My 107th coaster. Crazy Mouse at the Big E in Springfield MASS
Zamperla Spinning Mouse 420STD
Virtually identical to the one here in NYC at Coney Island except for a different placement of the marquee name.
Big E had a sizable rides area but only 1 coaster. A Spinning Mouse ride from Zamperla. A clone of the Tickler from Coney Island
From the Big E in Mass. Sept 2013
ugh. so many parks to update. but im moving. from one end of the bronx to the other. i’ll prob be missing for a month. =/
Desperado, Buffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino
i find this picture scary for a different reason. look how empty that train is. im scared that sometime soon the resort is just going to pull the plug on this coaster due to lack of interest and ill have never been able to ride it. =(
2 years ago, Dorney park took on a vekoma invertigo shuttle from California and named it Stinger. They have not had a major investment in the amusement park since. For 2014 the investment will again be in the quite sizable waterpark.
Riptide Run which is one of my favorite attractions at that water park will be demolished. =( Apparently its one of the original attractions from the opening of the water park and it requires an enormous amount of manpower to watch over so I cannot fault them for wanting to recycle the space.
Incoming will be the Snake Pit
6 routes. 3 drop tunnels which go into a tube. 2 hybrid tubes/slides that look like they are on body rafts. and 1 fully enclosed raft ride that looks like it has 3 drain toilets. looks good!
The location of the current riptide pools and future location of snake pit
NEW FOR 2014
tallest drop ride on Earth
Six Flags: Great Adventure
The annoucement was out. Zumanjaro Drop! The tallest drop ride in the world attached to Kingda Ka, the tallest coaster in the world. the drop ride would hit 415ft and drop at 90moh. 30 seconds up and 10 seconds down. The problem is what is shown in the render of the above pic. the complete lack of infrastructure around the base of the tower. there is nothing there. Only El Toro’s tower looms in the distance. But it wasn’t until the next render that i really got shocked
There was El Toro and behind it was Bizarro. and it took me a minute to realize that the vast forest between El Toro and Kingda Ka was photoshopped in. That they had in fact deleted a ride in this render. I looked up trusty old google maps to confirm and sure enough, the render implicitly erased this:
Rolling Thunder. Built in 1979 this wooden coaster was the only woodie at the park for decades before the arrival of El Toro which literally travels over it and inside its footprint. And that was the missing link. A later press releases confirmed my suspicion. Rolling Thunder will be ending its career on Sept 8th. It will be demolished to make room for an expansion fo the Africa themed land that Kingda Ka currently sits in. It will also allow for direct travel to the tower of Kingda Ka for access to Zumanjaro Drop. Furthermore it will include an exhibit for those baboons that were just hanging out forgotten in Field 9. Now they will have an audience. and by moving the baboons, they now have Field 9 to redevelop as a major ride or as the main entrance to the safari. A much as I’ll miss Rolling Thunder and how it hides the secret 2nd half of El Toro, its location is quite strategic and opens up a slew of other possibilities.
PART 2 for NEW TO SF GREAT ADVENTURE
In California, there is a coaster shuttle called Superman: Escape from Krypton. It was built in 1997 and the for the longest time had been the tallest and fastest coaster in the world. Its 415ft tall and hit 100 mph
Well recently, and rather brilliantly Six Flags attached a drop tower ride to the existing tower and created the tallest drop tower in the world.
There are now two roller coaster towers taller than this, Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Ohio and Kingda Ka at SF Great Adventure. and with the success of magic mountain, everyone wondered when, not if one of those two would be upgraded. I put my money on Cedar Point and apparently i was wrong. Kingda Ka is the tallest and would be the obvious choice if but for a major problem, its built on the edge of the park and the tower itself is way off the map. there isn’t a way to get there. Cedar Point however is in the middle of the park and is accessible from all angles
here is Cedar Point with Top Thrill being the Red and Yellow tower in the middle.
The station to ride the ride is on the bottom of the pic at the opposite end of the ride of the tower as is needed for this type of ride. But the tower itself is surrounded by walkways and is very accessible
Setting up a drop ride and queue lines would not be that big of a challenge. but when you look at Kingda Ka…
Its a whole other pain in the ass. This pic is old since it shows Green Lantern still being built in the sandy area. But basically at the bottom of the sandy area the grey pavement meets the boardwalk at 4 small huts. directly to the right of that intersection is the path to Kingda Ka. It weaves to the right and then up around Rolling Thunder until you get to the station house. Its an annoyingly long path. but thats the only place they were able to fit this large ride. and as you can tell it only gets you to 1/3 of the way down the track of Kingda Ka before the queue circles back to the station house. The rest of Kingda ka is surrounded by forest and a stream and parking to the north. The tower portion which is at the far east end of the pic seems completely inaccessible which is why I did not expect the announcement from Six Flags that Zumanjaro Drop was the new big attraction for 2013
Split again for length