Florida's longest, tallest, and fastest coaster surfaces in 2016. Mako will be the third major coaster at SeaWorld in Orlando, and by the looks of it, it could become the best. Taking inspiration from the seas, Mako will follow a speedy, diving course, just like a real mako shark. Mako will be built be Bolliger and Mabillard, so Mako will be a silky smooth experience. Built for relentless airtime and speed, this coaster should perfectly complement the two other coasters in the park, which are built for loops and twists. Mako will be a refreshing hyper coaster that will fill in the necessary void of a speed coaster.
This past Sunday, I was at the park to check out the new flat ride section, but unfortunately the section did not open. So, instead of an opening report, I have another construction update. The rides are almost complete, and they even started testing, so that is definitely an indication that they will open soon. Also, the Hometown Square area was looking better, and the train that circles the park was moving today, so it should open soon also.
Nine months ago, Six Flags announced the addition of three new coasters to their parks for the 2015 season. Those rides were Twisted Colossus, Wicked Cyclone, and Batman: The Ride. Throughout the winter, the new rides were being constructed, and after months of waiting, they are all now open! This is a huge weekend for Six Flags, because they are opening all of their new coasters all at once! From the early reviews, these rides seem like a huge hit with everyone.
The new Hometown Square at Six Flags Great America is shaping up. An entire new section inside of this area is almost complete, so when it opens, the new kid's area will bring some new attractions to the area specifically geared towards the children. almost complete, there are only a few things left to be completed until this section opens. The three new rides are virtually complete, so this section should open Memorial Day Weekend.
This past Saturday (5-9) I visited Six Flags Great America to check out the construction progress of their new children's section. For Great America's 40th season, the park decided to take a step back with thrills and bring back some of their older, classic rides. Three new rides are returning for 2015 in an all new section, which is almost complete. The majority of the work for this section is finished, and all that remains to be done is cosmetic work and finishing touches.
Epcot, the second park to open at Disney World, will be my second journey report. I visited Epcot twice during my recent trip to Disney and, while I like the park, it's my least favorite. That said, Epcot offers a mix of experiences for guests. There are some thrills, some educational experiences, and some good dining and scenery. My recent visit occurred during the Flower and Garden Festival, which supplemented the visit with special topiaries and food offerings. Overall, Epcot is worth a day exploring and enjoying all that it has to offer.
Goliath At Six Flags Great America valleyed this past Saturday morning (5-9-15). This means that the coaster was lacking the essential amount of speed to carry the train throughout the course. On the last turn before Goliath's brakes, the train stalled between the two over-banked turns. The cause for this valley was most likely due to the cold temperatures and the foggy skies. The weather could have easily affected the the train's speed causing it to halt in the turn. The cause seemed to be unrelated to mechanical issues. This was an unmanned test run, and luckily there was no one on board when the train stalled, which would have called for a time-consuming evacuation via the fire department. The coaster was closed throughout the majority of the day, but did reopen late afternoon.
Six Flags Great America's opening day has come. As my hometown park, I of course made a visit there to check out the new additions to the park for 2015. It was nice to be back inside the park after a long winter, and even though the park was extremely busy, we still got to ride a few coasters, and had fun. The new flat rides for the park were looking good, and should be ready in a few weeks. Blue skies and hot temperatures made for a great opening day at the park!
Thunderbird is the newest addition to Holiday World's coaster lineup. Located in Santa Claus, Indiana, Thunderbird provides some excitement to a quaint little park in the middle of Indiana. Now with Thunderbird, Holiday World is put on the map and can be recognized. Thunderbird is the park's first steel launched coaster, and the coaster also incorporates winged seating. That means that the seats are on either sides of the track, providing riders with greater freedom. Also, four inversions can be found on Thunderbird, and each varies from a high intensity loop to weightless inducing zero - G roll. There is much to be found on Thunderbird.
Expedition Everest is located at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Everest is the largest, most expensive attraction at Animal Kingdom, and it proves to be the fan favorite of all the rides. For $100 million, Expedition Everest was a fully constructed concept with a high speed, thrilling coaster as well as a faux mountain to enhance the theme. In my opinion, the price tag was well worth it, as Everest serves as Disney's most thrilling coaster.
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.