Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Western View - West Coast Catch Up

It's been a busy week for news out west. Let's get all caught up, shall we?

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom posted a picture to their Facebook of their construction progress on SUPERMAN Ultimate Flight. The ride has officially gone vertical with the park placing the first blue supports into place. I think it's safe to say, as long as all the ride components are on site (or will be soon), this thing will go up quick! We look forward to bringing you our own coverage of the progress right here on NewsPlusNotes!

Next up, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk recently posted some new construction photos to their Facebook as well. They show off the installation of the park's new flat ride, Crazy Surf. Some of you may be confused as to why this ride looks similar to the ride that formerly sat in this location, and that because it's essentially the same! The Boardwalk is replacing their old Crazy Surf with a KMG X-Factory which will be named, wait for it, Crazy Surf. This updated model will feature tilting seats and water jets to increase the thrills.

Lastly, the big news that has really got the coaster world excited(me especially), Speed - The Ride has received a new lease on life! The ride is headed about 2 miles south to the other end of the Las Vegas Strip and will be located at Akita Plaza, across the street from Mandalay Bay and very near to the new SkyVue ferris wheel being constructed.

The really cool news is that Premier Rides is said to be working with the new owner to modify the ride to fit it's new location. The ride will retain it's key elements, launching into a low over banked turn diving into a loop before hitting a second launch. Next, instead of making a lazy S curve into it's signature 224ft tower, modifications will be made for "new and exciting curves and bends to be added to the ride." By the looks of the concept art, the ride will exit the second launch into a hard left turn bringing the train up close to the strip and around an old shopping center then will a quick right and left before climbing that awesome tower. We can't wait to see how it all turns out! Read more about the move here.