MT. OLYMPUS THEME PARK
Formerly: Big Chief Carts & Coasters
Park News - (4/2/12) RollerCoasterPhilosophy has posted an interesting and somewhat critical review of Mt. Olympus this week, pointing out their strengths, weak spots, and what they think should be done to fix their biggest problems. Give it a read.
(10/12/11) Negative-G has posted trip reports from Mount Olympus as well as the nearby Timber Falls attraction.
(8/9/11) For anyone interested, I’m told that about a half-mile down the road from Mt. Olympus you’ll find a new attraction with a familiar name, “The Original Big Chief Go Karts. It’s kind of odd as the attraction most people associate as Big Chief was transformed into what is now Mt. Olympus, but before that I’m told there was a previous site located “on a back road” that is now only used as storage space for Mt. Olympus.
So why the name? From what I’m told the new “Original Big Chief” location is from the owner of Mt. Olympus, but named in honor of his father who started the original attraction. Oh… and apparently the prices for the Go-Karts is only $3 a ride.
2013 - Hades 360 - (4/15/13) A new construction update for Hades 360º has been posted to TPR.
(3/27/13) A reader was kind enough to send in some new construction pictures of Hades 360º shot just the other day.
Be sure to check out that first picture of the big promotional banner. Someone want to tell Mt. Olympus that they need to take that banner down now?
Hades 360º is NOT the world’s first upside-down wooden coaster. In modern history that credit would go to Son of Beast, but as for currently operating coasters… Outlaw Run is already open. Anyway… they also reported that Pegasus is getting a little re-tracking done as well.
(3/25/13) A few construction pictures showing off the creation of the new inversion being added to Hades 360º at Mt. Olympus can be found on their Facebook page. These appear to have been taken sometime in the first week or March.
I’ve also added the official video for Hades 360º below as well so you can see how the finished product will look.
(11/14/12) Mt. Olympus made a big announcement at IAAPA on Tuesday, as there will be some very exciting new changes on the way to Hades for the 2013 season. Our friends at The Coaster Crew were on the scene to chat with park President, Nick Laskaris to get the word right from the horse’s mouth.
In short, Hades will be renamed as Hades 360, because Gravity Group is going to add in a new Barrel Roll inversion to the ride, right where it comes out of the tunnel out by the road. In fact that whole turn-around section of track there will be taken down and rebuilt completely. If that wasn’t enough, it will enter a 110º overbanked turn as it re-enters the tunnel on the return trip to the station. To accomplish this, Hades 360 will also use brand new themed Timberliner trains that look fantastic.
Unlike the two other “wooden” coasters to perform barrel rolls opening in 2013, Hades 360 will be the only one to do it using a completely normal wooden coaster track experience, so no steel topper track here.