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???