Archive for 2009

Carowinds Announces Intimidator for 2010

Carowinds, located in Charlotte, North Carolina has announced their new coaster for 2010. Intimidator, a B&M hyper coaster will open in the spring of 2010. The coaster will be the tallest and fastest coaster in the southeast reaching heights of 232ft, speeds of more than 75mph, and nearly a mile long.  The coaster will be the largest investment in the park’s 37 year history.  More information, photos, layout and webcam can be found at…

http://www.intimidator.carowinds.com/

2 Locals Achieve 1000 Rides on Diamondback

The SOAR region of ACE would like to congratulate ACE member, Gary Coleman of Monfort Heights, Ohio, and 13 year old, Andrew Klenk of Lebanon, Ohio for achieving 1000 rides on Kings Island’s Diamondback.  Gary rode was the first to get 1000 rides on August 23rd, followed by Andrew on August 24th.  We give hats off to both of these coaster enthusiasts.  Keep on riding, or as Cedar Fair says, “RIDE ON!”

Kings Dominion Announces Biggest Investment in Park History

Kings Dominion, located in Doswell, Virginia has announced the biggest investment in park history.  Kings Dominion will spend $25million to build the tallest and fastest coaster on the east coast, called The Intimidator 305.  The coaster, which will be built by Intamin AG of Wollerau, Switzerland, will tower over the park at 305ft and drop 300ft at an 85 degree angle, going 90mph. The coaster will be themed as a Dale Earnhardt race car, and Dale Earnheardt Inc. will partner with Cedar Fair Entertainment to bring the massive coaster to life.  King’s Dominion’s new coaster will be located in the park’s Congo section and be the 15th coaster in the park’s collection of world class coasters. The coaster will open in Spring of 2010, in time to celebrate the park’s 35th anniversary.   More information can be found at

www.intimidator305.com

Holiday World Adding World’s Longest Water Coaster in 2010

Just one day after we announced our neighbors to the east, Kennywood is getting a new coaster, our neighbors directly to the west, Holiday World has announced they will be adding a new LIM launched water coaster, which will be world’s longest. Details are at

http://www.holidayworld.com/rides/wildebeest

Kennywood To Get New Coaster in 2010

Our neighbors directly to the east of us are in for a treat in 2010. Kennywood has announced a new coaster to be unlike they’ve ever seen there.  Details are at

http://www.palaceentertainment.com/kennywood/NEWfor2010.html

And Also,

http://www.coasterfanatics.com/sec_news/news_detail.asp?id=1976

Ohio State Fair Coming to Fairfield

The midway portion of the Ohio State Fair including rides and food stands will be coming to the Cincinnati Mills Mall this week, Weds Aug 12-Sun Aug 16th.  Information about The Carnival can be found at,

http://www.cincinnatimall.net/pdf/carnival.pdf

High-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda to take thrills and chills to new heights at Kings Island

Legendary high-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda to take thrills and chills to new heights at Kings Island

Seventh-generation member of world-famous Wallenda family of daredevils to perform awe-inspiring, death-defying 262-foot high walk August 15

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – As a seventh-generation member of the world-famous Wallenda family of daredevils, Nik Wallenda is known for performing death-defying stunts.

On August 15 at Kings Island, Wallenda will push the limits of what his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, started more than 100 years ago with a spectacular high-wire walk on a cable about the diameter of a nickel suspended 262 feet in the air from the park’s front gate to the Eiffel Tower – a distance of more than 800 feet – with no safety nets or harnesses.

“I’m very excited about my walk at Kings Island,” Wallenda said. “This is going to be the highest walk I’ve ever done. I’ll be taller than the new Diamondback roller coaster!”

Wallenda has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records twice.  His first record came in Kurashiki, Japan in 2001 when he was part of an eight-person pyramid. In October, 2008, he broke the record for the longest distance and greatest high-wire height ever traveled by bicycle, riding a distance of 150 feet 20 stories above the ground in Newark, New Jersey.

The 30-year-old Sarasota, Florida native will become the third member of the Wallenda family to perform at Kings Island (family patriarch Karl Wallenda was the first 35 years ago in 1974 and Rick Wallenda last year).  His walk will be performed at a height that is three times higher than the previous Wallenda walks at Kings Island.

Wallenda’s history-making walk is scheduled for 7:00pm and included free with park admission.

The walk at Kings Island is part of the Nik Wallenda Walk Across America Tour this summer at Cedar Fair parks.

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMgIg5CG_98

Diamondback Reaches One Million Riders

On July 20, Diamondback reached it’s first major milestone, 1,000,000 riders.

MASON, Ohio – Jim McDonel from Buffalo, New York was the 1,000,000th rider on the new Diamondback roller coaster at Kings Island Amusement Park since the $22 million ride opened April 18, 2009.  The 43-year-old McDonel was accompanied on the ride Monday by Kings Island’s manager of park operations, Tony Carovillano.

Attached photo provided courtesy of Kings Island.

Diamondback One Millionth Rider Jim McDonel

Diamondback One Millionth Rider Jim McDonel

Busch Gardens to Remove Big Bad Wolf

Busch Gardens has unfortunately announced what has been to date just a rumor.  What most describe as the best suspended coaster ever built, the Arrow designed Big Bad Wolf will be removed.  You have until September 7, 2009 to pay your last respects.  The official press release follows along with a link to the FAQ they have setup.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 24, 2009) – After 25 years traveling at the speed of fright, The Big Bad Wolf will take its last trip through Busch Gardens’ Bavarian village Sept. 7. “We hate to see The Big Bad Wolf go,” said John Reilly, Busch Gardens’ general manager. “We realize The Big Bad Wolf is a guest favorite. We’re making the announcement now so coaster fans can ride one last time before it closes after Labor Day.”

The world’s first suspended roller coaster took coaster design to a new level when it opened in 1984. And while it cannot claim to be the fastest or the tallest, more than 29 million guests have ridden what has become one of the park’s most beloved thrill attractions. Legions of fans—young and old alike—often cite it as their introduction to the coaster experience.

“The Big Bad Wolf offers a thrilling ride experience coupled with aggressive ride dynamics. While it remains a safe attraction, it has simply reached the end of its service life,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering and design. Park officials are reviewing several design concepts for a new park attraction to replace The Big Bad Wolf, but no announcement is planned at this time.

http://www.buschgardens.com/bgw2/CP/?page=BigBadWolf

Zoom & SOAR Information

Adam Wasiljov, who is spear heading this event will be at Kings Island this Saturday, July 25th if you want to bring your registration to him.  He can take cash or check. We need 50 people min to have the event.  If we do not have 50, the event will be cancelled.