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Luna Park Breaks Ground on NEW 2022 Attractions.

Image by ABC 7 New York

Luna Park in Brooklyn, New York is moving forward with their expansion plans. After initially being delayed due to the pandemic, the park has broken ground on their upcoming attractions.

These attractions include:

-Sky Chase

-A new ropes course

-A Super Flume ride

-A J2SK Coaster

Also in the pipeline is a Big WaveZ attraction. However, that may end up being delayed to 2023.

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Dr. Doom’s Fearfall being Repainted!

After the addition of VelociCoaster, the Universal Orlando resort is ramping up their efforts to improve and modernize the park’s attractions. Sometimes improvements and renovations seem small, but they do wonders in breathing new aesthetic life into the attractions. Seen above is a new paintjob that is underway for the park’s Space Shot attraction.

The account known as Roller Coaster Nerdz was the first to report the news.

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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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NEW SeaWorld Roller Coasters Set for 2022 Opening

After months of pandemic and staffing-related delays, the new SeaWorld attractions originally slated for a 2020 debut are now confirmed to be opening in 2022.

These attractions were originally pushed to a 2021 opening due to the pandemic, and were reportedly pushed again to 2022 due to alleged staffing issues that have been affecting multiple industries.

The new attractions will include:

IRON GWAZI (Seen Above): A Rocky Mountain Construction makeover of the famous Gwazi roller coaster at Florida’s Busch Gardens Tampa.

PANTHEON: An Intamin multi-launched roller coaster at Virginia’s Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

EMPEROR: A Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster coming to California’s SeaWorld San Diego.

In addition, Texas’ SeaWorld San Antonio will debut a Screaming Swing by S&S Sansei. It will be the tallest ride of its kind in the world.

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