The Inspirational Article:
Five Years 2014- Current
Believe it or not… Steelhawk is officially five years old in 2019. If that makes you feel old… well, I am only just getting started. Steelhawk was manufactured by Mondial of the Netherlands and opened on July 2, 2014. It was then and still is now at 301’ feet tall the tallest attraction in the park, and offers an exhilarating, and sometimes quite cold and windy experience high above the park. As most know its history I won’t repeat too much of it here except to remind everyone that Steelhawk was originally known as Windseeker prior to it’s move from Knott’s Berry Farm to Worlds of Fun. Fascinating enough Steelhawk also stands where the original main Americana gate was located and the entrance walkway to Steelhawk once served as the entrance walkway into the park.
03/28/2014: Worlds of Fun Off-Season Tour (Steelhawk Construction)
Ten Years 2009 - Current
Prowler like its semi-clone Mystic Timbers was a creation of Great Coasters International or as it is usually referred to as GCI. GCI had been known since its inception for its fabulous twister coasters, or coasters that as the name implies cross over themselves countless times. Thunderhead for example at Dollywood has a total of 32 crossovers. Prowler was quite different with a total of only four, creating an odd sort of GCI creation more in line with a traditional Out and Back coaster (Mamba is a great example of an Out and Back). The funny part of all of this is that on a dark night it's almost impossible to tell where the coaster is headed, and a friend of ours who rode the coaster for the first time on a dark night during the American Coaster Enthusiasts 2009 Convention stated upon exiting that he "really didn't like those twister coasters". Suffice it to say... Prowler wasn't and isn't a twister, but it was so dark he couldn't even tell. The sign of a great coaster.
Prowler Construction Blogs:
Fifteen Years 2004 - Current
Twenty Five Years - 1994 -Current
Thirty Years 1989 - Current
Timber Wolf Blogs
03/10/2010: With a Wolf Howl
04/01/2014: 25 Years of Running Wild with Timber Wolf
05/31/2018: The New and Improved Timber Wolf: A Review
Thirty-Five Years - 1984 - Current
Fury of the Nile
Forty Years - 1979 - Current
04/12/2017: It's A Flat World After All?
Forty-Five Years - 1974 - Current
Red Baron and Forum
The other attraction celebrating it’s 45th anniversary this year is a rather small one, but though it be small it be mighty and that’s the Red Baron. Yes, that little airplane ride in Planet Snoopy is one of the park’s oldest operating attractions, opening in 1974 in the Scandinavian section of the park, and moving to its current location in 1978 with the addition of the Aerodrome. Details and even its paint job and name have changed over the years but Red Baron itself really hasn’t. A thought I like to think about is that kids that first rode it when it opened in the 1970s are now old enough to not only have children of their own but now even grandchildren, making this one ride that quite possibly can be said to have been ridden by three different generations.