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 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 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!