Jungle Cruise Boat Sinks With Guests at Walt Disney World

This afternoon guests aboard the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom were in for a bit of a surprise as their boat started to sink while touring the jungle.

Photo courtesy of WDWNT
Photo Courtesy of WDWNT

All of the guests were okay and the water pathways are very shallow so hopefully nobody got too drenched. Disney has not stated the cause of the sinking, but the attraction is running normally again.

Mako Track Has Appeared At Sea World San Diego

Track has started to appear for Mako coming to Sea World San Diego early next year. Mako is apparently not the final name for the project as the coaster does not sit close to the shark encounter at all. It is expected that Sea World will give us a final name and official update at IAAPA next month. Meanwhile, lovely light blue flat straight and turn pieces have begun appear at the site.

Image from Behind The Thrills

Here is a closer look at one of the turn pieces.

Image from Behind The Thrills

So what do you think of the new track pieces? What do you think the name of this coaster should be? When do you think it will open? Comment your thoughts down below and give this page a follow to get constant updates on the construction of this coaster!

WDW Skyliner Has a Major Accident

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Just a mere six days after opening the Skyliner at Walt Disney World has crashed due to a power failure on the Caribbean Beach Line. At about 9pm on Saturday night a power failure at the Caribbean Beach Station on the Skyliner caused a blue gondola to get stuck right before it was about to take off from the station. That caused about five other gondolas to crash into the blue gondola and for the whole system to auto-stop after the crash was detected. It was reported that one of the gondolas had its glass shattered, but luckily no guests were injured.

Speaking of the guests, although no guests were injured plenty of angry guests were stranded in other gondolas (some over water) for anywhere between 45 min for up to 3 hours. Now as one can imagine being stuck suspended in a gondola with no air conditioning in the humid and warm Florida air is not the most comfortable thing in the world. Luckily it was dark so it was not as hot as during the day and also guests were lucky not to have any stormy weather pass through while they were stuck. Unfortunately though it was dark so guests had no light besides their cellphone flashlights to guide them as they were waiting for help.

Guests also complained on social media of Disney not offering any updates on the situation for as much as 3 hours. The gondolas came equipped with emergency kits that included water, paper bags, and some other medical supplies for emergencies. At there highest point the gondolas reach 60 feet (six stories) above the ground which is enough for firetrucks to reach. The entire system has 300 cabins and crews have to evacuate each one manually which as one can expect takes quite a bit of time. For gondolas over water it takes even more time because crews have to get on small boats and evacuate the guests on to the boats and transport them back and forth to land before retrieving the next set of guests.

Disney has stated that the incident occurred due to “unexpected downtime” on the line and that they are offering guests four all day park tickets as well as a $200 gift card. I for one would be very hesitant to take the Skyliner because I do not like heights and get claustrophobic and for this very reason of being stranded for 3 hours above water or anywhere makes me wary to say the least.

What do you think of this situation? Just a fluke? Did Disney not do enough testing on the system and opened it to early? Do you think they will do the same thing with Rise of the Resistance and Avengers Campus? Leave your thoughts below!

Moana Inspired Journey of Water Attraction on its way to Epcot!

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All Concept Art provided by The DIS

In a bit of unexpected surprising news and the first of many stories about Epcot, a Moana themed attraction is on its way to the park. According to Disney this attraction will, “Let guests interact with magical living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.”

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Above is a model of the attraction which looks very spacious and tropical. Depending on how interactive this is, I think it will be a nice thing for families to do (especially at night) and it will add to a growing list of attractions at Epcot which is a great thing.

What do you think of this new attraction? Comment your thoughts below!

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California’s Great America Water park to be expanded and re-branded into South Bay Shores

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Concept art of new water slide complex coming to South Bay Shores

Cedar Fair parks announced all of their 2020 projects yesterday and with that California’s Great America announced that their water park, Boomerang Bay, will be expanded and renamed to South Bay Shores.

The expansion will include upgraded food and beverage locations as well as six new water slides. The new slides are SharkReefPlunge which are four vertical drop slides. Next up is Feeding Frenzy which is an enclosed tube slide that will finish in a giant bowl element at the bottom of the slide. Lastly, Barracuda is a slide that will feature a tight constrictor style series of spins and end with a splashdown at the end.

Some other features to be added are a family play and pool area to be called Tide Pool and Pier 76 which is a new restaurant location.

What do you think of CA Great America’s expansion? Will you be visiting? Comment your thoughts below!

Silver Dollar City Announces Mystic River Falls for 2020

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After the success of Time Traveler, Silver Dollar City is announcing their next major addition, Mystic River Falls. Mystic River Falls will be will have the tallest raft drop in the western hemisphere. The ride will take rafters into the history Marvel cave which is where Silver Dollar City started about sixty years ago. Some cool new elements of the ride will include an 82 foot tall elevator lift hill, a six story elevated river channel, and a grand finale four and a half story drop.

This attraction will be the anchor to a new themed land called Rivertown filled with folks from the 1880’s. In 2020, the park will also have lost of events and entertainment throughout the year for its Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary. So what do you think of this new ride and themed area? Will you be going next year? Comment your thoughts below and do not forget to click the like and follow button for notifications on when new articles come out!

Cheetah Chase Announced in 2020 For Holiday World

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Holiday World in Indiana is looking to be and will be the water coaster capital of the world when their brand new water coaster Cheetah Chase opens up next year. Cheetah Chase will be the world’s first racing and launching water coaster and the first to be doing a complete circuit.

Riders will be launched 25 feet up a lift hill using ProSlide Blast Technology and will be zipping along at a speed of 27 mph along the 852 foot full circuit course. Each raft will fit up to three people and duel head to head to see who can win the race! What do you guys think of this new addition? Comment below your thoughts on this water coaster and your thoughts on the evolution of water slides in general.

THEME PARK WIZARD SUPPORTS ALS AND YOU CAN TOO!

The ALS Foundation of Southern California has a couple of events coming up that I would love to sponsor, especially since the sponsorship money goes to ALS to help research ways to fight this disease! If you would like to help me sponsor a water station at the upcoming Ventura ALS Walk click here! I am almost halfway to my goal!