Busch Gardens Tampa announces Tigris

Tampa, Florida, USA

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced the addition of Tigris, a Premier Rides Sky Rocket II launch coaster for 2019. Tigris will soar to a height of 150 feet (46m) at speeds up to 60 mph (97 km/h), making it Florida’s tallest launch coaster. Additionally, a future makeover for the currently-defunct wooden coaster Gwazi was teased. Click the headline for more information

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Two new attractions for Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced that both their theme and water park will be getting new attractions in 2019. Coming to the Ireland themed area within the park is Finnegan’s Flyer, a pair of S&S Worldwide’s Screamin’ Swings, while Water Country USA will receive a new slide called the Cutback Water Coaster. Click the headline for more information

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Carowinds gets snake bitten

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Carowinds announced Copperhead Strike, a new Mack Rides double launch coaster coming to the park in 2019. It gets its name from the track layout that consists of a series of fast, tight, close-to-the-ground maneuvers. The coaster also features five head-over-heels inversions during its two and a half minute ride. Click the headline for more information and videos

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Six Flags announces 2019 attractions

Grand Prairie, Texas, USA

Six Flags announced the lineup of new attractions coming to each of the the chain’s parks in 2019. Ranging from roller coasters to water slides to new kiddie areas with family friendly rides, this is by far the largest group of new additions the chain has made due to the acquisition of five new properties earlier this year. Click the headline for a full listing and videos of the attractions

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Coney Island expansion announced

Brooklyn, New York, USA

New York City announced plans to bring a new Log Flume, Ropes Course Adventure Park, Public Plaza, and Arcade to Historic Coney Island Boardwalk. The expansion of Luna Park, run by Zamperla, will take place over the next two years and when complete will increase from 300,000 square feet (27,871 m2) to 450,000 square feet (41,806 m2). Click the headline for more information and renderings

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Apocalypse makes Last Stand

Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA

Six Flags America announced that their B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard) standup coaster, Apocalypse: The Last Stand, will be closing for good on September 8th, 2018. Credited as B&M’s first coaster, Apocalypse got its start as Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America where it opened in 1990. Click the headline for more information and to watch videos of the coaster

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Record-breaking drop tower for Hansa

Sierksdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Hansa Park announced Highlander, a gyro drop tower manufactured by Funtime GmbH, will open in 2019. With a height of 394 feet (120m), it will be the tallest freestanding drop tower in the world, and the third tallest overall. Highlander’s seats will be built to tilt, so riders drop down face first. Click the headline for more information and watch the announcement video

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Canada’s Wonderland reveal 2019 coaster

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

Canada’s Wonderland revealed Yukon Striker, a massive B&M dive coaster opening in 2019. At 223 feet (68m) tall, 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), and 3,625 feet (1,105m) in length, it will be the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster. Its four inversions will also be the most on a coaster of its type and it will have the longest drop at 246 feet (75m). Click the headline for more information

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Valkyria opens at Liseberg

Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden

After many construction delays, Liseberg opens Valkyria. This Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster reaches a height of 152 feet (47 m) and a speed of 65 mph (105 km/h) as it drops 164 feet (50m) through an underground tunnel. Valkyria is the only dive coaster in the Nordic countries and the northernmost B&M coaster in the world. Click the headline for more information

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Dollywood’s Wildwood Grove announced

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

Dolly Parton presided over the announcement of Wildwood Grove, the largest expansion to ever open at Dollywood in its 32 year history. Featuring 11 attractions that will debut in 2019, the expansion includes Dragonflier, a Vekoma clone of the Orkanen suspended coaster at Fårup Sommerland in Denmark! Click the headline for more information plus lots of photos and videos

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