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News & Rumors

SMALL PARKS & ATTRACTIONS

 

 

 

----    THE LATEST SMALL PARK NEWS    ----
    (10/29/19) Oaks Park Adding New Flat Ride (MORE...)
    (10/14/19) Blue Bayou / Dixie Landin' May Have Put Coaster Up For Sale, Or Was It Really Hersheypark? (MORE...)
    (10/8/19) Teen Shot In Wild Waves Parking Lot (MORE...)
    (9/29/19) Adventure Pointe Owner Files Lawsuit Over Stalled Park Construction (MORE...)
    (9/29/19) Clementon Park - There May Be A Future Yet (MORE...)

 

ADVENTURE CITY  (Buena Park, CA)

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2016, 2017 or 2018.

 

ADVENTURE PARK (Maryland)

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2016, 2017 or 2018.

 

ADVENTURE POINTE (Near Houston, TX)

icon_STOP???? - New Park - Under Construction - (9/29/19) It has been awhile since we heard anything about the Adventure Pointe theme park project in Texas. The last we heard about the 35-acre park seemed to indicate that construction had started. While construction did begin, it came to a halt, with some rides even semi-setup on the property and some half-built buildings now standing. The owner of the park, Harvey Slusky, has now filed a lawsuit against his former attorney and the teams of architects and builders who he claimed ‘defrauded him’ and ‘lied to him’, taking his $10 million for their own profits rather than building the park.
 
    (12/13/18) After years of waiting, it looks like construction has finally begun on the Adventure Point theme park project just outside Houston, Texas. According to their Facebook page crews were installing the power to the site back in August and just last week they posted pictures of what looks like the park's main entrance structure and gates being installed. It also looks like a few small rides may have been installed over the summer as well, so maybe we'll see it open in some form in 2019. Anyone know more?

 
    (4/4/17) After not hearing much about this project for the past couple years, BlooLoop reports that at long last Advetnure Pointe has been granted the needed permits to finally start construction on the new theme park. The first permits granted are for the park’s Main Street building and for a Pirate Ship building. Other attractions planned include a mini railroad, go-karts, outdoor ice skating, a pirate ride, boardwalk and an outdoor 1,200 seat performance venue.
    (10/14/16) After not hearing much for the past two years the latest updates about Adventure Pointe posted to their official Facebook page now show off a few images of land clearing now taking place on the site near the Tanger Outlet Mall.
    (10/24/14) Good news for our Texas readers who are longing for one of the new proposed theme parks to begin construction. An official sign promoting that the Adventure Pointe park is “Coming Soon” is now on site. I’m borrowing the photo from their Facebook page, so I hope they don’t mind. On the page they also announce that their list of rides coming to the park is also complete and they hope to kick off a series of announcements about the new rides and park itself very soon.
    (3/10/14) The official website for the proposed new Adventure Pointe theme park in Texas has been updated and has announced the Adventure Pointe Roundhouse in their blog. The Roundhouse is described as a event center dedicated to showcasing how the Slusky family’s historical train collection will be maintained and refurbished. The structure will host banquets, weddings, dancers and more. They also have confirmed that Adventure Pointe will also feature 4,200 SqFt Ice Skating Rink that will be open to the public year round. 
    (12/18/13) More details about the proposed Adventure Pointe theme park coming to the Houston area can be found in a new BlooLoop article about the park. Don’t forget to keep up with things at the park’s official Facebook page as well.
    (12/9/13) A second park project is in the works for the Houston, Texas area called Adventure Pointe. The 25-acre project comes from the family of the man who created Playland Park decades ago and will be located next to the Tanger Outlet Mall on I-45 South. Groundbreaking is slated to happen in Spring 2014 in order for the park to open in 2015.
    (3/18/13) While the Houston, Texas area still lacks a large theme park, the greater area around Houston seems to be flourishing with new ideas for smaller park projects. Back in December we first heard the early rumors of a possible 25-acre mini-park planned to be near the Tanger Outlet Mall near Texas City that would have a tie to the old Playland Park.
    Today a little more information has come out as the city “has confirmed an area physician’s interest in building the park on 25 acres near the Tanger outlet mall, but no plans have been submitted.”  However, a new Facebook page for “Playland Park” has gone live and does outline the details a little more, calling it “Playland Park – Texas City”.  They have named the new park project in honor of Houston’s first real amusement park, Playland Park, and hope to open it by Summer 2015. 
    The park will have a retro-Americana theme to it, and will feature locomotive rides on the refurbished trains that formerly served at the Houston Zoo, but will now make runs around this new 25 acre attraction. The park will also have a Grand Carousel, an Eyerly Monster, Antique Car ride, Tea Cups and a Tilt-a-Whirl to celebrate the classic rides of the past. They will also offer new style attractions such as a “unique roller coaster zip line, an Xtra-ice 'ice' skating rink, and fast though eco-friendly Indy-type electric go-karts.”  There will also be green spaces, a large picnic area, an outdoor amphitheater for concerts and an indoor pavilion to be rented out for corporate events or private functions.
    Good luck to them, I hope this one happens… but it wouldn’t be Playland Park without also offering a wooden coaster as well. Lets hope they include this in the final plans too.
    (12/7/12) A small update about the new small amusement park project in the Houston area by the Tanger Outlets has been posted by the local news. They say that 25 acres have been purchased by a man with “ties” to Houston’s old Playland Park which was open from the mid 1940’s to 1960’s. Could we see the return of a new Playland Park in Houston?

 

ADVENTURELAND (Altoona, Iowa)

icon_STOP2019 - The Phoenix - (7/7/19) The Phoenix is now open at Adventureland… unfortunately the only POV video I could find online isn’t all that great, and sounds like it’s being narrated by a young Seth Rogan who cusses a bit, but it’s better than nothing, right? If you want to watch them take this Maurer Spinning Coaster for the first official ride, then click here.
 
    (4/16/19) The local news has released a photo from Adventureland showing off the park’s new spinning coaster, The Phoenix, now under construction.
 
    (12/13/18) Adventureland will add a new coaster in 2019 called The Phoenix. The new $6 million steel coaster is expected to be up and running by June and will be located where Super Screamer and Inverter were previously located. Based on a Facebook post from the park, this will be Maurer compact spinning coaster, 50 feet tall and hitting speeds of 40mph.

 

ADVENTURELAND (Long Island, NY)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

ARNOLD’S PARK (Iowa)

2019 - Wild Mouse - (3/22/19) Arnolds Park has confirmed that the park will add a Wild Mouse coaster for the 2019 season. This is no ordinary mouse coaster however, the new Wild Mouse is actually the former Mad Mouse (Allan Herschell) from Joyland Amusement Park in Texas, where it ran for nearly 45 years.

 

BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

2019 - The Big Wheel - (2/28/19) Good news for Bay Beach Amusement Park this week, as the local news reports that construction has started to put up the park’s new Ferris Wheel that will be twice as high as the park’s current one. They hope to have it ready for guests in time for opening day.
 
    (12/10/18) Construction has started at Bay Beach Amusement Park to install “The Big Wheel” for the 2019 season. The Big Wheel is a new 10-story tall ferris wheel from Chance Rides.

 
    (7/14/17) According to the latest update from the local news, the new proposed Ferris Wheel that could be added to Bay Beach would be approximately 10-stories tall. As mentioned, a local fundraising group for the park is planning to donate $2.1 million to purchase a new Ferris wheel for the park that is actually brand new and not a used ride from another location. The new wheel would be twice the height of the existing one and able to offer three times the capacity. A vote to decide on if they will accept the donated wheel will take place at a July 18th City Council meeting.
    (7/9/17) Bay Beach might be adding a second Ferris Wheel to the park’s lineup in the near future. Why a second one? Apparently a local group called “Friends of Bay Beach” has offered to donate one to the park if they will accept it. No word on if this second wheel would be new or used.

???? - Beach/Pier Proposal - (2/9/18) According to the local news the mayor of Green Bay is looking to bring “The Beach” back to Bay Beach. Proposed plans would see a new 1,000 foot sand beach built “from the property line to the new tot rides” with a boardwalk and 400 foot long pier with the ability to fish off the end of it. The estimated budget is around $5 million, but while the planning is taking place, the city has yet to approve any kind of budget for it.

 

BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time... nothing known to be added for 2017 or 2018 either.

 

BOSQUE MAGICO (Mexico)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time... nothing known to be added for 2017 or 2018 either.

 

CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

2019 - Bumble Blast - (11/21/18) Calaway Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is adding Bumble Blast for 2019, a new SBF Visa Group figure-eight spinning coaster ride.

 

CAMDEN PARK (WV)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time... nothing known to be added for 2017 or 2018 either.

 

CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

2019 - Centrifuge + Three More Rides - (12/29/18) Casino Pier has named their forth new addition for 2019 as “Crazy Cabs”, an SBF-Visa flat ride creation.

 
    (12/20/18) According to a reader, the Crazy Bus ride spotted on site at Casino Pier is said to not be a new ride for 2019, but was rather a temporary ride they brought in for the 2018 season that is leaving. Meanwhile Casino Pier did announce their next new ride for 2019 called the Elephant Express. They also say they will announce the next new ride on Friday.

 
    (12/10/18) I’m told that Casino Pier is now planning on adding three more rides for the 2019 season, in addition to the previously announced Centrifuge attraction. One of this additional rides will be called Mermaid Parade and be some kind of kiddie flume ride from Zamperla, while the other two rides are expected to be announced on their Facebook page between now and Christmas.

 
    (9/3/18) Casino Pier announced on their Instagram feed that they would be building a brand new version of Centrifuge that will return to guests on Casino Pier by Spring 2019. If like the original, this would be an indoor Scramber style flat ride enhanced by special lighting effects and music. I'm told that the original Centrifuge was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

 

CASTLE PARK (California)

Park News -  (5/27/19) An unfortunately accident happened at Castle Park the other day as a malfuctioning water pump on the parks log ride apparently lowered the water level in the splashdown pool. This allowed for a log to pass through a lot faster than intended and rolled over as it hit the u-turn at the end of the splash-down run, ejecting three riders… two adults and a child, who were taken to a local hospital due to injuries.
    Thankfully, according to follow-up reports none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

 

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added in from 2016 to 2018.

 

CLEMENTON PARK (New Jersey)
(Purchased by Kieran Burke / Gary Story in Nov. 2011)

icon_STOPPark News - (9/29/19) While I’m not going to name-names just yet, Screamscape has heard word that a smaller size park operator may be pondering a possible purchase of Clementon Park in time for next season. That’s all I’m going to say for now, as we don’t want to spook the deal, but it is nice to know that there may still be a future for the park, so stay tuned!
 
    (9/25/19) While we learned nothing new about the status of Clementon Park at this time, we are starting to hear rumors that Premier Parks may have been looking to sell off not just Clementon Park, but the other three parks they do own: Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto, Ocean Breeze and Nashville Shores. While the Toronto park just reopened in 2017 after being brought back by Premier Parks, they have failed to add anything new to any of these parks for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In fact they went so far as to announce they were working on a Proslide Mammoth slide for Ocean Breeze intended for the 2018 season, but then failed to build anything at all.
    Rumor has it that both Cedar Fair and Six Flags may be considering possible offers for some of these properties, though it looks like there were no takers for Clementon Park, or at least not yet.
 
    (9/23/19) A new article posted to 42Freeway.com was able to take the information we dug up regarding the status of Clementon Park and add in even more pieces of the puzzle. In addition to being able to verify the information we shared on Screamscape last week, they were also able to interview the person in charge of the Clementon Fall Festival event which was to be held at the park this October.
    Unfortunately they confirmed that not has the Clementon Fall Festival been forced to cancel this year’s event due to the park’s early closure this year, but they were also informed that the corporation that owns the park (Premier Parks) has been looking for buyers for some time for Clementon Park, and while they’ve had a little interest, there have been no takers thus far. They also reported being told that since Premier Parks was unable to sell the park, “they had to let it go to bank ownership” which is expected to take place at the end of this month.
 
    (9/20/19) Something is apparently not right with Clementon Park. Currently the park’s website says that they are closed for the season, where the park’s last day of operations was on Sept. 8th, 2019. However an odd new story surfaced the other day about a family who had bought tickets online weeks ago for a special priced last-day of the season “Appreciation Day” event set for Sunday, Sept. 15th. Guests who bought tickets and traveled to the park were met with a closed sign and security guards telling them that the park was closed for the season.
    While I’m unable to pull up any kind of previous operational calendar that may have been posted earlier this year, I’ve heard elsewhere that the park normally used to run their season into late September or even October in years past, so this early closing is already a bit strange.
    Today I received a report from an anonymous source that telling us that on Monday park owner Kieran Burke arrived on site and gathered all of the park’s year-round Full-Time staff and informed everyone that they were being let go, and final checks were handed out. According to this source, at the start of the season the park’s schedule had them open as late as October 19th, but that date was suddenly pushed up just a few weeks ago.
    And while the Clementon Park website is still up and running, the park’s Twitter account has suddenly been changed to a “protected” status, where only those approved can see their tweets. The park’s Instagram account has officially been closed/removed, and even the park’s Facebook page appears to have been deleted.
    For all intents and purposes, Clementon Park appears to be NO MORE. But is it closed for good? Or perhaps we have to ask if the park in the middle of being sold to a new owner… or even a land developer? The fact that the website isn’t even trying to sell 2020 Season Passes really is telling. If anyone knows more about what is going on, please let us know.

2019 - Four New Rides - (3/9/19) Clementon Park will add four new rides for the 2019 season. Adding a bit of nostalgia to the park, three of the new attractions will actually be classic era rides that no park should be without: a Pirate Ship, a Scrambler and a Tilt-A-Whirl… all great rides that are crowd pleasers and keep the lines moving. Best of all, these are rides that can generally be enjoyed by entire families together, with minimal height restrictions. The forth attraction will be a new “Dragon Coaster”, another good family ride that is needed because the park currently only has a single coaster, the Hell Cat wooden coaster. Always a good thing to give the kiddies a coaster of their own to enjoy before they are ready to take on the big one.

 

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

2019 - Downdraft - (2/21/19) Cliff’s Amusement Park has announced they are adding a new ride for 2019 in celebration of their 60th season. They only show it in pieces, but call it “Downdraft”, and the photos match up with a Dartron Downdraft.
    Interestingly enough, Knoebels did just remove their own Downdraft ride in late 2018, but the colors don’t quite match up with this new one at Cliff’s which has yellow seat interiors, matching the outside car color, while the Knobels’ ride had yellow exterior and green seats.

 

CONEY ISLAND (Cincinnati, OH)

icon_STOPPark News - (9/11/19) Cincinnati’s “Coney Island” park has announced that it will shut down and remove all of their amusement park rides by the end of the month, with the final date of operation being Sept. 21st. Going forward the park will focus entirely on their water park attractions in the Sunlite Water Adventure area. 
    While I have never been to the park, I wasn’t surprised to hear this as the park has been known to suffer from occasional (and expensive) flood issues over the years, and living in the shadow of Kings Island can’t be easy for them, especially with Kentucky Kingdom also located in the nearby region. The park claims that their guest surveys indicate that most visitors are there mainly for the waterpark fun anyway, so cutting the rides will allow them to focus on what is working for them, rather than what is not.

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing was known to be added for 2017 or 2018.

 

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK (Pennsylvania)

Park News - (4/26/19) I don’t know the fine details yet, but I’m told that with the return of business to the Conneaut Lake park, they are now building “a new tunnel” for the park’s Blue Streak wooden coaster. Based on videos online, it looks like the old tunnel has definitely seen better days, with numerous holes, small and very large, allowing the sunlight to leak into what should be a nice pitch black tunnel that leads from the station to the lift hill.
 
    (1/16/19) Screamscape was asked to post this message regarding Conneaut Lake Park.
    Classic park looking for Classic rides.
Conneaut Lake Park in Pa. is looking for any old rides and attractions  that other parks aren't  using anymore. Conneaut, which is a not for profit park, specializes in older, classic rides.       If there are any parks out there that have any rides or attractions that they have in storage or are phasing out, please consider donating them to Conneaut Lake Park.
    Flat rides, children's rides, roller coasters, or anything else you may have no further use for, please give Conneaut a call. Thank you.

2019 - Ferris Wheel - (6/16/19) As rumored late last year, Conneaut Lake Park did add a new children’s Ferris Wheel to the park for this season which is now listed on the park’s “Rides” page. (UPDATE - The park has actually added two Ferris Wheels this season, a big one and a children’s sized version.)
 
    (9/28/18) Screamscape sources tell us that as rumored, Conneaut Lake Park is indeed adding a new Ferris Wheel to the park's classic ride collection in 2019. I'm told that the pieces starting arriving this week at the park.

    (8/25/18) Good news for Conneaut Lake Park this week as the park reported to the local news that the 2018 season was a huge success for them with increases ticket, games and gift shop sales. On top of great weather for the season, they believe a renovation to the small waterpark area also caught a lot of attention locally. With all this in mind, they are actually looking into the possibility of adding a new Ferris Wheel to the park for 2019.

 

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Pennsylvania)

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing was known to be added for 2017 or 2018.

 

DIGGERLAND USA (New Jersey)

2020 - The Water Main - (9/18/19) Diggerland USA, a small park in New Jersey, will be adding ‘The Water Main’ aquatic park in time for the 2020 season. Guests will be able to swim and splash around a 2-acre outdoor aquatic park with two “multi-zone pools featuring a slide tower, Wibit-brand challenge course, swim vortex, in-pool basketball area, themed splash park, plus family and leisure swim zones.” Admission into The Water Main will be included with park admission.

 

DIXIE LANDIN’ & BLUE BAYOU (Baton Rouge, LA)

icon_STOPPark News - (10/14/19) A couple years ago we had posted a story about how Blue Bayou / Dixie Landin’ had put a good number of their rides up for sale on the used ride sales sites, but we nothing in the way or new attractions ever came of it. Now I’m told that the park appears to have put their single largest attraction, the Vekoma Boomerang (Ragin’ Cajun) up for sale on Italintl.
    That comes with a big question mark however, as while the photos on the for sale page definitely show the Ragin Cajun’ coaster, the fact sheet lists it as a 1991 Vekoma Boomerang while the actual Ragin Cajun’ was first run at a park in the UK and opened back in 1987 before moving to the US. So is this a case of selling an entirely different coaster and using the wrong photos, or is it the right coaster, but with the wrong year posted? Making the matter a little more confusing, according to RCDB, Vekoma only sold one Boomerang in 1991, which was the Sidewinder at Hersheypark. Ironically enough, rumors about Hersheypark removing Sidewinder do seem to come up every season, so perhaps it is just a matter of time.

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing was known to be added for 2017 or 2018.

Future Plans - Campground - (9/4/18) According to a local news report Dixie Landin' is looking into reviving an old plan that would see a new campground and parking area build near the amusement park at the intersection of I-10 and Highland Road, with a permit being issued already to clear and fill-in a tract of land behind a nearby Home Depot on the west side of Highland.

 

DUTCH WONDERLAND (Pennsylvania)
Owned by Parque Reunidos

2019 - The Cartoon Network Hotel - Under Construction - (11/4/18) The owners of Dutch Wonderland have announced plans to open a Cartoon Network themed hotel very close to the small theme park. According to Palace Entertainment, who are owned by Parque Reunidos, this first ever "The Cartoon Network Hotel” will offer unique family lodging themed to popular network shows and characters from Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears and more when it opens in 2019.
    To accomplish this they are taking over of an existing hotel formerly known as a Continental Inn, giving it a complete make-over to the rooms and add an outdoor amphitheater, giant movie screen, lawn games, fire pits, a water play zone, a brand new resort pool, and a new “interactive lobby”. As for the rooms themselves, Cartoon Network claims that each guest room will feature “interchangeable show themeing" that will allow for the rooms to be changed or even customized to certain themes going forward, keeping it current with the networks popular offerings at any given time. There will also be a focus on adding indoor fun elements so that in addition to the hotel’s existing indoor pool facility, it will have Cartoon Network themed fun to offer families all year round.

 

EDAVILLE USA (Carver, MA)

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added in from 2016 to 2018.

 

ENCHANTED FOREST (Oregon)

2019 - Challenge of Mondor Update - (4/6/19) I’ve been hearing that Enchanted Forest in Oregon has been preparing to remodel the park’s existing dark ride, Challenge of Mondor. A number of interesting new creature creations (mostly Dragons) have been posted to the Instagram account of Faust & Company “Mask Studio and Creature Design” company also based in Oregon are listed as having been delivered to Enchanted Forest for the attraction. Check out the pics here and it should be interesting to compare videos of the attraction from this season to previous seasons to see the changes.

 

EVERMORE (Utah)

Park News - (10/9/18) A new report about what the Evermore Park experience is like has been posted to Laughing Place this week, along with some fantastic pictures of the park itself.
 
    (9/25/18) Screamscape sources tell us that Evermore in Utah "soft opened" this week, ahead of a full scheduled opening schedule said to begin on Sept. 29th.
 
    (9/12/18) Follow this link to read a brief but detailed report about what was to be found at the VIP preview party for Evermore, the new high concept experience park project that is finishing up construction in Utah.
 
    (6/22/18) Our friends at BlooLoop talk with John Shipley, the Chief Creative Officer of the Evermore attraction under construction in Utah, going over his own career which includes 21 years working for Disney Imagineering and more.
    (4/30/18) Anyone remember our reports on Evermore? The live-action role-playing park theme park concept pitched for a quiet corner of Utah sounded interesting for sure... before VR got in the way. As you readers may recall the dream of Evermore was pushed aside by the team as they moved forward with plans to build another ambitious theme park concept... a virtual theme park idea which evolved into the current concept we now know of as The Void.
    Now with The Void successfully launched into a small number of markets, it sounds like they went back and pulled out and dusted off those old plans for the Evermore project once again, along with a new teaser video to reintroduce the world to the concept of Evermore once again.
    The interesting thing is the plan for Evermore will evolve for the seasons, with the live-action interactive world featuring different themes throughout the year: Mythos in the summer which will feature a lantern festival, Lore in the fall where the park will take on a darker theme for the Halloween season, and Aurora will decorte the landscape for the winter holiday season. Between these larger seasonal events, the plan is for the park to put on other various smaller themed events as well, such as "pirate" themed events or a masquerade ball night.
    So when will Evermore open? It sure looks like they are hard at work on the concepts, features and even costumes so far and if you watch the video to the end you will see that buildings and landscaping are actually under construction right now, meanwhile the official website claims it will open sometime in 2018. This should prove to be very interesting indeed, so keep your eyes and ears open for more.

 

FAMILY KINGDOM (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added in from 2015 to 2018.

 

FANTASY ISLAND (Grand Island, New York - near Niagara Falls)
Formerly: Martin’s Fantasy Island
Apex Parks Group

icon_STOPPark News - (7/17/19) Are things not going well at Fantasy Island? The local news has posted an extensive article about the conditions of the park after receiving many complaints from their local market about park conditions and too many rides sitting closed. I have to admit I’ve had my share of comments about the park as well from Screamscape readers this summer.

2019 - Dragon’s Flight - (5/31/19) While it seems the earlier plan for Fantasy Island was to buy and install the Dragon Wagon kiddie coaster from Indiana Beach, I’m now hearing that the park’s upcoming Dragon’s Flight coaster may actually be converted from a former Wisdom Orient Express model instead. If anyone knows for sure, please do let us know.
 
(Previously) Fantasy Island announced on their website that they were adding a new kiddie coaster for the 2019 season called Dragon’s Flight. According to the photos and a video shown on the website this appears to be a Dragon Wagon style coaster from Wisdom. However, the video shown is actually the existing Dragon Wagon at sister park, Indiana Beach. Word is that Dragon Wagon is already closed at Indiana Beach for the season, and is likely just going to be moved to Fantasy Island after a little refurbishment over the winter.

 

FUNTOWN USA / SPLASHTOWN USA (Saco, Maine)

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added in from 2015 to 2018.

 

GALAXYLAND (Inside the West Edmonton Mall Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time

 

GALVESTON ISLAND HISTORIC PLEASURE PIER (Galveston, Texas)

2019 -  Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added from 2013 to 2018.

 

GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER (Ocean City, NJ)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

GLENWOOD CAVERNS (Colorado)

Park News - (5/19/19) Coaster Studios visited Glenwood Caverns and scored a behind the scenes tour of their Haunted Mine Drop ride, including a chance to shoot the ride itself taking the plunge from above the shaft, giving us a very cool look at how it drops down into excavated hole below.

2019 - Aerial Tram Ride - (4/26/19) Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has installed a brand new aerial gondola system that will take guests from the ground level parking lot to the top of the mountain attractions atop Iron Mountain in about 7 minutes. The new gondola system will feature up to 44 cars running at once, moving about 1,000 people an hour compared to the vans that could only transport 250 guests per hour.

 

IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2017 or 2018

 

JOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK (Lubbock, TX)

Park News - (2/10/19) A quick update on the Mad Mouse that is being removed from Joyland Amusement Park this week. According to the local news, the park did confirm that the Mad Mouse was sold to a new owner and instead of being scrapped, it “will go on to live at another amusement park.” No hints were given as to the new home of the Mad Mouse at this time but before it ran at Joyland in Texas from 1976 to 2018, it was also the Mad Mouse for the former Bell’s Amusment Park where it opened in 1959, so it will be nice to see this classic Allan Herschell Mad Mouse alive and kicking in a new home somewhere.

2019 - Sand Storm Roller Coaster - (2/5/19) Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Texas decided to retire their old Mad Mouse coaster (Allan Herschell) in 2018. According to their Facebook page, they are pouring a giant new concrete pad for a new “Sand Storm Roller Coaster”. Meanwhile a picture of an odd looking coaster was also posted with the message claiming that something new was going to take the town “by Storm”.
    Based on the photo, it looks like the park is getting a “Blizzard” style coaster once made by a company named Cavazza Diego. The picture borrowed for the FB post was of the Blizzard operating in Taiwan at ‘Shan GriLa Paradise”. So I’m not sure if this means they have bought this coaster from Taiwan, or are installing a copy of the same coaster.


 

 

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK (Keansburg, NJ)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

KEMAH BOARDWALK (near Houston, Texas)
Landry’s Restaurants  (SAT MAP)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH  (Chattanooga, TN)

icon_STOPPark News - (8/27/19) - Updated - For those wondering, the the park’s Fly-o-Plane ride apparently never ran again following an incident back in 2016, and was said to be removed entirely from the park before the part of the season. A Super Round-up ride named ‘Genie’ is now running on the old Fly-o-Plane location.

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time.

 

LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK (Denver, CO)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time.

 

LITTLE AMERRICKA  (Marshall, WI)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

LOST ISLAND THEME PARK (Iowa)

icon_STOP2022 - New Park - (7/18/19) Could a new theme park be coming to Iowa?  According to the local news, the owners of the Lost Island Waterpark are set to begin construction on a “Lost Island Theme Park” next month with plans to open it in 2022. The $100 million project moving forward is still pending on obtaining final zoning and building approvals.
    Once approved they say the park will feature five lands and “a variety of rides and attractions designed to immerse guests in the stories of magical lands that can only be found at the Lost Island Theme Park.”
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MEGA PARC (Quebec City, Canada)

2019 - New Park - (1/22/19) Quebec City has unveiled their new “Mega Parc” amusement park facility after undergoing a dramatic facelift and complete renovation over the past year and a half as part of a $52 million upgrade.

 
    (7/21/18) A new themed indoor park attraction is coming to Quebec City with the relaunch of Mega Parc with a new steampunk style theme. The relaunch of Mega Parc is said to cost $52 million and is said to offer some unique attractions isnide the Galeries de la Capitale retail complex. This includes a spokeless Ferris Wheel is North America and a new freefall ride twice as tall as the previous one, it will also offer "the longest indoor skating trail in Canada", a large themed oval course with added LED lights and effects to fit into the new theme of the area. Construction began last fall and was expected to be complete sometime around spring 2019. They posted a fun video (see below) showing off the progress made so far as they hit the half-way point of construction.

 

OAK’S PARK (Portland, Orgeon)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time.

icon_STOP2020 - New Flat Ride - (10/29/19) According to information posted at Oaks Park website, the park has retired their Scream’n Eagle ride and will replace it with a new spinning/swinging pendulum ride that will flip riders upside down.

 

PACIFIC PARK (Santa Monica Pier, CA)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

PALACE PLAYLAND (Maine)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

PHARAOH’S ADVENTURE PARK (California)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

Park News - (3/27/19) The revised website for the 2019 season at Playland at the PNE no longer lists the park’s famous Corkscrew steel roller coaster as an attraction this season. The Vekoma made Corkscrew has run at the park since 1994, after being moved from Boblo Island park where it ran from 1985-1993. The Corkscrew also had a brief run-in with Hollywood fame when it was used in a dramatic disaster sequence for the film Final Destination 3.
    An online listing for a Vekoma Corkscrew posted to Intermark Ride Group’s website also lists a 1985 coaster as being up for sale and features a picture of the Playland coaster. Looks like the coaster officially closed for good at Playland.
 
    (9/9/18) According to the local news the Playland / PNE is looking ahead to their future expansion plans and the possibility of adding a new coaster somewhere down the line. They say that they are looking into adding a new "custom" coaster over the next 3-5 years, though they did show off some stock footage of a Premier Rides Skyrocket II style launched coaster. While I wouldn't say this was an indicator that is what they are looking at just yet, it is a good indicator of the same size/scope of ride that they would seek to built there, something with a compact footprint.

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time.

 

PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE (Ocean City, NJ)

2019 - Aerobat - Rumor - (10/20/18) According to the description of a video posted by CoasterForce the Tropical Storm flat ride at Playland’s Castaway Cove is being removed to make way for a new Technical Park Aerobat flat ride in time for the 2019 season. I believe this would be the first such installation in the US, with the Aerobat being kind of a mix of a classic Enterprise style ride with individual rider cars with wings you can control to spin wildly about in the air. So far nothing has been announced by the park, though this could be an announcement they are saving up for IAAPA next month.

 

SAN FRANCISCO DUNGEON (San Francisco, CA @ Fisherman’s Wharf)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE AZOOSMENT PARK (Dundee, Illinois)

2019/2020 - Park Expansion - Rumored - (8/27/18) A video posted to the Santa's Village Azoosment Park Facebook page a couple weeks back mentions that they are working on the 'Biggest Expansion Ever!" along with hints about how a cool and refreshing experience is on the way, but it may not be ready for 2019.
    From what I've heard elsewhere, it sounds like they have removed the long closed Racing Rapids waterpark and may be planning to rebuild on the site with a brand new waterpark project that would be added in phases over the next few years.

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE (Jefferson, HN)

2019 - Nothing is known at this time, nothing added in 2017 or 2018.

 

SEABREEZE (New York)

2019 - Two New Waterslides - (3/28/19) The Seabreeze park website says that they added two new waterslides for the season: Pipeline (an enclosed body slide) and Twister (an open body slide). Based on this graphic however, it does not look like these two slides are very long, especially not Pipeline. The park will also feature the flying acrobatics of Cirque En Vol.

 

SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

STORY LAND  (Glen, NH)
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2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

STORYBOOK LAND (New Jersey)

2019 - Cinderoller Coaster - (12/30/17) Amusement Today posted to Twitter this week that Storybook Land (near Atlantic City, NJ) will add a new family spinning coaster (SBF/Visa from the look of it) to the park for the 2019 season. They'll call it the Cinderoller Coaster and the cute spinning cars will be themed to look a pumpkin carriage. 

 

TWEETSIE RAILROAD (North Carolina)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

2019 - LOCO 360 - (2/21/19) Western Playland in New Mexico is adding a new SBF-VISA Group “Dance Party 360” flat ride for 2019 and appear to be calling it LOCO 360. If I had to guess this is probably the smaller “MIDI” size version over the Maxi.

 

WILD WAVES Theme & Water Park (Seattle-Tacoma, WA)
(Formerly known as Enchanted Village and Wild Waves)
Owned by EPR Properties
Managed by Premier Parks, LLC

icon_STOPPark News - (10/8/19) The local news reports an 17-year-old was shot in the parking lot of Wild Waves on Friday night after some kind of altercation took place after the Fright Fest event. The person who shot him escaped into the night during the chaos that followed.

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2017 - 2018.

 

WONDERLAND PARK (Amarillo, TX)

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2018.

 

 

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