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MARINELAND
Niagara Falls, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

icon_STOPPark News - (6/12/22) One of our readers visited MarineLand shortly after it opened for the season and send back a report that at the time all of the park’s rides were open except the Lady Bug Coaster (waiting on parts) and the Viking Adventure ride. Not only did they report that the park was looking “the best it’s ever looked”, but Dragon Mountain is finally open again with 3 trains visible, appearing to have new or refurbishment restraints. The trains all appear to have been recently repainted and are now looking quite sharp and impressive. All of the various flat rides appear to have been cleaned, refurbished and “running fantastically”, including the rare Magic Experience ride (a HUSS Magic, said to be one of only three in the world) that was running a nearly 5-minute long high action program. The park’s Star Voyage (Zierer Star Shape) was also reported to be running a very intense program and was said to be the only such ride in North America. Some great pictures and a video link of the Star Voyage in action were also sent over, so enjoy!

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    (5/22/22) While we haven’t heard any reports from guests visiting Marineland yet, the park is now open daily for the season. One bit of potential good news is that they did update their website so that the only existing rides currently listed as being closed are the Viking Adventure and Lady Bug Coaster. The site also lists the Eagle Tower and Star Voyager as new rides ‘Opening Soon!”.
 
    (5/15/22) According to the official website, Marineland is set to open for the 2022 season 7-days a week starting on Saturday, May 21st. In an interesting note on the site, they claim that “We’ll be phasing in our amenities over the month of July” and in appreciation to their guests all single-day tickets to the park will be upgraded for free to “fun card season passes” during the month of July.
    We also don’t know exactly what they mean to “phasing in our amenities”, though this could be in reference to the fact that a number of the park’s rides are listed on the website as being closed until further notice. This includes the Dragon Mountain coaster (which was closed for all of last season as well), Orca Screamer, Viking Adventure, Magic Experience, Sky Hawk and Flying Dragon. With that in mind, I’m not sure why the fun card upgrade offer is just for those who visit in July and not those who visit at the end of May or June. Regardless, if  you are planning a visit to partake in all the park’s rides, you may want to delay it until later in the season unless you live close enough to take advantage of the fun card offer and can come back later in the year.
 
    (2/16/22) So what’s the latest news on Marineland? Despite rumors about the park possibly closing awhile back the park is currently hiring for a number of positions, which seems to indicate that preparations are being made to open for the season. No telling what the status of Dragon Mountain may be however after it appeared to sit closed for much, if not all, of the 2021 season.
    Not long ago the park also had charges placed against it for the use of dolphins and whales for ‘entertainment purposes’ in the various shows at the park. An investigation was started by local law enforcement to investigate these claims and according to this article a representative for the park has made their first appearance in court over the matter. At the moment however, there is little actual news about what is taking place within the court room at this time.
 
    (12/20/21) While we haven’t heard much about the rumors of Marineland possibly closing in the future, things just got a bit tougher for the marine life theme park. According to the local news the park has been charged with “using dolphins, whales for entertainment without a license”. Backing these claims are videos submitted to the court showing the animals performing some of their old behaviors in front of a crowd and receiving food as a reward. But if this sounds like the standard operational procedure that the park has used for decades, you are not alone.
    What has changed however was that in 2019, just prior to COVID rocking the world, a new section was introduced to the criminal code in the region that now says that it is illegal for captive cetaceans to be used ‘for performance for entertainment purposes” unless said performance is authorized with a special license from the province. Marineland has states that the ‘performance’ taking place in the park was for an “educational presentation” and not just something purely done for Entertainment.
    While I have not seen the videos of what was seen at Marineland, it is easy to look towards what happens at the SeaWorld parks in the US where similar animal performances are also listed as being for educational purposes, showcasing the behaviors as things the various animals have been seen to do in the wild. Again… SeaWorld is in the US where the laws are quite different, so there is no telling how this might play out for Marineworld going forward.
 
    (10/6/21) I have no idea how true this is, but according to this blog post, they suggest that Marineland in Canada may close for for good after this weekend (last day on Oct 10th), and has put their large piece of property up for sale to developers, hoping to cash in a cool $300 million for the property. If this is true, then it wont be long before some of the park rides start to show up on the used ride sale sites, but if anyone knows something more solid, please do let me know.
 
    (8/9/21) Just a heads up to anyone planning a visit to Marineland in Canada. One of our readers pointed out that when you visit the park’s website and look up the Dragon Mountain roller coaster, it is now listed as being “Closed until further notice”.
    Since our reader was planning to visit the park, they attempted to contact the park for more information and were told that Marineland doesn’t know if or when the coaster will reopen this season. The reason being given for the closure was that the park was having a tough time sourcing needed parts to fix it.
    Now while there is every possibility this could be true, as we don’t know exactly what is wrong with the coaster, the fact remains that typically parts for Arrow coasters were always in plentiful supply, and that when S&S Power bought the remains of Arrow in 2002, they also bought and took over Arrow’s spare parts division and continue to run it to this day, supplying parts for old Arrow rides all over the world. As this would be the first Arrow coaster that I’ve heard of this season to be closed because they can’t get parts, it does sound a little odd. But as I said previously, we don’t know exactly what it is that is wrong with Dragon Mountain, and perhaps the items needed to fix it may be unique to Dragon Mountain, and something that may have to be custom sourced. Hopefully Marineland will get it sorted out, because I’m told that due to COVID, Dragon Mountain also failed to run in 2020, and keeping a coaster sitting idle is never a good thing for the longevity of the ride. I’d hate to see Dragon Mountain retired for good.
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???? - Star Voyage and More - (9/4/21) A tweet has been posted showing off the new Zierer Star Shape Voyage ride set up at Marineland. According to the tweet,crews were painting the “loading bridge” to the attraction. Of course this means the new ride is also not quite open yet.
    The park also apparently installed Eagle Tower, a new family drop tower experience that seems identical to the nearby Orca Screamer tower.

 
    (5/16/21) A POV video showing off the new Star Voyage ride (Zierer Star Shape) ride making a test run at Marineland in late 2020 has been posted to YouTube which you can see below. Currently Marineland is still closed and has not been able to set an opening date for the 2021 season, along with Canada’s Wonderland to the north.

 
    (7/10/20) I’m told that the park has confirmed that they purchased a Zierer Sharshape ride, and will call it Star Voyage. The plan was to open it in 2020 on the spot of the former Huss Topple Tower ride, but they were unable to complete as construction was halted due to the pandemic. This was also confirmed in a late 2019 issue of Park World who also mentioned that the park was getting a special themed Zierer Family Tower ride as well.
 
    (5/20/20) Marineland has mentioned on their social media that the park has two new rides in the works for the 2020 season, along with some kind of new Penguin experience. Unfortunately there is no way to know just how far along they are, or if construction is taking place right now at all. To be honest, the park doesn’t have the best track record for opening new attractions on time either in the past, which sometimes fail to open until the end of the season, or even the following one, even in a world not dealing with a pandemic, so take all this with a grain of salt.
    While the park has not posted anything more at this time a video posted by Amusement Insiders indicates that one of the park’s new rides may be Zierer Star Shape which would take the place of the park’s long retired Topple Tower ride. Anyone know more about what the second ride may be?

 

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