Monthly Archive: September 2021

Universal Studios Japan Confirmed to Receive Donkey Kong Nintendo World Expansion!

Universal Studios Japan officials have recently confirmed a brand new expansion to their recently-opened Super Nintendo World. This new addition will take guests into the Ape-Tastic world of Donkey Kong.

An official statement reads:

“To further immerse guests into Nintendo’s well-known series of games, Universal Studios Japan will expand the land to include a new area themed after Donkey Kong. The new area will bring to life the world of one of Nintendo’s most beloved games and feature a roller coaster, interactive experiences, themed merchandise and food –and all the fun and excitement of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. Guests will feel like they are playing inside the world of Donkey Kong as they take a walk on the wild side through the lush jungles where Donkey Kong and his friends live. The new area is set to open in 2024.”

Perhaps we will see that long-rumored mine cart coaster at this nee themed area. A man can certainly dream.

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Six Flags Great America Possibly Retheming Vertical Velocity to Flash.

Recently, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois has closed their launched shuttle coaster Vertical Velocity for the season. According to Screamscape, the following sign has been placed at the entrance to the attraction:

Photo by Screamscape

This is most certainly no coincidence, since a similar roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom received the same retheme just recently. In 2019, V2: Vertical Velocity was renamed and rethemed to Flash: Vertical Velocity. The coaster received an all new red and yellow paint job to go along with the famous DC Comics character The Flash.

Photo by Six Flags

This is likely an attempt to incorporate more superhero IPs into the Six Flags chain. Nevertheless, I love a good launch coaster, so no matter what paint job it has, I’m down to ride it.

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