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SMALL PARKS & ATTRACTIONS

 

 

 

----    THE LATEST SMALL PARK NEWS    ----
    (8/21/17) Oak's Amusement Park (Oregon) Adding Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter Coaster (MORE...)
    (8/7/17) Glennwood Caverns - New Video of Haunted Mine Drop Added (MORE...)
    (8/3/17) Glenwood Caverns - Haunted Mine Drop Update (MORE...)
    (7/30/17) Glenwood Caverns Ready To Open Haunted Mine Drop Attraction (MORE...)
    (7/14/17) Bay Beach - New Details About Second Ferris Wheel Confirmed (MORE...)

 

ACTION PARK (New Jersey)

???? - Sky Turtle / Sky Caliber - Announced for 2016, but did not get built - Status Unknown -
    (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)

2017 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2016 either.

 

ADVENTURE PARK (Maryland)

2017 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2016 either.

 

ADVENTURE POINTE (Near Houston, TX)

???? - Proposed New Park - Under Construction - (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) 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)

2017 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

ADVENTURELAND (Long Island, NY)

2017 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2016 either.

 

ARNOLD’S PARK (Iowa)

2017 -  Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added for 2016 either.

 

BAY BEACH (Green Bay, WI)

Park 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.

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

icon_STOP2018 - Second Ferris Wheel - Proposed - (7/14/17) According to the latest update from the local news, the new proposed Ferris Wheel that could be added to Bay Beach would be approximately 10-stories tall. As mentioned, a local fundraising group for the park is planning to donate $2.1 million to purchase a new Ferris wheel for the park that is actually brand new and not a used ride from another location. The new wheel would be twice the height of the existing one and able to offer three times the capacity. A vote to decide on if they will accept the donated wheel will take place at a July 18th City Council meeting.
    (7/9/17) Bay Beach might be adding a second Ferris Wheel to the park’s lineup in the near future. Why a second one? Apparently a local group called “Friends of Bay Beach” has offered to donate one to the park if they will accept it. No word on if this second wheel would be new or used.

 

BEECH BEND PARK  (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

BOSQUE MAGICO (Mexico)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CALAWAY PARK (Alberta, Canada)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CAMDEN PARK (WV)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

CASINO PIER (Seaside Heights, NJ)

Park News - (10/19/16) According to a local news report the Pirate's Hideaway coaster is being moved by crews off Seaside Height's Casino Pier as part of an expansion to the boardwalk. The coaster's site will be taken over by a new Ferris wheel, while the coaster is currently being moved by a group who normally moves houses who say it will take them 5 days to move the coaster off the pier.

2017 - Hydrus / New Coaster & Ferris Wheel - (5/11/17) The new Hydrus coaster at Casino Pier opened to guests over this past weekend. A video showing off the ride experience was posted to YouTube by the park which you can see below.  Reverse POV looking at the riders first, but then a compete standard POV video followed immediately after, so watch it all.

    (4/11/17) A reader sent in a picture from Casino Pier taken a few hours ago showing off the park's new Ferris Wheel under construction. Looks like things are moving along nicely.
    (2/6/17) The new coaster at Casino Pier appears to have had the last track section put into place this weekend according to a post on Twitter by Ride Entertainment, which you can see below. The park has also named the coaster at last as well, opting to call it "Hydrus". A couple of photos of the pink and green themed cars (with eyeballs on the front) were posted to Twitter and you can see them here.

    (2/4/17) A few new fantastic shots of the Gerstlauer coaster going up at Casino Pier were sent into Screamscape this afternoon. Check it out... the colors really are quite good looking together with the contrast of the seaside.
    (1/31/17) A reader went by Casino Pier this week and sent in a new picture of the coaster construction site. As you can see A LOT of new track and supports have now been put into place since the last look we had.
    (11/24/16) Casino Pier has confirmed their plans to add a new coaster as well as a new Ferris Wheel at last along with a piece of concept artwork showing off the look of the new expansion site and attractions. As we've known for some time, the coaster will be a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter style design, 72 feet tall and have a beyond vertical first drop at 97 along 1,050 feet of track through a vertical loop, "Immelman turn" and a heartline roll. Based on the description, it should be similar to Gerstlauer's other compact Eufofighter "320+" layouts like Rage, Untamed, or perhaps more like the Eurofighter at Zoosafari Fasanolandia.
    The new Ferris Wheel will be from Technical Park and stand 131 feet tall.
    (11/14/16) A couple of new photos showing off the new pier construction taking place at Casino Pier were sent in to Screamscape over the weekend, which will become home to the new Gerstlauer EuroFighter coaster next year. I've also been told that the existing bumper cars will also be moved to a new location by the same group who moved the Pirate's Hideaway coaster.
    (10/14/16) A reader sent in a few pictures of the new coaster pieces arriving at Casino Pier earlier this month.
    (9/22/16) 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)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added in 2016 either

 

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

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 either.

 

CLIFF’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time... nothing added in 2016

???? - 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)

2017 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

DELGROSSO’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Pennsylvania)

2017 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

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

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 either.

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icon_STOP2018 - Unknown Changes - (6/29/17) Sounds like something interesting is planned to go on down at Dixie Landin’ / Blue Bayou starting this fall. Five the rides from the Dixie Landin’ amusement park side are currently listed as being up for sale over at ITAL with a September 2017 availability date. The rides up for sale include EXTREME, the park’s Maurer Spinning Coaster, the Grand Carousel (Chance), Over the Rainbow (Huss Rainbow), Side Winder (Moser Sidewinder) and Flyin’ Tiger (Huss Enterprise).
    I don’t know if they are planning some kind of expansion to the amusement park side or removing things to make room for a waterpark expansion. There is always the possibility they could be looking to downsize the amusement park side of things in order to focus more on their more popular waterpark business at Blue Bayou. We’ve seen a number of small parks in the southern states head in this director over the years like Magic Springs, and Alabama Adventure even went the whole way at one point and closed their rides park entirely before getting new owners who are now trying to restore it once again.
    My hunch is that they are still going to keep the ride’s side of the park, because they have not put their biggest and most valuable ride up for sale yet, which would be the Ragin Cajun (Vekoma Boomerang) coaster. With that in mind, unless they are just planning on adding an assortment of smaller rides to revitalize the park in 2018, I’m guessing a waterpark expansion may be the most likely plan of action here. This would also make the most sense, as I’ve been told that in the busy summer months, the waterpark is always packed, while the rides side fails to pull in the same crowd levels.
    The location of the five attractions up for sale is a bit scattered, and none are really close to the waterpark side of things, though these rides could be removed in order to open up space to allow for other attractions near the waterpark to be relocated. Anyone know more about what the true plans are?

 

DUTCH WONDERLAND (Pennsylvania)
Owned by Parque Reunidos

icon_STOP2017 - Merlin’s Mayhem - (6/29/17) Some great construction photos of the new Merlin’s Mayhem coaster going up at Dutch Wonderland were posted to twitter by a park a few hours ago. Check them out below.

    (6/19/17) The Merlin's Mayhem family inverted coaster at Dutch Wonderland is still under construction and you can see a few pictures showing off the latest progress posted to CoasterTalkNoBSZone. No word on when the installation might be complete.
    (4/17/17) A reader sent in some pictures from Dutch Wonderland in Pennsylvania of their new inverted family coaster, Merlin’s Mayhem. Check them out!
    (11/19/16) A quick video tour and chat about the new Merlin's Mayhem coaster coming to Dutch Wonderland was shot at the S&S booth at IAAPA by our friends at In The Loop. Check out the video below which includes all new video footage of the coaster itself as well.

    (11/16/16) S&S Worldwide released a press release confirming a little more information about the Merlin’s Mayhem coaster coming to Dutch Wonderland in 2017. The new Family Inverted Coaster train design will feature a 20-passenger train with on-board audio. You can see a good picture of the train posted to Twitter, along with a peek at the speaker location.
    (11/4/16) While S&S isn’t ready to comment further on the new coaster system coming to Dutch Wonderland (wait until IAAPA they say…) they did fix the page on their official website that does promote a new Family Inverted Coaster design, which appears to have a possible layout for the Merlin’s Mayhem coaster. From the look of the video the ride will use the typical rigid Inverted coaster style cars rather than the old Arrow style swinging Suspended concept, though they look to be trying to mimic the aggressive swinging sensation through the use of heavily banked and twisting track pieces which actually does appear to give this little coaster some really fun moments. Check out the animated video below.

    (11/2/16) Dutch Wonderland announced a new coaster is coming to the park in 2017 to be called Merlin's Mayhem, themed as a search for Merlin's little mischievous baby dragon, Mayhem. The coaster itself is described as a "suspended family coaster" from S&S Worldwide. Off the top of my head I can't remember S&S ever making a Suspended coaster of any kind (not counting the unique Tranan) so in addition to the lack of concept artwork from the park, I'm curious if this will simply be a family 'inverted' style coaster, or a true "Suspended" style swinging coaster, like the old Arrow models.
    According to the official description from the park guests will go on the high-flying adventure ride on a 60 foot tall coaster that will feature two helix turns and just over 1,300 feet of track, searching for Mayhem through clues in the queue as well as those given through an on-board audio system within the coaster seats. The coaster will be the tallest ride at Dutch Wonderland when it opens with a height requirement of just 39 inches to ride making it very kid friendly.
    A VERY brief bit of animation can be found in the video news broadcast here where it appears that the top of the coaster's layout will send rider's soaring over the park's Sky Ride.
    (10/31/16) Dutch Wonderland has mentioned on their Facebook page that their new announcement would take place sometime today, on Halloween.  They've also gone on to show off a couple of preview story panels of "Merlin" in a boat discovering a large egg, which then hatches a baby dragon named Mayhem.
    (10/26/16) While I'm not sure what is going on, Screamscape has been informed that Dutch Wonderland is expected to announce something new for the 2017 season around the end of the month. Stay tuned!

 

EDAVILLE USA (Carver, MA)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing added in 2016 either

 

ENCHANTED FOREST (Oregon)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, nothing new was added in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 either.

 

FAMILY KINGDOM (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

FANTASY ISLAND (Grand Island, New York - near Niagara Falls)
Formerly: Martin’s Fantasy Island
Apex Parks Group

Park News - (12/8/16) While we don't know what Martin's Fantasy Island has planned for 2017, we have learned that the park quietly renamed itself simply as Fantasy Island following the end of the 2016 season. You can find their  new website at www.fantasyislandny.com

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time..

 

FUNTOWN USA / SPLASHTOWN USA (Saco, Maine)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER (Ocean City, NJ)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

GILROY GARDENS (Gilroy, California)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

GLENWOOD CAVERNS (Colorado)

icon_STOP2017 - Haunted Mine Drop - (8/7/17) Another video showing off some more on-ride footage of the Glennwood Caverns Haunted Mine Drop attraction has been added below.

    (8/3/17) A video showing off the grand opening of the Haunted Mine Drop ride that just opened at Glenwood Caverns has been posted by the park that includes just a very brief bit of footage of the ride itself. Apparently the lights go out (it is haunted after all…) and the drop takes place entirely in the dark, which not only adds to the suspense, but also adds to the thrill factor, as it always seems like you are moving a lot faster when riding in the dark.
    Fun factoid - Mike Collins and “EB” from CoasterRadio.com actually narrate the “training video” guests hear while waiting in the queue. You can hear a bit of it in a video showing off the queue posted to the CoasterRadio Facebook page. Awesome job guys!

    (7/30/17) According to the local news the new Haunted Mine Drop attraction at Glenwood Caverns is set to open on Monday.
    (5/30/17) Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has finally started to install the ride hardware for their new Haunted Mine Drop attraction that will plunge riders down 110-120 feet underground into a haunted mine shaft. The goal is to try and have the ride ready to open by the July 4th holiday period, but the pace of construction will depend on just how well the weather cooperates.
    (1/27/17) Glenwood Caverns is planning to open a unique "Haunted Mine Drop" thrill ride this Summer. The themed attraction will apparently feature a larger drop than Disney's own Tower of Terror drop rides, but this one will drop you 120 feet down underground through a deep dark mineshaft down into the earth itself. So yes... unlike any other drop ride that typically features a tall tower, you will board this one at the top, at ground level, and take a terrifying plunge into darkness into the cold bowels of the earth itself. As if this attraction needed another notch to crank up the thrill pedigree, it seems the ride portion of the experience will be coming from the mind of Stan Checketts, founder and former CEO of S&S Power who knows a thing or two about intense drop rides. Add in a storyline about the mine being closed and haunted by ghosts, some spooky props and even a hologram projection, and it sounds like the Haunted Mine Drop will be a winner you wont want to miss. Look for it to open sometime by mid-summer season.

 

HYDRO ADVENTURES (Missouri)

2017 - Expansion - (5/16/17) Hydro Adventures in Missouri will open on May 20th with upgrades and new features, including a 4,300 sqft arcade and an indoor Laser Tag arena. Other improvements made over the last 12 months include the addition of the Galaxy 500 steel coaster, and a Scramber flat ride.

 

IDLEWILD (Pennsylvania)
Parques Reunidos

icon_STOPPark News - (7/3/17) According to a unconfirmed message sent my way, Idlewild is said to have received the new PTC trains for Rollo Coaster. Currently they are said to be installed onto the ride and undergoing testing. No word on when it may reopen, though the hope is that they can get approved to reopen it sometime before the end of Summer.
    (5/9/17) The official report has been released regarding the accident at Idlewild from 2016 when a small boy fell out of the park's Rollo Coaster. In summary, they seem to place the blame on a combination of factors that must be addressed if the ride is to be allowed to reopen. The list includes the fact that the trains have no secondary restraints, modifications made to them over the years, the height restrictions on the ride and more.
    The park has to address four items before it can reopen Rollo Coaster, which has been closed since the accident took place last August. The list includes the addition of an approved "secondary passenger restraint" (aka: seat belt), a new inspection from an engineer that the ride can withstand normal stress and is up to safety specifications, a re-evaluation of the minimum height requirement, along with changes to their operator training requirements.
    (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.

2017 - Nothing is known at this time...

 

2017_DragonCoastgerJOYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK (Lubbock, TX)

2017 - Dragon Coaster - (11/24/16) IRM has announced the sale of a Wisdom Dragon Coaster that was formerly at Santa's Village Azoosment Park to Joyland Park in Texas.

 

KEANSBURG AMUSEMENT PARK (Keansburg, NJ)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015

 

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

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH  (Chattanooga, TN)

Park 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.

icon_STOP2017 - New Attraction - Under Construction - (3/10/17) According to a teaser image posted to Lake Winnie's facebook page, the park has a new secret ride under construction. Anyone know more?

 

LAKESIDE AMUSEMENT PARK (Denver, CO)

Park News - (3/17/17) Lakeside Amusement Park was the site of a weird incident last week when a car fleeing a traffic stop crashed into a parking overhang and wall just outside the park. Follow the link to read the rest of the details and see photos of the damage that was caused, opening up a hole into the park itself.

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

LITTLE AMERRICKA  (Marshall, WI)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

???? - 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.

 

OAK’S AMUSEMENT PARK (Orgeon)

icon_STOP2018 - New Coaster - (8/21/17) Oaks Amusement Park in Oregon is adding a new coaster for the 2018 season which appears to be a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter, 72 feet tall, 3 inversions and a 97 beyond vertical first drop. The park has posted some pictures of similar models on their Facebook page along with a link to a contest to name the new coaster.

 

PACIFIC PARK (Santa Monica Pier, CA)

2017 - Shark Frenzy - (4/15/17)

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Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier has actually opened an new ride for 2017, with a classic feel. This will be a new Tilt-A-Whirl ride from Larson, but with a custom shark theme, to be called Shark Frenzy. The custom themeing is awesome, and like no other Tilt-A-Whirl I've ever seen, as it looks like the riders are sitting inside the mouth of a massive shark about to be eaten. This is also the return of a classic, as I'm told the park used to have a classic Tilt-A-Whirl until they removed it back in 1995.

 

PALACE PLAYLAND (Maine)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

PHARAOH’S ADVENTURE PARK (California)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

PLAYLAND at the PNE (Vancouver, Canada)

2017 - Three New Rides / Bug Whirled, The Flutterbye and Monkey Mover -
    (3/13/17) From what I'm told the new rides coming to Playland PNE will be Bug Whirled (a small SBF Visa spinning coaster), Flutterbye (Zamperla Magic Bike) and Dizzy Drop, a small bouncing tower ride.  (Sounds like they dropped the previously mentioned Monkey Mover name for this last one.)
    (2/1/17) Playland at the PNE has updated their site with names and a little new information about each of the three new rides opening this year. According to the latest update, "Spin your way through a magical land on the new coaster ride, Bug Whirled, peddle your way to the clouds flapping your wings on The Flutterbye, then take the plunge on the marvelous mechanical Monkey Mover. All three rides will accommodate the entire family, so get ready to share even more memories and screams this coming spring and summer." Look for the park to open for the 2017 season on May 6.

    (12/28/16) Playland at the PNE has announced that three new attractions are on the way for the 2017 season. They aren't ready to give away all the details yet of what the new rides are, but they did share an image showing off some pieces of one of the three new rides arriving on site on the back of a truck. The only clue is that they say it will "launch your stomach into your mouth and leave you looking like a porcupine" while it is something the entire family can ride together. Anyone know more?

 

PLAYLAND’S CASTAWAY COVE (Ocean City, NJ)

2017 - Galeforce / Whirlwind and Wild Waves - (5/29/17) Castaway Cove finally opened their new Galeforce coaster (S&S) on Saturday at 1pm according to the local news. Anyone had the chance to ride it yet?
    (3/23/17) According to the local news, after missing all of the 2016 season, Playland will be ready to finally open their new S&S coaster this May.
    (11/11/16) A member of CoasterForce was invited to take a test ride on the new GaleForce coaster (S&S) at Playland's Castaway Cove and has reported the exact reason why the new coaster failed to open to the public this past season. According to the report there were alignment issues with a section of the existing track and that currently replacement track is being manufactured at a plant in Italy.
    Of course this begs a follow-up question as to since when S&S started to have their track manufactured in Italy to begin with, as previously I believe their track came from the same facility in Utah who also makes Premier Rides' track, but I know things have been changing. For example the new 4D Free Spin coasters that Six Flags has been buying use a version of RMC's IBOX track system and GaleForce, the prototype of S&S's new LSM Triple Launch coaster concept, uses unique track like nothing we've seen from S&S before. I think it looks quite similar to both Mack and Gerstlauer track actually, but seems to about be a dead copy of the track used for Cannibal at Lagoon in 2015.
    (9/29/16) It is worth mentioning that despite testing quite a bit over the summer, the Gale Force coaster at Playland's Castaway Cove has still yet to actually open to guests. A good series of photos of the new coaster were posted a couple of weeks ago to the TPR Forum.
    (7/4/16) 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.

    (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).
    (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.

 

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

Attraction News - (11/24/16) The San Francisco Dungeon is holding a "Dungeoness Crab-enger Hunt" now through Nov. 30th. “Dungeoness Crabs” have overtaken The San Francisco Dungeon on Fisherman’s Wharf. They’ve infested the Lost Mines, Shanghai Kelly’s boat, Ms. Piggott’s Saloon and the Dungeon’s brand new Escape Alcatraz drop ride and show, creeping up in the craziest places. Grab a tally card upon descent and keep a keen eye out for the cantankerous crustaceans throughout the 60 minute, live theater journey. Spot them all and win a prize at tour’s end with a chance to win a Merlin Annual Pass in The San Francisco Dungeoness Crab-enger Hunt grand prize drawing.
    The attraction is also hosting a "Presents for Prisoners" event that is really a Children's Toy Drive. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate and you'll get 50% off a tour of The Dungeon now through Dec. 16th. They will also host an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Fisherman's Wharf on Jan. 6th (12-6pm) where all donors will receive a voucher for a free visit to the Dungeon.

2016 - Escape Alcatraz - (11/2/16) The new Escape Alcatraz underground drop ride at the San Francisco Dungeon is now open. You can see a video below shot during the grand opening.

    (9/1/16) 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.

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE AZOOSMENT PARK (Dundee, Illinois)

2017 - Super Cyclone - (11/24/16) In The Loop has posted an interview with the President of Santa's Village Azoosment Park about their new Super Cyclone coaster coming in 2017. This will be an Interpark made Zyklon/Galaxy style family coaster. A video of the new coaster was also posted to Facebook which can be seen below as well.

 

SANTA’S VILLAGE (Jefferson, HN)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

SEABREEZE (New York)

2017 - Time Warp - (12/12/16) SeaBreeze has announced a new flat ride for 2017 called Time Warp that will be a themed Technical Park Super Miami.


    (11/24/16) Seabreeze sent word to their fans through the Club Seabreeze newsletter that a new attraction is coming to the park next season. No details were given about what it would be, but at least they confirmed that SOMETHING is coming at least.

 

SESAME PLACE (Philadelphia)
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

SELVA MAGICA (Guadalajara, Mexico)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

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

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...

 

STORY LAND  (Glen, NH)
Parques Reunidos

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

STORYBOOK LAND (New Jersey)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

TWEETSIE RAILROAD (North Carolina)

Park News - (6/10/17) Tweetsie, a cute railroad themed park in the mountains of western North Carolina has announced that they will host the biggest fireworks show in western North Carolina at the park this July 4th, which will also mark the park's 60th Anniversary. Fireworks will begin at 9:30pm.

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

WESTERN PLAYLAND (Sunland Park, New Mexico)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2016

 

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

Park News - (4/26/17) It wasn't that long ago that the Wild Waves theme park opted to return the name of the park to Enchanted Village & Wild Wave Waterpark. Now it seems that the park has quietly changed names again, dropping Enchanted Village and is now just calling itself the "Wild Waves Theme & Water Park". A new website under the WildWaves.com address with the new logo is now live.
    In other news, we are hearing that one of the park's original r ides, Tip Top (spinning tea cups), is being removed and replaced with a Zamperla Rockin' Tug this season.
    (12/30/16) Along with the sale of the Enchanted Village / Wild Waves theme park to EPR Properties, I'm told that the management contract for the park has also been handed over from NorPoint to Premier Parks, LLC who is already in the midst of overhauling the park's management staff for the 2017 season.

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time...-

 

WONDERLAND PARK (Amarillo, TX)

2017 - Nothing is known at this point in time, but nothing new was added in 2015 or 2016

 

 

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