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News & Rumors

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----    THE LATEST SMALL PARK NEWS    ----
    (6/4/20) Joyland Amusement Park To Ropen Next Week (MORE...)
    (6/2/20) Santa's Village Upgrading The Great Humbug Adventure Dark Ride (MORE...)
    (5/31/20) Adventureland Coaster Catches Fire (MORE...)
    (5/30/20) Bay Beach Sets Date To Reopen (MORE...)
    (5/29/20) Arnolds Park Sets Date To Reopen (MORE...)
    (5/28/20) Conneaut Lake Park Cancels 2020 Season (MORE...)
    (5/28/20) Adventureland (Iowa) Names Reopening Date In June (MORE...)

 

ADVENTURE CITY  (Buena Park, CA)

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

 

ADVENTURE PARK (Maryland)

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

 

ADVENTURE POINTE (Near Houston, TX)

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

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

 

ADVENTURELAND (Altoona, Iowa)

icon_STOPPark 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.
 
    (5/28/20) Adventureland has announced that the park will reopen on June 3, 2020. The ticket booths out front will open on June 1 and 2, but only for advanced ticket sales, the park will remain closed on those days. June 3 and 4 the park will open, but only for season passholders. It will open to the public on June 5th and attendance will be limited to 50% of the park’s capacity.
 
    (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.

 
    (4/2/20) Adventureland in Iowa has announced that they have pushed back the park opening date to May 16th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

icon_STOP2021 - Dragon Slayer - Speculation - (5/24/20)  Keep in mind that this is just a theory of mine, and not even the slightest rumor just yet. With that out of the way… if it were me calling the shots at Adventureland, and I wanted to replace the Dragon with a ‘Dragon Slayer” themed modern steel looping coaster that would make the local market sit up and take notice, I might be planning to install an RMC Raptor style single-rail coaster for the 2021 season. Less steel means less cost, and it certainly sounds like the kind of ride that Adventureland could easily fit into their budget.
    We’ve seen the park already add two other steel coasters in the past few years with Monster (Gerstlauer) in 2016 and Phoenix (Spinning Coaster) in 2019. The parks other coasters are all wooden, so it would make sense to me to replace Dragon with something a little more unique to the region and an RMC Steel Single-Rail Raptor coaster would indeed fit that bill. Stay tuned!

 

ADVENTURELAND (Long Island, NY)

2020 -  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.

 

ARNOLD’S PARK (Iowa)

icon_STOPPark News - (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.

 

BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

icon_STOPPark 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...

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

 

BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

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

 

BOSQUE MAGICO (Mexico)

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...

 

CAMDEN PARK (WV)

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)

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

 

CEDAR VALLEY’S WILD FRONTIER (Michigan)

icon_STOP2020 - 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.

 

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

Park News - (2/29/20) Based on the fact that no news has come out of Clementon Park regarding any kind of operational schedule for 2020 along with the fact that now the entire Clementon Park website has been wiped off the face of the internet. As rumored, it looks like the plug was pulled on the park, begging the question about who exactly now has ownership of the property at this time.
 
    (9/29/19) While I’m not going to name-names just yet, Screamscape has heard word that a smaller size park operator may be pondering a possible purchase of Clementon Park in time for next season. That’s all I’m going to say for now, as we don’t want to spook the deal, but it is nice to know that there may still be a future for the park, so stay tuned!
 
    (9/25/19) While we learned nothing new about the status of Clementon Park at this time, we are starting to hear rumors that Premier Parks may have been looking to sell off not just Clementon Park, but the other three parks they do own: Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto, Ocean Breeze and Nashville Shores. While the Toronto park just reopened in 2017 after being brought back by Premier Parks, they have failed to add anything new to any of these parks for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In fact they went so far as to announce they were working on a Proslide Mammoth slide for Ocean Breeze intended for the 2018 season, but then failed to build anything at all.
    Rumor has it that both Cedar Fair and Six Flags may be considering possible offers for some of these properties, though it looks like there were no takers for Clementon Park, or at least not yet.
 
    (9/23/19) A new article posted to 42Freeway.com was able to take the information we dug up regarding the status of Clementon Park and add in even more pieces of the puzzle. In addition to being able to verify the information we shared on Screamscape last week, they were also able to interview the person in charge of the Clementon Fall Festival event which was to be held at the park this October.
    Unfortunately they confirmed that not has the Clementon Fall Festival been forced to cancel this year’s event due to the park’s early closure this year, but they were also informed that the corporation that owns the park (Premier Parks) has been looking for buyers for some time for Clementon Park, and while they’ve had a little interest, there have been no takers thus far. They also reported being told that since Premier Parks was unable to sell the park, “they had to let it go to bank ownership” which is expected to take place at the end of this month.
 
    (9/20/19) Something is apparently not right with Clementon Park. Currently the park’s website says that they are closed for the season, where the park’s last day of operations was on Sept. 8th, 2019. However an odd new story surfaced the other day about a family who had bought tickets online weeks ago for a special priced last-day of the season “Appreciation Day” event set for Sunday, Sept. 15th. Guests who bought tickets and traveled to the park were met with a closed sign and security guards telling them that the park was closed for the season.
    While I’m unable to pull up any kind of previous operational calendar that may have been posted earlier this year, I’ve heard elsewhere that the park normally used to run their season into late September or even October in years past, so this early closing is already a bit strange.
    Today I received a report from an anonymous source that telling us that on Monday park owner Kieran Burke arrived on site and gathered all of the park’s year-round Full-Time staff and informed everyone that they were being let go, and final checks were handed out. According to this source, at the start of the season the park’s schedule had them open as late as October 19th, but that date was suddenly pushed up just a few weeks ago.
    And while the Clementon Park website is still up and running, the park’s Twitter account has suddenly been changed to a “protected” status, where only those approved can see their tweets. The park’s Instagram account has officially been closed/removed, and even the park’s Facebook page appears to have been deleted.
    For all intents and purposes, Clementon Park appears to be NO MORE. But is it closed for good? Or perhaps we have to ask if the park in the middle of being sold to a new owner… or even a land developer? The fact that the website isn’t even trying to sell 2020 Season Passes really is telling. If anyone knows more about what is going on, please let us know.

2020 - Operational Status Unknown for the 2020 Season

 

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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

 

CONEY ISLAND (Cincinnati, OH)

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

 

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK (Pennsylvania)

icon_STOPPark News - (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.
 
    (1/27/20) Things are looking for up Conneaut Lake, after struggling under debt issues for many years, the latest restructuring and operation plans by the current management plan seems to be turning things around. According to a report from the park the park’s total revenue for 2019 from “all sources” (campground, concessions, games, amusement, waterpark, etc) was just under $1.3 million. This is up from the 2018 numbers when the park was able to just break over the $1 million mark.
    With things looking up, the park has now paid off their overdue tax debt and has been paying off their creditors bit by bit while taking small but needed steps to refurbish and refresh the park’s offerings. According to the local news the Blue Streak will completely refurbish the coaster’s first hill, and over the past three years much of the rest of the coaster has also been refurbished. It is always a great thing to see a park taking care of their classic wooden coasters, which do need a lot of TLC to keep them in the best shape possible.
    Any other plans for 2020 are still being worked out, but I know the park always has an eye on the market if the right classic ride becomes available for purchase, as we saw last year with the addition of a Ferris wheel.

2020 - Park Will Remain Closed For the 2020 Season

 

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Pennsylvania)

icon_STOPPark News - (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. 

 

DIGGERLAND USA (New Jersey)

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

 

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

icon_STOPPark News - (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.

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

 

DUTCH WONDERLAND (Pennsylvania)
Owned by Parque Reunidos

icon_STOP2020 - 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.

 

EDAVILLE USA (Carver, MA)

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

 

ENCHANTED FOREST (Oregon)

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

 

EVERMORE (Utah)

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

 

FAMILY KINGDOM (Myrtle Beach, SC)

icon_STOPPark News - (5/25/20) The small Family Kingdom amusement park in Myrtle Beach has announce dthat 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.

 
    (4/18/20) An operational statement has been made on the Family Kingdom website in Myrtle Beach. While the park was obviously unable to open on April 4th as previously planned, right now they are hoping to be able to reopen sometime in “early summer”. Unfortunately, right now, no one can be more specific until the first steps are taken to reopen businesses.

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

icon_STOPPark News - (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.

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FUNTOWN USA / SPLASHTOWN USA (Saco, Maine)

icon_STOPPark 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)

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.

 

GALVESTON ISLAND HISTORIC PLEASURE PIER (Galveston, Texas)

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

 

GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER (Ocean City, NJ)

icon_STOP2020 -  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.
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    (4/8/20) A local reader sent in a few new pictures of the portable Huss Frisbee ride, which now appears to be setting up above the park’s log flume ride.
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    (3/22/20) A reader sent in pictures of two more truckloads of pieces of the Huss Frisbee parked near Wonderland Pier. According to our source there should be one more truckload on the way to complete the set.
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    (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.
 
    (3/17/20) A reader passed by the Wonderland Pier and noticed a new ride sitting on the back of a truck. From what we can see, this appears to be a portable Huss Frisbee ride, or at least some of the pieces for one, as the rest was not yet on site when the pictures were taken. 
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GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

Park News - (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.

 

GLENWOOD CAVERNS (Colorado)

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

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

 

IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

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.

 

JOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK (Lubbock, TX)

icon_STOPPark News - (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...

 

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK (Keansburg, NJ)

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)

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

 

LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH  (Chattanooga, TN)

Park News - (4/22/20) While Georgia’s Governor has given approval for many businesses to resume in the start starting on April 24th, the rules for what can open does not address the business model of a theme park. While awaiting further guidance from the state, Lake Winnepesaukah says they will not open on May 2nd as they had previously planned to do.

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

 

LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK (Denver, CO)

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

 

LITTLE AMERRICKA  (Marshall, WI)

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

 

LOST ISLAND THEME PARK (Iowa)

icon_STOP2022 - New Park - (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.”
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OAK’S PARK (Portland, Orgeon)

icon_STOP2020 - AtmosFEAR 360 - (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.

 

PALACE PLAYLAND (Maine)

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

 

PHARAOH’S ADVENTURE PARK (California)

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 - (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.
 
    (9/9/18) According to the local news the Playland / PNE is looking ahead to their future expansion plans and the possibility of adding a new coaster somewhere down the line. They say that they are looking into adding a new "custom" coaster over the next 3-5 years, though they did show off some stock footage of a Premier Rides Skyrocket II style launched coaster. While I wouldn't say this was an indicator that is what they are looking at just yet, it is a good indicator of the same size/scope of ride that they would seek to built there, something with a compact footprint.

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

 

PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE (Ocean City, NJ)

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

 

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

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

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE AZOOSMENT PARK (Dundee, Illinois)

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.)
 

SANTA’S VILLAGE (Jefferson, HN)

icon_STOP2020 -  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.

 

SEABREEZE (New York)

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.

 

STORY LAND  (Glen, NH)
Parques Reunidos

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

 

STORYBOOK LAND (New Jersey)

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

 

TRIMPER’S RIDES (Ocean City, Maryland)

icon_STOP2020 - 11 New Attractions - (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.”

 

WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

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

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.
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WONDERLAND PARK (Amarillo, TX)

icon_STOP2020 -  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.

 

 

 

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