Yes, only two updates this week so far... sigh. I promise that I will try to pump out at least one a day, but it gets tough sometimes. Anyways this will be a long update so let's get down to business!
Some of you may be wondering where an update for Schlitterbahn's Verruckt is, but I am still unsure if I will do an update for it. This is more of a theme park site, and I typically like to talk more about updates and rumors, but maybe I will cover the story on a different day. There are already dozens of lengthy news stories available.
Silver Dollar City looking at a Spinner
It was originally suspected that SDC would be adding a giant capital investment for 2017. Instead, it may have been pushed back a year because the direction has changed. Many parks are impressed with Cobra's Curse from Busch Gardens Tampa. It's level of theming, reviews, and intensity have been outstanding. SDC may be looking at one of these instead of a B&M model, which was in the rumor mill previously.
Guest surveys have been pointing to a spinning coaster, asking the guest of three possible themes:
1) A roadside Time Machine attraction with a cheesy Roman theme (that is not sarcasm)
2) Lost Silver Caves of the Ozarks
3) A bucking bull/Rodeo theme
Three sounds terrible compared to what the other two can offer. There's not too much you can do with a Rodeo theme. Let's hope that one gets little response. I think that two is the way to go. With the park's heritage, it is like a perfect fit, and with the rumor of an approximately $40 million dollar budget originally for this, the mine theme can get very extensive. If number one was pulled off right, I think that would even have some potential.
But what type of spinner would this end up being? A balls to the wall Mack model, like we have seen put onto Blue Fire (I'll post below), or a Gerstlauer family model that will meander through some scenes? I would really, really prefer the former. SDC has enough family coasters. After Outlaw Run, they need a "1B" coaster to make the park stand out. This coaster could truly be insane if it included inversions or even a launch.
Either way, I think that I would be excited to hear for a Mack model. Even if it is more family geared like Cobra's Curse, at least we have a 2/3 shot to get a theming package like never before. Gerstlauer unfortunately is still in the running though with the projects they have done for Herschend in the past. We will have to wait to find out more...
Planning Board Meeting reveals a 4D Coaster for Six Flags New England
I'm too lazy to post the photo, but an Agwam planning board meeting has listed a 4D Free Spin for next year at SFNE. Splashwater Falls, a Hopkins/White Water raft ride, will be removed for this addition. This ride was more of a water slide than an in-park water ride, and was never as popular as the log flume previously there had been.
It's a surprise that SF has decided to add this here after the recent money spent in Goliath, Wicked Cyclone, Fireball, and Superman. This property must be really returning investments quickly. I personally do not mind the Free Spins, but I hate that they are turning into the new Boomerang when it comes to cloning. SFNE is a great mid-size park to add it in though. It has the right capacity, unlike the nightmare over at Great Adventure.
It is possible that without an RMC project this year, Six Flags will look to build 2-3 Free Spins. Six Flags America and Six Flags St. Louis were early candidates, but rumors have cooled, and it looks like they may get one down the road or plans have changed altogether. Six Flags over Texas, and in my opinion, Six Flags Mexico may be the current dark horses for one this upcoming year. SFoT has been clearing a major chunk of land for a while now, and SF hasn't been afraid to add one of these models to a flagship park before.
Six Flags Mexico has been getting a lot of investment lately too, and this coaster could be marketed as a first for Mexico. I'll just be happy if this comes true because I was first to predict it. Lol, I'll probably be wrong though.