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Archive for July 2014

Stengel Engineering, the Rockstar of the Coaster World

Backlot Stunt Coaster

  If you have a passion for coasters, chances are you have visited a site known as, and learned the differences between and B&M and a Vekoma, and wondered what in the world a Schwarzkopf is and how to pronounce it. In the realm of coaster creators these names are renowned around the world, and someone links all of them together. If you need a man that understands the line between physics and fun you are looking for Werner Stengel. His understanding of calculating the proper physics and design has made him know for the concept of “heartlining” coasters. […]

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PGAV Destinations

Antarctica Grand Opening

Have you ever found yourself in a completely immersed environment and thought “Wow those people on the SeaWorld creative team know what they are doing” or thought “Wow the Georgia Aquarium really wanted to take you away from reality, how did they do it?” Check out the planning and design work sought out by many of the industry leaders across the world; the storytelling geniuses of PGAV Destinations. While you are exploring their site also check out their storytelling research of how storytelling affects the mind and even research of storytelling to Millenials. All this information is released quarterly in […]

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Whirley DrinkWorks Dominate the Industry

Whirely Cups

Ever get to your destination and notice that the drink cups all look strangely familiar? That is because the company Whirley Drinkworks is dominating the industry. The company’s products generally only manufacture in 1,000s+ quantity and are very customizable. Check out this site where surely your favorite Destination in the South has previously or currently shopping!

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Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night Audio

Xbox Music Shamu Celebration

Sea World has released it’s latest show audio to the internet! We have confirmed XBox Music (Zune) and ITunes to far. This album is audio used in the brand new show with five tracks! 1. Light Up the Night 2. Make a Splash 3. Glow In the Night 4. When One World Meets Another 5. Ride This Wave   Upon your search you may also find the 50th Anniversary song! Stream it now for free at and search for “Sea World Attractions”  

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII – Epilogue – Baseball, Mystery and Exploration


On Friday afternoon, June 20, following our time at Gilroy Gardens we made a quick stop at Oakland Zoo. We knew we could not get there in time to see the zoo as it closed at 4:00, but since the separate entry amusement park stays open an hour later, our intension was to get there before 4:00. We arrived about 4:20 and walked into Adventure Landing to the ticket booth. The attendant said she could no longer sell tickets although the rides were still open. We talked to a manager, who took us to the coaster to allow is to […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII – Part 3: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk & Gilroy Gardens


On Thursday, June 19 Coaster Con XXXVII moved to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I was looking forward to returning to this park as my visit in 2006 was somewhat short. Perhaps the best seaside amusement park for a number of reasons, this quintessential piece of Americana has been lovingly preserved. From its classic wooden coaster to its Carousel ring machine, from its plethora of dark rides to its kitschy Boardwalk foods, from its beachside views to its well preserved Cocoanut Ballroom, few seaside parks have the total package that this park does. Rides The park has 3 coasters: Giant Dipper: […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII – Part 2: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom


On Wednesday, June 18 Coaster Con XXXVII moved to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA. When I first visited this park in 2006 it was Six Flags Marine World. That day was rainy and crowded and I arrived later than intended, so I was looking forward to having a full day in the park to get more of a feel for it. This day was to start around 7:00 with breakfast and special tours offered before ERT. Because of the late night and the long drive from San Jose, we opted to get there in time for ERT. The […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII – Part 1: California’s Great America


On Sunday, June 15 Coaster Con XXXVII began at California’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA. Opened in 1976 as Marriott’s Great America, it was one of two almost identical parks built by Marriott that year. In 1984 it was sold to the city of Santa Clara who contracted with Kings Entertainment to run the park. It was known as Great America until Kings Entertainment was bought by Paramount and it became Paramount’s Great America. Once Cedar Fair bought the Paramount parks in 2006, the name was changed to its current name. We arrived about 4:30 and made our way […]

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ACE Coaster Con XXXVII 2014 – Northern California – Prologue – San Francisco


On Thursday June 12 I flew to San Francisco for ACE Coaster Con XXXVII which would begin Sunday at California’s Great America and continue at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Gilroy Gardens. But before that I would have 2 days of sightseeing in San Francisco and the area north with another sightseeing day on the Saturday following Coaster Con. I will break this report up into 5 parts as follows: Prologue: Sightseeing in San Francisco and Northern California Part 1: California’s Great America Part 2: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Part 3: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and […]

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