Saturday, August 7, 2010

Weekly Rewind 8.7.10

The Blue Streak's quest to gain a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh project fell short in July, but the idea is up for voting once again in August. While only 7 days into the voting, the coaster is holding steady at #2. The top 10 will each receive the funding. If interested, follow the link to vote each day - you can do that by text message as well.

Quassy Amusement Park has started construction on their Gravity Group designed family wooden coaster. The attraction is set to debut in 2011. You can see more photos on the Gravity Group's Facebook page. It looks like it'll be one fun little ride!

More news on some big plans that Hershey Park seems to have. There are now tons of markers and stakes in the ground all over the Comet Hollow section of the park. Hershey also has been put on the agenda for the local planning commission, asking to build a new, very tall ride -only calling it Attraction 2012. Keystone Thrills has some photos of the marked up area if you are interested.

Improved earnings. It's about time! Cedar Fair had a solid second quarter - seeing numbers up in both attendance and revenues. Now everyone cross their fingers that this Fall has nice weather - not the horrid rainy mess that was last year! Read their press release on the earnings here.

Legoland Florida has been making moves this past week. They've selected an individual to be the park's General Manager - Adrian Jones, and also made PCL Construction Services their main contractor. Now they have a leader and someone to build stuff. Sounds like a good start!

Construction on the foundation of the Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Park will start on August 16th. That will allow vertical construction of the ride to begin in September. The city, which operates the park, does not want the winter weather to delay the opening of the ride.

The Funland Blog has been able to confirm that Superman at Six Flags Magic Mountain will not receive a Bizarro theme makeover next year. At this time all the park will say is that the ice cave entrance will remain and Superman will return to the top of the tower. If it isn't a theme change, then what's the big plan!?

Battlestar Galactica still isn't open at Universal Studios Singapore, but at least the park is acknowledging that a design flaw on the ride's trains has kept it closed. It sounds like totally new trains are having to be designed and built before the coasters can reopen. They hope that will be by December of this year. Should have gone with B&M, eh?

I guess you can't get much more confirmation of the coaster formerly known as Chang coming to Six Flags Great Adventure than this snip of the plans that were posted online. It clearly shows Chang's layout sitting next to Superman. Still, the park has yet to announce a name and theme for the ride. I think the coaster is going to be a great fit for the park next year!