Thursday, August 11, 2022

Zambezi Zinger - New for 2023 (WOF)


August 11, 2022
Worlds of Fun Announces the Return of the Zinger

Kansas City, Missouri -- The new Zambezi Zinger roller coaster will take guests on a thrilling journey above its galvanized steel and wood hybrid frame, dropping guests from an iconic spiral lift hill into a low-to-the-ground track that races through the trees and terrain of the African Serengeti.

Packed with several moments of airtime, banked turns and quick transitions, riders are connected to the feeling of an epic safari chase and fast-paced adventure!

As guests travel through Africa, south of the Serengeti, they arrive at a smalltime safari company offering exciting tours to adventurers and thrill seekers who have traveled from near and far to experience the Zinger

Zambezi Adventure Safaris went out of business just before the turn of the century when the Zinger was thought to have gone extinct. They recently reopened their doors after new evidence suggested the Zinger had returned to the area.

The company now takes guests on thrilling excursions to explore these famously hallowed woodlands so travelers may once again experience the legend of the Zinger!

The new Zambezi Zinger is designed by Great Coasters International and Skyline attractions.  It will feature 2,428 feet of track.  Top speed for the coaster will be 45 mph, a height of 74 feet and the entire ride duration will be 2 minutes.

The new Zambezi Zinger will feature the all new Infinity Flyers trains that will seat 16 passengers at a time (2 people per cart, 8 total carts per train).  In addition, this new coaster will feature hybrid Titan Track which will allow for a much smoother ride experience

The new Zambezi Zinger will share many similarities with its predecessor.  Guests will enter the same queue building as the old Zambezi Zinger.  As the train leaves the station, it will begin its adventure with an iconic spiral lift hill.  There's a mid course tunnel.  The ride will stay low to the ground with many quick turns.  Finally, it is located in the heart of Africa in the same area that the original was located  

The new Zambezi Zinger will have several differences from the original too.  The first is that this version will feature side by side seating.  The coaster features new Titan track which will sit on a hybrid of wooden and galvanized steel frames.  The coaster is 74 feet tall whereas the original was 57 feet tall.

The new Zambezi Zinger will open at Worlds of Fun in Spring 2023 as part of the 50th Celebration for the park.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Flying Viking & Draken Falls - New for 2023 (Adventureland)


August 8, 2022
Adventureland Announces Two New Family Rides - FLYING VIKING and DRAKEN FALLS

Altoona, Iowa -- Adventureland Park is excited to announce two all-new rides... intertwined! Hop on the new FLYING VIKING roller coaster and soar over, under and around the new log flume DRAKEN FALLS. Double down on family-sized thrills with two unique rides that are even better woven together.

BY LAND - Join the Viking raid on FLYING VIKING.  Soar above the new DRAKEN FALLS of speeds of up to 26 mph over 1300 feet of twisting, turning and exhilarating track.  Let the world hear your roar as you dive and soar with bill hills and one-of-a-kind thrills

BY SEA - Hop aboard your 6 passenger Viking ship and race through the rapids on DRAKEN FALLS, a new family-sized log flume.  Your Viking voyage sends you twisting and turning with the rushing river, then over two towering plunges into multiple soaking splashdowns.

The all new FLYING VIKING and DRAKEN FALLS are scheduled to open Spring 2023 at Adventureland Resort.  

Friday, August 05, 2022

Project 2023 (SDC)



Since our last visit, the gravity building for the new attraction seems to have been closed up

The gravity building towers over 76.  It does appear that they will be using the storage boxes again this year for Pumpkins as they are still present in the Pumpkin Plaza area

Here is a look at the plaza for the new ride.  You can see the large gravity building in the back with the brown and white pattern.  The load / queue area can be seen in front and is the shorter building

Hopefully some type of berm will be constructed to hide 76 from the new plaza area

I'm guessing some sort of access road will need to be built on this side of the building to allow for access to Red Gold from the maintenance parking lot

This is taken inside the Fire Station.  Here you can see the load / queue area

The new reddish brown steel structure will be the new entrance for the attraction

Since there are no lights on inside and the windows on the Fire Station are rather dirty it is hard to see, but they do appear to be installing HVAC systems for the building now

I want to point one last thing before moving on, there is a pit here that is fenced off.  I would imagine that this is where the track will run in the loading area

Looking over the fence near the Little Swings (thank goodness I'm tall) you can see where the entrance will be in relation to the rest of the building.  The pathway to the new ride will run right through where the Little Swings are currently and have a new manned crossing over the train tracks

There wasn't much to see from the train that we haven't already shown.  Again the new entrance steel peeking over the fence

The abyss of the gravity building with not much to see right now.  
Contrary to some reports around the internet, there is currently no track on site (or any of the staging parking lots that SDC owns) as of today.

Moonlight Madness (SDC)


Welcome to Moonlight Madness at SDC

In the Red Gold, Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience

They feature many of the famous stunts that have made the Perondi family famous for 30 years

Their most popular part of the show is always the obstacle course race

Some fun new additions include a tight rope walker

and a fun hand stand

Boatworks Theatre is home to Chris Stanley's magic and comedy show

Dockside Theatre is home to Down By the Riverside

This show earned a Golden Ticket last year from Amusement Today

The night ends with fireworks which really look amazing from all over the City

BUT, the best part of the festival is the night rides.

City Update (SDC)


Let's take a look at the area that was damaged by fire last season

There are now markers present on the lot

It looks like there is not an outline for the coming building

It will be interesting to see how this project develops over the next few months

SDC 2022 (SDC)


We are getting closer to the debut of the new SDC 2022 project area.  This stand is on borrowed time and will be removed very soon to open up the area

This will be the festival food area during Pumpkins in the City

It really opens up this area

We also have a new themed area called Foggy Hollow which will feature lights strung in the trees, which you can see are in the process of being installed here by the two men in the cherry picker

This will be combined with the pumpkins that have been in this section in the past