It has been over six months since the terrible and horrifying accident at Six Flags Over Texas when a mother, Rosa Esparza, fell off The New Texas Giant on July 19th, 2013. The court case is taking place after the Esparza family is suing Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Gerstlaur Amusement Rides for over $1 million dollars, with both companies denying liability for the case. We will find out more as the case unfolds, and in the meantime read more about the case from our source.
In more Six Flags Over Texas News, the park has announced details to their re-themed kids area, Bugs Bunny BoomTown. The new area will be an 'expansion' of the current area, with five new attractions, a complete renovation, and more. From the announcement, the area does seem like it will be nice, but it didn't need to be necessary. The kids area was already themed around Bugs Bunny, so it seems more or less like a renovation and not a full expansion. It is sad we will have to wait at least one more year for another big attraction/Coaster for the park, but it is nice they are at least spending money to improve the park and the family experience.
Speaking of another big attraction, Six Flags Over Texas is long over due for a new Coaster. Besides the refurbishment of The New Texas Giant, the last new Coaster at the park was in 2008 with Pandemonium, and that was just a family Coaster. The last new large Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Texas built was Titan in 2001. 14 years for a new large Roller Coaster is a very long time, and the park deserves one.
It is early for rumors, but I will do a quick speculation. Looking at the Coaster list on rcdb and remembering the last time I visited the park (2011), I can think of one good possible direction the park can go for a new Coaster. First, they have a very strong list of family Coasters, one of the best for any park. They also have a few good tall non-loopers (Titan, Texas Giant), and small looping Coasters (Shockwave, Batman). However, they have only one really good large looper (Mr. Freeze) and NO large multi-looping Coasters. I hope the park will add in a nice multi-looping B&M, like a Floorless or perhaps a new Inverted Coaster (like the upcoming Banshee at Kings Island). But, my bets are on a new B&M Wing Coaster, just like X-Flight at Six Flags Great America. This would make sense because I heard from a highly respected website source that Six Flags has bought a copyright for the X-Flight design (so no other park can build that design) and they have plans to add it in other Six Flags parks. I think Six Flags Over Texas will be on the list to receive the next X-Flight. But remember, this is just me speculating.
For a possible location for the next possible Coaster, I'm hoping in the DC Gotham City area. A few years ago Screamscape posted that a long run plan for the park was to expand the area. This would be a perfect opportunity to expand the area and add in a long desired multi-looping Coaster.
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If you have not hear the horrible news yet, sadly a women died while riding the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on Friday July 19th, 2013. The victim was reported to be Rosy Esparza/Rosa Irene Ayala-Gaona, who was riding with her son right before she fell to her death. This tragic accident was very shocking and upsetting for her family, and everyone who witnessed it. It must have been very scary and heartbreaking watching your mother, or a random person, fall over 100 feet off of a Roller Coaster. Our hearts and prays are out to Rosy's family Rest in Peace.
While this accident surely occurred, it is too early for people to start blaming and pointing fingers, as this accident just occurred and has not fully been investigated yet. But, we can look to see what occurred though. We know before she rode the ride the victim, Rosy, was nervous about riding and did not feel secure. Based on her appearance, she was a bit overweight, which could have contributed to the accident, as she was probably to big and barely fit into the seat. Also, herself and others surrounding talked about how the lap bar did not "click" down enough. Finally, reports say she fell out during a "turn" of the Coaster.
The story is already strange for many reasons. First, if Rosy did not feel safe, why did she even ride then? Secondly, The Texas Giant's lap bars do not "click" when they come down, because they use a hydraulic system. Most Roller Coasters lap bars make a "click" when they come down, but not this one. Thirdly, it is highly unlikely that Rosy fell out during a turn of the Coaster. On a Roller Coaster, when you enter a turn, the Force of Gravity pushes you in your seat, not out of your seat. So if this happens, how could she have fallen out of her seat if Gravity was forcing her in her seat? This its self makes the whole story stranger, because the story from the source material is already false, so we will never find out the actual truth of what truly happened. All we know, and all we will ever know is someone fell out of The New Texas Giant and passed away.
You can read more about the incident here and here
This incident that has occurred brings up the question of safety of Amusement Parks and Roller Coasters. Even though someone recently passed away because of a Roller Coasters, they are still very safe. In-fact, they are among the safest things a person could do in their life. Only a few people die each year in the world because of Roller Coasters. You have a one in a 24 million chance of dying from a Roller Coaster, which is slim to none. This is nothing compared to the every 1000+ people who get injured in an automobile accident every day. But why are most Americans scared to look at a Roller Coaster, when most Americans just love to speed and get into automobile accidents, where they get injured and even die.? No one know exactly why. Most of the time its psychological.
A good way to explain it is by listening to some advice once said by Heath Ledger when he portrayed The Joker in the film The Dark Knight. He said basically that when a large people get killed, no one cares, but when a few people die in different, odd ways, everyone panics and goes crazy. This could be applied here. No one is scared to get into a car when they have an extreme chance of dying, but when one person dies on a Roller Coaster everyone panics, goes crazy, and say they will never ride a Roller Coaster again in their life. I believe this is obscene, crazy, and ridiculous. This gets me a little angry as I do not understand why people get so afraid after an incident like this occurs, when people see and cause death everyday. But again, that is just my view as I view it, being a Roller Coaster Expert. Sadly, we will never find out the reason why.
For now, we would like to wish everyone the best of luck, and to be safe at Amusement Parks.
For the 2013 Dorney Park received no new attractions. This was the first time in years the park has not received any new attractions for an operating season. When an Amusement Park receives no new attractions for one year it is likely the following year we can expect a new, big attraction.
I believe in either 2014, 2015, or 2016 Dorney Park will receive a new Coaster, but 2015 is more likely. The last new Coaster Dorney received was Hydra The Revenge back in 2015. The Park has received other Coasters in years past, with Possessed in 2008 and Stinger in 2012, but they are both used Coasters from other parks. Dorney Park is in desperate need of a good new Coaster.
As what this new Coaster could be, I am hoping a new Wooden Coaster. Dorney only has one Wooden Coaster to its line up, Thunderhawk, built in 1923, and a new modern Wooden Coaster will fit perfectly into the park. The park has a good line up of Looping Coasters (Stinger, Hydra, Talon), large non-inverting Coasters (Possessed, Steel Force), and Family Coasters (Woodstock Express, Wild Mouse, Thunderhawk). A new Mid-Sized Wooden Coaster would fit perfectly into the park.
For what type of Wooden Coaster, I think Dorney would benefit from a GCI Twister Style Coaster, similar to the new Gold Striker at California's Great America. This would also fit into the parks budget, as those Wooden Coasters are less then $10 million, compared to a new Steel Coaster that could cost over $15 million dollars. I hope if Dorney would get a new Wooden Coaster, it would have a Western theme or feel.
There are a few locations this potential Coaster could be placed. My first bet is where the Thunder Canyon River Rapids Ride is located. The ride has a huge footprint, and is not a major popular ride (I always forget about it when I visit the park). If it gets removed, it will be a great location for the possible new Wooden Coaster, right along the main midway.
If Dorney would not want to remove any attractions, there is room by the entrance of Steel Force, around Dinosaurs Alive. This is a great location of a new park expansion and new Coaster. However, it is far from the entrance of the park, and is located in the far back corner of the park.
This picture shows the raft rapid ride, Thunder Canyon, the Main Midway, and Talon. This shows that Thunder Canyon has a huge footprint, and it would provide more then enough room for a new Wooden Coaster.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
This picture shows the backwoods, behind Steel Force, where the Dinosaurs Alive is located.
Without Dinosaurs Alive, this would be a great area to expand the park, and add in a new Coaster.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
If Dorney does not received a new Wooden Coaster, I would guess their new Coaster would be a family Coaster or some-sort. But my bet is on a new Wooden Coaster.
Here is a possible few year plan for Dorney Park
2014: New Ride in the park and new Waterslides at Wildwater Kingdom
2015: New Wooden Coaster
2016: Park Improvements
Do you think Dorney Park could receive a new Wooden Coaster in a few years?
For years there have been rumors that Terminator 2 3D at Universal Studios Orlando will be removed, sometime in the future. This rumor began for many reasons, including the low ridership, lack of popularity, its age, and the fact that it is based on a movie that is 22 years old and a franchise that is declining. Rumors increased when T2 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood closed in late 2012.
But, will Universal Studios Orlando remove T2 3D? The answer is probably yes, and eventually they will. The question now is 'when will this happen' and not 'will this happen.' I believe Universal Studios Orlando will remove T2 3D eventually, but not soon. When the park makes the decision to close down T2 3D, they will most likely replace it with another attraction. Universal Studios Orlando is among the most visited parks in America and will want to have as many attractions as possible. When Universal Studios Hollywood removed their version of T2 3D it was replaced with Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, which is being built now. Basically saying, Universal Studios Orlando would not remove T2 3D and have an empty space in their park. The park has a history of only removing attractions if they will be replaced with another one immediately. When T2 3D is planed to be removed, expect a new attraction to replace it.
But when will this exactly happen? It is hard to tell, but I would guess in a few years, at least in 2014. In the past few years and currently, Universal Studios Orlando has been adding a lot of new attractions. In 2012 they opened Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Universal's Cinematic Spectacular Show. In 2013 they will open Transformers: The Ride and the new themed The Simpsons Springfield area. Finally, in 2014 they will open the much anticipated second phase of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, called Diagon Alley/London. Universal Studios Orlando easily spent at least $300 million dollars in attractions between 2012 and 2014, and that's a lot of money. They would most likely save up money for a few years before adding a new attraction, which would replace T2 3D. With this reason, I would think T2 3D will be safe from being removed in the next few years.
Personally, I would be very sad to see T2 3D. It is hands down one of my favorite attractions ever at an amusment park. I am a big fan of the Terminator series. I dont know why, but for some reason I just
(On a side note, there is a problem that Universal Studios Orlando is facing, and T2 3D is a great example of it. A large number of their attractions is based on popular movie and TV franchises that are very popular today (ex: The Simpsons Ride, Men in Black: Alien Attack, Shrek 4-D, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Transformers: The Ride, and many more.) What will happen in the future, when these franchises are ended and are not popular with people anymore? Eventually, all of these attractions will not be popular by the general public anymore, and the park will have to be forced to remove it, and replace it with another attraction. Universal Studios Orlando will be stuck on a cycle of replacing old, not popular ride themes with new ones.)
So, I think that T2 3D at Universal Studios Orlando will be removed after 2014, only to be replaced by a new attraction. What do you think? Write your thoughts down below.
During Spring Break, on March 26th, 2013, we visited Busch Gardens Tampa, and began our 2013 Coaster season. While our day was very interesting (park trip report to come soon), one of our main focuses was Gwazi.
Gwazi's Tiger side has been out of operation for over 6 months. Rumor has it that Gwazi has suffered major budget cuts, and was forced to keep only one side in operation. This is extremely sad for the Wooden Coaster as there is no care for it. The Tiger sides trains have been stripped and there is a loading bridge over the track, for handicap and Quick Que riders to enter. The Tiger sides entrance has even been removed. It seems that Busch Gardens Tampa is trying to create Gwazi has only one side, and not two, to make the general public forget the true ride experience.
Now, what will the future for Gwazi be? No one knows the exact answer to that.
In all honestly, I think Busch Gardens does not know exactly what they will do with Gwazi, but they will need to come to an answer soon. When they first opened the Coaster, they wanted it to be a huge hit and one if the most popular rides in the park. Over time, it failed to live up to the parks, and the general public's greatest expectations. I'm not saying Gwazi is a terrible Coaster. It is a good Wooden Coaster, but not the best. If I had a choice to ride any Coaster at the park, I would hands down pick SkeiKra, Cheetah Hunt, Scorpion, Kumba, or Montu over Gwazi. A few years ago the park tried to improve the Coaster by adding Millennium Flyer trains to make the Coaster smoother. That certainly helped, but the Coaster didn't click with the general public. For now, they want to keep one side in operation, and see how that works for the Coaster. If they are successful, they will keep Gwazi like that. However, the park can not keep Gwazi like that forever.
An action will need to be done, but Gwazis future does not look to bright. Gwazi receiving budget cuts is scary in the first place. BGT will never make budget cuts to their major Coasters, like SheiKra or Cheetah Hunt. If there treating the Coaster like this, they will never pay money to improve it again, like add Topper Track.
If BGT will not improve it, Gwazi may be removed from the park. I was talking to an employee at the park, and she said the there are rumors that the park will remove Gwazi and put in a new Coaster in it's place... I was shocked to think that, as it will be a terrible idea. However, after much thought, I think it can be a good idea. Gwazi has a huge footprint, even bigger than the monster SheiKra. If Gwazi is removed, there will be a ton of new room to add a new section to the park and a nice new (steel) Coaster.
This picture shows the huge footprint of Gwazi, compared to other Coasters, like SheiKra and Scorpion. It also shows the employee center, located in the center of the park.
If Gwazi was removed, and the center was relocated, BGT would have a lot of new area to expand.
(Picture provided by Google Earth)
So IF Gwazi will get removed, when will it be? Personally I think it will be removed during the 2014 season or later, after the new Drop Tower (Desert Dive) is added to the park. I think the reason why the new Drop Tower has been delayed for quite so time was that the park was deciding what to do first: possibly remove Gwazi, or add the Drop Tower. I think they mad a good choice with adding the Drop Tower for the early 2014 season, and not making an action on Gwazi.
What do you think the future of Gwazi be? Remove it or restore it? I hope for restoring it, but if the park would want to remove it, they could always remove just one side. (How awesome would it be if the park removes the Tiger side, send it to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and resorting it? Then BGT will have room to add in a new ride or attractions. But that will never happen.)
What would you like to see happen to Gwazi, and do you care for it?
Photos of Gwazi: Taken by us (Coaster Of The Day)
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Today is the last day of 2012! This year went by very fast, and we can't believe its already over! We have had a very successful year here on our website and our Facebook page. In 2012 we accomplished many things on our website, and we grew enormously. We received a ton of positive feedback, and we were even voted 'The Best Roller Coaster Entertainment Website.' Our Facebook page grew tremendously and we gained over '1000' likes. We would like to dedicate this time to think everyone of our fans, and you, for all the help and support for our website, as we continue to grow. This year we have meet many of our fans at the Parks and highly enjoyed it. Without all of our fans, our website would not be as popular as it is now! We highly appreciate it and ask for your support as we continue to grow during the 2013 year.
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Its been over a month since I last posted in our News/Rumor blog, and many people have been asking 'when will be the next post?' So here is another post!
(General Park Update: On September 20th, 2012, Windseeker at Knotts Berry Farm was stuck at the top of its 301 foot tower. Rides were stuck for over 3 hours before rescue. No injuries has been reported, but Cedar Fair has temporarily shut down all its Windseeker rides around the country until this situation is clear.)
Knotts - 2013
Back in June 2011, Screamscape reported a rumor that Knotts Berry Farm could possibly get an Intamin Giga Coaster. It was rumored to be a huge Coaster, and possibly one of the tallest on the planet. The rumor spreading rapidly, but by October 2011, the rumor vanished. It was not talked, and forgot about for almost a year, and then August 2012 it came back in full throttle. The original rumor of an Intamin Giga was back! However, it then changed to a smaller B&M Giga Coaster...
Then, Knotts announced it will remove the epic flume ride, Perilous Plunge, in order for a 'new attraction.' The rumor then went to a smaller B&M Coaster, that could be placed where Perilous Plunge was located. Perilous Plunge has a tiny footprint, and it would be hard to fit a Giga Coaster in its location. Then. the latest rumor was then the New Coaster has been delayed even more, and Knotts will just receive a few flat rides in 2013... Flat rides are great at parks, but Knotts is losing competition to other parks in the area (SFMM, CGA, Universal, SWSD, Disney, and more.) Knotts really needs a new (good, intense) Coaster, with lots of thrills.
Once again, another new rumor was reported that Knotts will receive a few flat rides, and now, a new Coaster. But not a huge Giga by Intamin, or B&M, but a smaller family Coaster, like a Wild Mouse. This is very disappointing, as the park already has a huge collection of family Coasters already (Timberline Twister, Pony Express, Sierra Sidewinder, and Jaguar.)
So what will Knotts exactly get in 2013? None really knows at this point in time. There are too many rumors, and 'things are up in the air.' However, It doesn't look like Knotts will receive its long awaited Giga in 2013. If Knotts was going to receive it in 2013, construction would have started a while ago, as the construction will take almost one year. Hopefully the project has not been canceled, but just postponed.
Knotts will probably receive just a few flat rides in 2013. If they do get a new family Coaster, hopefully it wont delay the Giga Coaster even more. It will look sad and pathetic seeing small rides and a family Coaster on the area where the almighty Perilous Plunge was located.
Many update news about Knotts Berry Farm's 2013 mystery will come soon!
Knotts - 2014-2016
What could Knotts Berry Farm receive in 2014-2016. Hopefully they will receive the Giga Coaster soon. But, what else could the park get? Another rumor is that Knotts will re-track their Wooden Coaster, Ghost Rider. Their Wooden Coaster is already 14 years old, and is in need for some good re-tacking. It is rumored it would be done by Rocky Mountain, but it would probably just the addition of some topper track, and not an Iron Horse treatment. Nothing else is certain for the future of Knotts.
More news on Knotts Berry Farm's future attractions will be released soon! Stay tuned!
*Before you read this post, be sure to read our last Six Flags Great Adventure post*
In two weeks from now, on August 30th, 2012, Six Flags will announce their 2013 investments for all their parks. There are a ton of rumors, some true, and some false. The latest rumor is that Six Flags Great Adventure will not receive its 400+ ft Drop Tower until 2014. So then, what will Six Flags Great Adventure receive 2013? We well officially find out in two weeks, but we will do some speculation now:
In 2012, SFGA received a large new flat ride, the SkyScreamer. After this, and the 2014 giga Drop Tower, SFGA will most likely not get a large flat ride in 2013. The latest rumor has it that the park will just receive internal improvements, in order to save some money for future projects. Some of this includes new shows, entertainment, a waterside, minor improvements, and even a Safari Upgrade.
The largest will defiantly be the Safari upgrade. It is not sure if SFGA will make a small upgrade to it, expand it, or totally revamp it. I can not reveal my secret source, but I know that SFGA is very interested into turning their Drive-through Wild Safari into a guided tour safari, much similar to Disney's Animal Kingdoms' Kilimanjaro Safari. If this happens, the project could cost millions and millions of dollars, on the work, the new expensive trucks, upkeep, and GAS for the trucks. The amount of money in gas for the trucks will be a lot. SFGA will also most likely make it an up charge attraction, where you will have to pay extra money to ride it. Also, the Drive-through Wild Safari attraction could be totally removed, for the new guided tour.
But, what happens if it does happen, and the new project does not click with the general public, and people want back the original Drive-through Safari? SFGA will go into a big hole, loose millions of dollars, and loose one of their greatest attractions. Then the park could be set back a few years, and it might take even longer for a new Coaster, and Drop Tower to be added to the park. If in fact they go this route, i hope the outcome will be better than Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
This is an Ariel picture that shows Six Flags Great Adventure.
The red circle shows all of the land of the Wild Safari.
The blue circle shows the actual 'Amusement park' section.
Notice how the Wild Safari is much bigger than the ride park at Six Flags Great Adventure
(Photo taken by Google Earth)
If this Safari Upgrade/Expansion does happen, where will it be located? It could just go where the entrance where the current Wild Safari is now, but then the new project will be outside the park, and not inside it as a ride attraction. So where could the entrance be inside the park? One possible location inside the park is near the location of the possible Drop Tower for SFGA, on the Kindgda Ka tower structure. If this is the location for the Drop Tower, SFGA will need to add a new pathway, from the entrance of Kingda Ka, past the launched track section, to the support tower structure. This is right next to the exit of the current Wild Safari. The park can expand the park, and use the current Wild Safari exit building and area to have a new entrance. This could be a park of a 'two year expansion plan' to add a park expansion.
This is a current ariel picture of Six Flags Great Adventure
(Photo taken by Google Earth)
The yellow circle shows the current fort stadium.
The purple circle shows the location of Bizarro.
The green line shows a possible new pathway for the park.
The blue 'X' shows where the Drop Tower would be placed on Kingda Ka's support tower.
The red circle shows the current exit of the Wild Safari, and possible entrance are for the new Safari Upgrade.
(Photo taken by Google Earth)
Another location could be in the Frontier Adventures section of the park, near Bizarro. There is a rumor that Bizarro (the worlds first B&M Floorless Coaster) could be removed from the park, and be placed at another Six Flags park. The rumor firs came up in January 2012, saying that Bizarro could be removed, and be replaced by a new B&M Wing Rider Coaster. This spread like wild fire over the Internet, and then the rumor disappeared, as it was proven to most likely be 'false'. Now there is a rumor that Bizarro could be removed for this Safari Expansion. Bizarro is in a good location for this because it is next to the Wild Safari. It also is loosing popularity over all the other Coasters in the park, and being in a bad location, being isolated in the park. However, This most likely will not happen. I would HATE seeing SFGA loose another Coaster. Also, The park would have announced the removal, and we would have seen survey markers, and 'bigger' rumors. However, anything could happen.
Finally, one more possible location is the fort entertainment stadium. It is located right next to Bizarro. The park could take that stadium out, because it's hardly ever used, and use that as the entrance to the new Safari. Or, the stadium could be used as a new show, part of a possible new entertainment package for 2013.
Also, here is a Possible 5 year plan for Six Flags Great Adventure:
2013: Safari Upgrade/Internal improvements
2014: Giga 400+ Drop Tower
2015-2017: New Coaster/Movie Town park expansion/more
We will find out the truth on Six Flags Great Adventures 2013 investment on August 30th, 2012!
What do you think SFGA will receive in the future?
At exactly 3:30 on August 13th, 2012, Cedar Point (officially) announced their new Coaster for 2013 - GateKeeper. GateKeeper will be a new Wing Rider Coaster, manufactured by B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard). The new Coaster will reach a height of 170 feet tall with a drop of 164 foot drop reaching speeds of 67 mph and over 4,164 feet long.
(Photo provided by Cedar Point)
In 2013, along with GateKeeper, Cedar Point will reconstruct the parks main entrance. The will add in a new entrance building where GateKeeper will fly over.
It also appears that Cedar Point will noe put in another Coaster for 2013. Origionally in April, and May 2012 (following the announcement of the removal of WildCat), I thought the park would put in two Coasters in 2013 - a large B&M Wing Rider Coaster, and a Kiddie Coaster. It seems like the Point will not put in the Kiddie Coaster in 2013, but maybe plans will change, and they will add it in for 2013, or even hopefully 2014.
When GateKeeper opens in May 2013, it will break many records including:
-Tallest inversion on a Roller Coaster (170 feet)
-Tallest (170 feet), fastest (67mph), and longest (4164 feet) B&M Winged Coaster
-Most inversions on a Winged Coaster (6 inversions)
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