Today I will introduce a new type of blog post for the site... The Rumor Rodeo.
This is mainly just a space filler between major updates and will address some of the rumblings around the country.
Valleyfair removing its Enterprise... But will it return???
After 38 long years of service, Valleyfair announced that its Enterprise ride will be closed on August 21st. This points towards the park adding something large for next year, as it is quite early to remove an attraction. Even Mean Streak won't see bulldozers until September. Previous rumors stated that the attraction would be removed for 2017, rehabbed for a year, and added in a different location for 2018.
Especially with Cedar Fair's current strategy of bringing in old school rides, it doesn't make much sense to do this right now. Bringing it back after some much needed attention could be happening after all. There were also rumors that the Supercat ride could be seeing the same treatment soon.
As for its replacement, the park stated it will reach "new heights". That could be anything from the much rumored dark ride experience to a Sky Roller similar to Canada's Wonderland. Hopefully we get some more info soon.
Six Flags 2017 announcement may be similar to last year...
Recently, a report came out detailing Six Flags' second quarter earnings. The company has specified that they have received record setting revenue, increased attendance, and positive reviews on new attractions, despite a drop in stock price. Of course, the market currently is very fluctuate and up in the air, but the company in general seems satisfied with the way 2016 has been going.
So what does that mean for next year? Most likely, you can expect a very similar set of additions. Instead of any giant ground-up coasters, parks will likely receive VR or rehab of an existing ride, Larson Loop or flat package, a Justice League attraction, or possibly a Free Spin coaster. Maybe a new addition or two will be peppered within, but a lack of rumors and satisfaction of current rides will lead the company to think "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Seeing that the company's contract with RMC is up, and no huge land clearance or such has been occurring, the largest coaster additions we may see are S&S 4D coasters. Six Flags also is impressed with the Justice League licensing, and have even sent out guest surveys to all parks about a Justice League dark attraction. Corporate seems totally fine with adding the same rides repetitively until all parks have something along those lines.
Early Mean Streak Rumors
The announcement only came out a couple of days ago, but people are already going wild speculating about the fate of Mean Streak after September 16th. For right now, as mentioned in my previous post, the leading candidates are demolition, RMC I-box treatment, or a GCI retrack.
While most fans would be ecstatic to see RMC come in and completely upgrade the attraction, Cedar Fair is debating whether the investment would be worth it. They could construct a brand new wooden coaster, and clear a lot of space in Frontiertown by just demolishing it altogether. Either way, GCI seems to be the least likely candidate because the ride was never really a fan favorite. It is considered to be one of the biggest mistakes in Dick Kinzel's career.
I've also heard rumblings of the park reusing the space for a new hotel or coaster from the ground-up, but remember that the space contains a maintenance facility. To contend with it, the facility would likely need to be moved elsewhere to open up the full parcel of land. It is truly a mystery what the fate of the ride will be, but I'm sure that things will be answered soon enough.