New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The New Orleans Industrial Development Board received three offers to purchase the former Six Flags site that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
TPC-NOLA Inc. proposed a $3.26M bid, including plans for a “Jazzland” theme park and water park valued at $50M, while Frank Scurlock made a $4.55M cash bid that will include a “Festival Theme Park” valued at $120M. The third proposal came from Henry Klein of 30/90 Management, who made an offer of $5.55 million, but what the company plans to do with the 227-acre (918,636 sqm) property is unclear.
Board members will appoint a committee to review the offers and make guidelines for purchase of the property, which will be presented at its March meeting. Click the headline for more information
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The “Turbo Track” roller coaster will turn guests into new F1 recruits, and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi into a futuristic testing facility for aspiring test drivers. The opening two stages of the experience include an on-screen training and performance analysis. Recruits then board Turbo Track and burst through the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi iconic red roof at 63 mph (102 km/h), before experiencing hair-raising zero gravity as they plummet vertically back down. If guests are still thirsty for more thrills, they can ride it again backwards, with the experience including front-facing and back-facing seats, offering two unique perspectives. Click the headline for more information
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USA
In another step toward the new Coney Island envisioned under the 2009 rezoning, New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation released a request for proposals, or RFP, for the creation and operation of new rides, games and other attractions for the empty lots between the Cyclone roller coaster and the MCU minor league baseball park.
The RFP includes 150,000 square feet of space on five vacant parcels along the boardwalk between West 10th and West 16th Streets (depicted in grey, green, orange, purple and blue on the map). The city plans to lease the sites for 10 years and is hoping the new amusements will be opened by summer 2018. Proposals are due on March 17. Click the headline for more information.
Ypres/Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Bellewaerde announced Dawson Duel, Europe’s first dueling Alpine coaster, as the park’s new-for-2017 attraction. Named after Canada’s Dawson City, the halfway mark for the Yukon Quest, the ride is themed around the world’s toughest dog sled race.
Built on a man-made hillside, the attraction will consist of two parallel tracks which allow riders to duel with each other during an exciting race to the finish at ground level. Before they start their decent, park guests can enjoy the scenic walk up a unique bridge to reach the top of a 82 foot (25m) tall tower between the tree tops. Click the headline for more information
Lutterworth, Leicestershire, UK
Immersive media firm Holovis is teaming with amusement ride manufacturer S&S – Sansei Technologies to develop the world’s first Immersive Elevator MediaCoaster, a new form of attraction combining a dark ride, drop tower and roller coaster experience in one.
Labelled as an immersive storytelling experience, the MediaCoaster begins with a themed media and interactive pre-show before boarding the ride, which enters a 360° media dome surrounding riders.
As users experience the show they ascend to the top of a tower before being sent out onto the coaster track, with elements of storytelling all the way through. Click the headline for more information
Buena Park, California, USA
Twenty-one people were stranded aboard the Sky Cabin at Knott’s Berry Farm for over seven hours when the rotating passenger gondola got stuck 125 feet (31m) above ground. The attraction stalled around 2pm local time and after several attempts to lower the ride, Orange County firefighters were called to the scene. All 20 guests and the ride operator were safely on the ground just before 10 pm.
The fire department rescuers appeared to access the top of the observation tower through its central hub and from there rappelled down to the passenger cabin. The guests, seven children and the rest adults, were harnessed to firefighters and lowered with ropes one by one to the ground. No injuries were reported. Click the headline for more information
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA
A 16-year-old boy was killed after a fall from an outdoor water slide in a closed area of Mt. Olympus on Wednesday night, according to a news release from the Lake Delton Police Department.
The teenager, who was from Florida, fell about 35 feet (10.6m) after attempting to sled down one of the snow-covered water slides that was not in service in the outdoor section of Mt. Olympus Water Park and Theme Park Resort. Click the headline for more information
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai became home to the largest theme park destination in the Middle East, as Dubai Parks and Resorts officially opened for business. The new mega destination is comprised of three separate theme parks, a water park, a themed dining and retail district as well as a luxury themed hotel. The complex includes a Legoland Theme Park and Legoland Water Park; a Hollywood-inspired park called Motiongate Dubai; and the world’s first Bollywood theme park based on some of its biggest movie blockbusters. Click the headline for more information
Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China
This weekend season pass holders were given a preview of the new Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland that is scheduled to officially open on 11. January, 2017. The much anticipated 3D motion simulator ride is the first Marvel themed Disney attraction and employs the newer generation model of the Advanced Technology Leisure Application Simulator, currently used on the popular Star Tours-The Adventure Continues 3D simulators found at other Disney parks. Click the headline for more information
The building permit for Ikaros, Gröna Lund’s new 312 foot (95m) tall Intamin Sky Jump drop tower that is scheduled to open in April 2017, has been denied. The Land and Environmental Court stated that the building application for the amusement park contained insufficient information about the impact of the new attraction on the environment. Click the headline for more information