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.
To coincide with the opening of Twisted Timbers, the entire Candy Apple Grove area of Kings Dominion will be seeing a huge renovation. I applaud Cedar Fair here, because not only are they installing a world class roller coaster, but continuing their program of updating and renovating lands around new additions.
Paint, landscaping, and new signage are some of the largest focuses of this project. Ricochet (Mack Wild Mouse) will be renamed "Apple Zapple" and will receive a new color scheme (as seen above). Rebel Yell will also be renamed to "Racer '75" to pay homage to its sister coaster at Kings Island. The original Racer is often credited as the roller coaster to spark the renaissance of roller coasters in the 70s and 80s. Racer '75 will also receive track work to help smooth out rougher sections.
Many shops and food service stands are also seeing new themes, including Rock Shop turning into "Twist & Shop", and Dinner Bell transforming into "The Mac Bowl", a gourmet Mac and Cheese stand.
Old asphalt and pavement is being ripped up and replaced, to become wider and more open air. Decorative pavers and lighting are being installed to fit the new feel of the area. Many of the area's structures and restrooms will also be painted and renovated to have a fresh look. A new festival plaza will also be added to hold performances from some of the park's special events.
We have heard for a couple of years now that Candy Apple Grove would be receiving this attention, but this is a massive project considering the investment of Twisted Timbers. Personally, I feel that the new business structure of Cedar Fair is focusing a ton more on light theming and atmosphere, which is always a plus.
All of these additions should be ready by March 23rd for Passholder Preview Night. 2018 is continuing to roll out surprises for parks around the world, as there seems to be a lot to be excited for around the country wherever you look!
2018 Will not be Kings Dominion's Big Year
This is just a rumor that popped up on Screamscape today, but I am going to debunk it for now. Screamscape proposed that 2018 could be Kings Dominion's year for a coaster, and it may come in the form of a B&M Flyer. Specifically, the first ever launched B&M Flyer.
Usually, Screamscape has become a lot better with their rumors, and only posts them if they have a little bit of credibility. But with Kings Dominion for the last three seasons, it has been a shot in the dark for them. Ever since the 2015 season, Screamscape has proposed a giant coaster for the park, and have been wrong three times now. It seems like that they keep on pushing that date back, as now they have predicted the same thing for 2018. That's the first red flag why I'm taking this rumor with a grain of salt.
Next, a flying coaster has never been attempted before by Cedar Fair, let alone a launched model. Flying coasters have been some of the highest criticized coasters built by B&M, and usually the least favorite of riders. Why not bank on the more successful models added by the chain, such as a wing, inverted, or hyper design? I'm sure if CF ever tests out a flying coaster, it would be a pretty basic layout, in case it does not work so well.
Finally, Canada's Wonderland has already been in the rumor mill for a while. They have been clearing land, and being the highest seasonally attended park, are in need of another new coaster. People have been calling for an invert for a long time, and 2018 could definitely be THEIR year, instead of KD.
I wouldn't get excited about this rumor yet. Once again Screamscape is just shooting in the dark, and hoping that they can finally get it right.
Six Flags Dubai may be looking to create World's Largest Coaster
The Six Flags project in Dubai is supposedly moving full speed ahead, and from the recent renderings that we have seen, will include many modern, state of the art, designs. The coasters visible in the portrait are:
- Mack Power Splash
- RMC Goliath Clone
- 4D Free Spin
- Possibly a Premier Sky Rocket
- Possibly a Grestlauer Eurofighter
That's already a solid collection of modern coasters, but something is missing. A true hyper/gigs/strata coaster to rule over the park. Where's the BIG coaster that's considered the star attraction? It may be currently being worked on behind the scenes.
There have been some rumors stating that Six Flags wants to build the world's tallest freestanding coaster at the park. While not in the renderings, it could possibly be located in the back of the park on the large unused plot of land. The coaster would beat Kingda Ka's height record, and could possibly challenge Formula Rossa for the speed record as well.
Of course, this would be both revolutionary and expensive for Six Flags. They have not built a coaster over 200 feet since Goliath at Six Flags over Georgia in 2006. They haven't also worked with Intamin, the likely ride manufacturer, since 2011. But seeing that this is a new park, in a different market, they might be willing to do something this large once again.
The last Strata Coaster to be built was Kingda Ka in 2005. However, Formula Rossa opened in 2012, with the world's most powerful launch at 149 mph, and Ferrari Land in Spain will open a 367 foot coaster in 2017, that will mimic the layout of a strata. That coaster, however will utilize LSM technology. But as long as there is a buyer, Intamin is willing to build huge coasters.
We will keep an eye on this project because although not many people are excited for this park, this could be a major project for Six flags and the industry.
Kentucky Kingdom 2017 Rumor
Sticking to their current expansion of the property, Kentucky Kingdom is likely to add a flat ride or rides to their collection for next year. 2018 is scheduled to be a big season for them, but next year expect at least one family ride from them. The name "Zamperla Disko" has been thrown around, but no credible sources have confirmed it yet.
I other news, the park still has the Greezed Lightning trains, and nobody seems to know what is going on with them. The park tried to save the Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop upon reopening, but it was too costly and had to be sacrificed. Could the park be looking to build a similar attraction for 2018, or will it be something that is once again spectacular?