Dorney and Kings Dominion Announcements
Dorney will be one of the next Cedar Fair parks to announce their 2017 addition. It will come on August 18th. A teaser photo showed three bullet points left blank, possibly pointing to three new attractions for next season:
This could be a combination of new flats, classic flats, or even water park additions. It is good to see that Dorney is likely getting something sizable though after last year's "Picninc Pavilion Jamboree" and Thunderhawk trains were a disappointment.
Kings Dominion will announce their 2017 investment on August 20th. While many people are still holding their breath for an RMC version of the SBNO Hurler, it seems that Winterfest and a dark ride are very likely. I have heard that the park ma receive multiple items as well, though.
What in the world is RMC up to in 2017?
After their largest year yet in 2016, there have been no huge rumors this season for Rocky Mountain construction. Last year, they were able to pump out four roller coasters, and one S&S Free Spin coaster. However this year, there are no signs of work whatsoever...
The assumption is that Six Flags will likely be adding 2-3 Free Spin coasters this season. While they are not RMC's design, RMC does produce the track for these rides. So that will count as 1-2 "big" projects. But what about the other 2 or 3?
For a while, Dubai has been rumored to be getting an RMC hybrid or such. News out of that area is not as quick as in the US or Europe, so it could be possible. The Six Flags Dubai project will reportedly have an RMC, but that is a few years away.
So two MAJOR projects could be in the works. One of course is Mean Streak. There isn't enough evidence yet to conclude that RMC is working on it, but it would be their largest project to date. Size wise, it is a larger structure than Texas Giant, and this is in one of the most popular parks in the world. If they are given the contract, RMC is really going to need all of their workers and resources available, as they will need to impress the park.
Also, could a park have purchased one of the all-steel TRex track coasters? RMC debuted the item at IAAPA last year, and already have some clients interested. Unlike with a hybrid or Topper Track coaster, this would be more difficult to see happening, and could very well be in the works somewhere.
Is Six Flags St. Louis removing Tidal Wave?
As you can see in the photo, Tidal Wave is completely drained. While I take this "source" with a grain of salt, apparently a ride operator at the park told a visitor that the ride will be closed permanently. Recently, a crack in the splash basin appeared, and needed repairing, but Six Flags may be cutting their losses altogether on the attraction at this point. At 25 years old, this is a pretty aged water ride.
Of course, the ride may be staying and just receiving repairs right now. As you can see, a crane is in the picture and the boats are still on the track. But if history repeats itself, the ride will be removed for a compact coaster. Remember that 4-5 years ago Six Flags New England removed their flume (and a relatively new one) for the problematic Vekoma Giant Boomerang, Goliath.
The leading candidate to replace Tidal Wave if it is on its way out is an S&S Free Spin. Six Flags has already added two of these, and is likely turning that into another cookie cutter ride. It would fit perfectly into the space, and would be a welcomed addition after the park's last "new" coaster was a 20+ year old Boomerang.