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. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Details of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Revealed by Universal Orlando


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After recently finding out the official name of the long under-construction attraction at Islands of Adventure, which is Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in case you've forgotten, this week also saw the release of more details of the ride.

The park released the above concept art for the ride, which mirrors the awesome aerials we've been following for months from Bioreconstruct on Twitter.  The journey will take place in the forbidden forest outside of Hogwarts Castle, where riders will join Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class, and board enchanted motorbikes that look very similar to Hagrid's.  Riders will be seated two across, one on the motorcycle and one in the side car.

The journey will be intended to safely show off all of the magical creatures in the forbidden forest, but of course not everything will go to plan during the roller coaster ride.  Universal Orlando has confirmed that along the way you'll see Fluffy the three-headed dog, Cornish Pixies, Centaurs, and the Devil's Snare.  There will also be a creature in the ride that's never been featured in the Harry Potter films, but it is being kept a secret for now.

Other facts released about the ride include the planting of 1,200 trees in the area of the ride to fully recreated the forbidden forest, that the ride will go both forward and backward, and that it will have a top speed of 50 miles per hour.

Check out the video embedded below for more about Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure.


Aquatica San Antonio Opens New Ihu's Breakaway Falls Thrill Slides


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It may be chilly in many parts of the country, but in sunny Texas Aquatica San Antonio, located next door to SeaWorld San Antonio, has already opened their new thrill water slides, Ihu's Breakaway Falls.

The tower, which conts three separate slides, green, orange and blue, can be seen above standing around 8 stories above the water park.

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Ihu's Breakaway Falls is the tallest multi-tower drop slide in all of Texas, as the giant banner seen here advertises.  The three body slide paths contain one typical slide start, with guests sliding down into the chute.  The other two feature drop chambers where riders enter and "as the door closes, they cross their arms and give a thumbs up in preparation for their drop – not knowing when the floor beneath them will disappear.  Facing each other, riders watch as fellow riders fall. A fter dropping in, riders descend at 20 -24 feet per second into a spiraling speed slide before racing into a final splashdown."

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Here is a close up view of the drop chambers, this lucky rider is anxiously waiting for the floor beneath them to drop out!  Also note in the background how far you can see from the top of the tower!

"We are really pleased that guests to Aquatica San Antonio can experience this thrilling drop-tower so early in the 2019 season, giving them more reasons to visit the park again and again,” explained Carl Lum, SeaWorld & Aquatica San Antonio Park President.  “Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is an amazing addition to the already impressive line-up of rides and experiences at Aquatica San Antonio.”

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The view of Aquatica San Antonio from the top of Ihu's Breakaway Falls, around 80 feet in the air, is quite impressive - as seen in this photo from the park.  Aquatica has seen great expansion in the seasons since it opened, and is now a playground of bright tropical colors with multiple thrilling family slides and attractions.  For more on Aquatica San Antonio, click here.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lagoon Amusement Park Already Working on New Coaster for 2021


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It seems that Lagoon Amusement Park, in Utah, is always working on some project, whether big or small, and usually completing the task in-house.  That was certainly the case with their massive roller coaster Cannibal, which opened in 2015, an impressive ride with a 208 foot vertical lift, a 116 degree first drop and several inversions along the course.

The park has moved on to their next big project, which appears to be another large roller coaster, for 2021.  This news story spoke with the park about the expansion, but they're not giving much away about it yet.  In fact, most assumed the ride would open in 2020 but the park made it pretty clear that the soonest we will see this open in 2021.

Aerial footage of the construction site shows a work area that's about as big as Cannibal's, with some large footings going into place.  Really the only other thing that Lagoon would confirm is that the ride will be very different form Cannibal, and a one of a kind in the world.

Lagoon trademarked the name Primordial for some sort of attraction, and many think the ride under construction will be it - though only the park knows for sure.  One thing is for sure, for footings for something that looks more like a building than a coaster already going in this must be a rather large project!