Sunday, April 29, 2018

World Changes (WOF)

The park isn't done adding new things for this season. Another quick service stand was added to International Plaza near the "Just Pizza... & Turkey Legs" stand.

This stand serves Cotton Candy and Popcorn and appears to be a nice semi-permanent stand.

Additional signage has been added around the park.  These signs also help highlight the new "mini-sections" that have been added to the park.  This is near Vittle Griddle.

Another similar sign is near Coasters Drive-In in the new Egypt section.

  As advertised, the Liberty Bell has returned to Americana.  This topiary was a long time staple of the park before disappearing after the 1999 season. 

We are at Cyclone Sam's now.  Here you can see the new lawn that has taken the place of the former extended queue line for the ride.

It was nice to see that the old video spiel for the ride comes on just before they bring people in to board the ride.  They have FUNtv on when the spiel is not playing.

The ride has received all new LED lights on the centerpiece.

MAMBA's third train is in the process of being put together on the transfer track.  The third train never made it out into the park last season.

A new gate for maintenance at Fury of the Nile.

New thematic elements have been added to Paisano's in Europa.

Thatch roofing has been added to the old Big Game Hunt building and Zulu's queue building in Africa.

We were asked what happened to the troll building in Europa.  They boarded up the openings since WinterFest.  The building isn't really noticeable to be honest.

America's Fun Park

Work continues on the carousel.  You can see the two big coasters in the background.  Windstorm on the right and Groovy Train on the left.

The kiddie rides are being set up as well.  Skooters there in the background and Groovy Train on the right.

Later on they set up the duck ride which will go in between the Skooters and Groovy Train.  Also notice that Groovy Train has its carts on the track and the station appears to be finished.

Here is the Space Rockets ride, another kiddie circular ride.  You can also get a better look at Groovy Train there in the background

Saturday, April 28, 2018

America's Fun Park

Windstorm appears to be all set up and ready to begin testing.
  
Wacky Worm is also ready to begin testing.

The carousel is also set up (looks nice) and Groovy Train is there behind it.

The dark ride is getting set up now.

The bumper cars are being installed.

Foundation for another building?  I guess we'll have to keep an eye on it.

Typhoon Twister (HHSTL)


A new banner has been added to the gate to Hurricane Harbor advertising the new Typhoon Twister - stating it will open Memorial Day Weekend

The parts to the new slide are still in the parking lot, but are slowly being put together.

A lot of these lighter blue pieces are part of the wave turn

More of that wave turn.

The black and white portions are for the middle of the bowl part of the slide.

You can see some of the larger tube portions of the ride in the background

More of the larger tubes in the south section of the lot.

I would imagine that installation will begin soon as some pieces were already staged over by the construction site where the slide will go.

Park Update (SFSTL)

Fire Ball is still down.  The carts for the ride are sitting back stage near Tidal Wave.

Xcalibur is still down.  The carts for it are sitting back stage over by the employee parking

Shazaam is still down.  The seats are also back stage by the employee parking.

The Boss - NOW OPEN (SFSTL)

The Boss has opened for the season.

The new turn really stands out with its lighter colored wood.

Here's a better look at the new curve.

You can actually see the wooden supports for the old double helix

Here you have a better view of the old helix still standing.

You have a lot more momentum now going up into the double up.

There is some violent ejector airtime in the double up now.

Here is where the new track ends.

So, how is the ride now?  Honestly if you ride in the front of the train you're going to have a good time.  The new turn is actually rougher (in my mind) than some of the older parts of the ride.

I just don't think that it is broken in yet and that's the issue.

Whether you like the new ending or not... The Boss is back for the season.