Kentucky Kingdom to open “Storm Chaser” in 2016

Today Kentucky Kingdom announced the long anticipated outcome of what the plans were for their 2016 season. We knew for som time that Twisted Twins was getting “redone” for next season but, no one knew exactly what that entailed.  As time went on the 3 letters that most coaster enthusiasts long for started to come up in the conversations, RMC.  Now we know all the details of the new addition and it DOES include those 3 aforementioned letters. RMC = Rocky Mountain Construction.

 



John Mulcahy, the park’s Director of Marketing and Communication Says “Storm Chaser, standing 100 feet tall at its highest point, will be the first coaster in America to feature a barrel roll drop from a 10-story lift hill, not to mention a near-perpendicular 78-degree angle of descent.  But that’s just the beginning.  That first roll isfollowed by a stall dive, a tip-out corner, airtime hills, a twisted airtime drop, and even a corkscrew, features that simply can’t be offered on traditional wooden coasters.”

Mulcahy went on to say, “What makes Storm Chaser so special is that it will have RMC’s unique and patented iBox track, which will rest on wood, creating the “feel” of a wooden coaster, but will be supported by a steel superstructure.  This yields a ride that’s smooth as glass, yet also very fast and intense.  The iBox track also allows for the addition of exciting elements not normally associated with traditional wooden coasters.

Check out the video of the ride here.

Ed Hart, President and CEO of Kentucky Kingdom, noted, “Since we’re all about creating exceptional thrillsat Kentucky KingdomStorm Chaser fits the bill.  Storm Chaser would normally cost as much as $15 million all-in, but we’re saving money by using some of the existing superstructure from Twisted Twins.  However, becausof the new configuration, taller lift hill, and many other innovative features, we are essentially redesigning and building a new coaster.  Hart went on to askWhen’s the last time you dropped ten stories while doing a barrel roll?”

Some might refer to Storm Chaser as a hybrid coaster, but it’s actually an entirely new category of coaster.  There are only five other parks in the world to have a coaster with the revolutionary iBox track and they arthe marquee attractions at some of the largest parks in the world, including Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California), Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, Texas), and Six Flags New England (Agawam, Massachusetts).

Fred Grubb, co-founder and “chief innovator” of RMC, added, “We are thrilled to have been selected for this project and to help introduce our special brand of coaster design to Kentucky.  Storm Chaser will be one of the most exciting coasters we’ve ever built!

The American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) appears to agree.  With anticipation for Storm Chaser building, ACE has selected Kentucky Kingdom to be among the four major regional theme parks to host its national convention next July. 


Photos and interviews via Kentucky Kingdom Press Release.


Reporting for Bparcs.com Jason Slone

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Kentucky Kingdom’s New Coaster For 2016

What does Kentucky Kingdom have have up its sleeve for the 2016 operating season?  Time will tell and from what we found out recently it will tell soon.  Since the park reopened last year after being closed for the 5 previous years, the word from the park was the former Roller Coaster “Twisted Twins” would reopen.  However, at that time we didn’t know much more than that.  Now I think we can shine a little more light on that subject.  During a recent event at the park we were given a “behind the scenes” tour of the site where the former coaster resided.  The park officials would not go into many details about what they were doing yet, but did say that a official park announcement would be coming within the next couple of weeks.  As you can tell from the photos we took during our tour, construction (or should we say deconstruction) is well under way.  It also looks as if a lot of the existing structure is planned on being reused.  The new coaster is rumored to be a RMC redo and with the work they have done with other coaster revamps I know nothing but high expectations for this one if they are indeed the one doing the work.

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We will keep you posted as soon as the park makes the official announcement we will post it here.  I think this is going to be a very intriguing one for sure.

 

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Reporting for Bparcs.com Jason Slone

 

 

Kings Dominion to Close Shockwave.

Kings Dominion announced today that they would be closing their stand up roller coaster , Shockwave,  on August 9th, 2015.  The ride has been at the park for 29 years as has given over 22 million rides during those years.  The ride was manufactured by TOGO which also manufactured a similar coaster the King Cobra that was also removed from Kings Island several years ago.  The park says that the closure is due to park expansion in the 2016 season.  Guests can take their last stand on shockwave over the next month before he ride is retired.  Special events surrounding the closure will be announced on Kings Dominion Social Media.

 

     

 

Photos courtesy Kings Dominion

 

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Reporting for Bparcs.com Jason Slone

 

The Selfie Stick Debate

Over the past year a rather vocal debate about the use of selfie sticks in Amusement Parks and if they should be allowed.  Not only were folks talking them to the park to use taking photos while just walking around the park, but they also have been used to take photos and povs on rides more specifically roller coasters (YES ROLLER COASTERS, THERE IS PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE).  This causes a great safety hazard for other park patrons that are in the immediate vicinity.  The social media out cry has been in full force to start having parks ban them.  This week that started to take affect as all Disney Parks became the first chain to ban them from all their parks.  Will this start a trend however??? We can only hope. If not something very bad is going to happen and someone is going to be seriously injured.

I took this photo at Kings Island while waiting to get on Adventure Express and low and behold look what we have…… Someone getting ready to get on a roller coaster with a selfie stick.  IT SHOULD NOT BE OUT!!!!!  

 

The Cedar Fair chain has even decided to sell them in all their parks.  This photo was taken at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City.  First thing is first…… If we are trying to get them out of parks we do not need to be selliing them in the parks and give folks the opportunity to abuse the use of them.  I understand that they are another way for parks to make money, but I think there are plently of other revenue sources that we don’t need these for sale in parks.  Those 15.00 bottles of water should cover it just fine.

 

So the next time you head to an amusement park, think again before you park up the old selfie stick.  Leave it at home and remember you have a better selfie stick that you carry around with you all the time.  Your arm!!!! Heck,  maybe ask someone passing by if they will take your photo with whatever you are wanting to take a photo with, there’s something that hardly never happens anymore. 🙂 

 

Reporting for Bparc.com Jason Slone

2015 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Coasterthon

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JUNE 12 2015 was the 4 annual Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Coasterthon  at Six Flags Over Georgia.  
This year’s Team Bparcs broke our record with us having 3 of the 34 riders.  The morning began just before 9 AM with registration and a light breakfast and around 10 AM we started riding the Mindbender.
During the coasterthon all riders must change seats every 5 laps and once a hour you get a 5 minute  break, you must return to your seat or you lose your spot. 

At 1pm we took a hour lunch, Six Flags feed us hamburgers and hot dogs, chips and potato salad and for those brave enough ice cream.

The second half of the day was on the Georgia Scorcher.   It was a hot ride making it true to the tag line put your feet to the fire.  Six Flags was slow to get the riders water and that took a toll on many because this ride is in the open sun.  After 1 hour many of us got off including myself.  I have never been a fan of stand up coasters and I personally think it was a really bad choice  for us to do.   After 4 hours 19 finished but not many smiles.  Everyone that got off ,return to the rode to take the final laps as a group. 

While I was disappointed that I did not make the whole time, what really matters is the money raised that helps all the sick and injured kids.   It is not to late to donate. Just go to our Coasterthon donation page.
After the coasterthon we headed of to Terminal West At King Plow to see Revel in Romance , 2 years ago the band did the coasterthon with us. They invited us to the show and asked the crowd  to donate.  We raised almost
$400 more that night.   We look forward to working with the band and many more shows.

On Thursday night I made the announcement that this year would be my last being a rider of the coasterthons,  Bparcs and myself will still work to make the event bigger and better by my putting a team of riders that will do the event in 2016 as a coach. 

BPARCS strongly  believes  in the work of all Children’s  Hospital’s and we will be putting a new event that will cover 3 day of riding coasters at 3 different parks.  If you would like to join Bparcs Race team for the 2016 season  send us a email.  We will do several events at parks all over the country 2016.

Reporting for Bparcs

Brad Mahan
brad@bparcs.com

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Trip Report Worlds of Fun

 

After going to the Six Flags park in St Louis we decided to continue our trek westward and go to Worlds Of Fun in Kansas City. As you get closer to the park if starts to show on the horizon.

 

 

The view from the parking lot.

 

 The first ride we went to is Mamba which is one of the parks flag ship roller coasters. Nice coaster.

The park has a large childrens area like most of the Cedar Fair Parks.

 

Timberwolf was closed for track work.  Looked like most of it was done so lets hope it opens soon.

Park had a Boomerang – of course..

 

Prowler was the parks newest coaster by GCI.  Not their typical layout.  It was more an out and back..

Another spinning coaster at this park also.  These are a lot of fun!

 

Patriot was a very quiet invert.  You could hardly hear it running..

 

Steelhawk – Windseeker

 

 Several different flat rides.

 

 

While Worlds of Fun is a nice park, you can tell that is at the bottom of the Cedar Fair chain of parks.  It does not have that big flagship ride that the Cedar Points, Kings Islands, Carowinds typically get year after year.   The park is in need of a larger type coaster that could pull more people in.  Could it be in the plans for the next 5-10 years?  We shall see,  stay tuned.

 

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Reporting for Bparcs.com Jason Slone

 

 

 

 

Trip Report Six Flags St Louis

 

My family and I decide to venture out west this year and try a different park.  This year we started our trip out at Six Flags just outside of St Louis.  This park is built in the side of several hills so it can be a task to walk on a very hot day.

The park has a wide range of coasters of several different types.  We headed to the back of the park and started on the Mine Train.  This coaster is a nice long familly ride.  It had 3 seperate lift hills.

 

The park had a sky screamer swing ride right next to the Mine Ride but we elected to skip it and head to the coasters.

 Like most other parks there was a boomerang coaster.  I passed on riding.

 Screaming Eagle is the parks classic coaster that opened in 1976.  It had a lot of length but I didnt get much in the way of airtime on the hills.  Still not a bad ride.

 

 The Boss coaster was next. This one was my favorite!! It had speed, air, and length.  Night rides on this one were amazing also.

 Pandominum was a spinning coaster that we rode several times.  After several attempts we finally learned how to get spinning extremely fast.  

Mr Freeze was a fun ride.  This was the point at which is went from backwards to forwards again through the circuit

 We elected to use the parks Flash Pass system due to visiting on a saturday.  I must admit,  I really liked it and was a good investmeent.

 American Thunder is the parks newest wooden coaster.  Very tight compact track like most other GCI coasters.

 

Ninja was an old Arrow looper that I needed to get the credit on.  It hurt!

 Batman was a short B & M invert coaster.

 Before leaving the park we had to check out this years new ride, Battle for Metropolis.  We were not disappointed.  This is one of the better 3D ride sumulator shooters that I have seen.  I must do!

 

 

We enjoyed our trip to Six Flags St Louis.  It always nice to visit other parks and see how they compair to ones that you have visited previously.  We plan on coming back soon.

 

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Reporting for Bparcs.com Jason Slone