Six Flags rebrands Darien Lake

Darien Center, New York, USA

It’s official. Darien Lake Theme Park is now Six Flags Darien Lake, returning to the park’s previous name from 1999-2006. In May 2018, Six Flags announced a purchase agreement with Premier Parks to take over the operations lease of five U.S. amusement and water parks, including Darien Lake’s theme park, water park, camping resort, hotel and amphitheater. Click the headline for more information

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Volcano The Blast Coaster no more

Doswell, Virginia, USA

After nearly a year of sitting dormant, Kings Dominion announced that Volcano – The Blast Coaster, the park’s one-of-a-kind Intamin Suspended Catapult Coaster, will be removed after 20 years of operation. Known for its dual launches that propels the train out of the top of the structure, the coaster remained a guest favorite ever since it opened. Click the headline for more information

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Scandia closes its doors for good

Ontario, California, USA

After 27 years, Scandia Amusement Park west of Los Angeles has ceased operations. The 8 acre park officially closed for renovations earlier in the week, but has since been sold and will not reopen. Most of its rides, including the two coasters, are listed for sale. Scandia’s other two parks, in Victorville and Sacramento, will remain open. Click the headline for more information

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Legoland Korea plans back on track

Dorset, England, UK

Merlin Entertainment announced that plans to open a Legoland Park in South Korea will commence. Legoland Korea will be located on the island of Hajungdo in Chuncheon and is scheduled to open in 2022. The project was officially announced in 2014, with a 2017 opening date, but construction came to a halt after prehistoric ruins were discovered at the site. Click the headline for more information

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Silver Dollar City’s river rapids removed

Branson, Missouri, USA

Silver Dollar City has removed the Lost River of the Ozarks rapids ride to make room for a huge new 2020 project. In addition to the ride removal and draining the lake, a very large area surrounding the attraction has been cleared. Deconstruction began about a month ago, but no hints were given as to why the ride was torn down or what will replace it. Click the headline for more information

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Another coaster for SeaWorld San Diego

San Diego, California, USA

Only months after announcing Tidal Twister, SeaWorld San Diego confirmed a new B&M Dive Coaster will be coming to the park in 2020. At 153 feet (46.5m) tall, Mako will have almost 2,500 feet (762m) of track and a top speed of 60 mph (96.5 km/h), making it California’s tallest, longest and fastest dive coaster. Click the headline for more information

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Elitch Gardens future in doubt

Denver, Colorado, USA

The Denver City Counsel approved a redevelopment agreement that could see the end of Elitch Gardens as we know it, forcing the park to relocate or shutter. Roughly 8,000 residential units will be built on land currently occupied by the park. There is no immediate plan to close the park, but it could eventually be demolished or potentially rebuilt elsewhere. Click the headline for more information

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First ship-board coaster announced

Maimi, Florida, USA

Carnival Cruise Line announced their newest ship, Mardi Gras, will feature the first-ever roller coaster at sea when it debuts in 2020. Bolt: Ultimate Sea Coaster is a Maurer Rides Spike Coaster featuring nearly 800 feet (244m) of track with riders reaching speeds of nearly 40 mph (64 km/h) while racing motorcycle-like vehicles 187 feet (57m) above sea level. Click the headline for more information

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Maurer Spinner for Adventureland

Altoona, Iowa, USA

Adventureland near Des Moines, Iowa announced the addition of The Phoenix, a Maurer Rides Spinning Coaster, for the 2019 season. According to park spokesperson Molly Vincent, the coaster will be over 50 feet (15m) tall and reach a top speed of 40 mph (64 km/h) leading to speculation that it will be a SC2000 model. Click the headline for more information

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IAAPA 2018 Round-Up

Orlando, Florida, USA

The IAAPA Expo has closed for another year. Key players from the attractions, amusements and themed entertainment industry are on their way home. Deals were made, networking was done and your local theme park owner is undoubtedly bursting with ideas for their next ride. We were there to bring you all the highlights. Click the headline to read our report…

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