I had the chance to attend the media preview for the debut of the new Six Flags Discovery Kingdom makeover (Formally Six Flags Marine World.) I'm not very good at the witty captions (and its 2 a.m. at this point of writing) so I'll just let my photos tell my story instead.
Special thanks goes out to all the PR/marketing team as always. It was a fun privilege to be able to document the park as it changes for the best yet again. Thanks Discovery Kingdom!
Ready.....Here we go:
The park entrance has changed just a TAD since last year. V2's paint job also reflects the new SKY section of the park. Keep reading and you will see what I mean.
The new tram turnaround area.
As you can see there are a ton of new "trademark" shots that can be taken now.
SFDK's new park ambassador Captain Lee Munro shows off the Land, Sea, and Sky animals of the park.
Bug's and Daffy in their Safari Gear.
Sky Portal. Notice how the colors match V2's new paint job? It makes a bit more sense now, and actually looks really good in person.
New Justice League meet and greet down by the lake front.
One of the Land Portal signs gets some last minute paint details and landscaping.
This is the Land Portal near the bottom entrance to Dolphin Harbor. Notice how friggin big the signs/statues are.
The dolphin show was re-themed and revamped this year. Here are some random shots from "Merlin's Island Party"
The dolphin limbo bit was cute.
Merlin takes flight.
SFDK's new Cold Stone takes over the old Dippin Dot's store by Hamerhead Shark.
Future home to Nintendo's Wii hut.
One of the two Sea Portal signs.
The other side of the sign over by Monsoon Falls.
Sea Portal entrance #2 over by Shark.
Shark's new signage/sculpture getting paint.
Yet another photo to show you the scale of all the new theming and sign work.
The future home of the new Thomas Town area by Ski Stadium. Notice Round the World has gone missing for the 2007 season. Now worries though, the ride will be back with a better location and view in 2008. (BTW the Ski show has also gone dark for the 2007 season.)
The new area is slated to open on Memorial Day weekend.
Speaking of missing rides.... Jambo is now history.
Shouka Stadium gets a retro re-theme to the Pacific Northwest days of MWAUSA.
SFDK has a ton of new sponsors for the 2007 season.
Scratchy time it would it seem.
Tiger Island got brand new signage this off season as well.
Massive Tava the Elephant theming being installed.
Walrus experience also gets the new sign treatment.
Back over to Medusa Plaza we go. The old fountain was finally replaced with a permanent stage.
One of the biggest surprises of the off season was the re-routing of Kong's queue to Medusa Plaza. You now will enter the ride by waiting underneath it!
New on-ride photo booth for Kong.
I'll leave you with one last shot of Kong's new queue line from inside the fenced off area.
It's like 3 AM and I have to get a bit of sleep and head back to SFDK for day 2 of our long weekend. Expect more photos from Saturday's opening event next.
(For anyone wondering all photos were shot with my trusty Nikon D50.)