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01 November 2009 @ 12:52 pm
All icons are made from real images of Michael Jackson's Neverland estate. Many of the artifacts & rides were modeled after or custom-made by the creations and creators of the original Disneyland.

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07 March 2009 @ 06:58 am
I'd hate to see this great community die off, and considering that the amusement park season rolls ever closer (or is already here, for those in the southern US), I figured it's worth breathing some new life into this group.

Diamondback, Kings Island's new B&M hypercoaster, was completed in January and began testing last weekend. I took a construction site tour of the coaster on February 21st. This ride is going to be absolutely amazing! It dominates not only the entire Rivertown area of the park, but the whole skyline. It is visible from miles away when approaching the park from the south. You can't avoid staring at it when you're on I-71 because Diamondback is so big and graceful.

Manta, the B&M flyer going in at SeaWorld looks about ready to start testing, and the new trains are looking great. I can't wait to see photos of it when the theming areas are completed. The queue will be a highly-themed ray exhibit which will serve not only to entertain those waiting for the coaster, but will also be an exhibit for those who do not want to ride the coaster but still want to enjoy the rays.

And Prowler, at Worlds of Fun, is shaping up to be a monster of a wood terrain coaster. It looks to be moving along right on time to open for the 2009 season.

In other amusement park news, Hard Rock Park has found a buyer who is looking to reopen the park that went into bankruptcy after it's inaugural season. They hope to have the park up and running on Memorial Day weekend, with rumors of some new flat rides being added. There is no word whether the Hard Rock theming will be staying or going. InBev is searching for a buyer for the Busch and SeaWorld theme parks, though nothing official has been said about who might be interested in buying.

Under the cut, you shall find pictures of my home park, Kings Island, during winter rehab and construction photos of Diamondback and the video of the first test runs. Do not click if you have a slow connection, it is very image heavy!

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21 August 2008 @ 08:01 pm
Hey everyone, I'm glad I found a group of park and coaster enthusiasts. I'm from the Pittsburgh area, so obviously Kennywood is my favorite. I figured this would be the best place to ask if anyone knows where I can find info on old parks that aren't around anymore? The one I'm looking for was active in the very early 20th century, called "Dream Park" in Wilkinsburgh, PA. I've found next to nothing on the net, so I'm hoping someone here will know where else I should look. Thanks!
 
 
07 August 2008 @ 03:15 am
From Dayton Daily News:
(original article here: http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/08/06/pjm080608kirideweb.html?cxntlid=080608 )

Kings Island: It's The Diamondback, a $22M, 5,280-foot coaster
New steel coaster will go 80 mph, feature 10 vertical drops including 215 feet.


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

"The Diamondback" will snake its way through Kings Island in 2009.

You'll be able to ride Kings Island's newest attraction, a $22 million steel roller coaster, at its debut in April 2009. It'll be more than 5,280 feet — over a mile — long and travel up to 80 mph, and at its tallest it'll be 230 feet.

The first drop will be 215 feet and there will be 10 vertical drops including drops of 193 feet, 131 feet, 129 feet, 110 feet and 106 feet. A ride will be three minutes in duration.

"It's the biggest announcement in the 36-year history of Kings Island," said Kings Island spokesman Don Helbig at a 2 p.m. press conference today, Aug. 6, at the Mason park.

"This is something we've been looking for since June 30, 2006," Kings Island Vice President and General Manager Greg Scheid said. "We're thrilled to announce everything that's coming."

Although it is significantly smaller than The Beast, measured at 7,400 feet, each train on the new ride holds 32 people in eight attached cars. The track will run over a splash pond near the end of the ride.




Two things.
1. I nailed it. Big coaster with a splash pond. My eyes weren't deceiving me after all - the track colors are even correct.
2. This thing is going to be SICK. I can't wait to ride it!
Here's a link to King's Island website all about it - including CGI images and videos!
http://www.kidiamondback.com/
 
 
02 August 2008 @ 12:17 am
Well, my husband and I are back from our trip to Cedar Point. We spent four days there in celebration of our second anniversary. It took four days, but we managed to ride EVERY ride in the park. Flat rides AND coasters. We rode front seat on Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, Magnum XL-200 and Disaster Transport; and second seat on Raptor, Mantis, Mean Streak and Gemini. I think we rode third seat on everything else, simply for the fact third seat was walk-on and first and second weren't.

I've ridden all the coasters before except Maverick (which is new since my last visit), so here's my quick rundown review of them all!

Blue Streak - surprisingly violent, but I always love a good woodie.
Cedar Creek Mine Ride - short, a bit rough, not worth waiting more than 5 minutes for.
Corkscrew - smoother than I expected. Lots of fun to flip over the midway and look down at the people above/below you.
Disaster Transport - a lot darker than I remember, fast and fun. The only bobsled coaster I've ever ridden or know the location of.
Gemini - hands down the smoothest coaster I've ever ridden. Loved the race aspect, it was neck and neck to the end, but when it came to the finish, our train was a smidge ahead!
Iron Dragon - much more fun than Top Gun/Flight Deck/whatever it's called now. The mist through the 'pretzel' just adds the little 'oomph' it needs.
Magnum XL-200 - ow, my legs. TONS of airtime, but at the cost of bruises on the top of your thighs.
Mantis - hurt my ears a lot, but reminded me that I miss stand-up coasters. Hoping Kings Island will see the return of a stand-up soon and that they can come up with one even half as great as Mantis.
Maverick - quite possibly the most violent steel coaster I've experienced (close tie with Ninja at SFOG). Neat concept with the 95° drop, lots of airtime, and unexpected corkscrews, but they need to come up with a better restraint system that doesn't bang your head around. Waited an hour for it, wouldn't wait that long again, definitely not longer.
Mean Streak - just as violent as I remembered, but once again, I love a good woodie, and this is definitely a good one if you don't mind a headache.
Millennium Force - still my favorite ride at CP. The first drop in the front seat is amazing, and I love that it's not only high and fast, it's also fairly long. Lots of high speed banked turns, air time, and speed. My eyes were watering. A lot.
Raptor - I do like suspended coasters quite a bit, and Raptor's a shining gem among them. Nice and long, lots of twists and turns, but the G-forces do push you down pretty hard. My legs kind of hurt a bit afterwards.
Top Thrill Dragster - in the front seat. Holy crap. Awesome. Just wish it was longer. A very, very close second for my favorite coaster at CP.
Wicked Twister - Love the extended weightlessness at the top of the towers. I'm a HUGE fan of powered launch coasters, so this one gets an extra check mark for that. Caught it as a walk-on, thought about riding again because it's so fun, but decided to run over and jump onto MaXair before close instead.
Wildcat - cute and fun, but feels way too much like a mobile carnival ride. Couldn't they make it ... more substantial or something?

I took a TON of pictures and posted them on my Flickr account for all of your enjoyment! http://www.flickr.com/photos/violakat03/sets/72157606495592725/

 
 
 
23 July 2008 @ 12:18 pm
Anyone have any theories on what the newest ride to King's Island will be? We were there yesterday and it's definitely showed a lot more progression since when we were there a month ago. It is definitely a roller coaster - they're trying to hide the large section of track that is ready to be placed, but I sure saw it! It's dark red - similar to Firehawk's color, but it looked like a light grey base instead of black. It appears that it's going to be a BIG coaster ... when riding the train, they pointed out the section behind The Crypt (formerly Tomb Raider) where it's being built, but they've also drained the pond near the Beast/Vortex/Italian Job and are building in there also - that's also where the "coming 2009" signs are posted.

So, to me, it looks like maybe a coaster going over the entire midway of Rivertown and possibly with a water feature, as they're building concrete retention areas and what looks like fountains.

King's Island will be announcing what the ride is on 08.06.08 on their website, I will have to remember to look then!

4 days of Cedar Point countdown: 5 days!
 
 
01 July 2008 @ 10:21 am
Hi everyone, I just joined this lovely community.  I love roller coasters, although I don't get to enjoy them as much as I'd like to.  :)  I'm trying to talk the hubby into taking a trip soon.  We usually book 2 days at Lighthouse Point.  I love those little cabins, anyone else stay in them before?  Anyway---this year will be exciting.  My son just turned 6 and he is dying to go on a roller coaster and I finally think he is tall enough to go on a couple of them.  Last year he was mad he couldn't get on the Iron Dragon.  He walked up to the stick where you get measured.  The guy said he wasn't tall enough, he got mad and kicked the stick, said "stupid rollercoaster" and walked away pouting. :( LOL.  Okay it was funny at the time.

1. What is your favorite roller coaster? Old time favorites are both the Iron Dragon and the Gemini.  New favorite is the Maverick.
2. Your favorite flat ride?  Um....bumper cars?  Oh wait, it's totally the Zipper!  I love that ride. :)
3. How long have you been a fan of roller coasters? Ever since my parents forced me to go on the Magnum with my brother the year it opened. (more about that later)
4. What amusement park do you consider to be your "home park?"  I live in Michigan so Cedar Point is only about 2.5 hours away. My family used to get together for our annual trip to CP. About 20 of us who would go, we'd take several cars, leave at the butt crack of dawn, stop off at Mickey D's when we got to Ohio for breakfast then get to the park around 9:30am.  It was a family tradition and it sucks that we don't do it anymore. :(   The corkscrew was the first coaster I ever went on.  
5. What is the longest amount of time you've waited in line for a coaster?  I remember crying while waiting in line for the Magnum when it first opened.  No not out of excitement, out of fear.  My parents were going on it and my brother had no one to ride it with him, so they MADE me.  I balled my eyes out through the entire two and a half hour wait.  After I got off it, you couldn't wipe the smile from my face.  I was hooked.
6. What amusement parks have you visited?  I'm deprived....I've only been to Cedar Point.  I'd love to try out some other places but I just LOVE CP and when we actually have time to plan a trip and go,  I can't imagine going anywhere else.
7. Are you 42" or taller?   Yes but I'm only 5'1 so I can't even go on the Witches Wheel by myself!
 
 
Current Mood: nostalgic
 
 
30 June 2008 @ 12:02 pm
I jumped two fences.
I tried to get my hat back.
Now, I don't need one.
 
 
 
31 May 2008 @ 03:51 pm
I've recently moved to the DC area. One of my new co-workers has expressed interest in a trip to King's Dominion, as has my new girlfriend, and a few of my friends. I am still trying to overcome a fear of roller coasters, and I was mildly successful last fall.

Can anyone here who is familiar with both Cedar Point and King's Dominion (perhaps those of you with Cedar Fair passes) help me out by giving me a plan of rides I can take, and a target for rides I might strive for to advance my riding abilities? Last fall, I went to Cedar Point, and I made it to Gemini before having a panic attack. If you want further detail, I made a public post here about that trip.
 
 
10 January 2008 @ 08:19 pm
BLOOMBERG UNVEILS NEW PLAN FOR CONEY ISLAND
By RICH CALDER

November 8, 2007 -- Coney Island's fabled beachfront area would become home to America's largest urban amusement park, about 4,500 new apartments and a bunch of major retail establishments under a grand plan unveiled today by Mayor Bloomberg.

The goal of the rezoning plan is to turn the rundown summer amusement area into a year-round attraction – but without giving up the freakishness for which Coney is so well known.

City renderings show the new amusement park incorporating the landmark Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel with new indoor and outdoor attractions - including a new, looping roller coaster winding around the park and a new, iconic ride rivaling the size and shape of the 262-foot-high Parachute Jump.

Property at the base of the Wonder Wheel would be set aside for an ice skating/roller skating rink.

"When you combine that with the aquarium and with KeySpan Park, we will have 50 contiguous acres of public park with the best in recreation that Brooklyn or New York has to offer," Bloomberg said.

The mayor's plans for a new 21st Century Coney Island seem to signal a death knell for developer Thor Equities' controversial $1.5 billion proposal to build a Vegas-glitz entertainment complex in the heart of the amusement district. The administration isn't providing zoning needed for that project to break ground.

But Bloomberg's long-anticipated plan includes rezoning 47 acres of prime Coney Island real estate running along the boardwalk from W. 24th Street east to the New York Aquarium on W. 8th Street.

The proposed zones set aside 15 acres for the amusement park running from Stillwell Avenue east to the Aquarium - much of which is part of the existing Astroland Park site and other land owned by Thor CEO Joe Sitt.

The city would need to acquire Sitt's land and other privately owned parcels before choosing a partner to develop the urban amusement park.

World-famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen has expressed interest in expanding to Coney Island, as have other amusement operators.

Land directly above the new park near Surf Avenue - some of which is also owned by Sitt - is expected to someday house hotels totaling 500 to 600 units, indoor and outdoor performance venues, retail space, restaurants and a movie theater, officials said.

About 20 percent – or 900 - of the 4,500 units of new housing would be set aside as affordable for low- and middle-income families.

The entire rezoning plan must go through the city's land use review process, which includes public hearings and requires approval of the City Council and other governing bodies. City officials said they have no immediate plans to acquire any private land through eminent domain.

The city hopes to break ground in 2009 and that the overall project would take 10 to 20 years to complete.