As part two of my Colorado pre-camping amusement park adventure, I headed over to the largest amusement park in Denver, Elitch Gardens. Elitch Gardens used to be located outside of the city, but it relocated in 1995 because the park was landlocked and could not expand. The new park has a small collection of rides, including five coasters, many relocated from the old location.
As I find myself in Denver, Colorado for a camping trip, I had to squeeze in a visit to a classic park known as Lakeside before the camping. Lakeside Amusement Park opened in 1908, so this park is over 100 years old, and still maintains an atmosphere from an older time. The major ride at Lakeside is Cyclone, which opened thirty-two years after the grand opening, and maintains a generally smooth ride given that this coaster is seventy-four years old.
Carowinds, the so-called thrill capital of the Southeast, is busy planning a new attraction for 2015. There have been rumors for a long time that Carowinds would receive a Giga Coaster (300 - 399 feet high), so 2015 could be the year that the rumors come true. A few days ago, the blueprints for this coaster leaked, so I have been busy recreating a version based off of the blueprints on a virtual roller coaster simulation software. I have spent tons of time on this, so I hope you enjoy!
A few weeks ago, Holiday World, located in Santa Claus Indiana started a teaser (it's called 66 days at sea) for a new attraction that will open in 2015. The campaign is currently on the fifty-fourth day of sixty-six, so the campaign is winding down the home stretch. All will be revealed on the sixty-sixth day, which falls on July 24th. The park has also launched a live webcam with an overview of the construction site in the camera's range. The tension is building as the days go by, so July 24th should be exciting!
Flags flew, the National Anthem rang throughout the park, and Six Flags Great America celebrated Independence Day by hosting a three day long event with festivities and celebrations. July 4th Fest at Six Flags was sponsored by Coca Cola, and was very well put together. There were fireworks, parades, and live music to make the weekend special and allow the spirit of America to shine.
Goliath stands as Six Flags Great America's fourth wooden roller coaster, and now Great America holds the record for the most wooden coaster track in one park, because of Goliath. It is the third wooden roller coaster to turn riders upside-down, and Goliath features two inversions, a dive loop and a zero - G stall, along its 3,100 foot course. There are also many over banked turns that give the feeling of being inverted, creating thrills throughout all of the coaster's length. Goliath's drop is an eighty-five degree plunge, that descends fifteen feet below ground level and spans 185 feet in height from top to bottom, which sets two records: steepest and tallest drop. The top speed is seventy-two miles per hour, and sets this coaster above the competition, as it is the third world record for this coaster, making a menacing triple threat for Goliath. Goliath is designed and built by Rocky Mountain Construction, who also built Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, in Branson, Missouri.
Six Flags New England's Cyclone will be closing very soon, and July 20th will be the last chance to ride this classic wooden coaster. Cyclone originally opened as Riverside Cyclone, and was designed by William Cobb Associates. Riverside Cyclone opened in 1983 at Riverside Park, but now resides at Six Flags New England and goes by the name, Cyclone. This coaster has become rougher and rougher over the years, and generally has a negative reception with coaster fans and park goers alike. The closing of this coaster begs the question: What will this be replaced by? Or will it be replaced?
The New Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, now owned by Ed Hart, opened about a month ago after being closed for many years. The park is divided up into two sections, a "wet" side and a "dry" side, with a road crossing through the sections. The dry side features Lightning Run as well as King Louie's Playground, a children's section, and some thrill rides. Hurricane Bay is the main draw in the wet section, but two of Kentucky Kingdom's roller coasters are located in that section as well.
Kings Island, located in Mason, Ohio, is an action-packed park filled with many great rides and attractions. This past weekend, I visited the park, as an annual "Roller Coaster Road Trip" that we do with our cousin. The trip was filled with many great rides, even rides in the woods after dark, and I had a great time.
Goliath at Six Flags Great America had its media day today (6-18-14). I was very excited to have the opportunity to ride this triple record-breaking wooden coaster after all of the hype over this coaster, and countless hours spent looking at the construction site to see what was going on. Goliath did not disappoint. It was worth the early wake up time at 2:45 am to get a chance to finally ride this coaster after the long wait. On with the report!