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News & Rumors





    (10/2/22) Family Kingdom Flooded Along With Many Other Myrtle Beach Attractions (MORE...)
    (9/29/22) Dutch Wonderland Kicking Off "Happy Hauntings" Early This Year (MORE...)
    (9/25/22) Whatever Happened To Adventure Pointe Outside Houston? (MORE...)
    (9/24/22) Myrtle Beach's Family Kingdom Sold To New Owner (MORE...)
    (9/16/22) Joyland In Texas Has Closed For Good



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



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



icon_STOP???? - New Park - Under Construction - (9/25/22) The last time I heard anything about the proposed Adventure Pointe theme park under construction just outside Houston was 2019. At the time, the owner of the park had filed a $10 million lawsuit against the contractor and others building the park for them for failing to complete the project. Since mid 2019, the owners of Adventure Point have not posted any updated to their social media pages. Considering they were suffering from financial loss in mid-2019 over failing to finish the park, only for the world to be hit by the pandemic in early 2020, chances are that Adventure Pointe is likely dead in the water.
    That said, would you believe that a decent portion of the small 24-acre park was actually built? Aerial footage (see below) of the site shot in 2020 show that the park’s train loop was completed, complete with a run through an building that had some very pirate looking skull rockwork on the side. Scattered through the property you can see some completed pathways, along with other areas where the pathways were framed up and just waiting to be poured. In addition it looks like about 5 or 6 flat rides were partially and in some cases fully assembled, along with the complete buildout of the park’s main entrance structure.
    But is the project really dead? Strangely enough, Google Map’s StreetView images shot in March 2021 and June of 2022 show that some other themed building structures have been added to the property since the aerial footage was shot in 2020. There is also the matter of the changing colors of the park’s Spider flat ride. In a StreetView image from Jan 2019 you can see the Spider’s cars are Green, in the aerial footage in the video shot in 2020 the Spider’s cars have been painted Blue, and then in the StreetView image from June 2022 the Spider’s cars now appear to be Red and Black.
    So is there life still in Adventure Point after all? Anyone in the area happen to know more?

    (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.



2022 - FireBall - (6/22/22) Adventureland has had to reschedule the grand opening of their new Fireball coaster to June 24th.

    (5/7/22) Adventureland has posted a brief video of the park’s new Fireball coaster testing.

    (4/14/22) A reader drove near Adventureland this week and managed to get a great shot of the park’s new Fireball coaster which appears to have been topped out, but has yet to add any theming.
    (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.

    (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?



icon_STOPPark News - (5/30/22) According to a local news article Arnolds Park has some new attractions this season. They report that a Wild Mouse ride has returned to the park after a 40-year absence, along with the updated arcade and some new food offerings this season.
    The reported new “Wild Mouse” however isn’t exactly new to the park this year, with the Wild Mouse actually opening at the park in July of 2019, and should have ran during an abbreviated season in 2020 and all of the 2021 season.
    That said, this still isn’t your typical modern Wild Mouse ride, but rather an Allan Herschell Company mouse that previously ran at Joyland in Texas as Mad Mouse from 1976 to 2018, and before that it ran at the former Bell’s Amusement Park starting way back in 1959. So if you haven’t tried the Mouse yet, it is worth doing so just to experience a little bit of roller coaster history in action.

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)

Park News - (5/2/22) According to a local news report two rides are in the process of being removed from Bay Beach Amusement Park: The Bay Beast and Falling Star. Bay Beast is a family sized drop tower ride that was apparently in need of an expensive repair that could possibly cost more than the cost of buying a new similar ride. The Falling Star on the other hand is leaving because they say that the ride design is being decommissioned across the nation by the manufacturer.
    Both rides were purchased from the used ride market when added to the park. Currently they are looking into concepts and funding for replacement attractions, but they haven’t narrowed down what the plan is just yet.

2022 - Tot-Hopper - (6/26/22) According to a local news article, Bay Beach Amusement Park is expected to accept the donation of a new children’s ride from the park’s fund raising group at their next meeting. The new ride expected to come to the park is called Tot-Hopper and is nearly the same style ride as the Bay Beast ride that was removed earlier this year as being too costly to repair. The newer ride is said to be functional and about 10 feet taller than the old Bay Beast. With luck, they hope to have the new ride up and running as early as the first of August.

icon_STOP2023 - NebulaZ - (8/20/22) According to the local news Bay Beach Amusement Park has announced that the next ride the park would like to purchase is a Zamperla NebulaZ ride. According to the article this would be a lightly used and fully refurbished ride from an unknown location built in 2019 that would be purchased directly from Zamperla for $775.000. If the deal is approved, the park hopes to have the new ride installed in Spring 2023.


BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

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



icon_STOP2022 - LAST SEASON - (6/12/22) According to an official post on Twitter, the Bosque Magico theme park has confirmed that the famous Mexico theme park will close FOREVER on August 28, 2022. According to a rough translation of the rest of the text in the tweet, it sounds like the local government  is taking possession of the park’s property to move ahead with some kind of “Great Park” project. The exact translation seems to be, “As reported today through the government authorities of the Municipality of Guadalupe, Bosque Mágico joins the "Great Park" project with the donation of our infrastructure in favor of citizenship.”
    The use of the phrase “donation of our infrastructure” does raise an eyebrow, as I’m not sure if the park is willing closing down for this or if this is another case, sort of like La Feria Chapultepec Magico, where that entire park is also in the middle of being torn down to make way for a larger civic project from their local government, as these parks may only be essentially leasing the property they sit upon from the government.
    In either case, it is sad to see a second theme park in Mexico shut down. In recient times Bosque Magico was most famous for having the Zombie Ride, a Premier Ride’s SkyRocket II clone that featured a unique station that offered two sided loading, allowing trains to slide over into the launch position for the ride while a second train would be reloaded from the other station.
    Zombie Ride (2015) and the park’s Policias y Ratones (Zamperla Spinning Coaster - 2016) will both likely be sold on the used ride market fairly quickly, while I would have to guess that the park’s Tornado (Vekoma Whirlwild) will likely be scrapped due to age, as it originally came from Bobbejaanland where it ran from 1982 to 1999 before reopening in Mexico in 2001.


CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

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



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.



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...



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



Park 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.


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



2022 - Nothing is known at this time...




icon_STOP2022 - Water Main Expansion and More - (5/30/22) Diggerland USA has opened their new expansion to the Water Main aquatic park. This includes the new Claw Hammer Cove wave pool and the Carpool Lane activity pool, along with other enhancements to the waterpark experience such as extra shade, extra seating, extra cabanas to rent and a new Splash N’ Dash concession stand.
    Meanwhile the main Diggerland park has also added or improved three attractions for 2022, the Shake N Roll V2 experience featuring a 2-ton diesel roller moving along a fixed course, Mini Dig: Shapes and Crazy Cranes, where guests can operate a real-live crane to manipulate and lift an assortment of objects.
    (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.



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.


Owned by Palace Entertainment / Parques Reunidos

icon_STOPPark News - (9/29/22) According to the local news Dutch Wonderland will kick off the park’s “Happy Hauntings” Halloween festivities two weeks earlier than usual this year, starting on Oct 30th. The park will also add a new dive show to the event, featuring the royal rivers in AquaStadium for the first time for a special Halloween themed dive show.
    (4/14/22) According to a local news report, Dutch Wonderland will be going “cashless” starting this Saturday, when the park opens for the 2022 season. From now the park will only accept credit, debit, prepaid cards and mobile payments for purchases once within the park. They will have “Cash-to-Card” kiosks on-site able to convert up to $500 onto pre-paid cards for use while in the park, that can be used anywhere outside the park as well where credit cards are accepted.

2022 - Nothing is known at this time...



Park News - (8/22/22) The Edaville Railroad Family Theme Park announced that they will reopen from Nov. 10th to January 1st to offer classic Christmas lights, rides, food and more.

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



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



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.



icon_STOPPark News - (10/2/22) For anyone wondering, the Myrtle Beach area took a lot of damage from Hurricane Ian, which resulted in the small Family Kingdom amusement park being flooded by the storm surge. You can see that the entire park is essentially a foot or two under water in the video clip posted below that appears to have been shot from a nearby hotel tower. The park’s online schedule now shows that Family Kingdom is closed entirely until further notice.
    A second video showing off the flooding and damage caused to various sections of Myrtle Beach can also be seen below and includes a look at Family Kingdom at the start as seen from the other end of the park.

    (9/24/22) According to the local news Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach has been sold. The small park was said to be purchased by Bill Prescott, the owner of the Myrtle Beach Sling Shot ride, and some investors. In addition to the MB Sling Shot, Prescott is said to own a few other attractions in the Myrtle Beach area, and is listed as the “agent” for the management group that runs the rides at Broadway at the Beach.
    What isn’t mentioned at all is if the purchase of the Family Kingdom Amusement Park came with the currently closed Splashes Waterpark, which sits on breach-front property across the street from Family Kingdom. Splashes closed sometime in 2020 and remained closed for all of 2021, with only a notice on the website saying that it was “Closed for the Season”. In early 2022 when the Family Kingdom website was updated, any and all mention of the Splashes waterpark was removed entirely.
    My speculation at the time was that the family that owned Family Kingdom may have been looking to sell the small waterpark, as the beach-front site would have fetched an amazing price from any number of potential developers. The pandemic was not early on any theme park, and was especially hard on many of the smaller family owned parks across the nation, so it would only make sense that the owners might have looked into selling the waterpark to keep the main park financially afloat at the time. So now with Family Kingdom itself sold, the fate of the waterpark site is still an unknown.
    (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.



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.



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



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

icon_STOP2023 - New Attraction - (8/6/22) Something new is coming to Funtown/Splashtown in 2023 it seems. A post to their Facebook page mentions a new banner added to The Fun Factory Arcade building that says “Something WICKED FUN is coming HERE in 2023”. The only other hint you might take from this is that the colors and font styles used on the banner do suggest something haunted or creepy themed is on the way. 
    Some kind of haunted house or dark ride would definitely be a fun new addition.


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

2022 - Attraction Updates - (2/12/22) I remember hearing awhile back that Galaxyland in the West Edmonton Mall was going to be adding a bunch of Habsro game themed attractions to the indoor theme park. During the course of the pandemic, I never really heard much of an update on this project and I assumed it was either canceled or just quietly completed and not promoted.
    According to a local news update, Galaxyland has opened an assortment of Hasbro themed attractions, most of which have simply been updated themes given to existing attractions. The newest attraction to actually open this year has been the “Sorry! Slider Bumper Cars”, with other previously rethemed attractions listed as: Trouble Twist, My Little Pony’s Flight of Equestria, Rainbow Bounce and Hungry Hungry Hippos Feeding Frenzy.
    The work doesn’t stop here however, as future additions include the Play-Doh Space Pad Party Room coming next, followed by attractions to be themed to G.I. Joe, Nerf, Battleship and Ouija.



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



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.



Park News - (4/24/22) At last, following the death of a young rider last year, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has addressed their future plans for the Haunted Mine Drop attraction. According to a local news report the park says the attraction will be redesigned to include new seatbelts, change the “enclosure”, and reconfigure how guests enter the attraction itself.
    I’m wondering if these changes will mean a possible complete renovation of the ride’s restraint system (which already included a seatbelt) to something possibly more like a traditional drop tower ride system. While the changes have been announced by the park, no timeline as to when the revised attraction could reopen have been announced yet, so it isn't’ known if it will reopen this season or not.


icon_STOP2022 - Defiance - (7/2/22) Glenwood Caverns has posted the official POV video of their new Defiance coaster on Facebook. While the experience itself looks quite fun and very exciting, there has also been a lot of criticism that riders actually spend more time on the lift hill than that it takes to fly through the tracks from the first drop to the brake run.
    For that, I can only say that the location has to be taken under considerations and we knew it was going to be a short coaster as soon as the park released the layout, so really no surprise there. But I always say a short but fun coaster is better than no coaster at all, so check it out and enjoy!

    (6/26/22) The latest news from Glenwood Caverns shows that not only has the installation of the track for the new Defiance coaster been completed, but confirms the July 9th grand opening date we reported last week. Meanwhile a Screamscape reader who just visited the park confirmed that they witnessed Defiance making test runs, so things are moving forward as planned. You can catch a video of the first test run below. So while it isn’t the longest coaster, it does pack a lot of non-stop action into the compact layout, mixed with the incredible views the park is known for.

    (6/18/22) A reader forwarded a letter from Glenwood Caverns to Screamscape this week where they were informed that the grand opening for the new Defiance roller coaster is currently scheduled for July 9, 2022.

    (5/14/22) Glenwood Caverns posted their first picture this week showcasing the construction of their new roller coaster, Defiance. You can make out an assortment of footers already poured across the mountainous terrain. In the foreground you see support and track pieces lying around, with the coasters fully built lift hill and beyond-vertical first drop already standing tall in the background.

    (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 102.3º.
    Clearly this isn’t a record, as Gerstlauer’s own record for beyond vertical dives is 121.5º set in late 2020 on the TMNT Shellraiser at the Nickelodeon Universe indoor park in New Jersey.

Haunted Mine Drop Accident News -
    (2/5/22) The latest update regarding last year’s death of a young rider at Glenwood Caverns on the Haunted Mine Drop ride is one that has angered the family. According to CourtTV the local District Attorney has reported that no criminal charges will be filed regarding the accidental death. According to the statement from the local D.A., his office “cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt any one person or entity acted with criminal negligence or was criminally reckless beyond a reasonable doubt.”
    In the state’s official accident report however, it was determined that the girl’s death was a result of inadequate training and “multiple operator errors, specifically failure to ensure proper utilization of the passenger restraint system (seat belts), and a lack of understanding and resolution of the Human Machine Interface screen error conditions on the control panel.”
    (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.


IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

icon_STOPPark News - (8/24/22) Idlewild launches HallowBOO!  beginning September 24 for 12 days of family-fun. HallowBOO! features three not-so-scary mazes, the Story Book Forest Trick-or-Treat Trail, rides on HallowBOO! Express Railroad, stays at the converted Confusion Hill Wacky Witches Inn, and two Spook-tacular stage shows, Jack-O-Lantern Jive and Monster Mash – that will keep the little goblins hopping. New for 2022, Character Meet and Greets every day with Daniel Tiger and his Neighborhood Friends. Plus, enjoy many of the park’s most popular rides and attractions in Olde Idlewild, Jumpin’ Jungle, Hootin’ Holler, and Raccoon Lagoon.
    (7/16/22) I Scream, You Scream, We ALL Scream for Ice Cream! You know how it goes, and would  you believe that this Sunday (July 17) is apparently National Ice Cream Day? In celebration of this event, we’ve been informed that Kennywood, Sandcastle and Idlewild / SoakZone parks will be offering Season Passholders FREE ICE CREAM in those parks from July 17 through July 24th.
    Look for the free ice cream to be given out at the following locations:
Kennywood - Pogoda Cold Side near Garden Stage
Sandcastle: The all-new Bridge Bar & Grill near the park entrance
Idlewild: Ice Cream stand at Olde Idlewild

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...



icon_STOPPark News - (9/16/22) While Joyland in Lubbock, Texas has closed for the 2022 season, the park’s owners have sadly announced that unless they can find a buyer to take over the park by the end of the month, Joyland will be going up for auction about a month or so afterwards. Joyland as you know it, is now officially retired after the completion of 50 seasons.
    This isn’t a sudden choice for the owners, as they’ve quietly had the park up for sale to prospective buyers for the past two years, but just haven’t been able to reach a deal with anyone yet. The past couple years have been very challenging for Joyland, which has suffered through not only the pandemic, but flooding, vandalism and labor-shortage issues.



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.



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



icon_STOPPark News - (7/9/22) Lakeside Amusement Park will bring back the Summer Scream event for the first time in 2 years. According to a local news report the “all-you-can-ride, adult-only event at Lakeside with free drinks all night” will return with a secret theme that has yet to be disclosed. Follow the link to read more about this unique event taking place on August 25th, from 6pm to 11pm for those 21+.
    (7/4/22) Fans of Lakeside Amusement Park may appreciate this. According to an article posted to a local radio station a man from Florida is attempting to sue the park after he broke his wrist during a visit in 2021 while riding Lakeside’s Cyclone wooden coaster. I’ve never been on the Cyclone myself, and apparently the Cyclone is not even running at the park currently, but it seems that the park’s loyal fan base are now essentially roasting the man online in the most amusing of ways. A series of memes have been posted online and the website has posted 20 of their favorites, which are funny in the most sarcastic of ways.
   For example:
    “I died once on the Wild Chipmunk and my Mom told me to walk it off.”
    “You don’t go to Lakeside to feel safe. You go to Lakeside to laugh at Death in the face.”
    “Why in the hell would you raise your arms up on a ride at Lakeside??? You gotta hold on for dear life at that place”
    I feel for anyone who gets hurt on a ride somewhere, but like I said, I think those who have visited Lakeside will understand these best, but it doesn’t make the snark any less funny here.

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


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)

icon_STOPPark News - (8/21/22) Oaks Amusement Park has introduced a new chaperone policy, but so far it is just for those visiting the skating rink and not the main amusement park. It is likely that this could be an initial test to work out the new policy before spreading it across the rest of the property later. As we’ve seen elsewhere in the nation, these new policies are starting to appear everywhere after a rise in violent incidents has been noted over the past few years caused mostly by unsupervised teens.

2022 - Nothing is known at this time...


PACIFIC PARK (Santa Monica Pier, CA)

2022 - Nothing is known at this time...



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



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


PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

icon_STOP2022 - Skybender - (6/13/22) According to a post by PNE/Playland, the park has retired their Music Express and Crazy Beach Party rides to make way for something new called Skybender. The new Skybender ride is from Zamperla and appears to be a creation that they are marketing under the name “Gryphon”. You can see a video (animation and some live footage) of the ride action in the video clip below which features single-rider seating and some unique and aggressive movement paterns.
    Skybender is slated to open sometime in July, along with the return of The Wooden Roller Coaster following a successful $1 million re-tracking and refurbishment project.


???? - 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.




Park News
- (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...



2022 - 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.)


icon_STOPPark News - (8/31/22) The local news has released a few more details about the employee injured at Santa’s Village. According to the report the 51-year-old employee was operating the park’s Poogee Penguins Spin Out Coaster (SBF / Visa Group) when he was somehow struck by the train that knocked him off the platform, falling about 6-8 feet to the ground.
    According to a statement by the Fire Marshal, “There was something that happened that made that operator step out on that platform in a unique way that wouldn’t normally be the case.” Otherwise the ride was running normally and as it should, and was actually loaded with passengers at the time of the incident.
    The nature of the operator’s injuries were not disclosed, they would only say that he was still in the hospital and considered to be in serious condition.
    (8/28/22) The local news reports that a 51-year-old employee at Santa’s Village in New Hampshire was injured over the weekend when he apparently fell from a platform at one of the park’s roller coasters. While the article does not name the ride, the park only has two small family size roller coasters, a Zierer Tivoli and an SBF/Visa Group spinning coaster, and neither is what I would consider extremely high off the ground.
    The article does say that the ride was in motion at the time and that he was taken to the hospital with ‘serious injuries’, so I’m hoping he didn’t fall onto the tracks or get struck by the train.

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



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)

2023 - New / Replacement Coaster - (6/18/22) A new posting from IRM Rides on Facebook shows off a poster for Steel Pier promoting a “New Spinning Coaster” coming for the 2023 season. In addition to a curious “Premier Rides” logo in the lower right corner (who I don’t believe have made a spinning coaster before), it mentions an upcoming contest to name the coaster.
    The previous rumors about Steel Pier retiring their Crazy Mouse coaster were not only true, but they didn't even wait to open it again for the 2022 season. RCDB now lists the Crazy Mouse as being closed for good. One odd thing is throwing me off a little, as the concept art in the posted for the new coaster looks exactly like the now closed Crazy Mouse, just that the old Crazy Mouse logo has been replaced with a new one that says Steel Pier.

    (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.


Parques Reunidos

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



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

icon_STOP2023 - Cinder Roller Coaster - (8/24/22) A reader who visited Storybook Land in New Jersey noticed work under construction at the park to make way for some kind of new coaster near the front of the park. They think it may be for some kind of new spinning coaster, but if it spins, this is likely a family spinner that will be low to the ground.
    In fact RCDB lists this as the Cinder Roller Coaster, which will be an SBF Visa Group Spinning Coaster / MX609 3 Loops model. It should look similar to the Happy Loops at Energylandia.


TRIMPER’S RIDES (Ocean City, Maryland)

2022 - OC BIG WHEEL - (3/5/22) Trimper’s is bringing back the OC Big Wheel this summer for another run. The placement of the temporary giant wheel attraction hit a little snag last season when it was determined that the upper airspace of the wheel extended out further than what it had permission to do and was hovering over town property. Trimper’s then had to take the wheel down, move some other attractions around a bit to allow for the wheel to fit better into the allotted space.
    With all those lessons learned, look for the 149 foot tall wheel to return this summer season, hopefully without any similar issues.


WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

2022 - Fireball - (2/13/22) According to a post on Instagram a new Larson FireBall ride has been spotted set up at Western Playland in New Mexico. So far nothing has been posted on the official website yet about this addition.


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

Park News - (2/20/22) A local area reader decided to go take a look at the Wild Waves theme park to see if they could spot anything new taking place, but instead they noticed quite a few rides have been removed. From what I know about five attractions were retired at the end of the 2020 season including the Warming Tubs, Ring of Fire, Space Racer, Paratrooper and Down hill Tubin. The park also announced Feeding Frenzy was to be added for the 2020 season, a shark themed Tilt-A-Whirl attraction, but the arrival of COVID apparently put that addition on hold. With still no mention of it on the park’s website for 2022, I can only assume Feeding Frenzy may have been canceled outright unless it appears in the near future.
    Anyone know more?

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



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



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