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----    THE LATEST SMALL PARK NEWS    ----
    (6/12/21) Trimper's Being Fined and Forced To Move New Giant Wheel (MORE...)
    (6/12/21) Columbus Zoo - Tidal Twist Construction Update
    (6/7/21) New Ride Already Lined Up For Conneaut Lake Park (MORE...)
    (6/5/21) Arnold’s Park To Build New Performance Stage and Planning Legend Refurbishment (MORE...)
    (6/5/21) Enchanted Forest To Reopen Today (MORE...)
    (6/3/21) Lost Island Theme Park To Get Bay Creek Carousel (MORE...)
    (5/31/21) Lakeside Amusement Park Hopes To Reopen by Mid-Summer (MORE...)
    (5/31/21) Joyland in Texas Closed Due To Flood Damage (MORE...)

 

ADVENTURE CITY  (Buena Park, CA)

icon_STOPPark News - (4/17/21) Adventure City, the small theme park located just a few blocks from Knott’s Berry Farm finally reopened to guests on Friday, April 16th, 2021. Many were worried about the fate of the small attraction after being forced to stay closed for the past 13 months, which saw the park reduce their workforce from 150 to just 3.
    Adventure City reports they have now brought back about 90 of their former employees and is happy to breathe life back into the small theme park once again.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2020 seasons.

 

ADVENTURE PARK (Maryland)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2020 seasons.

 

ADVENTURE POINTE (Near Houston, TX)

???? - New Park - Under Construction - (9/29/19) It has been awhile since we heard anything about the Adventure Pointe theme park project in Texas. The last we heard about the 35-acre park seemed to indicate that construction had started. While construction did begin, it came to a halt, with some rides even semi-setup on the property and some half-built buildings now standing. The owner of the park, Harvey Slusky, has now filed a lawsuit against his former attorney and the teams of architects and builders who he claimed ‘defrauded him’ and ‘lied to him’, taking his $10 million for their own profits rather than building the park.
 
    (12/13/18) After years of waiting, it looks like construction has finally begun on the Adventure Point theme park project just outside Houston, Texas. According to their Facebook page crews were installing the power to the site back in August and just last week they posted pictures of what looks like the park's main entrance structure and gates being installed. It also looks like a few small rides may have been installed over the summer as well, so maybe we'll see it open in some form in 2019. Anyone know more?

 
    (4/4/17) After not hearing much about this project for the past couple years, BlooLoop reports that at long last Advetnure Pointe has been granted the needed permits to finally start construction on the new theme park. The first permits granted are for the park’s Main Street building and for a Pirate Ship building. Other attractions planned include a mini railroad, go-karts, outdoor ice skating, a pirate ride, boardwalk and an outdoor 1,200 seat performance venue.
    (10/14/16) After not hearing much for the past two years the latest updates about Adventure Pointe posted to their official Facebook page now show off a few images of land clearing now taking place on the site near the Tanger Outlet Mall.
    (10/24/14) Good 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.

 

ADVENTURELAND (Altoona, Iowa)

icon_STOP2021 - Dragon Slayer - (5/29/21) Congratulations to Adventureland who will open their new Dragon Slayer roller coaster today, a new S&S 4D Free Spin coaster. This will be the third new roller coaster added to the park in the past few years, starting with Monster in 2016 and Phoenix in 2019.
    Adventureland’s current 2021 schedule will also keep the park open 7 days a week through to August 22, when they will move to weekend only operations. Hours of Operation each day for the summer are still to be determined however, so check closer to your visit.
 
    (11/16/20) While there is still lots of work left to do in order for the new roller coaster to open, Adventureland has confirmed that they are now finished installing the track for the new Dragon Slayer roller coaster ahead of the winter season. Congrats!

 
    (10/26/20) Adventureland Park posted an aerial picture of the Dragon Slayer construction site this month showing off the progress of the vertical construction on the new S&S coaster.

 
    (7/7/20) In case there was any remaining doubt, Adventureland has posted a video confirming that the new Dragon Slayer coaster coming in 2021 will indeed be an S&S 4D Free Spin.

 
 

 

ADVENTURELAND (Long Island, NY)

icon_STOPPark News - (4/10/21) Adventureland (Long Island, NY) will reopen to guests today, April 10, 2021 and will premier the park’s new Sports Tower ride.

2021 -  Sports Tower -(4/27/20) A post from Rides-4-U shows off a new sports themed Air Balloon Observation Tower ride from SBF-Visa Group that will be coming to Adventureland (Long Island) this summer. They will call it the Sports Tower.

 

ARNOLD’S PARK (Iowa)

Park News - (2/6/21) Pinball fans, according to this short article more than two dozen vintage pinball games have been set up for play in the Arnolds Park Museum. The pinball machines, all said to be from the 1960’s, were previously in a collectors basement and have been restored to full operational status and brought to the park’s Museum for guests to play. Set to 5 ball mode, $1.25 for a token, or you can get 5 tokes for $5.

2021 - Octopus and Refurbished Log Flume - (12/31/20) IRM Rides has announced they have supplied Historic Arnolds Park with more new rides over the past year. This included the vintage Allen Herschell Mad Mouse added in 2019, and for 2020 they supplied the park with two classic rides from the liquidated Lakemont Park: new bumper cars and a 1965 Eyerly Aircraft Octopus ride that premiered at the park following a brief COVID related closure in June.
    Sam Shurgott, IRM President said, “When Arnold’s Park briefly closed in early June, this gave their team time to install the refurbished Octopus. Its new pink sweeps shine bright in the summer sun and the new green LED light package casts an incredible glow in the evening. We heard rumors of a large octopus sighting in the adjacent Lake Okoboji, and this rumor was for real!”
    IRM also confirmed that the park’s Boji Falls Log Flume (Arrow 1970) is currently being refurbished and the 50 year old classic will return next summer.
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icon_STOP2022 - New Stage - (6/5/21) According to the local news Arnolds Park announced plans to spend $4.5 million to build a new performance stage at Preservation Plaza. Construction work is planned to start around Labor Day and hopefully finish in time for the Summer 2022 season. The state will be designed to feature a lot of organic curves to it, inspired by the concept of waves on the lake combined with the profile of a roller coaster.
    The funding for the whole project is actually coming from an anonymous donor, which will include the new stage, as well as the construction of new restrooms and a concession facility.

icon_STOP2022/2023 - Legend Refurbishment - Planning - (6/5/21) So what’s next for the park? The park’s CEO mentioned they are planning a $1.5 million renovation of the park’s Legend wooden coaster (1930).

 

BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

2021 - Rumored Replacement - (8/8/20) Look for Bay Beach to replace the park’s old Falling Star ride with something new for 2021, possibly just a newer version of the same ride.

???? - Beach/Pier Proposal - (8/8/20) According to the local news the City of Green Bay has revised their future expansion plans for Bay Beach. Previously the focus on was construction a sand beach at the property, but concerns over water levels and funds have forced a revision to the future plans that would now seek to build a pier, a shoreline walkway along with with placement of a stormwater management pond and erosion control measures as part of the new Phase 1. Phase one will cost an estimated $4.8 million. All Phase 1 plans will go into action sometime between Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
    Phase 2 will follow for an estimated $5.6 million that will include the sand beach area and a replacement for the old Falling Star ride at the park. Other Phase 2 projects would include a bathhouse, the relocation of the original train ride, and paving a parking lot. The Falling Star ride may be replaced in 2021, ahead of schedule, due to a $500,000 donation from the Friends of Bay Beach group for that purpose. The rest of the Phase 2 projects will happen as the funds become available, though the beach and boathouse projects will require the water levels to go down 12 inches from current levels.
 
    (2/9/18) According to the local news the mayor of Green Bay is looking to bring “The Beach” back to Bay Beach. Proposed plans would see a new 1,000 foot sand beach built “from the property line to the new tot rides” with a boardwalk and 400 foot long pier with the ability to fish off the end of it. The estimated budget is around $5 million, but while the planning is taking place, the city has yet to approve any kind of budget for it.

 

BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2020 seasons.

 

BOSQUE MAGICO (Mexico)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2020 seasons.

 

CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CAMDEN PARK (WV)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2020 seasons.

 

CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

icon_STOP2021 - Xolo Loca - (5/7/21) Casino Pier is said to be adding a SBF Visa Big Air coaster for the 2021 season to be called Xolo Loca. Unlike the concept art previously shown for SBF Visa’s Big Air coaster concept, this one will feature two of the looping wheel shaped cars instead of just one, along with three spinning cars.  I’m told the new coaster will replace the park’s former Air Race attraction.

 

CASTLE PARK (California)

Park News - (4/11/21) California’s Castle Park reopened to guests on Friday, April 9th after being closed since March 2020. Prior to this Castle Park was able to reopen their outdoor mini-golf courses at various times, depending on the ever changing restrictions in the state, but this now marks the first time that all of Castle Park’s attractions, including the rides, are finally open to guests once again. Capacity is limited at the park however, so please visit the website ahead of your visit to pre-purchase your tickets and ensure that the park has not already reached capacity for that date.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2020 seasons.

 

CEDAR VALLEY’S WILD FRONTIER (Michigan)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

icon_STOPCLEMENTON PARK (New Jersey)
All park information moved to a new dedicated page for Clementon Park news - CLICK HERE

 

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

icon_STOPPark News -  (5/11/21) Great news for Cliff’s Amusement Park, as the local news reports that the park was able to reopen to guests on Mother’s Day for the first time since 2019.
 
    (3/31/21) According to local reports Cliff’s Amusement Park is now preparing to open the park once again on May 8th. This is great news as previous reports indicated that the park was really struggling with what would happen if they were not allowed to reopen this Spring.

 
    (1/10/21) Cliff’s amusement park in New Mexico may be in danger. According to a local news article, the New Mexico government reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t unlike what we’ve seen take place in California. This kept Cliff’s closed for all of 2020, despite the park presenting a safe plan to reopen based on how other parks in the nation were allowed to reopen like Walt Disney World. Unlike the Disney parks however, Cliff’s doesn’t have the backing of a bigger entertainment megacorp to deal with the ongoing costs that continue to come in while the park has been kept closed and has now put Cliff’s in a rather hard spot.
    According to Cliff's Gary Hays, looking ahead to when Cliff’s would normally open for the 2021 season in April, “I honestly don’t know if we can survive without opening up.” Currently New Mexico has color-coded the various counties in the state based on their COVID levels: Red, Yellow and Green, with the majority of counties in the Red currently. However under the current rules from the state governor, Cliff’s and other entertainment venues are still not allowed to open even when their counties reach a Green status and would have to await new special orders from the Governor's office allowing them to open once again.
    Unless things change between now and April, Cliff’s and other local entertainment venues may simply reach the end of their rope and go under. Hopefully the start of COVID-19 vaccinations will help push things in the right direction by then, but then the park will also have to face other issues rising that will increase their operating costs, all while trying to recover from an entire lost year of business. We wish Cliff’s well, as the closing of a local amusement park in any major city often leaves a giant hole that can never be filled again.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

COLUMBUS ZOO (Ohio)

icon_STOP2021 - Tidal Twist - Under Construction - (6/12/21) According to a local news report the new Tidal Twist roller coaster at the Columbus Zoo will be ready to open sometime in July.
 
    (4/17/21) The Columbus Zoo is adding a new coaster for the 2021 season. A tweet from the zoo shows off an aerial photo of a cleared plot of land and some footers over over where they will add Tidal Twist, a new family spinning roller coaster standing just 36 feet tall and his 30mph and open in June 2021. According to RCDB, this will be a Zamperla Compact Twister Coaster model, smaller than the bigger versions you may have seen elsewhere modeled after the Reverchon design.
    The only other Compact Twister I can find in operation in North America is the Crazy Mouse at the Park at OWA.

 

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK (Pennsylvania)

icon_STOP2021 - Internal Improvements & Renovations - (6/7/21) Screamscape sources tell us that a new ride is already in the works to come to Conneaut Lake Park, which is expected to be a classic Octopus style flat ride. Apparently a picture of it may have been posted to Facebook.
 
    (5/26/21) A little more disappointing news has come from Conneaut Lake Park this week.  The new owner has confirmed that the park will not be ready to reopen on Memorial Day Weekend as they had hoped and will instead shoot to open for the July 4th holiday weekend. With a lot of improvement work still in progress, they felt the park was just not ready to open at this point.
    Elsewhere in the article they confirm that the Pony Trail has been removed and that they have plans to expand Kiddieland into that area going forward, as well as adding new family rides. On the flip side, I’m now hearing that the park also chose to remove the park’s Tilt-A-Whirl due to it being in poor condition. Unlike the removal of the Tumble Bug however, you can not only find plenty of used Tilt-A-Whirls on the used ride market, but you can still buy bran new versions of the ride as well. While we haven’t heard about them buying a new Tilt-A-Whirl, it seems they are working on adding new rides to the park, possibly as early as this season, so we’ll have to wait and see.
    For those hoping for some good word about the fate of Blue Streak, unfortunately you will have to wait even longer. They say that the structural engineers hired to look over the coaster won't be on site until this fall. This last part worries me a bit, as if there is major work to be done to Blue Streak in order to get it open for Summer 2022, then you would think they would want as much time as possible to get the work done now, ahead of the cold winter months. Instead, bringing in Engineers to look over the ride in the Fall reduces the amount of time available to make the needed repairs.
 
    (5/23/21) A bit of sad news from Conneaut Lake Park came out this weekend. Conneaut Lake Park issued a statement confirming that the Tumble Bug ride would not be returned to the park. After closing the ride for an intended refurbishment, it was determined that the overall condition of the ride was just too far gone to save it.
    As the park rightly pointed out, “nothing lasts forever”. Now steps can be taken to ensure classic rides last a long time, but keep in mind the condition the park has been in over the past decade or so. Conneaut Lake Park has essentially been running on life support, with extremely limited funds, under the control of Trustees whose job was to keep the business running, while following a court-ordered financial plan, set by a bankruptcy court judge, focused on paying off the park's overdue debt and taxes responsibilities. Keeping all that in mind, it may be a wonder that the Tumble Bugs lasted as long as it did.
    Now I will say that with the right budget, I’d think any ride could be saved, or at least re-engineered enough to be copied with modern technology, but we are talking about a business now who is trying to save the park while making it profitable. There is a point where doing what is needed to save a ride definitely goes against a company’s drive to make a profit, especially if they determine those same funds could be put to better use elsewhere in the park. (Like saving the Blue Streak perhaps? We know the fate of this coaster has still yet to be determined…)
    To help keep the memories of the Tumble Bug alive at the park at least, they have saved the cars and have placed them inside the park grounds in locations where guests may still sit in them and take pictures.
    In other park news, I’m told that the Bumper Cars have also been removed from the park currently, and the building will be transformed into a new large arcade going forward. I’ve also been told that the park’s “Pony Track” area in the kiddie area has also been removed. This was actually a large plot of land used for literal rides on actual Ponies. It isn’t known if the Ponies are gone from the park for good or if they are planning to bring them back in the future. The size of the land used for it however could easily be re-purposed to add many new attractions to the park in the future as well.

 
    (5/5/21) According to a local source, most of the demolition that was slated to take place at Conneaut Lake Park has been completed, and the process of rebuilding on those stites will begin very soon. I’m told that the first area of focus for expansion will be to the Water Park. The temporary removal of the park’s Tumble Bug ride this season could allow for some expansion room to the waterpark if they were to put it in a new location when it returns next season.
 
    (4/4/21) An updated report about the future of Conneaut Lake Park confirms that not only will the Blue Streak not be able to run in 2021, but also the park’s classic Tumble Bug ride. The good news is that the new owners, Keldon Holdings, reported that the Tumble Bug was in need of extensive repairs that will also take some time to complete. “We do intend to keep it and have it up and running next year”, which is great news to hear. While some aspects of the park will need to be demolished to make way for the future, they have also confirmed that the park’s carousel and The Devil’s Den dark ride will also be kept and running for the 2021 season.
    Look for the Tumble Bug to be removed for repair this year and return in 2022, and hopefully alongside the Blue Streak coaster which also needs some attention before it can reopen, as previously reported.
 
    (3/28/21) Changes are already under way at Conneaut Lake Park. According to the local news the new owner has already begun the process of removing “blighted buildings” in an effort to fix up the park. The good news is that they have also confirmed that things like the waterpark, the carousel, the Blue Streak wooden coaster, the Devil Den dark ride and Kiddieland will be left untouched by the demolition crews.
    Already some of the picnic pavilion structures have come down and many other buildings on the midway have been marked for demolition. Other structures have been earmarked to be gutted inside and rebuilt, such as the park offices. “What we are trying to do is get rid of all the blight," he said in an interview. "That includes old houses, the buildings in the midway. They all have to come down. A lot of the old trees and a lot of the asphalt. It's a long list for sure.”
    While the plan is to get the park open… the Blue Streak wont be running at first. “We are going to put the Blue Streak on the back burner to get some structural engineers to see what we are dealing with," he said, leaving open the possibility that the coaster might be used in the future.”
    With this in mind the focus of the 2021 season will be to get the waterpark, Kiddieland and the Carousel back up and running with an eye towards having the park begin to host a number of new seasonal events and plans to build a new amphitheater on the property that will be near the waterfront.
 
    (3/15/21) The new owners of Conneaut Lake Park have laid out their long term plans for the property. Overall their vision for the site is to serve as a family events center, with plans to make it the “premier event space in the area.”
    As for the immediate plans they posted on Social media, this includes starting with general cleaning up of the entire facility, demolition of any unsound structures, plans to rebuild The Beach Club, cleanup and expansion of Camperland and the Beach, as well as planning new improvements for the waterpark and kiddie land, as well as new rides, new entertainment and more. Best of all, the plan is to reopen the park to guests on Memorial Day Weekend.

 
    (3/6/21) According to this news report that Bankruptcy Judge approved the $1.2 million sale of Conneaut Lake Park to Keldon Holdings LLC earlier this week as the sole bidder for the property. Previously the park which did not open in 2020 was not expecting to open again in 2021, but under new ownership anything can happen as some indicated that the new owners were indeed hoping to open it this summer. Stay tuned.
 
    (2/24/21) According to the news only one qualified bid was submitted for Conneaut Lake Park by the deadline on Friday, which was the $1.2 million bid from Keldon Holdings LLC. They also confirm that no objections to the sale were submitted either by the deadline, so things are now on track for a sale hearing to take place on March 2, which should confirm the sale of the amusement park, waterpark, hotel, campground and other related property unless something changes.
 
    (1/29/21) According to the local news the Conneaut Lake Park trustees have been given approval to proceed with the plan to sell the theme park to the highest bidder by the Bankruptcy Court. As previously stated, any successful bid must include the purchase of the amusement park property as well as the Conneaut Hotel and campground. The deadline for all bids to be submitted is February 19, 2021.
 
    (1/23/21) It looks like the future of Conneaut Lake Park has not gotten much more interesting. After covering the financial hardship, tax issues, and slow road to recovery taken by the park towards working itself out of bankruptcy things took a surprising turn yesterday. In a new post on the park’s Facebook page, they announced that the Trustees for the park received an offer from “a qualified cash buyer to purchase all assets of Conneaut Lake Park.”  They go on to say that the intentions of the buyer are to ‘invest in the property and to expand on the year-over-year momentum the Park has gained.”
    As the park is still involved in their bankruptcy reorganization plan, all offers to buy the park and its assets will have to be run through the bankruptcy court, but if the offer is deemed as being the best way for the property to exit bankruptcy cleanly by being purchased the deal shouldn’t be turned down. Things may be more interesting however, as the process does open up things for any other qualified buyer to make a higher offer to purchase the park, but they make it clear that since the original offer is to buy ALL of the park’s assets, all additional bids must also be for everything as well.
    To be honest, I have heard nothing about anyone even looking to buy Conneaut Lake Park at this time, so this news came as a bit of a surprise. The park has been in bankruptcy reorganization for quite some time now, and so far none of the established amusement park owners out there have made a valid offer to buy it. This makes me wonder if this may end up being similar to how Indiana Beach was saved, with a successful non-amusement related business owner taking an interest in the park to run as their very own.
    According to another article the entity behind the $1.2 million bid to buy the property comes from a “Keldon Holdings LCC”.

 

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Pennsylvania)

Park News - (2/7/21) Good news for DelGrosso’s Park! The small park has announced that the plan is to open the park for the 2021 season starting on Memorial Day Weekend in late May and have now begun the process of hiring the staff they need. This follows the decision of the park to remain closed for the 2020 season out of concern for COVID-19, so a successful 2021 season is going to go a long way to ensure the long term success of the park. They are also currently pre-selling 2021 season passes on their website right now as well.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2020 seasons.

 

DENO’S WONDER WHEEL (New York)

icon_STOPPark News - (4/4/21) Congrats to Deno’s Wonder Wheel park for confirming that they will finally reopen to guests at long last on April 9, 2021. With construction on the park’s new Phoenix roller coaster now going full speed ahead, this is fantastic news for the park’s 2021 season.

icon_STOP2021 - Phoenix - (4/23/21) Phoenix is rising very quickly at Deno’s Wonder Wheel park. Check out the latest construction pictures posted to Facebook by CoasterForce.

 
    (4/2/21) Construction is now under way on the new Phoenix roller coaster at Denos Wonder Wheel park in Coney Island. A tweet from the park shows that several yellow support pieces have already gone vertical and promises that the first track sections are planned to be put into place next week.

 
    (12/23/20) Denos Wonder Wheel in New York has announced that they will add a new Vekoma family suspended coaster to the park for the 2021 season. The new coaster will be named Phoenix, stand 68 feet tall and hit a top speed of 34mph.

 

 

DIGGERLAND USA (New Jersey)

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

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

icon_STOPPark News - (5/16/21) Not only is the Dixie Landin’ theme park slated to stay closed this season while the park focusing on running their waterpark, but now one of our readers has spotted what appears to be the park’s Ragin’ Cajun roller coaster (Vekoma Boomerang) listed as being up for sale for $1.95 million. While the pictures definitely appear to be Ragin’ Cajun, the listing is a little off, as it claims the coaster is a 1991 Model, while Rajun’ Cajun first opened as “Boomerang” in the UK back in 1987t o 1998 at Hafan y Mor Holiday Park before making the trip across the Atlantic.
    According to RCDB, the only Vekoma Boomerang to open in 1991 would be the Sidewinder at Hersheypark, which does not appear to be for sale at this time. This wouldn’t be the first time the reported stats for a used ride were incorrect however and with the theme park side of Dixie Landin’ to stay closed all year, it would make it easy to remove the coaster anytime if it were to be sold.
 
    (5/2/21) According to reports the Dixie Landin’ / Blue Bayou park will reopen the Blue Bayou waterpark on May 22, but the Dixie Landin’ amusement park will remain closed for the 2021 season. According to the official website, the park says that difficulties in hiring staff to work at the attraction in addition to the limited time they have has caused them to focus their efforts on opening the waterpark only this season, which will open at 100% capacity.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2020 seasons.

 

DUTCH WONDERLAND (Pennsylvania)
Owned by Parque Reunidos

Park News - (3/16/21) The local news confirms that Dutch Wonderland is set to open to guests on May 15 and is currently looking to hire staff for the theme park as well as the Cartoon Network Hotel next door that they also own.

2021 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

EDAVILLE USA (Carver, MA)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2020 seasons.

 

ENCHANTED FOREST (Oregon)

icon_STOPPark News - (6/5/21) Enchanted Forest will reopen today at long last. Due to local restrictions, capacity will be limited to 15%, which is about 400 guests at a time, but that’s better than nothing. Obviously, with a capacity limit that low, reservations are required and can be made on the official website.
    Also, Guests are asked to wear face masks indoors, but will not require them outdoors.
 
    (4/8/21) A news special about the struggle of Enchanted Forest to stay alive and how the locals have raised over $400,000 to help save the park can be seen here.
    The video also sends a great message to remember about all of your local attractions, because I'm sure they have all been struggling to survive over the past year, so when you are able to do so again, please be sure to visit and help your favorite local attractions stay in business and survive because otherwise they could be lost forever.

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

EVERMORE (Utah)

icon_STOPPark News - (3/26/21) In a curious move, the twin lawsuits against each other by Evermore Park and Taylor Swift have suddenly, and quietly, been dropped entirely with no kind of private monetary settlement. As silly as the lawsuits were, it does make me wonder if the whole thing was just some kind of planned attention grab scheme that went a little too far.
 
    (2/26/21) First Evermore Park filed a lawsuit against Tayor Swift,  now the musician has turned the tables and filed a counter-lawsuit again Evermore Park for playing her music within the park without her permission or without a proper license agreement.
 
    (2/7/21) I’m not sure if this is a serious lawsuit or just an attempt to gain a little more attention and brand recognition from being in the news headlines, but either way Evermore park in Utah has filed a trademark lawsuit against Taylor Swift. The point of contention is the title of Taylor Swift’s latest album that was released in December which is called… you guessed it… “Evermore”.
    According to various news articles, the Evermore park has several construction liens now filed against them from unpaid contractors, as the park’s business has obviously been hurt during 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic. As a unique “experience” role-playing park concept, Evermore was frequently talked about in various entertainment news headlines prior to the pandemic to describe the unique creation and concept of the park.
    I’m certainly not a trademark lawyer, so I can’t speak with any absolute authority on this, but I really don’t recall too many previously lawsuits where a theme park and music performer took legal action over a trademarked name as typically there is very little chance of reasonable confusion between the two being associated with each other.
    Off the top of my head, the only real time I can remember anything like this happening before was when Kentucky Kingdom first announced they were building a new dueling wooden roller coaster to be named “Twisted Sisters”. Soon after a member of the former rock band Twisted Sister who owned the trademark for the band threatened the park with a lawsuit over the name, which caused Kentucky Kingdom to change the name of the coaster to Twisted Twins to avoid the lawsuit.
    In the case of Taylor Swift, while I don’t believe there is reasonable confusion between the identity of the theme park and the album, there may be possible confusion over the use of the name “Evermore” on merchandise being sold to promote Swift’s album being confused with merchandise sold by the theme park, with the park having locked  in the trademark for “clothing, theme parks and entertainment services” use back in 2015. While I have not seen any of the Taylor Swift merchandise, I would also think the inclusion of her name alongside any use of the phrase “Evermore” could also be enough to prevent any such confusion.
    Of course Taylor Swift could always just buy the small Evermore theme park and become the new owner, solving the entire thing and taking a career step towards becoming the next Dolly Parton. I joke, but wouldn’t that be an interesting end to this story?

 

FAMILY KINGDOM (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Park News - (4/11/21) Good news for those looking to get some thrill ride action in the Myrtle Beach area. The Family Kingdom amusement park opened for business this weekend. Based on the schedule posted to their website, they look to be planning to open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through to Memorial Day Weekend, when they will switch to daily operations. 
    One item worth mentioning is that they don’t have any hours posted for the Splashes water park across the street at all, not even in June, July or August. The website only says that the waterpark is ‘Temporarily Closed Due to COVID”, but I do wonder if they may have opted to close it for good, or possibly sell off the extremely valuable oceanfront property that it sits on in order to save the theme park from an financial hardship caused by COVID in 2020.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2020 seasons.

 

FANTASY ISLAND (Grand Island, NY)  -  Information Moved To New Dedicated Park Page

 

FUNPLEX MYRTLE BEACH (South Carolina)

icon_STOP2021 - New Attraction - (5/11/21) According to the local news the new FunPlex Myrtle Beach amusement park is now set to open to the public on May 21. Admission is free, with attractions to be paid for individually.
 
    (4/18/21) According to a local news report the new Funplex Myrtle Beach location is hoping to have the new attraction and mini-theme park ready to open by May 3rd if all goes well. They’ve still got a lot of work left to do however, so I wont be surprised if that date slips a little. They did confirm that they’re still awaiting the arrival and installation of all their kitchen equipment. The rides are all up, but need to finish up the electrical hook-ups, which means they still need to be tested and inspected as well to get final approval and permits, but they are getting close to being finished.
 
    (4/16/21) The local news has posted a brief video update showing off the construction of the new Funplex Amusement Center in Myrtle Beach.
 
2020_1119_FunplexBreaksGround    (11/20/20) Screamscape has been informed that New Jersey based Funplex Amusement Centers has officially broken ground on their new Myrtle Beach amusement park location this week. According to the updated press release, Funplex Myrtle Beach will be “Tropically themed and feature seven family-thrill rides surrounding a walk-up bar and restaurant.” This will “include the tallest, interactive 360º flying jet ride on the market, and first-of-its-kind in North America.”
    If all goes as planned, the goal is to open the new Funplex location sometime in Spring 2021.
 
    (6/6/20) Local news reports that the plans to build the FunPlex mini amusement park in Myrtle Beach have been approved. The new park will feature seven attractions and we now have some concept art and a layout plan to see more about what is planned. Based on what I can gleem from the plans and artwork, it looks like there could be a number of SBF/Visa Group rides here, including a custom Big Air Coaster, a new concept they had on display at IAAPA last November that features a pair of “hamster wheel” looking cars that can flip riders upside down followed by a trio of their spinning coaster cars, so you can choose your experience. Also seen on the plans include what looks like a Space Gun (Twin Hammerhead style ride), a Reverse Time, a drop tower, a couple of kiddie rides and what almost appears to be a Zamerperla Super Air Race ride.
    I could be entirely wrong about the Air Race, as the rest of the rides look as if the entire ride package could be from SBF-Visa, but I don’t see anything that looks quite like the ride in the art in their catalog, so I’m really not quite sure what it is. (I’m sure some of you readers who are flat ride experts may be able to help figure it out, as it could be something new not yet posted, like the Big Air Coaster.
    In other ride news for the area, I’m told that all the currently set up rides at Broadway at the Beach are now up and running, which includes the West and Central Pavilion Park zones. The former Pavilion Park East is still disassembled. I’m told that some of the rides that used to run at the East ride cluster are sitting in an empty parking lot across the street, so perhaps they will come back in new locations once they finish rebuilding that section of the complex in about a year or so.
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    (5/17/20) According to a local news report a new mini amusement park may be preparing to open in Myrtle Beach sometime in 2021. According to the plans submitted to the city the project would be called “The Funplex of Myrtle Beach” which would consist of a complex of amusement rides and food outlets to be located along 14th Ave North between Ocean Blvd and Chester St that appears to currently be used for parking.
    Currently Funplex has two locations, both in New Jersey, and is looking to expand into a new market. The plans will include a small family coaster that will run the perimeter of the property, a number of other kiddie and family rides, along with a “tall tower ride” that is said to be the first of its kind in the country. If approved, construction could start as early as this fall and be open by April 2021.

 

FUNTOWN USA / SPLASHTOWN USA (Saco, Maine)

2021 - Nothing known at this time... nothing added for the 2015 - 2020 seasons.

 

GALAXYLAND (Inside the West Edmonton Mall Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

2021 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

GALVESTON ISLAND HISTORIC PLEASURE PIER (Galveston, Texas)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2013 - 2020 seasons.

 

GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER (Ocean City, NJ)

icon_STOPPark News - (4/3/21) According to a press release from Gillian’s, “The Gillian and Mita families announced today, that they are joining together to enhance Gillian’s Wonderland Pier’s guest experience. The two families with deep history in amusements and hospitality are partnering to create a unique experience and better serve guests of this premier destination.”
    While the Gillian family has been involved with the Ocean City Boardwalk since 1929, I was not familiar with the Mita family and what they may bring to the table. According to a quick search the Mita family owns Icona Resorts, a company who operations famous beach area resorts in the area. Adding the Mita family into the company as either a partner or investor, seems like a good way to ensure better long term stability Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, especially after what everyone went through in 2020 that resulting in reports that they had defaulted in $8 million in debt earlier this year.
 
    (1/29/21) According to the local news Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, owned by Mayor Jay Gillian of Ocean City, is now heading to a sheriff’s auction sale after defaulting on over $8 million in debt. While this may be the plan right now, the message on the park’s Facebook page says that the park wants to “reassure all of our loyal Guests that Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will be open for business, as usual, for the upcoming 2021 Season.”
    An update posted here claims that the park was already working to refinance their debt before COVID struck and shut things down, and caused their initial refinancing plans to be scrapped. The owner claims new financing has been secured to pay their debts and they will indeed be able to open for the 2021 season as promised.

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

Park News - (10/29/20) While apparently the small Gilroy Gardens park in Santa Clara County should be clear to open under the new state guidelines, Santa Clara County has come forward to say that under the more restrictive County guidelines, all theme parks in Santa Clara County must remain closed. This county ruling would also apply to California’s Great America (which can’t open until they hit the Yellow tier anyway) as well as keeping audiences out of live sporting events.
    The move doesn’t really effect Gilroy Gardens much, as the park announced back in August that they were not planning to reopen until May 2021 anyway.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2020 seasons.

 

GLENWOOD CAVERNS (Colorado)

icon_STOP2021 - (5/31/21) According to the local news Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open once again and with no COVID-19 restrictions in place. While reservations are not required, the park does encourage guests to buy their tickets in advance. They also note that the Cliffhanger roller coaster has undergone a major refurbishment since 2019 with new wheels for a smoother ride and the addition of a new magnetic braking system.

 

IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

Park News - (4/16/21) Idlewild has posted a tentative park schedule for the 2021 season on their website, allowing the park to open from Memorial Day Weekend through to Labor Day Weekend, staying closed Tuesdays and Wednesday in June and August, and staying closed Tuesdays in July.
 
    (11/4/20) Along with the announcement from Kennywood removing rides, Idlewild & SoakZone confirmed that they are also going to retire several attractions this winter. The departing attractions include the Rainbow Wheel in Raccoon Lagoon, the Bubbling Springs Ball Pit in Jumpin’ Jungle and the Ferris Wheel in Olde Idlewild.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2020 seasons.

 

JOLLY ROGER (Ocean City, MD)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

JOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK (Lubbock, TX)

icon_STOPPark News - (5/31/21) You’ve got to feel bad for Joyland in Texas. According to the local news, Joyland Amusement Park experienced flooding a week ago that just caused a huge mess for the park, and has forced them to remain closed ever since. According to the report about 3 feet of flood water ran through the park that pushed mud and muck into about every structure on the property, from the bumper cars and other rides to the arcades and food buildings.
    Joyland asks for patience while they work as fast as they can to clean things up. So far they say they were off to a great start for the 2021 season, and have now set a target date of June 5th to reopen the park once again.
 
    (3/6/21) Joyland in Texas has announced that the amusement park will reopen to guests on March 13, 2021 on their Facebook page.

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK (Keansburg, NJ)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2020 seasons.

 

KEMAH BOARDWALK (near Houston, Texas)
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2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2020 seasons.

 

LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH  (Chattanooga, TN)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 - 2020 seasons.

 

LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK (Denver, CO)

icon_STOPPark News - (5/31/21) Lakeside Amusement Park remained closed for all of 2020, but now they say they hope to finally open once again by mid-Summer. You can put the emphasis on the word “hope” there, as the park is now sending out word that they need to hire staff right now (18+) for both short-term “gig” maintenance and construction work to get the park ready to reopen, as well as to fill positions to stay for the rest of the summer. They will eventually also be hiring 16 and 17-year-olds, so they encourage them to apply as well now.

 
    (2/26/21) According to a local news report Lakeside Amusement Park is wanting to reopen for a 2021 season, but at the current limited capacity levels set by the state, it just wouldn’t be feasible. They are hoping the rules will be changed over the next few months or that they can get a variance to allow them to operate at a higher level.

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 - 2020 seasons.

 

LOST ISLAND THEME PARK (Iowa)

icon_STOP2022 - New Park - (6/3/21) According to a press release the Bay Creek Carousel will now be sent to its new home as part of the new Lost Island theme park under construction in Iowa. The 50 foot carousel has 42 wood carved animals and 4 chariots. Western Train is overseeing the project, which will take the Bay Creek Carousel that was originally designed for for “Bayside Village” and install it at the new Iowa theme park by early 2022. The carousel has a Tropical Island and Aquatic theme.
 
    (5/26/21) Fantastic new construction pictures of the coasters now set up for the Lost Island theme park in Iowa can be seen on Facebook. This includes a look at the former Cobra coaster (Vekoma SLC) relocated from Ratanga Junction (South America) and the former Kanonen (Intamin Accelerator) relocated from Liseberg (Sweden).

 
    (1/23/21) Construction on the Lost Island theme park in Iowa has been moving at a rapid pace it seems. Check out some amazing pictures posted to Facebook showing off a purple and bright green roller coaster now under construction along with a flat ride or two.

 
    (10/31/20) According to a local news report, land clearing, grading and excavation work is underway for the new Lost Island Theme Park project. It is great to see work taking place on this project, pushing ahead despite the pandemic issues. If all goes as planned, hopefully the pandemic will be mostly behind us in time for the new theme park to open in 2022.
 
    (7/12/20) Green roller coaster track was spotted being unloaded from a shipping container on the site for the new Lost Island theme park in Waterloo Iowa this week. Check out the photos below. The distance that the photos were taken makes it difficult to really see any track detail other than the color. Squinting a bit, I will say that this doesn’t look like the Intamin style track from the former Kannon coaster purchased from Liseberg. If anything it looks more like Vekoma/Arrow style track, and the park was rumored to have purchased a Vekoma SLC for the park, possible the retired Cobra from Ratanga Junction.

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    (5/4/20) A quick update regarding the Lost Island Theme Park coasters. While it is still very possible that the park got the Cobra (Vekoma SLC) from Ratanga Junction, they the other coaster actually would not be the mine train from that park, as it was already sold and installed to Fantasilandia in Chile.
    A video on YouTube from Park Pros actually does a good job breaking down the possible new rides coming to the park based on a park layout image and concept art released thus far, so check that out below.

 
    (5/3/20) Construction is underway for the Lost Island theme park theme park in Iowa. It has been about a year since we’ve heard anything about the plans to build the Lost Island theme park across from the Lost Island waterpark, but according to a local news report grading and early construction is still in progress, despite the pandemic that makes the opening of their waterpark an unknown at this point. The owners say that they have already committed and invested so much for the new $100 million, 90-acre theme park that it wouldn’t be wise to stopping things now for the 2022 project.
    They have also confirmed that the park will become the new home to the former Kanonen launched roller coaster from Intamin that ran at Liseberg in Sweden from 2005 to 2016. There is also some speculation that the park may have also bought the former Cobra coaster (Vekoma SLC) and Diamond Devil Run (Vekoma Mine Train) from the Ratanga Junction theme park in South Africa that closed in 2018. While Lost Island admits to Kanonen, they will not confirm the rumors about the Ratanga Junction coasters.
    Either way, I think people will be excited to see a brand new theme park coming to Iowa. The opening of a new park is a rare thing these days.
 
    (7/18/19) Could a new theme park be coming to Iowa?  According to the local news, the owners of the Lost Island Waterpark are set to begin construction on a “Lost Island Theme Park” next month with plans to open it in 2022. The $100 million project moving forward is still pending on obtaining final zoning and building approvals.
    Once approved they say the park will feature five lands and “a variety of rides and attractions designed to immerse guests in the stories of magical lands that can only be found at the Lost Island Theme Park.”

 

MIAMI WILDS (Miami, Florida)

???? - NEW PARK - (10/23/20) After all this time, I’m surprised by this outcome, but it seems Miami-Dade has approved the plans for the Miami Wilds project next to Zoo Miami. The plans include a waterpark, a small hotel and shopping district, along with room for some future expansion plans such as a second hotel down the line.
 
    (10/15/20) According to the local news next week the Miami-Dade County Commission will cast votes on the proposed Miami Wilds water park project. There is quite a bit of opposition to the project now ranging from policial to nature conservationists who claim the site is home to one of the most endangered bat species in the state and this project could cause an extinction. If the project does not get passed for approval, this could likely be the end of the proposal.
 
    (9/12/20) Would you believe that the shelved plans for the “Miami Wilds” project are have resurfaced once again? According to the local news the plans for the theme park project next to Zoo Miami are being pitched once again by a ‘hedge fund manager and team of developers” that would add 200 hotel rooms, 25,000 sqft of retail space, a water park and additional parking lot space to share with Zoo Miami.
    We haven’t heard much about Miami Wilds since it was proposed back in 2013. At the time it was also backed with themeing from 20th Century Fox and would have had a lot of themeing based around the the studios various properties, including a proposed water park themed entirely to the animated Ice Age film series.

 

MODELLAND (Santa Monica, CA)

2021?? - NEW ATTRACTION - (1/10/21) Current Status Unknown, has not opened due to COVID-19 Restrictions in California. Check at Official Website for official updates.
 
    (2/28/20) The latest updated on Tyra Banks ModelLand attraction concept now say that it will be ready to open on May 1st and will be located in Santa Monica. You can sign up for more information from the official website which is now preselling tickets starting at $59 for adults and up to $1,495 for a “Fantascene Dream” package. This mega-package includes a photoshoot, a person consultation with fashion and beauty experts, plus a styling and wardrobe change.
 
    (2/17/20) Apparently Tyra Banks was dead serious when she said she wanted to open her own themed attraction to be called ModelLand and they’ve got an official Instagram posting all about it. The idea is that it will be a themed experience where every member of the family can experience what it is like to be a model and include some special shopping and dining experiences as well. According to the posts it will be a “story-driven attraction” showcasing a “fantasy version of the modeling world”, but it is not a theme park, or a museum.
    The plan is to open ModelLand in California sometime later this year.

 

OAK’S PARK (Portland, Orgeon)

icon_STOP2021 - AtmosFEAR 360 - (4/17/21) Oregon’s Oaks Amusement Park is now open once again starting today. According to the park’s website the rides, mini-golf and midway games will reopen, but under limited-capacity rules, so tickets to visit must be purchased in advance through the park’s website.
    The park will also finally open their new AtmosFEAR ride today.
 
    (8/8/20) While the new ride is a little late for the 2020 season, workers are now putting up the new AtmosFEAR flat ride at Oaks Park. Pictures of the ride going up can be found here. According to the article the ride seems to have two modes, one where it can flip riders upside down 360º and the other is a more mild 180º swing mode. According to the CEO who test rode another version of the ride elsewhere, he described the 360º as “Terrifying” and was guessing that Oaks Park guests will experience the 180º swing mode “most of the time”.

 

PACIFIC PARK (Santa Monica Pier, CA)

2021 -  West Coaster Update - (2/7/20) The local news reports that the Santa Monica West Coaster will get a $1 million refurbishment this off season. When it reopens in the summer it will be rethemed as a tribute to Route 66 with a new coaster train themed as a classic roadster and various bits of themeing added to the station such as gas pumps, Route 66 maps and other automotive memorabilia.

 

PALACE PLAYLAND (Maine)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 - 2020 seasons.

 

PHARAOH’S ADVENTURE PARK (California)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2020 seasons.

 

PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2019 - 2020 seasons either.

???? - Future Expansion Plans - (2/9/20) While we won't find out anything more until later this year when Playland PNE makes their final pitch for the park’s revision plans, we have heard some rumors so far based on previous plans and revisions. These could all be changed by the time the final pitch is made, but according to our source the plans for Playland may involve the addition for up to four new coasters (small compact to medium size) along with a small collection of other attractions. This later list may include rides like a Gerstaluer Sky Fly, a Splash Battle, Zamperla Disk’O and Air Race, possibly a new water raft ride, a possible Splash Battle style ride, a Ropes Course and two or three kiddie rides.
    Again, these are said to be previous plans and everything is always subject to change, especially when the big ride companies get involved and start to offer some discounts for large ride packages during the bidding process. So stay tuned, there is a lot of work still to be done here.
 
    (2/8/20) The plans to transform the Playland at the PNE amusement park into a more traditional theme park are still in the works, with a business plan and final presentation for the concept said to be brought before city hall sometime this Spring. The plan will see the park expanded from 15 to 22 acres along with the reconfiguration of some of the existing site. You can read more details about the plan posted to Vancouver Urbanized.

 

PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE (Ocean City, NJ)

icon_STOPPark News - (3/6/21) Despite the fire in January that burned the arcade and front entrance to the park, Playland’s Castaway Cove is now planning on reopening the amusement park later this month. Currently the park’s calendar says they will open on March 27th at noon.
 
    (2/9/21) According to the preliminary report about the cause of the fire at Playland’s Castaway Cove, the fire was deemed thus far to be accidental. The source of the blaze was said to be caused by “an undetermined electrical source” near the front of the building. Follow the near for more details.
 
    (2/7/21) In an interesting development the local news has revealed that Federal agents from the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) have now joined the investigation into the cause of the fire at Playland’s Castaway Cove from last weekend. The cause of the fire has not been determined, though Playland did confirm that they were storing some “ride parts” in the building for the winter at the time of the fire.
 
    (2/3/21) An absolutely huge collection of photos taken while fire crews worked to put out the blaze at Playland’s Castaway Cove can be found here. They also mention that if anyone has pictures taken inside the arcade building taken during a recent trip to the park, they could possibly assist in the investigation as to the cause of the fire and ask that you email them in to playland@boardwalkfun.com
 
    (1/31/21) According to the latest reports the fire that broke out at Playland Castaway Cove took place in the arcade building attached to the boardwalk, which I believe may have also been the primary entrance into the amusement park. While the damage to this building was severe and thus will cause the closure of the main entrance into the park. According to a FB post from the park, they will now be using the park’s secondary entrance as their main one for the foreseeable future, and they hope to be able to open sooner than later in Spring 2021.
    Fortunately no one was reported as being hurt and the first responders were able to get the blaze under control and keep it from spreading.

 
    (1/30/21) An urgent news report this morning reports that a 4-Alarm Fire has broken out on the boardwalk near Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, New Jersey. They have some video of the fire showing that it does look quite close or at the amusement park. More details will be released as they get them.

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE AZOOSMENT PARK (Dundee, Illinois)

2022 - Yuletide Plunge - Planned - (12/1/19) Santa’s Village (Dundee, IL) has announced plans to open Yuletide Plunge, a log flume ride, in time for their 2022 season. The ride hardware was purchased from IRM Rides and is actually the former Log Jammer ride that existed from 1992 to 2009 at the Kiddieland park in Melrose Park, IL. The OD Hopkins flume ride is 1,100 feet long, stands 40 feet tall with a 35 foot drop and able to handle 600 riders per hour. (Click here to see a couple of pictures of the ride just before it was closed down forever.)
 

SANTA’S VILLAGE (Jefferson, HN)

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

SEABREEZE (New York)

Park News - (3/2/21) Seabreeze Amusement Park has announced that they are looking at opening for the 2021 season starting on May 22. This will be the first time for Seabreeze to open since 2019 as the park was kept closed for all of 2020 due to COVID-19.

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2020 seasons.

 

STORY LAND  (Glen, NH)
Parques Reunidos

2021 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2020 seasons.

 

STORYBOOK LAND (New Jersey)

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

TRIMPER’S RIDES (Ocean City, Maryland)

icon_STOP2021 - Big Wheel - (6/12/21) According to news reports Trimper’s Rides has been forced to shut down their temporary Big Wheel after the town discovered that the placement of the 150 foot ferris wheel was encroaching 10 feet over the park’s property line onto town property. Rather than try to work out some kind of financial arrangement to allow the wheel to stay, instead it seems that Ocean City just decided the wheel had to go and has begun to send fines to the park, who has already agreed to move the wheel.
    Based on the photos, the wheel itself isn’t touching the ground at all on town property, but instead they are concerned about how the wheel rises up and hovers over a small piece of the boardwalk. The town has even gone so far as to set up an exaggerated layout of orange cones on the boardwalk to keep anyone from traveling under the wheel to prove their point.
    Trimpers says the wheel will begin to come down on Monday, and it sounds like the cost to move things around to make it fit could cost them more than $100,000. It just seems a shame they couldn’t have come up with a temporary work-around for the summer. Not to mention, you would have thought someone from the city would have been keeping tabs on the project while it was going up and pointed out they had a problem with it weeks ago before it got to this point.
 
    (11/8/20) Trimper’s has announced that the temporary 150-foot tall Ferris Wheel they had previously set up will return again in 2021.

 

WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

Park News - (3/31/21) The local news confirms that Western Playland will be reopening to guests once again this Friday, April 2, 2021.

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

WILD WAVES Theme & Water Park (Seattle-Tacoma, WA)
(Formerly known as Enchanted Village and Wild Waves)
Owned by EPR Properties
Managed by Premier Parks, LLC

2021 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

WONDERLAND PARK (Amarillo, TX)

icon_STOP2021 - Spin-o-Saurus - Under Construction - (4/16/21) The park will open a new SBF-VISA Spinning Family Coaster called Spin-o-Saurus for the 2021 season. This is actually the former Spin-o-Saurus from Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone (Florida) that closed back in 2017.

 

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