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!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cedar Point- The Valravn Mystery

Image from Redeit

 When Cedar Point hinted they where keeping a secret about Valravn, the internet responded in shock.

 A local news story hinted the the park still have a few secrets about their newest roller coaster which hadn't yet been made public. Users online quickly checked the webcam and it appears the new ride will come with some kind of tunnel or trench, a themed element to the ride which wasn't hinted at in the original designs.  Cedar Point is keeping this new element a close secret but it's obviously under construction as you read this!

 So? What can it be?

 The quick, easy answer is that it's likely a pass-though building themed to the element of the ride. The truth? We're honestly not sure yet but this is a common design element with roller coasters, which often feature tunnels or trenches to give an added thrill to the attraction!

 However, if your read This Piece from Michigan Live, you'll catch a quick clue- Cedar Point has said these is a part of the queue line, something which 'Cedar Point has never done before'. Which leads me to believe that the queue line may pass right thought or beside this structure.  By doing such, it would let guests get an additional, up close peek at the ride as the coaster train passes though.

 All speculation is abound! Until official word comes from the park, I'm going with this general idea!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Announces Park's First Wooden Coaster for 2017

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced that in 2017, a brand new coaster will be coming to the park. This time, the park's first ever wooden coaster! Yep, that's long last there will be a woodie within the confines of BGW.

There's not a ton of details out about this one just yet, as 2017 is a bit far off, but we do know that the coaster, built by Great Coasters International, will feature a few different elements and we know it's top speed. After a 74ft drop, riders will hit speeds of 48mph and will have 9 air time hills as trains cover over 2100ft of track. Sounds tame, but remember, some of the best coasters in the world aren't the fastest either.

Outside of that, the coaster will be going in the New France section of the park and will be themed around the idea of a Viking invasion where the settlers of New France will have to defend themselves against the invading hordes. Definitely going to be interesting to see just how that plays out with theming and other ride elements. 

Speaking of that, one of the more interesting things about this is that Busch Gardens Williamsburg is involving park goers and coaster fanatics alike to help with the decision making process. Yep, you heard that right. Not only is the name of the new coaster up for a vote right now, you can vote once a day here, but they're also going to be letting everyone vote on certain elements of the ride and theming as well!

And that's about all there is at the moment. Be sure to stick around as we'll definitely be covering the developments of this all throughout the progress, and check out the full trailer for the ride below!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Keansburg Amusement Park to Re-Open 'Spook House' in 2016

 Keansburg Amusement Park to Re-Open 'Spook House' in 2016!

We've got good news for all you fans of Dark Rides and Haunted Houses!

Keansburg Amusement Park in New Jersey has announced today that they plan to finally re-open their classic dark-ride attraction 'The Spook House' for their 112th season.

Not only is Keansburg Amusement Park the oldest operating Amusement Park in New Jersey, it's been working since 2012 to rebuild ever since Super Storm Hurricane Sandy tried to wipe the park from the map. The ride had previously been an attraction at the park since the 1930's and is considered an iconic dark ride attraction.

The park opens this Saturday in time for their Traditional Easter Egg Hunt. While the ride is listed as 'coming soon' on the website, we don't have an exact date on when the ride will open outside of 'Summer 2016'.

Either way, it's wonderful to see a classic dark ride rise up and entertain once again!

Please Visit their Website for more information on Keansburg Amusement Park!

(All pictures are from Asbury Park Press-