Windseeker and Dinosaurs Alive! to invade Cedar Fair parks

Posted on September 4, 2011 in News by

Invasion of the Windseekers continue with Kings Dominion announcing a Windseeker for 2012.  The announcement comes just weeks after Carowinds announced they will be adding a Windseeker to their 2012 line-up.  Kings Dominion appears to be an identical version of the Mondial model standing at 301 feet, 32 carriages of 2 passenger seats, and the elaborate lighting/audio package.  Kings Dominion brings the total Windseeker count to 6 for Cedar Fair parks.

In addition to Windseeker, Kings Dominion will also add Dinosaurs Alive! animatronic dinosaur park.  Occupying 6 acres, this interactive educational experience will be a 3,000 foot walk through including 36 dinosaurs, 3 of which of interactive.  However, just like the Kings Island version which opened one earlier this year, Dinosaurs Alive! will require an additional fee with park admission (fun eh?).  Dinosaurs Alive will be located near the Grizzly wooden coaster.

Cedar Point also announced they will add Dinosaurs Alive!, with similar statistics.  At Cedar Point, the attraction will be located on Adventure Island, under Millennium Force.  In order to create access to the island, the park will have to remove the Paddlewheel Excursions attraction, which has generated some public out roar on the park’s Facebook page.

I have to say, Kinzel is leaving a mess for Ouimet to clean up.  Mass purchasing dysfunctional attractions, and now installing lame, up-charge Dinosaurs at several park is not particularly a grand exit leaving a great impression.  Nice to see that Cedar Fair is turning into Six Flags of the early 00’s.  I am certainly looking forward to a management change.

Kings Dominon: Project 2010

Posted on June 22, 2009 in News by

King’s Dominion is secretively preparing for a new coaster for next season as track has already arrived on site.  RCTLounge Forum member “Wacky Worm” was first to report this gossip in the Park Thoughts forums.   From there speculation began.  Take a look at some of the park thoughts:

Brawlstar0321 says: “My guess : Premier F1 Launcher like Ring Racer.  Red + Yellow = Nothing ohter than racing theme.”

Ethan says: “…it isn’t Intamin, its Premier”

Atem says: “…someone who works at KD says that his management claims it’s an Intamin Giga coaster.”

As it turns out, Atem was correct.  The coaster is indeed Intamin.  There were several indicators that lead to this prediction.  Not only is the track extremely similar to the new Ferrari World coaster which is connected to Intamin AG, but the supports are nearly identical to those found on other Intamin AG coasters around the world.

Source: Theme Park Review

Source: Theme Park Review

Also, as recently discovered by a member of Theme Park Review, a bag containing washers had an Intamin AG label that said “Giga Coaster”  This is surprising considering the last time Cedar Fair did any sort of Intamin giga coaster was in 2000 with Millenium Force.   However forum administrator, Ethan, did note that Intamin Giga coasters are not only listed as 300ft + coasters because on Intamin’s website, both Superman clones are included.   Money saving short cut?  You decide!  Get in the discussion here in the Park Thoughts section of the forums.