Monday, June 18, 2018

Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Spotted Testing?

SeaWorld begins Testing Infinity Falls.

Just weeks after the last major update, it seems Infinity Falls has a raft on track! This picture found on twitter of the raft on top of the major drop seems to be at the exit of the elevator lift.

The ride is expected to be surrounded by a luscious jungle environment and features a 40-foot drop, 14 eight-person round rafts, and 1520-feet of exciting rapids including a couple drops, one being the worlds largest drop on a river raft ride.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hyperion at Energylandia continues Clearance Testing

Hyperion began clearance testing a few days ago, real testing up next!

Hyperion at Energylandia is looking to be quite the ride. Testing the clearance of the train is still in progress at the moment, with a video below of the work going on. The video by Paweł Patyk also shows some nice details on what the 4-across cars will look like.

The blue, white, and black trains on the sleek all-black track. (c)Pawel Patyk 



The opening date for the coaster has not yet been released by the park, but it's looking to be one of the most exciting layouts for a Hyper that we've seen in quite some time. 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 will feature water effects and plenty of airtime.
The layout features an 85-degree drop, tunnels, and plenty of Negative G's.
The park, which opened in 2014, will have 12 roller coasters once the new ride opens to the public, and already has two more E-ticket coasters planned for 2020, including Europe's first I-box coaster by Rocky Mountain Construction. Hyperion was created by Intamin, a Swiss attractions design company.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Universal Studios Announces Nighttime Show, No Official Date Yet.

The new nighttime show at Universal Studios Florida is officially announced.

A couple weeks ago the night show was accidentally leaked on Universal's own website, But today the official announcement has been made.

The new viewing area and fountain grid have been built quite quickly this year to allow 650-guests the best viewing place in a tiered viewing stage in the Central Park area of Universal Studios.

Artwork by Universal Orlando

"There’s a moment where a Dementor enters the sequence, and during that projection, we are going to freeze the buildings of New York. You will see ice form on all those building facades as the Dementors take their place in the lagoon," Aiello (The shows designer) said. "Then of course Harry is going to show up and you get that amazing ‘expecto patronum’ moment and all is well. Then we drop banners of each of the Hogwarts houses onto the facades through our media." -tampabay.com
The fountains are currently testing at Universal Studios, with tiered viewing area on the right side of the image (c)bioreconstruct
"Starting this Summer, nights at Universal Studios Florida will be brighter and bolder than ever as music from the world's biggest films fills the air and scores of dancing fountains erupt. Massive walls of water blaze with epic movie moments and powerful projections bring the entire waterfront into the movies. You'll see and hear roaring dinosaurs from Jurassic World, feel the adrenaline rush of high-speed cars from Fast and Furious, watch the mischievous antics of the Minions from Despicable Me, and so much more. Don't miss the amazing new show that's lighting up select nights all year long." -Universal Studios

A video is also embedded below of the fountains testing.

Guess the Coaster: In The Commercial

Was watching a deodorant advert and there pops up some rides. To the right there's two clear coasters in this image. Bonus points if you get both.

Shambhala and Dragon Khan, Port Aventura
Hover over the image for the answer, or long-hold if on mobile. Hint below if you need it.

























Hint: B&M make both coasters.

Coaster Derails at Boardwalk Amusements, Daytona

Daytona Beach Roller Coaster Derails.

 Rescue crews were brought to the scene to assist in helping stranded riders off the Sand Blaster roller coaster. 10 people total were taken off the derailed coaster train by the Daytona Beach Fire Department late Thursday evening, with 6 of them taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. It is being said that 2 riders fell to the ground from the cars.
 "It was definitely chaotic and time-sensitive," Fire Department Spokeswoman Staton said. "We didn't want the dangling car to fall any further." Police kept "many bystanders from all directions far enough away for their own safety because we had a lot of equipment and for the firefighters safety so they'd have plenty of room to work and evacuate the riders." -CNN

Photo from @DaytonaBeachFD More images available on the Twitter page.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kennywood reveals second hint at ride stats.

Kennywood reveals number "3" in second reveal.

Kennywood is teasing us for weeks to come on their Facebook page with hints at their new project for 2019. "Project 412" is most likely a coaster, as it has been rumored for many years.

"Something big is coming to Kennywood in 2019! PROJECT 412 has broken ground, and the guessing game as to what that means begins now!
Every Thursday, we’ll scratch off another number on our PROJECT 412 card, so follow along and take your best guesses at how they all add up to form Kennywood’s 2019 attraction. Want us to reveal the first number today? Then SHARE this post!
Once every number is revealed, well, then the REAL fun will begin! And make sure to visit us soon - you may just find some additional clues around the park..." -Kennywood Facebook

What do you think 3 means? (c)Kennywood
So, thoughts?
Inversions is the easy guess, but could it be something like trains? launches? or something totally different?

Tokyo DisneySea Announces Huge Expansion for 2022

Tokyo DisneySea's largest expansion ever announced.

Tokyo DisneySea has announced a large expansion with three newly-themed areas and a new hotel. The cost of the expansion is estimated at 250 Billion Yen, or 2.2 Billion USD.

The expansion will include the following sections: An area themed to Frozen, featuring one attraction and one restaurant. An area themed to Tangled with one attraction and one restaurant. An area themed to Peter Pan with two attractions, a restaurant, and a merchandise location. The new Disney hotel will feature 475 guest rooms and two restaurants, as well as the most luxurious accommodations available at DisneySea to date.

The expansion area from above. (c)DisneySea
"Themed to magical springs that lead to a world of Disney fantasy, the new port will consist of three areas inspired by Disney films that are beloved by Guests of all ages—Frozen, Tangled and Peter Pan. By entering the new themed port and exploring its numerous springs, Guests will discover Anna and Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle; the forest and tower where Rapunzel lives; and Never Land and—the home of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys. Guests will be able to experience these wonderful, fantastical worlds as no one has before. 
The four attractions and the Disney hotel have been newly developed expressly for this project. This new themed port is certain to enhance the appeal of Tokyo DisneySea, the only Disney Park themed to the myths and legends of the sea." -Oriental Land Co.

The new hotel artwork by Disney.

The focal point of DisneySea. Where the largest man-made rock structure in the world, Mount Prometheus, looms over Fortress Expeditions (c)Themeparkgc
The rest of the lengthy report as well as plenty more pictures can be found here.


RailBlazer Opens to the Public Today.

RailBlazer at California's Great America opens to all guests today.

After a pass-holder preview for the past couple days, RailBlazer is up and running for all guests to enjoy.
The in-line seating is a new for a coaster of this size. (Pic: @NintenCoaster)
The rock-work and theming surrounding the ride is something not seen on the ride's counterpart at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. (Pic: @NintenCoaster)

RailBlazer is the first coaster of its kind on the West Coast featuring a single rail track throughout; the design requires the rider to straddle the rail, creating an extremely low center of gravity that amplifies every move and enables more dynamic turns and rotations than have ever been possible on a coaster. With an eight-passenger single file train hugging the rail, the coaster will give riders an unobstructed view of the ground and air as they speed smoothly over the twisting track." -Six Flags

The ride absolutely hauls through the course!

New Swing Ride for Busch Gardens Virginia 2019?

Details uncovered for new 2019 project coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

New photos and plans of a ride uncovered by BGWFans.com show an S&S Screamin' Swing coming to the Ireland-themed "Killarney" at BGW. The entire article featuring the plans and more images can be found here.

The site plan from BGWFans.com showing the proposed location. The ride should be swinging over the river according to the placement in this image, will will create an awesome view from the bridge and for the riders aboard the swings! Each S&S Swing always seems to have a "good" side, and it's quite clear which side that is in these images!

The side-view plans from BGWFans.com, which clearly show that the ride is in fact a Screamin' Swing. Even though the height of the swing will be about 65', it will look much higher while aboard, staring down at the river below!

"On either side of what appears to be the ride’s platform (orange area on the right), there are two protrusions in the ride’s pad located directly across from one another. This suggests the ride will be supported by two large column structures towards the middle of the attraction." -BGWFans.com

These are one of my personal favorite flat rides, so it will be an awesome addition to the park! Below is a video from the Cedar Point Screamin' Swing ride, now imagine it being on the side of a small cliff!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cyborg Spin Opens to the Public at 2PM today.

Cyborg Spin at Six Flags Great Adventure is now open!

Guests can climb aboard the spin machine at 2 P.M. today as the media takes to the ride this morning.
The massive arms in action. Pic: @Coastercrew

The Grand Opening! Pic: @ALThrills
The disorienting ride features floor-less seats, leaving riders' feet dangling as they encounter unpredictable flips and turns. The continuous movement in multiple directions delivers a dizzying combination of negative and positive g-forces. The ride is located past "Justice League: Battle for Metropolis" and features a light display that will dazzle the area at night.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Check Out This New Dinosaur Ride Where You Get to Actually Drive.

New Jurassic Park-like Jeep attraction opens at Movieland Park "Pangea".

Movieland Park in Italy is known for its interesting attractions along with basing rides and attractions off of other ride counterparts. They've got a Blues Brother's show, X-factor show, a Hollywood Tower knockoff ride, and quite a few one-of-a-kind rides like Jetboats and a Submarine Simulator. The park  features many one-off attractions instead of a large collection of roller coasters.


The new jeep-ride has a Jurrasic Park-esque soundtrack and features jeeps that you drive yourself, without a track. The off-road style experience features limited-speed jeeps that take you past dinosaurs and a few extra surprises along the way. The ride features a Jeep to drive safely, 1,500 tropical plants, 50 dinosaurs, and 30,000 square meters of dinosaur-fun.


This fan-video of the ride below shows the journey and theming surrounding the ride! An interesting concept that looks to be a perfect family addition to a very interesting park.


Woman Falls From Lake Winnepesaukah Wild Mouse.

Woman falls from the Wild Mouse roller coaster at Lake Winnepesaukah this weekend.

It's unclear how far she fell or where she fell from, but the small mishap has resulted in surgery for the woman. She is expected to be ok.
The wild mouse, "Wild Lightnin'" station and cars. (c)rcdb.com Duane Marden 
"Built in 2001, Wild Lightning is the newest roller coaster at Lake Winnie. The park's website describes it as "a wild coaster ride aboard rails of steel that takes guests through twists, hairpin turns, drops, and curves like nothing else on earth."

The accident happened around 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon. It is still unclear how the woman fell or how far. She was alert and conscious but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Family members tell us the 42-year-old has broken shoulder and was taken to a hospital for surgery. Monday evening, she is listed in fair condition." -wrcbtv.com, the full article can be read here.
The only thing we can guess is the woman fell from the station, which could still be large fall if you were unsuspecting it or fell onto the track, but details are very unknown.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Upgrades Projection Screens

Harry Potter projection screens should be clearer than ever.

Experience darker-darks and clearer scenes with the new projectors that have been put on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Islands of Adventure.

The Forbidden Jourey Castle (c)UOR Blog
"The award-winning attraction has been enhanced to feature 4K-HD and state-of-the-art imagery projection. This means the attraction projects higher-quality imagery that is even more realistic and offers superior clarity, and the sharper images will further submerge you into the storyline.

Don’t worry – the attraction’s storyline and set designs haven’t changed – it’s still the unforgettable thrilling adventure you love. But now, as you fly alongside Harry Potter and his friends, the imagery will clearer than ever. The Golden Snitch feels as if it’s right within your reach. Dementors feel like they’re closer than ever. And the Hungarian Horntail flies straight toward you." -UOR Blog