Saturday, August 15, 2015

Disney Announces Toy Story Land for Disney Hollywood Studios at Disney World

Toy Story Land overview concept art

This is another one of those things that's been long since rumored to be coming to Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Well, today, those rumors can be put to rest as during the Parks & Resorts Panel at the annual D23 Expo, Disney finally unveiled their plans for Toy Story Land. This, along with the earlier announcement of the all new Star Wars Land also coming to Hollywood Studios means that a lot of the park will be changing over the next few years.

As you can, from the concept art, there's a ton of things going on in there. Some rides are going to get improved, such as a third track being added to Toy Story Mania to improve capacity and also a few new rides and experiences as well.

One of those being, The Little Green Men Flying Saucers. It's a spinner ride, but with a little extra twist as "The Claw" will decide who stays and who goes. Sounds pretty interesting there, but without seeing anything specific, can't be sure what that means.

Concept Art of the Slinky Dog Roller Coaster
Slinky Dog Coaster Concept Art
The larger, and dominating feature of the concept art is what will be the Slinky Dog Coaster. Yep, that's right, you get to take a ride on on Slink. Not really sure just what exactly they have planned for this one but it appears that riders will be inside Slinky Dog as they twist and turn through various sections of the park.

Again, we're going to have to wait for more details on this one, but adding a slightly more kid friendly coaster to Hollywood Studios isn't entirely a bad idea at first glance.

So far, that's all that was told about new Toy Story Land expansion project at Disney Hollywood Studios, but you can be sure there's going to be a ton of info coming as we get closer to an opening date. Speaking of that, no clue when that is either. So, stay tuned as more details come out from Disney at this year's D23 Expo and beyond!

Star Wars Land Announced for Disneyland and Disney World Hollywood Studios!

Star Wars logo
Yep, you read that headline right. Just a short while ago, at Disney's annual D23 Expo, the announcement of the long anticipated Star Wars Land was finally made. It was never a matter of "if", but always when with this one.

Now, though? We have the details go along with it and just what guests will be able to expect from this massive new project that will be going on at not just Disneyland but also Disney World.

Since this is a breaking story, we don't have all the details yet, but here's what we do know!

So, just what can we expect? Well, here's the breakdown on things. Both parks will be a massive 14 acres in size. If that doesn't sound big, just think of the fact that this will be taking up most of the space in the existing Disney Hollywood Studios at Disney World for starters.

Concept Art of the Millenium Falcon
The Millennium Falcon on Landing Pad

“We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever," Iger said. "These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

There's at least two new rides coming along with this, and one of them, you'll be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon in one of two new signature attractions coming to each land. The other attraction will put guests right in the middle of a climactic battle. I think the last pic is possibly from that? Hard to say.

Now, for a few more concept pieces to show off just what the future looks like in a park not so far far away.

Star Wars Land Concept Art
More Star Wars Land Concept Art!

Millenium Falcon flying over a city concept art
Possibly for the Millennium Falcon ride?
Stay tuned for more details as we get them on this monster announcement out of Disneyland and Disney World!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tragic Death at Cedar Point

Good morning peoples!!!!

I hope that everyone is doing well this morning and Happy Friday!!

Today's article is regarding the tragic accident that happened yesterday at Cedar Point.  If you haven't heard already, a guest was struck by the Raptor coaster when he entered the restricted area of the ride.  Sadly, due to his injuries the guest passed away.  Thankfully no one on the ride was injured when this occurred.

As you can see in the above photo the fence (if memory serves stands taller than my 5'2" frame) runs around the entire coaster grass creating a safety area for a reason.  The Raptor trains run about 60mph and there is generally two trains running (one loading and one on the track) but it can go up to three.

Once the accident happened CP immediately closed the ride and called authorities. They also posted to their social media pages what had happened.  I give them credit for openly saying what had happened rather then wait for someone else to do it.

From a couple of news sites, the guest (who I will not name out of respect) lost his cell phone on the ride and once he exited he jumped over the fence to retrieve it and was struck.  Now, while I have my opinions, this is the perfect lesson to all amusement/theme park lovers out there.  Your cell phone is NOT worth your life-this is a luxury item that can be replaced, you can not.  What the guest should of done upon realizing that he lost his phone was to alert any park employee who would than alert ride ops who would either hold up the ride for the item to be retrieved or would find the best time to retrieve the item.  Those protective fences are there for a reason!  Any guest can not accurately "time" a ride for safety, depending on weather conditions a coaster train can speed up or slow down along the track.

Please let this be a lesson to all you faithful readers.  Nothing you own is worth your life!  These amusement/theme parks have signs/fences up for your safety-which means they are there for a reason and usually that reason is that you could get injured/die.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Dollywood Announces Lightning Rod - World's Fastest and First Launching Wooden Coaster for 2016!

Well, it looks like the folks at Dollywood have announced yet another unique spin on things for the coaster world, this time with the all new Rocky Mountain Construction coaster, Lightning Rod! Not long ago, all the details were released on this all new groundbreaking wooden coaster. Not only will it be the fastest wooden coaster in the world, but also the world's first launched coaster. Yeah, that's a little crazy. Let's let that sink in for a minute.

Okay, ready? Well, before getting into the specifics, here's the announcement trailer for this insane creation that's coming to the park for the 2016 season.

Not a full POV, but there's a ton of things in there to talk about regardless. So, just what can we expect from this $23million dollar monster?

First off is the launch, with 1,500 Horsepower trains will be sent up a 20 story hill at 45mph. Then, the drop comes, plummeting 165ft at 73 degrees and hitting a top speed of 73mph. From here, it's a race to the finish that features 12 airtime moments spread across the 3/4 of a mile long twisting journey through the hills and woods of Dollywood.

That's not all though, here's a few other elements that will be in the ride:
  • 90+ degree banked "Breaking Wave" turn
  • 90+ degree outside banked "Top Hat"
  • Non-inverting Half Loop
  • Quadruple Down
That's a lot to take in on this one! A few elements I definitely haven't heard of and there's some interesting takes on a few classics as well.

Here's a what Dolly Parton had to say about things as well;
“Lightning Rod reminds me so much of those colorful cars cruisin’ up and down Main Street in downtown Sevierville back when I was in high school. I remember all those souped up cars; but what I remember most were those good lookin’ boys behind the wheel with those flat top and ducktail haircuts,” Dolly Parton said.

“Even better, it’s the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, so I think we’re going to see a lot of people coming from all over to peel out on the Lightning Rod.”
Now, wanna see some rendering shots? Sure ya do!