The past weekend, Six Flags Great America celebrated its 40th season of operation, and all of the new scheduled additions are open. For a few weeks, I've had my eye closely on the construction of the three new flat rides in the all new for 2015 Hometown Park section. I am happy to report that all three rides are now open, and the new rides look great - the littler riders now have a new thing at the park to do, and they seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the new attractions.
Busch Gardens Tampa's newest roller coaster is called Cobra's Curse and will be opening in 2016. This family spin coaster will feature a twisted track and spinning trains to create a wild, crazy experience. Riders will be hoisted to the top via a horizontal elevator lift system, which is a rare element for coasters. The maximum drop is seventy feet high, and that should be plenty of height to induce the spinning craziness. Even though there will be a spinning section, part of the course will also be taken forwards and backwards. With all of those different ride experiences, Cobra's Curse is sure to be an insane ride!
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!
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.