Niagara Falls, Canada
Park News - (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.
2021 - 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?
???? - Aviary Safari - Delayed / On Hold - (9/12/18) According to information, Marineland was working on a new "Aviary Safari" attraction that they intended to open for the 2018, but it did not make it. According to the official FAQ page on the park's website, "Sadly, the founder of Marineland who was overseeing the construction of Aviary Safari became ill and passed away before it could be completed. We extend our regrets for this attraction not being available at this time. An update will be posted when more information is available."
From what I've been led to understand the latest park maps have also removed any mention of it as an upcoming attraction at the park, so no word on if they will finish it for 2019 or if they are scrapping it. Anyone know more about the plans for 2019?