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Brazil - (8/10/19) Yet another carnival ride breaks apart in mid-ride in another country, as a video post on Facebook shows a wacky worm style kiddie coaster in Brazil break apart and the train derail, tossing the riders about violently, some into the support poles. While I’m sure there are plenty of aches, pains and bruises to go around, I’m hoping that no one was seriously hurt from this. They do say that the believe the derailment may have been caused by a piece of the track being put assembled incorrectly.
Canada - (8/23/19) A new coaster is coming to the Canadan side of Niagara Falls at Clifton Hill. The new coaster is under construction above the existing Frankenstein haunted house attraction and while they are hoping to have it open before the end of the year, testing and certification still has to be completed which could push back the opening until March 2020.
According to this article, they may try to promote it as the world’s first rooftop coaster, but this simply isn’t true, as there have been several of these over the years, especially in Japan. They don’t give a name to the coaster yet, but mention that the project started out when they bought a closed coaster from Long Island a few years ago that had casket shaped cars. The ride and building were then modified to work together and one ready to open the coaster experience will be included with admission to the Frankenstein haunted house. One of our readers stopped by and send in some pictures of the coaster under construction as well.
(7/29/19) FlyOver Canada will soon have a sibling as adventure travel company, Pursuit, has signed a deal to build a second FlyOver Canada flying theater attraction in Toronto, next to the famous CN Tower. While it will share the same name as the attraction in Vancouver, the ride film to be shown in the new Toronto location will be entirely brand new. According to the teaser video, we can expect it to open in 2022, with construction on the new building to house it to begin sometime in 2020.
(9/20/18) The Void location in Toronto at The Rec Room closed back on Sept. 5th in order to change over the previous Ghostbusters experience into the popular Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire experience.
China - (11/6/19) According to BlooLoop, Puy du Fou is about to sign a contract with China to create a Puy du Fou attraction in China at the foot of the Great Wall that will feature a nighttime spectacular show, a themed restaurant, themed hotel and an ancient village setting. Currently they are still working on the concept design.
(10/24/19) SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment has announced that they will be providing a new 4D Motion Theater attraction at the Legend Heroes Park in Studio City, Macao. Legend Heroes is an indoor attraction that features a number of VR, projection mapping, hologram and even motion-based games and experiences. From the sound of it, the new attraction should be ready to open in September 2020 and will feature two 4D shows: Ice Age: No Time for Nuts and The Lego Movie 4D Experience.
(10/19/19) Back in January we mentioned that a new attraction was on the way to Hong Kong that would be themed around the popular Monopoly board game. According to CNN, the attraction will open on October 26 and they have some of the first photos of what you can expect to find inside. You’ll visit Mr. Monopoly’s secret residents and six other themed areas within the indoor attractions, including the Train Station where you will experience a 4D theater film.
The owners say they are already seeking a proper site to build a second location somewhere in Melbourne, Australia.
(10/8/19) In what may be one of the most horrifying accidents I’ve heard of involving an attraction, a mother and her 3-year-old child perished soon after climbing aboard a hot-air balloon attraction in China. According to the photos the attraction simply had a pair of seats strapped to the bottom of a balloon and was suppose to just lift the riders slowly into the air to enjoy the view and then bring them back down. The onlookers watched in horror as the ropes to keep the balloon tethered to the ground broke free and the 31-year-old mother and child quickly soared into the skies until they were lost from sight. It is believed that the hot-air balloon rose to about 10,000 feet in the air before it exploded and sent them plunging back to earth where they perished upon impact.
(9/25/19) The “Longest Mountainside Water Slide” has been named by Guinness World Records as being in Lishui, China. The slide runs down the side of the Puhuasi Mountain along a 2723.08 meter (8,933 ft, 11 inches) long course. Check out a video showing off the entire course as seen from the air below. Of course the really crazy thing is that there doesn’t appear to be any method of taking the rafts to the top again once they hit the bottom, so I can only imagine they have to truck them up to the top along with the riders each time.
(4/26/19) According to a report posted to ThemeparX, plans for the Chimelong Qingyuan Forest Resort theme park project have been the subject of meetings between government officials and the Chimelong Group, with the goal of speeding up the delayed project. They now hope to open the first phase of the project in 2021. Follow the link for more details, concept artwork and on-site progress photos.
(1/17/19) New construction pictures from a collection of Wanda parks in China have been posted to ThemeparX lately that are worth checking out, with a good number of them showing off the highly themed aspects of the Wuxi Sunac park, which features a beautiful B&M wing coaster that will soar over, around and through a large fake mountain structure.
(1/12/19) Monopoly Dreams, a new attraction themed around the concept of the Monopoly board game is coming to Hong Kong in the second half of 2019. Located in The Peak Galleria the 20,000 sqft attraction is expected to feature Monopoly themed attractions that will use 4D and Hologram effects as well as AR visual enhancements as you visit various locations from the board game including the Bank, the Train Stations, WaterWorks, Electric Company and of course… The Jail. Plus you’ll get the visit the secret residence of Mr. Monopoly himself.
(11/4/18) BlooLoop reports that Merlin Entertainment has opened two new attractions in Shanghai: “Peppa Pig World of Play” and “The Shanghai Dungeon”. This is the first of five planned Peppa Pig World of Play attractions, with the other four locations planned for Beijing, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan and New York to open sometime in 2019.
The creation of The Shanghai Dungeon attraction however presented some unique challenges due to restrictions from the Chinese government that banned the mentioning of “ghosts” as well as any actual historic killings, as well as a ban on blood and gore and any “ritual humiliation” of any guests. As such, Merlin had to get a bit more creative in creating fictional story and elements to go along with local myths and legends.
According to various descriptions, the story told inside involves a world where virtually everyone has been infected with some kind of plaque, while you try to escape from being hunted by a unknown mythical Shadow killer, which ends with a ride on a drop style ride that you experience standing-up.
(11/2/18) In an article about the film, “The Meg” they mention that not only is a sequel in development about the giant shark, but also a themed attraction is also said to be in the works for a theme park in China. No park was mentioned in particular, but as this is a Warner Bros. IP, I don’t see the WB just licensing this out to just anyone… though they followed up this news with the comment, “Hopefully China will have the first Jurassic aquarium.”
For those wondering, given the relationship between WB and Universal… I have doubts we would see The Meg as an attraction at the new Universal Studios Beijing park, as Universal would benefit more from using their own Ips like Jaws or even the Mosasaurus from Jurassic World instead. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where The Meg appears next.
(10/31/18) BlooLoop has posted a large article showcasing the Atlantis Sanya waterpark resort in China, the newest of the three Atlantis themed resorts to open in the world. It goes into great detail about the unique themed Aquaventure waterpark experience and what makes it stand out as the first year-round internationally branded waterpark in China.
(10/20/18) A former theme park project planned for Macau that has been in limbo for the past eight years is now pushing forward… but without the theme park component. The park was to be built next to the Lisboa Palace casino (opening in 2019) but instead of building a theme park they will instead try to recreate a little James Bond magic.
The new plan for the park site is to build an 820-room hotel facility called Lisboeta by 2020 that will also recreate the floating “Casino Macau Palace” from the 1974 James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun. The resort will also feature a zip line and an indoor skydiving attraction.
(9/21/18) According to this report, while aquariums and marine parks are falling out of favor in the western world, the popularity of these same attractions is on the site in China, including an increase in "live cetacean shows". New Ocra shows are both in development at Haichang's Shanghai Ocean World and Chimelong's Ocean Kingdom parks.
(9/1/18) According to BlooLoop the operator of Ski Dubai and Ski Egypt, huge indoor sku park attractions, is now getting set to build and operate their first property in China. It will be called Wintastar Shanghai and promoted as the world's biggest indoor ski park when it opens in 2022. The attraction will be 227,000 square meters and feature three ski slopes, ski runs and over 25 other "snow play" attractions, along with retail, food and beverage locations along with a Spa and "a Nordic-themed water park" along with exhibit and performance spaces. The project will also see four hotels built on the property with a total of 1,000 rooms when the build out is complete.
(8/3/18) A new indoor theme park with a Nickelodeon theme will open in China in 2020 at The Mall of China. The giant mall is a development partnership between Jiayuan Group, China Creation Group and Triple Five Group. That last one should sound familiar as Triple Five is the company behind the Mall of America, the soon to open American Dream Meadowlands in New Jersey and behind another proposed American Dream mall project outside Miami. According to this article the park will have 29 attraction including the "world's highest and fastest indoor roller coaster" and Asia's first tilting drop-tower attraction.
Denmark - (9/6/18) According to our friends at BlooLoop, the world's first ParadropVR, a new immersive attraction has opened in Denmark's Universe Science Park. The attraction mixes virtual reality with real physical motion as guests are seated for a virtual paragliding experience. The attraction is the development of Frontgrid and Simworx and features motion units that go up and down motion with sudden drops and smooth deceleration to create the sensation of flying through the sky.
Dominican Republic - (9/18/19) Falcon’s Creative Group has announced a new partnership with Katmandu Group to create a series of Katmandu branded attractions, starting with a “dynamic new entertainment venue in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.” The initial plans right now include two attractions from Falcon to be built within the Katmandu, Punta Cana project to open in late 2020.
The “signature” attraction will be something called “Quest for the Multiverse”, while sounds like it will be the premier of Falcon’s new “Suspended Theater”, used to provide an all new flying theater style experience that will be both family friendly, and yet thrilling. The other attraction is said to be a cutting-edge dark ride experience themed around “The Legend of Katmandu”. Other attractions within the development will include a 36-hole Expedition Golf course with highly themed holes that wind around a “mountainous Nepalese landscape”, along with future plans to add other interactive rides and theater-based attractions, as well as a “ninja playground” climbing and obstacle course. Of course it wouldn’t be a major attraction without a spattering of highly themed restaurant experiences and some special nighttime entertainment offerings added into the mix as well.
For reference, the Katmandu Group already has one themed attraction open in Mallorca, Spain where it is tied to a resort property. In addition to the planned expansion to the Dominican Republic, they are also working on another development for Tenerife, Spain.
Germany - (8/21/19) The Tatzmania Loffingen theme park in Germany has apparently shut down their new Adlerflug ride (Eagle Flight) after social media users began to see photos and videos of the ride in action and commented that the ride appeared to look like two giant Nazi Swastika symbols while soaring through the sky.
Embarrassed the park has shut it down and gone back to the ride’s supplier who will modifty the attraction to reopen next year with only three arms on each end instead of four, so that it no longer looks like a Swastika.
(7/27/18) Back around IAAPA time I heard about an odd new waterslide concept that they were claiming would be the world’s first “Wind-Powered Waterslide”. A prototype track was built, but honestly it didn’t look all that exciting, but it was small, flat and rather uninspired, built just to prove the concept worked. Now it seems the first full scale version opened at Aquamagis Plettenberg (Germany) back on June 30th and they’ve got some video footage to show off of the high-speed runs on “Storm Force 1”.
The concept is from the minds of Swiss waterslide maker, Klarer.
Greece - (9/4/19) I’ve been sent an update on the accident that killed a teenage girl in Greece, from a more detailed news source than before. For starters, they now clarify that the accident did not take place at an actual amusement park, but rather at a traveling carnival. The girl was not thrown from the Tagada flat ride, but rather from a “flying carpet” style ride operating next to it. For unknown reasons at this time, she was somehow thrown from the flying carpet ride in mid-cycle, and ejected approximately 36 feet where she landed and slid under the moving platform of the Tagada ride, which resulted in even more “severe cranio-cerebral injuries and fractures” that resulted in her death.
(9/2/19) Whenever I see a fun video of a Tagada flat ride running in another country, I always kind of wish we had a few of them to ride here in North America, because they sure do look like fun. If you’ve never seen one, look up Tagada on YouTube and you’ll find a bunch of videos of riders being tossed about out of their seats and on top of each other by the spinning / bouncing motion of this unique flat ride creation with zero restraints. And that later part is important to remember, as you will quickly realize why you don’t ever see these rides in the lawsuit-happy USA, as no one could afford the backlash, or the insurance cost.
Then we come to a tragic story today as the local news reports that a 14-year old girl was thrown and killed while riding what appears to be a Tagada ride at an amusement park ‘near the Greek sea-side city of Volos”. As I’ve been led to understand, the movement of the Tagada is often controlled or influenced by the ride operator, so no two rides run exactly the same, but an investigation into the accident has begun and the park owner has already been arrested by the local police. This makes me wonder if Europe too may begin to question the safe operation of these Tagada style rides.
Guatemala - (11/14/18) It’s IAAPA week and all kinds of fun announcements are rolling in. Case in point, Zamperla announced that they’ve sold a Thunderbolt coaster clone to Mundo Petapa, a small park in Guatemala where it will be called Relampago which I believe translates as “Lightning".
Iceland - (9/6/19) Good news from Iceland this week as the brand new FlyOver Iceland flying theater attraction has now opened to the public in Reykjavik’s popular Grand Harbour District.
(2/17/19) A new flying theater attraction in Reykjavik, Iceland has announced that they will open on July 1st, 2019. The attraction will be named “FlyOver Iceland” and modeled after the successful FlyOver Canada attraction in Vancouver to take guests on a scenic flight simulation over the famous landmarks and landscape of Iceland. The attraction itself will be located in Reykjavik’s popular Grand Harbour District, and likely a perfect location to attract cruise ship guests when in port.
The theater itself will feature moving platforms with a 6DOF motion function seated in front of a 20 meter spherical screen, enhanced with special effects such as mist, wind and various scents. Before guests board the ride portion, they will also go through a two-part pre-show experience to teach them more about the unique Iceland history and culture which includes volcanos, trolls and ice glaciers.
Check out the video below which follows the film crew as they gather the footage needed for the attraction, and work out some key timing for a sequence involving kayakers going over an incredible waterfall while the helicopter flies overhead.
India - (7/14/19) This has been a horrible season for terrible ride accidents to happen in international markets. According to a video posted by the Daily Star a swinging pendulum ride in India broke in half in mid-swing, dropping the circular gondola side where the riders are seated into the frame of the ride structure itself, before falling to the ground. According to the report from the Daily Star, there were 31 riders aboard when it fell, with three reported dead and 25 others with various injuries.
The nature of the break and ride style involved in the video is remarkably similar to the accident that just took place in late June in Uzbekistan where another pendulum ride (which looks to be from a different manufacturer) suffered a similar failure when the arm broke off in mid-swing.
(6/25/19) Twelve riders were surprised while riding a “Free Fall” ride at Chennai’s Queensland Amusement Park (India) when it appears a cable snapped just before the ride was about to end the ride cycle near the ground, dropping the car hard. According to the news report the riders were uninjured as the rider pod only fell 10 feet to the ground. The park is likely in some trouble for the accident however, as not only was the entire thing caught on video, but the police report that park authorities tried to cover-up the accident by making special agreements with the riders to not speak of it.
Indonesia - (8/21/19) A great promotion video from Trans Studio Cibubur and Legacy Entertainment shows off the new Pacific Rim: Shatterdome Strike attraction that is now open. It merges a 3D dark ride experience, not unlike Spider-Man or Transformers at the Universal theme parks, with highly themed walk-through experiences. This includes putting the riders inside a massive Jaeger robot to fight the invading Kaiju monsters, via the dark ride. The entire experience is said to take around 20 minutes from start to finish.
(8/1/19) I have to say that it is about time that a themed attraction put the Pacific Rim IP to use for a new custom attraction, and according to BlooLoop, Legacy Entertainment is doing this with the creation of a “Pacific Rim Shatterdome Strike” attraction coming to the Trans Studio Cibubur park in Indonesia. The attraction itself is being called the “World’s First Immersive Theater Dark Ride” and is expected to open soon with a runtime of just under 20 minutes.
Guests are invited to attend the launch of the first Mark VII Jaegar, Storm Garuda. The experience is “brought to life with by 3D film sequences, practical effects and cutting-edge ride vehicle technology.” Though this next part has me very curious as they say that the attraction will feature a very unexpected twist about half-way through the ride portion “that is unprecedented in the history of theme parks.”
(3/1/19) Remember the other day when we learned of the details for Road Rage, the first “Stunt Show Dark Ride” coming to Trans Studio Bali? Well, we’ve got even more juicy details about this attraction and how it will offer something else unique that no one has tried before. Would you believe that it will be the first theme park to merge a thrill ride with an Escape Room experience?
Our friends at Escape Authority tell it best, but in short they were brought on to do some consulting work for Legacy Entertainment when the lightbulb went off on the concept of turning part of the pre-show for the ride experience into a unique Escape Room experience. After some brainstorming they came up with a great idea that fits the story, but also a solution to the problem of re-rideability as well, since there will be seven entirely different escape games that you could be asked to solve, so you never know which one you are going to get. Plus those live actors that will be present within the ride? There will be more here to act as your prison guard while you are trying to escape as well.
It’s a fascinating story about how all this happened and is turning an already exciting and new sounding thrill ride concept even an even bigger story-driven event that may be a must-see once it opens. Make the jump and check out the details and new concept art for the Road Rage attraction at EscapeAuthority.com
(2/17/19) According to reports the world’s first “stunt show dark ride” has been announced as the highlight attraction under construction for the Trans Studio Bali park. It will be called “Road Rage” and use a top of the line dark ride motion platform system from Oceaneering (probably similar to Spider-Man and Transformers at Universal) and in addition to impressive special effects the attraction will break new ground by including live stunt actors in the midsts of it all. The brains behind the project is Legacy Entertainment who have also tapped composer Benoit Jutras to create the musical score for the attraction. Jutras is previously known for his musical creations for both Cirque du Soleil and Dragone. Based on the concept art and attraction poster I’m getting a very ‘Mad Max’ style vibe here, which could lead to quite an impressive attraction world full of brutal vehicle combat.
(11/24/18) I had been hearing this rumor for some time, but based on some early released concept artwork for the new Trans Studios Bali park, it looks as if the park would have a Vekoma Boomerang installed on the roof of the park, partially under cover. The rumored Boomerang was also thought to be restored ride from another location, and according to the latest post at California Coaster Kings it seems very likely that this Boomerang will end up being the former coaster from Knott’s Berry Farm. Note that there is a chance that it could also be going to the Trans Studio Action Park near Jakarta.
Speaking of which, Plopsa Fans has noted that the former Vleermuis coaster, a Caripro Racing suspended Batflyer coaster that ran at Plopsaland De Panne from the 2000 through 2017 seasons will be going to Trans Studio Action Park.
Japan - (11/6/19) Godzilla fans, take note! A life-sized Godzilla attraction will open in 2020 at the Nijigen no Mori attraction on Awaji Island (near Kobe). There you will find an 65-foot tall, 82-foot wide, recreation of Godzilla as part of a larger attraction experience called “Godzilla Interception Operation”. Guests will be able to ride a zipline into his mouth, as well as take aim in a shooting gallery style attraction.
(8/10/19) Pikachu Outbreak… would you believe there is a weeklong insane festival for Pikachu in Yokohama, Japan that features several character parades, fireworks, various performances, giant inflatables and more? You can get a peek at the madness in the latest video from Yukendoit.
(7/18/19) Here at Screamscape we love STRANGE attractions… and in the latest Japanese video adventure from Yukendoit, he goes to Yokohama to visit a “Poop Museum” attraction… otherwise known as the Unko Museum along with a few side stops along the way to visit a few other attractions like Cosmo World.
Strangely enough, this isn’t the world’s only Poop Museum, as a friend of mine had the chance to visit South Korea last month and found another one there called Poo Poo Land. You can also find a video of that attraction here. (You’re Welcome! HA!)
Now lets check out Japan’s Unko Museum below!
(6/1/19) According to this article Studio Ghibli is partnering up with the Aichi Prefecture government and the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper to finally build a Studio Gbibli theme park in Japan. Look for the park to rise in the Aichi Commemorative Park near Nagoya (previously created for a World’s Fair in 2005) and open sometime in 2022 with five themed areas.
(3/19/19) Our friends at BlooLoop report that the Moomin Valley Park in Japan has now officially opened.
Elsewhere, I had not heard anything about this previously, but a tweet from VHCoasters reports that Tokyo Dome City in Japan is opening what appears to be a Gerstaluer Family Shuttle coaster on March 23rd to be called “Panic Coaster Back Daaan”. It looks like the entire coaster experience will be entirely enclosed.
(1/16/19) A new Hard Rock Japan resort has been announced, complete with a giant guitar shaped hotel tower, nearly identical to the one currently under construction in Florida right now. The new Japanese resort will feature monorail access from the Chitose International Airport as well as have Hard Rock Live, a large multipurpose performance theater, as well as 215,000 sqft of retail and dining space.
(12/23/18) More artwork and an update on the plans to build a Studio Ghibli attraction in Japan on the site of the Aichi’s Expo Park came out late last week. According to the update the Hill of Youth, Giant Ghibili Storehouse and Dondoko Forest areas will open in Fall 2022. A second phase of areas will open about a year later that will include Mononoke Village and Witch Valley. The designs will be finalized over 2019, with construction set to begin in 2020.
(11/28/18) The LA Times reports that Osaka, Japan has been selected as the host city for the 2025 World Expo. The Expo will be built on a man-made island and is said to be themed around the concept of “Society 5.0”, and how robotics and artificial intelligence can be used for "the public good". Currently World Expos are held every 5 years, with the 2020 Expo set to take place in Dubai.
Of course with all the attention and potential tourism coming to Osaka in 2025, I’d say it is a safe bet that Universal Studios Japan (located in Osaka) is also overjoyed at the opportunity to entertain so many new guests to the area as well, especially considering how they are building the new Super Nintendo World to be up and running in time to catch any overflow from the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
(7/26/18) Huge news for Japan this week, as the country has voted to approve new laws to allow casinos in Japan. According to a report at BlooLoop the new laws will allow casinos to be built as part of an "integrated resort", which essentially means that the casinos must be part of a resort that has other things to offer, from conference and convention faculties to "other forms of entertainment", with the gaming space to be no bigger than 3% of the total floor place.
Only three casino licenses will be issued at first as they test the program and due to concerns over addiction to gambling, Japanese citizens will have to pay a 6,000 Yen entry fee to visit the casino, and will be limited to only 3 visits a week, up to 10 total for each month. It should be worth noting that International visitors to Japan however will not have such limitations, and will be allowed to enter for free. Pretty much every major casino company in the world is now working to be one of the first to get into the Japanese market, including some interesting from local video game companies like Sega and Konami. The later shouldn't be too much of a surprise however, as Konami already has a large division who creates a large number of casino gaming machines for customers around the world.
(7/6/18) Studio Ghibli has released some new concept artwork for the proposed theme park they want to built in Japan. Since the park was announced in 2017 we've see a lot of art showing off the look of lands and buildings, but really no details about what kind of attractions and rides the park will offer.
The park will feature various lands themed after the studio's animated films that will include Princess Mononoke Village, Witch Valley (from Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service) and Dondoko Forest (My Neighbor Totoro), a well as a recreation of part of the castle itself from Howl's Moving Castle. There is still plenty of time for more information to come however, as the park is not slated to open until 2022 on the former site of Expo 2005 world's fair in Aichi Prefecture.
(4/17/18) According to BlooLoop, a brand-new theme park based around around Moomins... the creation Finnish author/illustrator Tove Jansson, is now set to open in Japan in March 2019. Moonin Valley Park, a $140 million / 15.8 hectares park, is said to be similar to the Moominworld attraction already open in Finland.
So there you go... now I'll just have to figure out exactly what a Moomin is. Based on some artwork, they kind of look like a cross between an upright walking Hippo and those characters on the Nerds candy boxes.
Kuwait - (11/21/18) The upcoming Cartoon Network World attraction in Kuwait announced at IAAPA that they would feature a Simworxs Immersive Adventure ride themed to Ben 10 when it opens. The attraction features a 16-passenger vehicle mounted to a dynamic 3DOF motion base to simulate a wild adventure, complete with 4D theater style special effects to enhance the experience.
(9/28/18) According to a new article from BlooLoop, a new Cartoon Network themed 3,000 square-meter indoor attraction will be built in Kuwait, designed by Katapult. The park will include attractions themed to Powerpull Girls, Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball.
Malaysia - (10/3/19) According to this article the indoor Sanrio Helly Kitty Town themed attraction in Johor, Malaysia will close down forever on December 31st, 2019 due to a lack of business. The reports say that the small indoor park that opened in 2012 has long struggled to bring in guests to the attraction.
(10/1/19) Earlier this year we mentioned that the longest tube waterslide in the world was under construction in Malaysia at the ESCAPE theme park in Penang? The slide is now open and you can watch a video of it in action below.
(7/4/19) Would you believe that the world’s longest waterslide is now under construction that will offer a four-minute long wet slide through the jungle treescape of Malaysia? The 3,740 foot long slide is now being finished up to open in Late July or August at the ESCAPE theme park on the island of Penang.
ESCAPE currently features a waterpark along with many other more adventure-park style activties like rock climbing, zip lines, adventure trails, ropes courses for all ages, along with some strange and unique things you may have never seen before.
(8/10/18) According to a report at BlooLoop the developers of the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) project have called off their plans for a Dreamworks themed amusement section after negotiations with Dreamworks failed to go anywhere. The Dreamworks attraction zone will be renovated to remove all the Dreamworks IP related items and it will likely open without any new themeing.
(4/20/18) According to an article on BlooLoop, a political party in Malaysia is pushing plans to build three new theme parks in the Johor area. They want the area to become a tourism powerhouse for the region, a destination to compete for tourism with the likes of Singapore and other nearby destinations.
They mentioned building a new tourism center at the Desaru coast, the world's first "science fiction theme park" near Legoland Malaysia and an "eco entertainment park" in Kota Tinggi. The article also confirms that the new Sea Life Aquarium attraction under construction next to Legoland Malaysia is expected to open by the end of this year.
(1/17/18) Plans are now in place to build the world's HIGHEST Ferris Wheel in Malaysia. Read that one carefully... not the tallest... but HIGHEST. According to an article posted to BlooLoop, the Skywheel will be themed to look like a giant watch face and installed 200 meters off the ground on a crossbar between two towering buildings in Juala Lumpur. The $214 million project is expected to be complete by 2021. Follow the link to see the crazy looking concept artwork.
Mexico - (10/27/19) According to this report it has been determined that none of the rides at the Feria de Chapultepec theme park have been properly maintained, and that the Quimera roller coaster was suffering from “several defects” and “park management should have shut it down”.
(10/23/19) I’m told that the operating permit for La Feria Chapultepec Magico was indeed revoked and a new operator is being sought to take over the park. While the current operators are challenging this turn of events, I’m told that if a new operator is selected, several of the park’s rides are owned by the current operator who would remove them.
(10/19/19) According to a rough translation of this article, it sounds like La Feria Chapultepec Magico has had their operational permit for the park revoked by the local government in the fallout of the deadly accident on the park’s Quimera roller coaster. I believe this is taking place while the accident investigation is ongoing, and once a resolution and course of action is determined, we could see the park reopen once again. If I had to guess however, I doubt we’ll see Quimera every operate again.
On a semi-related note, it was also reported that a sister Schwarzkopf coaster named Tsunami (better known as Thriller, Taz’s Texas Tornado or Zonga when it operated in Europe and the US) will be scrapped. This decision to scrap the famous Schwarzkopf coaster comes after three years of failed attempts to sell it to a new owner. There is still a chance to save Thriller if someone comes forward to purchase it, but given the age of the ride, it would also require some significant funds to bring it up to today’s safety standards, which is probably how it ended up in Mexico in the first place. I did have the pleasure of riding it when it first ran at Six Flags Astroworld and it gave one hell of a ride that left me with a lasting impression, so I’d be happy to see this one get saved rather than see two of Schwarzkopf’s greatest traveling creations lost to the scrap yard in the same year.
(10/1/19) While nothing has been published regarding the possible cause for the coaster accident in Mexico just yet, one common thread has worked through much of the coaster enthusiast community. Looking over this new accident, it is eerily similar in nature to the accident that took place on the Mindbender in Canada back in 1986. While not the same layout, the Mindbender is similar enough to the layout Quimera, and both feature three vertical loops. In the case of the Mindbender accident, the last car also came loose from the track in similar fashion until it struck a support beam, resulting in the death of three riders.
Mindbender still runs to this day, but the trains were changed following the accident, where ride now features an unusual train design that is built from three lead-cars, two facing forward and one facing backwards. The lead cars were used because they are the only cars in the design to have a full set of front and back wheels, while the rest of the standard cars, like on Quimera, are connected trailer style to the car in front and only have one set of wheels of their own at the back of the car.
(9/28/19) A tragic roller coaster accident at La Feria Chapultepec Magico park in Mexico City, Mexico left two riders dead and causing serious injury to others. According to local news articles the accident took place on the park’s Quimera roller coaster (Schwarzkopf) sometime after 1pm when the last car of the train seemed to rip away from the rest of the train and fall to the ground.
While the footage isn’t that great, the accident was actually caught on video and can be seen only briefly. If you watch, keep an eye on the last car of the train as it passes through the frame after going through the vertical loop and you can see that something is very wrong with it, appearing as if the back set of wheels has already come loose from the train and it is trying to rip free from the car in front of it.
Such a horrible tragedy... our thoughts go out to the family, friends and staff who are dealing with this incident right now.
(6/20/19) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once again as the carnival season is upon us… use your best judgement when deciding on if you or loved ones ride carnival rides. I’m not saying that carnival rides are unsafe as a rule by any means, especially when you visit established fairs and carnivals that have been around for decades, but when you come across an unexpected group of rides and have no idea of their background, just take the time to look them over with a careful eye before climbing aboard. Even more so when traveling outside of the country… as you never know what you might encounter.
Case in point… a woman fell from a small pendulum style ride operating in Mexico at an unsanctioned event. After inverting a couple of times, her restraint appears to fail and she falls out and is struck by the swinging ride on the way down. Fortunately she appears well enough to get up and get out of the way of the swinging ride. You can see video footage in the story posted below.
(11/24/18) According to this report the Amikoo theme park project in Mexico has now been granted all the final approvals needed to begin construction. In the park’s original announcment they had hoped to open the first phase which included a hotel and museum by late 2019 and the rest to be finished between 2020 and 2021. If they hope to remain on this timeline, construction will have to begin soon.
(11/20/18) A model showing off a look at the Amikoo park project in Mexico was on display at IAAPA. A good photo showing it off can be found here, where they claim that the concept design is now locked in. If they begin construction soon, the first phases could be ready to open by late 2019.
(10/9/18) BlooLoop reports that Grupo Experiencias Xcaret has announced plans to build He’Elel Riviera Maya in Mexico, a new “eco theme park” experience that looks pretty neat. Check out the preview video posted over at BlooLoop.
(6/1/18) Huss released details about an interesting new attraction concept, based on old proven technology. Meet the "Explorer" a film based media attraction that will first premier in Mexico in 2019 at the Amikoo Resort Destination Theme Park. Essentially they are taking one of their Huss Sky Tower attractions designs, but building it in reverse, where riders will load at the top of the shortened shaft into a cabin themed like a submarine. The cabin will then descend down the tower structure, as if going under the surface of the ocean, where it will be surrounded on all sides by a giant 360º projection screen. Up to 70 riders at a time will be surrounded by views of an undersea world on all sides, along with appropriate sound-effects and even scent effects inside the cabin.
(1/17/18) The owners of the Xcaret attractions in Cancun have announced that a 7th attraction called Xavage will soon begin construction next to the existing Xoximilco attraction, even using some of the same property. It is described as an adventure park like their Xplor attraction, but with an entirely different kind “extreme activities” feel, allowing guests to explore while riding on large all-terrain vehicles.
(1/9/18) Simworx has announced that they are providing an Immersive Tunnel attraction to be installed as part of the first phase of the new Amikoo Resort Destination Theme Park in Mexico. This will be for the “Piratas de Bacalar” attraction, themed around the area’s historical pirates, as riders will help defend the San Felipe Bacalar Fort. According to the press release this will be a new version of Simworx Immersive Tunnel attraction, using a single 60-seat 3DOF motion base themed as a giant pirate galleon. (Other versions use a 30-seat motion base)
Adding to the atmosphere, a real water basin will surround the galleon at all times, which also allows for other unique special effects to be added to the experience, including wind, water spray and more. (note: concept artwork also shows real cannonball splash like effects in the water as well as real tenticle looking things rising out of the water around the boat as well.) “Amikoo has also opted for a hybrid-type, 7m high Immersive Tunnel screen with the whole system being a 4K audio visual solution.“
Simworx has also brought Jora Vision onto the job as well for the themeing elements in the attraction, which is described as a “standalone attraction within the resort” and part of an overall 50 minute long experience, involving a series of pre-show experiences leading up to the main ride element. The attraction building will also house a restaurant and retail outlets as well, and is expected to be installed by March 2019, as part of Amokoo’s first phase build out which is expected between the end of 2018 to March 2019.
Peru - (4/10/19) An 18-year old student on a extreme stunt style attraction in Peru called ‘Jump into the Void” was sent into action to cling to a round post suspended 30-feet in the area after the attraction's staff failed to secure her tether-cord. She hung onto the swinging post for a bit but soon lost her grasp and fell to the ground, breaking her legs, hands and spine. The entire incident was caught on video and is a bit disturbing to watch, but can be seen at DailyMail in the UK. A family member said she is unable to move will will require a series of 10 surgeries and extensive rehab over the next year to try and recover what mobility and motion she can.
I’m just going to throw this out there… because this situation is terrible and as a theme park fan I know we put our trust in the safety systems and attraction operators to do their job, but when dealing with any attraction like this, I’d like to encourage everyone to double-check the gear yourself as they are putting it on. Give the tether-cable a good tug, or test the harness your wearing while your feet are still on solid ground… and be give to give it all a good visual check yourself before taking that leap of faith into the air. Just in case… because this isn’t the first incident where operators failed to connect a safety harness to a guess. A good example was the harness line was not properly attached to a guest in China where they were allowed to run across a bridge high in the air, leaping over large gaps in the bridge. Just as the man makes the final leap to safety you can see the safety tether line detach completely from the back of his harness, and had he failed to make the jump properly he would have fell 152 meters to his death.
Philippines - (10/8/19) According to this update on the fire at Star City the investigation has reported that they believe the fire was a result of arson. Park management says they don’t know anyone with motive to start the fire. According to the Fire Marshal they believe it was arson because entirely different sections of Star City caught on fire simultaneously.
(10/3/19) I don’t know much about the Star City theme park in the Philippines, but according to news reports a fire broke out in a stockroom and quickly spread across much of the park last night. The damage is severe enough that park officially have already stated that Star City will remain closed from now through the entire Christmas season at the very least.
Poland - (7/28/19) Talk about playing into your biggest fears… a chilling new accident video from Poland shows a 92 meter bungee jump attraction experience that went horribly wrong for a 39-year-old jumper. The bungee cable snapped as he approached the ground and he dropped the rest of the way untethered, caught by the placement of an inflatable cushion under the drop zone. Even still, he appears to have landed on his head and survived, but with spinal damage and a ruptured spleen.
Qatar - (1/17/19) Some new pictures of the Doha Oasis park in Qatar can be found at ThemeparX as they prepare to finish things up and hopefully open sometime in 2019. The park has even posted an animated teaser video that appears to show off how the park’s secret Dragonfire coaster will work, backing up out of the station up into that large spike track before dropping down through the station again and into the main spaghetti-bowl of twisted-trackwork that makes up the majority of the ride experience. No word on if there will be effects in there, or if riders will take it on in complete darkness.
(6/16/18) In development and construction for a long time, a layout drawing for the Dragonfire coaster from Premier Rides going into Qatar's Adventure Island indoor / underground theme park were posted to Facebook (See below). From the look of things the coaster will enter onto launch track section and after a quick track switch, it will be launched backwards at high speed up into a vertical twisted spike track, which is apparently enclosed within a visible glass enclosed spire that shoots up from the ground above the park. There are actually two such spires over the park, so I'm not sure what will be inside the other one, unless it is perhaps a drop tower ride of some kind.
A great shot of the park down below showing off the tangled mess of red coaster track for Dragonfire can also be found at ThemeparX.
(11/11/17) An interesting attraction concept has been slowly... very slowly... under construction in Doha, Qatar that has been going by the name Adventure Island I believe for some time. I think I first heard about it back around 2014 or so, then I heard it appeared that construction had kind of begun in 2016. Jump ahead to the present day and new photos of the site have appeared on ThemeparX showing that things have progressed quite far on the project... though threre is still a long way to go on it.
As you can guess by the location, this will be a sort of mini indoor and underground theme park experience, but one that is supposed to topped out with a large Premier Rides launched shuttle coaster called Dragonfire that will include a large spike(s) section of track enclosed in a giant glass air-conditioned tower structure. While we can't see any sign of the coaster track, you can clearly see a pair of towers on site that match up to what was described so long ago.
From what I'm told the Adventure Island park is mostly going to be in an underground enclosed environment in the center of that circle of buildings. I'm not sure if the name still holds, but the surrounding building complex was to be called the "Doha Oasis" and even "The Eclipse" at one point, and would be a mixed-use complex containing retail, a hotel and some residential units. Last word was that they were pushing to complete it by 2018, but looks like there is still a lot of work left to do to make that timeline.
Saudi Arabia - (11/7/19) Triple Five is now working with Saudi Arabia through their American Dream subsidiary to develop “the world’s largest mixed-use entertainment and shopping center in Riyadh”. The project comes with an estimated price-tag of $5 billion that will feature theme parks, water parks and other entertainment and sports related activities as well as dining, retail and hospitality opportunities.
(8/13/19) According to Building Design + Construction the Qiddiya project that has started in Saudi Arabia is much more than the proposed Six Flags Qiddiya theme park. They refer to this as a “Giga-Project” that is expected to become the local “Capitial of Entertainment, Sports, and the Arts” for the region.
The overall Qiddiya resort plan will feature four gates attractions to be built around a central retail/dining/entertainment hub that will also feature hotels. This “Resort Core” area will feature large performance venue as well as skating and even skiing facilities.
There will also be an “Eco Core” area that will feature attractions themed to nature and wildlife, including a golf course, horse riding and a resort / spa.
Motion Core is all about experiences that a driven ‘by the science and technology of people in motion.”
There will be a “Speed Park” area, themed around motorsports, including a race track, drivers club a “Race” themed resort and more.
And finally there will be the Six Flags Qiddiya theme park, which is slated to open in 2022 and part of the Phase 1 roll-out of the Qiddiya resort project. Following this they also are planning to add a waterpark resort project as well in the future, but no word on if this will be Six Flags branded or not.
Follow the link to read the article breakdown of the entire resort project, as well as get a sneak peek at some of the resort concept art.
(2/12/19) Screamscape was contacted by Hero Ventures who pointed out that a previous news article we had linked to that had claimed The Marvel Experience attraction in Thailand had gone under was completely wrong. According to Rick Licht, CEO of Hero Ventures, LLC the Marvel attraction was only slated to run for 3 months in Thailand, and due to a popular reception Marvel extended the Thailand run into January. So as intended, The Marvel Experience packed up and shipped off to a new location, all according to plan.
As of this past Sunday, The Marvel Experience has now reopened again, this time in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where they plan to run for three months before moving the show once again to Riyadh for another 3 month run, for a complete six months run in Saudi Arabia.
Singapore - (7/7/19) Dejiki has posted a complete look at the new Canopy Park attraction now open at Singapore’s airport, also known as the Jewel. The Jewel consists of a new mall, hotel, airport services under a gigantic donut shaped roof structure that sits between three different airport terminals. Seriously, words just don’t quite do this one justice, it is far easier to just show you what they have built at the airport.
South Korea - (11/6/19) According to a new article the Paramount theme park in Korea is still in development as part of the Inspire IR complex. They claim that attention to the storytelling being done in the park will set it apart from the competition. The first phase of Insprie IR is set to open in 2022 and will feature a five-star hotel, arena, convention center and casino. The Paramount Korea theme park is expected to follow this and be ready to open in 2025 and be followed by other new attractions, developments and evn a waterpark by 2031.
They promise new attractions will be in the park themed to popular Paramount properties: Mission Impossible, The Italian Job, Tomb Raider, Star Trek along with a Korean themed K-Pop themed area that will feature a “water roller-coaster” with on-board audio to be called Idol.
(5/13/19) Add this one to our list of wild and weird news stories… but apparently there is a theme park in South Korea themed all about CHEESE. I did not know this, but according to the article until a few decades ago most of the people in Korea had never heard of cheese, and certainly had not tasted it. The introduction of cheese to the Korean diet is credited to a Belgian missionary priest who moved there who raised goats and made his own cheese.
Jump ahead to 2004 when the “Imsil Cheese Theme Park” opened, showing off all about cheese, chances to eat different kinds of cheese, stroll past the goats to a Cheese Playland past cheese shaped buildings and more. Ok, this isn’t a typical theme park with rides, but it does offer interactive experiences, a cheese themed playground as well as 4D theater experience. Guests can opt to pay for special cheese experiences where they can learn to make it on site, see the milk processing factory, dine at various restaurants and more.
(12/10/18) According to a new report posted by BlooLoop, would you believe another Paramount Pictures branded theme park project is now being planned? This one will go to South Korea as part of the “Inspire” resort coming to South Korea from the Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. According to the report construction on the huge resort project will begin in 2019, with “Phase 1A”, to open in 2022 that will feature a 5-Star hotel, a 15,000 seat performance arena, casino, and a domed space that will include a pool, some small rides, as well as dining and retail space. The announced Paramount theme park however is planned for “Phase 1B” that isn’t expected to open until 2025.
Spain - (3/3/19) BlooLoop has posted a fascinating interview with the GM of the award winning attractions in the Canary Islands: Loro Parque, Siam Park and the new Poema del Mar aquarium. They talk about the development of these rare island attractions along with their future plans, which include the development of a second waterpark.
Thailand - (10/30/19) A new carnival themed park project has been announced for Thailand to be called Carnival Magic. With an initial $160 million investment, they hope to bring in one million guests each year to the 40-acre Thai carnival themed park that will feature four themed lands and tons of live entertainment options.
(3/1/19) Disney & More reports that a new dark ride is under construction in Bangkok. It is called Mystery Mansion and is being built into a two-story structure located near the local Ferris Wheel. The signs claim it will open in two months, featuring inverted dark-ride vehicles and using a ride system purchased from Gosetto in Italy. A similar such ride opened last summer at Adventureland in New York.
UAE - (10/31/19) Miral has announced the opening date for their latest attraction in Abu Dhabi, CLYMB Abu Dhabi. The $100 million “sporting experience” attraction is now set to open on November 29, 2019 and will feature the world’s tallest climbing wall at 140 feet along with other walls for those less experienced. It will also offer the world’s widest skydiving flight chamber that spans more than 32 feet.
(7/5/19) The Reem Mall has released concept art showing off their plans to build the world’s largest snow park in Abu Dhabi. The new attraction is planned to open in 2020 as part of the new $1.2 billion Reem Mall project, and will feature 13 different attractions. Unlike other ‘snow’ parks, this one is said to have an overall theme and story behind it, which will set it apart from all the rest.
UK - (10/23/19) While the Harry Potter tour attraction at Leavesden Film Studios outside London has become quite popular, bringing nearly $400 million since it first opened in 2012, I’m told that Warner Bros just bought a new attraction venue in central London called the Londom Film Museum. Currently the site is home to the world’s largest collection of James Bond movie cars, but since Bond isn’t part of the WB film library, I’ve got a feeling that the location could be transformed to have a new focus in the future. Meanwhile I’m also told that a DC Comics themed restaurant is set to open sometime in 2020 very close to the London Film Museum. It does make one ponder if some kind of DC Comics themed attraction could be added here instead.
(4/9/19) Are you a big Game of Thrones fan? HBO has announced they will open the official Game of Thrones Studio Tour in 2020, an interactive tourist attraction, at Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. Think of this as a Game of Thrones themed version of the popular Making of Harry Potter studio tour at Warner Bros Studio Tour London. Follow the link to learn more and see some of the concept art.
(2/1/19) The list of Harry Potter exhibits at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in the UK will grow again in 2019 with the addition of a tour through the restored sets of the Gringotts Bank, from the lobby down to get a peek into Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault. Look for the new exhibit to open on April 6th.
(12/12/18) A new £300 million project planned for Blackpool Central will see a number of new major developments and attractions come to the area. This will include the UK’s first flying theater attraction, new indoor attractions and VR experiences, hotels, restaurants and much more. Construction on Blackpool Central is expected to begin in 2020 and will see the area built up in phases over the next decade.
(10/18/18) The Bear Grylls Adventure attraction from Merlin is now open in the UK and it’s a mix of all the extreme adventure activities you could want, along with some more you may have never thought of before. Our friends at BlooLoop have posted an extensive description of the new attraction along with numerous photos showing off the various attractions (both indoor and outdoor) that range from an iFLY indoor skydiving chamber, SCUBA diving, a zip line, very tall ropes course, an escape room, climbing walls, an “assault course”, an archery range, and a “survival maze” that includes the opportunity to eat a few things you normally wouldn’t touch and more. Even the food in the on-site restaurant skew towards the healthy end of things, along with some adventurous options, such as putting “chilli grasshoppers” on your pizza instead of pepperoni.
(10/9/18) BlooLoop reports that a 140 meter new observation wheel is going to Newcastle that would become the tallest wheel in all of Europe when it opens. They plan to name it “The Whey Aye”, and the complex is planned to offer other attractions as well.
Uzbekistan - (6/30/19) This video may be a bit hard to watch, but according to a report posted to Metro.co.uk, a swinging pendulum style ride just installed into a small park in Jizzakh, Uzbekistan in March 2019, quite literally broke in half in mid-swing. The rider side of the swinging broke free from the ride about 23 feet in the air, and then dropped down on its side. According to the report one 19-year old rider was killed in the accident, but nothing was reported about injuries to the other riders or what action followed. The accident was caught on video and you can see the footage by following this link.
Vietnam - (5/22/19) Sanrio Co. has signed a deal with a local property development group to build and open a Hello Kitty theme park in Vietnam. This will be a 30,000 square-meter indoor attraction located in Hanoi, near West Lake. Look for “Sanrio Hello Kitty World Hanoi” to open sometime in 2021.
(1/1/19) Our adventureous pal Yukendoit is back and on a new adventure from Vietnam. The first video shows off the Soui Tien Theme Park outside Ho Chi Minh City, which is said to be the “Buddhist version of Disneyland”. Yeah… you’ll just have to watch the video to see how this crazy place is set up, starting with the buddha statues out front dressed up as Santa Claus.
Later on he encounters an attraction that on the map said it was the “Magic Castle”, but when you arrive at the front of the castle it actually says “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” over the front entrance. Oh my… I think Universal and J.K. Rowling are going to have a little something to say about that. Watch the second video to see the inside of the attraction which appears to be some kind of walk-through spook style attraction as you pass by various items and animatronic creatures and static figures.