Why Michigan’s Adventure Should Get Geauga Lake’s Historic Carousel

21 12 2008

Geauga Lakes Historic Carousel

OK, it’s not about roller coasters, but who doesn’t love riding on a carousel?

Cedar Fair closed Geauga Lake’s amusement park section last year (the waterpark is still open) and relocated many of the rides to other parks.  The most notable of these relocations was Dominator, a B&M floorless coaster, which went to King’s Dominion in VA.  The carousel, however, remains on site.  Cedar Fair is going to relocate it to another one of their parks, but is keeping the destination a secret.

The carousel was hand-carved by Marcus Illions.  It was built for the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition of 1926.  After 10 years in storage, Illions restored it and sold it to Geauga Lake for the season of 1937.  It will now be refurbished a second time and given another brand new home.  Here’s why that new home should by Michigan’s Adventure.

1.  Michigan’s Adventure lacks a good carousel.  Right now we only have a little carousel that feels and looks like it was made out of cheap plastic.  Bring on the hand-carved wood!

2. Michigan’s Adventure is a young park.  It has very little history or identity currently, so it could use a ride that has real history and identity behind it.

3. Michigan’s Adventure needs an iconic family ride.  We have Shivering Timbers sure, but does it appeal to families?  Not so much.

Source: Amusement Park Madness

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New for 2008 at Worlds of Fun – Prowler

15 11 2008

Great Coasters International has proven itself to be a very creative roller coaster design firm.  From their first coaster, Wildcat, to Lightning Racer, Thunderhead, and their latest, Prowler, GCI has shown its ingenious and twisted imagination.

Prowler is World’s of Fun’s (MO) new coaster for 2009.  Prowler is a 3,074 foot long out and back style terrain coaster.  It begins with the classic GCI spiraling drop of 85′, which turns you around past the station again.  The out and back portion is very twisted and low to the ground.  There is a total elevation change of 102′ with speeds reaching 51 m.p.h.  The back half will be very exciting with low to the ground, high speed twists and close encounters with trees.  Millenium Flyer trains will ply Prowler’s rails.  These are easily the best and most comfortable coaster trains I have ridden in.  Make sure to check out the POV video below.  While the design looks like an out and back, the ride feels very much like a twister.  For the latest on Prowler, visit the official site.

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New for 2009 – Manta

7 11 2008

Manta's graceful layout

SeaWorld Orlando is building a cool new flying coaster for ’09 – Manta.  At 3395′ long and 140′ tall it is very respectable in size.  The trains will reach up to 56 m.p.h., while swooping less than 10′ from surface of a lake.  This coaster is an evolution of flying coaster design. It incorporates swooping drops, ground flybys, a pretzel loop (see bottom right), and a wing dip (where the coaster touches and sprays water) into its twisted layout.  The color scheme of dark purple, ultramarine blue, and cobalt, as well as theming will enhance the total experience.  The ride will be only a part of a entire world

Construction on Manta

Construction on Manta

themed to rays featuring artwork and floor-to-ceiling ray aquariums.  No one can build a coaster to embody the grace and fluidity of a ray like Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) of Switzerland.  B&M have constantly been on the forefront of coaster innovation, design, and quality, which they reaffirm in this new coaster.

a pretzel loop

a pretzel loop

I have never ridden on a B&M flying coaster.  I have ridden on a Vekoma Flying Dutchman model, however, the restraints were awkward and the ride was a bit rough.  I will be interested to see how B&M handles flying coasters, because I know them to make the smoothest coasters and most comfortable restraints in the industry.  Hopefully I will get to ride their Tatsu at SFMM this January.

Sources:

http://www.johnnyupsidedown.com/manta0.html

http://rcdb.com/id4190.htm

http://rcdb.com/document292.htm

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New for ’09 at Holiday World – Pilgrim’s Plunge

26 08 2008

O.k.  It’s not a coaster.  But it’s the world’s tallest water ride, and that deserves some recognition.  A cool, dual elevator will take you up the 135′ lift.  You will attain speeds of 50 mph on the 45°, 131′ drop.  The boat will create a splash 90′ wide and 45′ tall.  The park’s website places emphasis on how this ride is an update of the classic Shoot the Chutes ride.  Intamin will build the ride.  They have built many similar rides to this, including Perilous Plunge at Knott’s Berry Farm, which was the previous record holder at 115′.  Overall, Pilgrim’s Plunge looks very impressive.

Pilgrim’s Plunge is not the only new thing coming to Holiday World.  They are also adding the Holiwatch, which was the free service hinted about in the blog.  It is an RFID powered wristband system, which will help family members locate and send messages to each other.  This is a great new service for families because it is often difficult to communicate and locate each other when visiting a park.

Even though many of us were hoping for a new roller coaster (myself included – hey, I write for the coaster blog), I think that these additions are very good for the park.  I will have to try and get out there sometime soon!





Today’s the Day!

26 08 2008

At 11:45, Holiday World will begin announcing their 2009 addition(s) via their Twitter.  I will be out to lunch then, so you will know before me, but I will have a followup posted here as soon as possible.

Stay tuned!

**UPDATE**  Click here for my post on the new additions!





Holiday World Rumor Season – A Guide to the Madness

24 08 2008
The Voyage

The Voyage

A visit to the Holiblog these days can be exciting, excruciating, and most of all confusing.  It seems that Paula is playing with us all – and having a lot of fun doing it.  I’ll help you examine the hints and give you some of my theories.

The 2009 attraction is currently shrouded in mystery and could be practically anything.  We do know that the budget is 8.5 million; approximately what The Voyage cost.  That doesn’t mean that the new attraction will be a coaster, but it doesn’t eliminate that possibility.

Hints about riding a simulation, riding “in the back”, a lift, and a drop seem to suggest a roller coaster.  Still it could be a cross-park aerial tram ride, but that would leave a good chunk of the budget wide open.  One post mentioned the visit of a Gravity Group employee, claiming that the purpose was just to “ride the Voyage“.  Sure.  That post also made a reference to his physical height by calling him “The World’s Tallest Coaster Designer”.  This could be a hint that he has designed the world’s tallest coaster.  Of course, I do not think that the Gravity Group would build a 500′ or even 250′ (to be the world’s tallest woodie) wooden coaster, or that 8.5 million would buy it, or that Holiday World would choose that to be their next coaster.  It is, however, a prime example of how the HoliBlog has fun at the expense of coaster enthusiasts. Someone did point out in the comments that the Gravity Group also designs waterslide complexes, so it is possible that they are getting the world’s tallest waterslide or water coaster.

Vertigo

Vertigo

A very interesting post claimed that the name ‘Vertigo‘ was already taken.  I did some digging on RCDB and found that there was only one coaster in the world with the name Vertigo.  It was a Mountain Glider with an elevator lift, which would fit one hint.  The ride seems to be similar to a zip line, but with fixed track. Even though it fits many of the hints, I do not believe that Holiday World would build one of these rides because Vertigo was so problem ridden that it is currently SBNO (Standing But Not Operating).

Everything from a vertical impulse coaster to a water slide has been suggested.  Here’s my two cents:  Another Gravity Group coaster would undeniably win them the title of ‘Wooden Coaster Capital of the World!’ and would not be disappointing, but would be somewhat redundant with the already well-rounded collection of woodies at the park.  A recent post suggested that the ride would be “a leg up on the competition”.  I suggested that it could be a racing coaster, which would be a unique and fun addition to the park.  If they get a new woodie I hope that it is a replica of a classic ride such as the Rye Playland Aeroplane Coaster or the Riverview Bobs.  This hasn’t been hinted at, but what I think the park needs right now to round out their coaster collection is a nice B&M inverted, flyer, or hyper coaster.

If you have any ideas about the new ride please post them in the comments and stay tuned this Tuesday for the announcement!

The Voyage

The Voyage





New for ’09 Kings Island’s Diamondback

20 08 2008

Diamondbacks layout

After much speculation (including on this blog) Kings Island has finally announced their 2009 project.  We already knew that it would be a Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) hyper coaster, but there was a lot still to be learned.  The general thought was that the coaster would be named Mustang, but we were wrong.  While I do like the name Diamondback, I think that Mustang would be better.  Names aside, this is going to be huge.  The website isn’t exaggerating when they say that this will be one of the best coasters in the world.

The first drop is 215′ from a height of 230′, after which there are five more drops that are over 100′.  The ride is 5,282′ long, reaches speeds of 80 mph and is three minutes long.  The ride length is impressive and so is the ride capacity; 1,620 riders per hour.  The special cars (pictured left) are designed with the rear seats offset so that every rider has an unobstructed view.  These kind of cars debuted this year on Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland (these are the cars pictured here).

For more information, pictures, an onride video and the latest updates please visit the official Diamondback website or stay tuned right here.

Diamondback will be a great addition to this park.  They have gone too long without a B&M coaster.  I cannot wait to ride it.  See you in April!