Tornado and G-Force updates…

On Saturday, July 1, 2017, the聽Tornado was closed:

Tornado closed on 7/1/2017.

At first, I thought this was because it was too windy. I have been told they close the ride on windy days because too much wind can keep the coaster from making it one of the hills. Later I found out that the coaster had been down for awhile.

Also during the day,聽G-Force was still being worked on:

G-Force repairs on 7/1/2017.

Later in the day, folks posted in the聽Facebook Group that both of these rides have returned to operation. Huzzah!

The Underground also was down for awhile during the day, but I was told this was because聽Bad Bob had finally blown up the mine shaft. The ride would be resuming as soon as they got the rubble out of the way 馃槈

The Underground, closed.

If you are planning a visit to the park for a specific ride, be sure to contact them first before driving out. 聽Otherwise, you can check on the sign at the front entrance – it clearly lists any ride not operating that day:

Front entrance sign.

Get well soon, rides!

G-Force update.

In the Facebook group,聽Joey Hayes reports that work is being done on the聽G-Force ride today. He submitted this photo:

G-Force being worked on, 6/30/2017. (Photo by Joey Hayes.)

According to a member of park management, it sounds like this is just routine maintenance that needs to be done every eight years or so.

G-Force was added to the park in 1997. It was originally located outside where the聽Scrambler currently sits. After the side of聽Main Street burnt down in聽2010, the park rebuilt it and moved the聽G-Force indoors. You can read more about it on the Adventurelandians Wiki:

http://adventureland.parkhopping.com/wiki/index.php/G-Force

A look at the Monster’s dinosaurs

As noted earlier this week by聽Dee and Anna on the Facebook group, two dinosaurs have appeared on the grounds of聽The Monster roller coaster. They are very difficult to see from ground level.

You can see this velociraptor (?) near the corner of聽Chicken Shack:

Velociraptor (?) at The Monster.

Seeing it behind the barbed wire seems very Jurassic Park-ish.

If you go down a bit further, you can catch a glimpse of this triceratops (?):

Triceratops (?) at The Monster.

To get a better look, Dee and Anna took photos from the nearby聽Storm Chaser:

(Photo by Dee and Anna.)

The聽Sky Ride is probably an easier way to see them, so that’s what we tried. Traveling from the聽County Fair station, you can see them as soon as you get near聽The Monster.

Dinosaurs at The Monster, as seen from the Sky Ride.

Here’s a closer look.

Hello, dino.

And he has a friend…

Hello, other dino.

He’s ready for his close-up.

Marvelous!

Coming from the other direction, or by doing a technique called “turning around,” you can see his better side.

Is this your good side?
Yep. It’s a dinosaur alright.

Here’s a look at both of them.

Twice the prehistoric fun.

A friend of mine,聽Kevin, who works with magician聽Ben Ulin posted that he heard these dinosaurs were in storage at the park for awhile, and they just decided to set them out.

The Monster zooms by…

Very neat.

What other surprises are lurking in the park this year?

Raging River gets more rage

Facebook group member Joey Hayes聽 posted an update on Monday about the Raging River. This white water rafting ride recently opened for the season after a rehab. When it first opened, it was reported that some of the waterfalls were not yet turned on.

Waterless fall, earlier this week. (Photo by Joey Hayes.)

Today, Joey confirmed that they are back…

Waterfalls falling. (Photo by Joey Hayes.)
Waterfalls sorta falling. (Photo by Joey Hayes.)

I have ridden many white water rafting rides over the years, including the very first one that ever was built at Astroworld in Houston, Texas. I have often been quite lucky at staying dry while all the others in my raft got drenched… but these waterfalls put an end to such “luck.”

Thanks, Joey, for this update.

Dinosaur spotted at Adventureland?

When I just saw a reference to dinosaurs at Adventureland, I immediately thought of the Sinclair gas station dinosaur that used to be in the park near where the Frog Hopper is today.

Sinclair gas station dinosaur mascot in 1998.

But apparently that is not what was meant by Facebook group posters Dee and Anna.

They posted a photo today that would make a cryptozoologist giddy. It showed the twisted track of the Monster roller coaster with what sure does appear to be a dinosaur of some kind deep inside of it…

What do you see? (Photo compliments of Dee and Anna L.)

Is it April 1st again?

They took a ride on the Sky RideStorm Chaser to get a better look.

(Photo compliments of Dee and Anna L.)
(Photo compliments of Dee and Anna L.)

It looks like we need to send out an exploratory team to see what is going on.

 

Raging River’s new load area.

Joey Hayes shared these photos of the Raging River’s new load area today in the Facebook group.

(Photo by Joey Hayes)

The load and unload area for the two rafts now have air gates. According to desertions posted in the group, the unload gates open to let folks out, then the other gates open to let folks in. I’m still not sure if this is different than how things worked in past years, before the gates.

As previously mentioned, new foot switches are also installed that workers have to stand in for the rafts to deploy. Joey provided a photo of those, as well.

(Photo by Joey Hayes)

And, here is a look at what used to be a waterfall. I know some parks adjust the water level of their wet rides based on temperature, but it seems if this was working, the park would certainly have it on when the temperatures are as hot as they have been lately (90s!).

(Photo by Joey Hayes)

I rarely ride water rides due to not wanting to be wet and soggy walking through a theme park, but I expect I’ll have to give the River another shot – especially with the waterfalls being off 馃檪

Thanks, Joey, for the report and allowing use of your photos.

Raging River returns!

Yesterday, Facebook group member聽Toni Smith and聽Christian Gerald Evans reported that the聽Raging River has finally opened for the season – just in time for the hot summer days ahead.

Dee and Anna Lipscomb posted a few photos showing that new air gets have been installed in the loading area. Earlier reports say new foot switches were installed that will require multiple workers to stand on them to deploy a raft, bringing this ride up to date with more modern redundant safety systems.

Some earlier comments pointed out that there used to be some additional waterfalls that hadn’t worked in awhile, so hopefully someone familiar with the ride can go on it and give us a rundown of what’s new and changed.

Update: Christian reports they are still loading just one raft at at time. Some had hoped that the updated system might allow them to load two rafts simultaneously.

Until then … line up early! It’s going to be a hot weekend!

Unsubstantiated Inverter Rumor of the Day

Some potential good news for聽Inverter fans!

Yesterday, Saturday June 10, 2017,聽Facebook member聽Joey H. reported that聽The Inverter was being tested, giving hope that the ride is repaired and will soon return to operating in the park. Thank you, Joey, for passing this along!

Today, however, we have different news.

The UIROTD (Unsubstantiated* Inverter Rumor of the Day)聽for Saturday, June 11, 2017 is that it is the聽The Inverter is now聽officially* leaving the park, to be replaced by … we don’t know yet.

This comes from a Facebook comment left by a ride operator in the park:

“Official word has just come-down the inverter is going to be replaced but nobody knows with what”

I’ll leave out the poster’s name in case they weren’t supposed to mention this and decide to delete the original.

Wait a sec. Can anything “official” still be considered a rumor? I really want to use my new Rumor category here. I guess since,聽as much as I trust Facebook for all my medical and political advice, the only official Adventureland statements on Facebook have to come from the park’s official page, I can happily call this a rumor.

All of you who like this ride should make sure to hop on it this season for one last ride. Assuming it starts running, that is.


*un路sub路stan路ti路at路ed聽聽–聽not supported or proven by evidence.聽Aren’t all rumors unsubstantiated by nature? I mean, if they were supported or proven by evidence, would they be a rumor?