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.
Better late than never, Fantasy Island in Grand Island NY has announced that they will be making many family improvements for the upcoming season. The park was formerly known as Martin's Fantasy Island, until it was bought by Apex Parks a couple of years ago.
Among the improvements includes the moving and/or renaming of some rides:
- Carousel becomes "All The King's Horses"
- Jack and the Beanstalk (drop tower) becomes "Rapunzel! Rapunzel!"
- Blue Goose becomes "Goosey Goosey Gander"
- Tea Cups becomes "Enchanted Tea Party"
- Kiddie Train becomes "Storybook Express"
This is all part of the new Fairy Tale Forest area, formerly part of the Garden of Fables. "Cinderella's Midnight Magic Wheel," a kiddie ferris wheel, is a brand new ride.
New additions to the area include a show named "If the Shoe Fits", Fairy Tale Fortress (meet and greet), and Storybook Lane, an addition to the former Garden of Fables push button mini-shows. Oakley the Talking Tree will be an interactive animatronic that greets guests entering the area.
Along with this area, the water park will be renamed "Splashaway Bay". We reported earlier this year on the water slide complex formerly known as Raging Rapids being refurbished into Double Dare Falls. But the park is also expanding their cabana section, and transforming a snack stand.
The full press release, along with additional investments can be found here. Apex is truly beginning to give this park some TLC that it needs.
EDIT: The park website still lists the Red Baron ride as operating, so it may end up being moved, rather than removed. With the Tea Cup ride taking its place, this may just be a placement swap between the two.
Elitch Gardens may be removing Ghost Blasters
This is an UNCONFIRMED rumor at this point, but word has been going around that the Sally Dark Ride "Ghost Blasters" may be removed at Elitch Gardens. Reports say that the ride building has been gutted, an will be removed or reused for a 2018 attraction.
Ghost Blasters is only 10 years old this year after a major overhaul in 2008. Although the same or similar storyline is present in many models of Sally rides, namely "Boo Blasters" at Cedar Fair parks, this is a quality dark ride for a small regional park.
For what it's worth, the ride is still listed on Elitch's website, and no mention of a 2018 attraction has been made over social media. Considering the shocking close of Busch Garden's Darkastle dark ride, anything is possible, despite ride age.
Dark rides are among the most expensive to maintain the effects, especially for a smaller scale park like Elitch's. We will keep you updated on any more developments from the park. Elitch Gardens is scheduled to open on April 28th.
Six Flags Dubai interested in Mack Hyper Coaster (2019-2020)
Currently still in development and construction phases, Six Flags Dubai will reportedly scrap the idea of a "Goliath-like clone" RMC wooden coaster for a Mack hyper coaster. The ride may be similar to the DC Rivals coaster over in Australia.
This will be the third rendition of the ride site, as plans changed from an Intamin Prefab coaster, to the RMC Topper Track model, now to this. No specific information has been released in regards to the official opening lineup of the park.
If plans had to be changed, it could be due to the fact that RMC may already be booked for those years. I have heard that the plans of eventually opening an RMC ride have not been completely scrapped. This would become the first major project from Mack that Six Flags has installed in quite some time, and may lead to a future relationship between the companies.
Alabama Splash Adventure is adding five new family rides for 2018. While it seems like a lot for the small park, they are still recovering from buying the park and rebuilding most of its attractions, meaning that this will give them a good amount of things more to do.
The rides will include a trackless train (pictured above), a Zamperla Rockin' Tug, a Scrambler, a Tilt-a-Whirl, and a Yo-Yo ride. Many of these are typical family rides for a small park, but it shows that the ownership team is committed to growing the park even more.
While the water park is the main draw for this park, they're dry side was once more vast, including three roller coasters, two water rides, and a plethora of flat rides. After 2011, the park closed, and sold off many of its attractions, until Dan Koch purchased the property in 2014.
This isn't a huge announcement, but a good one to see, as a large amount of closed parks have been reopening and revitalized over the past few years. Even if small, more open amusement parks helps the industry and growth of it than less.
Fantasy Island NY 2018 Updates
It's been two years now since Apex Parks purchased the small family park in Grand Island, NY. It also looks like it will be the second year in a row that they will not be building a ground-up ride. This is a huge change from the previous business structure, where a ride was added every year.
Apex will be making some minor changes to the park for 2018. The Raging Rapids water slide from the 1980s will be seeing a refurbishment, with new colors and a new name. Fantasy Island posted a fan vote on their Facebook page to decide whether the name will be Double Dare Falls, Barracuda Blasters, or Riptide Racers. UPDATE: Today the park announced the winner as Double Dare Falls.
As for the "Giant Slide" on the dry side of the park (your traditional sack race slide), it will be removed as a third party company found refurbishment unfeasible. Along with other small updates around the park, it is rumored that a Strike-U-Up game from Skyline Attractions was seen in storage. This could possibly be a small addition to the park to hold them over until next year.
Walibi Holland Future Plans
This rumor has floated around for a while, but as a part of Walibi's major refurbishment plans to the park's theming, a new roller coaster may open for the 2019/2020 season.
The coaster would be a standard S&S Free Spin, and could possibly replace the park's antique car ride "Tour of Gardens". It's a bit odd for me, as quite personally despite me loving roller coasters and thrill rides, it is becoming quite tiresome to continue losing unique rides for these mass cloned Free Spins.
They're starting to become the next Vekoma Boomerang in the industry. They look like fun rides, but why must they all be the same exact layout???