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----    THE LATEST SMALL PARK NEWS    ----
    (9/22/16) Coaster Track Arriving At Casino Pier (MORE...)
    (9/14/16) Wild Waves May Never Open Once Promised New Ride (MORE...)
    (9/1/16) San Francisco Dungeon To Open Alcatraz Drop Ride (MORE...)
    (8/25/16) Wild Waves Accident Update (MORE...)
    (8/22/16) Man Drowns At Wild Waves (MORE...)

 

ACTION PARK (New Jersey)

2016 - Sky Turtle / Sky Caliber - Confirmed - (3/9/15) The LA Times has confirmed that Action Park has indeed purchased the first Sky Caliber vertical looping waterslide from Sky Turtle.
    (3/6/15) CoasterChitChat reports that the infamous Action Park in New Jersey has signed a deal to be the first waterpark to install one of the new Sky Turtle / Avanche Waterslides vertical looping waterslides. If you don't recall, they were shown off for the first time at IAAPA last November and were one of the most new and shocking creations we've seen in a long time. I'll repost our IAAPA report on them below as well, but to be brief... riders are sent down inside a capsule that will take the brunt of the sliding and banging down a vertical 90 plunge before going up and through a vertical 360 loop inversion. It's a great nod to the Action Park of old, which was also known for having the very first vertical loop waterslide... for a short time at least before the potential lawsuits started to pile up.
    (11/22/14) Did you catch that crazy teaser video showing off the first true modern vertical looping waterslide from Sky Turtle a few days ago?  I’ll post it below if you missed it, but our friends from In The Loop caught up with Lance Fisher from Sky Turtle at IAAPA and interviewed him about the creation of this revolutionary new concept, the building of the prototype and just how he got the idea of riding down inside a protective capsule.

    (11/20/14) A video you don’t want to miss is a sneak-preview of the first modern true vertical loop waterslide experience by a company named Sky Turtle. I promise, you've never seen a waterside quite like this one, where you actually ride it inside a strange capsule that goes down a true 90 vertical plunge.

 

 

ADVENTURE CITY  (Buena Park, CA)

2016 -  Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

ADVENTURE PARK (Maryland)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

ADVENTURE POINTE (Near Houston, TX)

???? - Proposed New Park - (10/24/14) 2014_1023_AdventurePointeSignGood 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.
    (12/7/12) A small update about the new small amusement park project in the Houston area by the Tanger Outlets has been posted by the local news. They say that 25 acres have been purchased by a man with “ties” to Houston’s old Playland Park which was open from the mid 1940’s to 1960’s. Could we see the return of a new Playland Park in Houston?

 

ADVENTURELAND (Altoona, Iowa)

icon_STOP2016 - The Monster - (7/13/16) Adventureland has confirmed on their website that The Monster is currently closed through to at least Friday, July 15th, in order to have some new parts made and installed. The special parts have to be machined, shipped and installed, so they are working as fast as they can to get their fantastic new coaster up and running as soon as possible.
    So until The Monster reopens, one of our readers submitted what may be the best video clip of The Monster in action that I've ever seen, shot from the park's skyway that runs smack through the middle of The Monster's many inversions. Check it out below!

    (6/8/16) Ride Entertainment and Gerstlauer have posted a new video showing off The Monster in action this week, featuring footage shot in the daytime and at night, showing off the ride’s incredible new lighting system.

    (6/3/16) A video posted of The Monster at Adventureland shows off a very unique lighting system installed onto the track that kind of leaves a red light trail behind the coaster as it passes by which eventually fades back to blue. Check it out below, and watch the car as it makes the drop, because the monster's eyes also glow.

    (5/11/16) Adventureland has posted footage of The Monster making a test run a few hours ago.

    (4/19/16) Good news from Adventureland Park, as they reported on Facebook that the last piece of track on The Monster was installed on Monday and that the new coaster is on track for a June opening.
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A very nice new aerial photo of The Monster construction site was sent in to Screamsape today, said to be taken from the top of the Storm Chaser ride to give us our best look at The Monster yet.
    (4/11/16) Adventureland Park posted an awesome new picture of The Monster coaster going up at the park that looks beautiful. You can find it on their Facebook page.
    (3/2/16) The local news gives us an interesting new look at The Monster coaster going up at Adventureland, as the park has posted a few pictures showing off how they plan on using some fun lighting concepts to make the ride look entirely different after dark.
    (2/5/16) A few photos from Adventureland (Iowa) showing off the track for The Monster, their new coaster, along with a peek at the mold for the front of the coaster cars, has been posted to their Facebook page.
    (7/10/15) Adventureland (Iowa) has announced that they will build The Monster, a new steel roller coaster that will replace the park's Log Ride. The new coaster from Gerstlauer will feature 2,500 feet of track, a 133 ft tall vertical lift hill, a 101 beyond vertical first drop and 5 inversions. The last day to ride the Log Ride will be on Labor Day (Sept. 7).
    The Monster will actually be the first of Gerstlauer's "Infinity Coaster" line to come to America, which appears to be the next-gen evolution of Gerstlauer's popular Eurofighter line of coasters, able to make tighter twists and turns as well as run trains that can range from 8 riders (2 rows) to a full 32 rider (8 row) train. A video of The Monster layout in action can be seen below.

    (3/3/15) According to a Screamscape reader, this may be the last season for the log flume at Adventureland (Iowa). Rumor has it, the flume will be replaced by something new by next year, possibly a new family coaster project.

 

ADVENTURELAND (Long Island, NY)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

ARNOLD’S PARK (Iowa)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

icon_STOPPark News - (7/11/16) Good news for Bay Beach, the local news reports that the Zippin Pippin has now reopened following the collision incident in June. While the cause of the accident has not yet been determined, the coaster is only running with one train currently to prevent it from even being possible to happen again.
    (7/7/16) According to a report from the local news 4 code violations have been found in the investigation of the Zippin Pippin incident that took place on June 20th, though none of them were responsible for the collision of the two trains.
    (6/26/16) I got a little behind in my news coverage, but unfortunately there was an incident on the Zippin Pippin wooden coaster at Bay Beach park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. According to the local news one train returned to the station and was not brought to a stop by the brakes and bumped into the back of a second train that was waiting in the station. There were three injuries from the event, but two were said to be workers, so only one person on the ride was sent to the hospital, though according to this report the train somehow struck one of the workers, but I’m not sure why they would be standing on the tracks while the ride was in operation if true.
   While the cause of the fault is still being determined, the trains have been sent back to PTC to be repaired and inspected, and the ride will remain closed for at least two more weeks. From the sound of things that I’ve heard so far, the collision was more of a speedy “bump” than it being an actual high speed “crash”.

2016 - Falling Star, Rockin’ Tug and Bay Beast - (5/6/16) Other new attractions are being added to Bay Beach this season, such as the Rockin' Tug and Bay Beast, and they hope to have all five of the park's trains up and running before the end of the Summer, with the opening of the second set of tracks that will run under the coaster, towards the West side of the park. The announced Falling Star ride is still on the way and is expected to be installed by the end of July.
    (1/16/15) The local news confirmed that the park would add a Falling Star ride that seats 48 riders at once to the park for the 2016 season.

 

BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

Park News - (7/29/15) Despite the original news reports about the accident at Beech Bend on the Jitter Big swing ride only listing children as having been injured on the ride, I’ve been informed that this wasn't the innocent kiddie ride that I had first thought it was upon seeing the photos. While any mention of the Jitter Bug has been removed from the list of rides at Beech Bend’s official website, photos showing the ride in action beforehand show that it had seats large enough for adults, and actually did spin fast enough to swing out the riders quite a bit. Also take note of this picture here, which appears to show guests helping the trapped riders out of their seats just after the accident, you can even see one adult woman still trapped in her seat in the middle of the photo.
   The same two questions still remain however:
   Was the ride not secured to the ground properly?
   Was the ride improperly loaded in regards to proper weight distribution?
    (7/26/15) An accident took place in Kentucky at the Beech Bend amusement park when a kiddie swing ride tipped over on it's side in mid-ride on Saturday afternoon. Based on the photos, this is a swing ride just for smaller children and the ones I've seen move very slowly when in operation. So while there were minor injuries reported, it seems most did not require an ambulance to transport them for medical treatment.
    I'm not sure of how this kind of ride is supposed to be installed, but I would have thought something like this would have been bolted to the ground, unless perhaps it was a portable model that didn't have that ability. That said, about the only way you are going to tip a ride like this over is if it is improperly loaded by putting heavy riders all next to each other on one side and leaving the rest side of the ride very light or empty. So I'm guessing the cause, when determined, will be operator error, which doesn't bode well for Beech Bend.

2016 - Four Waterslides and Spinning Out - (1/7/16) CoasterChitChat reports that Beech Bench will open four new waterslides in 2016 as part of a new slide complex. It will feature Cyclone Saucers, Tidal Wave, Riptide and Polynesian Plunge. Cyclone Saucers will actually be the first ProSlide Flying Saucer 30 slide in North America. The rest of the lineup includes a blue slide with a pair of mini Tornados (with open tops), a CannonBowl and a Pipeline Wave slide. This is all in addition to Spinning Out, a new spinning SBF/VISA spinning coaster that will take the place of the removed Dragon coaster. Follow the link for a look at the new slide artwork.
    (11/2/15) Beech Bend has announced that the park will add a new spinning coaster to the park for 2016 to be called Spinning Out. The 4-passenger cars will be painted to look like Black & White checkered racing flags. While the announcement doesn't mention the manufactuer, RCDB claims it will be a small Figure-8 compact spinner from SBF/Visa Group, which should end up looking similar to the one in picture shown here. I'm told that this ride will replace the park's Dragon Coaster.

 

BOSQUE MAGICO (Mexico)

2016 - Policias y Ratones - (7/23/15) I'm told that Bosque Magico will open a wild mouse style coaster in 2016 to be called "Policias y Ratones". This coaster was first announced as coming in late 2015, but looks like they have pushed it back to 2016 instead. The coaster will be a Reverchon spinning mouse coaster.
    (10/8/14) According to the latest tweet from Bosque Magico, the park will add two new coasters in 2015… the already announced Zombie Ride (Premier Rides) as well as Policias Ratones, a Reverchon spinning mouse coaster.

 

CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CAMDEN PARK (WV)

2016 - Slingshot - (7/22/16) Camden Park actually added a new coaster this year called Slingshot. The steel coaster is a very small spinning coaster from the SBF Visa Group. I’m told that the park removed one of their rides to make room, but I’m not sure which one.

 

CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

icon_STOP2017 - New Coaster - (9/22/16)

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A reader has sent in three pictures showing off pieces of bright green coaster track with what looks like a royal blue supports that are now arriving on-site at Casino Pier. According to a listing on RCDB, the park is said to be getting a Gerstlauer Infinity coaster for 2017, so this could end up being somewhat similar to The Monster that opened at Adventureland this past summer.

 

CASTLE PARK (California)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CLEMENTON PARK (New Jersey)
(Purchased by Kieran Burke / Gary Story in Nov. 2011)

Park News - (5/25/15) Clementon Park has caught the wrath of local guests after the park rented itself out after-hours to a private event last week that was supposed to be a charity fund raiser. What the park got instead were videos of adults and their questionable behavior taking place in the park, the parking lot and an impromptu Twerking Contest in the waterpark.
    Yep... I said it, and I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to write the words, "Twerking Contest" on Screamscape... but Whoomp There It Is. Who knew? Anyway, you can witness it for yourself embedded into this news report.
    To the park's credit however, once they realized what was going on and saw the behavior at the private charity event start to become "inappropriate", they shut down the event early and have since banned that event from ever taking place at the park again in the future.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013, 2014 or 2015 either.

 

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

???? - Greezed Lightnin’ - (5/7/12) Amusement Today reports that Joyland (Lubbock, Texas) has reached an agreement with Cliff’s Amusement Park in New Mexico to trade the former Greezed Lightnin’ coaster from Astroworld (Schwarzlopf Shuttle Loop) in exchange for Cliff’s old water just removed to make way for a bigger version to open this year.
    Joyland will begin construction on the water fortress for their 2013 season once the summer is over. No word on the exact timetable for Cliff’s to install Greezed Lightnin’ but they will have the coaster rehabbed and repainted at Larson’s text facility before they putting it up in New Mexico.

 

CONEY ISLAND (Cincinnati, OH)

2016 - Typhoon Tower - (12/14/15) NewsPlusNotes has posted concept artwork of a new waterpark expansion project called Typhoon Tower coming to Ohio's Coney Island Amusement Park in 2016. The attraction is a large splash fortress style addition, but with two waterslides launching off the top towers on either side as well. Rather than use a traditional dump bucket however, Typhoon Tower will use something called a Hydro Storm, which offers a dump-bucket style drenching, but with water spraying out in 360 from a giant Tiki head.

 

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Pennsylvania)

icon_STOP2016 - Laguna Splash Waterpark Expansion - (7/2/16) Good news for DelGrosso's Amusement Park who reported on Facebook that their new wave pool reopened early on June 30th.
    (6/30/16) According to a local news report DelGrosso's had to shut down their new wave pool shortly after it opened when the paint began to peel off the bottom. The park had to drain, sand and re-paint the wave pool and hope to have it ready to reopen in time for this 4th of July Weekend.
    (5/25/16) Some coverage from the media preview of DelGrosso's new Laguna Splash (waterpark expansion) can be found posted by the local news, while the grand opening will take place this Saturday.
    (2/23/15) Groundbreaking will take place soon for a planned $12.5 million waterpark expansion that should be ready to open by Memorial Day Weekend 2016. This will add a new wave pool and lazy river to the current Tipton Waterworks and Rapids Water Park, which will be renamed as Laguna Splash and feature an Italian theme. Other fun Italian features will also be added, such as a Leaning Tower of Pisa with tipping buckets and vases and other interactive water features. The addition will also see thee new food venutres added: an Italian pasta area featuring DelGrosso Foods, a new steak shop with Philly-style cheesesteaks and a Grill building on an island by the lazy river with char-grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs.
    (2/12/15) A reader who passed by the DelGrosso's this week reports that the park appeared to be removing their mini golf course and go-karts. Meanwhile an interesting piece of artwork was found over at AquaticsGroup showing off a proposed plan for DelGrosso's to expand their waterpark with a new lazy river, wading cove and wave pool, along with a lounge area, pedestrian bridge, snack bars and more. Could this be what the park is working on?

 

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

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013, 2014 or 2015 either.

 

DUTCH WONDERLAND (Pennsylvania)
Owned by Parque Reunidos

Park News - (7/23/15) A quick look at the new toll plaza booths set up in the Dutch Wonderland parking lot can be seen on Facebook where they say they will begin to use them starting July 27th.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time

 

EDAVILLE USA (Carver, MA)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time

 

ENCHANTED FOREST (Oregon)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013, 2014 or 2015 either.

 

2016_NewLogo_smENCHANTED VILLAGE and WILD WAVES Waterpark (Seattle-Tacoma, WA)
Owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties
Managed by NorPoint Entertainment

Park News - (4/8/16) Big news from Wild Waves this week, as the park announced that they would be going back to splitting the amusement park and waterpark in two and changing the amusement park name back to Enchanted Village, leaving the waterpark to be known simply as Wild Waves once again. Note: while the parks are being "split", you will still be able to get into both parks on the same day with a season pass or a single-day two-park pass. You can visit the official website to see the two new park logos they are using going forward.

2016 - Enterprise & Drop Tower - (4/8/16) Enchanted Village has announced two new rides on the way for this summer... The Enterprise and a Drop Tower (S&S). Best guess is that the S&S Tower Ride may actually be the former Dr. Dean's Rocket Machine just removed from sister park, Magic Springs in Arkansas.
    (3/21/16) According to a Screamscape source Wild Waves may be planning on adding two new rides... one is said to be an S&S Tower ride of some kind while the other may be a Huss Enterprise. I'm not sure if this is a classic old-school Enterprise or one of the new G2 designs, so we'll have to wait and see.
    (3/20/16) According to a teaser posted on their Facebook page, it looks like "Something BIG is coming!" to Wild Waves Theme Park. Based on the graphic below the "I", I'm wonder if it will be a tower ride of some kind. Anyone know more?

You heard it here first...something BIG is coming!

Posted by Wild Waves Theme Park on Friday, March 18, 2016

 

FAMILY KINGDOM (Myrtle Beach, SC)

icon_STOPPark News - (5/3/16) Myrtle Beach's surviving amusement park, Family Kingdom, celebrated the park's 50th birthday over the weekend as over 200 coaster fans were on hand to help celebrate the event with rides on the park's Swamp Fox wooden coaster. So from Screamscape, a warm “Happy Birthday” to our friends at Family Kingdom.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

FUNTOWN USA / SPLASHTOWN USA (Saco, Maine)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER (Ocean City, NJ)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

HYDRO ADVENTURES (Missouri)

2016 - Galaxy 500, Scrambler and More - (6/28/16) Hydro Adventures park in Missouri will open their new Galaxy 500 steel coaster (SDC Galaxi) over the July 4th weekend. This is part of an effort to turn the waterpark into a combination wet and dry park, that will also see a Scramber added along with a refurbishment of the park's Midway, complete with new children's rides and games.

 

IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

icon_STOPPark News - (8/12/16) It isn’t known yet exactly how this happened, but a young boy (rumored to be about 3 years old) somehow fell out of the Rollo Coaster at Idlewild park while he was riding with his older brother. He was found conscious and alert after the fall before they had him airlifted to a hospital about 50 miles away. So far there hasn’t been any report of his condition, name or age, as the family has asked that no information be released. Thankfully this happened on the Rollo Coaster, a 1938 junior sized wooden coaster that hugs the terrain for much of the slow-moving layout and only stands 27 feet tall at the highest point.Since they reported that he was found somewhere along the second half of the ride where is moves slow and often right along ground level, hopefully he wasn’t hurt too bad. Being a VERY OLD and mild coaster however, one interesting factoid about the Rollo Coaster is that it features no restraints what-so-ever. No lap-bar… no seat belt… NADA. Unfortunately, because of this accident, I bet that status changes before the Rollo Coaster is allowed to reopen again.

2016 - The Enchanted Castle - (7/23/16) Idlewild opened a new attraction in the Story Book Forest just in time for the attraction's 60th anniversary... the new Enchanted Castle. The Enchanted Castle is an interactive storybook castle featuring an talking "Duke the Dragon" fountain, a sword in the stone style ceremony, meet & greet with Princess Lilly and more.

 

JOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK (Lubbock, TX)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK (Keansburg, NJ)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time.

 

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

Park News - (1/5/16) I'm told that the Kemah Boardwalk will be closing down the Boardwalk Bullet from now through March 4th for off-season maintenance and re-tracking. According to our source this will be the second year of an 8-year plan to re-track the entire ride.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH  (Chattanooga, TN)

icon_STOPPark News - (7/20/16) The Fly-O-Plane ride at Lake Winnie is currently shut down after two children fell out of the ride on Saturday. It isn't known if the kids were strapped in properly to the ride, or if they somehow got free from the restraint system. The two boys are recovering from various injuries from the fall and should be ok.

2016 - Twister - (5/17/16) Coaster101 has posted a nice report from Lake Winnie where they tours the park's great attractions this season and even a peek at the park's new Twister ride (a Moser Maverick) in action, which is a lot more crazy looking than your typical Top Spin style ride.
    (4/17/16) Lake Winnie released a new video of their Twister ride in action and I'm happy to report that it really is something wild and unique, a rarely seen variant of a Top Spin style ride from Moser that can do much more than your normal Top Spin. I believe this is the Moser Maverick, with asymmetric arms, so it move in all sorts of crazy new ways than you might think it can.

    (4/8/16) I've got a quick update about Lake Winnie's new Twister ride this morning. Since I've never had the pleasure of a visit myself to Lake Winnie (a mistake I hope to correct soon...) I suggested it could be a Fireball / Super Loop style ride, but others have been quick to point out that the park already has a Larson Fireball. Sorry... my mistake.
    Meanwhile quite a few readers have been quick to suggest that the park may get something like a Zamperla Power Surge instead.
    (4/7/16) While we still don't know exactly what kind of ride Twister is, our sources have confirmed that the ride is NOT a coaster, however it will apparently flip riders upside down and be placed in Genie's location. My first thought is that it could be a Fireball style flat ride, but nearby Six Flags over Georgia just opened one of those last season, so this wouldn't be the smartest move. Anyone else have any ideas what Twister could be?
    (4/5/16) According to posts on Lake Winnie's social media channels, the park will open a new attraction for the 2016 season called Twister. While the park isn't willing to say just exactly what it is yet, one of the local news outlets did call it a coaster. Anyone know more about exactly what this is?
    They have also said that the Genie will be removed for this season, but they promise it will return next year. This makes me wonder if Twister will fill this same spot for the season.

 

LAKEMONT PARK (Altoona, PA)

icon_STOPPark News - (6/30/16) While Leap-The-Dips is still closed at Lakemont Park, they did post a reply on their facebook page today regarding the ride's status that "it is a little over a week from being open".
    (6/1/16) A reader reported in that Leap The Dips at Lakemont Park was closed over the weekend, and according to they park staff they talked it, the classic coaster would not be ready to open for at least another week or more.

 

LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK (Denver, CO)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

LITTLE AMERRICKA  (Marshall, WI)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

???? - Log Jammer - (8/29/11) A reader who contacted Little Amerricka about when they might get Log Jammer reopen was told that the ride wasn’t expected to be up and running again its new home for another 3-5 years.
    (1/29/10) Little Amerricka has confirmed in their newsletter than they have purchased the Log Jammer from Chicago’s former Kiddieland park. While they wont be able to get it up and running in time for the 2010 season, they will take the time to restore it and add it to their own collection of rides in the near future.

 

MARTIN’S FANTASY ISLAND (Grand Island, New York - near Niagara Falls)
Apex Parks Group

icon_STOPPark News - (5/16/16) Apex Parks Group has announced that they have completed the purchase of the Martin's Fantasy Island amusement park located just outside the Buffalo, New York / Niagara Falls area. While the park has been sold off to Apex, the existing management team at Martin's will remain in place throughout the summer throughout the transfer of ownership while Apex determines what kind of changes may be needed by the time it opens again in 2017. In the meantime, Martin's opened for the 2016 season this past weekend.

2016/2017 – New Ride - Rumor - (9/18/15) According to a link sent in by a reader, Martin’s Fantasy Island appears to be trying to sell off their Giant Gondola Wheel, and you can see the listing over at ITAL. If they are planning on removing it, it’s a good bet that have something in the works to replace it for 2016, though they could perhaps wait until IAAPA in November to narrow their choices down to the final one. For now, we’ll just wait and see.
    (10/3/14) I’m told we should keep an eye on the old Log Flume site in the park as the location for the park’s next big attraction… eventually.

 

MIRACLE STRIP at PIER PARK (Panama City, Florida)

- NOW CLOSED -

Park News - (3/23/16) The local news reports that all of the rides once at the reborn Miracle Strip Amusement Park have now been taken down, sold and hauled off property. Only the buildings and gates remain on the property right now. According to Rides4U, almost all the rides were sold off, with one unknown buyer in South Florida taking at least five of them.
    (1/30/2016) Things are not looking good for the Miracle Strip Amusement Park right now, as the Rides4U website has a large collection of their attractions now listed up as part of a Silent Auction that will take place now through Feb. 22nd and mentions that all of the equipment you buy must be removed from the property by Feb. 29th, 2016. The listing even includes the old Starliner coaster.
    (11/30/15) Remember how I reported that the small Miracle Strip park in Panama City had closed down and was said to be in the process of being sold to a new owner?  Well, looks like things have taken a twist, because the local news now reports that the family the operated the park is being evicted from the property for not paying more than a year's worth of rent, a sum worth nearly $329,000. It also seems that they may have an unpaid tax bill as well that is worth over $275,000.
    (9/23/15) According to the local news the reborn Miracle Strip park in Panama City Beach has closed down, though they owners are in talks with a company interested in buying and running the park. Interesting that this all happened following the just announced plans to build a 190 foot tall  observation wheel on the site, though they claim they were in the process of selling the park before the variance was approved, and having the approved variance in place is a requirement of the sale.
   Once the sale is complete, it will be up to the new owners to announce a reopening date. Looks like the planned rebuild of the Starliner wooden coaster will also have to wait until after the observation wheel is finished.

2016/2017 - Giant Wheel - (9/14/15) According to this article the local council has approved plans to build a nearly 190 foot tall observation wheel at Miracle Strip Amusement Park. Depending on contracts and build schedules, it could be completed as early as next summer.

???? - The Starliner Returns - Planning - (5/4/15) According to this news report construction on the new Starliner has yet to begin, and because of the delays we're more than likely looking at it to open for 2016 at the earliest instead of this year.
    (8/11/14) The owners of the new Miracle Strip at Pier Park say they are ready to begin construction to rebuild the Starliner coaster this fall. Watch this local news report on it to see more. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the animation below to see the modified coaster layout from Great Coasters. To fit the Starliner into the new site, the layout has been forced to have changed into a L-Shaped Out & Back instead of the old straight Out & Back layout from the original and Cypress Gardens installations.

    (6/10/13) The latest effort to rebuild the Starliner in Panama City involves the selling of custom bricks for $50 that will make up a pathway running to the rebuild Starliner once it is ready to reopen at the new Miracle Strip site. If all goes according to plan they will begin construction this fall, move the existing rides to the new site (along with 9 more) to the new site in time to open in Spring 2014. They hope to start construction on the Starliner in Fall 2014 and have it open by Spring 2015.

 

PALACE PLAYLAND (Maine)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

PHARAOH’S ADVENTURE PARK (California)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

Park News - (6/17/16) A proposal is being looked at for a multi-million upgrade of the Playland amusement park at the PNE that would see it transformed more into a theme park style environment. They aren’t ready to go ahead with it yet, but the concept may take an important step forward this week. The concept itself has been around for a number a years, going back to the original concepts proposed as far back as 2010.
    (10/13/14) News Plus Notes reports that Playland at the PNE is planning a 13-year long, $80 million renovation project schedule to both update and expand the park. Once complete, Playland will have been expanded by an additional 8 acres and add new attractions.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time.

 

PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE (Ocean City, NJ)

icon_STOP2016 - Gale Force / Whirlwind and Wild Waves - Confirmed - (7/4/16) GaleForce at Playland's Castaway Cove has opened and CoasterForce has posted a POV video of the unique new S&S coaster in action. Check it out below, as the wicked twists and turns of this compact little coaster look quite incredible to fit so much action on such a small footprint.

    (4/5/16) The new Miler made family coaster coming to Playland Castaway Cove is now called Wild Waves. Meanwhile Gale Force has been topped off as well.

    (3/10/16) A couple of new pictures of Gale Force at Playland were sent in a few hours ago. Looks like they are making good progress.
   

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(3/5/16) Five new pictures of Gale Force were sent in this weekend, as they have now places a train on the rails, even though the layout itself isn't complete yet. Interesting.
    (2/24/16) Work crews have begun putting up the track for Gale Force and a local area reader sent in two new photos. Meanwhile a new webcam is also streaming video of the site as well if you watch during the daylight hours.
    (2/11/16) Three new pictures of Gale Force have been sent in by a local reader. They also report that so far, no sign of parts of construction of the other two new coasters on the way.
    (2/9/16) Playland’s Castaway Cove is asking the public to vote for the final name of a new Miler family coaster that the park is adding that will wrap around the outside of the Gale Force coaster. You can vote between the names: Red Raider, Seven Seas, Surf Rider, The Rum Runner and Wild Waves at their Facebook page.
   The park says they are actually adding three new coasters this year, Gale Force, the one up for the naming vote, and a third one to be named Whirlwind (SBF Visa Group Spinning Coaster).
    (1/30/16) A reader sent in two new pictures from the Gale Force construction site at Playland's Castaway Cove. The supports are now going vertical, so it wont be long before we see track go up as well.
    (1/8/16) A reader sent in a picture from Playland’s Castaway Cove showing off the footers now poured and ready for the Gale Force coaster when it arrives. So far there was no sign of any coaster steel on site however.
    (11/19/15) A picture of the new S&S coaster car for the Gale Force coaster coming to Playland's Castaway Cove in 2016 has been posted to Instagram.
    (8/6/15) A quick note about Gale Force, the new S&S Worldwide coaster going into Playland's Castaway Cove. According to a press release from S&S, this will be the first LSM launched coaster to open in the "Northeast region of the U.S." and that this coaster is an evolution of the S&S El Loco product line, which they are referring to as an S&S LSM Triple Launch Coaster.
    The top speed of the launch is 64mph, up and over a 125 foot crest, dropping down at a 100 angle to hit 59mph. Other features include a 180 Twisting Climb, an "off-camber dive drop, a corked roll, a top hat twist and a raven dive." Good news for smaller riders too... the height limit to ride Gale Force will only be 48 inches.
    (8/5/15) Playland's Castaway Cove will build a new roller coaster for 2016 called Gale Force. The coaster will stand 125 feet tall, include a 64mph launch, a beyond 90 drop and more, all in a very compact space. The coaster is actually a new product from S&S Worldwide, and almost looks like it could be S&S's take on the Premier Ride's Sky Rocket II compact launch-coaster concept, starting off with a similar forwards, backwards, forwards launch sequence to get up to speed. The train will hold 12 riders in three rows of 4-across. Look for Gale Force to replace the park's current Python and Flitzer coasters.

 

SAN FRANCISCO DUNGEON (San Francisco, CA @ Fisherman’s Wharf)

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The new family friendly “drop” attraction is coming to The San Francisco Dungeon, to be called “Escape Alcatraz”. Built underground below Fisherman’s Wharf this new $1 million attraction is set to debut over Halloween weekend. “The new ride creates a thrilling finale to the sixty-minute Dungeon experience, complete with fresh sets, script, characters, costumes, and culminates in a heart-pounding drop ride simulating a jump from the infamous island prison into the frigid and choppy waters of the San Francisco Bay. ”
   The new attraction is still under construction and will go down 6 feel below sea level. The custom built attraction is from Swiss-based WillTEC and while the ride will stand 23 feet tall, the drop will be only 11 feet, with two ride vehicles, each able to hold 9 passengers, held in only by a lapbar.
    (7/7/16) The San Francisco Dungeon is now showing off a renovated "lobby" area that brings some of the attraction's darkness up to the street level for the first time, giving off a glimpse of what lies ahead. I've also been told that the attraction is working on a new "Drop Ride" currently that is expected to debut this fall.
    If I had to guess, the new drop ride experience may be similar to the Exitus drop ride added to the Berlin Dungeon, or perhaps the Drop Dead: Drop Ride attractions as seen in most of the other Dungeons around the world.

 

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Park News - (8/7/15)  I'm not quite sure what happened, but it has been confirmed that Santa's Village AZoosment Park has now closed their WildCat coaster for good. I'm a bit curious why it closed so soon, though it was a used ride, it just opened at the park last year. I'm told that "a new and exciting project" is in the works for that area of the park to replace it... we're just not sure what, or even when...
 

2016 - The Snowball Ride - (1/23/16) Santa's Village Azoosment Park has announced the first of several rumored new rides for the park this week. According to the video teaser the park will bring back the 1962 Snowball ride to the park once again... which was originally built by Arrow Dynamics.

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SANTA’S VILLAGE (Jefferson, HN)

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Santa's Village (New Hampshire) has begun teasing a new attraction with Poogee the Penguin. So far they've posted a picture of the penguin next to a bulldozer and another of a clipout of him standing over Italy on a map. (Possible hint as to the manufacture maybe?) According to one possible rumor, it could be some kind of spinning coaster.

 

SEABREEZE (New York)

icon_STOP2016 - Internal Improvements - (4/30/16) While Seabreeze Park isn't adding any new attractions for 2016, the park has been busy with some internal improvement projects that will enhance the guest experience. A new guest services building has been built between the Carousel and park office that will include some new needed park office space, guests services, lost & found and a first aid station. The main food stand has also been remodeled and the park's band organ has received a nice tune-up. I've also read that Season Passports have enhanced benefits this season, with the number of visits allowed increased from 15 to 20, plus an extra bonus weekend in September and two "Bring A Friend Free" weekends included during the season.

 

SESAME PLACE (Philadelphia)
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

STONE MOUNTAIN (Atlanta, GA)
Managed by Herschend Family Entertainment

2016 - The Jump - (12/30/15) Stone Mountain will open a new upcharge attraction in 2016 called The Jump. It will open near the existing Sky Hike ropes course and offer guests a chance to leap from a tall platform into a giant stuntman style inflatable air-bag. There will be a smaller version for little kids (less than 10 ft tall) and a much taller one for those 44 inches or taller that will let to take a leap from either a 15 foot or 20 foot platform. They hope to have The Jump ready to open by April 2016.

 

STORY LAND  (Glen, NH)
Parques Reunidos

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

STORYBOOK LAND (New Jersey)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

TWEETSIE RAILROAD (North Carolina)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

WildWaves_logoWILD WAVES  (Seattle-Tacoma, WA)
Owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties
Managed by NorPoint Entertainment

icon_STOPPark News - (9/14/16) A quick update regarding what Wild Waves actually opened over the 2016 season. While they announced a tower ride and a Huss Enterprise flat ride earlier this year, the Enterprise never actually opened. From what I'm hearing the ride was a used item they picked up somewhere, and from what I'm hearing, it sounds as if it was in such bad shape that it may never actually open at all.
    (8/25/16) The local news has posted an update regarding the drowning at the Wild Waves waterpark where they make it sound as if the lifeguards were unable to see the body of the man at the bottom of the pool at first.
    According to an anonymous source who contacted Screamscape directly, they believe the man had a heart attack while in the water and sunk to a deep part of the pool. According to this anonymous report, the lifeguards did find him, but due to his size they were having difficulty in pulling him from the water.
    (8/22/16) Sad news from the Wild Waves park as a man drowned at the waterpark. I don't know how true this is, but according to the local news reports the life guards spent time arguing about what to do before being able to pull him from the water. CPR was attempted to revive him, but their efforts were unsuccessful.
    (4/8/16) Big news from Wild Waves this week, as the park announced that they would be going back to splitting the amusement park and waterpark in two and changing the amusement park name back to Enchanted Village, leaving the waterpark to be known simply as Wild Waves once again. Note: while the parks are being "split", you will still be able to get into both parks on the same day with a season pass or a single-day two-park pass. You can visit the official website to see the two new park logos they are using going forward.

2016 - (3/21/16) According to a Screamscape source Wild Waves may be planning on adding two new rides... one is said to be an S&S Tower ride of some kind while the other may be a Huss Enterprise. I'm not sure if this is a classic old-school Enterprise or one of the new G2 designs, so we'll have to wait and see.
    (3/20/16) According to a teaser posted on their Facebook page, it looks like "Something BIG is coming!" to Wild Waves Theme Park. Based on the graphic below the "I", I'm wonder if it will be a tower ride of some kind. Anyone know more?

You heard it here first...something BIG is coming!

Posted by Wild Waves Theme Park on Friday, March 18, 2016

 

WONDERLAND PARK (Amarillo, TX)

icon_STOPPark News - (4/27/16) A father caught a scary incident on video at Wonderland Amusement Park in Texas while riding the Mouse Trap, a Pinfari Zyklon style coaster. While trying to capture his son's experience on video with his phone's camera during the ride (we wont get into that right now) the seat belt released on them during the first drop, and the boy actually slid down towards the floor of the car at that point before Dad grabbed him and held him close for the remainder of the ride.
    Scary... but like so many coasters these days, I do wonder if the belts are original equipment, or just something extra added in by the park at the request of their legal team or for insurance reasons. In those cases, the belts are more for just added peace of mind and the lap bars are sufficient, but it doesn't make the event of a seat-belt releasing in mid-ride a non-issue. Especially as the Dad reported it to the ride-ops who kinda shrugged it off with an apology and mentioned that it had been happening sometimes lately. In that case the train should have been pulled to have the belts undergo a complete maintenance inspection, and replacement of the problem belt that had been apparently experiencing several random failures.
    Thankfully Wonderland has responded and confirmed that they did pull the train from service that evening, and even confirmed my suspicion that the belts were indeed added as an extra safety measure system and not part of the original manufacturer's design. While it is good to see the park respond and go on the record about their maintenance of the coaster, it sounds like what they really need is some new training procedures for the ride ops so they feel empowered to take the appropriate action on their own and pull the train or shut down the ride until maintenance can check it.
    (5/13/15) Wonderland Park in Texas experienced an accident this week when the park's Drop of Fear tower ride malfunctioned just after the ride cycle started. From the sound of the report, the rider cart started to ride and suddenly fell back down to the bottom after a few seconds, bounced up a little bit and from somewhere a chunk of metal fell to the ground, and may have shot some shrapnel fragments out as well. the Drop of Fear ride remains closed while they investigate what happened, though thankfully there were no serious injuries.

2016 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015.

 

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