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    (11/24/21) Adventureland Adding Fireball Roller Ball Coaster In 2022 (MORE...)
    (11/19/21) Old Dinosaur Dark Ride Going to Santa's Village Azoosment Park for 2022 (MORE...)
    (11/19/21) Adventureland Releases Some Fireball Teasers
    (11/17/21) Lost Island Theme Park - Volkanu Dark Ride Announced (MORE...)
    (11/15/21) Diggerland USA To Expand Waterpark In 2022 (MORE...)
    (11/11/21) Adventureland NY Trademarks Name For New Attraction For 2022 (MORE...)



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

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



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



???? - 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.



icon_STOPPark News - (7/6/21) Sad news came out over the holiday weekend at Adventureland in Iowa when a boat on the park’s Raging River (a rapids ride) flipped over. Four riders were sent to the hospital with injuries, and later on Sunday it was confirmed that 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo had died from his injuries. One other minor (his brother) is said to still be in critical condition from the accident while the others suffered only minor injuries.
    Investigators are still trying to determine how the raft flipped over, and it was noted that the ride just underwent a safety inspection the day before the accident and was found to be in proper working order. While I haven’t seen it mentioned yet about exactly where on the ride the incident took place, in past incidents on Rapids rides, the problems would often involve the lift hill conveyors or happen in the water near the bottom of the lift.
    This was the case in the last major incident I can recall on a rapids ride, which would have been the Thunder River Rapids ride accident at Dreamworld in Australia that resulted in four deaths in 2016. In the case of the Thunder River Rapids accident, the incident took place entirely on the conveyor when a boat of riders impacted an empty boat that had become stuck and flipped over at the top of the lift.
    Prior to that, I believe the worst incident involving a rapids ride in America that I can think of was way back in 1999 when a raft flipped over on the Roaring Rapids at Six Flags over Texas, spilling 12 riders into the water near the end of the ride. During the chaos all but one of the riders were able to escape from the raft, except for a 28-year old woman who became trapped under the raft and drowned.
    Based on an interview I saw with the father of the boys who was also on the raft and suffered an injury, it sounds like the incident took place in the water at some point, as he mentioned seeing them through the water trying to escape from the safety belts on the ride. A very sad incident and my heart goes out to everyone involved in this horrible tragedy.

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

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

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


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”.




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

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


icon_STOP2022 - FireBall - (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 - (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.
    (2/6/21) Pinball fans, according to this short article more than two dozen vintage pinball games have been set up for play in the Arnolds Park Museum. The pinball machines, all said to be from the 1960’s, were previously in a collectors basement and have been restored to full operational status and brought to the park’s Museum for guests to play. Set to 5 ball mode, $1.25 for a token, or you can get 5 tokes for $5.

2021 - Octopus and Refurbished Log Flume - (12/31/20) IRM Rides has announced they have supplied Historic Arnolds Park with more new rides over the past year. This included the vintage Allen Herschell Mad Mouse added in 2019, and for 2020 they supplied the park with two classic rides from the liquidated Lakemont Park: new bumper cars and a 1965 Eyerly Aircraft Octopus ride that premiered at the park following a brief COVID related closure in June.
    Sam Shurgott, IRM President said, “When Arnold’s Park briefly closed in early June, this gave their team time to install the refurbished Octopus. Its new pink sweeps shine bright in the summer sun and the new green LED light package casts an incredible glow in the evening. We heard rumors of a large octopus sighting in the adjacent Lake Okoboji, and this rumor was for real!”
    IRM also confirmed that the park’s Boji Falls Log Flume (Arrow 1970) is currently being refurbished and the 50 year old classic will return next summer.

icon_STOP2022 - New Stage - (6/5/21) According to the local news Arnolds Park announced plans to spend $4.5 million to build a new performance stage at Preservation Plaza. Construction work is planned to start around Labor Day and hopefully finish in time for the Summer 2022 season. The state will be designed to feature a lot of organic curves to it, inspired by the concept of waves on the lake combined with the profile of a roller coaster.
    The funding for the whole project is actually coming from an anonymous donor, which will include the new stage, as well as the construction of new restrooms and a concession facility.

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


BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

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

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


BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

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



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


CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

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



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


CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

icon_STOP2021 - Xolo Loca - (6/24/21) A picture showing off the new Xolo Loco coaster at Casino Pier can be found at CoasterTalkNoBSZone this week. At the time, the coaster will still being put together, but it will feature the new ‘hamster wheel’ style spinning car when it opens. They also took a quick look around the rest of the pier, along with slime photos of Hydrus (2017), the park’s Gerstlauter EuroFighter coaster.
    (5/7/21) Casino Pier is said to be adding a SBF Visa Big Air coaster for the 2021 season to be called Xolo Loca. Unlike the concept art previously shown for SBF Visa’s Big Air coaster concept, this one will feature two of the looping wheel shaped cars instead of just one, along with three spinning cars.  I’m told the new coaster will replace the park’s former Air Race attraction.


CASTLE PARK (California)

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

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



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


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CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

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

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

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



icon_STOP2021 - Tidal Twist - Under Construction - (6/29/21) The new Tidal Twist coaster is now open at the Columbus Zoo. Coaster101 took a couple of videos and posted them to YouTube which you can enjoy below.

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



icon_STOPPark News - (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.

icon_STOP2021 - Internal Improvements & Renovations... and Possible Demise - (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 -
Dizzy Dragons -
The Slide -
Swings -
    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”.



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

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



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

icon_STOP2021 - Phoenix - (6/29/21) Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park has confirmed to the local news that they will open their new Phoenix roller coaster on July 4th weekend. However, Deno’s own Facebook page says that Phoenix is “Now open to riders though it’s official opening will be July 4th Weekend.”.  So what are you waiting for?

    (6/19/21) A new POV showing off the new Phoenix coaster (Vekoma Inverted) at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park is New York can be seen below. The audio commentary is kinda funny, as apparently they grabbed some of the local site workers to take their new family coaster for a test ride, and they seem to be quite blown away by the experience. While this is no hyper-extreme-mega coaster by any means, the raw commentary does seem to indicate that Phoenix gives a pretty good ride, which is great for Deno’s. Check it out below!

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

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

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




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

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.



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.

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


Owned by Parque Reunidos

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

2021 - Nothing is known at this time...



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



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

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



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



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

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


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



icon_STOP2023 - 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.



2021 - New Attraction - (8/29/21) The Funplex in Myrtle Beach has opened a new ride called Mach Fun, described as the tallest and first-of-its-kind 360º interactive ride experience in North America. The 50 foot tall spinning ride holds riders in pairs with a control unit allowing them to rise up, down, and barrel-roll their riders pod as it spins. From what I understand, this a “Tower Plane” ride from SBF-VISA
    For my older readers, I’m guessing this ride concept looks very familiar to some of you, and you would be right. This looks very much like an open-seated version of Intamin’s old Flight Commander ride concept from the early 90’s. For that old Intamin ride concept, I think the best known installations would have been the Flight Commander at Kings Island and the XK-1 at Knott’s Berry Farm.
    (5/11/21) According to the local news the new FunPlex Myrtle Beach amusement park is now set to open to the public on May 21. Admission is free, with attractions to be paid for individually.
    (4/18/21) According to a local news report the new Funplex Myrtle Beach location is hoping to have the new attraction and mini-theme park ready to open by May 3rd if all goes well. They’ve still got a lot of work left to do however, so I wont be surprised if that date slips a little. They did confirm that they’re still awaiting the arrival and installation of all their kitchen equipment. The rides are all up, but need to finish up the electrical hook-ups, which means they still need to be tested and inspected as well to get final approval and permits, but they are getting close to being finished.
    (4/16/21) The local news has posted a brief video update showing off the construction of the new Funplex Amusement Center in Myrtle Beach.
2020_1119_FunplexBreaksGround    (11/20/20) Screamscape has been informed that New Jersey based Funplex Amusement Centers has officially broken ground on their new Myrtle Beach amusement park location this week. According to the updated press release, Funplex Myrtle Beach will be “Tropically themed and feature seven family-thrill rides surrounding a walk-up bar and restaurant.” This will “include the tallest, interactive 360º flying jet ride on the market, and first-of-its-kind in North America.”
    If all goes as planned, the goal is to open the new Funplex location sometime in Spring 2021.
    (6/6/20) Local news reports that the plans to build the FunPlex mini amusement park in Myrtle Beach have been approved. The new park will feature seven attractions and we now have some concept art and a layout plan to see more about what is planned. Based on what I can gleem from the plans and artwork, it looks like there could be a number of SBF/Visa Group rides here, including a custom Big Air Coaster, a new concept they had on display at IAAPA last November that features a pair of “hamster wheel” looking cars that can flip riders upside down followed by a trio of their spinning coaster cars, so you can choose your experience. Also seen on the plans include what looks like a Space Gun (Twin Hammerhead style ride), a Reverse Time, a drop tower, a couple of kiddie rides and what almost appears to be a Zamerperla Super Air Race ride.
    I could be entirely wrong about the Air Race, as the rest of the rides look as if the entire ride package could be from SBF-Visa, but I don’t see anything that looks quite like the ride in the art in their catalog, so I’m really not quite sure what it is. (I’m sure some of you readers who are flat ride experts may be able to help figure it out, as it could be something new not yet posted, like the Big Air Coaster.
    In other ride news for the area, I’m told that all the currently set up rides at Broadway at the Beach are now up and running, which includes the West and Central Pavilion Park zones. The former Pavilion Park East is still disassembled. I’m told that some of the rides that used to run at the East ride cluster are sitting in an empty parking lot across the street, so perhaps they will come back in new locations once they finish rebuilding that section of the complex in about a year or so.


    (5/17/20) According to a local news report a new mini amusement park may be preparing to open in Myrtle Beach sometime in 2021. According to the plans submitted to the city the project would be called “The Funplex of Myrtle Beach” which would consist of a complex of amusement rides and food outlets to be located along 14th Ave North between Ocean Blvd and Chester St that appears to currently be used for parking.
    Currently Funplex has two locations, both in New Jersey, and is looking to expand into a new market. The plans will include a small family coaster that will run the perimeter of the property, a number of other kiddie and family rides, along with a “tall tower ride” that is said to be the first of its kind in the country. If approved, construction could start as early as this fall and be open by April 2021.



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


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

2021 - Nothing is known at this time...



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



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

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


GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

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

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



icon_STOPPark 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.

2021 - (5/31/21) According to the local news Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is open once again and with no COVID-19 restrictions in place. While reservations are not required, the park does encourage guests to buy their tickets in advance. They also note that the Cliffhanger roller coaster has undergone a major refurbishment since 2019 with new wheels for a smoother ride and the addition of a new magnetic braking system.

icon_STOP2022 - 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 102.3º.
    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.


IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

icon_STOPPark News - (8/31/21) Idlewild will see the return of the park’s family friendly HallowBoo! fall seasonal event starting September 25, 2021 and on select dates through to October 31, 2021. The park will put on special live shows, some Halloween themed attractions and most of their rides during the HallowBoo! event. The list of Halloween special attractions will include a pair of walk-through spooky attractions for the older kids, while offering simple non-scary fun for the smaller kids in Hay Bale and Hedge Mazes.
    (4/16/21) Idlewild has posted a tentative park schedule for the 2021 season on their website, allowing the park to open from Memorial Day Weekend through to Labor Day Weekend, staying closed Tuesdays and Wednesday in June and August, and staying closed Tuesdays in July.
    (11/4/20) Along with the announcement from Kennywood removing rides, Idlewild & SoakZone confirmed that they are also going to retire several attractions this winter. The departing attractions include the Rainbow Wheel in Raccoon Lagoon, the Bubbling Springs Ball Pit in Jumpin’ Jungle and the Ferris Wheel in Olde Idlewild.

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


JOLLY ROGER (Ocean City, MD)

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



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

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



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


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

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



icon_STOPPark News - (9/1/21) Lake Winnie posted a new message to their Facebook page confirming that they have made the decision to cancel this year’s “SPOOKah” Halloween themed event. According to the post, due to staffing shortages and the rise of new COVID infections as of late, they opted to cancel the event “in the best interest of our guests and employees.”

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



Park News - (7/24/21) It took a longer than expected, but Lakeside Amusement Park in Colorado has finally opened in time to finish off the summer season. The park has not posted their current schedule on their website, where it only has a listing of open jobs, but according to some local news reports Lakeside appears to be open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) through to August 20, and then it looks like the plan may be to just be open on weekends for a period of time before closing for the season. Stay tuned.
    (5/31/21) Lakeside Amusement Park remained closed for all of 2020, but now they say they hope to finally open once again by mid-Summer. You can put the emphasis on the word “hope” there, as the park is now sending out word that they need to hire staff right now (18+) for both short-term “gig” maintenance and construction work to get the park ready to reopen, as well as to fill positions to stay for the rest of the summer. They will eventually also be hiring 16 and 17-year-olds, so they encourage them to apply as well now.

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

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











icon_STOP2022 - New Park - (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)

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


OAK’S PARK (Portland, Orgeon)

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


PACIFIC PARK (Santa Monica Pier, CA)

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



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



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


PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

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

icon_STOP???? - 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.



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

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

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



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.)


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



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

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


SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

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


Parques Reunidos

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



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


TRIMPER’S RIDES (Ocean City, Maryland)

icon_STOP2021 - Big Wheel - (6/26/21) Trimpers Rides reports that The Big Wheel will be returning one again after managing to move things around just enough to squeeze it all onto their property. The wheel is coming together quickly with the plan being to reopen it sometime today if possible. To make it fit, Trimpers said they had to remove another ride and move two others to allow for the location adjustment.
    The Big Wheel will be on site for the next 23 days before it has to leave again, as the owners have to take it to a previous booking at the Wisconsin State Fair once it leaves Trimpers.
    (6/12/21) According to news reports Trimper’s Rides has been forced to shut down their temporary Big Wheel after the town discovered that the placement of the 150 foot ferris wheel was encroaching 10 feet over the park’s property line onto town property. Rather than try to work out some kind of financial arrangement to allow the wheel to stay, instead it seems that Ocean City just decided the wheel had to go and has begun to send fines to the park, who has already agreed to move the wheel.
    Based on the photos, the wheel itself isn’t touching the ground at all on town property, but instead they are concerned about how the wheel rises up and hovers over a small piece of the boardwalk. The town has even gone so far as to set up an exaggerated layout of orange cones on the boardwalk to keep anyone from traveling under the wheel to prove their point.
    Trimpers says the wheel will begin to come down on Monday, and it sounds like the cost to move things around to make it fit could cost them more than $100,000. It just seems a shame they couldn’t have come up with a temporary work-around for the summer. Not to mention, you would have thought someone from the city would have been keeping tabs on the project while it was going up and pointed out they had a problem with it weeks ago before it got to this point.
    (11/8/20) Trimper’s has announced that the temporary 150-foot tall Ferris Wheel they had previously set up will return again in 2021.


WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

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

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


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

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



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



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