Monday, October 15, 2018

Legoland Florida Reveals Full Details of New Lego Movie World Themed Expansion

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Legoland Florida has announced all the details of their new themed land, the Lego Movie World, which is slated to open this spring at the Florida theme park.

Set in the streets of Bricksburg, the new area will feature the sights and sounds of the town made famous in The Lego Movie, and also the upcoming The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.  Legoland Florida had previously announced the expansion, but how is giving all the details of what will greet visitors once it opens.

The concept art up top shows the entire new area.  The large building in the middle of the area is a brand new attraction, called The Lego Movie: Masters of Flight.  Riders will sit on Emmet's flying triple-decker couch on this new flying theater ride.  Guest will be treated to an "action-packed adventure on a suspended ride with a full-dome virtual screen, giving the sensational feeling of flying alongside some familiar and some new faces."

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The theme park has totally renovated their splash battle attraction and announced that it will now be known as The Battle of Bricksburg.  Duplo aliens have invaded Bricksburg and passengers are invited to stop the alien invasion by blasting targets with water while on the adventure.

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Another new attraction is Unikitty's Disco Drop, pictured above.  The ride will take passengers up to the top only to drop then bounce them back toward the ground.  The ride gives a hint of thrills but is still meant for the entire family.

The rest of the Lego Movie World will contain a meet and greet area at Emmet's Super Suite inside his apartment, where Emmet and all his friends will be available.  Empty stomachs can be filled at the Taco Tuesday Everyday eatery, and unique souvenirs will be found in the Awesome Shop.  There will also be a space themed playground area based off of Benny's spaceship.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Terror Returns to Six Flags Great Adventure with Fright Fest 2018

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Fright Fest has once again returned to Six Flags Great Adventure, bigger and better than ever before.  The annual scare-fest features a lineup of frightening attractions, pulse-pounding scare zones, live entertainment, and plenty more.  In total Six Flags Great Adventure offers more than 25 special attractions during the Halloween season.

This year the event takes place each Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, along with bonus days of the 30th and 31st.

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The spooks are out at night, that's for sure, but during the day the park is decked out for families with scare-free entertainment as well.  Kids will love trick-or-treating with the Looney Tunes characters, and shows such as Professor Slithers' Creepy Critters and the Spooky Kooky Magic Show are designed for the whole family.

Once the sun starts to set the park kicks Fright Fest into high gear as the monsters and ghouls start to roam the park.

This year there are three new haunted attractions, each sounding a bit more scary than the last.

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Reflects of the Dead is a new maze where visitors "come face-to-face with themselves as they desperately try to escape this modern-day mirror maze holding spirits from beyond the grave. This labyrinth of mystery and mayhem includes glowing LED lights, vanishing images, and confusion around every corner."

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Another attraction making its debut this year for Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest is named Fears.  As one would imagine from the name, the maze it all about visitors having to face their darkest fears inside, such as "creepy, crawly spiders to cramped spaces, from popping balloons to squirting blood."  The park is at their most devious with Fears, wondering if visitors can "fight their fears and make it to the end without crumbling?"

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The park's third new haunted attraction is a major tie-in to the Hell Fest movie, currently in theaters.  The maze depicts scenes straight from the movie, including the Mausoleum, with increasingly narrow corridors that force guests to feel the touch of death, The Mask Room, filled with floating white faces that suddenly spring to life, the Doll Room, with creepy dolls straight out of a nightmare, and The Torture Chamber, which sounds as gruesome as the name would imply.  Visitors must pass these rooms, and more, in order to escape "The Other," the movie's crazy bad-guy.

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Also new this year is a live show titled Blood Drums.  The performance features "driving techno beats and live drums that mix with rhythmic power tools and fire artistry to create a unique, pulse-pounding percussion show."

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The 2018 season is also the 20th season of Dead Man's Party, which is the park's premier live show during Fright Fest.  Hosted by Dr. Fright, the "rock concert-meets-Broadway-style live show" draws a large crowd each performance.  This year it will "feature new music, eye-popping special effects including lasers and pyrotechnics, a dynamic cast and all-new choreography by renowned dancer/choreographer Theresa Stone."

The new additions join returning favorites such as Aftermath, The Manor, Wicked Woods, Cell Block 6, Big Top Terror in 3D and scare zones like Demon District, The Bloody Fountain and more.  Plus, more live shows and the theme park's towering thrill rides are sure to give their own frights.

To learn more about Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure, click here.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Lakemont Park to Reopen Two Classic Roller Coasters in 2019

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Pennsylvania's Lakemont Park, which has sat closed for two summer seasons now, is planning on reopening in 2019 - but not in the exact same form as when it closed.

The park is aiming to be more of a community center with an open campus that can host many events, family reunions, summer camps, and sports games on new basketball and volleyball courts.  So definitely not a traditional amusement park, but some of the most important rides will remain.

Leap The Dips, which was known as the world's oldest operating roller coaster, will still be at the park, along with Skyliner, a wooden coaster from Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters built in 1987.  As a bonus, the park will also be keeping their children's coaster, the Little Leaper, an Allan Herschell ride.  The coasters, along with other attractions, will operate on an individual ticket basis.

As the map featured up top reveals, the park will reopen with several new attractions such as a a full sized miniature golf course, a children's mini-golf course, new water play area next to the pool and slides, go-karts, a walking trail, train ride, basketball and volleyball courts and a couple kiddie rides.

Before the park opens next year, it will host its annual Holiday Lights on the Lake celebration this winter.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Holiday World Announces Details of $5.5 Million Expansion for 2019

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Indiana's Holiday World theme park has announced that they will spend $5.5 million on expanding the park in 2019.  The focus of the work will be in the Christmas themed area, which will receive a sparkling new theming package, along with Santa's Merry Marketplace, a giant dining location.

In order to create Santa's Merry Marketplace, the park will retire Kringle's Kafe.  The concept art above shows the area around the addition and Christmas area plaza, which is receiving new holiday theming from top to bottom.

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The festive atmosphere will cover the area, magically transforming it into the pinnacle of holiday cheer.  This concept art shows how a portion of the renovated area will look when complete.  It appears as though many buildings will receive new facades, and new decorations will be strung up throughout.

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Santa's Merry Marketplace will be a large dining establishment, and the holiday cheer will continue inside the new location.

“We’re ramping up the theming and the menus for next season,” says park president Matt Eckert. “Santa’s Merry Marketplace is nearly 50 percent larger than Kringle’s and will include more menu items plus a coffee shop, bakery, candy store, and ice cream shop."

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“With Santa’s Merry Marketplace, we’ll start a new tradition at Holiday World, as Santa Claus greets park Guests each morning from the bell-tower balcony,” says Eckert. “We also plan to work in some reminders of our Santa Claus Land days and other magical surprises.”

The interior of the Marketplace can be seen above, and it will feature five different serving stations offing distinct menus.

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Santa's Merry Marketplace will have even more than the different serving locations, such as the Sugarplum Scoop Shoppe, which is seen here.  The ice cream store features frosty treats that are sure to hit the spot on a summer day.

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This is the Candy Cane Confectionary and also Polar Expresso, offering a mix of sweet and baked goods, along with the caffeinated beverages needed to enjoy a full day at Holiday World.

This is Holiday World's pun-filled announcement video, which gives even more details about the work they have planned for the 2019 season in the Christmas area.

But wait, there's more! The park has also announced other changes for 2019, including:

- New “Kids World” event for five weekends starting in mid-August
- On-ride photos for Gobbler Getaway dark ride
- Candy Cornucopia store and Dippin’ Dots Sundae Shoppe in the Thanksgiving section
- Track improvements for The Voyage, the world’s second-longest wooden roller coaster
- Additional Cabanas

Holiday World is currently holding their family friendly Happy Halloween Weekends through October 28th.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SeaWorld San Diego Building New Tidal Twister Thrill Ride for 2019

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Visitors to SeaWorld San Diego in 2019 will be able to "ride the tide" in 2019 on the park's new Tidal Twister thrill ride.

As predicted by many, the new ride will be one of Skyline Attraction's Skywarp Horizon models, the first of its kind and only the second Skywarp to be built.  According to the manufacturer's website, the Horizon model stands around 30 feet tall, with two sixteen passenger trains that feature face-to-face seating.

The ride will see the trains moving at a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour around a figure eight track.  The cross point of the layout features an air-time hill on top and a full zero-g roll on the bottom.  Trains will load at either end of the figure eight layout.

SeaWorld San Diego is classifying Tidal Twister as a roller coaster, and note that it has a 48 inch height requirement, allowing some younger visitors to take a spin.

The Tidal Twister will be located adjacent to the Aquaria touch tank and aquarium and feature "elements encouraging oceanic conservation and sustainability from Rising Tide Conservation, a collaborative aquaculture research effort SeaWorld launched in 2009. Rising Tide Conservation seeks an alternative to the collection of wild fish and the damage it can cause to coral reefs."

Monday, October 8, 2018

Carowinds' New Copperhead Strike Coaster Taking Shape

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It was just last week that the very first pieces of track and supports for Carowinds' new roller coaster, Copperhead Strike, went into place.  The park has been adding new track and supports since then at a seemingly record pace, with a significant amount of the ride now standing.

The above image is from the theme park's webcam that is focused on the construction site, proudly showing off all that has been accomplished thus far.

The park started with the track and supports for the station area, and then moved onto the ride's Jojo roll, a complete heartline roll directly out of the station at slow speeds.  The 180 degree turn then went in, and the first launch track was up next.

Now the park is working on building supports for the ride's first vertical loop, which is up first after the initial 43 mph launch.

Carowinds has been keeping fans updated no only via the webcam, but also through several videos shared on social media.  These give nice close up views of the track being put into place.

When Copperhead Strike is complete it will feature two launches, a total of 5 inversions and 3,255 feet of slithering track.