Park News - (11/10/17) Fate can be a strange thing... but back in February some footage leaked out briefly showing off a proposed S&S coaster concept for Linnanmaki. What made the video very interesting was that the site of the new proposed coaster had it taking over the site currently occupied by the Vonkaputous "liquid coaster" from Premier Rides.
Today the park has confirmed in an article posted to BlooLoop that 2017 was the last season for Vonkaputous. So what exactly this means for 2018 or beyond is still an unknown, but I find it incredibly ironic that Vonkaputous has just closed for good when the very same ride just won a Kirmes Park & Revue "European Star Award" as one of the Best Water Rides in 2017.
Premier Rides only built two Liquid Coasters, Vonkaputous and BuzzSaw Falls at Silver Dollar City, and BuzzSaw Falls closed long ago, leaving Vonkaputous as the last Premier Rides' Liquid Coaster standing. You can catch one last virtual ride on it through YouTube in the video below.
Note: it's not a front row video because most of those are difficult to watch because the cars featured a giant fiberglass splash-shield blocking the view. The second video features off-ride footage of it in action as well.
???? - New Coaster - Rumor - (2/18/17) A quick update on that S&S animated video. The video has since been taken down due to a copyright claim from S&S who also contacted Screamscape about the matter. According to the statement from S&S CEO, Tim Timco, the video posted were showing off a "high-capacity El Loco coaster and other ride concepts that were prepared as part of a sales presentation for specific potential customers." As such, they were not intended for public release and have now been removed from YouTube. So all links to the videos have now been removed.
But as we all know... the cat is out of the bag, and the concepts shown and described are certainly unique and interesting to be sure, and tell us a lot about what the future direction of S&S-Sansei coasters projects may look like. Now we just have to wait and see if Linnanmaki opts to buy it for a future season. If the park closes down the Vonkaputous liquid coaster ride that currently sits on the site shown, we'll know something new and possibly similar to this could be on the way.
(2/16/17) Is Linnanmaki in Finland planning on adding a new unique coaster from S&S - Sansei in the next year or two? I'm told that an animated video showing off a new custom layout coaster leaked out on YouTube briefly and was taken down, but looks like it was captures and re-uploaded again. It shows the new S&S creation appearing to be on the site of the park's Vonkaputous (Premier Rides Water Coaster) and features a drop out of the station down the hillside into a structure that will feature a drop/bounce elevator style track room, and then roll out into another section of track to encounter a rotating swtich track that will place the car onto the launch track, where it will launch forwards, backwards and then forwards again at full speed and into the rest of the layout and a return to the station. You can check it out below... but the question is, is this something the park is working on, or just a proposal to the park from S&S? (Video Removed)