The world is getting closer and closer to the debut of RMC's first Raptor Track coaster. Wonder woman Golden Lasso Coaster at Fiesta Texas is scheduled to have a media date of April 24th, and open to the general public on April 28th. Above we get a close-up of a finished train, and it is looking good!
Darien Lake is showing off the train design for Tantrum. The park has yet to announce an opening date for the ride.
They are still receiving final shipments of parts, and groundwork is still being finished up with the footers and paths. Only a couple of support beams are vertical at this point.
Wonder Woman is TESTING!!!
SFFT Source has not only posted this awesome construction site tour, but also was able to capture Wonder Woman's first testing footage. I must say that in all my years of covering and following the amusement industry, I have never seen a coaster train fly so fast through initial test runs.
Normally, parks have to worry about coasters stalling or not moving fast enough through those first cycles, but that does not even remotely seem like an issue for this attraction. The coaster is hauling through the course so quickly, that trim brakes may even become in the picture elsewhere besides the first drop.
We can only hope that this is a sign that Wonder Woman is right on track to open soon, but there is still some work to go. It looks as though the lift device is either not completely in place yet, or needs tweaking, and there are 2 more trains to install, and operations procedures to create. From my sources, weighted or water dummy test cycles have not begun yet. So progress is being made, but I wouldn't call the grand opening imminent either. Expect a few more weeks to a month or so.
Dark Ride Update
The name for the refreshed Scooby Doo dark ride has been released.... and it will be Pirates of the Deep Sea. Scooby Doo's ride layout will remain intact, but the vehicles will be re-themed to boats, and the laser guns will now be "pirate blasters". This should give the ride system a more modern feel, with more traditional effects than the previous black light ones. SFFT expects the ride to be up and running around Memorial Day weekend.
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.
Six Flags Magic Mountain Land Clearing- Possibly New Coaster
Bulldozers and other construction vehicles are currently present behind Apocalypse at Six Flags Magic Mountain behind Apocalypse. These vehicles are currently clearing land, spiking rumors that Six Flags will be building a new roller coaster for 2019 or beyond.
Rumors swirled last year of Viper possibly being removed for a new roller coaster, but these rumors have cooled. No signs are present of the classic Arrow coaster being removed for a replacement.
With 19 operating roller coasters, Magic Mountain still is the record holder for most roller coasters in one park. It would make sense that they would build one ground-up, rather than replace a current one to finally hit the milestone of 20 roller coasters, an unprecedented achievement in the industry.
The name B&M Dive Coaster has been thrown around, but keep in mind that if added, this would have likely been replacing Viper, or taken up most of where Deja Vu used to reside. This clearing seems much more substantial, and could be home to something much larger. Magic Mountain has not added a roller coaster since 2015, when Colossus was transformed into Twisted Colossus. This is a "large" drought for building coasters for the California park, who is currently on 3 years without a roller coaster investment. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on this clearing going forwards.
Kennywood 2019 Coaster Update
Based on leaked plans, land clearing, and the removal of Log Jammer, it is quite apparent that Kennywood is planning a very large scale roller coaster in the near future. However, it is still very much in the air of what type of roller coaster this will be, and what manufacturer is going to be designing it.
The earliest of rumors indicated that this could be an RMC Topper track roller coaster, and that it potentially could break The Beast's record for world's longest wooden coaster. Based off of the amount of land that this project could cover, that may be true, but according to varying sources, the original project proposal may have been heavily modified.
The original proposal most likely would have kept Log Jammer intact, but as we know, the iconic log flume is no more as of the end of the 2017 season. Instead of working around it, new plans may have the station and brake run areas taking up the old plot of land. There are also rumors that the project may also now be a steel roller coaster instead.
I think that it is too early to predict a coaster type or manufacturer, but RMC should still be considered one of the front runners. It is probably safe to say that by next season, most of Log Jammer's space will be occupied by something. Keep in mind that Kennywood still hasn't made any announcements for 2018.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas- Scooby Doo Dark Ride Replacement
As if the new Wonder Woman RMC Raptor roller coaster wasn't a large enough addition, Six Flags has announced that Scooby Doo: The Mystery of The Haunted Mansion will also be replaced for the 2018 season. The ride was a Sally Corp product, that ran for 16 years, from 2002-2018. It seems like Six Flags wants to step away from the old Hanna Barbera characters, as this was the last ride of its type to operate in the US.
While immediate responses pointed to another Justice League dark ride clone. a teaser was released by the park that depicts a pirate theme. Park President Jeffrey Siebert has confirmed that it will fit into the boardwalk theme of the area. With Wonder Woman being a large enough investment, a Justice League clone would absolutely be a budget breaker.
This announcement comes as a bit of a shock, as the park had just modified the ride last season to include a "moving station" set up to increase capacity. While no manufacturer has been announced yet, it is likely that the Sally Corp is involved in this rehab. In order to save on costs, the park will likely try to keep as much in lace as possible, and just switch around the show scenes. The moving station and track layout should remain the same, as it is all fairly modern.
This attraction will not take long to construct, as it is slated to open by Memorial Day 2018.