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!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Kings Island- Project X for 2020.

 Kings Island- Project X for 2020. 

 We reported on this last week but more information has become available and we've got more conformation that we're going to get a giga-coaster!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Kings Island- The 2020 Project

 Kings Island Building in 2020.. and it's BIG. 

While no real details are known yet, we do suspect that Kings Island has something big in the works for the 2020 season.

While we all know and love Banshee, this coaster doesn't take up nearly half of the footprint that was left when Son of Beast was demolished in 2009. Nor has the park filled up the space which was once the 'Dinosaurs Alive!' walk-thru attraction or the location where Firehawk once stood. Which has left a massive question, what are they going to do with the rest of that land?

Image from Wild Gravity Travels
The short and simple answer is 'We don't know, but we've got some guesses' and I suspect, your going to like them.

If you look at Cedar Fair and how they round-robin coaster building, 2020 is the year when Kings Island is cleared in the budget to build something expensive. Carowind's and Canada's Wonderland got the 2019 slots. So now, it's time for Kings Island to have a run at the budget and keep in the coaster war.

 Expensive, in amusement park terms, generally means 'Roller Coaster' and this is good! The park hasn't built a new coaster since Banshee opened in 2014.

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See all that space lined in orange? That's ALL open space now. Between three now-gone attractions the park has more expansion room than they've seen in years.  Large, open space to put something truly massive into.  The area on the bottom was once 'Dinosaurs Alive!' which is the clearing you see in the picture above.

Cleared land? That's suspicious!

While permits haven't been filed (that anyone has dug up, anyway) we've got the rumor floating in the wind, It's going to be a Giga coaster. Likely something big enough to surpass current rivals like Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Fury 365 at Carowinds and Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland.

Something truly massive is in the works.
Kings Island, we're watching you.
(Stalking, let's be honest. We're stalking them.)

We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Coasters and You- How 'Water Dummies' Work

Image from NBC10
Water Dummies and You- 
Why one falling off isn't a reason to panic.

Okay people, it's time for a rough and dirty crash course on coaster dummies combined with some easy math.

Everyone loves to panic and panic they have, since two water dummies fell from a the Gale Force coaster at Playland's Castaway Cove in Ocean City, New Jersey.

In essence the story reads like you'd expect- Playland's Castaway Cove was doing it's safety testing, this is accomplished by using 'water dummies' which every theme park uses. They leaked, lost mass and became loose. This allowed them to fly off the coaster and damage the roof of a nearby hotel.  This story came across my dash, shortly followed by the rounds of internet hysteria.

Direct caption from BroBible

Naturally, this has lead to some people fear-mongering, then having a fit over the safety of roller coasters without even having a clue what a 'water dummy' is. This response naturally made my eye twitch. It had me groaning at my phone, using that famous line from a commercial 'That's not how it works. That's not how ANY of this works!'.

So now, I'm here and I'm going to give you a down-and-dirty explanation of what happened.