Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Kennywood Park-Steel Curtain update

Hello lovelies!!!!

Quick update for everyone regarding Steel Curtain at Kennywood Park.  This week the construction crews installed its tallest piece!!!  Kennywood marked the occasion with a video on their Facebook page:

Topping out at 220 feet you can see the rest of the beauty that is the park and it is quite beautiful; sitting right next to the Mon, or well the Monongahela River to everyone else.

I also have grabbed a few more pictures from Kennywood's Facebook page showing more fun construction bits.





My favorite part is seeing construction moving along through the weird weather that is Pittsburgh, haha.  It finally seems to be leveling out weather wise here in Pittsburgh so construction should move along at a continuous pace.

I will make sure to update as more pictures and information as soon as I find more out.

Later readers!!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Magic Kingdom- Tron construction update

Magic Kingdom's Tron Construction Update

Yet another big ticket construction item from our trip to Florida- The new TRON coaster, coming to Magic Kingdom at Disney World in 2021.

 While it currently it may not look like much, this is one of the most anticipated rides in Magic Kingdom history. A new roller coaster based off a fan-favorite, TRON will be the 4th roller coaster attraction to come to the park.

While the exact specifications for the ride aren't know, it's widely believe this is an exact copy of the TRON coaster currently operating at Shanghai Disneyland. This will give us the following spec's on the coaster-

Builder: Vekoma
Height:  78 Feet
Speed: 59 MPH
Inversions: 0
Train: 2 Across, 14 Total. With special 'normal' seating in the back for those unable to ride in the 'motorcycle' position.
(Spec's taken from RCDB.com)

 Another interesting bit involving this new construction- It appears as if the Tomorrowland Speedway will once again be closed for an extended period. This happened previously with the Fantasyland Expansion that opened in 2016.

 There is also rumor floating around that the track may once again be shortened, you can see where the track now ends and is being used for the construction on TRON. Although I don't give this rumor much credit as the track was already cut greatly during the previously mentioned construction of the expanded Fantasyland.

Either way, we've got plenty of time to speculate on Tomorrowland Speedway and the new TRON coaster with two years left before opening.

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More updates in the future, we've got plenty of time!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Epcot- Guardians of the Galaxy Construction Update

Construction Update- Guardians of the Galaxy 

Not due to open until 2021, the new indoor roller coaster at Disney World's Epcot Center is under full construction at the park.  It's shockingly obvious  that this new attraction is doing some heavy editing to the pavilion that once hosted 'The Universe of Energy' and 'Ellen's Energy Adventure'.

The most obvious, and jarring, change to the pavilion is the now missing solar tiles which once covered the roof. It gave Energy the 'glowing' look it was famous for over the years, blindingly bright in the Florida sunshine. We've no idea if these will return or if something new will be added to the roof area. As of now, it's rather a blank concrete slate that holds no real hint of what's lurking in the future.

Moving past the roof, the outward appearance of the building hasn't changed. At least not until you look behind it.

I present to you, the newest 'Epcot Eyesore' which is the ride building for Guardians of the Galaxy. It's.. shocking how big and overly obvious it is, at least in it's current state. Hopefully Disney will do something (ANYTHING) to disguise this thing. Painting some type of designs upon the sides, dressing the area of up with trees.. something!

Because not only is it achingly, painfully dull to look at, it completely mucks the monorail view of Epcot. Passing by this thing, all you can think is 'Why is that even there?'.

On the more positive side of this eye-sore, you can see where the coaster will be entering the ride building. I'd go so far as to speculate this is a likely lift-hill that we're looking at. While we can be sure if it will  be a launched lift or a more traditional chain-style, currently it's not enclosed but I'd expect that part will come soon. Currently, you can see any visible track under the small 'roof' area currently slanting into the building.

At least the next parts are far more exciting.  From a view on a nearby bench, you can see into the Energy building and since today was surprisingly breezy, the 'no peeking' flaps were moving about enough that we could snag several photos of the gutted interior.

The back end of the building is completely gone, open now for construction equipment. Inside you can see supports and some track already assembled, taking shape into the new coaster. From the view we had, nothing is completed enough to have themeing elements involved yet beyond some cherry-picker and scissor lifts.

Another good peak inside, while not very visible due to the screening, are several curving track pieces. These seemed to be a banked and descending in a curve . Beyond that we weren't able to get a very good look at the track layout, nor even the shape of the track to see how the 'spinning cars' will play into the attraction.

While we weren't able to get a good look at it, we do know this coaster is a Vekoma design.

Over a year ago the 'prototype' train for this new style coaster was spotted. I say 'prototype' as Vekoma has never built a spinning-car coaster before, but considering their current deal with Disney, they'll likely hold the market on this new style and type of coaster for the normal 10 years.

That's all we've got for now, with the opening date not until 2021, we've got plenty of time to keep an eye on this project!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney World- Opening Date Announcement

Image from CBS10

Opening Date Announced for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World.

August 29th, 2019. 

However, with this news comes more questions. How much of the new land will be operational by this August date? How are they planning to regulate the crowds in the land? 

More information as it becomes available.