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Blog Flume Filter for August 8, 2013

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Published: August 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Disneyland – Work continues on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I was excited about this until I heard that they were retracking the entire thing, then I just thought that it was money that could have been spent on a new attraction. I just don't understand Disney sometimes.



Speaking of not understanding Disney sometimes, I don't quite understand why the whole Jungle Cruise isn't about the fascinating plant life instead of the fake animals and bad jokes.



Walt Disney World – I just ran across a video that is sort of a primer for what MyMagic + is bringing to the parks. Live it. Love it. Gripe about it online…



Universal Studios Florida – As we predicted, the walls came down. And now we have video.



Universal Studios Hollywood – Over the last week they just announced that they are doing a maze themed to Ozzy Osborne and his pals. The plot of the maze is that you are an old, fried has-been that can't seem to stop swearing every third word and need to find the bathroom in the middle of the night in the dark. Here's the announcement:



Dollywood – As of right now, parking at Dollywood and its water park is free until Sept 2. I worry that this might be an indication that attendance is down for the year.

Pigeon Forge – The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is now open. What the video does not show is that you have a brake so you can slow yourself down. But, honestly, brakes are for little girls who sleep with stuffed unicorns…the rest of us need to man up and snap off the break before you start. If you can tell anything about how fun this ride is, the laughing from the guy filming the video should be some kind of indication.



Silver Dollar City – Outlaw Run has made two modifications to the restraint system and is now able to take larger guests again. According to what I have heard, guests with waists as large as 46” were able to ride, which seems to be exceeding what most rides will take before the walk of shame. I am extremely impressed when how rapidly this park responded to this issue.

Six Flags St. Louis – You know those Deer Hunting games that eat your quarters and them simulate going out into the wild to hunt deer and other large game. Apparently SFSL is super-sizing this attraction and actually doing bow hunting of deer on property. I am sure this has special conditions like needing to be staying on property, with a season pass, and being the cousin of the general manager, but they are doing it. I wonder if they would let me put up a hunters blind at the top of the Boss roller coaster?

Kentucky Kingdom – Thunder Run is currently getting its track replaced. It's a bummer that the new track is not looking like the steel stuff from Rocky Mountain Coasters. Although it is really nice to actually see some working getting done as the park makes the attempt to ride from its ashes.



Las Vegas – Circus Circus – Footers are starting to go in for their S&S Power El Loco coaster. While this coaster will have a slow throughput, it packs a lot of thrills into a tiny little footprint.

Kings Island – Normally we like to have Mr. Niles look at the blue prints and then give us his take on what the new attraction is going to be. Well, to be honest, Mr. Niles is busy with "themed" attraction and doesn't have time for stuff like this. So…feel free to play detective yourself and discuss what we know about the new coaster in the talkback below. Also, KI may just be messing with us, but there is some rumbling that this new coaster might be named Bat and not Banshee…although it might all be subterfuge. At least the video looks real and the manufacturing codes on blue track coming out of the B&M plant match up with the blueprints. KI is sticking by their story that this one will be a record breaker…but what record? They will make their official announcement tonight, so get your predictions in now.



Alton Towers – The Smiler has popped another bolt, been down for a couple of days, been repaired, and then reopened again. One has to start wondering if maybe there is a bigger problem here or just a lot of use, bad weather, and bad luck.

Avatar – This series of movies (and soon to be Disney's Animal Kingdom land) has announce the release dates of all three sequels that they are currently planning. Holiday 2016, 2017, and 2018. All three films will be shot back to back starting sometime next year. Apparently James Cameron has figured out the story paces and was able to split it all down into three movies that will be written by different people. One has to wonder if the new DAK land will incorporate as much of the new material as possible.

Muppets 2 – The second new reboot Muppet movie has released its trailer. In a case like this where they do not want to give away certain plot points this early, they need to do something else other than flash random images at you. I think they wasted time and money assembling this. The Muppets have always been about sketches…why not write an amusing sketch that would get the fans excited about the return? Why not an amusing sketch about them trying to write an amusing sketch for the movie trailer? C'mon guys, after the Lone Ranger, I figured you'd try a little harder. Please contact me through the TPI messaging system if you need more guidance…or a script…



Mickey Mouse Club 1970's – I may be dating myself here a little bit…but…when I was a kid, instead of asking the timeless question of whether you preferred Ginger or MaryAnn, we had the not so timeless question of whether you preferred Blair, Jo, or Tootie. To be honest, I was always a Molly fan, but when she left the show, my second choice was Blair...I guess that says a lot about me…

 

Readers' Opinions

From James Trexen on August 8, 2013 at 4:29 PM
Jeff, how can you forget that tomorrow is the big Disney day? Let's hope that they finally announce their plans to cancel Star Wars Land in favor of Muppets Land to promote next year's obvious Academy Award winning masterpiece.
From Mike Gallagher on August 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM
I've only been on one Alpine/Mountain Coaster, at Mountain Creek here in Joisey. This one in the Smokies looks like a heckuva lot more fun. Brake? Whazzat?

Loved the Simpsons video. But how do you shoot that video and not even show Moe's?

S'matta, Jeff? No love for the BBW chick, Natalie? You didn't even mention her!!! Actually, I was a Jo guy. I had a real-life crush on Molly Ringwald, but she was gone before I watched the show.

Oh, and Maryann. Hey, it's still a relevant question.

From steve lee on August 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM
A few years back we did a walk back tour at SFStL and there were deer hanging out underneath the Boss coaster (and yeah, it was running). So maybe they do have a bit of a problem?
From Melissa Donahue on August 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM
So, the KI rumblings that I've heard include Flight Deck being re-named as The Bat with Banshee as the new coaster name. We shall find out at 10:00 PM tonight!
From Jeff Elliott on August 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Melissa got it right!

Banshee is the name of the new coaster...longest inverted coaster in the world. Top Gun/Flight Deck is going to be renamed The Bat.

And...no...Natalie was never even near my radar...It's like adding Mrs. Howell to the Ginger/MaryAnn debate.

From Mark Fairleigh on August 9, 2013 at 6:26 AM
Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster looks awesome!
From James Koehl on August 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Melissa, am I the only person who still remembers The Bat and how much trouble they had with it? I'm rather proud of the fact that I seem to be one of the few people who actually rode it! It was constantly down for repairs during its too-brief existence at KI. Wouldn't renaming Flight Deck "The Bat" be like renaming the Ford Ranger "The Edsel"?
From Jorge Arnoldson on August 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM
"Good grief" was my reaction to the "Muppets Most Wanted" trailer. Disney has killed the Muppets a while ago with that awful TV special based on the Wizard of Oz. Why ruin and whore it even more?
From Melissa Donahue on August 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM
LOL, James! My first visit to KI in 8th grade was a few years after The Bat was demolished, so I never had the chance to experience it. I do remember all of the rumors circulating at school about guests supposedly dying on the ride, however. One of those urban legends that adds to the intrigue of the ride, I guess. Shear marketing/merchandising intentions as well as a throwback to The Bat's short-lived heyday would be the only reasons why Cedar Fair would consider such an idea.
From Matt Babiak on August 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM
Shame. The teasers for the first Muppets were pure genius.

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