Where to begin.. Two new shows, repaints, construction, and lots more. We’ll be taking a look at the construction of the new Dare Devil Chaos Coaster, as well as the construction elsewhere around the park. The new shows, that are being prepped for the summer. The operations around the park. There’s a whole lot more going on at the park! I met with Captain Lee, and I’ve got some cool info!
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It was Spring Break, and unlike Six Flags Magic Mountain, Discovery Kingdom really advertised their Spring Break hours, and created a special event almost. They had Spring Break activities at the main plaza, which were quite popular with guests. The park can have a rough time getting crowds to visit in the off-season, but thanks to the advertising of their Spring Break hours/event, it was packed, and Captain Lee was able to tell me the park has had great amounts of visitors this Spring Break!
I was really hoping not to see these ‘promotion’ booths at Discovery Kingdom, sadly I did. Never wanted to really pay them any attention, but decided to watch it for a little bit. They were trying to get pass-holders to the booth. I’ll see if Magic Mountain’s ‘promotional’ booths try do the same thing.
In case you didn’t know, the green souvenir bottle is a chain-wide thing. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has several of these Refill Stations, which are great! Magic Mountain can use these, especially considering the fact that unlike Discovery Kingdom, Magic’s food service lines are horribly long and slow. They also have a Season Dining Pass booth at the park’s food court, where guests can get information about their pass, and of course purchase a pass!
Since the Oasis Plaza lacks a souvenir shop, or anything alike, the park has set up a pretty good looking portable store next to the Sky Screamer entrance.
These new billboard frames are popping up, they’re stylish and fresh looking. Hope to see these replace rusty older ones here at the SoCal Six Flags too!
Discovery Kingdom has yet to change entirely to the new blue uniforms.
Got to love these little show-time signs for Drench! at the Toyota Stadium! Look at this awesome shot of Ricky (trainer) mid-air! Let’s talk Drench! for a little, it’s Spring, and the dolphins act as most animals do around this time a year. Due to the excitement of the dolphins, the first Drench! show of the day had to be paused for a bout 10 minutes in the middle of the show. At one point, the dolphins were interested in playing with each other rather than performing. Kudos to Discovery Kingdom for letting the dolphins do their thing, they opened the gates to all the pools and let them play their game while a full stadium was waiting, meanwhile Ricky came out to talk about the dolphins, and filled the 10 minutes with a very educational presentation on the spot. Very professionally done, I wanted to just give the park a quick recognition for that. Due to the drought, Drench! will be cutting out parts of the ‘splash’ section of the show to reduce water waste.
The Temple of the Tiger show was significantly shorter this time. Captain Lee told me that a few of the tigers that usually come out for the show were not very interested in participating, and to give them a little rest they didn’t perform for a couple of days. The park did though bring out the ‘cubs’ (9 months old at this point), for guests to see, allowing guests to stay in the stadium for about 10 more minutes to see them play with each other.
Let’s get to the new shows! Wacky Waterworks has opened! It’s still undergoing many changes, the otters and seals are yet to be worked in, which the park will start doing once the it’s closed on week-days. They opened it for the Spring Break crowds. In addition, the show’s supposed to have a lot more soaking of the guests, but due to the drought, Discovery Kingdom is not yet incorporating that into the show. Notice that all props are reused, the pipes were laying around the park from water-rides and have been reused, and the boxes on the stage that have jets in them are relocated from the Dolphin Harbor, they were used for Cirque Dreams the last two years. Also new, in fact premiered only a couple of days ago, is the new Dolphin Harbor show; Discover Our Ocean Friends. Discovery Kingdom has created a new show that will answer everyone’s questions about their dolphins, the show is in fact an educational presentation. Absolutely great use of the stadium, and the park now offers different dolphin shows again, like it has ever since Shouka left. The show is still being changed, in fact the script has changed almost every day so far, now the park has a couple of weeks ’til the summer season starts they’ll be working on perfecting the show. It’s great so far, we’re excited to see the future version!
Another great thing you must be aware of… You can meet parrots at the entrance plaza in the morning, and at the top of the Bird Theater during the day!
Let’s get to the rides and their operations. Kong’s running two trains and is running smoothly. V2: Vertical Velocity remains closed, a reopening date is unknown at this point. The trains are off the track and undergoing a refurbishment in storage. The jets are yet to turn on for the season over at Voodoo, it might be because of the drought that the park has chosen to wait with turning them on. Boomerang was running good. Though I have to complain about their operations. It just simply is way too slow. Their approach of letting people enter the station, checking the restraints, then dispatching, and then not let guests enter the station ’til after the train has been emptied again… while having two ops… is not good. Capacity’s low enough as is. WOW! Roar, Roar, Roar. Running two trains, and running incredibly smooth. Rode it many times, many places in the train, both trains. And I honestly state that it’s running better than Apocalypse is. They re-tracked it some more, updated the trains with several new restraints and I assume wheels, and it’s running GREAT! Superman is Superman, amazing ride, always. Medusa’s running two trains and very smooth. Gotta love that all trim-brakes have been taken out, and that the MCBR really doesn’t slow it down at all. I’m excited for Scream! to reopen at Magic Mountain, but Medusa will still be better.
The gift shops near the entrance received some repaints!
Remember that Discovery Kingdom retired their own elephants. Yes, there will be no more shows. The Elephant program is ending, the elephants that are still at the park are loaned to the park, as DK’s own elephants have retired. After the 2015 Season there will be no more elephants at DK. That will create A LOT OF ROOM, so hopefully we will see a large scale ride coming to the park.
Construction time! The wolf exhibit is undergoing some changes! The Wild Life Theater is also under construction, a lot’s changing, we’ll have more updates in the near future.
At the old Camel stalls, that have been empty for a lot of years now, the park’s doing some work. It’s hard to see what’s really going on. It seems like something for children. Which makes sense as Tava’s Jungle Land is attached to it.
And the construction that we’ve all been waiting for… Dare Devil Chaos Coaster! The Old Season Pass processing Center is closed, but not because of Dare Devil… Dare Devil will be located in front of Kong, and will look quite awesome in that spot, I think. The footers are being placed, and the ground’s being prepped for the line and boarding platform, etc.
Thanks for checking out this new Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Update! We have lots of exciting Discovery Kingdom related things coming in the near future! Stay tuned!
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