Worlds of Fun finally reveals Nordic Chaser
After months of waiting, Worlds of Fun has finally shown off the model of their new ride for 2018. It will indeed by a Mack Seesturmbahn (Sea Storm) ride. These models are smaller family rides that can be found at a few Cedar Fair parks around the chain. While it isn't the more elaborate, enclosed model that Mack produced back in the older days, these rides are still a lot of fun for all. Think of it as a Himalaya-type ride with small pops of floater airtime ad revolving boats.
Lagoon puts Millennium Flyers on "Roller Coaster"
We've reported that Lagoon's classic wooden roller coaster would be receiving track work and new trains this offseason. The park is currently testing their modifications, which was seen to be Millennium Flyer trains from GCI with custom headrests.
Dorney's Stinger is getting scrapped
According to NewsPlusNotes, while we did already know that Dorney Park was removing their Vekoma Invertigo, Stinger, this offseason, it will be recycled instead of relocated. The ride was seen listed for sale online earlier this year, but it appears that nobody came through. Stinger was known to be problematic over the years, and its expedited scrapping before the beginning of the season is a sign of no interest for it around the industry.
Buzzsaw to close at Six Flags New England
In order to make room for the new Harley Quinn Spinsanity, the teacup ride will be moved from where it currently resides, to where Buzzsaw lies. As for Buzzsaw, while unconfirmed by the park, it is said that it will be completely removed from the park, and has reached the end of its operational life.
Originally, the park's website stated that the ride was closed due to cold temperatures during Holiday in the Park. Now, the webpage has disappeared altogether.
The 35 year old ride has been very reliable over the years, suffering from little down time. While Buzzsaw remains a fan favorite, it seems like SFNE is continuing its trend of removing older rides in favor of new ones. With the removal of Buzzsaw, this will be the 24th ride that the park has removed since 2005. That's a rate of nearly two ride removals per year.
While I am a firm believer in parks updating their ride selections, for the most part they should come as additions, and not merely replacements. Yes, SFNE is doing a good job of adding attractions to make up for removals, but it is sad to see the park has actually gone DOWN in total number of flats over the years. Once a park with one of the largest and most diverse set of flat rides now is becoming a carbon copy of other Six Flags parks.
Timberwolf at Worlds of Fun to get new element
As part of its yearly maintenance and re-tracking program, Worlds of Fun has decided to remove Timberwolf's double helix element, and replace it with an overbanked curve. This news is a delight to WoF fans, many of whom stating that the double helix was the ride's roughest section.
While this element will reduce the ride length and ride time, it should be a much more forceful finale, and make the ride more bearable for those who do not like rougher rides.
Yes, it's been public information for a while now, but today the rides have gotten names.
Falcon's Flight is a Huss Condor attraction. Riders board a cabin, then begin to spin around in a motion similar to a Scrambler. However, this is much more intense than that, at the ride then climbs a 100 foot tower and swings the cabins over the ground below.
Mustang Runner is a Huss Troika, similar to those that many other parks are receiving. The motion is similar to that of Falcon's Flight, except the ride's arms swing around instead of climbing a tower.
Both rides will be unique to the area, and will bring back a lot of memories for those familiar with the models. We've known about this addition for quite a while now.
Here is what the park had to say about WinterFest: "Families will be able to ring in the holidays next season and enjoy what is sure to be a new family tradition. WinterFest is coming to Worlds of Fun, showcasing 16 favorite holiday characters, spectacular light displays, ice skating, and festive live entertainment. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for six weeks beginning November 24, 2017."
All of this comes with a redesigned front gate and plaza to enhance guest experience.
Reason: While similar to Dorney, at least we knew this was just going to be a family addition far beforehand. Condors are unique rides, unlike a Bumper Car ride. WinterFest is the real reason why the grade got a bit of a bump.