Sunday, December 10, 2017

Six Flags Cancels Snowball Fight Due to Snow

It's No Joke, Six Flags Had To Cancel Their Snowball Fight Due To Snow.

Six Flags Ofer Georgia had to cancel their Holiday in the Park event due to a snow storm. 

Six Flags in Austell had this 1,000-person snowball fight with fake snowballs planned for Saturday, right? But when real snow blanketed metro Atlanta with the real stuff, it got real really fast. And so, Six Flags announced on Twitter that the Cobb County amusement park would not open Saturday and reopen Sunday. The Six Flags tweet came at 1:17 a.m., about 12 hours before the event was supposed to occur. And it really wouldn’t matter because the Georgia Department of Transportation is still asking folks to remain off the roads. 
Six Flags Cancels Snow Ball Fight, Too Much Real Snow on Ground.
(Six Flags Over Georgia)

And it wasn't only Georgia, Six Flags Great Adventure also canceled their record-breaking snowball fight due to the snow storm.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Alton Towers New Videos + Time Lapse

Alton Towers has released new videos on their Youtube page. One is another challenge video, with the other being a time lapse. Check them out below! Check out Alton Towers Youtube here.

Time Lapse Video Screenshot

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Holiday Park New Indoor Area

Holiday Park New Indoor Area

New Indoor Area from Holiday Park in Germany to Open Summer 2018.

An indoor area is planned to be built at Holiday park for the 2018 season. The 6000-square meter (64,000-square foot) building is 12-meters high and features a family roller coaster, a giant slide, and two carousels. The new area will have a total of 7 new rides and is estimated at a cost of 7.5-8 million Euros. 
CEO Steve Van Den Herkhof said Monday to that the new indoor area is the parks largest investment ever since it was taken over by Plopsa in 2010. Theming of the indoor area will include characters from cartoons and animated films.

Artwork from Holiday Park of the new area.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Interesting Watch: History of Drachen Fire

Busch Garden's Drachen Fire is a coaster loved by enthusiasts that have never ridden the ride. Otherwise, reviews are very much love or hate for the rough ride. Defunctland on YouTube has uploaded a great new video showcasing its history. Take a look below!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Construction, ICON Goes Vertical

ICON at Blackpool pleasure beach is beginning to rise into the Blackpool skyline.

Pictures have surfaced of ICON going vertical!
The 3,750-foot long ride is slated to open for the 2018 season and will be Blackpool's second tallest and second fastest coaster after the Big One.

Theme Park WorldWide, Instagram. 

Pictures are from Autoridecount on twitter.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Holidays Are Showing in Theme Parks Around the Globe.

The Holidays Are Here. Theme Parks Winter Celebrations Begin Around The Globe!

Tis the season, Christmas in the parks are finally here. A time where lights fill the midways and Santa visits his favorite parks.

Seasonal shows and Christmas events scatter the amusement park world during this time, here's a look at our favorites of what's going on where! 

Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure and Hollywood's Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts. From the singing frog choir to The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, there's always something to see or do at Universal during the Holidays. "Using the latest in projection-mapping technology, Hogwarts Castle will completely transform this holiday season. A spell will be cast on the Castle, illuminating it in festive décor, candlelight and moments inspired by the films."

Holiday Lights at Hogwarts Universal
Hogwarts Castle (Universal)
Holidays at Universal are filled with fantastic festivities and seasonal shows including the popular "Macy's Holiday Parade," at Universal Orlando.

Disney Parks go big for the holidays, from resorts to the parks, Christmas-time fills the Disney Resorts with endless activities. Ride's themed to the holidays and shows in the parks make it one of the best places to be for the holidays. From Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there's so much to do at Disney. Check out Disney World's and Disneyland's activities.

Tivoli Garden's is where Walt Disney got many inspirations from for Disneyland, and their Christmas celebration is one of the most beautiful in the world. "Join us for Christmas in Tivoli, where this year you can enjoy a magical Christmas trip from the old station building in Wheelbury. In front of the station, the engine and carriages will be bursting with Christmas food, sweets, and gift ideas, while children can let off steam in Tivoli's Christmas ride, the Winged Wheel, or take a trip on the Elf Train.
You can also enjoy a twilight tour of the Gardens, sparkling as always with thousands of beautiful Christmas lights and snowflakes glittering on the fir trees." -Tivoli. Tivoli is like nothing in the world, right in the middle of a bustling city, the small park takes you out of the city and puts you right into one of the most relaxing and beautiful theme parks in the world.

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas is covered with lights strung as far as the eye can see, and has, of course, some of the best holiday shows any park in the world offers, from the "Parade of Many Colors" to "Christmas in the Smokies," Dollywood is unlike an other holiday celebration around. "Gather the family for the Parade of Many Colors! This returning spectacle is sure to become one of your favorite traditions. Catch it nightly on operating days!" Dollywood also brings a Christmas classic to life during the holiday season. "Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, audiences will love this addition to our Christmas season." 

Six Flags Parks around the country are participating in Holiday in the Park, the seasonal celebration with thrill rides, sledding, dazzling lights, special seasonal entertainment, and more! The events run now through December at Six Flags Over Texas, Fiesta Texas, Discovery Kingdom, Mexico, Magic Mountain, Over Georgia, Great Adventure, St. Louis, America, and New England. Most attractions and shows are included with your 2018 season pass!

Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas featuring Christmas in Midtown. This year's display will be the biggest yet and is expected to see 400,000 visitors from now through December, approximately 1/5 of the expected 2.1 million attending the theme park this year. The park added over 1.5 million lights this year!

Cedar Fair Parks Winterfest takes place with seasonal shows and thrills. "Live shows include a nightly tree lighting, carolers throughout the park, "It's Christmas, Snoopy!" ice show and more. Holiday crafters will design unique creations and guests will interact with the countless holiday characters, including Jack Frost, Candy Cane, and the Sugar Plum Fairy." -Cedar Fair. *Shows are different from park to park and subject to change.

Kings Island Logo - Winterfest 2018
Winterfest at Kings Island is making it's return after a 12-year hiatus! (Kings Island)
The Winterfest celebrations are taking place at Kings Island, California's Great America, Worlds of Fun, and Carowinds. The parks all have different hours from now through December 30, check the park's website for operating hours.

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland in London has the seasonal rides and ice skating right in the center of the city! It's a sight to be seen as Hyde Park is transformed into an amusement park filled with tasty treats and loads of rides! The infamous Munich Looping is back, the world’s largest transportable roller coaster. This famous ride from the popular Oktoberfest in Munich, made its UK debut at Winter Wonderland last year.
Olympia Looping Travelling oOller Coaster
Olympia Looping! 

Phantasialand Winter Dream is a celebration like no other! Or rent a private room for Fantastic Christmas, "Your guests will be left in awe before they have even stepped inside: Winding past an illuminated waterfall, they will reach a huge gateway under a majestic light dome, where the shimmering, secret underground world of Wuze Town will unfold before their eyes.
Fantastical light effects blend with cutting-edge design to create a mysterious, enchanting atmosphere full of splendor and wonder – there is no venue more thrilling than this, the perfect spot for an extra-special celebration!" Either way, Phantasialand will make you enjoy the holidays like you never have before!

Europa-Park Magical Winter Season "Step inside an unforgettable winter wonderland, packed full of festive charm, magical moments, and seasonal surprises - experience Europa-Park at the most wonderful time of the year.  Cobbled pathways twinkle with thousands of fairy lights and sparkling baubles, thick snowflakes float down upon 2,500 local Christmas trees between cozy log fires and magical 3D projections, and the festive aromas of mulled wine and freshly roasted almonds waft through the air.

Whether you are looking for snow-covered adventure or just some cozy Christmas comforts, there is something for everyone to enjoy during Europa-Park’s winter season." The park is open through the 7th of January.

Holidays at Europa-Park Germany
Europa Park

Thursday, November 23, 2017

HangTime Construction Update + POV

Hangtime at Knotts Berry Farm is Taking Shape.

Knotts Berry Farm New Coaster for 2018 is quickly rising into the skyline at the park. The new ride features a 150-foot vertical lift hill with a 96-degree drop.
The first pullout is complete. (@themeparkduo)
Another angle of the pullout (Knotts Berry Farm)
The top of the lift is taking shape nicely. (Knotts Berry Farm)
A full POV of the ride has been released and can be viewed below via the Zachary Strader Youtube Channel. Riders hang at a 60-degree angle for a few seconds before being thrown into the 96-degree drop. 5 inversions follow on the ~2,200 feet of track.

Black Friday Is Here Early.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Multi-Million Dollar Waterpark Expansion For Holiday World, Plus Voyage Trackwork.

Multi-Million Dollar Waterpark Expansion For Holiday World, Plus Voyage Trackwork.

Holiday World Plans Multi-Million Dollar Expansion

Holiday World plans to expand their water park next year with a large kiddie-expansion. A water slide complex with 8 junior-sized slides is planned, along with a wave pool. The complex will be elephant themed and is said to be named "Tembo Falls."
Tembo Falls, Image: Holiday World

Along with the announcement of Tembo Falls, Holiday World is planning improvements to The Voyage roller coaster. Wooden coasters need attention quite often due to the and Holiday World takes care of their wooden coasters better than parks around the world. In previous years we've seen re-tracks of the Raven and Legend coasters. 

The total cost of the new water park and Voyage enhancements are said to be at $3.5 Million.
The Voyage coaster has been voted #1 wooden coaster in the world more than any other coaster. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

New Star Wars Blueprints Reveal Exciting Details.

New Star Wars Blueprints Show Exciting New Details for the Disney Park's New Themed Area.

Star Wars at Disney is a major project that may be the most anticipated current amusement park project.

Orange Country Register got their hands on some pretty cool plans, that show off the ride systems as well as the layout of the land quite well. The plans are from Disneyland, but we expect them to be quite similar at Disney World as well.
“Once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel,” said Scott Trowbridge, portfolio creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering. “Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space." -OCRegister
Orange Country Register
Star Wars will be one of Disney's most themed-lands to date, with multiple rides, shows and food areas. From the graphic above, we can gather a bit more details. First of all, the large circles in the construction images from last week, are in fact the show rooms for the Millennium Falcon ride. A circular, projection ride.

Droids will be roaming the land and have specific charging stations throughout. Also, expect drones in the air themed to specific Star Wars themes. You'll be able to meet the real R2D2 as he roams around the land!

The blueprints also reveal the name "Alcatraz," which could be a code name, for the new First Order ride. They also show an eight-person ride vehicle that looks somewhat similar to the systems used at Universal Orlando in rides such as Spider-Man. With projection screens showing scenes as well as real props, the ride sounds very familiar to many of the ride systems at Universal Parks.

The Millenium Falcon is an enourmous 100-feet across, which just shows you the scale of the rest of the area! "Trowbridge, the Disney Imagineer, has previously said If a visitor does a good job flying the ship, that person will receive some kind of galactic credit. If a guest leaves the ship banged up, a bounty might be placed on the visitor’s head." -OCR

Expect light-sabres much like Universal's "Wands" at Harry Potter Land. Many shapes and sizes, you'll most likely be able to purchase sabres that your favorite hero or villain carries in the movies, or, of course, find one that fits yourself perfectly.

One large restaurant in the center of the land is the main eatery for the area, which seems to feature a bar, full service, and quick service area.