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----    THE LATEST SMALL PARK NEWS    ----
    (1/27/22) Steel Pier - Possible Coaster Removal / Replacement Plan (MORE...)
    (1/27/22) Lost Island Theme Park - New Name and Theme Discovered For Former Kanonen Coaster (MORE...)
    (1/24/22) COTAland Planning Another Coaster For Fall 2023 (MORE...)
    (1/20/22) Is Family Kingdom Closing or Selling Their Waterpark Property? (MORE...)
    (1/16/22) Last Section of Conneaut Lake's Blue Streak Falls (MORE...)
    (1/6/22) Conneaut Lake Park - Blue Streak Demolition and Fire (MORE...)

 

ADVENTURE CITY  (Buena Park, CA)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2021 seasons.

 

ADVENTURE PARK (Maryland)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2021 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)
Owned by Palace Entertainment / Parques Reunidos

icon_STOPPark News - (12/22/21) In a bit of a surprise news release, Palace Entertainment, a US based subsidiary of Parques Reunidos, has acquired the Adventureland Resort and theme park. The Iowa theme park first opened in 1974 and has been run as a family business ever since.
    “We are excited about adding Adventureland into our portfolio,” said John Reilly, Chief Operating Officer of Palace Entertainment. “We specialize in parks and venues that create experiences to be enjoyed over a lifetime, from childhood to young adulthood to parenting and grandparenting.  We are investing in Adventureland to expand its current lineup to include eight new family rides in 2022, plus two all-new attractions for the 2023 season.”
    It was also announced that starting with the 2022 season, Adventureland’s Platinum Season Passholders will also be able to visit all the other Palace Entertainment parks for free, including Noah’s Ark waterpark, Dutch Wonderland and Kennywood. By the same measure, Platinum passholders to other Palace Entertainment parks will be able to now visit Adventureland.

2022 - Nine New Rides and More - (9/8/21) Adverntureland has confirmed that several new rides are coming to the park next season, but at least three others will be retired to make room. The list of three rides leaving the park include the Falling Star, Lighthouse and Lady Luck. While there are various reasons to remove each, primarily they say it comes down to the fact that parts to repair them are also no longer available.
    Meanwhile a collection of 9 new rides will be added to the park next season:
The Warhawks (Zamperla Flying Tigers)
Bernie’s Swing (Zamperla Happy Swing)
The Lighthouse (Zamperla Pump & Jumpz?)
The Revolution (Zamperla Rockin’ Tug)
Leap Frogs (Zamperla Jump Around)
Circus Balloons (Zamperla Samba Balloon)
The Clipper (some kind of mini swing ship)
Speedway Racers (Zamperla Speedway)
Rockin’ Rainbow (Wave Swinger)
    The park will also hos the Des Moines Renaissance Faire in the south-east corner of their property in May 2022. You can see a preview video of the new attractions coming in 2022 on the park’s Facebook page. .
    As for the Raging River ride that was involved in a fatality earlier this year, the park claims that the future of that ride is still “undergoing review”.

icon_STOP2023 - New New Attractions - (12/22/21) With the purchase of the park from Palace Entertainment in December 2021, Palace also confirmed plans to add two new attractions to the park for the 2023 season. No hints were given as to what these might be.

 

ADVENTURELAND (Long Island, NY)

icon_STOP2022 - FireBall - (12/24/21) CoasterHour interviewed Adventureland about their new upcoming Fireball coaster in the video below as well as a good bit about the history and work that goes into running the park.

 

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    (11/24/21) Adventureland let the cat out of the bag the other day and confirmed that their new Fireball attraction for 2022 will not only be the unique in North America, but be a new interesting coaster experience fit for the whole family. Fireball will be the first “Roller Ball” coaster from RES on the continent, and the forth one overall from RES.
    The three previous versions built were Wilde Hilde (Schwaben Park, Germany - 2018), Nid des Marsupilamis (Parc Spirou Provence, France - 2019) and Roller Ball (Weiner Prater, Austria - 2020). Fireball will be the shorter 19m version like Wilde Hilde and not the taller 28.5m version like the ones built in France and Austria. If the artwork is anything like what they are intending however, it appears that they Adventureland is planning an impressive lighting package for Fireball, which will be added for the park’s 60th anniversary.
 
    (11/19/21) According to the latest teaser from Adventureland, the park’s new Fireball attraction will be the “Only one of its kind in North America”. Another teaser also shows off the site of the new Fireball attraction, placing it on the site of the former Kiddie Carousel and Spinning Cars attractions, which could be a hint that this will be a family attraction and not a major thrill ride.


 
    (11/11/21) While I’m not exactly sure WHAT it is, Adventureland in Long Island has filed paperwork for a couple of possible trademark name options for their next ride. It looks like these are fairly new, with mid to late October 2021 filing dates on the names, “Fire Ball” and “Fireball”. In the theme park realm, the name Fireball gets used a lot, especially for pendulum style swinging rides. However, Adventureland already has a Frisbee and a Pirate Ship style swing ride, so adding a more traditional floorless style pendulum ride would be kind of repetitive. The Fireball name is also often used as the modern name for the old Larson Super Loop flat ride concept, but as Six Flags has used this name quite a bit for that kind of ride, I’m not sure if another park would want to use it as well for the same style ride.
    Anyone know more?

 

ARNOLD’S PARK (Iowa)

Park News - (9/7/21) According to Arnolds Park, the 2021 season was a record breaker for them. After suffering from COVID related closures in 2020, coming off a record breaking 2019 season, Arnolds Park was expecting a more modest season in 2021. Instead they have confirmed that park attendance for the 2021 season is now about 15% higher than their record breaking 2019 season. While the current summer season has come to an end, the park will be open again every Friday and Saturday evening in October for the “2nd Annual Boji Scare” event.

2022 - 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.

2022/2023 - 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)

2022 - Nothing is known at this time...

???? - 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)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2021 seasons.

 

BOSQUE MAGICO (Mexico)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2021 seasons.

 

CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CAMDEN PARK (WV)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2021 seasons.

 

CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CASTLE PARK (California)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2021 seasons.

 

CEDAR VALLEY’S WILD FRONTIER (Michigan)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Park 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.

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

COLUMBUS ZOO (Ohio)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... \

 

CONNEAUT LAKE PARK (Pennsylvania) CLOSED

icon_STOPPark News - (1/16/22) Ouch… it’s official, you can see the last section of the Conneaut Lake Blue Streak coaster crashing to the ground in the video below.

 
    (1/6/22) If you follow Screamscape on social media (and seriously, why are you not?) then you already know the sad news. Reports started coming in Tuesday afternoon that demolition crews had started to bring down the Blue Streak coaster at Conneaut Lake Park. Within the next couple hours, the situation got worse and a fire had erupted at the park causing more damage.
    On a related note, a post went out on The Devils Den FB page on Sunday evening from “Devils Den Tom” that “that the time has come for me to terminate my involvement with Conneaut Lake Park.” While I believe The Devils Den is entirely safe from the fire at the park, the fate of the attraction is unknown. I believe it and the carousel are essentially the the last attractions, with the rest all for sale or sold and waiting to be packed up.
   So that said… officially it looks like Conneaut Lake Park is no more. You can scan through a video showing off the aftermath below as well. According to further news updates, the demolition will continue over the coming days and soon there wont be anything left of the Blue Streak.




    (10/19/21) It seems a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge is now seeking some answers about what has been going on at Conneaut Lake Park since the park was sold at auction to a new owner. While I think little good will come of it at this point, it should provide the final answers about the status of things for everyone.
 
(10/13/21) Theme Park Archive has posted a new report from Conneaut Lake Park for Pumpkin Fest, which could very well be one of the last times we see this park open. At least, what’s left of it, though I’m told that the “Ghost Lake” halloween event will continue through the end of the month, where you can still get rides on The Devil’s Den. Honestly, out of all the pictures I’ve seen from the park this year, this is probably the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen there.
    You can see a POV video of The Devil’s Den that they shot below.

 
    (10/10/21) According to the latest update from the local news regarding the future of Conneaut Lake Park, it was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission that those previously discovered covenants and restrictions placed on the park no longer apply. In short, Conneaut Lake Park’s new and current owner does not need to consult or get approval from them before any future demolition or new construction projects are put in motion.
    Previously it was discovered that the sale of the property at auction appeared to have cleared it from any previously restrictions, but they also determined that since Todd Joseph isn’t using any state or federal funding for these changes that also leaves him in the clear. “Counsel’s office made a determination that the covenant cannot be enforced in this instance”, “He is using his own funds.”
    Previously the park had accepted a small preservation grant of $12,500 eight years ago that went towards restoring the Blue Streak coaster. This is when those covenants were supposed to be put into effect until June 2028. At the time it was determined that the park was “eligible” to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but this actually never happened and the park was never put on the list.
 
    (9/12/21) The end may have arrived for Conneaut Lake Park, as the park’s Carousel is now listed as being up for sale for $400,000. There may have been some early trolling included with this sale, as the early listing for the Carousel when first posted was listed as “Carousel and Blue Streak” as seen on Twitter back when there were only 3 views, but later on was changed to just be for the Carousel only for the same price.
    Other rides now listed as being for sale from the park include the Octopus, SwingsDizzy Dragons, Slides and a general listing for “KIDDIE RIDES” for only $1,000. According to the listing description, “Excellent looking and running train plus many other kiddie rides liquidating 14 kids rides all ran this year all in good shape”.  So from the look of things, this is probably it for the park as the intent seems to be a complete liquidation of all the rides from the property.
 
    (9/6/21) The group behind the Blue Streak Rally reached out to Screamscape yesterday with their own report about what happened on Saturday outside Conneaut Lake Park. According to their report the previously unidentified man who drove out to the group to complain about the Rally and then called the police was none other than Todd Joseph, the current owner of the park.
    In other news, a local news station has gotten in touch with a collector who has purchased some of the park’s old ride pieces and memorabilia as of late, including the Tumble Bug cars and Jolly Caterpillar city. While it may take some time, he hopes to be able to fix up the Tumble Bug and Jolly Caterpillar and eventually relocate them “to places that can use them.”

 
    (9/5/21) There was a “Save the Blue Streak” rally held near Conneaut Lake Park yesterday that saw about a dozen people gather at noon at Camperland. According to a local news article, about 20 minutes later “a man in a pick-up truck” drove over and told the group they were on private property and had to leave. The group said they were close enough to the public road to be considered public property and refused to leave, so the local police were then called in. From there, it went fairly easy as the police suggested they move from the narrow sidewalk over to stand in front of a nearby Dollar General out of safety and that was about it.
    But the altercation does certainly set the tone of how the relationship between the current owner of the park and the local fan base has been all season… icy cold. And winter is coming…
 
    (9/4/21) A couple of new interesting developments came to light yesterday regarding the potential demise of Conneaut Lake Park. Sensing, or perhaps knowing a bit more than they can say, ACE stepped onto the field and issued a press release of their own entitled “”IMMINENT DESTRUCTION  OF CONNEAUT LAKE’S BLUE STREAK ROLLER COASTER FEARED”.
    I’m going to embed that below for everyone to read, but the breakdown is that ACE is “deeply concerned” about the future fate of the 83-year-old Blue Streak coaster. They remind everyone that Blue Streak is on the short list of only 45 coasters in the world given “ACE Roller Coaster Landmark” status, one of only 30 granded “ACE Coaster Classic” status. It also mentions that ACE itself has previously donated $30,000 to the restoration of the Blue Streak, and helped obtain a $50,000 grant from PEPSI in the not too distant past to help keep the Blue Streak alive. While imploring to the current management of Conneaut Lake Park to find a way to keep the Blue Streak involved in whatever future business model proves viable for the property, ACE also encourages the PHMC to ‘hold the park’s ownership accountable for complying with any and all covenants and restrictions to which it is legally obligated”.
    That last part, which Screamscape has mentioned in the past, now apparently has hit a major snag and may actually no longer be true. According to Tweets sent out from @OnlineHyde who is worth listening to,, the bankruptcy court rulings from the sale of Conneaut Lake Park to the current owner appear to have wiped the slate clean. I’ve also embedded his tweet showing a court document that appears to make it clear that the successful bidder on the property from the bankruptcy auction will be “free and clear of any and all” liens, encumbrances, claims, mortgages, deeds of trust, pledges, liabilities as well as “covenants”, restrictions, etc…
    So based on this new fact, it does indeed appear that the new owner of the park would be free and clear of the previous 2013 Covenant that tied development of the property and changes to existing structuctures and such to the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) as part of the terms of purchasing the park through the bankruptcy auction. While our modern litigious society notions would give the impression that this would be a matter that would probably need to go before the court to get a final judgment, somehow I don’t think ACE or the PHMC are going to try and back up their case with expensive legal fees required to take this to the next level. So barring the arrival of some kind of financial angel investor to buy up the park, the fate of Conneaut Lake Park and the Blue Streak does seem to entirely rest with the park’s current owner.
    Stay tuned...


 
    (8/30/21) So what is going on with Conneaut Lake Park? Everyone, ranging from concerned guests to the local media to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, have reached out to current owner, Todd Joseph, for some kind of comment, only to be met with silence. Between there seeming to be a legal requirement for the park to eventually answer the PHMC and the awareness of the local media as to what has been going on this season, hopefully some new information will be revealed before too long.
 
    (8/25/21) A few more bits of disappointing news regarding the status of Conneaut Lake Park have been sent my way this week. According to our source the train tracks around the park are now being removed, and I’m told that the Caterpillar kiddie ride has been sold, and possibly the Paratrooper ride as well. Even worse, there are some reports on social media claiming that the new owner may have asked at least two different companies for quotes to demolish the Blue Streak wooden coaster.
    While many have been trying to get the new owner of the park to make some sort of statement about the fate of the park, all requests have been met with silence. If things continue, the end of the line may be much closer than anyone anticipated.
 
    (8/5/21) Some interesting news has come up that could affect the future plans for Conneaut Lake Park. According to a post on Facebook way back in 2013 a Covenant was placed on the park by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and the Board of Trustees to “protest and preserve the park’s historic attractions and buildings”. Included in the list of protected structures are the Blue Streak coaster, the Hotel Conneaut, the Carousel and many other park structures. The Covenant was signed for a period of 15 years, so it remains in effect through to 2028, and remains in effect and passed down to new owners, including the current one.
    You can read the whole post and see scans of the Covenant document for yourselves, but they believe that many of the actions taken so far at the park may have broken the terms of the Covenant and have kicked off future action against the owner as the current situation at the park has now been revealed to the Commission who were previously unaware.
    There is a belief that the current owner, Todd Joseph, did not get prior approval from the Commission before tearing down any of the historic midway buildings, and could also be held accountable for scraping the Tumble Bug. More on this as we find out.

 
    (7/31/21) Oh my… another bad report has come to light related to Conneaut Lake Park. I’m told that the park has now placed their Flying Skooters ride up for sale on the used ride market, and this is fresh off a well deserved restoration to the attraction. So this isn’t an old ride they are trying to get rid of, but one that they can probably make a pretty-penny off due to the current good condition of the attraction. I wonder if this may be a pattern for other rides there, if they can fix them up, make them pretty and then sell them off at a profit, like flipping a used car.
 
    (7/18/21) While little has come out over the past week regarding the fate of Conneaut Lake Park, a few private business dealings with the park have been sent my way. While I was asked to keep the exact nature of these dealings and the parties involved as anonymous, what I am allowed to share is that certain pending deals with the park have been cancelled. The reason being given by Conneaut Lake for these cancellations was that the new owner would be “getting rid” of the park in the near future.
    If the report is true, it doesn’t sound like Conneaut Lake has much time left.
 
    (7/11/21) I really hate to say this, but after all the struggles over the years, things are not looking good for Conneaut Lake Park. Since the park was purchased by a new owner, there have been a steady stream of things removed from the park. In some cases, such as the removal of old building structures that were falling apart, that was likely for the best. Other removals, such as the Tumble Bug, have not been as easy to swallow. (Note: I’m not sure how legit this is, but one of the Tumble Bug cars on display in the park is now listed as being for sale on Ebay for $5,000.)
    While I’ve been told a small number of older park attractions have apparently been removed and sold off (Music Express, Witch’s Stew and the park’s classic train ride) and after just adding a small handful of new rides, four of these rides have all suddenly been placed back up for sale with listings on UsedRides.
Octopus - https://www.usedrides.com/rides/219026
Dizzy Dragons - https://www.usedrides.com/rides/219017
The Slide - https://www.usedrides.com/rides/219019
Swings - https://www.usedrides.com/rides/219018
    Exactly why the new owner would buy and set up new rides, only to put them all back up for sale is not only mind boggling, but perhaps the best sign of all about the direction the park is headed. For example, it would have been far cheaper to simply lease a few rides for the season from a carnival company rather than go through the more expensive process of buying and then reselling them, which is making it sound like they may be having money problems and had some buyers remorse.
    Speaking of money problems, this brings us to some more troubling reports sent in. The park was previously slated to have a bunch of concerts in July, but now most, have been cancelled. An explanation from the park claimed the concerts were cancelled due to lack of staffing, while others suspect what we are now wondering, if there may be some kind of cash flow issue as well. And speaking of cash flow… there are also unverified rumors that the park’s staff were starting to have issues getting paid on-time. If true, this certainly would explain the other rumored reports of staff starting to quit in alarming numbers, escaping the sinking ship before it’s too late.
    So far most of the announced plans and improvements have yet to take place. The plans to improve and expand the waterpark area are on hold, and nothing has been done to convert the former bumper car building into a new arcade area. All along I’ve also been questioning why they have been letting the Blue Streak just quietly sit untouched, when they confirmed that it was closed because it needed extensive repair work. If there is a chance to reopen it next season, work should be taking place now, but instead we’ve heard that any plans to bring experts in to look it over and determine what is needed won't take place until after the summer season is over. So like everything else, we see no effort to spend any funds towards this project at the moment, which does make the future of the Blue Streak look more than a little bleak right now.
    Simply put, it is starting to appear as if the situation at Conneaut Lake Park is quickly running off the rails in a downward spiral towards an inevitable final end. And with the property now sold to a private owner who can do as he pleases, the fears that that property could eventually be redeveloped for lakeside condos is looking more possible by the day.
 
    (7/6/21) The local news confirmed that Conneaut Lake Park reopened to guests for the season on July 2, 2021. The park is still in the midst of a makeover that will take some time to see how things shape up, but they have added a small handful of new smaller rides to the park, such as the Octopus, Dizzy Dragon and Mushroom rides, plus have added some other new things like a Ninja Warrior inspired obstacle course.
    As a reminder, the Blue Streak wooden coaster remains closed for the season, and we hope to hear more about the fate of the Blue Streak later this season. Hopefully they will be able to make whatever repairs are needed in order to reopen it next season as the coaster really is the heart of the park.
 
    (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”.

 

COTALAND (Austin, Texas)

December 2021 - Texas Wildcat - Now Open - (10/8/21) A new Schwarzkopf coaster is rising in Texas, this time in Austin at COTALAND. For those looking for the classics, this will be a Schwarzkopf Wildcat model coaster that formerly ran as Raptor Attack (2010 to 2019) at Lightwater Valley in the UK, and before than it was known simply as the Rat Ride (1987 to 2009). In the UK however, it was an indoor coaster, but now it’s moving out into the Texas sun.

Spring 2022 - Skyblazer - (11/17/21) According to a release from US Thrill Rides, they have sold their first Skyblazer attraction, which will be going to Austin, Texas in the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) amusement area. The Skyblazer will hoist 18 riders at a time into the sky before dropping them 200 feet into the massive swing arch. Look for the Skyblazer to be ready to open in Spring 2022.

Fall 2022 - Palindrome - (11/18/21) The mystery Gerstlauer Infinity coaster has been announced as Palindrome, and it will be a unique looking shuttle coaster experience coming to COTALand in Austin by late 2022. Based on the animation, the coaster would send cars up a vertical lift hill and drop through into a course that ends with a large spike, before rolling backwards through the entire course, coming to a stop again rolling backwards up the first drop and into a brake zone / track switch at the bottom that would send the cars back to the station. Another interesting thing is that the coaster will fly over (inverted) the main road into the park area, so it will definitely be a showpiece for COTALand.
    It is interesting to go from a place that I’ve never even heard of, to a place that is adding some major new attractions. This will be a place to keep an eye on going forward and the plan is to have the coaster up and running in time for the Formula 1 race next year. Check out the animation for yourself below.

 
icon_STOPFall 2023 - New Coaster - (1/24/22) COTAland dropped a teaser at the ACE Winterfest event regarding their future plans. Apparently the attraction has another coaster in development that will open in the Fall of 2023 and will be “Americas First and only ______ Coaster.”
    So fill in the blank with whatever you can imagine. The rumors are already running a bit crazy with what it could be, so allow me to add my own two-cents into the mix. Considering they have already established a relationship with Ride Entertainment and Gerstlauer to provide their first roller coaster, I wouldn’t be surprised if they return to that source for their second coaster. Perhaps following up Palindrome with some kind of new Launched coaster. My second hunch looks more to the idea of bringing some kind of “first” coaster design to America that does not already exist, and if we go with something more compact and budget friendly, my second hunch may be to build America’s first “Double Heart” coaster from Zamperla.

 

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Pennsylvania)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2021 seasons.

 

DENO’S WONDER WHEEL (New York)

2022 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

DIGGERLAND USA (New Jersey)

icon_STOP2022 - Water Main Expansion - (11/15/21) According to an update at Amusement Today, Diggerland USA will be expanding “The Water Main” outdoor water park area for the 2022 season by adding a new wave pool, a “crossing activity pool” and other new guest amenities.

 

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

Park 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.

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2021 seasons.

 

DUTCH WONDERLAND (Pennsylvania)
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2022 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

EDAVILLE USA (Carver, MA)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2016 - 2021 seasons.

 

ENCHANTED FOREST (Oregon)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

EVERMORE (Utah)

Park 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.

 

FAMILY KINGDOM (Myrtle Beach, SC)

icon_STOPPark News - (1/20/22) Has Family Kingdom decided to retire their Splashes Waterpark along the beachfront? For the 2021 season it was noted that Splashes did not open at all and was simply listed as “Closed for the Season”. With all the stories about staff shortages due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, it wasn’t surprising to see Family Kingdom focus on their main property.
    However if you visit the updated Family Kingdom website right now, it actually no longer mentions the Splashes waterpark at all, as if it doesn’t exist. Considering the waterpark was actually located across the street from the amusement park, right along the beach, I noted last year how the property would likely fetch a pretty penny from any number of developers if Family Kingdom opted to close the waterpark and sell the property.
    While we don’t know exactly what has happened, it does seem possible that the waterpark just might have seen its last days. Anyone know more about what’s going on?

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2021 seasons.

 

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

 

FUNPLEX MOUNT LAUREL (New Jersey)

2023 - New Hotel - (10/27/21) According to a press release a new dual-brand hotel is now underway at The Funplex in Mount Laurel, NJ. It will be a La Quinta and Hawthorn Suites dual-brand hotel with 125 rooms that should be ready to open by Spring 2023. The addition of a hotel allows for The Funplex to become more of a small resort experience, and I’m told that The Funplex has also secured a new liquor license for the complex, so they can offer adult beverages at the park as well as the hotel when it opens.

 

FUNPLEX MYRTLE BEACH (South Carolina)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

FUNTOWN USA / SPLASHTOWN USA (Saco, Maine)

2022 - Nothing known at this time... nothing added for the 2015 - 2021 seasons.

 

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

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

GALVESTON ISLAND HISTORIC PLEASURE PIER (Galveston, Texas)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2013 - 2021 seasons.

 

GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER (Ocean City, NJ)

Park 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.

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2021 seasons.

 

GLENWOOD CAVERNS (Colorado)

Park News - (10/23/21) According to the local news the state of Colorado has now fined Glennwood Caverns $68,000 for violations in relation to the accident on the Haunted Mine Drop attraction. The majority of the fine comes from a violation claiming that the park failed to properly train all the ride operators on the standards and procedures for the attraction, including “not providing adequate training on the Human Machine Interface (HMI) screen and indicator lights.”
    The state will not permit the Haunted Mine Ride to reopen until Glenwood Caverns can show that they have proper training procedures in place that covers all safety requirements and operational procedures for the attraction.
 
    (10/21/21) I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone, but the family of the young girl who died on the Haunted Mine Ride at Glenwood Caverns has officially filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the park. The lawsuit will be one to watch however, as in the past the park has been able to avoid judgments against it due to a mandatory waiver guests apparently sign upon entry to the park.
 
    (9/25/21) According to the sad details released from the completed accident report regarding the death of a child on the Haunted Mine Drop ride, this entire accident was preventable and unfortunately, appear to be entirely due to operator error.
    According to the report, the girl fell out of her seat during the ride, because she was sitting on top of the seat belt. Apparently the seat she was in was unoccupied during the previous ride cycle, and the belt was left buckled. This would have normally been prevented if the ride ops had checked her belt before dispatching the ride, but unfortunately they did not check the restraints. Both ride operators were new hires, both having been hired within two months of the incident.
Complicating matters more, apparently the ride knew something wasn't ride anyway, and threw an alarm code to the operators about a problem, but the new ride ops didn't know what it meant, or what to do, and simply "reset the system and launched the ride".
 
    (9/11/21) While Glenwood Caverns is supposed to open today for the first time since the fatal incident on their Haunted Mine Drop ride, very little new information has been released about what exactly happened. To my knowledge, the only new information to come out since then was information that included the name of the 6-year-old girl who passed away (Wongel Estifanos) and the initial pre-autopsy findings that only list the cause of death as “multiple blunt force injuries” without any indication of what actually took place.
 
    (9/8/21) In an update from Glenwood Caverns, due to the ongoing investigation, the park will remain closed through Friday and won’t reopen to guests until Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

 
    (9/7/21) A few more details have been released regarding the incident at Glenwood Caverns Park. According to further news reports, it was confirmed that the person who passed away was a 6-year-old girl. This has led some to speculate that perhaps she was not tall enough for the attraction, but as the Haunted Mine Drop has only a 46” height limit, there is a good chance that the height limit was not the problem.
    For those interested in the ride system itself, it was a custom built system for the park from Stan Checketts, that does feature a unique sealt-belt only style restraint system. Keep in mind this is not a car-style seat-belt that can be released by the riders at any moment, it is hard locked into the ride vehicle. Based on pictures of the ride system, I’m assuming that it was based on his Soaring Eagle company’s Daring Drop ride system. You can find a similar, but outdoor, version of this drop ride system in use in two places at the Mountain Monster attraction in Pigeon Forge. In the case there was some kind of failure of the ride system or restraint, it is fairly common for other rides that use the same hardware to be notified and requested to be shut-down while the investigation takes place, such as when the Jersey Devil coaster at Six Flags was shut down after there was an incident with the Stunt Pilot sibling ride at Silverwood. To this end, I discreetly put in a call to the Mountain Monster ride in Pigeon Forge and was told that their rides,  including the drop tower, were all open for business.
    While we still don’t know the exact nature of the incident, it does point us in the possible directions that it could have been purely medical in nature, or that perhaps an object (from the ride, from the theming, or a rock from the cavern itself) may have also struck the girl during the ride cycle, causing injury.
    A new update from CNN has also posted a statement from the coroner’s office that, “Immediately following the incident, Glenwood Caverns employees initiated first aid until paramedics with the Glenwood Springs Fire Department arrived and determined the child had died”. Given that Haunted Drop Tower does 120 feet down into a deep cavern, having immediate access to the child to perform first aid would have been difficult if the restraint system had failed, so I can only surmise by this that the ride system did return her to the load/unload platform at the end of the ride cycle.
    HOWEVER... a new update just sent in has first responder dispatcher audio claiming that “a party fell out of the shaft ride” and that “The party’s at the bottom of the shaft”, which seems to paint a different picture from what we’ve been hearing so far. They also report that a witness told them that the girl was not in her seat when the ride returned to the platform.
    Regardless, our sympathies go out to everyone involved in this horrible tragedy.
 
    (9/6/21) According to a post on the Glenwood Caverns Facebook page the attraction will be closed today and all of Tuesday as well to conduct an investigation after a “fatality” took place on Sunday night involving the park’s Haunted Mine Drop ride. No details have been released yet, but for those who aren’t familiar with the attraction, Haunted Mine Drop is a custom built drop-tower style attraction where the riders actually board the ride vehicle seats at the top of the structure (ground level) and then  it drops down a mine-shaft 120 feet deep into the ground, and then brings you back up again to the surface.
    Coaster Studios posted a fantastic video with the behind the scenes footage showing off just how the attraction works and what it looks like from unique angles.

 

2022 - Defiance - (8/6/21) The mystery location of Gerstlauer’s high profile new coaster project for 2022 has been solved. According to the big announcement Colorado’s famous Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be home to a new roller coaster named Defiance. As you would expect from a Gerstlauer roller coaster, it will start things off with a vertical lift hill climb 75 feet into the air where riders will crawl over the top to take in the view of the mountains around you, and the dive below you which will drop riders 110 down into the rocky terrain with a beyond vertical dive of 102.3.
    Clearly this isn’t a record, as Gerstlauer’s own record for beyond vertical dives is 121.5 set in late 2020 on the TMNT Shellraiser at the Nickelodeon Universe indoor park in New Jersey.

 

IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2017 - 2021 seasons.

 

JOLLY ROGER (Ocean City, MD)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

JOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK (Lubbock, TX)

Park News - (8/29/21) Joyland Amusement Park (Texas) has confirmed that the park’s 49th season will come to a close this Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021. According to comments from the park, “We can’t wait until early March 2022, when we will begin our 50th year.  We’re so excited. It’s going to be a blast!”

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK (Keansburg, NJ)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2021 seasons.

 

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

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2021 seasons.

 

LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH  (Chattanooga, TN)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 - 2021 seasons.

 

LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK (Denver, CO)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 - 2021 seasons.

 

LOST ISLAND THEME PARK (Iowa)

icon_STOP2022 - New Park - (1/27/22) According to a post at Reddit, it appears that the new name for the former Kanonen coaster is now Matugani. They also have pictures of the new yellow and green trains that appear to have a snake face painted on the front.
 

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    (11/17/21) In a presentation at IAAPA from Sally Dark Rides they revealed the name for the new dark ride coming to the new Lost Island Theme Park will be, “Volkanu: Quest for the Golden Idol”. According to the description Volkanu is the god of fire living deep inside Lost Island who is being kept dormant by a sacred statue. The minions of Volkanu seek to wake him and have taken the statue, so it is your job to climb aboard an Inferno transport vehicle, your job is to return the statue to the altar within the Temple of Fire.
    Sally had an animatronic figure for the new attraction on display at the IAAPA show floor.

 
    (10/29/21) A video shot during a construction tour of the Lost Island Theme Park can be seen below. They go over the coasters, a dark ride to be built inside a volcano structure, and various other flat rides coming to the park. While there is still a lot of work to do, the park is already shaping up nicely based on what they have already installed, and appears as if it will be very colorful once finished.

 
    (9/23/21) According to others on the construction preview tour for the Lost Island theme park, the park’s layout has been designed to have room to accommodate a major new attractions in each of the lands going forward. This is assuming the park is successful and has the capital to keep on expanding over the years that follow the grand opening. Apparently they’ve got ideas for at least three more coasters in the future as well, but first things first, they’ve got to open the gates, and guests have to visit and be ready to come back again and again.
    It’s not easy to open a new park these days… and anyone who remembers the troubles faced by Hard Rock Park can attest to that truth. So we wish them well and can’t wait to see more as they move closer to opening day!
 
    (9/22/21) I’m not sure how accurate this tweet is, but if they are right the new Lost Island theme park will open with a interactive dark ride from Sally, and has plans to add a River Rapids ride as the park’s first possible addition following the opening.
    While reading that, I had a bit of a flash-back myself to an old scale model display Sally used to bring to the trade shows for a couple years that was called Forbidden Island. I actually was able to snap a picture of it at IAAPA 2010 myself where you can see a unique looking concept that would start outdoors and then venture into a dark set of caverns under a volcano. Just looks like something that would be a perfect-fit for a park with the Lost Island theme. Maybe we’ll see something similar built.

 
    (9/8/21) A quick look at the new Lost Island Theme Park can be seen by clicking here, which features a good look at the former Kanonen launched roller coaster (now painted green) now set up at the new site in Iowa. The new theme park is still set to open in 2022, with lands that seem to be based around the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
 
    (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.



    (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)

???? - 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)

2022 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

PACIFIC PARK (Santa Monica Pier, CA)

2022 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

PALACE PLAYLAND (Maine)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2019 - 2021 seasons.

 

PHARAOH’S ADVENTURE PARK (California)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2021 seasons.

 

PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2019 - 2021 seasons either.

???? - Future Expansion Plans - (6/27/21) A little bad news for the future re-development of Vancouver’s Playland amusement park. According to the latest reports the planned overhaul and upgrade of the park that was expected to take place over the next decade may be scaled back quite a bit from the previously announced plans. A new report was released saying that the “significant capital investment” required to complete the plans for Playland is now “exceeding the available funding sources.”
    In other words… the project as previously envisioned, is going to cost a lot more than the budget they were planning to spend. They also believe that the multi-phase project would now take longer to complete than they had originally anticipated. As such, the current redevelopment of Playland is now paused in order to revamp and present a new plan in 2022 that would be scaled back.
    While the plans for Playland are now on hold, plans to build a new $70 million covered outdoor amphitheater nearby were approved this week, with construction to begin in 2024 and the venue to open no later than 2026. Follow the link to see several pieces of concept art and layout plans for the paused Playland expansion project.
 
    (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)

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- (12/12/21) You may recall how the entrance / arcade building at Playland’s Castaway Cove caught fire about a year ago, forcing the park to use an alternative entrance for the season. According to a local news report the local planning board just gave final approval to the plans for the new replacement entrance building which will add some extra height this time around for storage and office space. The good news is that the plans confirm that the park’s old iconic pirate ship that burnt down will return once again as part of the new building. No timeline is set, but they are hoping they can get it finished sometime before the end of the 2022 season. 

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE AZOOSMENT PARK (Dundee, Illinois)

icon_STOP2022 - New Dark Ride - (11/19/21) In a fun news story, the former Escape from Dinosaur Beach dark ride from the New Jersey Boardwalk has been sitting in storage since 1998. IRM Rides has announced that the ride has now been sold to Santa’s Village Azoosment & Water Park in East Dundee, IL who is planning to open a new version of the ride in time for the 2022 season.
    According to the report Santa’s Village will “provide a new theme for the attraction”, so I’m not sure what, if any aspects of the old attraction’s theming may be repurposed, other than the ride system. Either way, it is exciting to see yet another dark ride announced for the 2022 season, especially one coming to an unexpected location like this, so we wish them well and can’t wait to hear more about it!

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)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

SEABREEZE (New York)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2021 seasons.

 

STEEL PIER (New Jersey)

icon_STOP2023 - New / Replacement Coaster - Rumor - (1/27/22) I”m not sure how accurate this is, but I’m told that Steel Pier may be planning on retiring their Crazy Mouse (Reverchon Spinning Mouse) at the end of the 2022 season. If this proves true, look for some kind of new Mouse style coaster to replace it for the 2023 season. In the meantime get your last rides in on the Crazy Mouse while you can, just in case.

 

STORY LAND  (Glen, NH)
Parques Reunidos

2022 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... and nothing added for the 2015 - 2021 seasons.

 

STORYBOOK LAND (New Jersey)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

TRIMPER’S RIDES (Ocean City, Maryland)

2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

2022 - 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

2022- Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

WONDERLAND PARK (Amarillo, TX)

2022- Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

 

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