Friday, November 22, 2019

Knott's Berry Farm calls on Triotech to celebrate 100th Anniversary

If you wish to see the above picture expand: Link to Knott's Artwork

The following is an unedited press release: 


The 4-D, Interactive Dark Ride will revive the park’s iconic “Bear-y Tales” for Knott’s 100th anniversary Triotech - Knott's Bear-y Tales Rendering Triotech announces a new 4-D Interactive Dark Ride attraction that will be installed at Knott’s Berry Farm, in Buena Park, California. The Cedar Fair Entertainment Company park will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. As part of this summer-long celebration, the park has decided to bring one its most iconic dark rides “back to life”.

The new attraction will be called “Knott’s Bear-y Tales®: Return to the Fair”. Triotech is designing the attraction, the scenic theming, and producing the animation and gaming system, which will take guests on a dark ride experience enhanced with 4-D effects and interactivity.

“Triotech is thrilled to work with the amazing team at Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair on this high-profile project. For this unique attraction, the Knott’s team gave us access to a wealth of archive materials that have been key in understanding the original Knott’s Bear-y Tales®” said Ernest Yale, Triotech’s Founder, President and CEO.

“The return of Knott’s Bear-y Tales is perfect for the 100th anniversary because it brings back one of the park’s most nostalgic and beloved attractions in an innovative 4-D dark ride format that will delight an entirely new generation of fans,” said Jon Storbeck, Vice President & General Manager of Knott’s Berry Farm.

“Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair” is a new 4-D interactive dark ride that will take guests on an exciting journey through reimagined show scenes that are reminiscent of the original dark ride, including the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp, Thunder Cave, and Weird Woods, culminating in a celebration at the County Fair.

The story takes place 34 years after the original adventure and will follow Boysen Bear and Girlsen Bear as they travel to the Country Fair to earn the blue ribbon prize for their famous boysenberry pies, but Crafty Coyote is back along with his mischievous pups intent on stealing all the pies for themselves. Guests will climb aboard ride vehicles equipped with jelly blasters to try and recover the stolen boysenberry pies as they travel through whimsical and beautiful environments while competing for the highest score.

 “Knott’s Bear-y Tales carries a great significance and evokes an intense sense of nostalgia for those who first experienced the ride as children in the ‘70s and ‘80s,” stated Nol Van Genuchten, Vice President Creative at Triotech. He added: “It’s our goal to capture the spirit, creativity and originality that made this dark ride such a success and thus honoring the cherished memories of the original attraction”.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

California's Great America to Debut New In Park "High-Tech Kid Locator"

© California's Great America
California's Great America and announced that they will soon be offering a brand new high-tech kid locator system that's available to rent at the park - starting already with the opening of Winterfest!  The technology is powered by Luboo, which we first heard about last year during the IAAPA Expo.  At that point the company was planning on entering the North American market in "late 2019" which turned out to be pretty spot on.

© California's Great America
For parents who want the added security of knowing where their kids are at all times while in the park, the system allows them to download an app from Luboo and keep track of just that.  The app will show a map of the park and constantly update with their kids location, every 60 or 10 seconds depending on setting.

The kids wear the wristbands that are seen in these photos from the park, and they provide the GPS location with a high level of accuracy.  California's Great America is renting the system for $12 plus a refundable deposit when the wrist band is returned.  Amusement and theme parks have long looked for great ways to avoid "lost parents" as they call them, and this system appears to be a nice way to tackle that problem.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Mauer Sohn Announces A Roller Coaster That Cruises Around the Ocean, BOLT: ULTIMATE SEA COASTER!



Mardi Gras is going to be a huge deal when she sets sail in 2020. Plenty of folks will come ready to chill, but if it’s a thrill you’re seeking, this is also definitely the ship for you!
Aboard the Mardi Gras you’ll meet BOLT™: the fastest — and first! — rollercoaster at sea. Strap in and zoom your motorcycle-style speed machine around an open-air course high, high above sea level. You know how on most roller coasters... actually, never mind. 
Forget other coasters because this all-electric thrill ride puts you in the driver’s seat. That means you actually get to control how fast you go, so hit the gas and try for the fastest time, go for the biggest thrill — plus some amazing 360° ocean views! And for the folks who choose to chill: go light on the pedal, and this just might be the coaster for you!

Great Coasters International is building Texas Stingray for SeaWorld San Antonio

The following is an unedited press release:

Texas Stingray – Opening Spring 2020
SeaWorld San Antonio has announced exciting details about Texas Stingray; the tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coaster in the state of Texas.  This record-breaking coaster, which will reach a top speed of 55 mph, includes a breathtaking hundred-foot drop and a sensory-bending hundred-foot long tunnel.  Texas Stingray marks a major addition to SeaWorld San Antonio’s gravity-defying roller coaster portfolio with five unique coaster experiences.

Texas Stingray Fast Facts
Opening Date:  Spring 2020
Type of Ride:  Wooden roller coaster, the tallest, fastest and longest in Texas
Special Features:  57-degree first drop and 76 degree high turns
Ride Length:  3,379 feet of track
Drop Height:  100-foot drop
Maximum Speed:  55 mph
Maximum Height:  96 feet
Tunnel:  100 feet
Airtime Hills:  16 airtime hills
Minimum Rider Height:  46 inches
Ride Duration:  More than two minutes
Ride Manufacturer:  Great Coasters International (GCI)

Bolliger & Mabillard is building for SeaWorld San Diego

The following is an unedited press release:

Emperor – Opening Summer 2020
SeaWorld San Diego has revealed the name of its record-breaking dive coaster is Emperor, opening in summer 2020.  This new roller coaster will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.  

Climbing to 153 feet with their feet dangling in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.

Riders will also experience inversions, a barrel roll, an Immelmann loop,  a hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows. The coaster will be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park.

Emperor is named after the emperor penguin colony at SeaWorld San Diego, which was the world’s first zoological facility and the first place outside of Antarctica to successful breed, hatch and raise emperor penguin chicks. Twenty-three emperor penguins chicks have been hatched and raised at SeaWorld San Diego since 1979.

Emperor Fast Facts
Opening Date:  Summer 2020
Conservation Partner: Penguins International
Type of Ride:  Tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California
Special Features:   143-foot facedown vertical drop
Barrel roll
Flat spin
Highly banked turns

Track Length:  2,411 feet
Maximum Speed: more than 60 mph
Maximum Height:  153 feet
Seats/Train:  Floorless ride car, 18 riders per car, 6-person rows, 3-rows per car – the first seating configuration of its kind in North America.
Manufacturer:  Bolliger & Mabillard

Premier is supplying Ice Breaker to SeaWorld Orlando

The following is an unedited press release:

Ice Breaker™ – Opening Spring 2020
Making its debut in spring 2020, riders will shiver through family friendly adventures on SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster: Ice Breaker™. Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot tall spike with 100-degree angle.

Located near the Wild Arctic Attraction, the ride’s theme is reflective of this area with a nod to Ice Breaker’s conservation partner, Alaska SeaLife Center. Primarily dedicated to marine research, education and wildlife response, the Alaska SeaLife Center mission matches closely to SeaWorld Orlando’s, making them an ideal partner to help educate riders about the Artic and its inhabitants.

The opening of Ice Breaker is the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio, and its 48-inch rider height makes it a family friendly thrill ride.   From the roller coaster thrills of Mako, Manta and Kraken, to the water rapids of Infinity Falls and the flume fun of Journey to Atlantis, Ice Breaker joins the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience in Orlando.
Ice Breaker Fast Facts
Opening Date:  Spring 2020
Conservation Partner: Alaska SeaLife Center
Special Features: SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster and a quadruple launch coaster.  Experience a reverse launch into the “steepest beyond vertical drop,” a 93” tall spike with 100 degree angle.
Maximum Height
-        Rear Spike:          93 ft.
-        Top Hat:               80 ft.
Length of Track
-        Track length:      1900 ft.
-        Track traveled    2750 ft.
Maximum Speed:            52 mph
Ride Duration:                  80-90 seconds
Number of trains:              two
Number of coaches:          three per train, with three rows per coach
Minimum rider height:    48 inches
Manufacturer:  Premier Rides

Here are a few construction photos from 11/17/2019, Rescue Weekend, a celebration of SeaWorld's 36,000th animal rescue.