Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Universal Orlando- What is happening with Wet'N'Wild

If you grew up in Orlando...
...or just spent your vacations there...
Then seeing this rather breaks your heart.

Who didn't have at least one amazing day, normally with friends, over at Wet'n'Wild? We all did, it was rather a right of passage to those of us who grew up in Orlando. The antics, the smell of chlorine and (most importantly) eyeing up the gender of your choice! Also, they had slides!

However, today's news now reveals exactly what Universal Orlando Resort plans to do with the property of Wet'n'Wild, which they purchased in 1998. Later to close it permanently in December 2016, as the park is now set to open it's own water park- Volcano Bay in May 2017.

Again with those awesome MSPaint Skills!

Over here, we see the general property of Wet'N'Wild along Universal Blvd.

Today in a news clip published by Theme Park Insider it's been discovered exactly what will be happening to that property. Can you guess?

Well if you said 'More Hotels' you are correct. Universal has filed permits with the City of Orlando to build additional UOR Hotels on the 64 acres that once housed Wet'n'Wild.

Although there is no comment or information regarding HOW exactly these hotels will connect to the Universal Orlando Property. The likely guess is a shuttle service, which will be an additional increase of traffic on already busy roads. I've seen a few other guesses, fairly far-fetched, about extending the boat canal and even a monorail type deal. However, those would likely be future projects since I can't find any hint of them online (at least, for now).

To me, at least, it seems a bit off for Universal to extend this far outside the typical boundaries and not for park expansion. Rather, more hotel space. Which, if you've ever been down International Drive, has hotels a-plenty.  It's no longer 'on property' so how can they command the rates Universal Orlando enjoys charging for hotels?

Either way, at least we know the fate.. which has always been suspected.

At least we've still got our memories. Even if it is sad another generation won't get to make them for themselves.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Busch Gardens Williamsburg- InvadR Construction Update

 Greetings Folks,
As you know, we're still working over here at ISI but updates have been slow. With the season slowly ramping up we're hoping to have more time available to stop patching in updates! Currently, I can't make any promises as to when those are going to be, but I'm aiming for at least once a week updates!

This WILL get moving again!

Now, As you may know- Busch Gardens Williamsburg has their first wooden roller coaster under construction. InvadR is set to open this season at the park and over the last week or two I've been scrounging for updates, images and information about the ride.

Recently, Busch Gardens Willimsburg has posted up this image, giving us a nice look at the two trains going onto the coaster. Frankly, I think they look amazing! The perfect fit and detail we've come to know and love from such a detail-oriented park!

Image from Attraction Chasers
 Also online lately, a few amazing photos from the awesome folks over at Attraction Chasers, who got in for a hardhat tour of the new ride!

Can you tell I'm jealous yet? Because I am. I so very am! You lucky people!

Now I've got several images from them so let's post the link to their main site!
Attraction Chasers

Image from Attraction Chasers, Those lucky Bastards!
 Honestly, this ride looks like it's going to be simply fun. From these construction photos we can easily guess this newest addition is going to be well themed, fitting into the area of New France.

I did have a few doubts from the layout and blueprints that they'd be able to get a good coaster into this area. Well, this will teach me to stop having doubts!

Image from Attraction Chasers

Finally, we get a look at the lift hill for InvadR. Still not much news about the ride building or anything else involved with the coaster but from these photos, we can see things are well on the way for the opening!

Just in case you missed it, Busch Gardens has this to say about the ride-
"In 2017, a great battle will ensue in the trappers' village of New France. Vikings will invade, forcing the trappers to defend their village. Invade new territory on the first wooden coaster at Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg. The 74-foot drop makes it a force to be feared and nine airtime hills wait to be conquered by bold warriors. Chart a course through the winding frontier at 48 mph and claim eternal glory for your crew." 

That is all for now. We hope to bring you more news soon. 

And again, make sure you thank those lucky folks at Attraction Chasers for the images!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Where we have been and where we are going..

  Hey Folks, Carrie here.
It's time to address a few things, mostly where ISI has been and where we plan to go in the future. However, that is going to take a bit of time so go get yourself a drink!  I'll wait.

...still waiting.


Alright, enough of that!

Now, as some of you may have noticed, ISI hasn't been very active this year. In fact, we've been almost dead as far as some of you may be concerned. That, however, is very far from the truth. I'm alive and still here, the rest of the ISI team? Not so much.

As some may know from following me on social media, Kitsune and I have decided to go our separate ways both in blogging and in real life. We remain friends but don't anticipate working together as much in the future.. that's about it. As for Alex, she'd been busy with her own life and doesn't have the time anymore. So, as you can see, the ISI team has come down to... just me!  I'm still here and I still love you!

...that said, I've also been very busy this year with getting my own life back on track. Living alone and getting my own goals into place has taken up a lot of time, this is also including a new adventure, nursing school.  Yes, I've taken on the most insane thing and decided to become an LPN.

So life has been crazy, busy and a real adventure.

The State of InSanity lurks Inside and the Future-

Yes, we WILL remain a theme park and amusement park blog. New and updates may be slow considering school and clinical schedules but with 2017, I am promising to get back on the ball and more out there. Visits may be fewer and travel might be limited but I will endevor to keep things moving in the proper directions!

Also, there will be more little bits added in. Sometimes about real life, sometimes about travel that may not be park related! While I might not have gotten to many of the parks in 2016 due to both life and finances, I did get to take some new and interesting trips!

I adventured out to Chicago in April with friends from online. Now that was an adventure!

 Also went out to Minnesota to visit friends now that was also an adventure! Also, I  got to prove the work will not, in fact END if I cross the Mississippi river!

As you can see, I'm still here and on the move!
I'm going to start documenting these adventures and travels, which I will be peppering in with Theme Park and Amusement Park News plus some random bits.

I am still here and we're going to begin bringing you all new things in 2017!  InSanity lurks Inside will rise again! 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Breaking - Kings Island Announces Mystic Timbers Coaster for 2017!

We've been teased for the past couple of weeks of the big announcement from Kings Island for their 2017 project, and at long last, we're finally here! So, just what is coming to the park? What could possibly be bigger than the Banshee announcement? Well, look no further...

The creation from GCI marks the park's newest and baddest coaster to be added to the family of already insane creations. So, let's get right to it and stop waxing poetic about the whole thing.

Mystic Timbers will be located in the Rivertown section of the park. Already home to The Beast and Diamondback, the newest creation from GCI looks to be one insane addition to the park. The lift hill will be 109ft and the first drop 97ft. Traveling at 53mph this one is going to one wild ride through the trees and cover 3m265ft of track as you fight against nature itself. The ride itself will feature 16 airtime hills and an extreme S-turn feature.

There's been talk about a shed, and this is sounding very much like what's going on with Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Is it a drop track, marking the first ever wooden coaster with such a feature? Something else all together twisted? They're not saying, but it definitely smells like something that's similar in nature.

Here's some of the official word from Kings Island on the parks 16th coaster!
"Themed to an area surrounding a lumber company becoming overrun by a mysterious medusa-like overgrowth of vines as nature reclaims its land, Mystic Timbers will be 3,265 feet in length, reach 109 feet in height and weave along steep cliffs, down ravines, cross over water and go through an extreme S-turn, among a forest of trees, at speeds up to 53 mph.

The ride will feature a total of 16 airtime hills, a mid-course tunnel and interact with parts of the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad and White Water Canyon attractions."
Check out more details and the POV below!