Thursday, December 1, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Picking up on one of the trends of the moment, Holiday World released a mannequin video today to give park fans plenty of teasers as to their new for 2017 ride. Watchful eyes were able to pick up on just what ride will be added next season, check out the video and see what you can catch:
The new attraction will be named Firecracker, and is a classic Calypso flat ride that will be fully refurbished and added to the 4th of July section of the park, across from Liberty Launch. The ride originally operated at LeSourdsville Lake Park in Ohio before moving to Fun Spot in Indiana. Holiday World obtained the ride, of which there are only a handful still operating, and will bring it back to life for guests next season.
Next season Holiday World will also make three more attractions wheelchair accessible, add more shade structures on popular attractions such as Kitty's Tea Party and Otorongo, replace the Watubee family raft ride's tower structure, and improve many of the park's food and beverage outlets such as the Alamo. Both The Voyage and The Raven wooden roller coasters will also have off-season trackwork done.
The park promises more news on 2017 changes soon on their HoliSounds podcast.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
|© Kentucky Kingdom|
The new ride, alone with two additional new children's rides that were announced, push Kentucky Kingdom to offering more than 80 different rides and attractions - with 5 roller coasters, 20 water park attractions, and expansive children's area and more.
Changes were also announced for the park's wooden coaster, Thunder Run, which will receive a brand new train in 2017. The coaster will also receive track modifications and improvements designed to give "a smoother and faster ride," which I'm sure will not be frowned upon by visitors!
Kentucky Kingdom is also focusing on park amenities in 2017 to keep their ever-growing attendance base happy. They will spend money on items like more shade structures in ride lines and in the water park, more tables, chairs and benches throughout the ride and water areas, stronger air-conditioning in restrooms and restaurants, more lockers, new technology to improve the speed of season pass processing, three new ticket sales windows and a brand new entrance for the Hurricane Bay water park.
Since reopening, Kentucky Kingdom has found much success and expanded greatly each year - 2017 looks to be no different!
Monday, November 28, 2016
|© Santa's Village Azoosment Park|
The park, which was reopened in 2011 after be closed for five or so years, has steadily expanded each year adding rides and attractions along with its popular petting zoo (hence the Azoosment Park name). It originally opened in 1956 as just Santa's Village, and had two sister parks of the same name in California.
The new coaster will be fabricated by Interpark, and is one of the company's Super Cyclon designs. The ride will feature orange track and gray steel supports, and is designed as a mild thrill ride that can appeal to the whole family. When complete, the Super Cyclone will stand 35 feet tall, feature 1,148 feet of track, have a top speed of 30 miles per hour and utilize several two car trains that zip around the course.
You can read more about the park's expansion plans and keep up with the status of the new ride via the park's website.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Just a couple days ago we were taking a look at Casino Pier's new Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster, and hypothesizing about the ride's layout. Well, the park went ahead and just posted the ride's full layout on Facebook, answering any remaining questions we may have:
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On Twitter, Ride Entertainment said that Casino Pier's new coaster will be the "world's first EF-320," so it would appear that that is the model name that Gerstlauer has given this layout.