Friday, June 10, 2011

HodgePodge: Week of June 5, 2011

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Mach Tower seems to have encountered more problems. Apparently some damage was done to the undercarriage due to incorrect installation of the brakes. Screamscape reports that, because of this, the park does not plan to announce a release date until they have dealt with all of this. Also, Mach Tower will have certain exciting new features added. According to Screamscape, these include onboard audio, a rotating carriage, and vibrating seats. Sounds a bit like SFOG's Acrophobia to me; if so, it should be exciting!

Dorney Park
Cedar Fair has announced the purchase of 6.75 acres of land next to Dorney Park, which will be used for expansion. Could this be for Invertigo in 2012? We'll have to wait and see. You can read the full press release here.

Keystone Thrills has another construction update from Hersheypark, where excavation continues and supports are now on site. From the looks of it, they are Intamin's newer box supports, that are used on Intimidator 305. Check out more pictures here.

Photo from Keystone Thrills

Screamscape reports that some of the nasty weather we've seen lately has hit Knoebels. Apparently a very heavy storm hit the park on Thursday, with hail and high winds. As for whether or not any rides have been damaged, we do not know. Follow this link to see pictures of the destruction.

Knott's Berry Farm
Westcoaster stopped into Knott's again, where Ghostrider is undergoing maintenance and Windseeker is almost topped-off.

Photo from Westcoaster

Morey's Piers
As most of us probably know, an 11-year-old girl fell from the Mariner's Landing Ferris Wheel and died on Friday. reports that an eyewitness saw the girl, Abiah Jones, look over the edge of the car when she fainted and subsequently fell. As of now, the ride remains closed. You can read the full article here.

Sea World San Diego
Behind the Thrills has posted an update on the opening of One Ocean, as well as some pictures of the clearing for Manta. Check it out.

Walt Disney World

Photo from MouseSteps
MouseSteps has an update from WDW which features the new Fantasyland Expansion. They've got a lot of great pictures of the park, with more progress on rock work and the Little Mermaid building. Check them out here.


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