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News & Rumors





    (4/11/21) Family Kingdom To Open Amusement Park But Not Waterpark (MORE...)
    (4/11/21) Castle Park Reopens With Rides At Last (MORE...)
    (4/10/21) Adventureland (Long Island) Opens Today (MORE...)
    (4/8/21) Enchanted Forest - Locals Raise Money To Help Support Local Theme Park (MORE...)
    (4/4/21) Deno's Wonder Wheel Sets Opening Day (MORE...)
    (4/4/21) Conneaut Lake Park - Tumble Bug Down For the Season (MORE...)
    (4/3/21) Gillian's Wonderland Pier - Gillian Family Partners With Mita Family (MORE...)
    (4/2/21) Denos Wonder Wheel - Phoenix Vertical Construction Has Begun (MORE...)



2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2019 seasons.



2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2019 seasons.



???? - 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.



Park News - (5/31/20) According to a local news report the Tornado wooden roller coaster at Adventureland suffered from a small fire on Saturday. Fortunately the fire was put out very quickly but was believed to be started as part of prep work to reopen the park when propane heaters were being used to heat bearings and ignited some of the wooden structure of the coaster nearby briefly.
    (5/20/20) Adventureland in Iowa has confirmed that they are removing the park’s Dragon coaster. Dragon is a rare steel looping coaster from Hopkins that opened back in 1990 and had two loops, but was not known for having the smoothest or most comfortable ride. According to RCDB, Hopkins made only 7 coasters between 1985 and 1996.
    Aerial footage posted by a local news station gives us our best look at the demolition site where a good portion of the coaster’s track has already been taken down. The park has yet to comment, other than to post an odd graphic of a knight poised to slay a dragon with a sword, with the text, “The Dragon Slayer” above it along with a message saying “Coming in 2021…..”
    So at least we appear to have a possible theme for whatever replacement ride may be coming next season.


2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time...

icon_STOP2021 - Dragon Slayer - (11/16/20) While there is still lots of work left to do in order for the new roller coaster to open, Adventureland has confirmed that they are now finished installing the track for the new Dragon Slayer roller coaster ahead of the winter season. Congrats!

    (10/26/20) Adventureland Park posted an aerial picture of the Dragon Slayer construction site this month showing off the progress of the vertical construction on the new S&S coaster.

    (7/7/20) In case there was any remaining doubt, Adventureland has posted a video confirming that the new Dragon Slayer coaster coming in 2021 will indeed be an S&S 4D Free Spin.

    (6/20/20) MidWestInfoGuide has already found new coaster pieces on site at Adventureland for the “Dragon Slayer” coaster coming in 2021. Silver looking supports and interesting redish-orange steel track segments have been delivered that seem to clearly indicate that the park’s 2021 coaster appears to be an S&S 4D Free Spin coaster.



icon_STOPPark News - (4/10/21) Adventureland (Long Island, NY) will reopen to guests today, April 10, 2021 and will premier the park’s new Sports Tower ride.
    (9/18/20) Yesterday we reported how Luna Park has been having an impossible time getting any kind of response or guidance from New York about how they could have tried to reopen the Coney Island amusement parks. In a video posted by Adventureland in Long Island, it sounds like that park has also been having the same problem and was forced to stay closed for all of 2020. They were planning to reopen when New York went into Phase 4 of the reopening plan in July, only to be stunned when they were left out of the reopening list in July.
    Like Luna Park, they were led to believe they would have been able to reopen and bought countless supplies and paid for modifications to the park to allow for social distancing, only to be ignored by the state and left without any guidance or indication as to when they would ever be allowed to reopen. Keep an eye at about the half-way point in the video to see footage of the park’s brand new Sports Tower ride in action, as it is ready to go as soon as the park can reopen.
    To help keep things going at the park, they are hosting a Halloween drive-in movie series called Nightmare at the Movies. The park is also hosting a series of drive-in Concert events as well. You can find information about how to attend both of these events to support the park on their official website.

2021 -  Sports Tower -(4/27/20) A post from Rides-4-U shows off a new sports themed Air Balloon Observation Tower ride from SBF-Visa Group that will be coming to Adventureland (Long Island) this summer. They will call it the Sports Tower.



Park News - (2/6/21) Pinball fans, according to this short article more than two dozen vintage pinball games have been set up for play in the Arnolds Park Museum. The pinball machines, all said to be from the 1960’s, were previously in a collectors basement and have been restored to full operational status and brought to the park’s Museum for guests to play. Set to 5 ball mode, $1.25 for a token, or you can get 5 tokes for $5.
    (6/27/20) The local news reports that Arnolds Park reopened to the public once again on Friday after a brief closure. There will be new rules in effect this time around however, all all guests are required to wear face coverings except for those under 2 years old. They are asking for more social distancing and hand washing, and mandatory temperature screenings will be required before you enter the park. Rides will close for brief times throughout the day to undergo cleaning as well.

    (6/13/20) While Arnolds Park had just reopened on June 3rd, the park is now closing again temporarily as of today (June 13, 2020) following a spike of COVID-19 cases Dickinson County, Iowa. According to the local news there have been no positive cases recorded from park staff, but they are closing the park to help do their part for the local community after the number of new cases jumped from 34 last week to 119 as of this week. No date to open again was given, only a promise to do so when it is safe to do so.
    This is a good reminder that while parks and attractions are starting to open again, they can also be closed again just as quickly, and that we all have to do our part to stay safe by following the rules and safety protocols as best as we can.
    (5/29/20) Arnolds Park has announced that they will reopen on June 3, 2020.

2020 - Park Improvements - (3/29/20) According to this article, when Arnolds Park reopens this summer the park will have some new improvements to enjoy. The list includes a new Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame exhibit that first reopened last year in a new location. The newly renovated museum is now three times the size of the previous one and now features some interactive exhibits. The former Hall of Fame was in the former “Roof Garden” next to the park which was demolished to make way for a brand new “Roof Garden” building that will look like a historic ballroom. Other restoration projects are also in the works at the park such as the building of a new 15,000 sqft boardwalk that they hope to be finished by May and a renovation of the State Pier that they hope to have finished by July 4 that will include a new plaza, fountain, sculptures, benches and new decorative lighting.

icon_STOP2021 - Octopus and Refurbished Log Flume - (12/31/20) IRM Rides has announced they have supplied Historic Arnolds Park with more new rides over the past year. This included the vintage Allen Herschell Mad Mouse added in 2019, and for 2020 they supplied the park with two classic rides from the liquidated Lakemont Park: new bumper cars and a 1965 Eyerly Aircraft Octopus ride that premiered at the park following a brief COVID related closure in June.
    Sam Shurgott, IRM President said, “When Arnold’s Park briefly closed in early June, this gave their team time to install the refurbished Octopus. Its new pink sweeps shine bright in the summer sun and the new green LED light package casts an incredible glow in the evening. We heard rumors of a large octopus sighting in the adjacent Lake Okoboji, and this rumor was for real!”
    IRM also confirmed that the park’s Boji Falls Log Flume (Arrow 1970) is currently being refurbished and the 50 year old classic will return next summer.


BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

Park News - (5/30/20) Under a plan from Green Bay’s Parks & Rec department they have a tentative date to reopen the Bay Beach amusement park on the weekend of June 20, 2020, with a bigger opening starting on June 26, 2020. Capacity will be limited to 50%, which is estimated to be around 2000-3000 guests at a time.
    (5/10/20) While the Bay Beach amusement park rides may be sitting closed, apparently the small park in Green Bay is hoping to stay active by selling food with curbside pickup. They started this concept on Saturday with a surprise post to their Facebook. They offered up amusement park burgers, hot dogs, brats, chicken sandwiches, and more. Oh… to give you an even better taste of the amusement park experience, they were also offering to sell Cheese Curds, Bavarian Pretzels, Cotton Candy and Popcorn in souvenir containers. As a nice touch, if you bought a “Family Deal” they would throw in $5 worth of park tickets to use at Bay Beach when they are able to properly reopen.
    Now this isn’t a daily thing, but given the apparent popularity of the experience from the comments posted to their Facebook page, they say to keep and eye on it for more future dates for the curbside service, where they may even add a few more surprise items!
    I like the innovation on display here, and wouldn’t mind seeing other attractions across the country open up some pick-up areas where they could serve a collection of their own signature treats and food items. Can you imagine a drive-through lane at Universal where you could get a real Butterbeer right now?  How about a drive-though pick-up of Dollywood’s famous Cinnamon Bread? Set up a line of state fair style carny food stands in a parking lot somewhere and offer to sell candy apples, deep-fried twinkies, funnel cakes, massive corn dogs, street tacos, massive brats or grilled corn? The possibilities are endless for these unique food items that people usually go to a theme park or state fair to have. With theme parks and boardwalks closed and state fairs being cancelled left and right, the time may be right to offer up a little amusement ‘comfort food’ to the masses.

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

icon_STOP2021 - (8/8/20) Look for Bay Beach to replace the park’s old Falling Star ride with something new for 2021, possibly just a newer version of the same ride.

icon_STOP???? - Beach/Pier Proposal - (8/8/20) According to the local news the City of Green Bay has revised their future expansion plans for Bay Beach. Previously the focus on was construction a sand beach at the property, but concerns over water levels and funds have forced a revision to the future plans that would now seek to build a pier, a shoreline walkway along with with placement of a stormwater management pond and erosion control measures as part of the new Phase 1. Phase one will cost an estimated $4.8 million. All Phase 1 plans will go into action sometime between Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
    Phase 2 will follow for an estimated $5.6 million that will include the sand beach area and a replacement for the old Falling Star ride at the park. Other Phase 2 projects would include a bathhouse, the relocation of the original train ride, and paving a parking lot. The Falling Star ride may be replaced in 2021, ahead of schedule, due to a $500,000 donation from the Friends of Bay Beach group for that purpose. The rest of the Phase 2 projects will happen as the funds become available, though the beach and boathouse projects will require the water levels to go down 12 inches from current levels.
    (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)

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2019 seasons.



2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2019 seasons.


CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...



Park News - (6/20/20) According to this news report Camden Park (West Virginia) has now set July 1, 2020 as the date to reopen the park. This falls under the Governor’s reopening plan that will also allow fairs, festivals as well as amusement parks to all open for business on that same date. Social distancing must be maintained and all frequent point of guest touch must be cleaned between each guest use, though I don’t see any mention of face masks.
    Looking over Camden’s website, it is nice to see that the park’s Mini Golf course is already open and that the park has also been offering curbside delivery (on select days) of some of their popular food items, including treats like Funnel Cakes, Caramel Apples, Fried Oreos and more. Check out the official website for the menu.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2019 seasons.


CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...


CASTLE PARK (California)

icon_STOPPark News - (4/11/21) California’s Castle Park reopened to guests on Friday, April 9th after being closed since March 2020. Prior to this Castle Park was able to reopen their outdoor mini-golf courses at various times, depending on the ever changing restrictions in the state, but this now marks the first time that all of Castle Park’s attractions, including the rides, are finally open to guests once again. Capacity is limited at the park however, so please visit the website ahead of your visit to pre-purchase your tickets and ensure that the park has not already reached capacity for that date.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2019 seasons.



2020 - Two New Rides - (5/26/20) Cedar Valley’s Wild Frontier amusement park, a small attraction in Michigan, features a small collection of unique rides and will add a couple of new rides this season. The first is said to be an S.D.C. Galaxi style coaster that previously ran at Missouri’s Hydro Advetntures park as Galalxy 500. The second will be a Fabrri water jumping flume ride to be called Water Jumper. While we were sent a photo of the new ride set up at the park, it may be easier to watch the video below that to see just how the ride works as the small cars go flying down a coaster style drop where the track comes to a sudden end and they fly through the air, only to land and splash across a small trough of water.


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CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

icon_STOPPark News -  (3/31/21) According to local reports Cliff’s Amusement Park is now preparing to open the park once again on May 8th. This is great news as previous reports indicated that the park was really struggling with what would happen if they were not allowed to reopen this Spring.

    (1/10/21) Cliff’s amusement park in New Mexico may be in danger. According to a local news article, the New Mexico government reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t unlike what we’ve seen take place in California. This kept Cliff’s closed for all of 2020, despite the park presenting a safe plan to reopen based on how other parks in the nation were allowed to reopen like Walt Disney World. Unlike the Disney parks however, Cliff’s doesn’t have the backing of a bigger entertainment megacorp to deal with the ongoing costs that continue to come in while the park has been kept closed and has now put Cliff’s in a rather hard spot.
    According to Cliff's Gary Hays, looking ahead to when Cliff’s would normally open for the 2021 season in April, “I honestly don’t know if we can survive without opening up.” Currently New Mexico has color-coded the various counties in the state based on their COVID levels: Red, Yellow and Green, with the majority of counties in the Red currently. However under the current rules from the state governor, Cliff’s and other entertainment venues are still not allowed to open even when their counties reach a Green status and would have to await new special orders from the Governor's office allowing them to open once again.
    Unless things change between now and April, Cliff’s and other local entertainment venues may simply reach the end of their rope and go under. Hopefully the start of COVID-19 vaccinations will help push things in the right direction by then, but then the park will also have to face other issues rising that will increase their operating costs, all while trying to recover from an entire lost year of business. We wish Cliff’s well, as the closing of a local amusement park in any major city often leaves a giant hole that can never be filled again.
    (10/10/20) One park I haven’t really heard much about in 2020 was Cliff’s in New Mexico, and according to a local news report Cliff’s also failed to open this year. With what would have been their 2020 season now over the owners are now looking ahead to what they can do to survive and reopen in 2021.
    Unfortunately, at this point they are not even sure they will be allowed to reopen in 2021 either. According to Cliff’s Gary Hays, “We’re hoping that will have a good season. I honestly don’t know if we can survive without opening up. Those are things we talk about as a family but we prefer to talk about the positive things looking ahead to what lies ahead for us”.
    Making things even more difficult in 2021 will be trying to make up for the debt added due to 2020 while dealing with a labor cost increase as their local minimum wage will jump $1.50 to $10.50 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2021.

2020 - Unable To Open in 2020 due to COVID-19



icon_STOPPark News - (4/4/21) An updated report about the future of Conneaut Lake Park confirms that not only will the Blue Streak not be able to run in 2021, but also the park’s classic Tumble Bug ride. The good news is that the new owners, Keldon Holdings, reported that the Tumble Bug was in need of extensive repairs that will also take some time to complete. “We do intend to keep it and have it up and running next year”, which is great news to hear. While some aspects of the park will need to be demolished to make way for the future, they have also confirmed that the park’s carousel and The Devil’s Den dark ride will also be kept and running for the 2021 season.
    Look for the Tumble Bug to be removed for repair this year and return in 2022, and hopefully alongside the Blue Streak coaster which also needs some attention before it can reopen, as previously reported.
    (3/28/21) Changes are already under way at Conneaut Lake Park. According to the local news the new owner has already begun the process of removing “blighted buildings” in an effort to fix up the park. The good news is that they have also confirmed that things like the waterpark, the carousel, the Blue Streak wooden coaster, the Devil Den dark ride and Kiddieland will be left untouched by the demolition crews.
    Already some of the picnic pavilion structures have come down and many other buildings on the midway have been marked for demolition. Other structures have been earmarked to be gutted inside and rebuilt, such as the park offices. “What we are trying to do is get rid of all the blight," he said in an interview. "That includes old houses, the buildings in the midway. They all have to come down. A lot of the old trees and a lot of the asphalt. It's a long list for sure.”
    While the plan is to get the park open… the Blue Streak wont be running at first. “We are going to put the Blue Streak on the back burner to get some structural engineers to see what we are dealing with," he said, leaving open the possibility that the coaster might be used in the future.”
    With this in mind the focus of the 2021 season will be to get the waterpark, Kiddieland and the Carousel back up and running with an eye towards having the park begin to host a number of new seasonal events and plans to build a new amphitheater on the property that will be near the waterfront.
    (3/15/21) The new owners of Conneaut Lake Park have laid out their long term plans for the property. Overall their vision for the site is to serve as a family events center, with plans to make it the “premier event space in the area.”
    As for the immediate plans they posted on Social media, this includes starting with general cleaning up of the entire facility, demolition of any unsound structures, plans to rebuild The Beach Club, cleanup and expansion of Camperland and the Beach, as well as planning new improvements for the waterpark and kiddie land, as well as new rides, new entertainment and more. Best of all, the plan is to reopen the park to guests on Memorial Day Weekend.

    (3/6/21) According to this news report that Bankruptcy Judge approved the $1.2 million sale of Conneaut Lake Park to Keldon Holdings LLC earlier this week as the sole bidder for the property. Previously the park which did not open in 2020 was not expecting to open again in 2021, but under new ownership anything can happen as some indicated that the new owners were indeed hoping to open it this summer. Stay tuned.
    (2/24/21) According to the news only one qualified bid was submitted for Conneaut Lake Park by the deadline on Friday, which was the $1.2 million bid from Keldon Holdings LLC. They also confirm that no objections to the sale were submitted either by the deadline, so things are now on track for a sale hearing to take place on March 2, which should confirm the sale of the amusement park, waterpark, hotel, campground and other related property unless something changes.
    (1/29/21) According to the local news the Conneaut Lake Park trustees have been given approval to proceed with the plan to sell the theme park to the highest bidder by the Bankruptcy Court. As previously stated, any successful bid must include the purchase of the amusement park property as well as the Conneaut Hotel and campground. The deadline for all bids to be submitted is February 19, 2021.
    (1/23/21) It looks like the future of Conneaut Lake Park has not gotten much more interesting. After covering the financial hardship, tax issues, and slow road to recovery taken by the park towards working itself out of bankruptcy things took a surprising turn yesterday. In a new post on the park’s Facebook page, they announced that the Trustees for the park received an offer from “a qualified cash buyer to purchase all assets of Conneaut Lake Park.”  They go on to say that the intentions of the buyer are to ‘invest in the property and to expand on the year-over-year momentum the Park has gained.”
    As the park is still involved in their bankruptcy reorganization plan, all offers to buy the park and its assets will have to be run through the bankruptcy court, but if the offer is deemed as being the best way for the property to exit bankruptcy cleanly by being purchased the deal shouldn’t be turned down. Things may be more interesting however, as the process does open up things for any other qualified buyer to make a higher offer to purchase the park, but they make it clear that since the original offer is to buy ALL of the park’s assets, all additional bids must also be for everything as well.
    To be honest, I have heard nothing about anyone even looking to buy Conneaut Lake Park at this time, so this news came as a bit of a surprise. The park has been in bankruptcy reorganization for quite some time now, and so far none of the established amusement park owners out there have made a valid offer to buy it. This makes me wonder if this may end up being similar to how Indiana Beach was saved, with a successful non-amusement related business owner taking an interest in the park to run as their very own.
    According to another article the entity behind the $1.2 million bid to buy the property comes from a “Keldon Holdings LCC”.

    (5/28/20) Bad news for Conneaut Lake Park. A few hours ago the park posted a new update to their website to announce that the park’s Board of Trustees made the hard choice to cancel the park’s entire 2020 season. Since the park is operating under a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy reorganization, things are a little more complicated for them. Add that into an unknown timeframe of even when they might be allowed to reopen, limited capacity during any possible reopening, and added costs for required safety and sanitization upgrades and procedures. All together it would put a strain on the limited resources the park has at the moment that they might not be able to endure, so with that in mind they will instead focus their efforts on the 2021 season.
    (5/4/20) Screamscape sources tell us that Conneaut Lake Park is actually working on adding a new game-room to the midway for this season that will feature the classic Fascination game. I know there are quite a few classic amusement park fans out there with a love for the Fascination game, so this should prove to be a welcome addition when the park is able to reopen.
    (4/30/20) According to the local news Conneaut Lake has officially postponed their previously planned May 23rd park opening date. While the campground and marina will be opening soon as limitations on outdoor activities are lifted, the amusement park will remain closed until the state’s restrictions on gatherings and what businesses can open are relaxed. On top of this, the park was forced to stop their preparations for the 2020 season before they were finished, including a refurbishment project on the Blue Streak.

2020 - Park Will Remain Closed For the 2020 Season



Park News - (2/7/21) Good news for DelGrosso’s Park! The small park has announced that the plan is to open the park for the 2021 season starting on Memorial Day Weekend in late May and have now begun the process of hiring the staff they need. This follows the decision of the park to remain closed for the 2020 season out of concern for COVID-19, so a successful 2021 season is going to go a long way to ensure the long term success of the park. They are also currently pre-selling 2021 season passes on their website right now as well.
    (5/16/20) DelGrosso’s Amusement Park has made the difficult decision to remain closed for the 2020 season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The ongoing uncertainty of when the park would even be allowed to open by the state along with concerns about the safety of their employees and guests were primary factors in making this hard choice. 2020 Season Passes and vouchers will be honored for the 2021 season, and passholders will be given a $25 food credit also added onto your pass for the 2021 season.

2020 -  CLOSED FOR THE SEASON - nothing added for the 2017 - 2019 seasons. 



icon_STOPPark News - (4/4/21) Congrats to Deno’s Wonder Wheel park for confirming that they will finally reopen to guests at long last on April 9, 2021. With construction on the park’s new Phoenix roller coaster now going full speed ahead, this is fantastic news for the park’s 2021 season.

icon_STOP2021 - Phoenix - (4/2/21) Construction is now under way on the new Phoenix roller coaster at Denos Wonder Wheel park in Coney Island. A tweet from the park shows that several yellow support pieces have already gone vertical and promises that the first track sections are planned to be put into place next week.

    (12/23/20) Denos Wonder Wheel in New York has announced that they will add a new Vekoma family suspended coaster to the park for the 2021 season. The new coaster will be named Phoenix, stand 68 feet tall and hit a top speed of 34mph.




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.



Park News - (5/10/20) For those wondering what happened to the former Hot Shot tower ride that used to be at Dixie Landin’, we now have an answer. Would you believe that the ride has already been shipped to a new home across the Atlantic and is already being installed at Movieland Park in Italy? Follow the link and we’ve got a picture of it.
    (5/9/20) A Screamscape source has confirmed that the S&S tower ride at Dixie Landin’ was sold, taken down and removed from the park back in March. No word yet on who may have bought it.
    (5/7/20) Screamscape sources tell us that Dixie Landin’ seems to have sold their Hot Shot S&S space shot tower. While you can still see it on the park map, the website no longer lists it as an available attraction. It was still listed on the site in late 2019, so this change is definitely one that has happened recently.
    According to another source, the park has been trying to sell a number of attractions, so the Hot Shot may not be the only thing to be removed. If anyone happens to live nearby, you might want to take a drive-by to see if the Hot Shot is even still standing or not.
    (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.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2019 seasons.


Owned by Parque Reunidos

icon_STOPPark News - (3/16/21) The local news confirms that Dutch Wonderland is set to open to guests on May 15 and is currently looking to hire staff for the theme park as well as the Cartoon Network Hotel next door that they also own.
    (11/20/20) Dutch Wonderland will open a new drive-through Holiday Lights attraction that will run 1.5 miles through the Old Mill Stream Campground. At the end guests will be able to stop and go into Dutch Wonderland’s castle for a hot cocoa, some shopping and a picture with socially-distant Santa. Look for the Holiday Lights event to be open nightly from Dec. 2 - 31st (but closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Discounted tickets can be bought in advance on the park’s website.
    (8/24/20) Following along with Kennywood and Lake Compounce, most of the other Palace Entertainment parks are also closing down for the season after the Labor Day Weekend comes to an end on Sept. 7, 2020. The list of other parks includes Idlewild, Story Land and Dutch Wonderland.

2020 - The Cartoon Network Hotel - (11/27/19) The new Cartoon Network Hotel is now accepting bookings for June 2020, when the new resort opens right next door to the Dutch Wonderland theme park. Some photos and artwork of the new hotel along with new details can be found over at an MSN report on the project this week, which was delayed from the original expected opening in 2019.
    (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.



2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2019 seasons.



icon_STOPPark News - (4/8/21) A news special about the struggle of Enchanted Forest to stay alive and how the locals have raised over $400,000 to help save the park can be seen here.
    The video also sends a great message to remember about all of your local attractions, because I'm sure they have all been struggling to survive over the past year, so when you are able to do so again, please be sure to visit and help your favorite local attractions stay in business and survive because otherwise they could be lost forever.
    (10/28/20) I had not heard this at the time, but apparently a 12-year old boy who was the Great-Grandson of the founder of the Enchanted Forest theme park in Oregon was found dead in September along with his dog and grandmother as part of the fires that raged through the west coast. It is safe to say that 2020 has not been a kind year to the family that owns Enchanted Forest, including founder Roger Tofte, who is now 90 years old. Throughout the year the park had been struggling with a variety of ways to try and operate the park. A GoFundMe account has been started to try and help the park deal with the debt they’ve accumulated over 2020 and to ensure they are able to celebrate the park’s 50th anniversary in 2021.
    (7/3/20) A reader from the region traveled out to see the Enchanted Forest theme park this week and see how things have changed. They posted a detailed video report about the experience.

    (6/27/20) The local news reports that Oregan’s Enchanted Forest theme park reopened to the public on Friday. They are not accepting walk-up admission, so you must buy tickets online in advance of your visit. Your ticket will have an entry time into the park and you must wait in your car until it is your time to enter. Temperature scans are required to enter the property and face masks are also required for everyone age 12 and up while indoors and on all rides. As food offerings at the park will be limited, guests are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and water bottles, as all water fountains will be turned off.

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...



icon_STOPPark News - (3/26/21) In a curious move, the twin lawsuits against each other by Evermore Park and Taylor Swift have suddenly, and quietly, been dropped entirely with no kind of private monetary settlement. As silly as the lawsuits were, it does make me wonder if the whole thing was just some kind of planned attention grab scheme that went a little too far.
    (2/26/21) First Evermore Park filed a lawsuit against Tayor Swift,  now the musician has turned the tables and filed a counter-lawsuit again Evermore Park for playing her music within the park without her permission or without a proper license agreement.
    (2/7/21) I’m not sure if this is a serious lawsuit or just an attempt to gain a little more attention and brand recognition from being in the news headlines, but either way Evermore park in Utah has filed a trademark lawsuit against Taylor Swift. The point of contention is the title of Taylor Swift’s latest album that was released in December which is called… you guessed it… “Evermore”.
    According to various news articles, the Evermore park has several construction liens now filed against them from unpaid contractors, as the park’s business has obviously been hurt during 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic. As a unique “experience” role-playing park concept, Evermore was frequently talked about in various entertainment news headlines prior to the pandemic to describe the unique creation and concept of the park.
    I’m certainly not a trademark lawyer, so I can’t speak with any absolute authority on this, but I really don’t recall too many previously lawsuits where a theme park and music performer took legal action over a trademarked name as typically there is very little chance of reasonable confusion between the two being associated with each other.
    Off the top of my head, the only real time I can remember anything like this happening before was when Kentucky Kingdom first announced they were building a new dueling wooden roller coaster to be named “Twisted Sisters”. Soon after a member of the former rock band Twisted Sister who owned the trademark for the band threatened the park with a lawsuit over the name, which caused Kentucky Kingdom to change the name of the coaster to Twisted Twins to avoid the lawsuit.
    In the case of Taylor Swift, while I don’t believe there is reasonable confusion between the identity of the theme park and the album, there may be possible confusion over the use of the name “Evermore” on merchandise being sold to promote Swift’s album being confused with merchandise sold by the theme park, with the park having locked  in the trademark for “clothing, theme parks and entertainment services” use back in 2015. While I have not seen any of the Taylor Swift merchandise, I would also think the inclusion of her name alongside any use of the phrase “Evermore” could also be enough to prevent any such confusion.
    Of course Taylor Swift could always just buy the small Evermore theme park and become the new owner, solving the entire thing and taking a career step towards becoming the next Dolly Parton. I joke, but wouldn’t that be an interesting end to this story?
2020Map_BowoftheLastShackle    (6/6/20) I’m happy to see that Utah’s unique Evermore interactive park has still been growing and evolving since it opened, creating numerous new storylines and themed events to keep the park new and fresh constantly for their guests. The latest such creation is a new story model they are introducing called “Evermore Epics”, a collection of different adventures that will let the guests control the flow of events.
    Truely, the choices that the guests make during the course of the adventure to effect the various outcomes possible for the storyline adventure. Pick a different side, decide who lives or who might die and you end up with a very different outcome. The Evermore Epics are separate ticket events, and you can run through the story as much as you like, you just have to buy a separate ticket for each run.
    The fun thing is that events in the Epics can take place in areas visited by the rest of the guests at the same time, but will allow for the guests participating in the Epic to have greater interactions with certain characters to lead them on their storyline quest. Each Epic adventure will run for two weeks and be changed out for a new one at the end, with the current Epic being called “The Bow of the Last Shackle”.
    What’s fun is that the various stories told in Evermore since it opened has helped shape the park and create a sort of ongoing cannon based on the history of the land thus far. The Evermore creative team will keep track of the choices guests make during the Epics, and tally up the different outcomes. The most popular ending to each Epic will then become part of the official Evermore cannon, which will then have an effect upon future adventures to be had in the land of Evermore.


icon_STOPFAMILY KINGDOM (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Park News - (4/11/21) Good news for those looking to get some thrill ride action in the Myrtle Beach area. The Family Kingdom amusement park opened for business this weekend. Based on the schedule posted to their website, they look to be planning to open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through to Memorial Day Weekend, when they will switch to daily operations. 
    One item worth mentioning is that they don’t have any hours posted for the Splashes water park across the street at all, not even in June, July or August. The website only says that the waterpark is ‘Temporarily Closed Due to COVID”, but I do wonder if they may have opted to close it for good, or possibly sell off the extremely valuable oceanfront property that it sits on in order to save the theme park from an financial hardship caused by COVID in 2020.
    (5/25/20) The small Family Kingdom amusement park in Myrtle Beach has announced that they will reopen June 1st. So far the website has posted nothing other than that date, so no word on if they will require masks or enforce any other restrictions upon visitors.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2019 seasons.


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

Park News - (7/10/20) The local news spoke with Empire about their plans to reopen Fantasy Island this week. Included was the mention that Empire has “partnered” with Store Capital REIT to reopen the park. As you may recall, they are the ones who actually own the land that the park sits on.
    (7/3/20) Empire Adventure has laid out their new plans to revive the former Fantasy Island amusement park for the local news. According to the report they released a three phase plan that covers what they intend to do between now and 2022.
    2020 - Phase 1 - “Once things are set in stone, we plan to use the rest of 2020 to make necessary beautification efforts to park grounds, such as cleaning up the mess left by previous management. In addition, we also plan on bringing in the initial line-up of new rides and attractions that will open with the park in May 2021.”
    2021 - Phase 2 - “We intend to reopen Fantasy Island in time for the summer of 2021. Our initial line-up of attractions will include the park’s famous wooden roller coaster, along with a wide selection of kids, family, and thrill rides. Popular amenities, such as free parking and the ability to bring your own food and drinks into the park, will rightfully return.”
    2022 - Phase 3 - “As proven successful throughout the industry, we are currently working on a 5-year plan to introduce new rides and attractions annually, eventually transforming the park into a world-class regional attraction. With Empire Adventures, you can be confident that Fantasy Island will always remain focused on providing a safe, quality, and family-friendly day of “Fun? WOW!” ”
    The park has also now launched an all new teaser website that confirms they will also keep the Fantasy Island name.
    (6/18/20) In an interesting development an investment group called Empire Adventures Inc. has said that they were looking into either buying the former Fantasy Island amusement park site outright or leasing it if they can’t swing a deal to buy the land. The plan is to try and open a brand new attraction on the site in time for the Summer 2021 season.
    Currently there isn’t much left on the site other than some waterslides and the wooden roller coaster, so in order to get a new attraction on site in less than a year they would pretty much have to bring in mostly portable rides along with some easy to set up smaller rides that could possibly reuse any existing pads on the site. The group has a Facebook page, but they have yet to use it to comment on their future plans.
    (6/14/20) For anyone wanting a look at the former Fantasy Island park some aerial photos of the park taken back in late April can be found on Facebook. They didn’t waste any time clearing out as much as they could from the site.

    (4/26/20) According to the local news, the end has come for Fantasy Island. They say that all of the park’s rides have been sold except for the Silver Comet and the water park. Everything else is in the process of being relocated to new owners and locations. The only location mentioned was that the park’s Ferris Wheel would be sent to a new home somewhere in Italy.
    As a last act by the park, they presented a list of items at Fantasy Island that had not sold that they would give to the town of Grand Island at no cost. The town agreed to take a number of items with the list including 40 picnic tables, 40 garbage cans, landscaping items and a number of pieces of “miscellaneous memorabilia” from Fantasy Island.
        Just like sister park Indiana Beach, the land under Fantasy Island was sold by Apex to Store Capital, a REIT company who specializes in single tenant properties. Store Capital’s second largest shareholder is Warren Buffett. The town of Grand Island has also mentioned that they are waiting to hear back from Store Capital about what their plan is to secure the 75-acre site. According to the town supervisor, “I want a plan now, because this is prime property for vandalism and we will not put up with that”.
    (4/7/20) According to the local news Fantasy Island will be paying nearly $500,000 in refunds to customers who pre-paid for 2020 season passes and tickets before Apex Parks announced that the park would not be reopening this year.
    (4/5/20) A local Twitter user passed by Fantasy Island and posted a picture showing that the park spinning mouse coaster has already been removed. As I had mentioned last week, I was told that the coaster would be sent to another Apex property. While I don’t know which one for sure, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it show up at the Big Kahunas waterpark in Florida, as it has a small section of dry upcharge attractions already (Mini Golf, Skycoaster, Booster, etc..) If not there, then maybe at one of the larger Boomers FECs with extra space.

    (4/2/20) So what’s going on at Fantasy Island? I was told around eight rides were packed up and hauled off site under the orders of the creditor. I saw a list of these rides somewhere, but I can’t quite put my finger on it at the moment. As for everything else in the park… it’s a bit of a mess right now.
    Speaking with anonymous sources, not much progress is being made at all. While the park was originally said to be selling off 40 rides, plus various games and other equipment, much of this has vanished from revised lists of sale items, and the number of rides from the Fantasy Island has been cut back from 40 to just 17. Some were in the group that was repossessed, while others apparently Apex is now trying to save for themselves with the intention of relocating a few to their other existing properties. For example, the park’s Crazy Mouse (Zamperla Spinning Coaster) is said to be one of the rides will be will moved elsewhere.
    As for everything else… nothing seems to be going to anyone, and while Apex wants bids for things from the ride brokers submitted sooner than later, there is no guarantee that they accept any of them. In fact, there is even talk of possibly just putting all items up in a giant future auction event at a later day. If that wasn’t bad enough, I’m told that many initial offers for things have been cancelled anyway due to the COVID-19 virus, with attraction owners pulling back to keep focused on their own business locations during these times.
    Over at Indiana Beach, much of the same has been happening as well, though there is more of an effort to save the park from the local government, but just like Fantasy Island, the lease-back status of the land under the parks being owned by another unknown party, is simply too much of an obstacle that no one wants to deal with.
    (2/29/20) An interesting rumor has come to light regarding the fate of the Silver Comet at Fantasy Island. I’m hearing that there has been some interest from a few parties in buying and relocating the old CCI wooden coaster. The fact that it has a steel framework rather than wood has made it a far more attractive prospect for being moved to a new home. The rumors get even more interesting however, as I’ve also heard a whisper than whoever the prospective buyers are, they have asked reps from RMC and GCI to go out there to give it a look over. It is worth mentioning that not only does this mean the Silver Comet could be saved… it could also be a candidate for being upgraded into more of a Hybrid coaster by either company, as GCI also was marketing their own new track technology for Hybrid coasters at IAAPA back in November.
    (2/28/20) While the local government is working with Apex to try and find a buyer for Indiana Beach, things are not looking as bright for Fantasy Island in New York. Trucks and work crews have already been seen on property looking to be taking apart the Disk’O ride. According to the local news, the situation at Fantasy Island is a bit more complicated and “the creditors are calling the shots right now”.
    The rides have been put up for sale and are said to be owned by one creditor, while the land the park sits on is owned by another separate mortgage lender, and apparently the park owes a lot of money right now and was described as being “upside down”. The phrase is often used in situations where the current value of a property is less than the amount that is owned on the loan. This is a more common situation to be in in terms of ride hardware (much like how it works the same way when you buy a new car) but is less common when it comes to property value.
    So if a number of the park’s more modern rides are already being taken back by the creditor to be sold on the used ride market to try and pay off the debt, it becomes infinitely harder for Apex to sell the property to another operator to run as an amusement park, if a good number of the more modern rides are no longer there. This means any potential buyer would have to buy the park as well as have deep enough pockets to install about 8 to 10 new attractions, all before they could even hope to open the gates again to guests.
    (2/19/20) We are sad to report that Apex Parks Group has announced that the Fantasy Island amusement park in New York (near Niagara Falls) is now closed for good. The park will begin the process of removing the attractions and selling off what they can on the used ride market. A few may find themselves moved to other surviving Apex properties, though Apex is closing a total of four properties right now.
    This move comes after they were unsuccessful in finding a buyer to take over the park and that these properties are being closed for financial reasons. Click here to read about the other closed Apex properties.
    (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.




icon_STOP2021 - New Attraction - 2020_1119_FunplexBreaksGround(11/20/20) Screamscape has been informed that New Jersey based Funplex Amusement Centers has officially broken ground on their new Myrtle Beach amusement park location this week. According to the updated press release, Funplex Myrtle Beach will be “Tropically themed and feature seven family-thrill rides surrounding a walk-up bar and restaurant.” This will “include the tallest, interactive 360 flying jet ride on the market, and first-of-its-kind in North America.”
    If all goes as planned, the goal is to open the new Funplex location sometime in Spring 2021.
    (6/6/20) Local news reports that the plans to build the FunPlex mini amusement park in Myrtle Beach have been approved. The new park will feature seven attractions and we now have some concept art and a layout plan to see more about what is planned. Based on what I can gleem from the plans and artwork, it looks like there could be a number of SBF/Visa Group rides here, including a custom Big Air Coaster, a new concept they had on display at IAAPA last November that features a pair of “hamster wheel” looking cars that can flip riders upside down followed by a trio of their spinning coaster cars, so you can choose your experience. Also seen on the plans include what looks like a Space Gun (Twin Hammerhead style ride), a Reverse Time, a drop tower, a couple of kiddie rides and what almost appears to be a Zamerperla Super Air Race ride.
    I could be entirely wrong about the Air Race, as the rest of the rides look as if the entire ride package could be from SBF-Visa, but I don’t see anything that looks quite like the ride in the art in their catalog, so I’m really not quite sure what it is. (I’m sure some of you readers who are flat ride experts may be able to help figure it out, as it could be something new not yet posted, like the Big Air Coaster.
    In other ride news for the area, I’m told that all the currently set up rides at Broadway at the Beach are now up and running, which includes the West and Central Pavilion Park zones. The former Pavilion Park East is still disassembled. I’m told that some of the rides that used to run at the East ride cluster are sitting in an empty parking lot across the street, so perhaps they will come back in new locations once they finish rebuilding that section of the complex in about a year or so.


    (5/17/20) According to a local news report a new mini amusement park may be preparing to open in Myrtle Beach sometime in 2021. According to the plans submitted to the city the project would be called “The Funplex of Myrtle Beach” which would consist of a complex of amusement rides and food outlets to be located along 14th Ave North between Ocean Blvd and Chester St that appears to currently be used for parking.
    Currently Funplex has two locations, both in New Jersey, and is looking to expand into a new market. The plans will include a small family coaster that will run the perimeter of the property, a number of other kiddie and family rides, along with a “tall tower ride” that is said to be the first of its kind in the country. If approved, construction could start as early as this fall and be open by April 2021.



Park News - (4/29/20) The owners of the Funtown / Splashtown USA amusement and waterpark in Maine say that they have made the decision to remain closed for the 2020 season. They say this is due to the evolving COVID-19 safety protocols that will limit large gatherings through June and restrictions on the J-1 Visa program they use to hire temporary workers.

2020 -  Park To Remain Closed This Year - nothing added for the 2015 - 2019 seasons.


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

icon_STOPPark News - (10/4/20) The local news reports that the Galaxyland amusement park at the West Edmonton Mall will reopen for business starting on October 8. Face masks will be mandatory, one-way pathways will be set up throughout the park along with mandatory hand sanitizer stations and an overall limited park capacity. Only select rides will also be open at first, and you can see a list of which attractions will open and closed by following this link, but for coaster fans… the Autosled and Galaxy Orbiter will be open, but the famous Mindbender will be kept closed.

2020 - Galaxyland powered by Hasbro - (12/24/19) Just a quick clarification… the Hasbro revamp of Galaxyland is indeed intended to be a general rethemeing of the entire park to put it all under the Hasbro IP in the same way that Triple Five’s other parks are themed as Nickelodeon Universe parks. Given the state of the park, I’m told that the overlay of Hasbro theming onto Galaxyland may be a bit minimal in most places and that we can expect to see mostly a lot of new paint, and some tweaks to some ride names and such, but not a lot of major work.
    The plan will be for Galaxyland to remain open during the transformation, which will be done in phases from January through to Fall 2020 as sections will close one at a time for the overlay as well as maintenance work. While the early promotional material mentions 25 rides, the park currently only has 24 rides, so at least one new ride should be added. There could be more however, as we’re hearing that an existing ride or two may also be removed along the way. One ride our source has suggested that could be on the way out may be the dark ride, “Quirks in the Works”.
    And one final thought from myself... with the announcement that Triple Five is moving ahead with the second American Dream mall project in Miami, I do have to wonder what theme any kind of theme park may get at that site. Universal now owns Dreamworks Animation, so a Dreamworks waterpark theme is out, and Universal does like to occasional use a few Nickelodeon IP’s, such as SpongeBob, so there could be difficulty in creating a full Nickelodeon Universe theme park in Miami as well. This makes me wonder if they could be testing out some of the Hasbro IPs up in Canada just to see what the guests seem to respond best to, and what they don’t, as the Hasbro IPs really have not been theme park tested before.
    (12/20/19) Galaxyland at the West Edmonton Mall in Canada will be getting a major transformation next year inspired by Hasbro toys. According to this article the amusement will be expanded to include over 25 new rides, food spots and shopping areas inside Galaxyland for an area to be called “Galaxyland powered by Hasbro”. Construction is starting now and expected to be finished by late 2020.
    To be fair, I’m a little unsure how much of this will be “new” in terms of an expansion, rather than being new and replacing any existing attractions already there, or if this is mostly just a “rebranding” of the existing park. If anyone knows more, please do let us know.



2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2013 - 2019 seasons.



icon_STOPPark News - (4/3/21) According to a press release from Gillian’s, “The Gillian and Mita families announced today, that they are joining together to enhance Gillian’s Wonderland Pier’s guest experience. The two families with deep history in amusements and hospitality are partnering to create a unique experience and better serve guests of this premier destination.”
    While the Gillian family has been involved with the Ocean City Boardwalk since 1929, I was not familiar with the Mita family and what they may bring to the table. According to a quick search the Mita family owns Icona Resorts, a company who operations famous beach area resorts in the area. Adding the Mita family into the company as either a partner or investor, seems like a good way to ensure better long term stability Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, especially after what everyone went through in 2020 that resulting in reports that they had defaulted in $8 million in debt earlier this year.
    (1/29/21) According to the local news Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, owned by Mayor Jay Gillian of Ocean City, is now heading to a sheriff’s auction sale after defaulting on over $8 million in debt. While this may be the plan right now, the message on the park’s Facebook page says that the park wants to “reassure all of our loyal Guests that Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will be open for business, as usual, for the upcoming 2021 Season.”
    An update posted here claims that the park was already working to refinance their debt before COVID struck and shut things down, and caused their initial refinancing plans to be scrapped. The owner claims new financing has been secured to pay their debts and they will indeed be able to open for the 2021 season as promised.

2020 -  Huss Frisbee - (5/23/20) A reader sent in some new pictures from Gillians Wonerland Pier to share, showing off the fully assembled new Frisbee ride. The park has also removed the Zamperla swing ship attraction entirely and has now loaded it onto a flatbed truck for transport away to a new destination.



    (3/18/20) According to one of our readers the traveling Huss Frisbee spotted near Gillian’s last week is one that has been traveling to many different locations along the East Coast over the past few years. With that in mind, it is possible that they were going to set up for a time this season at the park, but nothing official has been confirmed yet. Given the state of things, it may be awhile before we know anything more about this, unless the truck loads end up moving on to another location.


GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

icon_STOPPark News - (10/29/20) While apparently the small Gilroy Gardens park in Santa Clara County should be clear to open under the new state guidelines, Santa Clara County has come forward to say that under the more restrictive County guidelines, all theme parks in Santa Clara County must remain closed. This county ruling would also apply to California’s Great America (which can’t open until they hit the Yellow tier anyway) as well as keeping audiences out of live sporting events.
    The move doesn’t really effect Gilroy Gardens much, as the park announced back in August that they were not planning to reopen until May 2021 anyway.
    (3/18/20) NewsPlusNotes has posted a story about Gilroy Gardens this week. The non-profit park owned by the city is now reviewing possible expansion plans in order to expand and improve the park over the next several years.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2019 seasons.



2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...


IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

icon_STOPPark News - (1/22/20) According to a Screamscape source, Palace Entertainment and parent company, Parque Reunidos have decided that Idlewild & SoakZone will remain closed for the 2021 season. While nothing has been announced to the public yet, this is somewhat backed up when you realize that Kennywood has posted an operation calendar for May, June and July 2021 and will also sell you a Season Pass. In contract the Idlewild website has not posted any 2021 operational date yet, nor will they sell you single day tickets or season passes for 2021.
    (11/4/20) Along with the announcement from Kennywood removing rides, Idlewild & SoakZone confirmed that they are also going to retire several attractions this winter. The departing attractions include the Rainbow Wheel in Raccoon Lagoon, the Bubbling Springs Ball Pit in Jumpin’ Jungle and the Ferris Wheel in Olde Idlewild.
    (8/24/20) Following along with Kennywood and Lake Compounce, most of the other Palace Entertainment parks are also closing down for the season after the Labor Day Weekend comes to an end on Sept. 7, 2020. The list of other parks includes Idlewild, Story Land and Dutch Wonderland.
    (7/26/20) According to a notice from Idlewild and SoakZone, the parks will now only be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the season, with the exception of also being open Monday, Sept. 7th for the Labor Day holiday.

    (7/17/20) Idlewild has confirmed that the park will now remain closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the rest of the summer season.

    (6/11/20) Idlewild & SoakZone will open once again to the public starting July 11, 2020 according to the park website, though there will be passholder preview days starting July 6.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2019 seasons.


JOLLY ROGER (Ocean City, MD)

2020 - Two New Rides - (11/28/19) According to this report the Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Ocean City bought an SBF/Visa “Drop N’ Twist Tower” ride from IAAPA to install for the 2020 season along with a Mini Dance Party 360 ride.



icon_STOPPark News - (3/6/21) Joyland in Texas has announced that the amusement park will reopen to guests on March 13, 2021 on their Facebook page.

    (7/22/20) Good news for Joyland, as the local news reports that the park is now set to reopen on Saturday, July 25m after being closed to repair severe storm damage.
    (7/11/20) May news for Joyland Amusement Park in Texas. The park announced on social media that it will be closed until further notice after the park suffered from extensive damage from a severe storm on Thursday night that blasted the area with 80-100mph winds. According to the local news, the early estimate from the park is that they will be closed for at least two weeks to repair the damage to several rides, many fallen trees and broken power lines across the property.
    (6/4/20) Joyland Amusement Park in Texas has confirmed that they will reopen on June 12. No word on what their policy will be regarding reservations, face masks or temperature checks.

    (5/23/20) A local news report about Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Texas says that the park may not survive long enough to reopen unless they get a chance to reopen sooner than later. According to the owners, they were able to open for a couple of weekends in March before the statewide shutdown orders came into effect. Since then they have had to layoff 90% of the staff, and the owners says he even had to lay himself off to keep the business running, but they are at the point where the funds are running dry and even funds from the Paycheck Protection Program used to pay the remaining staff is about the run out.
    Joyland says they have submitted plans to the local and state leaders to reopen, but so far they have been given no guidance as to when they may reopen. The latest order from the Governor on May 18th still states that amusement venues (arcades, amusement parks, waterparks) are to remain closed until they are added as a “Covered Service” by the Governor. With many new businesses being allowed to reopen in Texas, amusement sites are still waiting for their turn. According to Joyland, they have already now lost about three months of their six-month long season and they would like to reopen before it is too late.

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...



2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2019 seasons.


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

Park News - (6/8/20) I’m happy to report that the Kemah Boardwalk attractions and rides all reopened this weekend.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2019 seasons.



Park News - (6/20/20) Lake Winnie is getting ready to come back to life, starting off today, June 20, with only the waterpark open again. Since only the waterpark is open, admission to the park is now $25 less than normal. Guests arriving can choose to walk through the closed park to get to the Soakya Water Park or ride the train.
    They do hope to reopen the amusement park side of Lake Winnepesaukah, but as of this time they have not yet set a date to do so. One step at the time I suppose, as they will want to see how things go with just the waterpark open at first. Note that face masks are encourage while visiting the park, but will not be required while eating or when in the water attractions.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 seasons.



icon_STOPPark News - (2/26/21) According to a local news report Lakeside Amusement Park is wanting to reopen for a 2021 season, but at the current limited capacity levels set by the state, it just wouldn’t be feasible. They are hoping the rules will be changed over the next few months or that they can get a variance to allow them to operate at a higher level.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 season.



icon_STOP2022 - New Park - (1/23/21) Construction on the Lost Island theme park in Iowa has been moving at a rapid pace it seems. Check out some amazing pictures posted to Facebook showing off a purple and bright green roller coaster now under construction along with a flat ride or two.

    (10/31/20) According to a local news report, land clearing, grading and excavation work is underway for the new Lost Island Theme Park project. It is great to see work taking place on this project, pushing ahead despite the pandemic issues. If all goes as planned, hopefully the pandemic will be mostly behind us in time for the new theme park to open in 2022.
    (7/12/20) Green roller coaster track was spotted being unloaded from a shipping container on the site for the new Lost Island theme park in Waterloo Iowa this week. Check out the photos below. The distance that the photos were taken makes it difficult to really see any track detail other than the color. Squinting a bit, I will say that this doesn’t look like the Intamin style track from the former Kannon coaster purchased from Liseberg. If anything it looks more like Vekoma/Arrow style track, and the park was rumored to have purchased a Vekoma SLC for the park, possible the retired Cobra from Ratanga Junction.



    (5/4/20) A quick update regarding the Lost Island Theme Park coasters. While it is still very possible that the park got the Cobra (Vekoma SLC) from Ratanga Junction, they the other coaster actually would not be the mine train from that park, as it was already sold and installed to Fantasilandia in Chile.
    A video on YouTube from Park Pros actually does a good job breaking down the possible new rides coming to the park based on a park layout image and concept art released thus far, so check that out below.

    (5/3/20) Construction is underway for the Lost Island theme park theme park in Iowa. It has been about a year since we’ve heard anything about the plans to build the Lost Island theme park across from the Lost Island waterpark, but according to a local news report grading and early construction is still in progress, despite the pandemic that makes the opening of their waterpark an unknown at this point. The owners say that they have already committed and invested so much for the new $100 million, 90-acre theme park that it wouldn’t be wise to stopping things now for the 2022 project.
    They have also confirmed that the park will become the new home to the former Kanonen launched roller coaster from Intamin that ran at Liseberg in Sweden from 2005 to 2016. There is also some speculation that the park may have also bought the former Cobra coaster (Vekoma SLC) and Diamond Devil Run (Vekoma Mine Train) from the Ratanga Junction theme park in South Africa that closed in 2018. While Lost Island admits to Kanonen, they will not confirm the rumors about the Ratanga Junction coasters.
    Either way, I think people will be excited to see a brand new theme park coming to Iowa. The opening of a new park is a rare thing these days.
    (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.”




MIAMI WILDS (Miami, Florida)

???? - NEW PARK - (10/23/20) After all this time, I’m surprised by this outcome, but it seems Miami-Dade has approved the plans for the Miami Wilds project next to Zoo Miami. The plans include a waterpark, a small hotel and shopping district, along with room for some future expansion plans such as a second hotel down the line.
    (10/15/20) According to the local news next week the Miami-Dade County Commission will cast votes on the proposed Miami Wilds water park project. There is quite a bit of opposition to the project now ranging from policial to nature conservationists who claim the site is home to one of the most endangered bat species in the state and this project could cause an extinction. If the project does not get passed for approval, this could likely be the end of the proposal.
    (9/12/20) Would you believe that the shelved plans for the “Miami Wilds” project are have resurfaced once again? According to the local news the plans for the theme park project next to Zoo Miami are being pitched once again by a ‘hedge fund manager and team of developers” that would add 200 hotel rooms, 25,000 sqft of retail space, a water park and additional parking lot space to share with Zoo Miami.
    We haven’t heard much about Miami Wilds since it was proposed back in 2013. At the time it was also backed with themeing from 20th Century Fox and would have had a lot of themeing based around the the studios various properties, including a proposed water park themed entirely to the animated Ice Age film series.


MODELLAND (Santa Monica, CA)

2021?? - NEW ATTRACTION - (1/10/21) Current Status Unknown, has not opened due to COVID-19 Restrictions in California. Check at Official Website for official updates.
    (2/28/20) The latest updated on Tyra Banks ModelLand attraction concept now say that it will be ready to open on May 1st and will be located in Santa Monica. You can sign up for more information from the official website which is now preselling tickets starting at $59 for adults and up to $1,495 for a “Fantascene Dream” package. This mega-package includes a photoshoot, a person consultation with fashion and beauty experts, plus a styling and wardrobe change.
    (2/17/20) Apparently Tyra Banks was dead serious when she said she wanted to open her own themed attraction to be called ModelLand and they’ve got an official Instagram posting all about it. The idea is that it will be a themed experience where every member of the family can experience what it is like to be a model and include some special shopping and dining experiences as well. According to the posts it will be a “story-driven attraction” showcasing a “fantasy version of the modeling world”, but it is not a theme park, or a museum.
    The plan is to open ModelLand in California sometime later this year.


OAK’S PARK (Portland, Orgeon)

icon_STOPPARK NEWS - (8/21/20) According to the local news Oak’s Park has now canceled their plans to try and open for the 2020 season after spending the past few months preparing to reopen at limited capacity. The park has sent in a request several times to the Govenor or Orgeon but has yet to be given a green light to proceed, so at this point they have no choice but to give up and focus on making plans to open in 2021.

icon_STOP2021 - AtmosFEAR 360 - (8/8/20) While the new ride is a little late for the 2020 season, workers are now putting up the new AtmosFEAR flat ride at Oaks Park. Pictures of the ride going up can be found here. According to the article the ride seems to have two modes, one where it can flip riders upside down 360 and the other is a more mild 180 swing mode. According to the CEO who test rode another version of the ride elsewhere, he described the 360 as “Terrifying” and was guessing that Oaks Park guests will experience the 180 swing mode “most of the time”.
    (5/28/20) According to this article Oak’s Park is replacing their old Screamin’ Eagle ride (an Afterburner pendulum style ride) with a new similar ride concept called AtmosFEAR 360. Similar in concept, this new version will be able to flip riders upside-down instead of just swinging side to side.
    (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)

2020 -  West Coaster Update - (2/7/20) The local news reports that the Santa Monica West Coaster will get a $1 million refurbishment this off season. When it reopens in the summer it will be rethemed as a tribute to Route 66 with a new coaster train themed as a classic roadster and various bits of themeing added to the station such as gas pumps, Route 66 maps and other automotive memorabilia.



2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 season.



2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2019 seasons.


PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

icon_STOPPark News - (8/2/20) Playland at the PNE is adding 11 more thrill rides to their mix of available attractions. When the park first opened in July, most of the rides available were mostly kiddie and family rides, but now they are opening some bigger thrill rides. The slide of bigger thrills now open include: Atmosfear, The Beast, Breakdance, Gladiator, Music Express, Pirate Shop, Revelation and Wooden Roller Coaster.
    (7/11/20) According to posts on social media, Playland at the PNE in Vancouver reopened on Friday, July 10, 2020, but with only 12 rides running at first. Date specific tickets must be purchased online in advance to ensure reduced capacity limits and face masks are required.
    As for the available rides, they are only running the follow kid and family rides for July:
Honeybee Express, Choppers, Kettle Creek Mine Coaster, Tea Cups, Cap’n KC, Merry-Go-Round, Balloon Explorers, The Flutterbye, Cool Cruzers, Pacific Adventure Golf, Bug Whirled and Sea-to-Sky Swinger.

    (2/9/20) While we won't find out anything more until later this year when Playland PNE makes their final pitch for the park’s revision plans, we have heard some rumors so far based on previous plans and revisions. These could all be changed by the time the final pitch is made, but according to our source the plans for Playland may involve the addition for up to four new coasters (small compact to medium size) along with a small collection of other attractions. This later list may include rides like a Gerstaluer Sky Fly, a Splash Battle, Zamperla Disk’O and Air Race, possibly a new water raft ride, a possible Splash Battle style ride, a Ropes Course and two or three kiddie rides.
    Again, these are said to be previous plans and everything is always subject to change, especially when the big ride companies get involved and start to offer some discounts for large ride packages during the bidding process. So stay tuned, there is a lot of work still to be done here.
    (2/8/20) The plans to transform the Playland at the PNE amusement park into a more traditional theme park are still in the works, with a business plan and final presentation for the concept said to be brought before city hall sometime this Spring. The plan will see the park expanded from 15 to 22 acres along with the reconfiguration of some of the existing site. You can read more details about the plan posted to Vancouver Urbanized.

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2019 season either.



icon_STOPPark News - (3/6/21) Despite the fire in January that burned the arcade and front entrance to the park, Playland’s Castaway Cove is now planning on reopening the amusement park later this month. Currently the park’s calendar says they will open on March 27th at noon.
    (2/9/21) According to the preliminary report about the cause of the fire at Playland’s Castaway Cove, the fire was deemed thus far to be accidental. The source of the blaze was said to be caused by “an undetermined electrical source” near the front of the building. Follow the near for more details.
    (2/7/21) In an interesting development the local news has revealed that Federal agents from the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) have now joined the investigation into the cause of the fire at Playland’s Castaway Cove from last weekend. The cause of the fire has not been determined, though Playland did confirm that they were storing some “ride parts” in the building for the winter at the time of the fire.
    (2/3/21) An absolutely huge collection of photos taken while fire crews worked to put out the blaze at Playland’s Castaway Cove can be found here. They also mention that if anyone has pictures taken inside the arcade building taken during a recent trip to the park, they could possibly assist in the investigation as to the cause of the fire and ask that you email them in to
    (1/31/21) According to the latest reports the fire that broke out at Playland Castaway Cove took place in the arcade building attached to the boardwalk, which I believe may have also been the primary entrance into the amusement park. While the damage to this building was severe and thus will cause the closure of the main entrance into the park. According to a FB post from the park, they will now be using the park’s secondary entrance as their main one for the foreseeable future, and they hope to be able to open sooner than later in Spring 2021.
    Fortunately no one was reported as being hurt and the first responders were able to get the blaze under control and keep it from spreading.

    (1/30/21) An urgent news report this morning reports that a 4-Alarm Fire has broken out on the boardwalk near Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, New Jersey. They have some video of the fire showing that it does look quite close or at the amusement park. More details will be released as they get them.

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...



2022 - Yuletide Plunge - Planned - (12/1/19) Santa’s Village (Dundee, IL) has announced plans to open Yuletide Plunge, a log flume ride, in time for their 2022 season. The ride hardware was purchased from IRM Rides and is actually the former Log Jammer ride that existed from 1992 to 2009 at the Kiddieland park in Melrose Park, IL. The OD Hopkins flume ride is 1,100 feet long, stands 40 feet tall with a 35 foot drop and able to handle 600 riders per hour. (Click here to see a couple of pictures of the ride just before it was closed down forever.)


2020 -  The Great Humbug Adventure REFRESH - (6/2/20) Sally Dark Rides has confirmed that they have been working on a ‘refresh’ of The Great Humbug Adventure dark ride at Santa’s Village in New Hampshire. The park’s dark ride adventure is being updated with new scenes, scenery and effects, while keeping some classic elements of the original. They hope the have the new version of the dark ride ready to open when the park is ready to open for the 2020 season.
    In addition to all new animatronics and effects, the dark ride vehicles have also been updated from 2-passenger to 4-passenger cars, doubling the ride’s capacity. Follow the link to see some of the new animatronic figures of Scrooge which are very impressive looking.



icon_STOPPark News - (3/2/21) Seabreeze Amusement Park has announced that they are looking at opening for the 2021 season starting on May 22. This will be the first time for Seabreeze to open since 2019 as the park was kept closed for all of 2020 due to COVID-19.

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...


SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2019 seasons.


Parques Reunidos

Park News - (8/24/20) Following along with Kennywood and Lake Compounce, most of the other Palace Entertainment parks are also closing down for the season after the Labor Day Weekend comes to an end on Sept. 7, 2020. The list of other parks includes Idlewild, Story Land and Dutch Wonderland.

2020 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2019 seasons.



2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...


TRIMPER’S RIDES (Ocean City, Maryland)

2020 - 11 New Attractions - (7/3/20) The local news reports that Trimper’s opened The Inlet Eye, a new 150 foot tall observation wheel with 36 enclosed gondolas, providing a view of the surrounding landscape for miles in all directions. From the sound of things this is a portable wheel, and is only expected to be at Trimpler’s for the 2020 season. Tickets to ride at $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12. There is also a family of four special for $25.
    (4/27/20) A little more detail about what exactly went on at Trimper’s with the old family management leaving and a new side of the family taking over has been posted by OceanCityToday. The goal is to re-energize the park’s performance to ensure the long term success of the park, after seeing it slowly deteriorate over the past decade.
    (3/19/20) Changes are on the way to Trimper Rides going forwards. According to the local news the “Granville Trimper Family” is stepping aside to allow “a different branch of Trimpers” to take the park forward into the next decade. They say that going into the 2020 season the small amusement park will introduce new rides as well as “Thrill Cards” that will offer a variety of special price and discount offers to customers.
    According to a note on the park’s website they will add “11 new and exciting rides including Madagascar and Hang Ten coming to the park this spring, while still maintaining historic favorites such as our 1902 Herschel-Spillman Carousel, Himalaya and Tidal Wave that have been enjoyed for generations.”

2021 - Big Wheel - (11/8/20) Trimper’s has announced that the temporary 150-foot tall Ferris Wheel they had previously set up will return again in 2021.


WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

icon_STOPPark News - (3/31/21) The local news confirms that Western Playland will be reopening to guests once again this Friday, April 2, 2021.

2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...


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 - (8/25/20) Wild Waves has confirmed that the park has given up on opening for the 2020 season at all due to the ongoing operation restrictions, along with an unknown timeline of when they would even be allowed to reopen at all.

2020 - Shark Frenzy & Wave Pool Update - (11/15/19) Wild Waves has announced that they will be upgrading the park’s wave pool over the winter, retiring the decades old technology from when it was built to use a new modern wave generation system. The park will also be added a new ride in 2020 called Shark Frenzy which appears to be a Tilt-A-Whirl style ride with Shark themed ride cars.



Park News - (6/18/20) Wonderland Park (Texas) will open to guests again on June 19, 2020, but not until 5pm, which seems to be the norm for this park on Fridays in the summer. You can see their revised summer calendar here.

2020 -  Two News Rides - (3/30/20) Wonderland Amusement Park in Texas posted a photo on their Facebook page the other day to say that they were adding ‘New Rides in 2020!”. In the comments the park states that they will be unveiling a new coaster (SBF/VISA Spinning Coaster) as well as a new Antique Car ride.


icon_STOP2021/2022 - New Coaster - Rumor - (3/3/21) Wonderland Amusement Park in Texas posted a teaser to their social media the other night hinting that they were planning on adding a new coaster, but not long afterwards the Tweet was deleted. Fortunately many out there grabbed screen shots of the post, which we can share with you below.
    Anyone know more about what’s going on? There were also said to be some reply comments from the park that seemed to indicate that the park’s Mouse Trap coaster may be on the way out as well and the picture they posted appears to be a color-edited picture of Vekoma Suspended Coaster, possibly the Sky Coaster from Dream World in Thailand. There are two other Vekoma Suspended coasters out there Grampus Jet at Greenland (Japan) and Dream Catcher (Bobbejaanland), but currently all three of these coasters are said to still be in operation.



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