Twisted Timbers Opens at Kings Dominion

Doswell, Virginia, USA

Twisted Timbers, the RMC (Rocky Mountain Construction) I-Box track conversion of the Hurler wooden coaster at Kings Dominion, opened today. The hybrid steel coaster features a 109 foot (33m) tall barrel roll downdrop, zero-g roll, cutback and huge overbanked curve – all while reaching speeds up to 54 mph (87 km/h). Click the headline for more information

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Linnanmäki announces Taiga launch coaster

Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

Linnänmaki Amusement Park announces the debut of Taiga, the biggest coaster in Finland, for 2019. This coaster from Intamin AG will feature two launches and four inversions across more than a kilometer of track, and reach speeds of 66 mph (104 km/h) and heights of over 170 feet (52 m). It replaces Vonkaputous, a Premier water coaster which was removed in 2017. Click the headline for more information

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Time Traveler opens at Silver Dollar City

Branson, Missouri, USA

Time Traveler, the world’s first launched looping spinning coaster, opened at Silver Dollar City. The record-breaking custom coaster was designed and built by Mack Rides and features a 100 foot (30.5m) 90° drop out of the station, three inversions, two launches and a top speed of 50.3 mph (81 km/h). As the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning coaster, it marks a new era in the amusement park industry, delivering ride experiences unlike any before, with no two rides alike, and is Silver Dollar City’s biggest attraction ever with an investment of $26 million. Click the headline for more information

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Robin Hood to receive RMC conversion

Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, the Netherlands

The Robin Hood wooden coaster at Walibi Holland will be closed until 2019, and redesigned by Rocky Mountain Construction. Robin Hood was built by Vekoma in 2000, when Six Flags operated the park. RMC has performed several rebuilds of wooden coasters in the past. Robin Hood is slated to be the company’s first conversion project outside North America, although they built a coaster from the ground up in Sweden in 2016. Click the headline for more information

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Busch Gardens closes Curse of DarKastle

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced the closure of Curse of DarKastle, a 3D dark ride which opened in 2005. The ride was initially closed in September 2017, to use the attraction building for a haunted house for the park’s Halloween event. It’s now been revealed that Curse of DarKastle will be removed permanently and the ride building reused for private and seasonal events. Click the headline for more information

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Heide Park’s Colossos to reopen in 2019

Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany

Heide Park announced that Colossos, the Intamin wooden coaster that has been out of operation since 2016, will reopen in 2019. The coaster was closed mid-season after severe material degradation was discovered, and the extensive costs of repair led many to fear that it would never reopen. However, 12 million Euros (nearly $15 million) will be invested in retracking and repair works, restoring the coaster to its former glory. Click the headline for more information

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Six Flag Park President Changes

Dallas, Texas, USA

A carousel of park presidential changes is taking place at Six Flags parks following the promotion of Bonnie Sherman Weber, who is joining the Six Flags corporate team in Texas. Succeeding her as park president of Six Flags Magic Mountain is Neal Thurman, who had been the park president of Six Flags Great Adventure. Taking over for Thurman is John Winkler, who most recently served as park president of Six Flags New England. Winkler, in turn, is being succeeded by Peter Carmichael, who was the park president of Six Flags St. Louis. Click the headline for more information

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Alton Towers reveals Wicker Man wooden coaster

Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK

Alton Towers reveals Wicker Man, a GCI wooden coaster set to open in spring 2018. Wicker Man, which will be the UK’s first wooden coaster in more than 20 years, has a height of 57.6 feet (17.5m) and a track length of 2,028 feet (618m). It is themed to a mystical group called the Beornen, and will feature fire effects. Click the headline for more information

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach removes Wild Mouse

Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

The iconic Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been removed. Wild Mouse, which opened in 1958, was one of only four remaining wooden wild mouse coasters in the world. The coaster had been out of operation the final months of the 2017 season, but with the installation of new magnetic brakes earlier in the year it was hoped that Wild Mouse would undergo further refurbishment and reopen. However, its final closure and removal was announced in a press release by the park. Click the headline for more information

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Space World reaches final frontier

Yahata Higashi, Kitakyushu, Japan

After operating just over a quarter century, Space World theme park opened its gates for the last time today. Thousands of fans lined up as early as 4 a.m. to attend the final day of operations with a New Year’s Eve fireworks display scheduled before officially closing its doors at 2 a.m. Monday. The park, known for its iconic Venus GP roller coaster that featured a full scale model of NASA’s Space Shuttle, opened on April 22, 1990 on the Nippon Steel grounds. Click the headline for more information

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