Tuesday theme park news round-up: Bats, Falcons, and Thor
Written by Robert Niles
If you lived in the Midwest in the early 1980s, or if you're a fan of roller coaster history, you likely remember The Bat at Kings Island. The prototype suspended coaster didn't work all the time -- okay, it was broken a lot. But it enticed a generation of roller coaster fans with the possibilities of a new way of placing riders relative to a roller coaster track, and won a legion of fans in the process. Kings Island eventually, and rightfully, closed the coaster, but its name will return to the park for the 2014 season. Kings Island announced today that it will rename The Bat's successor, the suspended coaster Flight Deck, as The Bat when the park opens next spring. Flight Deck was built as Top Gun, but lost that name when the old Paramount Parks chain sold Kings Island and the rest of its parks to Cedar Fair and declined to include the license for its film franchises in the deal.Tweet
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Busch Gardens Tampa has taken delivery on more than 500 tons of steel for the 335-foot main tower of its new drop ride, Falcon's Fury, which will debut next spring. The pieces shipped across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain before arriving at the park last week. Falcon's Fury will be the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America when it opens. If you're curious about that "freestanding" qualifier, that's because Six Flags will have taller drop rides, but they're attached to the sides of other attractions.
Disney's found another use for its facade projection system. The latest digital projection show for the It's a Small World facade at Disneyland will be a short presentation every 15 minutes during the Small World Holiday overlay, where the entire facade will become a massive clockwork. Here's a preview:
Until Disney's managers give the greenlight for a new Marvel-themed attraction at the Disneyland Resort, it appears that the Innoventions facility in Disneyland's Tomorrowland will continue to serve as the de facto Marvel outpost in the park. This week, the park debuted its new Thor exhibit and meet-and-greet, to support the new movie coming to theaters next month. Earlier this year, Iron Man got the spotlight at Innoventions. Let the countdown begin for the Captain America exhibit next spring.
Disney this week has been installing new Coca-Cola-brand soft drink flavors from around the world at Epcot's Club Cool. Despite so many the old flavors going away to make way for the new tastes, Disney continues to troll us all by still serving Beverly. Yay?
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