The time has finally come... Cedar Point has released test footage of Steel Vengeance featuring Communications Director Tony Clark, and Park Manager Jason McClure. We all have been waiting to see any sort of test footage or content showing off the new ride, so here it is:
Matching it up with the animated POV, this thing is right on the dot when it comes to speed and pacing. All of the people out there who whine about RMCs having pacing issues and speed can eat their words on this one.
I feel like Tony and Jason are being completely genuine with the fact that this could potentially be the best roller coaster on the planet. Beating out Maverick is a pretty high standard to hold something too. Maverick is a top 3 coaster for me, and I'm excited to see how I feel about this one.
Cedar Point's opening day cannot come soon enough, and I hop that I will be able to follow through with my plans to visit the park by the end of May!!!
Twisted Timbers is Now OPEN!
Kings Dominion opened up their RMC revamp of Hurler this weekend to great praise. Coaster enthusiasts say that the ride is up there in terms of RMCs, and packs quite the punch. Some have even gone as far as saying that the ride holds its own with Intimidator 305.
Oak's Park Opens Euro-Fighter
A small amusement park in Oregon, Oak's Park has opened their neatly colored Euro-Fighter as well. This ride is a clone of Hydrus at Casino Pier. A nice addition for this tiny park.
Steel Vengeance is Testing
Cedar Point has finally begun testing Steel Vengeance this week. Small video snippets can be found online, but they are of pretty low quality. It is good to see them finally begin testing the ride, so the are on track for an opening weekend debut.
Cedar Point hints at BIG changes to Boardwalk
According to reports from yesterday's Winter Chill Out event, despite putting finishing touches on Steel Vengeance, the park is already looking to the future. Last season, we learned that the Extreme Sports Stadium would be demolished for future expansion. This led to speculation that the "boardwalk" area around Wicked Twister would be the next to see investment.
Cedar Point's 150th anniversary is looming, and will be a two year celebration according to the park. This is the perfect opportunity to open another roller coaster, with a setting along the beach and Lake Erie. Similarly with the former Good Time Theater, where Valravn now stands, this older school structure was large, bland, an eyesore, and blocks views of the beautiful waterfront. Something much more aesthetically pleasing deserves the real estate.
Park spokesman was very cryptic with his hints yesterday, as expected, but did plug a little bit about this area dramatically changing very soon. We will be searching all year for updates.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas eyeing 365 day operation
Coincidentally, we posted an article about Magic Mountain's gloomy performance so far with all year operation. Depending on the result, Fiesta Texas may be the next park in line to see an extended schedule. With a perfect climate and growing attendance level, the park may not dive right into 365 day operation, but an all year schedule focusing on weekends and holidays.
Kentucky Kingdom 2019 Rumor
It's been rumored for a while that 2019 would bring a large attraction to Kentucky Kingdom. According to a park spokesman at a recent winter event, these plans will likely come to fruition. While not directly stated, Mile High Falls (a Hopkins Shoot-The-Chute ride), may be the next one on the chopping block. Mainly due to its age, and large plot of land, the landlocked park may see its land as more valuable than the ride itself.
Mile High Falls is one of the returning attractions to the park after the new owners came in. With a large water park, and the river rapids ride finally back in operation, it may be okay for the park to sacrifice this attraction for a larger or more appealing one.
As speculated, Soak City would be getting a major upgrade for 2017. However, the name of the water park will also be changing. Soak City will turn into Cedar Point Shores Water Park.
To commemorate the new water park, a new complex will be featured. This is a clone of the one going into Knott's Soak City (see below), and will feature 4 drop pod slides, as well as 2 dueling inner tube slides. Point Plummet will be the name for the pod slides, and the dueling slides will be named Starboard Surge & Portside Plunge.
As well as the complex, a new children's area will replace a dilapidated one. Lakeside Landing features 12 slides for children, splash pad features, and a zero depth entry pool. This should be a lot cleaner and more modern than the existing one.
While not a huge expansion as of yet, this project has potential to grow as the years go on.
Also, a new poolside bar, cabana upgrades, more lounging areas, new changing stations, and the all new Crystal Rock Café will provide some much needed amenities for guests visiting the water park.
Reason: It's not a big deal yet, but sets the water park up for some aggressive expansion in the future, but also gives it some TLC for right now.