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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Dollywood clears land for future expansion

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

Huge tracts of land are being cleared in Dollywood, the largest amusement park in Tennessee. Forest has been cut down and the terrain leveled in a substantial area in the center of the park, on a hill which has not previously been developed. Dollywood has not issued a press release yet, and it is believed that developments will not be ready until after the 2018 season. Click the headline for more information

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Dorney Park removes Stinger

Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

Dorney Park removed Stinger, a Vekoma Inverted Boomerang that has operated since 2012. A statement by the park claims the coaster was removed for “future planning opportunities”. This is the second time in ten years the site has been cleared after Laser, the classic Schwarzkopf looping coaster, was removed in 2008. Click the headline for more information

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Chimelong Paradise opens Sky Rocket

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Chimelong Paradise opened its high-thrill, high-tech launch coaster – the Sky Rocket Roller Coaster. The multi-million dollar triple-launch coaster, built by Premier Rides, integrates many exciting and unique elements, including advanced magnetic drive technologies. The dramatic layout is the first of its kind in Asia and features one of the highest inversions on the continent. Click the headline for more information

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