Sunday, July 21, 2019

Holiday World Teasing New For 2020 Attraction

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Holiday World has started teasing their new addition for 2020, which appears to be jungle cat themed.  Is it for the theme park or water park?  We can't be sure at the moment, however the water park is called Splashin' Safari, so a jungle cat theme seems a perfect one for something new there.

The images here are from the park's teasers, which make me think that whatever is coming might be somewhat thrilling.  The top image instructs us to "hold tight," probably not only for the upcoming announcement but also while on the ride, and an e-mail from the park says the announcement will be a "blast."

Granted there are a lot of different thrilling water park attractions out there these days that could arrive, and Splashin' Safari is well known for their water roller coasters as well.  It's also worth pointing out that the park removed Pilgrims Plunge (later known as Giraffica and folded into the water park) with no replacement, so perhaps we'll see that area redeveloped in 2020?  You never know, the park could even use some of the ride's lagoon for something new.

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Either way we won't have to wait all that long, as the park will be making their announcement on August 6th at noon.  Visitors to the park that day can attend the announcement and be one of the first to find out all the details!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Dorney Park to Replace Wildwater Kingdom Attraction with Updated Version in 2020

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Dorney Park has received approval to remove Island Water Works, a water fun house in Wildwater Kingdom, with a better and more modern model in 2020.

The local news covered the approval at the meeting, here is a link, but it doesn't contain a lot of details.  It does quote the park's General Manager as saying the new project reflects an "updated version" of the water fun house.  We can assume it will be built on the location of the current fun house, I think, and no manufacturer was confirmed yet.  Cedar Far has used WhiteWater for similar projects throughout the chain in the past.

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Island Water Works sits on an island due to a lazy river surrounding it, the entire area was once a mini-golf course way back when.  In this aerial you can see that there is space around it for a potential bigger model to be installed, especially if they snatch up some of the the lounge areas that are on two sides of it.

The attraction opened in 1998, the same time the whole 'island' was redeveloped from a mini-golf course.  It was created by SCS Interactive and has 70 "water gags" along with two giant tipping buckets that can be filled faster through water-blaster teamwork. 

As always, we'll look forward to the park's announcement later this summer for more details, but if you're an avid fan of Island Water Works you might want to go visit while you can!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Preview of Grand Carnivale At Dorney Park - Event Opens July 20th!

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We've been patiently waiting for the "ultimate cultural celebration" that is Grand Carnivale to premier at Dorney Park, which happens Saturday, July 20th, and now we're only a few days away!  After getting a taste of the festivities at a couple other Cedar Fair parks, our anticipation of the event has hit a true peak.  To that end we checked out the park as they are in their final days of preparation for Grand Carnivale in order to give a preview of the event to our readers.

Walking up to the park, Grand Carnivale makes itself known immediately.  The main entrance plaza is decked out in its finest, with giant beads, colorful flags and special signage all over.

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The fun continues immediately once you enter the park, with decorations and signage present all over.  Unlike we saw during the celebration at Kings Dominion and Kings Island, Dorney Park's Grand Carnivale is presented in a more condensed area, a benefit in my book.  The amount of decorations the park has already put in place along the main midway is giving the area a bright and shimmering appearance - there's seriously something to look at no matter which way you turn.

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Entertainment is a central part of Grand Carnivale, and there are separate stages and performance areas found all over.  This main one is located on the backside of the Antique Carousel, but stages can be found stretching all the way to bordering White Water Landing's lagoon.

The above stage is by far the largest and most elaborate that the park has created, and it's impressive all on its own!  It still isn't totally finished, but when it is it will be the location of the Grand Carnivale Opening Ceremony, featuring the King & Queen of Carnivale.  That performance will officially start the festivities, including the opening of food and craft tents, the Adventure Club and more.

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Each of the countries being celebrated during Grand Carnivale (China, France, Germany, India and Italy) have their own food stand.  This is Italy's which is located just beyond the Antique Carousel.  Each of the countries attractions, entertainment and food are clustered together, with decorations and theming throughout.  As you move down the Main Midway you encounter other countries, next is China, then India, and France and Germany share the area in front of White Water Landing's lagoon.

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The stage that went up over the former water fountain/planter looks like it is going to be homebase for the entertainment related to India.  You can see some new decorations that have been added to this area to liven up the stage a bit.  It was a hot day at the park when I took these photos and the stage was still serving as a nice place to rest.

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Also scattered throughout each of the themed sections are Adventure Club stands.  Visitors can partake in the Adventure Club Challenge, which is filled with clues and puzzles that can be solved in order to gain acceptance to the club.  There will be printed Adventure Club guides available at the stands that tell you where to go, and you can start at any country.  Each task that is completed earns a stamp in their guide book, and completing all tasks earns you an Adventure Club Badge.

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Here are some shots of the far side of the Grand Carnivale celebration, sorry the sun wasn't really agreeing with me taking photos!  You can see many food tents set up in the area for Germany and France around here, along with tons of new seating.  There's actually new seating located all along the walkways for guests to sit and eat and relax.

The food is an important part of Grand Carnivale, with each country offering several tastings.  Groups of six tastings can be purchased for $30, or each item can be purchased on its own.  The items offered all correspond to the host country, with authentic foods and desserts offered at each.  There are a lot of tasty sounding items, such as China's Emperor's Chinese Spare Ribs, complete with a sweet sticky sauce, and Italy's Roman Suppli, which are fried rice balls stuffed with cheese and pepper and doused in marinara.

Those with a sweet tooth will love the Banana Baji, a batter dipped fried banana in India, Apple Strudel from Germany, and France's Profiteroles, which are delicate cream puffs, among others.

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As covered earlier each area has their own entertainment stage or area, this one here belongs to France.  Shows are varied with a ton of performers, again each themed to their home country.  For instance, Germany will have polka and accordion players, France will have mimes and magic, and Italy will have authentic puppetry performances.  There's going to be a ton of live entertainment all throughout the evening, so be sure to look for different performances while you're at the park.

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When these photos were taken the park was already heavily decorated, but there was still a lot more to come.  This look inside the Good Time Theater shows that there was still an abundance of decorations that would be heading into the park before the premiere.  And this was only part of what still needed to go out!  I can't wait to see the finished product.

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The Theater is also a massive staging area for the performers in Grand Carnivale, and there are a lot of them no question.  This rack is holding onto the fancy head pieces that just some of the performers wear, all bright, colorful and full of energy.

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All those performers need costumes to put on a good show, and the Theater is also the holding area for those.  There are racks and racks of outfits in this area, these photos only show some of them.  They looked like they were clustered by country, and all of them were even more elaborate than I expected.

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They are all specially made for Grand Carnivale, and not only match the theme of their country but also continue the bright and festive vibe the decorations have. 

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There is one major component of Grand Carnivale that we haven't covered yet, and that is the Spectacle of Color Parade.  Taking place each evening as the sun sets, the parade features extravagantly decorated floats, street performers, and a unique soundtrack created specially for it.

During my visit to the park the temporary staging area for the parade, located outside the gates beyond Good Time Theater, had a few of the floats already on property.  Above is a giant elephant made of drums that guests and performers can both enjoy.

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Here is the giant Jules Verne Airship, which will glow brilliantly in the dark (all the floats will, for that matter).  The lighting of the photo makes it hard to tell, but the airship is covered in lights.  There will be a total of 9 floats in the Spectacle of Color Parade and it will last in the neighborhood of 30 minutes.

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Here we have the parade's lead float, known as the King of Carnivale.  That's because this guy is the king, as if that wasn't obvious from the crown.  The main section of this float also contains a small trampoline that performers stay on during the route, bouncing and entertaining the crowd as they go.

While on the subject of the parade's route, it will begin at the Good Time Theater, travel through Planet Snoopy, head around the Wild Mouse and travel down the Main Midway and back.  There will be a few parade stops during the route where performers can interact with park guests, since all the floats have interactive elements built into them.

In the end each of the 5 featured countries will have their own dedicated float, plus the King in the lead, and three traditional Mardi Gras-styled floats in the back.  Each day some lucky park guests will be picked to ride these floats, and yes, there will be beads thrown!

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At the end of the parade several of the floats will remain on the midway to add to the environment as the Grand Carnivale Street Party begins.  The festivities go until the park closes, with even more special live entertainment, booming music, a dance party, special lighting and more.

An event of this level has never been done at Dorney Park before to my knowledge, and we think the crowds are going to be amazed at all it has to offer.  Grand Carnivale at Dorney Park starts this Saturday, July 20th, and will run each night through August 11th.  See you there!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hersheypark To Announce New 2020 Coaster on July 24th + Coaster Goes Vertical

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Hersheypark will announce their brand new roller coaster, opening in 2020, on July 24th and you can be there to see it!  The park will allow the first 500 guests in line at 10:30 am at the Chevrolet Music Box Theatre inside to watch the announcement live.  The park also shared the above photo, blurry we know, but quite obviously a view from the front seat of the car looking down the first drop toward the ground.

The ride has been well known about for a while now, and is expected to be a B&M Hyper Coaster themed around Hershey's candies.  We don't know the exact statistics of the attraction though, those will certainly come when the park announces their 15th roller coaster in just over a week.

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You can get a refresher on the layout of the new coaster in many of the images that Hersheypark has shared of Chocolatetown, for instance the one above shows the entire layout.  True to B&M hyper style, the ride features a tall first drop, several large air-time hills, and a helix around a water fountain that is central to the park's new entrance.

Just in the past week the ride has actually gone vertical, with the track for the final part of the brake run being installed.  To get a view of the chocolate brown track in place, check out this video.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

SeaWorld San Antonio Heads Deep Into the Ocean With New 2020 Teaser

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SeaWorld San Antonio may be hard at work on an accelerated schedule building their new for 2020 attraction, but the park is just starting to tease fans with the details of the new ride.  The park's media department has sent out the below teaser for the ride, which seems like the first of many that we will see:

The clip begins with the camera heading below the surface of the ocean... way below the surface.  Sunlight is quickly blocked from view as the bubbles fade and the water turns dark.  Sounds of a submarine echo are heard as a couple of bioluminescent creatures swim by, though it's too dark to make out exactly what they are.  Aside from the park asking us all to stay tuned, we haven't got much else to go on.

However, it has been discovered (click here for more on that) that SeaWorld Entertainment has copyrighted the name Abyss for something in the nature of a "theme park ride."  Now that we've seen the teaser heading down into the dark bottom of the ocean, Abyss sure seems to fit nicely!

But then again we've always seen SeaWorld Entertainment copyright several possible names for their big rides, then finalize their choice later on.  So the park could still have more tricks up their sleeves!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Steel Curtain is Now Open at Kennywood

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Today Kennywood has officially debuted The Steel Curtain, the park's towering and twisted new roller coaster.  Themed to the Pittsburgh Steelers football franchise, the ride sits as the prominent centerpiece of Steelers Country, an entirely new themed area at Kennywood.  The area celebrates everything Steelers related, with interactive activities, food, retail and more.

But folks looking for thrills will certainly find The Steel Curtain to be the most desirable attraction in the area, especially since it stands a massive 220 feet over the park.  It's pretty hard not to notice with its bright gold supports and sleek black track.

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Not only is The Steel Curtain tall, but it's also very twisted, featuring a total of 9 inversions throughout the course - a record for North America.  Watching new coverage from those at the park also shows that the ride moves fast - and keeps its speed way up until the final brakes.  That means a thrilling set of inversions with little break in between them.  However at 4,000 feet of track the ride doesn't look short by any stretch of the imagination.

To hold you over until you get out to Kennywood to experience The Steel Curtain in person, the park has released a brand new point of view movie of the ride.  Take a spin below!