The time has come to release Thunderbird. On April 23rd, Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana launched the world's first launched winged coaster. Not only was this special as it was one of the world's firsts, but it was the park's first major steel coaster - before Thunderbird, Holiday World was a wooden coaster park, with a trio of woodies. Now, Thunderbird brings that smooth, high-tech thrill that the park needs. It's a great coaster and a perfect fit for the park!
Disney's Animal Kingdom is a theme park set in a lush tropical landscape. Out of the four Walt Disney World parks, Animal Kingdom shines at showing just how much detailed, rich theming elevates a park and how effective a ride is when you give it a story to tell. While the park only contains a few major attractions, Animal Kingdom is arguably one of the best parks out there. The common misconception is that this park is "small", only worth a few hours of your time while at Disney property; however, it's quite the opposite. It's the richest, largest park that definitely packs a full Disney experience and is well deserving of several visits, not just a quick run through the park.
I just got back from my trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. I spent five days at the park, and have so much to cover. It was a really good visit, and I'm going to write up four individual trip reports from each park - Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. As well as the trip reports, You can expect some ride reviews of some of the major rides at the parks in the coming weeks.
The Intamin Zac Spin and the S&S Free Spin coasters are some of the only coasters in the industry to feature spinning seats - they're very innovative, but share very similar ride experiences. So, there's always going to be a little debate over these rides and which is the better ride. The Intamin version has been seen around the world, with one example in the United States, and a few of them in Europe. The Free Spin, however, is slated to make a debut in the U.S. in a few weeks at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. So, this begs the question - will S&S Rides be able to perfect the Intamin design and create a better experience?
A very important weekend is in the books for Carowinds. They just unveiled Fury 325, the tallest and fastest Giga coaster. Fury 325 has only been officially open for two days, but the hype over this ride is building. The positive reviews keep coming in. The main features on the ride are the airtime and the speed, and according to most of the riders, the coaster delivers in those sections. Fury 325 seems like it is a solid addition to Carowinds, and it could be the best Giga coaster out there!
Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas has just reached an important milestone - the track work is now complete. On March 25, the construction crew hoisted the ride's final piece into place. This means that the ride is now a complete circuit, and the construction crew can take a step back from the heavy lifting and prepare the ride to begin testing. The scheduled opening is in about two months (May 23rd), so it shouldn't be too much longer until Batman makes its initial flight. We should be seeing testing start in a few short weeks.
Branson, Missouri is filled with many attractions, but for a thrill seeker, Silver Dollar City is the go-to place. While there are only three major coaster attractions here, they are all quality, and there are plenty of other things to do, so a visit here is always fun. They even have free cave tours, which is not ordinary for amusement parks. The whole park is set back in time and has a rustic feel that heightens the atmosphere and makes the park feel different than other parks. Silver Dollar City is a very different and unique park, but is one of the best. It's definitely a must-visit park for coaster enthusiasts.
Well, it's an exciting time! To start the season, I thought it would be nice to have a brand new camera capable of taking very high - quality photos for the 2015 season. Personally, I'm really excited for some better quality photos being added to this site. I've already tested it out and there are very many capabilities of this camera, so the photos on this site from now on should improve highly!
B&M, also known as Bolliger and Mabillard, have been creating some great coasters since 1990. Their very first coaster was a stand-up creation known as Iron Wolf, located at Sis Flags Great America. After their initial coaster, they continued to create world class coasters with high thrills and intense forces. However, in the past few years, their coasters have slipped from the forceful experiences that the original creations had - they are now more graceful. Some are upset, and want B&M to return to their roots creating their rides with aggressive forces. Personally, I have enjoyed most of their latest creations, with large and grand elements, but would still like the high force elements to provide a more high - intensity experience. From the looks of it, B&M is breaking the mold in 2015 and mixing their two styles to make some great coasters - it looks like a great year for B&M with the two coasters, Thunderbird and Fury 325.
It's an exciting time for Holiday World! Their steel winged coaster, Thunderbird, just began testing. This coaster is Holiday World's first steel roller coaster, and it's built by Bolliger & Mabillard, who are world renowned for building smooth and exhilarating rides. It looks like Thunderbird could be one of their best creations yet, from the looks of the test videos, and should be a solid attraction for Holiday world's line up of rides. Just a few more weeks, and we'll be riding it!