Last week it wasn’t much of a surprise that Walt Disney World announced details on the upcoming expansion to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. One of the more interesting additions will be a new indoor roller coaster dubbed the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
They created a unique ride system for this moderately intense attraction in which visitors will sit in mine cars that swing back and forth along a twisting track. It will be set to music from the classic animated movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and will eventually be the only Snow White related ride as the existing ‘Snow White’s Scary Adventures’ will be replaced during the Fantasyland makeover.
The overall renovation will open in phases beginning in late 2012 through 2013 and as soon as we have some video available from the theme park we will post it here.
In a previous post, I mentioned the Walt Disney World iPhone App, which helps you to check wait times for rides, plan your schedule, find a restaurant and more.
Thanks to improvements due to user submissions it is fast becoming the most popular Disney iphone app available:
There is now an Disney Android app available.
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My friends have just been to Thorpe Park in the UK for a birthday day out and had a fantastic time. I haven’t been there in years so I searched out a recent video to show you the theme park rides on offer there for 2010.
Thorpe Park was always considered a bit tame compared to Alton Towers but it has improved over the years. Not sure it qualifies as the “Thrill Capital” as stated at the beginning of the video but it definitely has a good selection of exciting looking theme park rides.
There are many cool theme park rides around the world so it is hard to focus on just one or two. Here are just some of the ones I’d like to ride in the near future.
Firstly, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has finally opened and as a huge Harry Potter fan I’d love to go and take in the whole experience, but I’m especially looking forward to trying the Dragon Challenge (definitely the Chinese Fireball for me) and the Forbidden Journey (the theme park’s signature ride, although it looks more like an “event”):
Another cool ride I would love to try out is one I wrote about in this post on new theme park rides – Intimidator at Carowinds:
Inspired by NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt, the ride has some really steep drops and reaches some impressive speeds. Unfortunately, I’m unlikely to make it to North/South Carolina anytime soon.
Sometimes old theme park rides can be the most enjoyable (and scary). Wooden roller coasters have a unique sound that clunks and rattles and leaves you feeling less than comfortable about the safety of the ride.
Of course, any roller coaster operating today (even after decades) is subject to the same strict regulations, but it’s the impression of being less safe that adds to the thrill.
Old theme park rides move differently from their more modern counterparts too. Both will jolt you around but in modern roller coasters that’s usually due to the sheer acrobatics of the ride moving through loops and twists. On older rides the jolts are perhaps more predictable for the rider but are like driving an older car where you feel every bump in the road!
Port Aventura in Salou, Spain (about an hour out of Barcelona is one of Europe’s premier theme parks and a “must visit” for any European theme park fan. The most thrilling of the Port Aventura theme park rides include Furius Baco (0 to 135 kmph in 3 seconds), Stampida, and Dragon Khan (8 loops at 110 kmph).
This pov video shows Dragon Khan in action [warning: the girl has a high pitched scream – you might want to turn the volume down a bit]:
The rides at Port Aventura are classed as children’s, soft, moderate and high, with the 3 mentioned earlier all fitting into the final category along with Hurakan Condor – a free fall ride that drops you almost 100m.
There are too many extreme theme park rides to name in this one post but I was looking at some videos from Cedar Point in Ohio and realized they have a high proportion of truly extreme rides including Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force.
This video shows Maverick which launches at 70mph, has a vertical drop of 95 degrees and includes a twisted horseshoe roll:
Millennium Force at Cedar Point is possibly even more extreme with a 93mph, 80 degree drop and reaching heights of 320mph – not one for those of you who hate heights:
Regardless of which one is the scariest (let me know which you prefer) a trip to Cedar Point based in Sandusky, Ohio, is worth a trip for any roller coaster or theme park enthusiast with its range of excellent rides.
Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho is the largest theme park in the Northwest USA and features over 65 rides and a Water Park. Some of the Silverwood theme park rides you can enjoy include 4 roller coasters in an area of the park called Roller Coaster Alley – Tremors, Timber Terror, Aftershock and Corkscrew – along with Panic Plunge, which is a 140 foot free fall tower that drops riders down at 47mph.
This video shows a great POV experience of the most recent coaster at Silverwood – Aftershock: