique design and unrelenting track layout has coaster enthusiasts drooling - but considering the press that the ride is getting it seems just about everyone's curiosity has been piqued.

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Not only is the coaster 220 feet tall - tallest of any roller coaster in Pennsylvania - but soon after the trains reach the summit they drop slightly then do a full inversion at 197 feet in the air.  Yes, that's just three tiny feet short of inverting a full 200 feet in the air!  Needless to say, The Steel Curtain will push thrill seekers to the max with its extreme maneuvers.

A large portion of the ride's structure is now up, but there are still several very large support sections to go up to hold the first drop and the second half of the Sea Serpent.  With Spring now officially here, I'd watch for those last parts to go up rather quickly!


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

All New Peanuts Celebration Coming To Valleyfair This June


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Valleyfair will hold their first-ever Peanuts Celebration this June, the theme park has announced.  Already a popular event at Knott's Berry Farm, the Peanuts Celebration has slowly been opening at other Cedar Fair parks over the last few years.

It will run at Valleyfair from June 8th through June 30th, and will give guests a ton of reasons to visit the park during their new signature festival.

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The Peanuts Celebration is "uniquely dedicated to celebrating the beloved Peanuts characters and invites guests to step inside the pages of a Charles M. Schulz comic strip as the characters take over the park for the very first time."

Each weekend the event runs the theme park will give visitors "new ways to play and interact with the Peanuts Gang throughout the park.  Valleyfair will spend each weekend celebrating Charles Schulz's creation with enthusiasm only found in Minnesota."  "This event draws on the roots the Schulz family built in Minnesota," Raul Rehnborg, Valleyfair's General Manager, said, "We are sure that guests will find the fun, joy, and humor in this event that Charles Schulz portrayed in each of his comics."

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During the Peanuts Celebration, Valleyfair will be filled with special decorations and feature comic-inspired photo opportunities, live shows, character interactions, exclusive merchandise, a silent dance party, special food and beverage, Pig Pen's animal meet and greet, drawing lessons, and even a Charlie Brown day (and guests named Charlie Brown get in free that day!).  And that's not even all the special activities and events that will make up the Peanuts Celebration!

This video shows off just some of the fun that will take place at the Peanuts Celebration, to learn more about the event, head over to Valleyfair's website.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Park at OWA Building New Mystic Mansion Dark Ride


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Going into its third summer season The Park at OWA has announced a brand new dark ride, created by Sally Corporation and named Mystic Mansion.

According to Sally, the new ride will be a variation of their popular Ghost Blasters attraction, which has been installed in around 10 parks to date.  The Park at OWA's version will feature "the best scenes and gags of past versions, plus the addition of a few new surprises.  Four-passenger ride cars will take riders through 13 whimsical and spooky rooms of the haunted mansion, all rendered in glowing, surrealistically colorful ultraviolet paint."  As with other Sally Ghost Blaster rides, passengers will blast ghosts for points (there will be upwards of 90 targets), creating an interactive and competitive aspect during the 3 minute ride.

The park wanted to build an indoor dark ride for a way to allow guests to enjoy an air conditioned attraction, giving them a break from the sun.  A dark ride, especially one from Sally, is a great way to accomplish this.

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“We knew we wanted an indoor attraction, something engaging and fun for families. When we decided on an interactive dark ride, there was no better choice than the specialists at Sally,” said Director of OWA Marketing/PR, Kristin Hellmich.  “Of course we want quality, something that will stand the test of time, but what we’re really after is having park guests leave with a memory that they will want to relive, time and time again. And that’s what you get with a Sally ride."

Also new this summer at the park will be a non-rider pass, allowing visitors to enter the park with groups but not pay to ride.  Paying guests will be given wrist bands.

At the greater OWA destination, a brand new Paula Deen restaurant, candy shop, competitive gaming center along with a 400 seat theater showing Legends in Concert, will open this year.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Fun Spot America Orlando Working on New Interactive Water Play Expansion for Summer 2019


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Fun Spot America Orlando has been teasing fans for a couple weeks about a new development that they are working on.  This past Friday the park let everyone know that a large new interactive water play area will open this summer at the Orlando location.

These concept art drawings show the interactive water pad which is being created by Aquatic Design & Engineering.  The expansive area will be a popular respite during the hot summer months in the Florida sun!  Fun Spot America Orlando has long talked of building a water park, and perhaps this is their first step in that process.

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There will be a total of 30 different interactive features when the project is complete, and guests will have unlimited access to them all under Fun Spot America's all-day arm band pass.

“We are excited to begin this next phase of our development plan and adding this amazing interactive water feature is the first step we have been working towards for some time now. We have had some very productive planning meetings working towards this new attraction and our fans have been very engaged with us along this journey. Orlando and central Florida is an amazing and beautiful area and we are very thankful to be a part of such a great community.” said John Arie Jr, CEO/Owner at Fun Spot America.

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“When we approached the design for the interactive water feature, we took Fun Spot’s motto of ‘Safe-Clean-Fun’ to heart,” said Josh Martin, President and Creative Director of Aquatic Design & Engineering. “Not only is this water feature a fun way to beat the heat for any member of the family, but it also exceeds the highest levels of safety and sanitation.  The nearly 4,000-square-foot interactive water feature includes state-of-the-art slip-resistant soft flooring, and it uses environmentally-friendly, advanced UV Ray technology to disinfect the water without harsh chemicals.”

The water play area will also use motion sensors to conserve energy, turning on the water features only when there are guests nearby.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

New Infinity Racers Slide Tower Opening at Schitterbahn Galveston This Summer


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A pair of record-breaking head first mat racing water slides will open this summer at Schlitterbahn Galveston, the water park has revealed.

Called Infinity Racers, the slides will be individually named Orbiter and Galaxy and be themed after outer space and the great men and women of the NASA program, according to Schlitterbahn Galveston.

The multi-million dollar investment is planned to open in June of 2019.

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This layout shows the individual paths of both Orbiter and Galaxy, each start at 75 feet above the ground.  Mat racing slides are traditionally much smaller than this and features a few mild hills on the way down, but Schlitterbahn Galveston has sized-up the slides to a full 696 feet long.

The slides will be built out of a pairing of Schlitterbahn and WhiteWater West, containing enclosed slide sections from start to final splashdown.  The paths will feature unique sections of slide that let multi-colored light into each side in alternating patterns.  The main colors of the slide are "deep space blue, event horizon green and astronaut ice cream pink."

The new slides will be built on the top of an existing tower that already has three slides currently coming off of it - a great way to save costs and space!


Clementon Amusement Park to Expand with New Ride Package in 2019


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New Jersey's Clementon Amusement Park has announced a big expansion for 2019 that will see the addition of 4 new family rides.

Marketed as bringing back "old fashioned family fun," the additions will be four "retro ride favorites."  All of the rides will be family oriented, with some a bit more thrilling than others.
The additions, as explained in this video from the park, include a Dragon Coaster (a smaller ride for kids and families), a Pirate Ship, Tilt-a-Whirl and Scrambler.

These attractions, at least the flat rides, are common staples at amusement parks and fairs across the country, and are generally loved by all.  The Tilt-a-Whirl will be perfect for smaller kids and their families, with the Scrambler a step up from that and finally the Pirate Ship giving some bigger swinging thrills.

The Dragon Coaster, while a small model, is greatly needed as the park's only other coaster is Hell Cat, a rough and tumble traditional wooden roller coaster that opened in 2004.  Small kids who aren't ready for Hell Cat are sure to enjoy a trip on the Dragon Coaster.

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I haven't seen any information about where in Clementon Park the new rides will be located.  The park is quite small and densely packed, though there are a few existing open spaces that could be filled without moving into the parking area.  The park is heavily trafficked for its picnic facilities, and I think the four new rides will help keep guests occupied on cooler days when the water park isn't a viable option.