Monday, June 26, 2017

Time Traveler Construction (SDC)

Most of the siding is complete now on the station, with the exception of the side facing the park.

The rest of today's update is courtesy of Grapeslie.  
From the other side you can see just how up the station is from the valley floor.

They are still building some kind of footer at the bottom of the valley.

That is quite the cluster of footers by the TNT swoop.

It doesn't look like any new pieces of track have been added but it is nice to see the track from the opposite angle for a change.

Really happy that they left some trees on the inside portion of the track.

That's all for today - we'll see you next weekend.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Oceans of Fun

Welcome to Oceans of Fun.

This is Paradise Falls - a giant waterfortress made up of water obstacles and several small body slides, topped off with a large tipping bucket of water.

Surf City Wavepool is the park's giant wavepool.  Unlike other waterparks, tubes are free for all guests which makes it a lot easier to enjoy the waves.

This is the newest slide complex in the park and consists of 6 slides.

The two blue tube slides are called Shark's Revenge.

The purple and yellow slide is called Constrictor and features very tight turns.

The red, orange and yellow slides are called Predator's Plunge and are body slides that feature drop capsule starts.  You enter the capsule and then the floor drops out under your feet.

Hurricane Falls is the park's family raft slide.

Hurricane Falls towers over most of the park.

Caribbean Cruiser is the park's lazy river.  It also has free tubes for the guests to use.

Diamond Head is a trio of body slides that slither down the hillside.

Typhoon is the park's twin racing body slides.

Aruba Tuba is a twin set of slides that feature both open and closed sections of tube.

Coconut Cove is the park's large activity pool.

There are lots of different floating obstacles to climb on and a few shot gun slides that empty into this very large pool.

The pool also has a lily pad and log crossing

Splash Island is a smaller waterfortress for the younger kids.

The park has swan paddle boats and kayaks to use.  These are included with admission.

Castaway Cove is the the adults only pool.

Crocodile Isle is the larger kiddie area.  You can see Captain Kidd's up on the hill.

There are a lot of activities in this area for the younger guests.

The final attraction in this park is Monsoon - a Shoot d'Chutes ride.

Park Upgrades (WOF)

Fjord Fjarlane has a sign at last.  Looks great!

In a weird move, the park added large posters on the wall outside of the Tivoli Music Hall.  The strange part is that they are highlighting the Festival of Music which has been over for a month now.  Perhaps they are place holders until the shows for Haunt and Winterfest are installed.

The park finally updated the sound and control booth at Moulin Rouge.  No longer is up in the balcony, it is on the main floor and the techs actually have room to move about.

Oceans of Fun now has a dedicated security gate with scanners much like over at the main park entrances for Worlds of Fun.

Zulu and Prowler Down (WOF)

ZULU is back together and should reopen any day.  It was seen testing this weekend.

It is nice to see this HUSS classic ride getting some much needed TLC.  Word on the street is that WOF has inherited the parts from Valleyfair's retired Enterprise.

The big disappointing news right now is that Prowler is down and will probably be down for awhile.

There is no word on when the park expects the ride to reopen at this time.

Norma's Funnel Cakes - NOW OPEN! (WOF)

Norma's Funnel Cakes is now open at Worlds of Fun.

It is a lot larger than the old location and has a better waiting area.  While it was a little slow when I took the photos, the queue was full later on in the day.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Mardi Gras Festival (SFSTL)

Welcome to Six Flags St. Louis where the brand new Mardi Gras Festival is taking place.

All of the street lanterns in the front plaza area are dressed up for the festival.

As soon as you enter through the turn styles this large gator greets you from the fountain.

Front Street is all decorated with beads and masks.

They are literally hanging everywhere in this area.

They have several different characters posing for photos in this same area.

The main festival area is the Palace Gardens.

There they have several different vignette walls that have different scenes from Cajun history.

It was neat that the park took steps to educate people about the different historical events surrounding Mardi Gras - it's not just a booze party with beads.

I really liked the decorations on the Palace Porch Stage.

Periodically through out the day, the Palace Porch Stage was the home to different acts.

I happened to catch the Flowmenco Dancers.

They had several different acts that were performed to different music.

There was also a Jazz Band that performed during the day in the Palace Gardens.

Roaming the park is another group that is composed of a drumline and a lone trumpet.

I'm not overly sure how they tie into Mardi Gras, but they were entertaining.

The park also has numerous specialty foods and drinks available during the festival.

These are beignets and they are delicious.

Also delicious is the Hurricanes which are served in a souvenir glass.

The main event is the daily Mardi Gras parade which begins at 7pm by Tidal Wave.

I loved how much excitement the parade created with the park guests.

The floats were awesome and are apparently designed by a famous float designer for the New Orleans Mardi Gras parades.

Even the Looney Tunes characters dressed up for the festival.

The neat part about the floats is that they get park guests to ride and throw beads.

Each of the floats had a unit of marchers matching that particular theme.

Some of the units were a bit more risque compared to others.

Some were a lot more.

But the floats - they were all awesome.

One unit was all about the Day of the Dead.

I really liked this float's design.

Of course we need a float that's all about 'MERRICA!

Some more characters.

Some huge beads on this float.

There's Slyvester.

The parade ended with Babs and Bugs Bunny as the parade's royalty.
Mardi Gras at Six Flags St. Louis runs Wednesday-Sunday June 21-July 16.