Thursday, August 15, 2019

Leave of Absence

Hey Folks,

We here at ISI will be absent for a while.

On Thursday, August 8th, my dad passed away after a long battle with congestive heart failure. It wasn't unexpected but it has left a gaping whole in my own heart.
So I'm asking for your forgiveness and understanding right now, it's going to take me a bit of time to bounce back. Updates will be scarce for a bit while both grieving happens and healing begins.

Thank you all for understanding.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Steel Curtain June Update

Hello readers,

Sorry it's been a minute since I've updated about Steel Curtain; life just got in the way. So there has been quite a lot of progress on the build for Steel Curtain and the trains have arrived as well.  The seats are shaped like footballs; because the whole football theme going on with Steelers Country.  So I'll start with pictures of the seats for everyone since that's where I have some issues:

As you can see the seats are shaped like footballs and...well...they look SUPER uncomfortable.  Seriously who thought it was a good idea to put thigh holders on roller coaster seats! Besides having the crotch holder on the seat (because I can't think of another thing to call it) there are also the thigh holders on the lap bars too.  Like, I get the safety but if you've never sat in one of those let me tell why it sucks ass: if you have thighs that are bigger than, well, a stick which most people do unless you're a teenager then those lap belts are squeeze you in there.  The last time I rode a coaster with thigh huggers, I definitely bruised on my sides so I am not looking forward to that again.

Other than my unhappiness with the seats the rest of the ride is coming together nicely.  I am excited to see the finish project and ride the coaster.  Here are the most recent pictures posted by Kennywood:

 These pictures look amazing and make me excited for the ride.  The only downside is that Kennywood has not updated their website with an official opening date; it still says Summer 2019.

These pictures were from just last week on Flag Day.

As you can see from the above picture the coaster is nearing completion with only a little bit left to complete before the ride opens.  I do wish that Kennywood would announce an opening date already; like how are we supposed to plan to visit, haha?

While it may seem like that on occasion I am not excited for Steel Curtain; I really am.  I am just not looking forward to the headache all those twists and flips and turns are going to give me.  Kennywood has needed some new blood in the park for awhile because Sky Coaster is really nothing to write home about and so far this year it seem to be down for repairs.

I am hoping that by the next I write everyone Steel Curtain will have an opening date.

Until then!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hershey Park- New Trademark for 2020 Coaster

Hershey Park has filed a new trademark in relation to the 2020 expansion, Chocolatetown. 

Hershey Park is expanding once again for 2020. With this comes an entirely new area called 'Chocolatetown' and a new roller coaster is in the works.

Image from RCDB
This expansion is one of the largest in the parks history which included a new entrance plaza, 'Hershey' store, a 'Hershey Kiss' fountain, a new kettle-corn stand, ice cream shop, the relocation of the classic carousel. the largest restaurant in the park (full patio and bar included!)... and a brand new, B&M hyper-style coaster.

The new trademark is listed as 'Candymonium' as the 'nature of a roller coaster'. While this many not end up being the coasters final name, we've got something new to work with. As many expect, a few more trademarks will likely follow as the park decides which will be the final, working name of this newest attraction. The additional of 'Chocolatetown' looks to completely re-work the opening portion of the park in a big way, we can't wait to see what happens!

More news and photos as information becomes available, as always!