Thursday, August 16, 2018

Employee Killed at Energylandia, Struck by New Hyperion Coaster

Amusement Park Worker Dies at Energylandia, Zator, Poland.

At approximately 8:00pm earlier today (Thursday, 16 August) an accident caused the death of a 37-year-old employee of Energylandia, according to the site.

(Update, Friday, 17 August) The coaster is now open and operating again as of around 12:00 local time.
Worker at Energylandia dies, struck by Coaster train.
The Hyperion Coaster (c)Energylandia
The worker was said to be working at the Hyperion ride when he attempted to retrieve a phone that a guest dropped during the ride, one of the coaster trains struck him during this attempt, he was pronounced dead by a doctor after resuscitation attempts.

""On the site of a tragic accident, policemen and prosecutors from the District Prosecutor's Office in Oświęcim are working in one of the amusement parks," staff aspirant Małgorzata Jurecka from the Poviat Police Headquarters in Oświęcim confirmed to Oświęcim." reports that witnesses in the queue for Hyperion first heard a large bang. Afterward, people started jumping over the fence to help the man that had been struck by the coaster train.  "I was standing in the queue when it happened, and at the beginning, they [tried to] resuscitate someone, and then the body was lying behind the curtains."

Energylandia Employee Dies
Hyperion opened last month at Energylandia. The exact location of the accident is unknown at the moment. 

The coaster soars over 250 feet into the air and features an 85-degree drop straight into a tunnel. Reaching speeds up to 87 mph, it is the fastest in Europe.  It features multiple low-to-ground turns during the course of the ride.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Canada's Wonderland Announces Record-Breaking Dive Coaster Featuring a Vertical Loop! + Video

Canada's Wonderland Announces the Biggest Dive-Coaster in the World!

The roller coaster made by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard will feature some never-before-seen elements, including a dive right through the lake where the Vortex coaster now stands. It's part of an all-new area in Canada's Wonderland called Frontier Canada!

"The 2019 season promises to be the biggest yet for Canada’s Wonderland. The park will introduce Yukon Striker, a world-record-breaking dive roller coaster, and Winterfest, an immersive holiday-themed event, making it truly an amusement park for all seasons.

As well, Canada’s Wonderland will officially open Frontier Canada – which is arguably the most historically significant event to take place.

To understand the importance of this ‘new’ gold-rush themed section, we’ve got to travel back in time more than 37 years. Back to a time when Maple, Ontario was still farmland, Wonder Mountain didn’t exist and Canada’s Wonderland was merely a fantastic concept waiting to be realized." -Canada's Wonderland

The full press release can be found here, with some interesting facts about the history and story of Frontier Canada.

"Be exhilarated by Yukon Striker's epic journey high above the park's skyline where you'll hang over a 90-degree drop for three breathtaking seconds, staring 245 feet down into an underwater tunnel. Then suddenly you dive, reaching speeds of 130 km/h and soaring through four dynamic inversions, including a complete 360-degree loop – the only one of its kind for a dive coaster. Be prepared for the ride of a lifetime beginning in 2019!" -Canada's Wonderland

Logo for the new-for-2019 ride! Logo and animated images (c) Canada's Wonderland
A video featuring POV-segments of Yukon Striker and off-ride angles can be viewed below!

Six Flags Launches Casino-like Rewards Program

Six Flags Launches "Preeminent" New Loyalty Program

Members Now Earn Free Food, Souvenirs, and Special Perks on Every Visit
Today, Six Flags announced a brand new rewards program for their most loyal guests. "Six Flags Membership Rewards allows Members to earn points towards free food, souvenirs, park tickets, and one-of-a-kind in-park experiences each time they visit the park, go on rides, see a show, or make a purchase. Members can also earn additional bonus points for participating in contests, taking surveys and reading Six Flags newsletters.
Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA
“We created the most value-packed Membership rewards program in the industry — bar none. We surveyed thousands of our Members who told us they wanted more unique benefits,” said Vice President, Insights and Interactive Marketing, Mark Kupferman. “We are thrilled to offer this exclusive new rewards program for our Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond, and Diamond Elite Members.”

Members can redeem their points for a wide array of exclusive Six Flags rewards including VIP tours and VIP parking, private character meet and greets and dining experiences, cabana rentals, Fright Fest® haunted maze passes, and exclusive Member merchandise. Six Flags Membership Rewards also includes free game and food vouchers, free ride and character photos and free tickets for friends." -Six Flags

The whole thing feels a little cheap to me, but we'll have to wait and see how it turns out.  Also, it does mean more people skipping lines in front of you if you are not a Six Flags frequent flyer.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Valkyria Opens at Liseberg + POV

Valkyria Opens to Big Crowds.

Wait time was around 120 minutes throughout the day as the new 6-seat wide dive machine opened. The coaster is the longest dive coaster in Europe and features mythological theming around the ride.
Theming around the area. (c)Liseberg

Valkyria is a B&M dive coaster. (c)Liseberg

Valkyria Plunges down the first drop. (c)Liseberg
"In the mighty shadow of the valkyrie you are chosen for the ultimate challenge. Summon all your courage and strength, because in order to rise you must first fall. Straight down! Europe’s longest Dive Coaster – a roller coaster with a vertical drop of 50 metres!

Just as you are about to go over the edge the ride suddenly pauses. Before you plunge vertically into an underground tunnel – at 105 km/h!" -Liseberg

An official POV video by Liseberg can be seen below.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hyperion at Energylandia Opens To Large Crowds

Hyperion opened at 20:00 local time Saturday, at Energylandia, Poland.

The tallest and fastest coaster in Europe is now open as thousands currently wait in line for their chance to ride the massive coaster. This brings Energylandia's total coaster-count up to 12, with two more planned for the near future.

Twitter videos and photos of the massive crowd were uploaded and can be seen below.

The massive crowd of people as the queue opens for the first time. (@MaMaMaMario)

A brief show takes place marking the opening of the new space-themed coaster. (@ThemeParksEU)

The queue before the ride is Tron-like with bright neon lights around futuristic-style surroundings. (@ThemeParksEU)

More theming along the queue. (@ThemeParksEU)
The ride soars over 250 feet into the air and features an 85-degree drop straight into a tunnel. Reaching speeds up to 87 mph, the new coaster lining the park's parking lot travels over numerous hills and turns, and features water effects and plenty of airtime.

A video embedded below shows the inside queue winding back and forth. A POV of Hyperion can also be seen below.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Incredicoaster Now Open, New POV Shows Changes

Incredicoaster at Disneyland is now open to guests.

The new ride, which actually is a conversion of a coaster that opened in 2001, has completed its retheme to fit into the new Pixar Pier area at Disneyland.

Swoop, swirl, dip and curl in and around Pixar Pier with the epic Parr family!

"Back in the town of Metroville… the local townspeople are dedicating their beloved roller coaster to the Incredibles as a symbol of gratitude for all their heroic efforts. Our honorees are thrilled to attend the inaugural “Incredicoaster” launch, accompanied by iconic super-suit designer Edna Mode, who’s graciously agreed to watch Jack-Jack. But things go awry when the unpredictable baby escapes from Edna’s not-so-watchful eye.

Jack-Jack manifests various superpowers while teleporting from tunnel to tunnel, causing chaos along the way. His family sprints into action to save the day and, just when they think they’ve got a handle on things, he disappears all over again!

Join the Incredibles in their mad dash to catch baby Jack-Jack as he wreaks havoc throughout every inch of this high-speed chase!" -Disneyland

Take a look at the new POV below, which features some new theming and a new soundtrack.

Guess The Coaster: Rockwork

The Rockwork around this portion of coaster looks great, but do you know what coaster it is?

Anaconda, Gold Reef City, South Africa
Hover your mouse over the image for the answer, or long-hold on mobile devices. Hint below if you need it.

Hint: It may be a bit challenging if you are not familiar with coasters outside of the USA, but it's a ride that was built almost 20 years ago at a somewhat well-known theme park.

Ghost Adventures Visits Enchanted Forest Amusement Park Tonight.

Tune into "Ghost Adventures: Enchanted Forest" tonight at 9pm ET for a look into the supposedly haunted amusement park. 

The TV show on the Travel Channel takes a look at Enchanted Forest, a park known for their family-friendly environment and rides. It's the first time the crew has investigated a theme park in their 15-season run.

"Zak and the crew investigate strange phenomena at a beloved amusement park in Turner, Ore. The discovery of a bloody battle on the grounds of the park leads Zak to believe a residual energy could be responsible for the manifestations." -Travel Channel

Interesting Read: "Creating an ICON" takes a look at creating the new ICON ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It's a very interesting read that reveals details about construction that you may not have known about. Check it out here!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Check Out Episode 6 of "The Making Of" at Toverland.

The Making of Port Laguna and Avalon, Episode 6.

This episode is the best yet, featuring details about Merlin's Quest, the 12-minute dark water ride. Also testing footage of Fenix from angles we've never seen before are in the video. The area looks incredible!

"On 7 July 2018, two brand new magical worlds will open their gates. Our new entrance Port Laguna and the mysterious theme area Avalon will make Toverland more magical than ever.

In this episode we like to take you to the technical completion of the largest expansion in the history of Toverland. You can see the first secrets of our boatride Merlin’s Quest. During this exciting boat ride, suitable for the whole family, you encounter magical surprises." -Toverland

Harry Potter Coaster Update: Islands of Adventure

LIM's installed and lots more track-work complete at Islands of Adventure's new coaster!

Midway Mayhem as well as Bioreconstruct have taken some pictures at ground level and aerial height of the new track that has been placed at Islands of Adventure, revealing more of the Harry Potter layout. Spoilers ahead.

An overview of the new coaster by Midway Mayhem shows the thought-to-be future indoor section to the right, section of track after the first main launch to the left, and the 'forbidden forest' encompassing the middle of the ride. The current station for the Hogwarts Express is the building to the right of the image.

The two arrows in this image by bioreconstruct show the future indoor sections of the ride, where you are thought to 1. see a scene featuring Hagrid, and 2. a drop-track.

Arrow near the suspected entrance of the ride, with low-to-ground section of track nearby. It is thought this may be the only section visible to guests. Photo by bioreconstruct.
The track spike is seen in this image by bioreconstruct. The train is suspected to fall backwards here, just one of the climaxes of the ride.

LIMS closeup by Midway Mayhem

A few weeks back we made a video featuring our concept of what could be for the new ride. Seeing these new track placements does show some errors in our exact layout, but it is still similar in speed and layout to what we guess the ride to run like. You can view this below if you wish.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Colossos Begins Refurb Work

One of Heide Park's signature attractions begins its reopening process.

Colossos at Heide Park has been SBNO (Standing But Not Operating) since July 2016, and after a year of bumpy rumors, from permanent closure to letting the ride sit un-operational for yet another year, the ride is finally on it's way to becoming it's old self again!

Forum User:
New footers can also be seen in the area, does this signify upcoming changes to the height or layout in certain sections?

The forum thread at feature more pictures by user NiklasHP as well as speculation as what could be being built here, possibly a structure the ride will pass through.
Forum User:
Below a video can be seen from Heide where Thorsten Berwald, Project Manager Heide Park Resort, takes you to the construction site. The Colossos construction site is set up and now it's off to a good start. The old Kerto wooden rails and ledgers are removed. It's an enormous effort that will keep the RCS (Roller Coaster Construction Service Worldwide) team busy over the next few weeks.