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----    THE LATEST SMALL PARK NEWS    ----
    (5/27/15) Adventure City - First POV Video on Rewind Racers (MORE...)
    (5/27/15) Bay Beach - Train Update (MORE...)
   (5/25/15) Lakeside Amusement Park vs Service Dog Access Update (MORE...)
    (5/25/15) Clementon Park Shocked by Viral Videos of Impromtu Twerking Contest (MORE...)
    (5/23/15) Adventureland Opens Turbulence, The New Spinning Coaster (MORE...)

 

ACTION PARK (New Jersey)

2015 - Sky Turtle / Sky Caliber - Confirmed - (3/9/15) The LA Times has confirmed that Action Park has indeed purchased the first Sky Caliber vertical looping waterslide from Sky Turtle.
    (3/6/15) CoasterChitChat reports that the infamous Action Park in New Jersey has signed a deal to be the first waterpark to install one of the new Sky Turtle / Avanche Waterslides vertical looping waterslides. If you don't recall, they were shown off for the first time at IAAPA last November and were one of the most new and shocking creations we've seen in a long time. I'll repost our IAAPA report on them below as well, but to be brief... riders are sent down inside a capsule that will take the brunt of the sliding and banging down a vertical 90 plunge before going up and through a vertical 360 loop inversion. It's a great nod to the Action Park of old, which was also known for having the very first vertical loop waterslide... for a short time at least before the potential lawsuits started to pile up.
    (11/22/14) Did you catch that crazy teaser video showing off the first true modern vertical looping waterslide from Sky Turtle a few days ago?  I’ll post it below if you missed it, but our friends from In The Loop caught up with Lance Fisher from Sky Turtle at IAAPA and interviewed him about the creation of this revolutionary new concept, the building of the prototype and just how he got the idea of riding down inside a protective capsule.

    (11/20/14) A video you don’t want to miss is a sneak-preview of the first modern true vertical loop waterslide experience by a company named Sky Turtle. I promise, you've never seen a waterside quite like this one, where you actually ride it inside a strange capsule that goes down a true 90 vertical plunge.

 

 

ADVENTURE CITY  (Buena Park, CA)

icon_STOP2015 - Rewind Racers - (5/27/15) RCDB dropped in on Adventure City to get the first POV video of their new Rewind Racers coaster. They note that the "garage" over the reverse points isn't there yet, but it will be added in the fall, which will likely bring along a new surprise with it. The ride will open to the public on June 6th, but you can check out the video below now.

    (4/9/15) Westcoaster goes for a quick look at the Great Wolf Lodge California construction site this week along with a look at the new coaster going up at nearby Adventure City.
    (11/13/14) Adventure City has confirmed that their delayed plans to add a new roller coaster to the park for 2014 are now back on track and will see the the new $2 million Rewind Racers coaster open in 2015.
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ADVENTURE PARK (Maryland)

2015 - Wild West Express - Confirmed - (1/17/15) Adventure Park in Maryland will open a new coaster in 2015 called the Wild West Express, The coaster is actually the former Windstorm coaster from Old Town in Orlando, FL.

 

ADVENTURE POINTE (Near Houston, TX)

???? - Proposed New Park - (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?
    (12/3/12) According to this article, land has been purchased near the newly opened Texas Tanger Outlet center in the Galveston/Houston area, with the intention of building “an amusement park”.  As we have heard nothing about this before hand, I do have to wonder if they are confusion an Amusement Park with something smaller, like a Family Entertainment Center style attraction instead. Anyone else have any insight into what may be planned for the area?

 

ADVENTURELAND (Altoona, Iowa)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

2016 - Family Coaster - Rumor - (3/3/15) According to a Screamscape reader, this may be the last season for the log flume at Adventureland (Iowa). Rumor has it, the flume will be replaced by something new by next year, possibly a new family coaster project.

 

ADVENTURELAND (Long Island, NY)

icon_STOP2015 - Turbulence / Mack Spinning Coaster - (5/23/15) Adventureland opened up Turbulence to park guests on Friday afternoon and you can catch a video of it in action embedded within this local news report and it looks incredible and completely out of control.
    (4/2/15) A couple of great new pictures of Turbulence

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at Adventureland were sent in this week.
    (3/11/15) A reader sent in a couple of new pictures of Turbulence, the new Mack Spinning coaster under construction at Adventureland (Long Island).
    (12/30/14) NewsPlusNotes reports that Adventureland’s new Mack Spinning Coaster will be named Turbulence. The Mack Spinning Coaster concept is different than any other spinning coaster you may have tried before, and if Turbulence is anything like the awesome one Mack built for Knott’s Berry Farm (Sierra Sidewinder) then this is going to be one 2015 coaster you wont want to miss.
    (7/3/14) Adventureland in Long Island announced last week that they will remove the SDC Hurricane coaster this fall and replace it with a custom Mack Spinning Coaster for the 2015 season. The new Mack spinning coaster will have two trains and actually end up being the tallest and fastest coaster in the park.

 

ARNOLD’S PARK (Iowa)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

icon_STOP2015 - New Train / Tot Jumping Spring / Rockin’ Tug - Confirmed -

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(5/27/15) A reader sends in pictures from Bay Beach, showing off the park's new trains (one open, one with enclosed cars) as well as a look at the old station building which is now used as the queue for both train layouts, the original line which has been slightly altered, and for the new one that isn't built yet.
    (1/16/15) The local news reports that Bay Beach Amusement Park is now planning on adding three rides over the next two years, in addition to the new train ride already announced. Two new family rides will open in 2015: Tot Jumping Spring Ride and a Rockin Tug. I'm going to guess that the Tot Jumping Spring may be a Jumping Star / Frog Hopper style family bounce / tower ride, but I'm not certain.
    (12/16/14) The second train track being added to Bay Beach has been confirmed by the local news, along with some new details. It seems they had a change of heart and will keep the existing train route as well as build the new one, thanks to the donation of new engines and passengers cars donated this past summer. Both train tracks will load from the same station area, but in the queue you will select which route you want to ride.  The park’s giant slide will have to be moved, and a wading pool will be removed as well, which will also make room for more kids rides to be added in the future.
    (12/13/14) I’m told that the Bay Beach Amusement Park is looking into adding a second longer train ride that will essentially loop around the Zippin Pippin roller coaster, with a length of 3,400 ft. when complete. It is likely that the current train ride may be removed to allow for future development of the site.

2016 - Falling Star - Confirmed - (1/16/15) The local news confirmed that the park would add a Falling Star ride that seats 48 riders at once to the park for the 2016 season.

 

BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

2015 - 5 New Rides - (12/10/14) Beech Bend has announced 5 new rides coming to the park in 2015 as part of a large expansion. The new rides include a Zamperla Air Race, a Bertazzon Carousel Swing, a kiddie “Monster Truck” ride, and new Sizzler and Tornado rides to replace some aging similar style attractions in the park that will be retired. 2015 will also bring an assortment of minor improvements to both the park and Splash Lagoon waterpark as well.

 

BOSQUE MAGICO (Mexico)

2015 - Zombie Ride & Policias Ratones - Confirmed - (3/27/15) Zombie ride is now under construction according to this picture on Facebook showing off the first piece of steel being put into place at Bosque Magico.
    (10/8/14) According to the latest tweet from Bosque Magico, the park will add two new coasters in 2015… the already announced Zombie Ride (Premier Rides) as well as Policias Ratones, a Reverchon spinning mouse coaster.
    (8/27/14) Zombie Green track from Premier Rides is now on the way to Bosque Magico for Zombie Ride. Check out the picture on twitter!
    (8/19/14) An animated video showing off the new Zombie Ride coaster (Premier Rides) coming to Bosque Magico in 2015 has been added below. While the layout is exactly the same as Superman at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Bosque Magico is promising that their version of the ride will feature a double ride cycle through the layout… so your ride will be twice as long as expected.
   Now if I only knew where the Zombies were going to be in this Zombie Ride...

    (4/30/14) Premier Rides has announced that they have been selected by Bosque Magico to design and build an iconic new coaster as part of the park’s 20th Anniversary celebration in 2015. The “Zombie Ride” will be the first modern magnetically launched coaster in all of Mexico and will also feature the highest inversion in Latin America.
    According to the description the ride will feature both forward and backward launches up to 100 Kph, a layout with two 90 vertical twists, and “an innovative, high-speed station switch system and multiple trains that are capable of multi-directional movement”.
    (10/10/13) I’m told that a large area is being prepared for new attractions that will open in 2014 and 2015 at the Bosque Magico park in Mexico. A picture of the site clearing can be found on Facebook.

 

CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

2015 - Timber Falls w/ Themeing - (11/24/14) Calaway Park in Alberta, Canada opened Timber Falls in 2014, a new log flume ride, but it was opened incomplete and without most of the interactive themed elements and effects. The complete attraction will be ready to open on May 16, 2015.

 

CAMDEN PARK (WV)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013 or 2014 either.

 

CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

2015 - Shore Shot and More - Confirmed - (3/26/15)

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A reader sent in some pictures of an assortment of steel parts now on site at Casino Pier, which they believe could be for the rumored new Skycoaster ride. I'm not quite sure myself, but they certainly are a lot of pieces for something, though that arch shaped structure in the second picture looks more like the framework for a staircase / bridge structure to me. Anyone know more?
    (3/23/15) Screamscape has been told that Casino Pier should open a new Skycoaster ride sometime this season.
    (3/2/15) Special thanks to a local reader for sending in construction pictures of the new Casino Pier / Breakwater Beach mini-golf & go-kart area. As you can see there is still a lot of work left to do.
    (12/18/14) Casino Pier and the Breakwater Beach waterpark will have new attractions for the 2015 season. BlooLoop reconfirmed our earlier report from S&S that they will build a new S&S Double Shot tower called Shore Shot to open at Casino Pier. Meanwhile Breakwater Beach will add a new wave pool and two new slides. Other new attractions opening nearby include a new 36-hole mountain themed mini-golf course at the corner of Ocean Terrace and Sherman Ave and an expansion of The Seaside Speedway Go-Kart track.

    (5/23/14) S&S Worldwide has announced that they have signed a deal with Casino Beach Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ to build a new 120 foot tall Double Shot tower ride that will open for the 2015 season. If you’ve never had the pleasure of riding an S&S DoubleShot tower, you are in for a treat. It may be about half the size of a regular S&S Space Shot tower, but packs the same punch, channeling it into a double launch thrill like no other.

2016 - New Coaster and Ferris Wheel - Planned - (12/18/14) According to this article at BlooLoop, Casino Pier has plans to expand the north end of the pier in 2016 by adding a new ferris wheel and a new roller coaster. No word on just how big of a coaster they are thinking, but chances are it will be small.

 

CASTLE PARK (California)

Park News - (12/13/14) Castle Park in Riverside, CA is hoping to break a strange world record on December 27th it seems, by having “the most people wearing paper crowns”. The event will take place at 3pm and they are selling tickets for admission to the event in the park for $9.99 that will include unlimited ride, mini golf and of course, your free paper crown to wear, plus the promise of many contests and prize raffles to take place as well. Click here to see all the details.
    (9/26/14) Firefighters rescued 4 riders who got stuck on the Screaming Demon coaster at Castle Park on Saturday, a Fabbri Spinning Coaster. No word on why it broke down, or if it has since reopened.

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013 or 2014 either.

 

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

icon_STOPPark News - (5/25/15) Clementon Park has caught the wrath of local guests after the park rented itself out after-hours to a private event last week that was supposed to be a charity fund raiser. What the park got instead were videos of adults and their questionable behavior taking place in the park, the parking lot and an impromptu Twerking Contest in the waterpark.
    Yep... I said it, and I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to write the words, "Twerking Contest" on Screamscape... but Whoomp There It Is. Who knew?  Anyway, you can witness it for yourself embedded into this news report.
    To the park's credit however, once they realized what was going on and saw the behavior at the private charity event start to become "inappropriate", they shut down the event early and have since banned that event from ever taking place at the park again in the future.

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013 or 2014 either.

 

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

???? - Greezed Lightnin’ - (5/7/12) Amusement Today reports that Joyland (Lubbock, Texas) has reached an agreement with Cliff’s Amusement Park in New Mexico to trade the former Greezed Lightnin’ coaster from Astroworld (Schwarzlopf Shuttle Loop) in exchange for Cliff’s old water just removed to make way for a bigger version to open this year.
    Joyland will begin construction on the water fortress for their 2013 season once the summer is over. No word on the exact timetable for Cliff’s to install Greezed Lightnin’ but they will have the coaster rehabbed and repainted at Larson’s text facility before they putting it up in New Mexico.

 

CONEY ISLAND (Cincinnati, OH)

Park News - (4/1/15) We don't hear much about the Coney Island park in Cincinnati, Ohio, but the park was hit by floodwaters from the rising Ohio River back in mid March. Watch this video shot by an aerial drone cam shows off the flooding in and around the park area as seen on March 18th that put much of the park underwater.

2015 - 2 New Rides - Confirmed - (12/22/14) Coney Island in Cincinnati will add two new rides for the 2015 season. According to this report from the local news the attraction will add a new swinging pendulum style flat ride and a new kiddie sized bumper car ride.

 

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Pennsylvania)

2015 - The Rock Star - New Ride - (2/23/15)

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DelGrosso's has officially confirmed the park's 2015 and 2016 (see below) plans this weekend. For 2015 the park will add a new soaring flat ride added called The Rock Star, which will be placed next to La Famiglia Gift Shop.
    (8/11/14) Screamscape sources confirm that DelGross’s is expected to add a new ride of some kind to the park for the 2015 season. At this time, it is unknown what kind of ride it may be, or where it might go.

2016 - Laguna Splash Waterpark Expansion - Confirmed - (2/23/15) Groundbreaking will take place soon for a planned $12.5 million waterpark expansion that should be ready to open by Memorial Day Weekend 2016.

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This will add a new wave pool and lazy river to the current Tipton Waterworks and Rapids Water Park, which will be renamed as Laguna Splash and feature an Italian theme. Other fun Italian features will also be added, such as a Leaning Tower of Pisa with tipping buckets and vases and other interactive water features. The addition will also see thee new food venutres added: an Italian pasta area featuring DelGrosso Foods, a new steak shop with Philly-style cheesesteaks and a Grill building on an island by the lazy river with char-grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs.
    (2/12/15) A reader who passed by the DelGrosso's this week reports that the park appeared to be removing their mini golf course and go-karts. Meanwhile an interesting piece of artwork was found over at AquaticsGroup showing off a proposed plan for DelGrosso's to expand their waterpark with a new lazy river, wading cove and wave pool, along with a lounge area, pedestrian bridge, snack bars and more. Could this be what the park is working on?

 

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

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013 or 2014 either.

 

DUTCH WONDERLAND (Pennsylvania)
Owned by Parque Reunidos

Park News - (4/1/15) Some interesting pictures from Dutch Wonderland were posted this past week on the Dutch Wonderland Fan Club Facebook page, including shots of the old Cinema building undergoing demolition.

2015 - Bon Voyage Balloon Chase - (2/21/15) Dutch Wonerland has confirmed that they will add a new ride this year called Bon Voyage Balloon Chase. I'm told that the park will remove the existing Crazy Plane ride to make room.

 

EDAVILLE USA (Carver, MA)

2015 - Thomas Land - Confirmed - (2/12/15) A new video confirming Thomas Land coming to Edaville USA this summer can be found on YouTube. The land will feature a Thomas train ride, a Harold the Helicopter ride, a Cranky Crane drop ride, Bertie the Bus (Crazy Bus) and a Troublesome Trucks coaster ride.
    If this sounds slightly familiar, it should... because it looks like they are basing the design of this land and many of the attractions on the Thomas Land attractions at Drayton Manor in the UK.

    (12/2/14) Edaville USA, a small train themed attraction in New England (Carver, MA) has teamed up with the owners of Thomas The Tank Engine to create a new permanent Thomas Land at the park. According to USA Today the park will break ground on the new attraction sometime next month and hopes to have it open by Summer 2015.

 

ENCHANTED FOREST (Oregon)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013 or 2014 either.

 

FAMILY KINGDOM (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

FUNTOWN USA / SPLASHTOWN USA (Saco, Maine)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER (Ocean City, NJ)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
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icon_STOP2015 - Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood - (5/22/15) Idlewild opened up the revamped trolley ride this week as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Trolley Ride. You can see a local news report and video of the grand opening here. The kids really seem to love it, and I know my daughter certainly would get a kick out of it, as she loves to watch Daniel Tiger on Netflix.
    (3/13/14) Idlewild has confirmed that they will close the park’s Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood of Make Believe land has been closed to make way for the new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood area coming in 2015. (Note: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is PBS’s modern animated successor program to the old Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood program).
    Fortunately, the new land continue to use the Trolley ride, as the Trolley is a part of both shows, while updating the rest of the land, and adding a live action show.

 

JOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK (Lubbock, TX)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK (Keansburg, NJ)

2015 - Pinfari ZL42 - (9/16/14) Screamscape sources tell us that Keansburg’s new Pinfari ZL42 coaster never did open for the 2014 season. Apparently they have just started to test it this week, getting it where it is now able to make full test runs. It is unknown if the park will try to open it as an end of the season bonus in October, or if they will wait for the 2015 season. Either way, expect to see the park market it as new for 2015 regardless.

 

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

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH  (Chattanooga, TN)

Park News - (5/1/15) Lake Winnie will celebration Mother’s Day with a special discounted “carload” rate for the park on May 10th from Noon to 6pm of $100 for up to 5 guests.

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK (Denver, CO)

icon_STOPPark News - (5/25/15) Late last week, in response to Lakeside Amusement Park refusing to allow Service Dogs to ride on the park's train ride with their humans, I posted the question of anyone else in the industry to report back on how their parks treat Service Animals.
    I'm not going to use anyone's name, but one reader commented back with a great story of how they used to work on the train at Silver Dollar City, which not only accommodated Service Dogs, but even on occasion Service Cats and Monkeys. The animals were always calm and stayed next to their human companion and were not bothered at all by the noise or motion of the train, nor the loud shots of gunfire that took place when the train was robbed. "So there is absolutely no good reason at all to deny the animals and their owners/ handlers boarding on the train, and most certainly not any reason to treat them the way they did.  Simply appalling."
    Meanwhile another Screamscape reader who was also a Cast Member at Disneyland for many years also confirmed that the park allowed Service Dogs access to many of the park's attractions, including the Train, the Mark Twain and Sailing Ship Columbia, Tom Sawyer's Island boats, Pirates, and even the Jungle Cruise, which also ironically includes gunfire at one point. Oh... and they can ride the mini-train ride (Casey Jr. Circus Train) as well. The list of attractions the dogs can ride with their human's at the Disneyland Resort is actually longer than the list of rides they are prohibited from riding. The Disneyland Resort even goes so far as to include a public page on their website listing the only attractions that are restricted for Service Animals.
    The list isn't long, but at Disneyland it pretty much only includes the obvious rides you would guess: Big Thunder, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mt, Splash Mt, Star tours, Indiana Jones and Gadget's Go Coaster.
    At California Adventure it includes: California Screamin, Goofy's Sky School, Grizzly River Run, Jumpin' Jellyfish, Radiator Springs Racers, Silly Symphony Sings, Soarin' Over California, Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror and Tuck & Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies.
    That's it... you can happily ride along with your Service Dog on the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, shoot together on Toy Story Midway Mania, howl together at the ghosts in the Haunted Mansion, toot your horn on the Monorail, and most certainly... you can take them on the train ride with you.
    (5/22/15) Lakeside Amusement Park is perhaps one of the nation’s lesser known parks, and one that is seldom seen in online trip reports due to the park’s rather odd stance on not allowing photography in the park over the years. This week the park hit the local news headlines for another interesting reason, as a group of disabled guests with service dogs visited the park on a training outing and ended up with the park calling the local police to come after them.
   According to Americans with Disabilities Act, service dogs are allowed to go virtually anywhere with their owner as long as their is no “direct threat” to either the dog or human. Now I know what you may be thinking… but no… they did not try to take the dogs on the Ferris wheel or a roller coaster or anything crazy like that, but they did attempt to board the park’s mini train ride with them and were denied. Within minutes, the local police were on site who began yelling at the group and threatening to arrest the disabled guests with dogs for “disorderly conduct”. Oh, and they actually got this all down on video too.
      From what I can tell Lakeside has three different trains, all of which appear to feature enclosed seating, open only on the one side for boarding, so it wouldn't be hard to keep a service dog seated on the closed off side of the train, preventing any danger of them “falling” out of a car in mid-ride, and like all trains, there are no big ride restraint systems to worry about. If you can take a baby on the train, I don’t see a problem with taking a service dog on the train myself and apparently the group's lawyers agree and wish to hold the park in violation of the ADA.
    In the end, I’m really curious how other major parks handle this situation. While I don’t recall ever seeing a service dog on any of the Disney railroads, I’m pretty sure they would allow it and I know I did see one on the Walt Disney World Monorail before. I’d have to guess that Universal would allow them onto the Hogwarts Express as well, though I’m not sure if they are allowed onto the Backlot Tram at the Hollywood park or not. But if anyone else has any experience with this issue, I’d love to hear how your local parks handle the accommodation of Service Dogs.

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

LITTLE AMERRICKA  (Marshall, WI)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

???? - Log Jammer - (8/29/11) A reader who contacted Little Amerricka about when they might get Log Jammer reopen was told that the ride wasn’t expected to be up and running again its new home for another 3-5 years.
    (1/29/10) Little Amerricka has confirmed in their newsletter than they have purchased the Log Jammer from Chicago’s former Kiddieland park. While they wont be able to get it up and running in time for the 2010 season, they will take the time to restore it and add it to their own collection of rides in the near future.

 

MARTIN’S FANTASY ISLAND (Grand Island, New York - near Niagara Falls)

Park News - (11/11/14) Screamscape sources have confirmed that Martin’s Fantasy Island are putting their Beanstalk family tower ride and the semi-new Over The Falls ride up for sale on the used ride market. Word is that they want new rides to replacement, but may wait to shop for the best deal on the IAAPA show floor, so there is no telling what they might bring home, though a real drop tower was said to be on the top of their shopping list.

2015 - Rock & Roll Music Express / New Jack & The Beanstalk - (2/25/15) The local news confirms that Martin’s Fantasy Island will add the Rock & Roll Music Express ride to the park this season, as well as replace the existing Jack & The Beanstalk kids ride with a new and improved model.
    (1/7/15) Amusement Today confirmed that Martin's Fantasy Island did buy a new Drop N' Twist tower from SBF Visa Group / Rides 4-U.
    (12/10/14) I’m told that Martin’s Fantasy Island is adding a Bertazzon Rock & Roll style family thrill ride to the park in 2015, to be located between Silver Comet and the Slide where the old Starship 2000 ride used to be. In other news, it looks like the park has sold their Over the Falls ride, as the online listing now reports it as being “SOLD”.
    (10/3/14) According to a Screamscape source, Martin’s Fantasy Island is removing their family friendly Beanstalk drop tower ride and is likely to replace it with a new SBF Visa Drop N’ Twist tower for 2015.

2016/2017 – New Ride - Rumor - (10/3/14) I’m told we should keep an eye on the old Log Flume site in the park as the location for the park’s next big attraction… eventually.

 

MIRACLE STRIP at PIER PARK (Panama City, Florida)

Park News - (12/2/14) The new Miracle Strip Pier Park has put their old Galaxy coaster up for sale already on the used ride networks, mentioning that they need to sell it to make room for the return of the Starliner wooden coaster.

icon_STOP2016 - The Starliner Returns - Planning - (5/4/15) According to this news report construction on the new Starliner has yet to begin, and because of the delays we're more than likely looking at it to open for 2016 at the earliest instead of this year.
    (8/11/14) The owners of the new Miracle Strip at Pier Park say they are ready to begin construction to rebuild the Starliner coaster this fall. Watch this local news report on it to see more. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the animation below to see the modified coaster layout from Great Coasters. To fit the Starliner into the new site, the layout has been forced to have changed into a L-Shaped Out & Back instead of the old straight Out & Back layout from the original and Cypress Gardens installations.

    (6/10/13) The latest effort to rebuild the Starliner in Panama City involves the selling of custom bricks for $50 that will make up a pathway running to the rebuild Starliner once it is ready to reopen at the new Miracle Strip site. If all goes according to plan they will begin construction this fall, move the existing rides to the new site (along with 9 more) to the new site in time to open in Spring 2014. They hope to start construction on the Starliner in Fall 2014 and have it open by Spring 2015.

 

PALACE PLAYLAND (Maine)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

PHARAOH’S ADVENTURE PARK (California)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

Park News - (10/13/14) News Plus Notes reports that Playland at the PNE is planning a 13-year long, $80 million renovation project schedule to both update and expand the park. Once complete, Playland will have been expanded by an additional 8 acres and add new attractions.

2015 - The Beast - (4/2/15) A video showing off The Beast making test runs at PNE / Playland can be found on Facebook.
    (3/12/15) Construction updates for the new Beast ride at PNE Playland Park were posted to the KMG Facebook page.
    (1/13/15) Construction pictures of Playland at the PNE pouring the foundation for The Beast, the park’s new 2015 ride, were posted to their official facebook page.
    (12/2/14) According to the website, Playland seems to be keeping the Crazy Beach Party (Frisbee) ride and is adding a new extreme ride called The Beast for the 2015 season. Previous rumors indicated to Screamscape that this new ride may be a KMG XXL, which does seem to fit the basic description.
    (7/11/14) Screamscape sources tell us that they believe Playland will be adding a KMG XXL for 2015, which appears to be a king-size version of an Afterburn.
    (7/10/14) A new ride will be added in 2015 to replace Crazy Beach Party.

 

PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE (Ocean City, NJ)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

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

2015 - Temporary Addition - (2/13/15) Theme Park University reports that a new addition to the San Francisco Dungeon attraction is currently testing a new addition to the tour that is expected to launch to the public today... Friday the 13th. It's a new show element that tells the story of the grave robbers who used to dig up bodies in san Francisco and sell their organs to medical companies wanting to do research on them. They report that this new addition is only temporary however, and may only be offered now through the end of February.

 

2013_SantasVillageAzoosmentPark_logo1SANTA’S VILLAGE AZOOSMENT PARK (Dundee, Illinois)

Park News - (10/9/14) A few attractions from Santa’s Village A-Zoosment Park are now listed as being up for sale on UsedRides.com this week. The list includes the park’s bumper car building, with the cars sold separately, and the park’s Wisdom Dragon Coaster.

2015 - New Attractions - (3/2/15) Today we have a couple of new pictures (see below) from Santa's Village showing off the TriNado ride under construction, which does indeed appear to be a Troika ride.
    (2/28/15) A reader went by Santa's Village Azoosment Park and sent in a quick picture of a new large tower ride the park is installing. They couldn't get a good picture of the TriNado,

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but reported that it looked kind of like a Huss Troika style flat ride.
    (2/24/15) According to a reader the Santa's Village Azoosment Park appeared to be installing something new. Doing a little digging, I found a video promoting a new ride called TriNado, a new ride described as "a fun spining/turning experience for the whole family."  The park will also open a new Wacky Worm ride as well.
    (11/4/14) Screamscape sources tell us that while Santa’s Village Azoosment Park is still trying to sell off some of their old bumper cars (they have newer ones they are keeping) they are no longer attempting to sell the Dragon coaster. In fact the park is said to be adding a couple of new rides for the 2015 season, including the Wacky Worm they purchased from Old Town in Florida. They don’t mention the ride by name, but they did post a picture of the ride’s base already installed at the park on Facebook.

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE (Jefferson, HN)

2015 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013 or 2014 either.

 

SEABREEZE (New York)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

SESAME PLACE (Philadelphia)
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

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

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

STORY LAND  (Glen, NH)
Parques Reunidos

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

STORYBOOK LAND (New Jersey)

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

TWEETSIE RAILROAD (North Carolina)

Park News - (12/23/14) According to this news report an outside company will be building High Gravity Adventure, an “aerial adventure park” attraction in the meadow by Tweetsie’s lower parking lot as part of a partnership with Tweetsie. The attraction’s first phase will see ropes course added followed later by Zip Lines and some kind of Freefall attraction. High Gravity Adventure will operate as a separate attraction and will require a separate admission fee.
    (9/5/14) Tweetsie will have their Ghost Train Halloween Festival on select nights from Sept. 26 to Nov. 1 where the park opens at 7:30pm for some Halloween fun. Added attractions include Ghost Train Rides, a Haunted House, live Shows, a 3-D Maze, “Black Hole”, Freaky Forest, in park Trick-or-Treating and new for 2014… a Warp Tunnel.

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

2015 - Rock Star - (3/23/15) News Plus Notes reports that Western Playland will be adding a new ride called Rock Star, said to be a flying carpet style flat ride. If I had to guess, it may be the same style “Rock Star” ride that Delgrosso’s is adding this year as well.

 

WildWaves_logoWILD WAVES  (Seattle-Tacoma, WA)
Owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties
Managed by NorPoint Entertainment

icon_STOP2015 - 3 New Waterslides and More - (5/7/15) A reader reports that upon visiting Wild Waves for a Cinco de Mayo celebration event, they noticed that the park has moved the Scrambler up to the front of the park where the old Octopus ride had been. The new slides are also up, with the new structure being named the Mt. Dew Slide Tower, with banners all over it.
    (7/17/14) Good News / Bad News time for for Wild Waves fans and passholders. Remember those 8 waterslides they removed with the promise to add 3 new ones this season? Good news… we can see what the new slides look like via renderings the park posted on Facebook. The bad news… the new slides aren’t going to be ready until 2015. Ouch! Check out the comments and boy are the locals mad, but who can blame them? 
    (5/30/14) I’m told that another park statement on Facebook from Wild Waves mentions that the three new slides wont be ready until mid to late Summer. The good news is that the slide pieces are on site and ready to be built, so any kind of hold up now may likely involve permitting and the local government offices.
    (5/29/14) According to posts by Wild Waves on their Facebook page, the park is still planning on adding 3 new slides for this season, though it seems that they have yet to install them.  However, the structure that will go up to support the three new slides, will apparently be used to add 6 more slides as a Phase 2 addition later on. From what I’ve been told, the entire building that was used to access the former green slides (now removed) has also been removed, leaving a big hole in the waterpark offerings at the park this season by removing a total of 9 slides. There isn’t much time left to get a new slide tower up before Summer, so I’m not sure what the hold-up is, or when they might get this year’s new addition finished.
    (4/11/14) Wild Waves has confirmed on their Facebook page that the park will add three new tube slides to take the place of the removed Green Slide tower. This will also said to be just the first phase of a new expansion to this area that will eventually see a total of nine new slides added over the next few years if all goes as planned. Other new additions this season include the “Extreme Raptors Show!” (bird show), and the addition of The Smurfs as a character Meet & Greet area to open on June 23rd.

 

WONDERLAND PARK (Amarillo, TX)

icon_STOPPark News - (5/13/15) Wonderland Park in Texas experienced an accident this week when the park's Drop of Fear tower ride malfunctioned just after the ride cycle started. From the sound of the report, the rider cart started to ride and suddenly fell back down to the bottom after a few seconds, bounced up a little bit and from somewhere a chunk of metal fell to the ground, and may have shot some shrapnel fragments out as well. the Drop of Fear ride remains closed while they investigate what happened, though thankfully there were no serious injuries.

2015 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

 
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