On Friday January 31st, 2014 we were very lucky and fortunate to go on a private tour of Dorney Park. The park is closed until late Spring for the winter, so only a few people (besides employees of the park) enter the park during the off-season. We were taken through most of the park, but most importantly we walked through Wildwater Kingdom, the waterpark inside Dorney Park where we got to see the latest construction of Snake Pit.
For 2014 the park is building Snake Pit, a 65 foot tall waterslide complex complete with 6 different waterslides. Construction has started, with land clearing has taken place. Physical construction of the ride is expected to begin in the next few weeks, with an expected opening date around Memorial Day. Below are a few pictures of the current construction progress of the new slide, with a computer generated photo of what it will look like and a birds eye view of the project. Enjoy!
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The annual ACE Event, EastCoaster, is this Saturday. Representatives from over 10 Amusement Parks and Companies are expected to come with information on future attractions, news, and more. We will keep you updated with new blog post(s) in the next week to inform everyone of the event!
Saturday December 7th, 2013 was the annual ACE Event "A Christmas Story"Book Land, and it was our first time visiting the park of Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. It seemed crazy to drive over 3 hours one way just to ride a kiddie coaster at a kiddie amusement park, but it was absolutely worth it, as we had a fun and cheerful day at Storybook Land!
We arrived at the park at about one pm for an hour of ERT on Bubble the Coaster (yes, a kiddie coaster) and the Tick-Tock Clock Drop (yes, a kiddie drop tower.) While most people would generally skip over these two small rides, they were the biggest (and best) rides at the park; and surprisingly they were great! Bubbles was a total surprise, as it looked like a normal boring kiddie coaster, but totally blew our expectations. The coaster was one of the best (if not best) kiddie coaster around, being insanely fun and filled with little airtime. It was so fun I personally got 20 rides on it! Next, The Tick-Tock Clock Drop also surpassed our expectations. The drop tower (about 30-40 feet tall) was filled with little drops which gave us butterflies and nice airtime. It also gave us nice views of the little park as it spins around while dropping, lasting almost 2 minutes long. The ride was so cute that everytime we rode it we just had to laugh and giggle, as now it is one of our favorite drop towers (Zumanjaro at SFGA has some competition!)
After ERT the park was generous enough to give us a little tour of their 'little' new ride for 2014, Work Zone!, themed after a construction site. Trucks will travel around a factitious construction site filled with animatronics to give kids the feeling of being a construction worker. Park management showed us the station building and the latest of the track work, making us the first people, besides the park management, to see and take pictures the site of the ride. Enjoy the photos below!
After the tour we were able to walk around and enjoy the park before a little Q&A and door-prizes at the parks picnic area where they were generous to give us free food, toys and prizes! After that it was getting dark and it was time for the Holiday Lights, as the park was light up in fabulous lights! The park, already beautiful, became even more gorgeous. Lights light up the whole park and the atmosphere gave me the Christmas feeling that I had experienced only when I was a child. The park got crowded, but the staff was very nice and organized, making all the general public was friendly. It was an great image seeing so many kids, parents, and workers all smiling at an amusement park and having a great time during the Holiday Season. Storybookland became the perfect place to enjoy this wonderful time of the year, where we were even able to ride some rides!
I know many people are reading this thinking "why do a post about a kiddie park?" Even though Storybook Land is a park designed for kids, we still had a great time riding surprisingly awesome rides and it was perfect to bring out the Holiday Spirit felt only once a year.
On May 4th, 2013, Quassy Amusement Park held its third annual "Wooden Warrior Day." As always, the park held a fantastic event and it was a great day. The park held a two hour ERT session from 10 am to noon, where we got plenty of rides on their iconic Wooden Warrior. Followed was a delicious lunch, and a guided tour of the park by park President Eric Anderson. Mr. Anderson took us took us around the park and through the waterpark showing us the latest Construction of the new rides - Tunnel Twister, Bullet Bowl, Speed Slides, and Fish Pond - to Splash Away Bay.
All photos were taken by us, with proper park permission. Enjoy the photo update!
On October 13th, 2012, we made our last trip to an Amusement Park for 2012. It was our last trip, but it was a great trip. (Sorry we are posting this over 3 months late! We have been very busy!)
Our last trip for the season was to Six Flags New England, for the ACE Event 'Superhero Celebration' which is a yearly event held by the park. The event consists each year of a buffet style lunch (with free unlimited food, deserts, drinks, etc), including a Q&A with park personnel, and nighttime ERT.
Our day began waking up early, and arriving at the park at about noon time, as that was the time of open during the fall months. As every year, we headed straight to the Picnic Grove to eat lunch and have the Q&A. The lunch provided was fantastic as always, with an awesome make-your-own ice cream sundae section! Too bad it was too cold for ice cream though!
After lunch, we went back to the park to realize that it was super crowded. The lines for everything were insanely long, with minimum ride lengths of one hour. We were forced to buy a Flash Pass, which was extremely expensive. However, it was worth it, as we got to ride a lot of Coasters that day. Without it, we would have only ridden a few Coasters, with waiting for hours. We got to ride each major Coaster and ride once or twice.
As the park began to get dark, we took advantage of their Fright Fest, and went through the 'Wicked Woods' haunted walk through. It was fun and entertaining, but not as fun as other haunted attractions at other parks.
We then rode a few more Coasters, and then the park was already closing. We returned our expensive Flash Pass, and then enjoyed ERT, which was very short this year. It was only about a half hour ERT on Bizarro, GCG:EAA, and Thunderbolt. We stayed only on Bizarro for the short time, but got about 6 rides in.
Overall Superhero Celebration 2012 was a great event. It proves to be a yearly expected event, and over each year becomes memorable. What makes it a great event is that it is a smaller than others. Also, it is the Fall time, Fright Fest, and one of our last Amusement Park Trips for each season. We can not wait for Superhero Celebrations 2013!
On the morning of October 8th, 2012, we woke up at about 4 am to arrive at Six Flags Great Adventure at 6 am. We were attending the Nitro Media Shoot for the Travel Channels filming of Extreme Coaster Wars: World Domination. A day that should have been exciting, turned out to be what we didn't expect. Previous Travel Channel shootings let us ride the Coaster about 20 times, for hours, and interviewed us so we can be on television. This time, it was totally different. They had us waiting around in the Nitro station just waiting there. We planed to start riding at 7 am, but they lied to us, as they didn't start us riding until 9:30 am, just before the park opened. They made us stand there in the freezing cold for hours. It was similar to torture. Then, they only made us ride Nitro a few times, and that was it. When they made us ride, they also told us we had to ride in short sleeves because, "it is always summer in tv land!" We literally froze from the below freezing temperature and the high speed winds of Nitro. We even got sick after. Also, instead of interviewing actual Roller Coaster Enthusiasts (like us), they interviewed paid actors, and they were labeled "Roller Coaster Enthusiasts." The media shoot for Nitro was expected to be fun and exciting, but turned out to be the opposite and a waste of time. We do regret attending the event. However, there is a chance you could see us on television when the show airs.
After wasting 5 hours just standing in the station of Nitro, they let us into the park, without paying the admission cost (which didn't matter, because we all had season passes). We felt sick and exhausted from the morning, so we only rode a few rides in the morning (mostly El Toro) and then left the park. We felt it was a waste of a day, money, and gas. It had to be one of the worst days at an Amusement Park for us. Next time, hopefully the Travel Channel improves their filming work, and focuses on better Roller Coaster program
The following day after Riding of the Bull Cuatro at Six Flags Great Adventure, we headed over to Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The Sunday after, on September 9th, 2012, there was another ACE event held at the Pier, called 'Seaside Hangover.' After our late night, many ACErs headed to Seaside for another fun-filled day of Roller Coaster riding.
We arrived at Casino Pier at approximately 10:45 am. We missed the VIP tour, but we already received one in June, during another event, so it was fine that we missed it. We waited for everyone to return from the tour, and waited for ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) to begin. ERT began at approximately 11:00 am. The park did not open to the general public until noon, so we had one full hour to get many rides on all four Coasters at the park: The Star Jet,Wild Mouse, Pirates Hideaway, and Hot Tamales. We rode the smaller Coasters, Pirates Hideaway, and Hat Tamales, only once. We rode the Wild Mouse a few times, and we rode the best Coaster at the park, the Star Jet dozens of times. While many people dislike Star Jet, and the other Coasters at Seaside, they are great Coasters, that provide hours of fun on the Jersey Shore.
At noon, the park opened to the general public. However, being mid September, the park was still empty when it opened. We were still able to get in many rides on all the attractions in the park. First, we headed over to ride the Still-Walk Manor, the Haunted House, on the Pier. However, it was experiencing some technical difficulties, and was currently closed. Instead, we rode Star Jet a few more times, rode the Log Flume, and rode the fantastic Centrifuge almost a dozen times. Centrifuge was a classic Scrambler ride, but enclosed in the dark, with blasting Rock music, and strobe lights: Making it the Best Indoor Flat Ride. Finally, Still-walk Manor opened, and we took a quick ride on it. Sadly, many 'props' were still down, but it was still a fantastic Dark Ride.
It was already 1:00 pm, and all the attendees meet in front of the Star Jet, for a group photo. As always, many people talked, including ACE NJ regional rep, Bret U, and the friendly Casino Pier management. The park provided many fantastic Door Raffle Prizes, where they gave away park memorabilia. As always, they also had a scavenger hunt, which sent many people, including us, running around the park looking for clues, to win the prize. Sadly, we did not win the scavenger hunt, but one guest in our party won a giant wooden soldier, from the Door Prizes!
After running around the park like mad men, we bought tickets to ride the up-charge attraction at the Pier, the Sky Scraper. Tickets were on sale for ACE members, and were only Five Dollars! After taking a ride on it, we realized the ride was intense, crazy, and fantastic, so we took another spin on the giant 'crane' ride.
After getting flipped around, it was already about 2:00 pm. We were all looped from Sky Scraper, and headed onto the Boardwalk to get some food for lunch. We ate pizza, Curly's famous Fries, and drank fantastic extra sweet lemonade. For desert, we got some fried Twinkies, and fried Oreo's which were very filling.
It was already 3:00 pm that evening, and we decided our day at Casino Pier was over. Our stomachs were too full to do more rides, and we had a long 3+ hour ride home. As always, Casino Pier set up another fantastic event for us. With registration only Ten dollars (without the Sky Scraper) it was a great deal,as it included an all day ride pass, Door Prizes, many rides on fantastic rides, and a great day with memories that we will remember for a long time.
*Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Update* On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, and destroyed a major part of the pier. The end of the pier that extended out into the Atlantic Ocean collapsed, and destroyed major popular rides, including Star Jet, Still-walk Manor, Log Flume, Centrifuge, and other attractions. Park management has announced they will rebuild and reopen the park. The devastation was horrible, and was shocking, and we wish the Casino Pier team the best of luck for the future!
On August 25th, 2012 was the 13th annual Oc~Boulder~Fest at Lake Compounce. It is a yearly ACE event, with ERT on the one and only Boulder Dash.
The park opened to the general public at 11 am, the same time as registration began. We arrived on time, got set up, and headed straight to ride Boulder Dash, to get a quick ride on the fantastic Wooden Coaster. The ride only had a 10 minute wait, because the park just opened up. We then rode the Ghost Hunt, a indoor dark ride, then headed over to ride Zoomerang, a Vekoma Boomerang Coaster. They both also had very short waits.
It was already noon, and we headed over to the private picnic areas, where the park provided a wide verity of food for us, including BBQ chicken, burgers, beans, corn, salad, ice cream and more. We took our time eating, and waited for the ACE New England Rep, Rus, to get ready for a speech. He thanked everyone for coming out for the event, and talked what was planed for the rest of the day. It was then time for door prizes, which were free raffled off girts. This time, the door prizes were free coupons to use on food, gifts, and more throughout the park. We were lucky to win some, and that was able to pay dinner for us in the park!
After a fabulous lunch, Rus set up a Behind the Scenes Tour of the WildCat Wooden Coaster. Sadly the Wooden Coaster would be closed for the remainder of the 2012 season, but we were lucky enough to go inside where no general public can ever enter! We were able to get on the track, and inside the supports of the Coaster! Inside the head man at the park, Jerry told us the plans for the future of WildCat. They plan on remodeling the supports and track, along the first drop, and possible add in new trains in 2013. Also, each year the park will do some more work to re master this classic Wooden Coaster.
However, we shouldnt forget the reason why most of us visited the park that day, to ride Boulder Dash. As the time for ERT was approaching, we decided to take a ride on the sky ride, and a few other rides around the park. We then decided to hit Crocodile Creek, the water park at Lake Compounce, for a hour. We rode a few slides, including the new RipTide Racer. The new slide looks interesting awesome, but it was a very short.
It was then about 7:30, and we walked the park until 9:00, until the park closed. At 9:00 we all meet outside the entrance of Boulder Dash until ERT started, which was approximately 9:35. It lasted one full hour, until 10:35. I was able to get in a good 16 times, in the front car, and the back car. The ERT was a blast, as Boulder Dash ran very smooth, and it was great flying through the woods in pitch black.
This year, Oc~Boulder~Fest was fantastic! We would like to thank Rus, the ACE New England Regional Rep, and Jerry from Lake Compounce, for setting up the event! We all appreciate it, and cant wait for the event next year at Lake Compounce!
On Sunday July 15th, 2012 Coaster Of The Day attended the ACE event, Luna Park Fest 2. The event was held at Luna Park in Coney Island, located in New York, New York. It was a very fun event, which included great deals, and ERT on the world famous Coney Island Cyclone.
The event registration was from 9:00/10:00 am. We arrived there when registration ended at 10 am. The cost for the event was $50 dollars per person, and it was well worth it. The price included a half hour of ERT, a 4 hour wrist band for Luna Park, and a few ride credits for the rides in Scream Zone. Usually, the price for all of this is well over $100 dollars, so ACE members recieved a big discount!
At 10:30, it was finally time for ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) on the Coney Island Cyclone. Usually the price per ride on the Coaster is $8 dollars, but we got to ride as many timed as we wanted in a half hour period for free! This event was not that crowded, so I was able to get over 6 rides on the classic Wooden Coaster! Personally, I think the Coney Island Cyclone is a fantastic Coaster. It defines the term 'Classic Wooden Coaster'. The rides seats are very comfortable, but the ride is very rough. However; it has improved a lot, as there was heavy re-tracking to the first drop. The first drop is now silk smooth, like a steel Coaster. Overall it was a great ERT session!
A picture of the Coney Island Cyclone
(Picture taken by Coaster Of The Day)
When ERT ended around 11:00 am, Luna Park was very kind to give everyone a trip inside the guest relations building. We got to go where only employees are allowed. Inside, we got a trip inside the conference room. There we were able to cool off, have another Q&A, and watch a POV of the Cyclone! Before we left to enjoy our day, the management was kind to give us free ice cold water bottles to enjoy on the hot day! This was very kind of Luna Park!
After cooling off, it was about 11:30 am, and we started to use our 4 hour Luna Park wrist band. The wrist band was good for unlimited rides on the rides and Coasters at Luna Park! The park was then generally empty, and we were able to get plenty of rides in. We rode many rides a ton of times, including the Brooklyn Flyer, the Spinning Wild Mouse (the Tickler), the Log Flume, and the crazy looping flat ride, Air Race.
A Picture of the Steeplechase Horses Coaster at Scream Zone
(Picture taken by Coaster Of The Day)
We then decided to head over to the other park associated with Luna Park, the Scream Zone. Our registration fees included a few rides each on the rides and Coasters at Scream Zone. We rode the launched Steeplechase Horses Coaster, the flying Coaster, the Soaring Eagle, and a few more insane Thrill Rides.
After, it was about 2:00 pm. We were very tired and hot, so we decided to cool off in the car and take a small break. After it was about 2:30, and we headed back to Luna Park. We got a few more rides in using our ride wrist band.
At about 3:00 pm, we headed over to the neighboring Amusement Park, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. We the rode the world famous Wonder Wheel and took a quick ride on the one of a kind Haunted House, the Spook-o-Rama. It was then approximately 4:00 pm. We were exhausted, and had a long drive back home. We decided to head home.
Our day at Coney Island was fantastic! It was a fun ACE event, and we got to ride some great Rides, including the Coney Island Cyclone. Thanks a lot ACE for hosting this event, and we cant wait until next year for Luna Park Fest 3!
On Saturday June 2nd, 2012 the Coaster Of The Day team attended the popular Seaside Screams 6 event at Casino Pier. It was hosted by Casino Pier and A.C.E. (American Coaster Enthusiasts) in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. It was a great event filled with ERT, tours, and scavenger hunts. Overall it was a very fun and interesting day on the boardwalk.
The event begin at 10:30 am with a V.I.P. tour of the park, before it opened to the general public. This tour included their popular Dark Ride/ Haunted House, Stillwalk Manor. Following the tour, a 1 hour ERT session began. Exclusive Ride Time was offered on all four of the parks Roller Coasters (Wild Mouse, Star Jet, Pirates Hideaway, and Hot Tamales).
At approximately noon, the park opened to the general public. The Casino Pier management was kind enough to offer us all-day ride bracelets, which is good for including the up charge attraction, the Skyscraper.
At 1 pm, a scavenger hunt for A.C.E. began. The contest was to find 10 stars on rides, across the park. The winners received various prizes, including some old park memorabilia, and park tickets.
Following Casino Pier, we went to the neighboring park, Funtown Pier. On the boardwalk we then saw Snooki! At Funtown Pier we had an enjoyable experience there, with plenty of coasters and thrill rides. We enjoyed Funtown Pier, but we favored the neighboring Casino Pier
It was then about 4 pm and we decided to leave Seaside Heights, and head to Six Flags Great Adventure for the evening.
The 6 hours that we spent at Seaside Heights were amazing. The ACE event was terrific, and we filmed a lot of videos, including a POV of Star Jet, Wild Mouse, Skyscraper, and a V.I.P. tour of Stillwalk Manor (all videos were filmed WITH park permission!) Casino Pier offers a great family boardwalk fun that everyone should experience.
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