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  2. Sign me up now for the dueling racing kiddie coasters!
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  3. Sure wish SeaWorld Orlando had gotten this instead of Ice Breaker!!!!
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  4. Skyline Attractions has announced a new lineup of children's roller coasters they call "P'Sghetti Bowl." https://skylineattractions.com/skyline-attractions-unveils-a-new-line-up-of-childrens-roller-coasters-perfect-for-any-park-or-family-entertainment-center/ Skyline Attractions is excited to announce its newest ride model, an innovative and budget-friendly children’s roller coaster lineup known as P’Sghetti Bowl. These miniature steel roller coasters are as twisted as a bowl of spaghetti and the perfect first roller coaster for any child! And with the new product’s cost-conscious sales price, P’Sghetti Bowl is an ideal addition to any amusement park or family entertainment center looking for a great new American-built attraction. “As a father of four, I realize the importance of amusement parks having rides that are accessible to all ages,” Skyline President Jeff Pike said. “I remember taking my young daughters on their first roller coaster and how thrilling it was for them and how exciting it was for me. That first roller coaster was also an important stepping stone for them, as it helped them build the courage to ride other amusement park rides. Our new P’Sghetti Bowl attraction will enable more parks and family entertainment centers to offer experiences like this to families.” Skyline is debuting P’Sghetti Bowl with four off-the-shelf models, as well as custom ride layout offerings. Each P’Sghetti Bowl layout includes a single-operator station, tire driven lift hill, and a series of twists and curves. The ride can be installed indoors or outdoors, and each model maintains the same low 36 inch [91 centimeter] height requirement and an inclusive train design that makes them accessible to riders of all ages. The P’Sghetti Bowl lineup is designed and engineered to be fun and thrilling for both children and their parents. “It’s one thing to watch your child have a blast on a ride, but it’s even better when you can ride with them and genuinely have as much fun as they are,” Pike said. “The P’Sghetti Bowl trains have been designed to accommodate an adult and child, or two children, in each row. The layouts are also interesting and dynamic enough that we think older riders will still find them exciting.” Alongside its inclusive train design, P’Sghetti Bowl also features an innovative new track design. The custom track incorporates a unique single rail, the first-of-its-kind on a children’s roller coaster. This will limit the number of welds, drastically reducing fabrication and maintenance costs. Cost-saving measures have also been implemented elsewhere in the ride’s design and fabrication. “If a park or family entertainment center wanted to purchase an American-made children’s roller coaster, they currently have very limited options,” Skyline Vice President Chris Gray said. “P’Sghetti Bowl is fully designed, engineered, and built inthe United States.” Any P’Sghetti Bowl roller coaster can be enhanced with customized decals on the passenger train or even the track, a first within the amusement industry. “With the single-rail design and relatively modest size of these rides, we have the opportunity to be the first ride manufacturer to allow a park or FEC to theme the roller coaster track itself,” Gray said. “Instead of looking like a roller coaster track, it could now look like a snake, a racetrack, or whatever a customer wants to fit their theme.” P’Sghetti Bowl offers parks and FECs the unique opportunity to theme their roller coaster track. Just a few possible themes include the wooden deck of a pirate ship, an extraterrestrial spaceship, or a slithering snake. The four off-the-shelf models range in size from miniature to medium, with the larger ones including additional hills and helices. Model A (185’) is the smallest of the models and is an elongated oval with a curved drop and a series of miniature airtime hills. It is 14 feet [4.3 meters] tall and 185 feet [56.4 meters] in length. Model A can fit into an 80 foot by 32 foot [24.4 meter by 9.8 meter] space. This is the most affordable option and is reminiscent of the small-scale roller coasters that used to populate kiddie parks across the country. Model A (185′) Model B (235’) is the second smallest at 18 feet [5.5 meters] tall and 235 feet [71.6 meters] in length. It’s similar to Model A with a curved drop, but its airtime hills are combined with rapid back-and-forth transitions. Its space requirements are 100 feet by 32 feet [30.5 meters by 9.8 meters]. Model B (235′) Model C (420’) is a tightly-twisted knot of roller coaster track, passing over and under its own track six times as it navigates a series of highly-banked curves and a medium-sized airtime hill. It is 22 feet [6.7 meters] tall, 420 feet [128.0 meters] long, and has a footprint of 100 feet by 40 feet [30.5 meters by 12.2 meters]. Model C (420′) Model D (410’) is the final model and is more elongated than the other models. It has an emphasis on hills and a tightly-wound helix. It is 22 feet [6.7 meters] tall, 410 feet [125.0 meters] long, and fits in a 152 foot by 38 foot [46.3 meter by 11.6 meter] space. Model D (410′) In addition to the four off-the-shelf models, Skyline is offering custom layouts. These custom layouts can include multiple lift hills, interactions with the terrain, and even intertwined tracks for a one-of-a-kind racing children’s roller coaster. Custom P’Sghetti Bowl layouts can be tailored to fit any park’s or family entertainment center’s space constraints and budget. An example of a custom P’Sghetti Bowl layout In addition to the variety of off-the-shelf layouts available, each P’Sghetti Bowl roller coaster is offered with an optional base frame. This simplifies installation and prevents the need for drilling into existing infrastructure or laying costly foundations. The P’Sghetti Bowl ride line-up is available now for as early as a spring 2022 installation. Check out the P’Sghetti Bowl product page for more information, and contact us today to start the conversation on installing one of these child-friendly roller coasters in your park or family entertainment center! About Skyline Attractions Skyline Attractions, LLC is based in Orlando, Florida, USA and strives to be the best manufacturer of quality American-built rides that the most demanding buyers require. The company was founded in 2014 and has since worked on the design and manufacturing of amusement rides across the globe. For more model-specific details visit: https://skylineattractions.com/products/childrens-rides/psghetti-bowl-childrens-coaster/
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  5. I didn't know they sold turkey legs over there.
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  6. Here's to hoping it's some kind of outdoor boardwalk/restaurant/patio/bar area. That seems like it would fit in well, considering the resort is only a few hundred feet away. I know people are hoping for a boardwalk GCI, but it seems like Cedar Point has more of an interest in opening up the beach area, rather than boxing it off. I'm sure Cedar Point could easily get another 30 people to man the area...
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  7. While I'm not completely a fan of removing 3 thrill rides in favor of mostly children's rides, considering how much open land they have within the park, I can't say that it's completely a bad move. They really didn't have a ton of children's rides. And the few they do have seem to be down for maintenance more than actually running. I'm mostly sad to lose Falling Star as that was a surprisingly fun ride and one of the last remaining. Though, I'm quite a fan of the placement of the new Rockin' Rainbow ride. Having a wave swinger right at the end of their main street area will look incredible. It's no giant castle or anything, but it's certainly better than the giant plot of nothingness that sits there now.
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  8. I was passing through the area and stopped in for a quick 4 ride trip, Orion, the beast, Mystic timbers and diamond back and left since we didn't have much time but Orion was an absolute blast. Really don't understand the complaining about Orion that I've seen by some people. We sat in the front row and it was so much damn fun. I would love to have this ride closer to me, felt like it was something you can ride a bunch in one day and not get tired of it.
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  9. Congrats Skyline! You've now officially managed to rip off Larson, RMC, AND E&F Miler! Wonder if these kids coasters will work better than their current models...but hey, at least it's an interesting concept! I'll take one that's 300' tall, has speeds up to 90 mph, has 10 inversions, and has height requirement of 48". (Wait...did I just describe an RMC T-Rex? What manufacturer are we talking about again?) Let's see...who's up for getting it first, La Ronde, Valleyfair, or Wild Adventures?
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  10. They just gave Billie Eillish her own concert special on Disney+ and that makes her a Disney Princess in my book. It only makes sense that she gets her own ride........
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  11. Looks like the rumor mill around Rock N' Rollercoaster is churning again thanks to Paris losing Aerosmith and some licensing legal mumbo-jumbo with the band and record label. Aerosmith isn't nearly the powerhouse that they were 20+ years ago so I wouldn't be surprised if a new soundtrack is on it's way. Now if only they'd update the themeing from Party City's cardboard clearance section...
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  12. I got two rides on Jersey Devil and found the seat so uncomfortable and cheap feeling that I thought I didn't like the coaster. Thankfully I loved my second ride, but those trains are bad. Well, the seats anyway. The trains are beautiful to look at at least.
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  13. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced that Pantheon will be opening in March 2022! PANTHEON AND 2022 MEMBERSHIPS LAUNCH WITH EPIC THRILLS AND BENEFITS AT BUSCH GARDENS® WILLIAMSBURG WILLIAMSBURG, VA. (September 8, 2021): – Busch Gardens® Williamsburg is thrilled to announce that its highly-anticipated, record-breaking new coaster, Pantheon®, will open in March 2022. Pantheon features two inversions, four launches, five air-time hills, a 95 degree drop, a height of 180 feet, and a record-breaking top speed of 73 miles per hour. This all-new coaster incorporates five mighty gods, including Pluto, Mercury, Jupiter, Minerva, and Neptune, with an aspect of the track reflecting their respective powers. “Pantheon will be an incredible addition to our world class coaster lineup, and showcase our dedication to bringing innovative, exciting new rides to the park,” said park President, Kevin Lembke. “As with so many others, we faced unprecedented challenges over the past two years, resulting in delaysto the scheduled opening. We are so grateful for the excitement and patience of our guests, as the March 2022 opening of Pantheon marks an exciting new page in the story of Busch Gardens.” NEW 2022 Membership Plans Feature Unlimited Visits & Unbeatable Benefits Busch Gardens is launching another incredible year for membership as the BEST VALUE annual theme park pass in Virginia with amazing benefits, ranging from no blockout dates, up to six free guest tickets, and access to NEW exclusive preview events for 2022. Plus, Busch Gardens members will be among the first to ride Pantheon in spring 2022! Membership is organized in easy-to-use tiers and includes one-park and two-park Busch Gardens and Water Country USA® memberships, allowing gueststo choose the membership, benefits, and parks that are the best fit. Additional benefits include FREE parking, FREE friend tickets, specialsavings on merchandise, food and beverage options, and ride quick queue, among other perks. Membership starts at an affordable $11.75 per month, plus tax, with no down payment required. For a full overview of the membership lineup, visit: buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/ NEW Amazing Monthly Rewards: Busch Gardens shows appreciation and love to our members year-round with extra rewards every month. Including all of the amazing benefits, members have access to special monthly discounts, offers, and rewards throughout the year, like extra samples during festivals, exclusive member merchandise, member ride nights, special giveaways, and more. For a sampling of upcoming 2022 offers, visit: buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/monthly-offers/ NEW Passport to Thrills: 2022 members will be treated like VIPs as they are among the first to ride and experience Busch Gardens’ all-new, record-breaking multi-launch coaster, Pantheon, opening in March 2022. In addition to member exclusive first-to-ride preview days, members with at least three visits to Busch Gardens Williamsburg between September 10 and December 31, 2021 will receive their invitation to an exclusive Passport to Thrills Celebration, featuring Pantheon. This exclusive VIP event will include special entertainment, refreshments, and more. Details and enrollment information can be found here: https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/passport-to-thrills/ Events All Year Long: Members also have the opportunity to experience the park’s year-round line-up of events and festivals that are included with a membership, including immediate access to the upcoming 2021 events like Howl-O-Scream, beginning on Friday, September 10; the Count’s Spooktacular, beginning on Saturday, September 25; and Christmas Town, beginning on Friday, November 12. Busch Gardens’ 2022 event lineup features special family-friendly events all year, from Summer Nights and Christmas Town to fan favorites like Howl-O-Scream, Food & Wine Festival, and Bier Fest. NEW for 2022, the Food & Wine Festival adds more dates for even more opportunities to sip and savor all there is to enjoy, plus expanded experiences for the newest events, Winter Weekends, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. For a calendar of upcoming 2021 and 2022 events, visit: https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/
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  14. Honestly, these are super cute. I wish them all the luck and success with this product line; I know the Skywarp line has not been the most inspiring so far but if these manage to take off I think they could be a welcome alternative to the ever-present Zamperla and SBFs that are friggin' everywhere.
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  15. I have a new position at work. Despite it involving weekends off, it also has the drawback of being on-call... indefinitely. A meetup won't be easy for me. As far as Orion, I think we've heard far less complaints about it this year than we did last. It's been getting a lot of praise. I'm convinced the full trains have something to do with it.
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  16. Coming as their next new coaster to Worlds of Fun in 2029. (tentative)
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  17. Yeah, if you can swing it, do it on a Friday night instead. They are open from 4PM to 10PM on Friday nights both this week and next week before Halloween Haunt starts. My son and I visited on the 27th and it was empty. Felt a lot like a Six Flags Coaster Power Hours event. Walk-ons on just about every ride that wasn't named "Psycho Mouse", including two in a row on Railblazer, and we even got a zen ride on Patriot! We visited again the following day (mainly to hit the waterpark) and by comparison it was jampacked.
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  18. Employee preview was tonight, so you can probably find some spoilers online if you want to. I was invited as a guest, but didn’t take any photos. quick summary: -fire back on the main entrance. No Gogo dancers up front. Main Street falls flat as a scare zone with nothing but music and gobo lights. -terror tram is exactly how you remember it minus the now demolished who ville and the mini maze next to war of worlds. The path is paved now! Very underwhelming, wish they would have kept the mazes in tram garage instead. -presumably because of planning for covid distancing, all the “recycled” IP mazes I think were improvements on their originals. Larger rooms and what felt like less scenes instead of “pack as much in with black walls between to make it fit” -Pandora’s box felt the same as 2019, which isn’t a bad thing! -aside from the low budget facade, haunting of hill house is beautiful. Again you can tell it was designed with covid in mind, which I think makes each scare pop more. -bride of Frankenstein, also felt shorter, but also great visuals. Exits into an outdoor scarezone on French street that I guess you could call an extension of the maze. Overall, Despite the recycled mazes, I think this actually turned out to be one of the better years quality wise.
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  19. And do what, exactly? Yell at them yourself? That is absolutely not your place. Listen, I hate when I have to wait any longer due to boarding pass people jumping me by using the exit ramp as much as everyone else. But the park has deemed it appropriate. Some people have injuries or disabilities, or got stuck on another ride and were compensated with exit passes. You don't know. If anything, having them use the FL is a preferable solution, this way they don't "surprise" anyone by taking their row from the exit ramp. I'm also disgusted that you call them them "boarding pass abusers." Not all disabilities are visible.
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  21. Six Flags St Louis really needs a kiddie coaster. Model C or D could fit the bill nicely
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  22. ^ They removed three large, adult-friendly flat rides to replace them with multiple kiddie flats. Hardly an improvement, IMO. Also, they just killed a kid. I'm not exactly hyped about a visit to this place. Give them some more time and we'll have a new Mount Olympus.
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  23. Sorry if I over abbreviated! SkyScreamer and Boomerang.
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  24. Fright Fest decore and purple paint on Pandemonium!
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  25. Clearly those are markers for Batwing's relocation from SFA.
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  26. ^They can mean only one thing, your "New For 2022" Tilt-O-Whirl is going in that spot.
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  27. Have y’all seen what appears to be markers up by the tidal wave field? I just saw them today.
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  28. I am not a dark ride person but I know a lot of people that love them. Glad to see Six Flags really killing it post pandemic!
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  29. Greetings Enthusiasts... I did a little searching around TPR and read a few sparse entries mentioning Ocean Breeze Waterpark (OB). However, I observed no detailed photos or trip reports. So, I decided to provide a little narrative and pictorial tour for you. Cheers & enjoy! I made a visit to OB on June 14, 2011... taking a family member for their second trip to the waterpark. It was an amazingly awesome day for the trip with partly sunny skies, low humidity, and temps in the mid 80's. I won't go into much written detail at this time, but in the mid-90's I was a lifeguard there for several summers and had some really awesome (and iNsAnE) times working at OB with childhood friends and crazy/cool staff (other stories, another day... maybe). Suffice to say, "Adventureland", as a comedy film, brought up a lot of interesting nostalgic remembrances. Which suddenly inspires me to write this related plug: If you seek consultation for a feature film, short film, marketing film/media, and/or script/production that involves a waterpark setting (and/or working at one)... [[or general media consult and especially "Voice Over & Narration" for a wide variety of projects]]... I just may be the guy you're looking for! I may also have helpful connections to additional resources... so don't hesitate to shoot me a private message or email!!! I'm sure tons of other individuals who visit and contribute to this site are also way capable of similar amusement industry input (probably moreso than I, even). Whoah... heh... with that randomly inspired moment of self-promotion now over... let's move on!!! Over the years I've taken note of small-yet-significant additions and changes improving the general public (GP) experience at OB... changes in dining options, facelifts and paint-jobs to structures and facades, new tubes & rental tubes, updated log-roll in the activity pool, new speed slides to replace the Lightning Bolt(s). However, NONE of the previous upgrades and alterations come close to touching the MASSIVE overhaul that has come to the historic section of the park/mountain (originally known as, "Jungle Falls" (JF)... and if it was something else before that please share the history)!!! I have post cards advertising, and several pictures of (me as a little tyke geeking out over), JF back in the early 80's. The original mountain and mat-slides were classic... and the freakin-ginormous gorilla has no-doubt become a legendary icon for the Hampton Roads area (at least starting with my 70-80's generation, and perhaps beyond). When announcements were made, and details/images revealed, about the new slides and kid's area coming to the Breeze I immediately figured those old water troughs were being replaced. A trip over to the VA coast during Easter confirmed my suspicions as I viewed underway construction. "Neptune" would take his "Revenge" by uprooting the old mat-slides and imparting a more bountiful gift... the sweet new series of colorful, serpentine, ProSlide-designed/manufactured waterslides currently operating as, "Neptune's Revenge" (go figure). Captain "Hook" would also land in the middle of the youth area, seizing the pool and transforming it into his playful "Lagoon". The two new attractions, "Neptune's Revenge" and "Hook's Lagoon", are radical successions for Ocean Breeze landscapes. Don't mistake my tone to be dismissive of the classic slides... that's not the case at all. I loved the history my life shared with the original 'Falls installations... every brave, maturing challenge I took riding the bigger slides each year 'til I'd conquered them all; every moment where my mat would stall out in the middle of the waterway waiting for the next (typically large adult) patron to come barreling down behind a wall of H2O like a jet-ski riding a sluice-surge hitting my speed-bump frame; every time one of my elbows/joints got thrashed into a right-angled water-trough turn (haha, I wonder how many people left epidermal layers on the walls of those slides?!); and every whistle I blew at some rebel-youth/adult trampling waterpark commandments on the mountain chutes. In my opinion, there could be no better way to honor the legacy, than by building the solid replacement that is now in operation. The ProSlide models are current and fun (Topsy-Turvy's especially offer a dynamically enjoyable ride experience... one that deserves a ride review of it's own)! Hook's Lagoon is no minor improvement either with three distinct play areas for different-sized scallywags. They may not be the largest, water-featured, play-structures... but every kid I saw was enjoying it. Ocean Breeze has a lot to offer Hampton Roads residents and visitors. The new slides especially add value. Admission prices have subtly increased over the years, but are almost half what one may pay to hit up another nearby (albeit larger and more extensive) waterpark competitor in Williamsburg. Amusement industry consumers and professionals are, I'm sure, curious to see what else the former Six Flags fellas bring forth in the coming years. The new additions are certainly line-in-the-sand benchmarks for future improvements! OK... on to the pictures!!! Entryway Signage If you are looking for an admission discount to Ocean Breeze be sure to pick up one of these "Sunny Day Guides" from the lobby of almost any hotel on the strip... The discounts have varied over the years... but one coupon is generally good for up to six (6) people to use. As you can see, there were two coupons in this guide, each good for $3 off adult admission (ages 10 and up). One to eat... one to share! (... like Twix-bars... or half a Crunchie Bar... Aussies & Brits, holla!) I used one for the relative and I... then handed the other coupon to another person behind me in line. Discounts may also be found via the park's official website at this time. Just showing you what was paid for two adult admission rates... $56.68 with tax & coupons. The new slides face "General Booth Blvd." behind Hugh's vigilant watch. Seriously great curb appeal and I'm sure will draw many by the entrancing color-schemes and intertwining layout. More pics down the way... "What the toosk (WTT)... it's a stupid parking lot (and construction sign)?!" Actually, this area of the parking lot was the stock yard for slide parts. Check the Ocean Breeze section at screamscape.com for related images during that phase of construction. You park across this bridge and walk to the entrance... it's not too far, promise. We are heading towards the entrance at this point. Quick pause for a picturesque view of wetlands/marsh... oh, and a Motorworld sign, yay! (MW is right next door to OB) It's true. No, really. (btw... they should sell a few of those signs in the gift shop) Follow the lady with carmel apples to candy mountain! ... and Ocean Breeze. A park map for you. It's outdated, though. Can you tell me how? Nevermind... I mean... I'll show you where the map is outdated (... the slides on the right and above "Hurricane") First thing you see after coming through the entrance... the "activity pool". I had another really good pic of the log-roll specifically... but opted to not post it due to the number of minors in that one especially. The log-roll always draws a crowd. Fun to watch AND participate! This is a reverse perspective from the other side of the "activity pool". From here you can see another ride's finale in the distance center-right of the blue mass of tubes (I'll get to that later). I'm going to highlight some rides related to the "activity pool" area. First up is the "Grape Escape". The "Grape Escape" is a swerving little twister. Looks pretty JV, right? Well, this small slide kicks out water surprisingly fast... oh, and it drops into about 5' of water... oh and that 5' area is reallly close to the 10' drop off. See that one guard down there...? They are stationed for this one, itty-bitty slide... for good reason. So watch it, kids! Ya hear?!! The "Coconut Drops" are essentially sit-n-scoot, ledge drops. One has a gradual descent... the next is steeper than the other. Gradual descent... Steeper than the other. This shot just shows the slides in proximity to one another. And moving along to the right we have... ... the "Paradise Pipeline" (installed in 1996, btw). I did not get a photo of the actual sign... nor did I climb the tower for different perspectives... tis too bad b/c I got all motivated later on (as you'll see). (btw... look at the two slides and see if you can tell me which one is "faster"... I'll let you know if you guess or ask.) What it says What it is (... they are) What one of 'em looks like (... the straight one) What the other one looks like (... the not-straight one) And beyond the "activity pool" area (almost straight ahead from the entry) you have the "front-of-the-mountain" (park-side) slides. Oh, and just so you know... if you find navigating flights of stairs difficult... you might be a... um... little miffed. This is because all the legitimately badder-a slides offered at OB require getting your bad-a up that mountain. No sweat, though... the slides are worth it... and it builds character! Rejoice! OK... didn't do a good job showing you the walkways and platforms up on top of the mountain, but this sign is on the lower summit platform (slides depart from the upper platform). Mat slides? What are those? (...remember the park map detail?) What it says The blue one. The red one. The (character building) mountain-access stairway bisecting the blue and red slides. The pool where the red and blue slides (left to right) dump their payload of children and more. (OK, I'm just hamming around and messin' with you... I know the slides are chartreuse and citrus.) And after elatedly riding both of those... we scale the mountain again for... "Pirates' Plummet" (yyee-) and "Walk the Plank" (-aargh) ... the newer speed slides. That's them thyar, to the right of the GREEN slide, steeply angled down the mountain, with the wave-pool in the background (waving). An under-belly perspective. Relaxed but attentive... it's how you want to ride them... not too tense... just lay back and go with it (it'll all be over soon). Something about that didn't sound right... but srsly... if you tense up too much these pseudo-twins will claw your back. You know what I'm saying? Dang-it... something still sounded wrong there. One is the "Pirates' Plummet" The other is "Walk the Plank" WTP (L) - PP ® PP (L) - WTP ® ... and after picking out the wedgies we go down the steps toward the blue roofed buildings to find... ... "personal floatation devices" (PFDs... NOT lifejackets... got it?!), maybe a rental tube... aaand a barley pop and/or sandwich... before padding over to... The wave pool! ... not waving ... so we'll come back, but not before a quick trip under the magical green mushroom fountain. Then off to the new kids' area. Rufio Rufio Ru - Fi - ..... (Nice work on the sign, btw!) ... OOoooh!! "The bucket of dumping"... has a bell that rings when it's about to dump... (wow, what a craaazy onomatopoeia script). I'm glad we don't have to ring bells when a dumping time draws nigh. (Although there are more than two handfuls of people I know that would love to ring a bell when their, um, "bucket is almost ready to tip". Mmm... dunno... might be fun on occasion! I may just start using an unobtrusive sound on my phone to subtly indicate a delivery is soon approaching... see who picks up on it.) "Hooks" layout... three play areas... "fort bucket dumper" (L)... "Hook's Short-sloop" beached in the middle and "Monkey-spit Mound" at the end... I told you so. Further down the way there's a micro lazy-river for the yung-uns... And a pretty cool little slide complex... that was totally overrun by highly-charged kids. Oh, and look, there's a mom who is staring and questionably undecided if I'm perving on the chilren... so before giving her a complex, I grabbed my tween relative and quickly dipped out to... The WAVE pool! ... it's waving now! ... Jooooy! OK, so after we all stopped waving at each other, I looked down and GIANT footprints were leading out and away from the wave-pool. I was like, WTT, bathtub?! Just who disturbs the waters and pushes out those waves anyway?! OK, drama-spiel over, the footprints (nice little themed touch, btw) obviously didn't lead up the other side of the mountain... cause see, they were droppin some new astroturf... which also closed access to the new ride area for a short while that morning (but was finished later). Ba-Dow! En-route to Revenge! This signage is stellar. It's dimensional, colorful, high-quality, and well-done... a sign of things to come (so to speak). That sign also marks the entrance to the new walkway AROUND the mountain... A new walkway (with fresh astroturf) AROUND the mountain... ... AROUND the mountain ... ... A walkway AROUND THE MOUNTAIN... what a FREAKING GREAT idea ... where the frak was that GREAT idea all these years?! Two words to decision-making powers-that-be... "Thank You"... from lifeguards, kiddies, worn-out moms chasing the ducklings, baby' daddies carrying the kids all around, and... well... everyone else, too. Thank you. Approaching the "back-of-the-mountain" (faces the Gen. Booth Blvd. entrance). I also guess that's as far as Hugh (the gorilla) got on his walk from the wave-pool-tub (silly, I know). And we approach... A swirling funnel... aka... a ProSlide - ProBowl... aka... You step up... Sit down... cross your legs... fold your hands behind your head/neck... or cross your arms over your chest... AAAND... HOOOLY WHOOO DOOWNNN THE DRROP... wait... WHOO... what's... WHOO... all that in the background... WHOOO... THEN YOU ARE SPit Out and into the funnel... where you spin one or more times depending on how you ride it, how you want to ride it, and how you KNOW how to ride it! .. then you drop through the hole... into an 8' deep cube of water... surfacing in the middle of a torrent pouring all around... with a guard's voice calling "This Way... This Way..." so you can get your dizzy self out the pool. Nnnext... It's "NEPTUNE's REVENGE"! - Sign 2 - OK, down to business... the construction of these slides offer a great visual presentation! Grab a fresh single or double-rider tube from the pile... ... and take a moment to study the details before heading up (... a nice, fairly-shallow-grade walkway, btw). Slides... ... are ... ... twisted ... ... EVERY- ... ... WHERE! Heavy-duty PVC pump-age Tag-it... Bag-it... a horrible image of ProSlide bling! (... couldn't get a good, non-glare angle on it from where I stood with arms outstretched and above me... w/e). Nice new staging, deck area. There are four slides. They all either do, or will, have unique names. One guard was calling them something, but not official names. The two on either end are identical, mirror-image, Proslide Topsy-Turvys (not the Tantrum, like I previously thought, which has a larger diameter tube and raft). The one mid-right is a ProSlide Pipeline (dark-slide). The one mid-left is a ProSlide BulletBowl (or maybe CannonBowl?). Enjoy the following image details... This one... the BulletBowl(?)... was the only one that didn't allow double-tubes. Also, for me, the long connecting tube leading from the loading area to the drop didn't have a steep enough grade or something. I kept stalling out in that section (hey, hah, perhaps a designed nod to the former mat-slide experience!)... or more like my highly inflated tube rode too high up the walls where water hadn't "greased the chute" ... ... but once I got to the drop ... ... and into the bowl it was cool. Only rode the bowl and the dark-slide once each, though... Because THIS slide was SO much fun!!! My relative and I lost count how many times we rode this Topsy-Turvy. It's truly a gem of an experience... quick summary... short approach into funnel where it's like a little rapids section, another jaunt to funnel 2 where we sometimes swung around backwards after rocking up the walls... then longer slide section that's partially enclosed with few twists and small drop to funnel 3 where we either got turned back around or remained the same direction... THEN there's a surprisingly peppy, enclosed spiral to the pool... it's so quick in the spiral that you suck into the tube. BIG whee-factor, for reals! Splashdown! I really enjoyed all the slides of "Neptune's Revenge". Yet, ProSlide's Topsy-Turvy is my new, favorite, type of waterslide (makes me want to try the larger-scale, Tantrum, I guess). It's best with two people, but still fun with one. ProSlide and Ocean Breeze have a winner for sure, IMO. Had a quick talk with "Hugh Mongus"... you know... just catching up. Hugh asked me to check and see if anything was coming out of his back pocket... felt like something was about to fall out. I was like, "You're good 'mate... was just your season pass." BTW... whoah, where can I get a season pass that never expires?! (... oh and like 5-10 additional comp. tickets per season... you know, for family and/or giveaways & prizes, etc... no scrounging here... a kid can dream!) One last trek up the mountain for a view... a history lesson... and a ride. (again... was a pretty day! Also take note of the "activity pool" area with the cliff-slides [Coconut Drops] and drop-slides [bamboo Chutes] in full view for proximity perspective.) History lesson = the ride's namesake (... ie, the name of the original park). I always enjoyed this ride (called Runaway Rapids when I was a kid... I think... or I might be confusing that with WC's version of it back in the day which was later re-named Atomic Breakers... none-the-less... OB's rapids version was better). Here's the obvious, gratuitous iteration of the ride: pool... slide... pool... slide... pool... slide... pool... ... slide... pool... (whoops!)... ... slide... waterfall... pool... THE END . On behalf of Hugh (Mongus), Neptune (the Revenger), Hook (the Lagoon-ier), and yours truly... Peace... and Slide On!
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  30. More details here as well: https://www.postindependent.com/news/glenwood-caverns-haunted-mine-drop-passed-regulations-inspection-less-than-three-months-before-death-of-6-year-old/ So indeed they either climbed down the ladder or jogged the carriage down. Absolutely devastating for all parties involved. Based on preliminary findings would not be surprised to see the other Soaring Eagle drop towers closed until the investigation wraps. @SharkTums unfortunately this is a very real probability if the child was thin and short enough. With the plastic seating if enough struggle is given even with the belts super tight, it could happen in my opinion. If the ride operators did their due diligence checking both height (when I worked there that was a high priority obviously especially with all the families) and seat-belts then it will fall under Soaring Eagle and not having an appropriate height restriction. In the end this is all speculation of course. There is a camera feed that monitors the top and bottom so a conclusion will probably come quick. (And yes, the ops have this feed in-case something happens so they saw the event sadly as well.) Edit: Should also mention the ride has verification if the seat-belts are locked. This won't tell you if they are tight enough obviously but the ride sequence will not go if not buckled.
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  31. More info has been release and, well, it's seeming more likely that the young girl was thrown from the ride. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/09/06/glenwood-springs-caverns-adventure-park-haunted-mine-drop-death/ Edit - Added another source - https://kdvr.com/news/local/glenwood-caverns-death-dispatch-audio/
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