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News & Rumors

SMALL PARKS & ATTRACTIONS

 

 

 

----    THE LATEST SMALL PARK NEWS    ----
    (10/20/18) Playland's Castaway Cove - Ride Removal and Replacement Rumor (MORE...)
    (10/9/18) Evermore - True Park Experience Report (MORE...)
    (9/28/18) Conneat Lake Park - New Ride Pieces Arriving (MORE...)
    (9/25/18) Evermore Soft Open Ahead of Grand Opening
    (9/15/18) Castle Park - The Lady In White and Castle Dark (MORE...)

 

ADVENTURE CITY  (Buena Park, CA)

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

 

ADVENTURE PARK (Maryland)

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

 

ADVENTURE POINTE (Near Houston, TX)

???? - Proposed New Park - Under Construction - (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) 2014_1023_AdventurePointeSignGood 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)

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.

 

ADVENTURELAND (Long Island, NY)

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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.

 

ARNOLD’S PARK (Iowa)

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

 

BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

2018 - Second Ferris Wheel - Proposed - (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.

icon_STOP???? - 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.

 

BOSQUE MAGICO (Mexico)

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.

 

CAMDEN PARK (WV)

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 - (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)

2018_LadyInWhite_CastleDarkicon_STOPPark News -  (9/15/18) Castle Park has announced that "Castle Dark" will return this year, as the daytime fun turns to "Fear After Dark". This year's daytime festivities will have a Dia De Los Muertos theme and include lots of arts and crafts, costume contests and special entertainment. Once the sun goes down however on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 28 it is time for Castle Dark, with four new haunted maze attractions, all wrapped around the theme of "The Lady in White". Guests will quest to find the Lady in White's hidden soul, heart and mind and restore them to rescue her and themselves from oblivion.
    The maze names are: Nightmare, Along Came a Spider, La Vey Institute and Oblivion.
    Also returning this year will be The Ghost Manor VR Experience from Modal, a chilling walk-through experience like no other as you explore haunted grounds full of magical illusions, eerie sights, and encounters with the unknown.
    Visit the official website for details and to pre-purchase ticket specials to Castle Dark as well as the Dia De Los Muertos daytime fun.

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

 

CLEMENTON PARK (New Jersey)
(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.

 

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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

 

CONEY ISLAND (Cincinnati, OH)

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

 

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK (Pennsylvania)

Park News - (9/30/17) According to this news article, Conneaut Lake Park has now paid off over $1 million in tax debt and reports growing revenue once again, a good sign that things are now slowing turning around for the park as it works to regain financial stability.

icon_STOP2019 - 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.

 

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Pennsylvania)

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

 

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

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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?

icon_STOPFuture 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_STOP2018 - 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.


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    (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.

 

EDAVILLE USA (Carver, MA)

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

 

ENCHANTED FOREST (Oregon)

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

 

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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)

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 - Fantasy Island announced on their website that they were adding a new kiddie coaster for the 2019 season called Dragon’s Flight. According to the photos and a video shown on the website this appears to be a Dragon Wagon style coaster from Wisdom. However, the video shown is actually the existing Dragon Wagon at sister park, Indiana Beach. Word is that Dragon Wagon is already closed at Indiana Beach for the season, and is likely just going to be moved to Fantasy Island after a little refurbishment over the winter.

 

FUNTOWN USA / SPLASHTOWN USA (Saco, Maine)

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

 

GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER (Ocean City, NJ)

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.

 

GLENWOOD CAVERNS (Colorado)

2018 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

HYDRO ADVENTURES (Missouri)

2018 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
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icon_STOPPark 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.

 

JOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK (Lubbock, TX)

Park News - (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.

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icon_STOP2018 - 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.

 

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK (Keansburg, NJ)

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.

 

LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH  (Chattanooga, TN)

icon_STOPPark 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.

 

LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK (Denver, CO)

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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.

 

LITTLE AMERRICKA  (Marshall, WI)

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

 

OAK’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Orgeon)

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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...

 

PALACE PLAYLAND (Maine)

icon_STOP2018 - 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.


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    (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.

 

PHARAOH’S ADVENTURE PARK (California)

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 - (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.

 

PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE (Ocean City, NJ)

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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.)

icon_STOP2019 - 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...

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE AZOOSMENT PARK (Dundee, Illinois)

2018 - Nothing is known at this time...

icon_STOP2019/2020 - Park Expansion - Rumored - (8/27/18) A video posted to the Santa's Village Azoosment Park Facebook page a couple weeks back mentions that they are working on the 'Biggest Expansion Ever!" along with hints about how a cool and refreshing experience is on the way, but it may not be ready for 2019.
    From what I've heard elsewhere, it sounds like they have removed the long closed Racing Rapids waterpark and may be planning to rebuild on the site with a brand new waterpark project that would be added in phases over the next few years.

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE (Jefferson, HN)

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

 

SEABREEZE (New York)

2018 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

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

 

STONE MOUNTAIN (Atlanta, GA)
Managed by Herschend Family Entertainment

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

 

STORY LAND  (Glen, NH)
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2018 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was known to be added between 2015 - 2017.

 

STORYBOOK LAND (New Jersey)

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

icon_STOP2019 - Cinderoller Coaster - (12/30/17) Amusement Today posted to Twitter this week that Storybook Land (near Atlantic City, NJ) will add a new family spinning coaster (SBF/Visa from the look of it) to the park for the 2019 season. They'll call it the Cinderoller Coaster and the cute spinning cars will be themed to look a pumpkin carriage. 

 

TWEETSIE RAILROAD (North Carolina)

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.

 

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.

 

WONDERLAND PARK (Amarillo, TX)

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

 

 

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