Closing out 2014 season and a look forward into what 2015 season has to offer.

Most parks are closed for the season during the winter months and park enthusiasts are chomping at the bit for the new season to start.  I thought we would take a look back as we close out the year for 2014 at some of the new coasters that were the highlight of the past year and look forward to what is to come in the 2015 season.

We start with Banshee at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio.  This ride debuted raising the bar as far as inverted coasters goes and it didn’t disappoint.  It opened to rave reviews and ended up rated as one of the best coasters in the nation if not the world.


Next we go south to Dollywood and their new family coaster Fire Chaser Express.  This ride was built for the young and the young at heart.  It was not the longest tallest, fastest, but it did have a very unique element.  The ride starts out on its normal circuit going forwards and then stops in a building where you see some pyro go off and you are shot backwards out of that building back to the station.


Next we go even farther south to Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  This ride, like most that Disney adds, was several years in the making.   The ride goes though the new Fantasyland expansion and features coaster trains that have cars that swayed as they traveled the circuit to simulate what one would experience in a mine car.


Lastly we travel back north to Kentucky and the newly reopened Kentucky Kingdom.    The park reopened in the 2014 season with some new rides and some of the old favorites reopening as well.  The park introduced us to the first Chance Rides Roller Coaster Lightning Run.  This coaster was also not the longest, tallest, fastest, but it packed quite the punch.  It had a 100ft lift hill with a 80 degree angle and once you completed that part of the ride it was airtime from then on till you hit the final break run.


New in 2015

So which rides are you looking forward to in 2015.  There are several to choose from.  Let’s take a look at a few.

Thunderbird at Holiday World Launched Wing Rider.


Fury 325 at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC.  The tallest non launched coaster in the world.


Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England . A hybrid rework of the existing coaster by RMC.


Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain.  Also a rework of the existing coaster by RMC.


These are just a few of what is to come in the 2015 season.  So during this off season lets plan out trips with family and friends so that we support out local and regional parks.  That way they can continue to expand and grow their selection of ride and keep all of us waiting with baited breath for what will be added in seasons to come. Who knows….. Your parks could be the park that gets the next record breaker.

For information on these parks and all other parks check out the BPARCS facebook page.

Reporting for Jason Slone

Photos via the following sources: Kings Island Website, Holiday World Website, Dollywood Website, Six Flags Website, Carowinds Website,

Kentucky Kingdom Announces attendance numbers and 5 new rides for 2015


Photos and Logos Courtesy of Kentucky Kingdom Facebook Page

This past Thursday Kentucky Kingdom released its attendance numbers as well as what will be new in the park for the 2015 season.  The park had a first year attendance number of almost 600,000 after being closed for the 5 years prior.  This is compared to the year the park debuted back in 1992 with an attendance of 130,000.  This large leap in number only means that the park is on the up and up and should see approaching near the million mark within the next few years.


The park announced 5 new rides for the 2015 season.  They are the refurbished Enterprise ride, the reopening on the old T2 suspended roller coaster newly renamed T3, the old Penguin Blizzard river rapid ride as well as 2 totally new rides.  A 130 foot tall swing ride named Skycatcher, and a 360 pendulum ride named Cyclos.  An updated park map is below show the locations of all 5 rides.  Link to map can be found here


The park also announced that they will have longer hours next year as well as opening earlier in April which will give the park a longer operational season.

WIth things to look forward to in 2016 the park will revitalize the old twisted twins roller coaster.  I think it is safe to say the Kentucky Kingdom is well on its way to becoming one of the premier parks in the Midwest in the coming years.

For information on Kentucky Kingdom and other parks be sure to check out our Facebook page.

Reporting for Jason Slone

2015 Six Flags Announcements



Today is the big day for Six Flags and all its parks announcing their new rides for 2015.  Below is a list of some of those rides.

Six Flags New England Wicked Cyclone

Six Flags Magic Mountain Twisted Colossus

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Batman: The Ride

Six Flags Great Adventure Looping Dragon

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Dare Devil Chaos

Six Flags Over Texas Justice League Dark Ride

Six Flags Over Georgia Jokers Chaos

Six Flags America Bourbon Street Fireball

The Great Escape Buccaneer Beach

Six Flags St. Louis Justice League dark ride
Six Flags Mexico Sky Screamer

La Ronde Maison Rouge year-round haunt

For additional information you check check out the companys website at

For additional info on Six Flags and all its parks and other parks checkout our Facebook page.

Reporting for Jason Slone



Carowinds to add Fury 325 for 2015

Logo via Carowinds.

Carowinds announced this morning their plans for the 2015 season.  Fury 325 will rise above the sky line at a height of 325 feet and drop down at an 81 degree angle reaching a top speed of a blistering 95 MPH!  The new Giga coaster will have 6602 feet of track. You can see a POV and other information on the parks website


In addtion to this huge coaster the park is also making some other changes.  Among those are improvements to the parking lot with new toll booths and added parking spaces.  Also the park will make a new front entry plaza that will work in tandem with the new coaster.

Park goers wall over top the ride on their way into the park.  Additionally the park will also offer some new dining options as well as updated entertainment.

For information on Carowinds and other parks be sure to check out our facebook page.

Reporting for Jason Slone

Silver Dollar City to add Firemans Landing Area for 2015

Photos and Logos courtesy Silver Dollar City website.


Today Silver Dollar City announced a new family area in the park titled Fireman’s Landing for the 2015 season.  The area will consist of 6 new rides and 4 interactive play zones.  The layout and attractions are as follows;


  1. Fire Spotter – Soaring balloons for spotting fire dangers
  2. Fire Wagon Frenzy – A bumpy ride for bucket brigade volunteers
  3. FireFall – The 8-story fire tower free-fall drop ride for the more daring recruits


  1. Firefighter’s Fire Drill – Featuring buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons and targets for showering mock fires
  2. Firefighter’s Fire Escape – An obstacle course of tubes, mazes, climbing structures and slides
  3. Firefighter’s Junior Escape – A soft play area for toddlers

  1. Fireman’s Flyer – A low-flying swing ride for little firefighters
  2. Up the Ladder – A smaller tower drop ride for junior recruits
  3. The Roundaboat – A bouncing ride on Dalmatians racing around a fire hydrant
  4. Firehouse Splash Yard – Squirting water jets and pump hoses


For more information on the area you can visit the parks website

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Reporting for Jason Slone

Hersheypark to Add “Laff Trakk” Coaster for 2015



The first of many ride announcements of the coming weeks was made today at Hersheypark.  Today the park announced for the 2015 season they are building the first ever indoor, spinning, glowing roller coaster “Laff Trakk”.  The ride will be manufactured by Maurer in Germany.  Ride cars will be four seats with 2 back to back seat configuration and will spin 360 degrees as it travels along the 1400 feet of track at 40 mph.   Estimated capacity of the ride is approximately 800 riders per hour.

Check out a POV video of the coaster on the parks site here.

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Reporting for  Jason Slone


Louisville Mega Caverns Supplies Thrills For the Whole Family


Photos and Logos from Louisville Mega Caverns Website and Facebook Page

For years there as been a hidden treasure below the streets of Central Louisville that many of the natives knew nothing about.  A man made limestone quarry that was used for storage of various items over the years was bought out by private investors and turned into one of the largest attractions in the Louisville Kentucky area today.  More interestingly is that a majority of the caverns are underneath the Louisville Zoo!  Let’s get started shall we????


The initial paying attraction was a tram ride though the cavern that was more of history lesson about the structure than anything else.  The 60 minute trek through the caverns told patrons about things such as formations and early mining operations.

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Next they decided to up the anti and add a zip line.  That’s right a zip line completely underground!!!!! “Mega Zips” consists of 6 zip lines and 2 challenge bridges to cross to get to those zip lines.  Each tour lasts about 2.5 hours depending on group size.  I have not done this course myself but I have heard that the fact you are underground makes it quite the rush to go through.  The height of some of the zips is rather high, so you are not necessary limited by being underground.


Within the past couple of years the have added a challenge rope course or as they call it “Mega Quest”.  This is not your usual rope course.  This rope course has 76 challenge elements which includes 3 separate zip lines!!  I was able to this a couple of months ago and it is extremely fun.  Its something that they young and old both can do.  You purchase 3 hours slots to climb this thing. But believe me, you will be feeling it the next day for sure!!!

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They have also added conference space because you know that everyone wants to have that big important meeting, well, in a cavern:)


And finally, during the Christmas season they decorate the cavern with lights and you can take your own vehicle and drive through while music is playing.  Now that is weird!


So this sounds interesting eh?  Maybe the next time you are in the Louisville area you should stop by and check it out!  I think you will like what you see and hear!

Reporting for Jason Slone