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!

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.

More awesome Paint skills!
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!