Saturday, September 24, 2016

Doomsday Destroyer + New DC Villain Themed Land Premier at Movie World

For the start of their summer season, Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast, has opened a new themed area and thrill ride.  A part of the DC Comics Super-Villains Unleashed area, the new ride is named the Doomsday Destroyer.  The park's new expansion will allow visitors to "embark on a journey with some of the most iconic DC Super-Villains in an interactive themed area, where it's good to be bad."

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The star attraction of the area is Doomsday Destroyer, a "monstrous looping ride like nothing else ever seen" at the park.  Rider are seated in floorless cars, some facing other passengers, and then looped up and around in a giant circle to nearly 70 feet above the park.  The ride goes up to 23 miles per hour and gives riders a 2.4 negative g-force, according to Movie World.  The above photo shows that the ride (which appears to be from Zamperla) received a nice theming package.

“There has always been a focus on DC Super Heroes at Warner Bros. Movie World but this new precinct will showcase the Super-Villains from the DC Universe,” said the park's General Manager, Greg Yong.

Another neat element of the Super-Villains Unleashed precinct are the "interactive elements where guests can assist Super-Villains such as The Joker and Lex Luthor in their mission to cause mass destruction throughout the park with the use of innovative RFID technology." 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Parts Arrive for Major New Roller Coaster at Casino Pier

I've heard no previous rumors about a major new roller coaster being built at New Jersey's Casino Pier, but it would seem fairly certain that one is happening for 2017.  That's a nice surprise, no doubt!

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Parts for a new coaster have already started to arrive on site at the park, featuring lime green track and a brilliant blue support color.  The above photo is from a Shorebeat news article that detailed some of the efforts Casino Pier is undergoing to expand.

It sounds like the park has been working on a land swap deal with Seaside Heights that would allow them to build additional boardwalk space to the North of their current operations - which were rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy destroyed much of the park in 2012.

As for the roller coaster, it's being reported by RCDB that it will be a Gerstlauer custom-designed "Infinity" ride.  The track and supports also match the style of these rides, and also make it seem like there will be a vertical lift hill.

A ride of the same style opened this year at Adventureland, the Monster.  While I would expect Casino Pier's to be a bit smaller than the Monster, there's still a lot of potential for an interesting ride to go up.  I can't wait to find out more!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Patriot Coming to Life at California's Great America

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Sheesh, they're wasting no time on the transformation of Vortex into Patriot at California's Great America!  The stand-up roller coaster just closed for good on September 5th, and the theme park has already started the work of the physical transformation of the coaster.  The bigger task of adding new floorless trains from B&M and making the station and service areas accommodate them is still to come, I would assume.

The above photo, shared by the park in a gallery on social media, shows the Patriot/Vortex mash-up in one.  The new blue paint on the left is quickly replacing the faded purple and yellow combination that Vortex featured, on the right.

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And fast forwarding just a bit from when the top photo was taken, you can get a real feel for the new look of Patriot in this shot.  The ride is striking in its electric blue track with crisp white supports.  From the looks of just this section it seems that at least half of the coaster has already been repainted, if not more.  The blue is also a nice compliment to the bright red track that was painted on California's Great America's other B&M coaster, the inverted ride named Flight Deck.  Stay tuned for more on the ride's changes as the winter months roll by.

Monday, September 19, 2016

2016 To Be Bowcraft Amusement Park's Last?

While not officially announced by the park yet, it seems as though the 2016 season very well may be the last one for New Jersey's Bowcraft Amusement Park.  The family style amusement park isn't the largest in the area, but it's still always sad to see a park close its doors - especially when it's for new apartments!

According to local news, the Scotch Plains Planning Board will be considering next week a plan that would see 190 apartments and 10 townhomes built on the site of the park.  That would imply that the land the park sits on must carry a great value, and also means that when the park closes at the end of this October it will probably be for good.

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Still, official confirmation should come from Bowcraft soon, though there have been signs of this coming in the past.  The park has had its Zierer designed coaster, Crossbow, listed for sale for a couple years now.  The custom designed ride features a 55 foot tall lift hill, 1,260 feet of track and a top speed of 40 miles per hour.  Other larger rides at the park include a pirate ship, musik express, paratrooper, scrambler and a decent selection of family and children's rides.

The park has also commonly been known as Bowcraft Playland and dates back to 1946 when it operated as an archery/ski equipment store complete with a small ski hill.  It was expanded decades later to include the amusement rides and family entertainment-style fun offered today.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Exciting Additions for 2017 and Beyond Coming to Legoland California

Legoland California has announced new additions for both its upcoming 2017 season as well as the future beyond that.  Let's take a look at all that is coming to the resort and theme park.

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Legoland California will expand its water park offerings in time for summer 2017, with the addition of Surfer's Bay.  Seen above, kids will be able to "surf" their way down a six-lane mat slide, competing to be the first across the finish line as they go.  The attraction will be a part of a "California beach themed" expansion to the already diverse Legoland Water Park offerings.  There will also be a new "spray ground" with "multiple water jets splashing on and off and plenty of new Lego models to create a fun place to cool off."

The excitement of Star Wars will be felt at Legoland California next year, with the addition of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens miniland model display.  The display will feature six scenes that represent the first 30 minutes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - and will be focused mostly on the planet of Jakku and its inhabitants and a 16 foot long model of the Star Destroyer Finalizer.  The expansion will open in March of 2017.

The existing Legoland Hotel will also create new Lego Ninjago themed rooms, allowing them to "sleep in the company of Cole, Nya, Kai and Lloyd" in 18 of the hotel's rooms.

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The park also gave a first look at their next big expansion, a brand new Lego Castle themed hotel.  The 18 Ninjago themed rooms in the existing hotel will be replaced because they currently hold a castle theme.  The new hotel's entrance is seen above, showing how the "premium themed" resort will immediately immerse visitors into another world as they arrive.

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The castle themed hotel will hold a total of 250 rooms, complete with this expansive pool area, restaurant and other amenities.  The park plans to break ground on the expansion in early 2017 with no opening date yet announced.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wild Adventures Expanding Splash Island Water Park in 2017

Wild Adventures's water park, Splash Island, will open an new family area in 2017 named Ohana Bay.  The word Ohana is Hawaiian for "family," so the name of the attraction is perfect when considering its offerings.

Ohana Bay will be located in a previously undeveloped area near a couple of the park's larger waterslides.  The expansion will feature a large lagoon area that is filled with different attractions, surrounded by a new seating area for more than 100 guests.

There will be a total of 7 new body water slides built in Ohana Bay, of varying sizes.  The largest two will stand 27 feet high and feature more than 200 feet of slide each.  Five additional slides will be built that are meant for smaller kids.  The lagoon will also have several spray and splash features to keep kids busy, allowing parents to easily keep tabs on them while they do.

Ohana Bay will represent a $2 million expansion for Wild Adventures - more details on the project will be released over the winter.