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News & Rumors





    (5/31/19) Fantasy Island - Dragon's Flight May Be A Different Coaster (MORE...)
    (5/27/19) Log Ride Accident At Castle Park Injures Three (MORE...)
    (5/19/19) Behind the Scenes at Glenwood Caverns Haunted Mine Drop (MORE...)
    (4/26/19) Conneaut Lake Park To Restore Blue Streak's Tunnel (MORE...)
    (4/26/19) Glenwood Caverns Opens Aerial Gondola Ride (MORE...)



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



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



icon_STOP2019?? - New Park - Under Construction - (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?



2018 - Bernie's Barnyard w/ Two New Rides - (11/9/17) Adventureland (Iowa) will open two new attractions in 2018: a themed Crazy Couch from Skyline Attractions and a Ponk Trek ride from Metallbau Emmeln.

    (9/20/17) According to a post on the Adventureland Facebook page the park will be opening Bernie's Barnyard in 2018, a new kiddie area located in the Country Picnic grounds behind Storm Chaser. It will feature two new family rides, a new playground area, kiddie arcade games and more.

icon_STOP2019 - The Phoenix - (4/16/19) The local news has released a photo from Adventureland showing off the park’s new spinning coaster, The Phoenix, now under construction.
    (12/13/18) Adventureland will add a new coaster in 2019 called The Phoenix. The new $6 million steel coaster is expected to be up and running by June and will be located where Super Screamer and Inverter were previously located. Based on a Facebook post from the park, this will be Maurer compact spinning coaster, 50 feet tall and hitting speeds of 40mph.



2018 - Haunted Mansion - Confirmed - (10/12/17) Adventureland (Long Island) is adding a new “Haunted Mansion” dark ride to the park for the 2018 season. So if you are a fan of the existing Ghost House attraction this is your last chance to ride before it is removed. Based on the image sent out by the park it looks like the dark ride will be two stories and use a unique looking inverted track system to fly around.



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

icon_STOP2019 - Wild Mouse - (3/22/19) Arnolds Park has confirmed that the park will add a Wild Mouse coaster for the 2019 season. This is no ordinary mouse coaster however, the new Wild Mouse is actually the former Mad Mouse (Allan Herschell) from Joyland Amusement Park in Texas, where it ran for nearly 45 years.


BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

icon_STOP2019 - The Big Wheel - (2/28/19) Good news for Bay Beach Amusement Park this week, as the local news reports that construction has started to put up the park’s new Ferris Wheel that will be twice as high as the park’s current one. They hope to have it ready for guests in time for opening day.
    (12/10/18) Construction has started at Bay Beach Amusement Park to install “The Big Wheel” for the 2019 season. The Big Wheel is a new 10-story tall ferris wheel from Chance Rides.

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

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


BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

2018 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2017.



2018 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2017.


CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

2018 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2017.

icon_STOP2019 - Bumble Blast - (11/21/18) Calaway Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is adding Bumble Blast for 2019, a new SBF Visa Group figure-eight spinning coaster ride.



Park News - (6/26/18) Video game fans are probably aware that a new game in the Fallout series has been announced as Fallout 76 The interesting thing is that a gameplay trailer released shows a brief glimpse of a unique area you will get to explore and fight inside in the new game. Would you believe that Camden Park, a small amusement park in West Virginia, appears inside the new game world?  You can catch a glimpse as the player walks past a modified version of the park's entrance signage at the 1:05 mark in this video offering "Rides, Picnics and Fun For All" inside.

2018 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2017.


CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

Park News - (7/7/18) Casino Pier has shut down the Crazy Bus ride following an incident that took place on Thursday that left a 51-year-old woman with minor injuries. The ride will remain closed while the accident investigation takes place. The woman was not on the ride, but helping her two grandchildren get off the ride after it stopped, when suddenly the ride began moving again and knocked her over.

2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

icon_STOP2019 - Centrifuge + Three More Rides - (12/29/18) Casino Pier has named their forth new addition for 2019 as “Crazy Cabs”, an SBF-Visa flat ride creation.

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



    (12/17/18) A reader sent in a picture of one of the new but still unannounced new rides coming to Casino Pier in 2019. Based on the photos, this will be a new Crazy Bus flat ride for the kids.
    (12/10/18) I’m told that Casino Pier is now planning on adding three more rides for the 2019 season, in addition to the previously announced Centrifuge attraction. One of this additional rides will be called Mermaid Parade and be some kind of kiddie flume ride from Zamperla, while the other two rides are expected to be announced on their Facebook page between now and Christmas.

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


CASTLE PARK (California)

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


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


(Purchased by Kieran Burke / Gary Story in Nov. 2011)

2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added in from 2013 to 2017.

icon_STOP2019 - Four New Rides - (3/9/19) Clementon Park will add four new rides for the 2019 season. Adding a bit of nostalgia to the park, three of the new attractions will actually be classic era rides that no park should be without: a Pirate Ship, a Scrambler and a Tilt-A-Whirl… all great rides that are crowd pleasers and keep the lines moving. Best of all, these are rides that can generally be enjoyed by entire families together, with minimal height restrictions. The forth attraction will be a new “Dragon Coaster”, another good family ride that is needed because the park currently only has a single coaster, the Hell Cat wooden coaster. Always a good thing to give the kiddies a coaster of their own to enjoy before they are ready to take on the big one.


CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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

icon_STOP2019 - Downdraft - (2/21/19) Cliff’s Amusement Park has announced they are adding a new ride for 2019 in celebration of their 60th season. They only show it in pieces, but call it “Downdraft”, and the photos match up with a Dartron Downdraft.
    Interestingly enough, Knoebels did just remove their own Downdraft ride in late 2018, but the colors don’t quite match up with this new one at Cliff’s which has yellow seat interiors, matching the outside car color, while the Knobels’ ride had yellow exterior and green seats.


CONEY ISLAND (Cincinnati, OH)

2018 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2017.



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

2019 - Ferris Wheel - Under Consideration - (9/28/18) Screamscape sources tell us that as rumored, Conneaut Lake Park is indeed adding a new Ferris Wheel to the park's classic ride collection in 2019. I'm told that the pieces starting arriving this week at the park.

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



2018 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2017.




2018?? - Unknown Changes - Rumor/Speculation - (6/29/17) Sounds like something interesting is planned to go on down at Dixie Landin’ / Blue Bayou starting this fall. Five the rides from the Dixie Landin’ amusement park side are currently listed as being up for sale over at ITAL with a September 2017 availability date. The rides up for sale include EXTREME, the park’s Maurer Spinning Coaster, the Grand Carousel (Chance), Over the Rainbow (Huss Rainbow), Side Winder (Moser Sidewinder) and Flyin’ Tiger (Huss Enterprise).
    I don’t know if they are planning some kind of expansion to the amusement park side or removing things to make room for a waterpark expansion. There is always the possibility they could be looking to downsize the amusement park side of things in order to focus more on their more popular waterpark business at Blue Bayou. We’ve seen a number of small parks in the southern states head in this director over the years like Magic Springs, and Alabama Adventure even went the whole way at one point and closed their rides park entirely before getting new owners who are now trying to restore it once again.
    My hunch is that they are still going to keep the ride’s side of the park, because they have not put their biggest and most valuable ride up for sale yet, which would be the Ragin Cajun (Vekoma Boomerang) coaster. With that in mind, unless they are just planning on adding an assortment of smaller rides to revitalize the park in 2018, I’m guessing a waterpark expansion may be the most likely plan of action here. This would also make the most sense, as I’ve been told that in the busy summer months, the waterpark is always packed, while the rides side fails to pull in the same crowd levels.
    The location of the five attractions up for sale is a bit scattered, and none are really close to the waterpark side of things, though these rides could be removed in order to open up space to allow for other attractions near the waterpark to be relocated. Anyone know more about what the true plans are?

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.


Owned by Parque Reunidos

2018 - Merlin’s Mayhem - Now Open - (6/20/18) It may have opened a year late, but at least Merlin's Mayhem, the new and very first Inverted coaster from S&S is finally open at Dutch Wonderland. To celebrate, Coaster101 has posted what they are calling the most in-depth review of this family coaster that you'll ever need to read. Bottom line though... they say it's smooth and really fun and with a simple seat-belt / lapbar restraint system, minus any bulky overhead restraints to block your view as you soar around the park.

    (11/1/7) A reader sent in an interesting picture from Dutch Wonderland showing off the rider envelop test frame left on the track in a very interesting and tight location where t he coaster traveled through a small subterranean ditch. Could this possibly be part of the reason that Merlin's Mayhem failed to open in 2017? 
    (10/9/17) It seems Dutch Wonderland never did get their Merlin's Mayhem coaster up and running for the 2017 season. While the coaster itself is now complete and has been seen testing, there is still active construction on the site (station, queue, etc). A reader sent in some pictures taken this weekend showing off the current status of the project. Sunday was the park's last regular daytime operational day, as the rest of the year's dates are only late-afternoon to early evening operational dates for limited Halloween and Holiday dates, so looks like Merlin's Mayhem will be pushed back to be a "New for 2018" attraction.
    (11/19/16) A quick video tour and chat about the new Merlin's Mayhem coaster coming to Dutch Wonderland was shot at the S&S booth at IAAPA by our friends at In The Loop. Check out the video below which includes all new video footage of the coaster itself as well.

    (11/16/16) S&S Worldwide released a press release confirming a little more information about the Merlin’s Mayhem coaster coming to Dutch Wonderland in 2017. The new Family Inverted Coaster train design will feature a 20-passenger train with on-board audio. You can see a good picture of the train posted to Twitter, along with a peek at the speaker location.
    (11/4/16) While S&S isn’t ready to comment further on the new coaster system coming to Dutch Wonderland (wait until IAAPA they say…) they did fix the page on their official website that does promote a new Family Inverted Coaster design, which appears to have a possible layout for the Merlin’s Mayhem coaster. From the look of the video the ride will use the typical rigid Inverted coaster style cars rather than the old Arrow style swinging Suspended concept, though they look to be trying to mimic the aggressive swinging sensation through the use of heavily banked and twisting track pieces which actually does appear to give this little coaster some really fun moments. Check out the animated video below.

    (11/2/16) Dutch Wonderland announced a new coaster is coming to the park in 2017 to be called Merlin's Mayhem, themed as a search for Merlin's little mischievous baby dragon, Mayhem. The coaster itself is described as a "suspended family coaster" from S&S Worldwide. Off the top of my head I can't remember S&S ever making a Suspended coaster of any kind (not counting the unique Tranan) so in addition to the lack of concept artwork from the park, I'm curious if this will simply be a family 'inverted' style coaster, or a true "Suspended" style swinging coaster, like the old Arrow models.
    According to the official description from the park guests will go on the high-flying adventure ride on a 60 foot tall coaster that will feature two helix turns and just over 1,300 feet of track, searching for Mayhem through clues in the queue as well as those given through an on-board audio system within the coaster seats. The coaster will be the tallest ride at Dutch Wonderland when it opens with a height requirement of just 39 inches to ride making it very kid friendly.
    A VERY brief bit of animation can be found in the video news broadcast here where it appears that the top of the coaster's layout will send rider's soaring over the park's Sky Ride.

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



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



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2013 - 2017.

icon_STOP2019 - Challenge of Mondor Update - (4/6/19) I’ve been hearing that Enchanted Forest in Oregon has been preparing to remodel the park’s existing dark ride, Challenge of Mondor. A number of interesting new creature creations (mostly Dragons) have been posted to the Instagram account of Faust & Company “Mask Studio and Creature Design” company also based in Oregon are listed as having been delivered to Enchanted Forest for the attraction. Check out the pics here and it should be interesting to compare videos of the attraction from this season to previous seasons to see the changes.



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.



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.


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

2018 - Fairy Tale Forest - (4/14/18) Fantasy Island will open Fairy Tale Forest in 2018, a new children's area with new rides and some live entertainment additions such as Oakley the Talking Tree. You can see more at the park's official page.

icon_STOP2019 - Dragon’s Flight - (5/31/19) (5/31/19) While it seems the earlier plan for Fantasy Island was to buy and install the Dragon Wagon kiddie coaster from Indiana Beach, I’m now hearing that the park’s upcoming Dragon’s Flight coaster may actually be converted from a former Wisdom Orient Express model instead. If anyone knows for sure, please do let us know.
(Previously) Fantasy Island announced on their website that they were adding a new kiddie coaster for the 2019 season called Dragon’s Flight. According to the photos and a video shown on the website this appears to be a Dragon Wagon style coaster from Wisdom. However, the video shown is actually the existing Dragon Wagon at sister park, Indiana Beach. Word is that Dragon Wagon is already closed at Indiana Beach for the season, and is likely just going to be moved to Fantasy Island after a little refurbishment over the winter.



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.


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

2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time



2019 - Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018 either



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.


GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.



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

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



Park News - (11/12/18) Bad news for Missouri’s Hydro Adventures park this week as a new listing for used rides posted to Facebook by Rides-4-U is asking for bids to be submitted for several of Hydro’s existing rides. The list includes the Wisdom Tiger Coaster, Moser Spring Tower, Rideworks Tea Cups, Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl, Sartori Fun Truck, SDC Galaxi Coaster and the Eli Bridge Scrambler.
    So far this is the third such ad I’ve seen them place to sell of rides from smaller attraction across the US, with the others being for Bowcraft in NJ and Scandia in CA.

2018 - Nothing is known at this time...


IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

Park News - (5/30/18) Idlewild fans... I've got some bad news for most of you. The park posted a video to their Facebook page about the new trains installed on Rollo Coaster from PTC and a long list of new requirements and changes to the rider experience. Give the video a watch below to see it all, and you will want to see how ridiculous the trains look now, but here is the highlight list:
    Riders must be 42 inches to ride, riders under 48 have to ride with an adult.
    The new maximum weight limit is now 265 pounds... PER ROW! Not per rider, but PER ROW, which is going to make it difficult for some children under 48 inches to ride with an adult. They've installed a scale in the station to determine if your combined weight is ok and everyone will have to be weighed before you can ride.
    I mentioned ridiculous right? Check out the video to see the insane giant padded "wings" installed to the ride of each row that will essentially block your sideways view the entire ride. I'm not sure why these are there, or what possible purpose they can seriously serve, but certainly cutting those off the train would allow for more weight per row for the riders.
    Oh, and as expected, the trains how feature individual rider seatbelts and individual locking lapbars. The new trains are shorter however, 5 rows long, for a maximum of 10 riders per train. This is down 2 from the old 12 passenger trains.
    The only good news is that the park claims this is the first step in the multi-year restoration project for the coaster and that they are working with experts to look into upgrading the coaster's structure in future years to support additional weight.
    But for now, this new 265 lb weight limit per row is going to be the biggest problem for riders visiting the park.

    (4/12/18) According to the local news Idlewild's Rollo Coaster will open again this season after sitting closed for nearly two years after a young boy fell out in August 2016. In order to reopen the coaster has added a new PTC train with improved safety restraints. The new train is on site and is said to currently be undergoing testing, though this one will only hold 10 passengers instead of 12 due to the increased weight of the new train. As far as restraints go, they say the new train will use seat belts and locking lap-bars, as opposed to the old-fashioned stationary "grab bars" that were used on the old train.
    (7/3/17) According to a unconfirmed message sent my way, Idlewild is said to have received the new PTC trains for Rollo Coaster. Currently they are said to be installed onto the ride and undergoing testing. No word on when it may reopen, though the hope is that they can get approved to reopen it sometime before the end of Summer.
    (5/9/17) The official report has been released regarding the accident at Idlewild from 2016 when a small boy fell out of the park's Rollo Coaster. In summary, they seem to place the blame on a combination of factors that must be addressed if the ride is to be allowed to reopen. The list includes the fact that the trains have no secondary restraints, modifications made to them over the years, the height restrictions on the ride and more.
    The park has to address four items before it can reopen Rollo Coaster, which has been closed since the accident took place last August. The list includes the addition of an approved "secondary passenger restraint" (aka: seat belt), a new inspection from an engineer that the ride can withstand normal stress and is up to safety specifications, a re-evaluation of the minimum height requirement, along with changes to their operator training requirements.
    (8/12/16) It isn’t known yet exactly how this happened, but a young boy (rumored to be about 3 years old) somehow fell out of the Rollo Coaster at Idlewild park while he was riding with his older brother. He was found conscious and alert after the fall before they had him airlifted to a hospital about 50 miles away. So far there hasn’t been any report of his condition, name or age, as the family has asked that no information be released. Thankfully this happened on the Rollo Coaster, a 1938 junior sized wooden coaster that hugs the terrain for much of the slow-moving layout and only stands 27 feet tall at the highest point.Since they reported that he was found somewhere along the second half of the ride where is moves slow and often right along ground level, hopefully he wasn’t hurt too bad. Being a VERY OLD and mild coaster however, one interesting factoid about the Rollo Coaster is that it features no restraints what-so-ever. No lap-bar… no seat belt… NADA. Unfortunately, because of this accident, I bet that status changes before the Rollo Coaster is allowed to reopen again.

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



icon_STOPPark News - (2/10/19) A quick update on the Mad Mouse that is being removed from Joyland Amusement Park this week. According to the local news, the park did confirm that the Mad Mouse was sold to a new owner and instead of being scrapped, it “will go on to live at another amusement park.” No hints were given as to the new home of the Mad Mouse at this time but before it ran at Joyland in Texas from 1976 to 2018, it was also the Mad Mouse for the former Bell’s Amusment Park where it opened in 1959, so it will be nice to see this classic Allan Herschell Mad Mouse alive and kicking in a new home somewhere.
    (11/29/17) According to a post on the IRM Rides Facebook page, it appears that the Mad Mouse from Joyland Amusement Park (1959 Allen Herschel) in Lubbock, Texas was listed as being up for sale for $29,000 on Nov. 11th. While this doesn't mean for sure that the ride wont be at Joyland for the 2018 season, it is a good indicator that the ride may be on the way out, no matter if they find a buyer or not. As of today however, Mad Mouse is still listed as an attraction at the park on the official website.

2018 - X-Factor Extreme - (6/21/18) One of our readers sent in a few pictures of the new X-Factor attraction that just opened a few weeks back at Joyland in Texas, taken at dusk so you can enjoy seeing the night lighting on the ride.
    (5/12/18) According to the local news Joyland (Texas) will open their newest ride at 2pm today called X-Factor Extreme, a high-g swinging pendulum style ride.

icon_STOP2019 - Sand Storm Roller Coaster - (2/5/19) Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Texas decided to retire their old Mad Mouse coaster (Allan Herschell) in 2018. According to their Facebook page, they are pouring a giant new concrete pad for a new “Sand Storm Roller Coaster”. Meanwhile a picture of an odd looking coaster was also posted with the message claiming that something new was going to take the town “by Storm”.
    Based on the photo, it looks like the park is getting a “Blizzard” style coaster once made by a company named Cavazza Diego. The picture borrowed for the FB post was of the Blizzard operating in Taiwan at ‘Shan GriLa Paradise”. So I’m not sure if this means they have bought this coaster from Taiwan, or are installing a copy of the same coaster.




2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.


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

2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.



Park News - (8/1/18) Lake Winnie will celebrate the "Good Old Days" on Sunday, August 12th, where an Unlimited Ride & Slide Ticket will only cost you $25.00 per person.
    (6/29/18) The investigation into the accident at Lake Winnepesaukah on the Wild Lightnin' coaster has been completed and it sounds like the rider is at fault. According to the employees she was placed in the car in the proper position and lap bar locked in place. She was also riding as a solo rider with no one in the seat next to her. During the ride it looks as if she turned to sit-sideways, putting her legs under the lap-bar and over to the empty seat next to her.
   According to the rider's claims, as explained by her lawyer, the rider says she told the ride ops she had issues with bending her knees and sat with her legs off to the side of the empty from the start, and claims that the ride-ops were ok with that (which they deny).
    This riding posture is what caused her body to come out from under the lap-bar and resulted in her falling out of the coaster, and the lap-bar was deemed to be in proper working order and did not fail. The state then cleared Lake Winnie to reopen Wild Lightnin' on June 16th.
    (6/12/18) According to the local news a 42-year old woman was injured at Lake Winnie over the weekend after she somehow fell from "Wild Lightnin'". The article says she had to undergo some kind of surgery on Monday to repair a broken shoulder but what isn't clear is just how she fell from the coaster, which is an L&T Wild Mouse. The state is investigating the accident now and the ride will remain closed until it is cleared to reopen.
    (6/6/18) Lake Winnie has announced a special for Father's Day. On June 17th from Noon to 8pm, the park will offer guests a "discounted carload rate" into the park of $120.00 per carload of up to five guests, which works out to $24 per person. If your family is a bit bigger, then additional guests are just another $24.

2018 - (4/25/18) Lake Winnepesaukah will open for the 2018 season on May 3rd with a $27 unlimited ride pass, and will then transition into a  $34.95 pass from Memorial Day through Labor Day allowing guests to enjoy Lake Winnie and the SoakYa waterpark. Once it closes down after Labor Day, the $27 pass offer will return for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like any new attractions will be added this season.



2018 - (5/16/18) A reader did send in a quick picture of the new coaster going up at Lakeside the other day. Check it out, along with a couple more pictures showing off the site as it looked a little over a week ago when they were just starting.
    (5/11/18) I’m told that Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver, CO will be adding two rides to the park this season... a new Spider which will replace the park's former ride that broke a few seasons ago as well as a Pinfari Zyklon they picked up used. It was previously known as Big Ohhhh! when it ran at Fun Plex in Nebraska.



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.


MEGA PARC (Quebec City, Canada)

icon_STOP2019 - New Park - (1/22/19) Quebec City has unveiled their new “Mega Parc” amusement park facility after undergoing a dramatic facelift and complete renovation over the past year and a half as part of a $52 million upgrade.

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



2018 - Adrenaline Peak - (3/28/18) The new Adrenaline Peak coaster at Oaks Amusement Park opened to guests on March 24 and wowed the crowds. Ride Entertainment tells us this is a Gerstlauer made Euro-Fighter 320 model, standing 72 feet tall, 1049 feet long with three inversions, a 97º beyond-vertical first drop and three cars. Special thanks to Ride Entertainment for the great photos.
    (2/18/18) Oaks Park has selected a name for their new Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter coaster, chosen through a pick the name contest. It will be called Adrenaline Peak when it opens in March.
    (8/21/17) Oaks Amusement Park in Oregon is adding a new coaster for the 2018 season which appears to be a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter, 72 feet tall, 3 inversions and a 97º beyond vertical first drop. The park has posted some pictures of similar models on their Facebook page along with a link to a contest to name the new coaster.


PACIFIC PARK (Santa Monica Pier, CA)

2018 - Nothing is known at this time...



2018 - Sea Viper & Second New Coaster - (7/12/18) Blue track for that mystery second coaster promised for Palace Playland has finally arrived. From the look of the track style, it does look like a match for an SBF/Visa Group Compact Spinning Coaster type ride.

    (12/26/17) Surprise news from Palace Playland as their Facebook page is now teasing that a second coaster is being added to the park in 2018 in addition to the new Sea Viper. While I've heard nothing on the rumor front yet, I'd expect this to be a small little family coaster, maybe something the size and scale of the SBF/VISA powered Figure-8 Spinning Coaster that was on display at IAAPA. My son took a test ride on that and said it was quite fun.

    (12/13/17) Three new picture of Sea Viper were sent in this week, showing off what looks to be a nearly complete coaster layout is now in place at Palace Playland.
    (12/7/17) Special thanks for a local area reader who sent in some pictures of the new Sea Viper coaster under construction at Palace Playland in Maine. According to RCDB the new coaster is coming from Italy’s Preston Barbieri, and looks like it could be a new design.
    (10/30/17) While Palace Playland's old Galaxy coaster was initially put up for sale, it looks like they never found a buyer in time and instead have opted to scrap the old coaster instead. See the pictures sent in by a reader for a few shots of the old coaster being torn down the week before and a few more picture taken this week after the ride has been entirely removed.
    (9/4/17) According to the local news the Galaxy coaster at Palace Playland will be removed and replaced for the 2018 season as part of a new $4 million expansion that includes buying a 1-acre parking lot next to the park for future expansion needs. Replacing the Galaxy will be a new and bigger "Italian-made" coaster called Sea Viper. The new coaster is said to be twice as tall, standing 70 feet tall and fit a 210 ft by 90 ft footprint, with trains able to hold 24 riders at once. Once again, this will be a "family coaster" experience, so no loops or anything too crazy. Unfortunately, I don't know any more about the new coaster or who is making it other than what was posted already. Anyone know more about what kind of ride this will be?
    As for the parks' old Galaxy coaster, apparently it is for sale and already has an interested buyer.



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.


PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

icon_STOPPark News - (3/27/19) The revised website for the 2019 season at Playland at the PNE no longer lists the park’s famous Corkscrew steel roller coaster as an attraction this season. The Vekoma made Corkscrew has run at the park since 1994, after being moved from Boblo Island park where it ran from 1985-1993. The Corkscrew also had a brief run-in with Hollywood fame when it was used in a dramatic disaster sequence for the film Final Destination 3.
    An online listing for a Vekoma Corkscrew posted to Intermark Ride Group’s website also lists a 1985 coaster as being up for sale and features a picture of the Playland coaster. Looks like the coaster officially closed for good at Playland.
    (9/9/18) According to the local news the Playland / PNE is looking ahead to their future expansion plans and the possibility of adding a new coaster somewhere down the line. They say that they are looking into adding a new "custom" coaster over the next 3-5 years, though they did show off some stock footage of a Premier Rides Skyrocket II style launched coaster. While I wouldn't say this was an indicator that is what they are looking at just yet, it is a good indicator of the same size/scope of ride that they would seek to built there, something with a compact footprint.
    (7/19/18) The expansion of Playland will have to wait a little longer, as the local government has not had the opportunity to properly review the plans. Apparently now they wont have time to do so before the October election so a full review of the plans needed to get final approval wont happen until sometime in 2019. Follow the link to see some great concept artwork and new maps showing off how the park will be expanded and transformed to have themed lands as well.

2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time.



2018 - Gale Force Rebuilt - (7/4/18) For anyone who's been wondering how the new 2018 version of GaleForce is, check out the great looking POV video below. Looks like a fun and smooth compact coaster concept that will likely prove to be a competitor to the same markets interested in Premier Rides's SkyRocket II style coasters.

    (6/6/18) Good news, I'm told that the new Galeforce coaster at Playland's Castaway Cove opened for guests a couple weeks back.
    (4/3/18) A reader sent in a new picture showing off the new track for Gale Force sitting on site, awaiting installation for the 2018 season.
    (2/14/18) A reader sent in a couple pictures from Playland's Castaway Cove of Galeforce, now with all the track removed and awaiting the new track for the 2018 season.
    (11/15/17) According to a local news report the Gale Force coaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove is currently being dismantled. The report claims that while the ride opened in May, it just was not given the smooth ride that was intended and upon inspection, it seems the alignment of the rails was “a little off”, resulting in a bumpy ride. The good news is that brand new replacement track is on the way from S&S Sansei and will be installed at no cost to the park. Look for the new track to be installed before the end of January, in time to allow for plenty of testing before it reopens for Easter weekend in April. (Special Thanks to a reader for sending in pictures of the track being removed.)

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


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

2018 - Nothing is known at this time...



2018 - Nothing is known at this time...

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



2018 - Nothing is known at this tim, nothing added in 2017.



2018 - Nothing is known at this time...

icon_STOP2019 - Two New Waterslides - (3/28/19) The Seabreeze park website says that they added two new waterslides for the season: Pipeline (an enclosed body slide) and Twister (an open body slide). Based on this graphic however, it does not look like these two slides are very long, especially not Pipeline. The park will also feature the flying acrobatics of Cirque En Vol.


SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.


Managed by Herschend Family Entertainment

2018 - Nothing is known at this tim, nothing added in 2017.


Parques Reunidos

2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.

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



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.


WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2016 - 2017.

icon_STOP2019 - LOCO 360 - (2/21/19) Western Playland in New Mexico is adding a new SBF-VISA Group “Dance Party 360” flat ride for 2019 and appear to be calling it LOCO 360. If I had to guess this is probably the smaller “MIDI” size version over the Maxi.


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

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



2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.



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