This afternoon, a female employee was killed at the start of a show at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Florida. According to eye witnesses, the employee had just explained to the audience what they were about to see in the show when all of a sudden a whale came out of the water and grabbed the employee by the waist. She was whipped around, making one of her shoes to fly off her foot. Sirens went off and the entire audience was evacuated from Shamu Stadium.The fire department was there within 5 minutes of the phone call that was made a little before 2 pm, however the employee was dead by the time they arrived. The whale's name was Tillikum, nicknamed "Tilly". Tilly drowned a trainer in 1991 in British Columbia. Our prayers are with the employees family and friends.
When someone brings up Great Coasters International, the things that come to mind usually add up to the following; small wooden twisters, lifts topping 100 ft, top speeds averaging from 50-55 mph, and rather compact courses. Now that Knight Valley has placed its order, those guidelines are now thrown out the window.
Though little is known about a few of the details, Great Coasters International has released on their website some numbers on the ride as well as computer renderings of progress in the actual design. What resulted is something that just obliterates every GCI coaster currently in existance.
Following the usual twisted pre-lift, the 30 degree ascent will take riders up a hill to a height of 147 ft. From there, a sequence of three drops, or a triple drop, wheras, there is little to no gain in altitude between drops, will have riders plummet 131 ft, where it will reach a top speed of around 61 mph. The rest of the course that follows adds up to a high speed terrain course. The track keeps low to the ground, rising and falling with the contours of the land. A few hills deter from that, but overall, this coaster will not go above tree top height. Some features include banking upto 80 degrees, a station flythrough and flyby, and GCI's signature Millennium Flyer single bench articulating trains. The course shall have a total length of 4,817 ft. A castle like structure shall be placed near the top of the lift and the first descent. The new wooden coaster is set to debut with the park this year.
Coaster manufacturer S&S Worldwide has just sent Coaster-net a press release stating that they have just signed a deal with Dinosaur Park in Changzhou, China to build yet another of their brilliant 4D coasters.
Very few details were released to us but we have been told that it will be approximately 250' tall and hit a top speed of near 80 mph. These stats would put this new thriller slightly taller and faster than S&S's last 4D coaster, Eejanaika.
The press release did mention that Dinosaur Park's 4D coaster will feature many of the same elements found on X2 and Eejanaika. These include an initial rear facing seating position, u-turn prior to the lift, and a near vertical drop into a raven turn.
Perhaps this ride will be a near clone of one of S&S's past 4D coasters or perhaps it will be an entirely new layout. But regardless of what changes and what stays the same, the company has set a very high benchmark to match with this newest release.
After long being speculated, Six Flags has formally announced that Kentucky Kingdom will not reopen for the 2010 season. The company has decided not to renew a lease it had with the Kentucky State Fair Board after both sides were unable to come to terms of a new lease.
"We are deeply disappointed to be leaving such a great fan base in the greater metropolitan area of Louisville and we are grateful to the thousands of employees at Kentucky Kingdom and the millions of guests for their dedication, support and loyalty over the years,” Mark Sharpio announced. However, he also stated that this closure would solely relate to the Kentucky Kingdom park and that the rest of the parks will not be affected. This announcement comes while Six Flags is restructuring its company.
The Louisville park was opened on May 23rd, 1987 and operated for 22 years. It was originally operated by During that time period, it operated nine roller coasters, including Vampire, which is now Flashback at Six Flags New England, T2, America's first SLC, and Chang, a large stand-up now in storage at Six Flags Great America. The fate of the rest of the rides, including T2, are unknown, though Six Flags states they have intentions to relocate the rides and full-time employees of the park to any of Six Flag's other locations.