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Weekly Poll 10/21/17

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Railblazer Track En Route to California’s Great America!

Check out what’s on the trail to California!

In 2018, the fine folks at Rocky Mountain construction will debut the much-anticipated raptor model. This single rail coaster is said to be just as smooth and intense as the company’s other attractions, and it will premiere at two parks: Six Flags Fiesta Texas and California’s Great America. The one coming to Texas will be Wonder Woman: Golden Lasso Coaster, and will feature yellow track with a Wonder Woman theme. Meanwhile, Railblazer will be themed to the California coast.

Just recently, park officials have revealed that the coaster’s orange track is on it’s way to be installed. Can’t you just already see it winding in and out of the proposed scenery? I know I can.

It certainly looks like the 2018 hype train isn’t stopping any time soon. You can check out an animated POV of the upcoming coaster below.

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Adventure Island to get Trapdoor Waterslides for 2018!

Busch Gardens Tampa’s very own water park (as well as my personal favorite water park) is getting a massive new attraction to ring in the 2018 season. This attraction will be an all new slide complex named Vanish Point. The complex will be made up of a pair of trapdoor slides that are each 70 feet tall and over 400 ft. in length. It will share the name of a similar slide complex at Water Country U.S.A. near Busch Gardens Williamsburg (seen above). 

This will be the first attraction to come to the water park since the massive Colossal Curl opened in 2015. It will also be the first set of water slides to go to a SeaWorld park since Breakaway Falls debuted at Orlando’s Aquatica in 2014. In recent years, trapdoor slides have proven to be extremely popular among water parks. Just recently, Cedar Fair installed several of these slides at parks like Cedar Point Shores and Knott’s Soak City. It’s pretty clear that the adrenaline rush and pure suspense that these slides provide has proven to be a favorite among park guests. 

Water park lovers, get ready to drop in and splash down in 2018!

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Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy Ride WILL be a Roller Coaster!

Good news for coaster enthusiasts and Disney fans: that much-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy attraction coming to Epcot will indeed be a roller coaster. At the park’s 35th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, Vice President of Epcot, Melissa Valiquette confirmed to the media that the ride replacing the former Universe of Energy will be a brand new coaster experience. The ride’s manufacturer is currently unknown.

As of right now, Epcot is the only Disney theme park in the world not to have a roller coaster. While Test Track is a high-speed thrill ride, it is technically a powered slot car attraction and does not classify as a coaster. With this new attraction though, Epcot will finally get an RCDB page of its own.

As stated before, the ride, which was announced at this summer’s D23 event, will be built on the former site of the Universe of Energy. The pavilion, up until recently, was home to an arguably outdated show called Ellen’s Energy Adventure, a show that involved Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye talking about the wonders of fossil fuels…oh and there’s a dinosaur diorama worked in there somehow. After years of waning popularity, the pavilion closed earlier this year in order to make way for this brand new attraction.

If you ask me, it’s about time that the park received a massive E-ticket attraction like this. I always thought that Epcot could have used a roller coaster, and with the fine folks at Disney Imagineering involved, this one in particular is sure to blow you away.

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Weekly Poll: 9/27/17

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Toverland Releases Trailer for their NEW B&M Wing Coaster!

Dutch coaster enthusiasts are in for a treat. Earlier today, the park released the following teaser on YouTube.

The stats for this coaster are as followed:

Top Height: 131.3 ft
Top Speed: 59 mph
Inversions: 3
Length: 2,667.3 ft

As you can see, it will be among the shorter B&M Wing Coasters, but for a regional park like this, such a coaster is an incredible fit. As I always say, you can never go wrong with a B&M.

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Legoland to add VR to Project X

Legoland is jumping on the VR-roller-coaster bandwagon, and admittedly, it looks pretty amazing. Merlin Entertainment recently revealed an all new ride experience for three of their Legoland theme parks. The chain’s Project X roller coasters will be receiving a virtual reality makeover known as The Great Lego Race. This VR experience will take passengers into the wild and colorful world of Lego bricks and take them on a wild race to the finish.

Project X is a Mack wild mouse currently operating at three different Legoland parks: Legoland Malaysia, Legoland Deutschland (Germany), and Legoland Florida. Wild mouse coasters are known for their compact layouts, hairpin turnarounds and occasional dips. Something like this honestly fits quite well with a VR scenario involving racing. The sharp turns and drops are sure feel much more thrilling while immersed in a brick-based universe.

Photo by Merlin Entertainment

Virtual reality on roller coasters is a very hit-or-miss concept. Often times, while can offer a revolutionary ride experience to draw crowds, it has the unfortunate tendency of slowing down operations to a halt. While this could end up being an issue on the park’s busier days, kids are certainly going to beg their parents to experience the VR they wouldn’t be able to check out on the bigger chain park coasters. Admit it, when you were a kid, you were fascinated by VR headsets.

The Great Lego Race is expected to open in the spring of 2018.

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Weekly Poll: 9/16/17

 

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Sesame Place Teases Massive 2018 Attraction.

 Sesame Place; the Pennsylvania theme park not too far from Six Flags Great Adventure known for being themed after Jim Henson’s classic children’s series. Owned by SeaWorld, this park isn’t known for its thrill rides, but it no doubt has a special place in peoples hearts. As of right now, the only roller coaster to ever open at the park is Vapor Trail, a Vekoma Junior coaster that was added in 1998. It’s been almost two decades since this park got a new coaster, but for young coaster enthusiasts in the making, 2018 may see yet another major attraction coming to Sesame Place.

The park recently teased a new attraction on social media, referring to it as the “biggest, grouchiest” ride. The teaser featured the famous Oscar the Grouch, indicating that the ride will be themed to him. A small family park like Sesame Place getting a new coaster may seem hard to believe, but when a park teases a ride as being their biggest investment yet, it usually indicates a new coaster.

As for what kind of coaster this could be, speculation is already running wild. Considering that Busch Gardens Williamsburg just got a family GCI named Invadr, some are suggesting that a new wooden coaster could be coming to Sesame Place. Kid-friendly wooden coasters are nothing new; we’ve seen rides like Woodstock Express and Idlewild’s Rollo Coaster. Personally, I’m predicting something like Roar-O-Saurus at New Hampshire’s Storyland; a small coaster that kids will get a kick out of and enthusiasts will happily seek to ride. For now though, the only way to find out what the park will receive is to wait until their announcement on September 20th.

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California’s Great America Files Permit for 240 Foot Attraction

A while ago, California’s Great America revealed their 20-Year Plan, which gave suggestions as to what kind of additions would come to the park between 2016 and 2036. This long-term plan involves installing a new Hypercoaster, a tall swing ride (Starflyer/Windseeker), several water park additions, and much more. While their 2018 addition Railblazer is not mentioned in the plan, a recently filed permit hints that it may indeed be underway. According to official documents from the Federal Aviation Administration, the park has filed as permit to construct a 240 foot attraction for the 2019 season.

Now you’re probably thinking: are they actually going to get that hypercoaster the year after they added Railblazer? Well, according to the specifics of this document, that is highly unlikely. The ride will be installed in the area of the park where Peanuts Pirates currently is. This is a Huss Breakdance that takes up a pretty small footprint, and with all the attractions surrounding it, it’s very unlikely that there will be enough space for something as massive as a hypercoaster.

The more likely option in this case is a tall swing ride, which will also fit into their master plan. Now, while the original depicted a Windseeker, the company hasn’t built a new one of these since 2012, though the one from Knotts Berry Farm was relocated to Worlds of Fun for the 2014 season. Since then, the company has seemed to move away from Windseekers, opening a Funtime Starflyer at Valleyfair earlier this year. The move is likely due to the many technical issues that Windseekers are susceptible to.

So with all of that being said, it seems like a Starflyer is much more likely for 2019. While a hypercoaster would admittedly be a more exciting addition for enthusiasts, a swing ride would honestly be an amazing fit for the park. Just think of the views you can get!

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