Saturday, December 7, 2019

Busch Gardens Tampa Tops Off Iron Gwazi With Dizzying New Photo


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Busch Gardens Tampa has topped off Iron Gwazi's 206 foot tall lift hill, and to mark the occasion released the above photo capturing the moment the purple track was placed.  The ride is the tallest Rocky Mountain Construction coaster in North America, and one of the most highly anticipated new rides of the 2020 season.

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With the apex in place fans of the park are able to see just how stunningly tall the ride looks as it towers over the park.  The ride uses a steel lift hill that doesn't require an awful lot of supports, making the first drop look even more precarious.  The ride's 206 foot first drop is 91 degrees, yes one degree beyond vertical, and the trains will be propelled to 76 miles per hour as a result of it.

Midway Mayhem has shared some additional photos of the ride with the lift hill being completed.  Check them out below!


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Ambitious Plans Revealed for The London Resort Theme Park


The long planned theme park to be located just outside of London, England, has once again pushed forward with ambitious plans to open by 2024.  The development, currently known as The London Resort, was first heard about back in 2012, when it was tied heavily to Paramount Pictures, even using the word Paramount in the development's name at the time.  The project stalled several times, eventually breaking ties with Paramount, only to hook up with them again a couple years ago.

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Developers are hoping to start construction on the expansive theme park, which is really just one part of the master plan, within the next two years.  While the latest concept artwork for the theme park can be seen above, the larger plans include two theme parks, a water resort, entertainment village and more than 300 hotel rooms spread out over more than 500 acres along the Thames river.  The park looks to include some interesting rides, including a handful of roller coasters.

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This latest round of news comes with a more detailed look at the current plan for the theme park, which also includes announcing the property's themed lands - detailed on the schematic above.  The park has partnerships with BBC, ITV Studios and Paramount Pictures to use their intellectual properties throughout the park's rides and attractions.

The park also hopes to be one of the 'greenest' parks on the planet, with an overall goal of zero net emissions.  All of the rides, attractions, restaurants and retail of the park will be built with sustainability in mind.

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Much of the park will be located under cover as a protection from weather.  As for the lands and attractions that The London Resort will offer in its first theme park, the project's press materials detail them as such:

"The entrance to The London Resort will be via a grand plaza that leads visitors and hotel guests through ‘The High Street’. Full of shops, restaurants, hotels, a Convention Centre and a first-class waterpark.

Visitors can start their journey in The Studios, a gritty, modern-day warehouse district that practically roars with the exhilarating thrills of big, blockbuster features.  A winning combination of explosive action, high-octane car chases and high-stakes espionage.

Just to the north lies The Woods, an enchanted realm where springtime reigns eternal and the boundary between reality and fantasy dissolves. Here, the young and young-at-heart will be invited to step through the pages of a storybook and embark on adventures that put a fresh spin on beloved bedtime stories, fables and fairy tales.

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"From the Woods, the journey continues through the ages into The Kingdom, an immersive realm of swords, sorcery, dragons & legend. This is England as a dark and ancient land, a place of threatening and imposing castles and mystical Arthurian legends.

To the north lay The Isles, a land of giant creatures, mythical beasts and adventures at the crossroads of imagination and reality.  Fantastic jaw dropping architecture will combine with magnificent rides and 21st century technology.

The past begins to blend with the future in The Jungle. Ancient ruins of a mysterious long-lost Mesoamerican civilisation are seen pushing up through treetops. Here, an overgrown environment, brimming with ancient secrets, surprising discoveries and strange mystical artefacts will be transported to the present by inquisitive explorers – young and old.

The final land, dedicated to futuristic experiences, alien encounters and big thrill rides, The Starport is a bustling 23rd century landing zone. It will launch visitors into thrilling science-fiction adventures that are out of this world, leaving them mesmerised at things that should be impossible but are not."

With plans for the park coming together rapidly, it isn't totally clear if the park already has funding in place, or if that's still being generated.  Past issues with the project also revolved around government approvals and public approval of the project.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

More Concept Art Revealed for Luna Park's 10th Anniversary Expansion Season


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During this year's IAAPA Expo both Zamperla and Luna Park presented an exciting look at all they are building for the property's 10th anniversary in 2020.  Scott & Carol attended the Expo and filed a video report from the announcement along with the press release, if you missed that check it out here.

The property is expanding onto new parcels of land next year, and in total there will be 4 new rides along with a handful of redeveloped public spaces.

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Here is a look at the new developments, along with the existing parks, well part of them.  Half of the Scream Zone area can be seen here on the far right, and Luna Park proper to beyond that.  The new areas being developed are in color, and include expansive new public areas on what was parking lots or dead end streets, along with a large new area filled with rides.  The new public spaces will serve to help make all of Luna Park's offerings feel more cohesive, and make those sections much, much easier on the eye.

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The largest plot of land will be home to two new rides, The Super Flume Ride and a Junior Coaster - with final names pending.  You can see both in this art, the junior coaster will go up and over the flume ride, creating some neat interactions between the two.  The flume will feature 12 boats, two drops and panoramic views of the ocean.

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The Junior Coaster will run two trains, the theming detail of those can be seen in the concept art above.  Obviously from the name there is no intention of this being a large thrilling roller coaster, instead its rolling hills and drops will be suitable for a large section of the family.

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Luna Park will also debut a new Ropes and Adventure course next year.  The original concept art released months ago had the 4 story structure further back from the boardwalk, but it has been moved up so that those on the course can have an even better view of the beach.  The course includes four level of climbing along with zip lines.

Zamperla will also debut a brand new attraction next year in Luna Park, called Big WaveZ, the first instillation in the world.  Big WaveZ is an interactive water ride that "transports guests into the lair of the Roman mythical god Neptune.  Sensors on the passenger vessel allow guests to interact with a temperamental Neptune as well as influence the movement of the ride."  Those watching the ride can also interact via a touch screen platform, making each ride unique and ensuring that no passenger leaves dry.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Checking In On Six Flags Great Adventure's Jersey Devil Coaster Construction


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Roller coaster fans were super excited in August when Six Flags Great Adventure announced the largest Rocky Mountain Construction Raptor design to date, and understandably so.  Known as the Jersey Devil Coaster, the new thrill coaster will stand 130 feet tall and feature an 87 degree first drop.

Riders will sit in single in-line cars, combined in a train carrying a total of 12 passengers.  With a towering double out and back layout, the Jersey Devil Coaster will also invert riders a total of three times.

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In mid-November construction on the coaster kicked into high gear, as the park started to dig the very first foundations for the ride.  The park has spent the fall clearing a large section of wooded area located along the lake, beyond Skull Mountain and overlapping a bit of Adventure Seaport.

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A week later the park was still playing in the mud, however they had made some enormous holes in preparation of the ride's footings being poured.  You can see the frame for one of the large block footings getting put in place in further back in the photo.

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The park shared even more photos after another week, and at that point were gearing up to pour cement into the footings.  This photo especially may help those familiar with the park understand where the start of the ride will be relative to what can be seen here.  Also of note, the park's kiddie coaster has been removed to make way for the ride, but it's assumed it will be relocated in the park.

They also had to dig up some remnants of Koala Canyon for the new ride, when they shared photos of.

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Just a few days ago the park completed the first concrete pour for the Jersey Devil Coaster's footers, shown above.  That's a handful down and a whole lot more, but progress is progress!


Saturday, November 30, 2019

Six Flags Great Adventure's Holiday In The Park Returns With More Lights + Delights in 2019


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Holiday in The Park is back at Six Flags Great Adventure for its 2019 run, and it's bigger, better, and brighter than ever before!

The park has added more lights, more rides and more holiday magic to the celebration which takes place in nearly the entire sprawling theme park.  This year there is an amazing total of 14 different themed sections within Holiday In The P ark, each with "coordinated sights, sounds, scents and attractions."

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“Holiday in the Park has become a family tradition with world-class entertainment for all ages and unparalleled thrills that only Six Flags Great Adventure can provide,” said Park President John Winkler.  “This one-of-a-kind festival allows families to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy magical memories together.”

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The celebration has quickly become an importantly yearly tradition for many families, offering not only thrills but also a collection of memories of fun with family and friends.  The park has decided to expand on their offerings for the 5th season of Holiday In The Park, adding plenty of new attractions, shows, games, rides and dining options:

• For the first time Bugs Bunny National Park will be open during the event, featuring six pint-sized thrill rides, a new show in the Wilderness Theater, and character meet and greets.

• The Deck The Halls section will be rocking this year with Spinnin' Saturdays with DJ Tinsel Tunes.  Each Saturday from 3 to 9 the DJ will be playing the modern sounds of holiday classics!

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• Frost: A Cirque Spectacular is premiering this season in the Showcase Theater.  Described as featuring "astounding acrobats, inspired dancers and a touch of icy holiday magic," the show will warm the hearts of all those who attend.

• Joy To The Word, a peaceful section of the event by the Lakefront, will now feature "Twinkle Tunnel," which will envelop guests in sparking holiday lights.

• A host of new characters will be a part of Holiday In The Park in 2019: Mrs. Clause will be featured in Bugs Bunny National Park, the Evergreen Queen has taken residence inside Holiday Memories, and Santa's famous helpers, reindeer, will be in Bugs Bunny National Park.

• The park is also offering more food items than ever before, including all day breakfast platters at Yum Yum Holiday Mornings, comfort food dishes such as meatloaf, turkey and fried chicken at Granny's Holiday Feast, a variety of chili at No So Chilly Chili and delicious turkey legs, smoked sausage and bacon-wrapped pork at the Fireside BBQ.

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All of these additions come on top of the vast amount of rides, shows and attractions that Six Flags Great Adventure's Holiday In The Park has previously had.

Coming on December 7th is the Polar Coaster Challenge, where guests will be challenged to ride the Nitro roller coaster (which stands 230 feet tall and hits 80 miles per hour) in only a tank top and shorts before the park opens.  On the day of the event, $2 from each ticket sold will go to the Special Olympics.

For more on Holiday In The Park at Six Flags Great Adventure, click here.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Impressive Improvements Coming to Luna Park




The following is an unedited press release:

IAAPA EXPO 2019, ORLANDO

LUNA PARK PRESS CONFERENCE 

BROOKLYN, NY, November 19, 2019 – Families, ride enthusiasts, foodies, and entertainment seekers from around the world have many new reasons to visit Luna Park in Coney Island for its 10th Birthday in 2020. 

A festive atmosphere and cherished experiences await Luna Park guests during its 10th year of operation. Beginning April 4, 2020 Luna Park in Coney Island will come to life, with birthday themed fun and excitement as dazzling acts and a joyful ambiance transform America’s playground into a special 10th year birthday bash all season long. Just in time for the party, Luna park will unveil its newly added sites as part of the Luna Park expansion project in Coney Island adding more reasons to celebrate. By way of the expansion, Luna Park brings more fun and innovation to Coney Island with 4 new rides and attractions: Big WaveZ, Ropes Course Adventure Zone, The Super Flume Ride, The Junior Coaster and a recreational public space. 

Big WaveZ, an interactive water ride will make its worldwide debut in Luna Park in Coney Island in 2020. Big WaveZ transports guests into the lair of the Roman mythical god Neptune. Sensors on the passenger vessel allow guests to interact with a temperamental Neptune as well as influence the movement of the ride. A touch screen platform increases the fun, allowing individuals waiting on the Big WaveZ line to participate and impact passengers’ fates. This innovative technology ensures that each ride on Big WaveZ is a uniquely guest-tailored experience that leaves no passenger dry. 

Also new to Luna Park in Coney Island is a Ropes Course Adventure Zone. Climbers will experience breathtaking views of the boardwalk and ocean with the newly installed 4 level adventure zone. This circus themed area will be located next to the Thunderbolt coaster featuring obstacles, ropes courses, as well as zip lines for all ages and skill levels. 

Luna Park in Coney Island will also premiere The Super Flume Ride and The Junior Coaster. The Super Flume Ride will provide guests with a semi-circle panoramic view of the shoreline before plunging down to a speed of over 30 mph for the big splash. The ride will operate with 12 flume boats that can seat up to 6 guests at a time. The track of The Super Flume Ride will be tactically entwined with that of The Junior Coaster generating a distinctive experience for our guests. The Junior Coaster, a family thrill ride, will be strategically interlaced with the new The Super Flume Ride. Riders will embark on an inimitable coaster as it bends and curves throughout the path of The Super Flume Ride, heightening their ride experience. The Junior Coaster is comprised of two enchantingly fabricated trains equipped with ADA access. 

In addition to the rides, Luna Park will open a new public space. Stillwell Avenue between Surf Avenue and the boardwalk will make its debut as brand new easily accessible open space that invites the community and visitors to relax and enjoy Coney Island. The public space will offer ample recreational opportunities with shaded seating, greenery and a colorful facade. Art installations, artful photo ops, and performances in this area will showcase the diverse traditions and culture of Coney Island. 

“Each season, our goal is to deliver the best thrills and experiences to our local community as well as the tourists that visit us each year,” said Alessandro Zamperla, President of Central Amusement International. “With the celebration of our 10th season and the addition of these new rides and spaces, we are excited to grow, provide quality entertainment, and bring the finest in amusement park innovations to New York City. We continue to restore the legacy of Coney Island by bringing new and exhilarating attractions and entertainment to our guests.” 

Luna Park takes pride in being New York City’s largest amusement destination and maintains its commitment to enhancing Coney Island year after year. Throughout the 2020 season, park-goers of all ages can anticipate new innovative rides and attractions, an increased environmentally friendly presence, delicious new food and beverage offerings and birthday themed festivities. Happy Birthday Luna Park! 

ABOUT LUNA PARK 

Named after an iconic piece of Coney Island's history, Luna Park is the largest amusement park and New York City’s most famous playground with a heritage that stretches back more than 130 years. Luna Park provides New Yorkers and tourists from around the world with a full destination experience of family friendly amusements, boardwalk eats, souvenir shops, thrill rides and special events. Each year, Luna Park continues to light up the famous Coney Island skyline with its timeless landmarks and novelties. In close proximity to nearly three miles of sandy beaches, two and a half miles of boardwalk and other top attractions, Luna Park, which employs more than 800 people, offers over 40 games, rides and roller coasters and is a fun-filled world-class destination for all ages. For more information about Luna Park in Coney Island, including a full list of rides, entertainment, food and more, please visit https://lunaparknyc.com/