Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SeaWorld Orlando Shares New Images of Infinity Falls' Lift Theming Progress


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SeaWorld Orlando has sent out new photos of the dramatic lift theming that has been installed on Infinity Falls, which is set to open this summer at the theme park.  As construction of the ride nears completion, the park installed the tallest piece of the 67 foot structure which surrounds the ride's vertical lift hill.

Rafters on Infinity Falls will head up the lift, which will also contain a roaring waterfall, and then plunge down a 40 foot drop.  SeaWorld Orlando says that the ride's lift is capable of bringing the rafts to the top of the drop in just 5 seconds.

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The dramatic blue and gray tower design hides the mechanics of the ride's lift and is described as "blending modern architecture with ancient ruins."  Weighing in at 41 tons, the tower was made of 10 segments that were carefully lifted into place over the course of five nights (with work only occurring after the park had closed for the day).

Infinity Falls will "bring the thrill of white-water rafting into a new experience the family can enjoy together. Aboard the rides 8-passenger circular rafts, riders will embark on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature dynamic drops and turns, interactive water elements, and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids."

No opening date of Infinity Falls has been released just yet, but the park is clearly near the end of the ride's construction, with theming and landscaping already in place.

Until the ride opens, here is a new time lapse video of the tower's completion:


Monday, July 16, 2018

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord Opens Splashwater Island Play Area


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One of the most recent water parks to join the Six Flags family, Hurricane Harbor Concord has opened a massive new water play structure named Splashwater Island.  Serving the market around Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the water park embarked on its largest expansion in more than a decade with the addition of Splashwater Island.

The new attraction officially opened on July 6th, with families eager to explore the giant structure's many interactive features.

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The new attraction is tropically themed, as seen in the various thematic elements present in the photo above.  The structure has giant fish, gulls, surf boards and even faux palm trees lining the various towers.  The theming matches the new decor that has been added to the park as part of its transformation in to Hurricane Harbor.

“As a world-renowned leader in thrills and innovation, Six Flags has taken this park to the next level with the new Splashwater Island,” said Park President, Don McCoy. “Our guest experience is greatly enhanced by all the new improvements, brightly painted waterslides, and fun, whimsical theming we’ve added all around the park.”

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One of the most popular features of Splashwater Island is a giant tipping bucket that is perched on the top of attraction.  Once filled it slowly tips, dumping an immense amount of water onto the ground below, seen in the above publicity photo.  The various levels of Splashwater Island feature more than 100 different interactive water play features, including sprayers, net climbs, spouting geysers, fountains, jets and waterfalls.  Located on various parts of the attraction are a total of nine open air and enclosed water slides, which together offer 600 feet of sliding fun.

For more on the new attraction at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord, click here.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Granny's Cooking Up a Big Secret Recipe for Carowinds' 2019 Attraction


The Carowinds 2019 teasers are continuing to be shared by the theme park not only on construction fences, but also on social media as well.  The park is keeping up with curious fans who want to know more about their big 2019 project, which still remains (officially) a mystery.  The latest teaser is part of a weekly reveal that appears to be giving more information on the ride, which is very heavily believed to be a new roller coaster.

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This is the information released on the first week.  Before we look at that though, take notice of the words used in the Tweet above - roll, launch, maneuvers - all elements found on a roller coaster.  Also, "packs a bite!" could fit in with the rumored snake theme.

The first two items on Granny's Secret Recipe are a cooking time of 2 minutes and 24 seconds, which seems like a pretty obvious ride time.  Then we also have serves 16 people, which I take to mean that the coaster's trains will each have 16 people.  Not a lot of roller coasters have trains that seat 16 people as that is a bit lower than average, unless there are many trains on the course at one time.  Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City is one recent example, and Icon at Blackpool Pleasure Beach is another.

One other sign that the park posted on their construction wall can be seen above, which contains several amusing items.  For one, the logo background is the same that was used on both Mean Streak at Cedar Point and Detonator at Worlds of Fun.  But the funniest part is the use of Centurion, which was used by the park as the fake name for Fury 325 right up until the day of the official announcement.  Very clever, Carowinds!


Saturday, July 14, 2018

CraZanity - World's Tallest Pendulum Ride - Now Open at Six Flags Magic Mountain



Standing an amazing 170 feet tall, which is taller than the majority of roller coasters out there, Six Flags Magic Mountain's new thrill ride, CraZanity, is now open to visitors.  A ride of this magnitude is sure to draw thrill seekers to the park, which also offers a plethora of roller coasters as well.

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“Six Flags is known world-wide for the biggest and best thrills bar none and the record-breaking CraZanity ride delivers a crazy, high adrenaline experience very different from anything else we have in our unparalleled thrill ride arsenal,” said Park President, Neal Thurman.

CraZanity is a pendulum style ride, where 40 riders sit along a giant ring-shaped gondola at the base of the ride - facing outward with their feet dangling.  The gondola then starts to swing left and right as it spins, gaining momentum and reaching higher and higher.  Eventually the ride is swinging up to 170 feet in the air at 75 miles per hour!

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CraZanity also features a brilliant light package for when the sun goes down, seen above.  It is the main focus of a renovated Boardwalk themed area within Six Flags Magic Mountain.  The area also includes all new shopping, games and dining along with refreshed attractions such as the popular bumper cars.



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Harley Quinn Spinsanity Opens This Weekend at Six Flags Over Texas


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Opening this Saturday, July 14th, Harley Quinn Spinsanity is sure to give visitors to Six Flags Over Texas a thrill unlike any that can be found in the Southern U.S.  Standing an impressive 70 feet tall, the giant thrill ride closely resembles a gyroscope that rotates on three different axes with riders in the center of the action.

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Harley Quinn Spinsanity is the second ride of this type to open in North America this year, with the first having opened a few weeks ago at sister park Six Flags Great Adventure.  The ride is known for its "unpredictable, gravity-defying flips, twists and turns."  At Six Flags Over Texas, the new attraction is located inside the Gotham City themed section, along side rides themed to other characters such as The Joker, Catwoman and The Riddler.

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“As the company’s flagship park, Six Flags Over Texas is home to a long list of industry firsts and we are thrilled to unveil our newest innovation,” said Park President, Steve Martindale. “Harley Quinn Spinsanity is like no other ride we have ever built, and our guests are going to be amazed by the height, the size and the incredible features of this attraction. We take great pride in continuing our legacy of one-of-a-kind thrills for all ages.”

The attraction's triple box design features a gondola with 24 riders at its center, seated back to back in two long rows.  Shoulder harnesses secure riders in place with their feet freely dangling below them.  The ride's movement along three axes creates the ability to rotate forward, backward and sideways simultaneously, resulting in a dizzying effect.  As if the ride doesn't garner enough attention on its own, it features a brilliant light package that will make it the center of Gotham City once the sun goes down.

Here is some promotional footage of Harley Quinn Spinsanity that was released by Six Flags Over Texas:


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Celebrate Autism Awareness Week with Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom



Running July 16th through July 22nd, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom will celebrate Autism Awareness Week - benefiting the Autism Society of America (ASA) through Cedar Fair Charities, Inc.

The park holds the annual event to focus on "community integration, equal access and as a fundraising initiative for ASA."  Special tickets can be purchased for the event through this link, and for each ticket redeemed the park will donate $2 to the ASA.  The park will also offer additional opportunities to donate while in the park, with donation boxes placed throughout the property.

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During the week Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom will hold special sensory friendly shows that stay within a consistent decibel level of 85-88 and feature no flashing lights.  These shows include Charlie Brown's Jungle Journey, Schroeder's Sing-along and Franklin's Dance Party in Planet Snoopy, and the 4 pm showing of Cirque Imagine will also be sensory friendly.

A special Autism Awareness Week guide to the park will be available at guest services, which outline the park's sensory-friendly shows, rides and attraction, along with first aid and quiet/calming areas and gluten-free dining options.

Dorney Park also has a Multi-Sensory & Calming Room located in the Family Care Center inside of Planet Snoopy.  The space has "tools for family members, or care-givers, to intensify or reduce sensory stimulation in a controlled environment.  Dorney Park also offers free Sensory Packs, which are available to sign-out, daily, from Guest Services and the Family Care Center. Dorney Park’s Sensory Packs include items that will reduce stress or sensory triggers such as noise reducing ear-muffs, shoulder weights, fidget toys and more." 

The amusement park also offers Autism training to members of its staff each year through Lehigh County to ensure quality services are provided to all of their visitors.