I thought I would do a "fun" post today with a poll. The question is do you ride arms up, or arms down? I myself always ride arms up, as it seems to intensify the experience of a roller coaster and give me more airtime on each hill or more hang time in the coaster's inversions. Click "read more" to vote in this fun poll!
After a long sixty-six days of teasing, it was time for Holiday World's big announcement where they would reveal what was being installed for 2015. At approximately 8:30 pm, the Bolliger & Mabillard winged coaster named Thunderbird was announced. Thunderbird is the first wing coaster in America to feature a launch that starts the ride instead of a lift hill. Throughout the layout, there are four inversions, and plenty low to the ground elements to heighten the sense of speed of sixty miles per hour. Also, there are elements known as keyholes (cutouts in buildings, structures, etc.), to further intensify the speed of the ride and provide more thrills and interaction with the theme of Thunderbird.
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.
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.