SoCal Theme Park Update
Disneyland's Submarines Set Sail Once Again
Since opening in 1959, Disneyland's Submarine Voyage attraction operated continuously until 1998 when the park suddenly shut it down. Rumors of the ride's return circulated for years until Disneyland announced the classic water-born attraction would set sail again as the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. About a week ago, crafty photographers were able to sneak a peak at what is likely the first instance of a Disneyland submarine venturing out into the lagoon in nearly ten years. The old subs' diesel-powered engines have been switched out and replaced with electric motors as well.
The finished attraction is set for public debut in June of this year.
Magic Mountain's Psyclone to be Blown Away
Six Flags Magic Mountain, having recently announced that they would not sell off the 36 year-old park, have instead decided to demolish their Psyclone roller coaster, built in in 1991. The coaster is a near replica of the original Cyclone (1927), which is presently run as an independently operated franchise in Coney Island, New York. Last year, Six Flags demolished another one of its Cyclone replicas-the Texas Cyclone-after they sold off Astroworld park and relocated many of that park's rides to others in the Six Flags chain.
Knott's Berry Farm's New Coaster
The theme park built by the Southland's other Walter (Knott) has been undergoing a bit of a spurt recently, adding major roller coasters just about every two years now. The Sierra Sidewinder is next in line to thrill guests. A first for the area, the new ride will feature trains that spin around freely while navigating its twisty route. This new addition should settle in quite well with Knott's unique Southwestern theming. Even though we still miss the original Corkscrew, we're happy to see Knott's thriving in the shadow of the Mouse.
Photograph courtesy DisneyGeek