Friday, January 30, 2015

Final Piece of Track Installed at Carowinds for Fury 325!

Well, it's official. The final piece of track for the Carowind's newest coaster, Fury 325, has gone into place. Earlier today they finished off the 6,600ft long track with the final piece being installed. Seriously, this is one big and long coaster that boasts a ride time of 3min 25sec and is going to be one helluva ride with that drop from 325ft and speeds reaching 93mph+. 

So, here's a look at the final piece of track going into place for the world's tallest and fastest traditional coaster. Congrats to B&M and Carowinds. Now we wait for testing and opening day!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29th: Fury 325 update

Hello Peoples!!!

So this is going to be a small yet important update because Carowinds just posted up a photo of the track and there is one piece of track left to go!!!

Waiting for the final piece!! (pulled from Facebook)
According to Carowinds the final piece will be installed tomorrow sometime but I wanted to show everyone this lovely photo. Isn't the sunset pretty too?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Opening Date for Knott's Berry Farm's Voyage to the Iron Reef Announced!

Knott's Berry Farm has announced that their all new 4-D Dark Ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef will be opening on May 15th, 2015. The ride, taking the long unused space that once housed Kingdom of the Dinosaurs and Knott's Bear-y Tales, was announced back in November and is similar to Wonder Mountain's Guardian at Canada's Wonderland.

As we talked about during the announcement, riders will descend into a steampunk filled world of madness that's inhabited by all manner of strange and bizarre sea creatures that have become what they eat. And, these guys? They're hungry for steel.

It's a completely bonkers concept, but really love it and some of the earlier concept art shows just what's happening below the surface. 

That's not all though, we've got a little bit of a video teaser from the folks at Knott's as well that shows off just what kind of steampunk insanity is lurking in the depths.

Definitely cool to see another Triotech ride coming to the Cedar Fair parks and hopefully this one is just as fun as the one in Canada. It'll be a while before we get a chance to visit Knott's again, but anyone that does, we'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of the new ride this May!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

January 19th: Fury325 update

Hello peoples!!!!

I hope that everyone is having a good evening or a good day depending on where you live.  So this evening I've got two new photos for your enjoyment.

So here is just a random photo of some of the Fury325 steel being fabricated at the factory:

Found this on Carowinds's Twitter
Yes, I made this photo bigger but I think it's neat to see the track being worked on.

Now on to the awesome picture...THE TRAINS HAVE ARRIVED!!! or at least one of them, lol

This was taken from Carowinds's Facebook page
So I'm still not a fan of the lime green, but I do like the pattern on the car. Obviously they're following their own pattern with the three stripes that make up the wings and the stinger down the center. To be honest I feel like the front is too dull, they make the track and color scheme bright and shiny but the car is just gray/silver.

But that is just my thoughts on things, what does everyone else think?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

B&M Dive Machine Coming to Cedar Point in 2016?

Well, it would appear that the rumors are circulating something fierce on this one thanks to a memo that was leaked/uncovered by the Sandusky Register. It would appear that a communication from the famed Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) coaster design firm is firmly hinting at a new coaster coming to Cedar Point in 2016.

So, just what is in the uncovered document? Well, it would seem like one of the design firm's dive machines will be coming to the park. At a price tag of around $15mil, it does seem like a likely fit and the park already has a healthy stable of coasters from B&M, as do many Cedar Fair parks around North America.

One of the things that makes this rumor a little more concrete is that the area the park has currently marked for redevelopment isn't that large. By design, most dive machines are compact in nature thanks to steep lift hills and their typical 90 degree first drops, allowing for a much smaller space to be utilized by them.

Given the fact that demolition has started on the Good Time Theater, the area around it could be a good fit. This is in spite of a couple of other rides in the area. I'm sure that they could work around them if they wanted or possibly go in other directions with the layout as well.

Interestingly enough, the proposed ride from B&M also included specs as well. According to the report, the coaster would feature a height of 223 feet with a total length of 3,625 feet and a top speed of 80 mph.  The ride will feature several elements including a vertical drop in a tunnel, an Immelmann, a 270-degree roll, a banked curve, a “looping,” an Immelmann with a half-roll exit, a second drop, a camel back and a spiral with a total of four inversions.

If those stats are anything to be believed, it would not only make it the tallest and longest coaster of its type in the world, but also with the most inversions and tallest. The tallest currently, Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Griffon at 205'. The only other coaster of its kind in the United States is Sheikra at Busch Gardens Tampa.  Curious what it's like to ride one of these beasts? Got ya covered from our ride on Griffon earlier in 2014.

Now, this is only one proposal the park is looking at for 2016, and we won't know for sure if this is exactly what's coming, but it would make sense if they wanted to get another record breaker for the Cedar Fair family of parks.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

March Concert Lineup Announced for Busch Gardens Tampa's First Food & Wine Festival

It looks like more and more things are getting in order for Busch Gardens Tampa's first Food & Wine Festival that's coming to the park starting on March 7th and runs through April 26th.

While we don't have any details on the menu that will be featured, they have just released the list of musical performances that will be held on weekend nights during the run of the event.

Right now we only know of who will be performing during the month of March, but stay tuned as I'm sure more will be announced in the next few weeks. So, who's going to be there? Look no further!
  • Saturday, March 7 - Gavin DeGraw
  • Sunday, March 8 - Fifth Harmony
  • Saturday, March 14 - Kool & The Gang
  • Sunday, March 15 - Boys Like Girls
  • Saturday, March 21 - Kenny Rogers
  • Sunday, March 22 - Pentatonix
  • Saturday, March 28 - Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Sunday, March 29 - El Gran Combo
Definitely an interesting and eclectic mix of great performers and gives a little something for everyone at the same time. Going to have to keep an eye out to see who they add for the April dates of the events. As soon as we know we'll give you all the details!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 8th: Fury325 update

Hello peoples!!!!

I know it's been a bit since I've done an update but I wanted to wait until there were a bunch of pictures to share with everyone to make this enjoyable for all.

So to skip with the pleasantries and onto the fun!!!

Travel Channel reporters walking on the hill for a special that air's next summer
Another photo of the Travel Channel film crew