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Legoland to add VR to Project X

Legoland is jumping on the VR-roller-coaster bandwagon, and admittedly, it looks pretty amazing. Merlin Entertainment recently revealed an all new ride experience for three of their Legoland theme parks. The chain’s Project X roller coasters will be receiving a virtual reality makeover known as The Great Lego Race. This VR experience will take passengers into the wild and colorful world of Lego bricks and take them on a wild race to the finish.

Project X is a Mack wild mouse currently operating at three different Legoland parks: Legoland Malaysia, Legoland Deutschland (Germany), and Legoland Florida. Wild mouse coasters are known for their compact layouts, hairpin turnarounds and occasional dips. Something like this honestly fits quite well with a VR scenario involving racing. The sharp turns and drops are sure feel much more thrilling while immersed in a brick-based universe.

Photo by Merlin Entertainment

Virtual reality on roller coasters is a very hit-or-miss concept. Often times, while can offer a revolutionary ride experience to draw crowds, it has the unfortunate tendency of slowing down operations to a halt. While this could end up being an issue on the park’s busier days, kids are certainly going to beg their parents to experience the VR they wouldn’t be able to check out on the bigger chain park coasters. Admit it, when you were a kid, you were fascinated by VR headsets.

The Great Lego Race is expected to open in the spring of 2018.

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Sesame Place Teases Massive 2018 Attraction.

 Sesame Place; the Pennsylvania theme park not too far from Six Flags Great Adventure known for being themed after Jim Henson’s classic children’s series. Owned by SeaWorld, this park isn’t known for its thrill rides, but it no doubt has a special place in peoples hearts. As of right now, the only roller coaster to ever open at the park is Vapor Trail, a Vekoma Junior coaster that was added in 1998. It’s been almost two decades since this park got a new coaster, but for young coaster enthusiasts in the making, 2018 may see yet another major attraction coming to Sesame Place.

The park recently teased a new attraction on social media, referring to it as the “biggest, grouchiest” ride. The teaser featured the famous Oscar the Grouch, indicating that the ride will be themed to him. A small family park like Sesame Place getting a new coaster may seem hard to believe, but when a park teases a ride as being their biggest investment yet, it usually indicates a new coaster.

As for what kind of coaster this could be, speculation is already running wild. Considering that Busch Gardens Williamsburg just got a family GCI named Invadr, some are suggesting that a new wooden coaster could be coming to Sesame Place. Kid-friendly wooden coasters are nothing new; we’ve seen rides like Woodstock Express and Idlewild’s Rollo Coaster. Personally, I’m predicting something like Roar-O-Saurus at New Hampshire’s Storyland; a small coaster that kids will get a kick out of and enthusiasts will happily seek to ride. For now though, the only way to find out what the park will receive is to wait until their announcement on September 20th.

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California’s Great America Files Permit for 240 Foot Attraction

A while ago, California’s Great America revealed their 20-Year Plan, which gave suggestions as to what kind of additions would come to the park between 2016 and 2036. This long-term plan involves installing a new Hypercoaster, a tall swing ride (Starflyer/Windseeker), several water park additions, and much more. While their 2018 addition Railblazer is not mentioned in the plan, a recently filed permit hints that it may indeed be underway. According to official documents from the Federal Aviation Administration, the park has filed as permit to construct a 240 foot attraction for the 2019 season.

Now you’re probably thinking: are they actually going to get that hypercoaster the year after they added Railblazer? Well, according to the specifics of this document, that is highly unlikely. The ride will be installed in the area of the park where Peanuts Pirates currently is. This is a Huss Breakdance that takes up a pretty small footprint, and with all the attractions surrounding it, it’s very unlikely that there will be enough space for something as massive as a hypercoaster.

The more likely option in this case is a tall swing ride, which will also fit into their master plan. Now, while the original depicted a Windseeker, the company hasn’t built a new one of these since 2012, though the one from Knotts Berry Farm was relocated to Worlds of Fun for the 2014 season. Since then, the company has seemed to move away from Windseekers, opening a Funtime Starflyer at Valleyfair earlier this year. The move is likely due to the many technical issues that Windseekers are susceptible to.

So with all of that being said, it seems like a Starflyer is much more likely for 2019. While a hypercoaster would admittedly be a more exciting addition for enthusiasts, a swing ride would honestly be an amazing fit for the park. Just think of the views you can get!

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First Look at NEW Slinky Dog Dash Coaster Trains!

One of the most anticipated family coasters of next year is without a doubt Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. This Mack launched coaster will be part of an all-new section of the park themed to Toy Story. We’ve previously seen the track, but check out these incredible ride vehicles!

This image comes courtesy of Reddit user golf4miami, and it shows everyones favorite spring-loaded canine in all his coaster glory.

As you can see, the ride vehicles feature his trademark spring between the cars, which is thin enough to not obscure the views of its passengers.

Its cartoonish appearance makes it resemble a kiddie coaster more than a thrill ride, but this coaster is said to be much more exciting than a typical kiddie ride. Think less Barnstormer (Magic Kingdom) and more Firechaser Express (Dollywood).

Im oersonally a sucker for a good family coaster with incredible theming, and this ride looks to deliver the goods in 2018.

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Eclipse Photo of Valravn Dominates the Web

 

Yesterday, the solar eclipse made its way to America. If you ask me, there couldnt be a better time to be at a theme park

One intetn at Cedar Point named Jordan was lucky enough to take this photo during the much-anticipated eclipse. Reportedly using a solar filter to prevent damage to the camera, this image was taken of Valravn, the park’s dive coaster. 

After being shared on Cedar Point’s social media account, this photo went viral. As of right now, it is the most upvoted post ever made on the r/rollercoasters subreddit. 

Needless to say, this lucky intern is probably going to get some hefty royalties off of this photo, since it is being used to market the park. Kudos to you Jordan!

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Kings Dominion Announces Twisted Timbers; an RMC Makeover of Hurler!


Kings Dominion fans, the wait is over. The RMC re-do of Hurler has finally been announced. It will be named Twisted Timbers, and it’s scheduled to open in 2018. The story of the ride goes as followed. Located next to the park’s Candy Apple Grove, this coaster takes place in the once-thriving Hanover Hill Orchard, named after the park’s location in Hanover County. One beautiful day, half of the orchard was mysteriously destroyed by an unknown force that shook the ground, turned over tractors and shattered glass. Now this land of local legend is open to the public for one wild ride.

It will be 111 feet tall, it will be 54 miles per hour, it will have 20 airtime moments, and it will have three inversions. It will also feature a massive barrel roll drop similar to Kentucky Kingdom’s storm chaser.

Much like last year’s Mystic Timbers at Kings Island, the trains on this coaster will be modeled after vintage cars, which will add a classy touch to this coaster

But that’s not all the park announced. Kings Dominion will also be receiving Winterfest, a Christmas event that will turn the park into an all-out winter wonderland of lights, ornaments, cookies Christmas carolers, an ice skating rink and old Saint Nick himself.

Overall, 2018 is going to be an incredible year for Kings Dominion, but there’s even more amazing announcements to come today, so stay tuned.

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Hersheypark to Add New Water Coaster and Mat Racer!

 

Hersheypark recently announced that they would be adding not one, but two amazing water park additions in 2018. Both of these additions will be manufactured by Proslides.

First we have Breakers Edge, which is a hydro-magnetic water coaster. This attraction will have several propelled saucer turns.

Next we have Whitecap Racer. This is set to become the longest mat racer in the world when it opens.

Surprisingly, they won’t be taking down their flume ride to put these attractions in. Instead, these attractions will be built right next to their wave pool and over the lazy river. It looks like Tidal Force is staying right where it is. 

What’s interesting about this announcement is that Hersheypark referred to it as their fourteenth coaster. Though they never said it was a “roller coaster”, just a “coaster” and it is a water coaster, so why not? Either way, these look like absolutely amazing additions.

Hersheypark fans, get ready for a big splash in 2018.

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