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“SCarowinds X” details announced

Posted on August 8, 2010 in Halloween, News by

Carowinds has just opened up the website and released details about this years SCarowinds Halloween Haunt event, officially dubbed “SCarowinds X”. The biggest announcement is the inclusion of a new maze, “Defex”, described as a “disassembly line” for defective toys, will be replacing “Final Summons” in the picnic pavilion next to Intimidator. As always we can probably also expect improvements to the...

Dollywood announces Barnstormer along with new area

Posted on August 2, 2010 in News by

After building two “challenge” attractions, SkyZip and Adventure Mountain over the last two years, Dollywood will be getting back into the thrill ride game in 2011 with “Barnstormer” an S&S Screamin Swing that gives riders the sensation of 1920’s stunt pilots. The $5.5 million ride will send its 2, 32 passenger swing arms 81 feet in the air with a...

Shoot the Rapids in video

Posted on June 29, 2010 in News by

Cedar Point’s next generation Intamin Log Flume, Shoot the Rapids, finally opened to the public last weekend and the park already has several videos up to show off their new ride:

The first shows what some park guests thought of their ride on Shoot the Rapids:

… and of course, as we can always expect from Cedar Point, a beautiful HD POV:


Take a ride on Kennywood’s new Sky Rocket

Posted on June 23, 2010 in News by

An official POV of Kennywood’s much anticipated new Premier LSM coaster, Sky Rocket, has finally arrived:

The ride seems to be very smooth, faced paced, and with unique elements like the triple s-bend “Surf Curve”, it should turn out to be a very solid roller coaster, and definitely a great addition for Kennywood.

Sky Rocket is expected to take it’s first public riders this coming Tuesday.


Rest In Peace, Will Koch

Posted on June 14, 2010 in News by

Today we learned that Will Koch, President of Holiday World and one of the greats in the amusement park world passed away at the age of 48. He was a highly respected figure in the industry, known for always putting the park guest first and over the last 20 years, he turned a small, local park into one that can not only compete, but...

A look at the new Planet Snoopy at Carowinds

Posted on March 30, 2010 in Uncategorized, Updates by

A few days ago, we showed you California’s Great America’s newly rethemed Planet Snoopy, but another opened last weekend as well, at Carowinds. Since this isn’t the big addition for Carowinds with Intimidator, the park’s new B&M hyper coaster, also debuting this year, Planet Snoopy has kind of fallen into its shadows, literally. The first thing you notice when standing in...


Posted on March 10, 2010 in News by

The official Disney Parks Blog announced today that two of the Walt Disney World Resort monorail trains would see a futuristic transformation to promote the upcoming “Tron Legacy” film.  The trains will feature the films redesigned version of the signature “Light Cycle” speeding down the side of the monorail trains leaving a glowing trail of light, one blue, one gold.

Below are renderings of the...