Hey, I’ve got a trip on the calendar for the end of November. I’m headed for an afternoon of fun at Fun Spot America in Orlando! I can’t wait to check out their new coasters and their 250 foot tall Sky Coaster!
If you’re interested in a visit to Fun Spot, they’re offering a Black Friday Special with great deals on their Annual Passes!
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Way back at the beginning of August, I visited the Columbus Zoo (located in Columbus Ohio believe it or not) Having heard rave reviews I had high expectations walking in. One day tickets are a very reasonable $15 and the pass that allows you to ride the rides is another $10. Twenty five bucks isn’t bad for a day full of fantastic animal exhibits and few fun thrill rides.
We spent the morning looking at all of the animals. They have a lot of animals! All of the exhibits are laid out by continent which makes them quite easy to find. This zoo gets an A+ for park layout and ease of navigation. They had a small aquarium. Instead of comparing it to my hometown Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, I compared it to the Pittsburgh Zoo’s PPG aquarium. In other words, the Columbus Zoo’s aquarium is small and not extremely interesting.
My favorite animal exhibit was either the brown bears or the kangaroos. At the bear exhibit we actually saw to two massive bears have a little scuffle and the kangaroo exhibit reminded me of Busch Garden Tampa’s kangaroo exhibit. It all made for a fantastic experience. But the animals were only half of it for me that day.
There was one very unique ride there called Dinosaur Island. It was a scenic boat ride that was like the movie Jurassic Park except you’re in a boat, the dinosaurs don’t try to kill you, and more importantly, the dinosaurs aren’t real. Although I’ve never walked through one of Cedar Fair’s Dinosaurs Alive attractions, the dinosaurs reminded me of the ones from those attractions. It made for a pretty fun ride. I just wish that the ride incorporated a plot filled with danger instead of just observation.
Later on I got the chance to ride the Sea Dragon. It’s a small PTC wooden coaster built in 1956. At very modest specs, it’s 37 feet tall, has a track length of 1,320 feet, and has a top speed of 25 mph. Seemingly very mild, but looks and specs can be deceiving in the world of roller coasters. The Sea Dragon is very well-paced airtime filled ride. I sat once in the front and once in the back and both spots had large moments of ejecting and floating airtime. Classic woodies like this can be so much fun!
And to end the entire day at the Columbus Zoo, I rode their interesting Log Flume. I say it was interesting because it combines the worst aspects and the best aspects of log flumes. The worst being there’s no theming at all, you get extremely wet, and the water is freezing cold! The better aspects are: no queue line wait, there’s two drop (one being pretty big for a log flume), and it’s a nice long ride.
Overall I had a great time at the Columbus Zoo. I’d say its the best zoo I’ve ever been to. The staff is very friendly, the animals are fantastic, and there are few fun little thrill rides. If you ever visit the Columbus area, spend a day or two at Kings Island and a day at the Columbus Zoo also.
My streak of predicting coasters has come to an end. I thought Dollywood would be building a family launched coaster by Intamin. But instead they will be building a family launched coaster built by Gerstlauer for 2014. The ride looks like a very solid family ride but nothing that will get a hard core thrill seeker’s heart racing. Although not what I expected, Dollywood seems to already have a winner that will fit in perfectly.
Dollywood will also be building a large resort for 2015. I think the design and all looks beautiful and will be a great experience for traveling guests in the Pigeon Forge area. I personally don’t think I’ll ever visit this place (I’m more of a budget traveler) but I think it’ll be a great addition for those who enjoy such upscale lodging.
What do you think of Dollywood’s future plans? Impressed? Disappointed? Leave a comment!
Just like Kings Island, Dollywood is teasing and poking at us coaster geeks getting us to guess what they’re building for 2014. Unlike Kings Island, Dollywood will not be building a massive B&M invert.
Screamscape is calling Dollywood’s next coaster “Firechaser Express” and says that it will be a family launched coaster. The name definitely points at a family coaster. Also, Dollywood doesn’t have one of those “in-the-middle” type of coaster, one that provides a solid thrill but isn’t a massive scream machine.
In Dillon Frazier fashion, I’m going to make a prediction (I’ve gotten pretty good at this). I think it will be a Multi-Launch Coaster built by Intamin.
Dollywood has indicated this will be a huge announcement. I originally thought a smaller launcher like Backlot Stunt Coaster, but Dollywood’s teasing implies it will be much bigger. Firechaser could be a lot like Cheetah Hunt, minus the inversion and a bit smaller, making it the perfect mid-ranged coaster. Now we just have to wait till Thursday!
Leave a comment lettin’ me know what you think Firechaser will be!