Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekly Rewind 8.28.10

Wow, the last Weekly Rewind of August already... why do the Summers always fly by so fast? It would be nice if we could just hit pause every once and again!

Since being announced, the details of Six Flags Dubailand have remained a mystery. The design group behind the park is currently showcasing a slew of concept art they've created for the property. You can view them all on the Goddard Group's Facebook page. The concepts look fantastic... now we just need to hope the place gets built.

It won't be long now... less and less of the Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure is still standing. Head to Great Adventure History for this week's photos.

If you missed the first airing of Joel Manby, President and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, on the hit show Undercover Boss then Sunday August 29th is your chance to see it. The episode featuring the leader of the famous chain of theme parks and other entertainment will air at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Universal Orlando has done their full reveal of this year's Halloween Horror Nights XX. The 20th anniversary of the event promises to be one of the best ever. The event will be hosted this year by Fear itself.. of course embodied in a scary physical form.

With only a couple days left in the month, now is the time to get in your last votes for the Conneaut Lake Park Blue Streak in this month's Pepsi Refresh Everything. I'm happy to report that the ride currently sits in the number one spot - but let's not count our chickens before they hatch. Vote here.

Cedar Fair doesn't seem too upset by Funtime's threats to sue them for adding the WindSeeker ride by Mondial. This article points out that Cedar Fair has a clause in their contract with all ride manufacturers that prevents them from being involved in patent disputes.

A local police officer will attempt to ride the Whizzer for 11 consecutive hours tomorrow at Six Flags Great America. The event is set to raise funds that will benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Young athletes will also demonstrate the skills including soccer and basketball as part of the event.

No good news for Ghost Town in The Sky and Freestyle Music Park. Both have had foreclosure suits filed against them. If things proceed without interruption, Ghost Town could be auctioned as early as October. Things are no better for Freestyle, as the park's board recently resigned and officials seem to have finally given up on finding a buyer.

For the third consecutive year the Budweiser Clydesdales will be at Cedar Point on August 29th. The eight horse team will take part in a parade along the Main Midway starting at 2 p.m., and will also be on display later in the day.

Deno's Wonder Wheel Park will celebrate the famous wheel's 90th Birthday on September 4th. The ride has had over 30 million riders since its debut in 1920 - and boasts a perfect safety record, according to the park. The event will feature live entertainment, clowns, face painters, stilt walkers, and more.

Here are some more details on Quassy Amusement Park's contest to have a local elementary or middle school class pick the name of their new wooden coaster. The park recently started assembling the wood structure for the ride on the ground, which means vertical work can't be far off.

Remember those coaster pieces that were spotted at Lagoon this past Spring? Perhaps we'll see them come to life next year. The park has had an somewhat decent year, and when asked about adding something new the park pointed out that they rarely do not add a new ride. After taking this year off, perhaps we'll see them build something big next year?