Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thunderbird Watch: Holiday World Announces Second Charity Event for Thunderbird!

Can't wait to ride Thunderbird? Well, the folks at Holiday World have opened the taps for another round of donations with Give Kids the World. The first round of donations raised enough money for a family to spend a week at the Give Kids the World Village in Kissimee, Florida. Now, the park has decided to try and do it for a second family as well.

This time, there is no auction, just first come first serve for the first 100 people that donate at least $50 per person. Those that manage to get in will get the chance to experience Thunderbird during the media day event on April 23rd.

Not only will you get the chance to ride the park's newest coaster, and the first ever launched wing coaster in the US, but you'll also get time on The Voyage and Crows Nest as well. That not enough for ya? There will also be a special behind the scenes tour of Thunderbird in the afternoon as well as food and other surprises!

Time is limited on this one as your chance donate will end at 11:59pm on Sunday, April 19th, so if you want to get on the media day event and help out a good cause, head on over to the official donation page!

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POV of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Tempesto Released!

Tempesto, Busch Gardens Williamsburg's newest coaster, still has about a week and half before it opens to the pubic on April 25th, but the park has released the first official POV footage from the ride this week.

As you'll see, there really isn't much to this one and yes, the ride does actually only last for 53 seconds. Not much when you think about Apollo's Chariot, which is right next door.

Not really much else to say on this one other than to point you to the video below and we'll probably have our own at some point this year when we visit.

So, without further ado, let's take a ride on Tempesto!

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The Hatbox Ghost to Rematerialize at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion!

Original Hatbox Ghost Animatronic
Yep, that's right, one of the most iconic characters within Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion will be coming back for a hopefully longer stay than his first stint. It's been long rumored that this very mysterious member of the 999 happy haunts would return, but now it's official.

The Hatbox Ghost is returning to the ride, this May!

Let's just let that sink in for a few there. Okay, we good? How about now? Alright, moving forward then! Some of you may be wondering why this is such a big deal, it's just another in the cast of hundreds within the confines of the Haunted Mansion ride and that's true.

However, the Hatbox Ghost was originally a failure. To put it simply, the effect just didn't work and after months of tinkering, they finally removed him from the ride.

Now, it's been hinted that he never actually left the ride at all, just somewhere else where you couldn't see him. Certainly possible with all the dark nooks and corners within the ride itself and there is the matter that one of the heads that pop up in the cemetery scene being identical to the legendary Hatbox Ghost's as well. So, maybe...just maybe, he's been there all along.

There's no word on when the official date for his reappearance will be or where he'll be implimented within the ride. It would be fitting if he were to return to the attic that he once occupied, but only time will tell on how Disney decides to do this one. We also don't know if he'll be making an appearance at Disney World in Orlando, FL but one can hope, right? For now, here's a little concept art!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

A Look Inside of Laff Trakk at Hersheypark and How You Can be One of the First to Ride!

It's been a while since we've checked in on what Hersheypark has been up to with it's newest coaster, Laff Trakk. However, I think that the wait has been worth it on this one.

Not only do we have shots of what's inside the ride building but also info on how you can become one of the very first riders to take on the world's first and only "Spinning Glow Coaster".

So, that said, let's get down to it and first up we'll go with the first rider info.

It's a pretty simple one, no charity auctions or bidding, just pure chance and a very short window. The park has set up a contest where three lucky winners will be picked at random. The winners, along with 3 guests each will get the VIP treatment for the Laff Trakk Glow Party and get to enjoy the entire park as well.

The contest runs now thru midnight tonight. That's right, just one day to get in on this, so if you're wanting a chance, head on over to the site and fill out of the form!

Now, there was that whole matter of what's inside. Got ya covered there too! Here's some lights on pictures that were taken recently during testing!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Thunderbird Watch: Night Testing Begins for Holiday World's Newest Coaster!

Earlier this week, the folks at Holiday World started doing night tests of their newest coaster, Thunderbird. With the opening to the public less than two weeks away, it's great to see everything coming together. One thing that we didn't quite anticipate? The lights on the side of the trains!

Seriously, those things are way awesome and the video below that was posted up by the park a couple of nights ago really shows off how they shine.

Thunderbird is shaping up to be a contender for one of the best coasters of 2015 without a doubt and we're happy to announce that the entire ISI team will be on hand for the Thunderbird Media Event next Thursday. So, stay tuned for live coverage of the newest beast to roam the woods of Holiday World!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Coney Island's Cyclone Stuck on Opening Day

Image from HuffPost News
Coney Island's 'Cyclone' Evacuated on Opening Day.

It seems Luna Park at Coney Island isn't off to an excellent start for the 2015 season.

On Saturday, the parks opening day, the first public riders on Cyclone had to be evacuated and walked from the ride by employees when the coaster had a cable within the lift hill motor snap. This stalled the roller coaster's train on the lift-hill making it impossible to continue on it's journey. While riders were in no danger, thanks for the roller coasters anti-rollback system, it was a long walk down.

All riders were safely escorted from the ride and the staff of Coney Island have stated this is a simple fix for their classic roller coaster. They expect to have Cyclone up and running for next Saturday, April 4th, the parks second weekend of operation.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Impulse POV Released as Testing Begins at Knoebels!

The wait is coming to a close, as Knoebels newest, and first all steel coaster, has begun testing! Yesterday, via the park's Facebook page, they announced that the testing phase for Impulse has begun and only a few hours later, video was posted up as well.

It should be noted, that the footage they provided was from a camera mounted on a test car, but they have promised additional footage from the actual trains at a later point. Once they have that up, we'll be sure to share it with you right here. For now? Here's a ride on the newest coaster at Knoebels!

Really curious to see what the lift is like, since that's not featured in this video but the rest of the ride looks great and definitely should be a blast to ride. Not much longer until that date comes, either and with the looks of things around the ride, they should make their opening date without an issue at all.

Stay tuned for more info on Impulse at Knoebels and everywhere else that's building for 2015 right here and be sure to follow along with us on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr and Facebook for all the latest!