Theme Park News

Toverland Releases Trailer for their NEW B&M Wing Coaster!

Dutch coaster enthusiasts are in for a treat. Earlier today, the park released the following teaser on YouTube.

The stats for this coaster are as followed:

Top Height: 131.3 ft
Top Speed: 59 mph
Inversions: 3
Length: 2,667.3 ft

As you can see, it will be among the shorter B&M Wing Coasters, but for a regional park like this, such a coaster is an incredible fit. As I always say, you can never go wrong with a B&M.

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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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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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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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Japan Rumored to get their first RMC Hybrid Coaster.


Is Japan about to get an RMC hybrid coaster? Let’s take a look at the newest rumor to hit the web.

For six years, the acclaimed Rocky Mountain Construction company has been taking aging wooden coasters and remaking them into A-list thrill rides with their trademark I-Box track. So far though, the company has only done this to wooden coasters in North America. They’ve built a ground up wooden coaster in Sweden, but they have yet to give the so-called Iron Horse treatment to any intercontinental wooden coasters. However, according to a new rumor from Screamscape, that’s all about to change.

According to Screamscape’s sources, the White Cyclone wooden roller coaster at Nagashima Spaland is rumored to be getting the treatment next year. This ride is an Intamin wooden coaster that first opened in 1994. It is currently the seventh-tallest wooden roller coaster in the world and the longest wooden coaster outside of the United States. Unfortunately, several enthusiasts, including coaster veteran Sean Flaharty have criticized this ride for its extreme roughness. In this case, an RMC treatment would certainly make this a smoother and much more enjoyable ride experience, but how accurate is this rumor.

While Screamscape is often hit or miss with their rumors, there are a couple of reasons why this one is more plausible. First of all, Nagashima is already home to an S&S Freespin named Arashi, which RMC of course did the track for. Second of all, it has been wildly reported that RMC has seven projects coming out next year, including one in Japan. Could the company be heading overseas once again to give White Cyclone the i-box treatment? Right now, all signs point to yes. Of course, this would be another massive project for a company with already a lot going on, but considering they just opened up a massive new factory to keep up with demands last year, it’s clear that they’ll deliver the goods once again.

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Dragon Challenge Closes in September. New Coaster to Replace it!

In a surprise announcement today Universal Studios said on their official blog that the iconic Dragon Challenge roller coasters will close for good on September 5th. Well this has been predicted for quite some time it is still undoubtedly came as a shock for fans of this attraction. While the rumor of Dragon Challenge’s closure has been buzzing around for a while, not many people expected the closure to be announced this soon. However, considering that fellow Orlando resort Disney World announced several major attractions just weeks ago, it’s clear that Universal wants to one-up the competition.

Originally opening in 1999 as Dueling Dragons, this ride experience was quite innovative for its time. It featured two B&M inverts named Fire and Ice with awesome dragon-shaped trains going head to head. However, in 2011, the park stopped dueling these coasters after several instances of park guest being hit with flying objects from the other train. The incident that sealed this rights fate occurred when a fifty-two-year-old part guess lost his eyeball after being hit in the face with an unknown object. Comments made by the law firm representing the man implied that it was a penny. Naturally, if something as small as a penny could cost someone an eye, these coasters were deemed too much of a liability to keep dueling. 

Dueling Dragons at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

In the years following this incident, Universal installed metal detectors in the queue line. While lawyers said that this was a step in the right direction, it’s clear that it wasn’t enough to have the dragons duel again. So after the removal of such a major attraction, what will replace it now?

Well, while the park will be losing two coasters, it’s at least going to gain another one. Universal confirmed earlier today that Dragon challenges replacement would be quote ” one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences we’ve created. It will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.” Universal didn’t give many details about what kind of coaster it would be, but a popular rumor going around is a Mack Powered coaster. Something like Arthur at Europa Park. This is a family coaster that lends itself to heavy theming, which fits the few details given on Universal’s blog.

I feel a rumor going around it’s a Mack powered coaster something like Arthur at Europa Park. This is a family coaster that lends itself to heavy theming which fits the few details given Universal’s blog. In addition, it’s rumored that the ride will be theme to the Forbidden Forest. Either way, Universal implied that it would be fun for the whole family. The idea of taking two major thrill rides like Dragon Challenge and replacing them with the family ride is a bit odd, and it’s always unfortunate to see a coaster bite the dust. At the same time though, we could be in for something really special. Escape from Gringotts and Forbidden Journey are fantastic, and despite universal’s recent reliance on screen-based motion simulators there’s always room for innovation. 

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World’s Tallest Drop Tower Coming to Miami in 2020!

While Miami is more known for its beaches than its thrill rides, that’s all about to change in 2020. The upcoming Skyrise Miami entertainment center is set to feature SkyDrop: the world’s tallest and fastest drop tower. It will be a massive 540 feet tall and have a top speed of 95 miles per hour. This will make it 125 feet taller and five miles per hour faster than the current record-holder Zumanjaro at Six Flags Great Adventure. Interestingly enough, the project’s official website features footage of both Zumanjaro and Lex Luthor Drop of Doom, hinting that this tower will also be built by Intamin.

SkyDrop itself will be on the back of the building and will overlook the Atlantic ocean. It is sure to be one of the best views on any drop tower.

For those of you unaware of this project, Skyrise Miami is an upcoming entertainment center in Miami Florida that is currently under construction at the Bayside Marketplace. It was first proposed in 2013 and was recently approved for construction last December. It will be the tallest building in Miami and is scheduled to open in 2020, the same year that the Superbowl will come to the city.

In addition to SkyDrop, Skyrise Miami will feature a bungee jump experience, several observation decks, fine dining, a nightclub, a 4D motion simulator, and much more. It’s sure to be a prime location for thrill seekers and tourists in general. Whether or not this will open by 2020 is unknown, but unlike the long-awaited polercoaster, at least this project made it to the construction faze, so there’s a good chance it will end up opening.

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Fun Spot Acquires a New Location In Georgia: Fun Junction USA

Fun Spot may not be the biggest or most nationally-known amusement park chain out there, but they certainly are a force to be reckoned with. Just weeks after the opening of their impressive new Gravity Group woodie Mine Blower, the chain announced that they would be buying another park to add to their roster. In addition to Fun Spot’s two Florida locations in Orlando and Kissimmee, the chain will now have a new location in Fayetteville, Georgia.

Fun Junction USA, formerly known as Dixieland Fun Park, is a smaller theme park that’s about a half-hour away from Six Flags Over Georgia. This is just like how Fun Spot Orlando and Kissimmee are located close to bigger Florida parks like Disney World and Universal Studios.

Also like Fun Spot’s other locations, Fun Junction has go-karts, bumper boats, and a few small flat rides. However, while the Fun Spot locations in Florida both have newly-built wooden roller coasters, the only coaster at Fun Junction is an E&F Miller Hi-Miller named Scream’n Eagle (not to be confused with the PTC woodie at Six Flags St. Louis).

Scream’n Eagle at Fun Junction USA

This ride is similar to a Schwarzkopf wildcat and was actually named Wildcat at its previous location at Nevada’s Wild Island. Considering that this is the only coaster at the park, would it be possible for Fun Spot to add an all new wooden coaster here? If this is the case, then we can expect the first Gravity Group woodie to come to Georgia. Though since the park was just recently acquired, we may not see a new coaster go there until Fun Spot decides how good of an investment it would be.

Either way, it’s exciting to see a small chain like Fun Spot grow. I recently paid a visit to their Orlando location and was very impressed with the staff, the late hours, and of course, White Lightning itself. Hopefully they can bring the same excellent service to Georgia, it could very well end up being a hit with the locals.

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California’s Great America Teases 2018 Addition.

Here’s some pretty big news out of California’s Great America. The park is already teasing there twenty eighteen attraction. A construction marker has what appear to be white tire tracks leading up to it. Also, the marker itself has “2018” written on one side and “SR1” written on the other.

So what exactly does SR1 mean? Well, according to the state of California’s DMV SR-1 refers to a traffic accident report. and this is a ride at California’s Great America after all. Moreover, there’s a couple of car models named SR1; one is a Peugeot convertible and the other is a small race car so this ride most likely has a vehicle theme. Is it possible that California’s Great America is going to install more souped up version of the Backlot Stunt Coaster? Well, so far the coaster is said to be around twice as tall as the typical Backlot Stunt Coaster, so if it is a similar ride, it will indeed be a lot larger.

Besides RMC Mean Streak and RMC Hurler, Cedar Fair has two other coasters planned for next year. One of which is a completely new type of coaster while the other one is made by a manufacturer they haven’t worked with in recent history. If this isn’t a new type of coaster, then which manufacturer is set to make a comeback with this one? Let’s think about this for a second…

Intimidator 305, Intamin’s last coaster for Cedar Fair.

On one hand, Intamin is a company many enthusiasts would like to see return to the Cedar Fair chain. The last time Intamin made a coaster for Cedar Fair was back in 2010 with Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion. If Intamin is building this new mysterious ride, then what kind of coaster is it?

According to documents from the city of Santa Clara, the new coaster is said to be around 110 ft. tall which just happens to be around the same height as Maverick at Cedar Point, just five feet taller. So is California’s Great America actually getting an Intamin blitz coaster? In my opinion, it’s definitely the most likely possibility.

Official permit regarding the coaster.

Imagine if Intamin was able to make a bigger and better version of Premier Rides’ Backlot Stunt Coaster. Honestly ,I can already see it being named something like “Road Rage” or maybe it’ll be a more clever name like “Mean Street.” At the end of the day though, this is all complete speculation, and the only way to find out what the park is really adding is just to be patient.

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