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.
This Rocky Mountain Construction hybrid coaster has started testing! It's very exciting to see that Wicked Cyclone has begun testing, because that means the coaster is one step closer to opening. The major work that still remains is to complete the repaint of the white wooden structure to a stormy grey. Other than that, after a few weeks of testing, Wicked Cyclone should be ready to run! I could definitely see this coaster opening sometime around Memorial day weekend, so it won't be too much longer until the rage of Wicked Cyclone is unleashed!
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?
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.