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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New “Coaster” for SeaWorld San Diego

San Diego, California, USA

SeaWorld San Diego submitted plans to build a new “roller coaster” for the 2019 season. The proposed new 22 foot (6.7m) high attraction will cover approximately 800 square feet (244m2) with a figure eight layout. Judging by the ride dimensions and layout, the new attraction will likely be a Skywarp by Skyline Attractions. Click the headline for more information and photos

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New owner buys Kanonen for resale

Waterloo, Iowa, USA

Kanonen, the Intamin hydraulic launch coaster that served at Swedish park Liseberg from 2005 to 2016, has now been purchased by Lost Island Waterpark in Iowa, USA. However, in a move never seen before, the looping coaster will not be rebuilt at the park, but has instead been stated to be put up for resale. Click the headline for more information and to see videos of the ride

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Kennywood announces Steel Curtain

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA

Kennywood announces Steel Curtain, a 197-foot (67m) coaster built by S&S Sansei. Steel Curtain will feature nine inversions and reach a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). The coaster is built in a collaboration with Pittsburgh Steelers, and will be the centerpiece of a new park area dedicated to the NFL team. Click the headline for more information plus lots of photos and videos

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Six Flags Magic Mountain opens CraZanity

Valencia, California, USA

Six Flags Magic Mountain opened CraZanity, the park’s new record breaking swinging pendulum ride. The Zamperla Giant Discovery seats 40 riders along a ring-shaped gondola that swings back and forth as it rotates, eventually swinging up to 170 feet (52m) in the air at speeds of 75 mph (120 km/h), making it the tallest and fastest ride of its type in the world. Click the headline for more information

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Europe’s tallest mega coaster opens

Zator, Malopolskie, Poland

Energylandia opened Hyperion, their new-for-2018 Intamin mega coaster. Standing nearly 253 feet (77m) tall with a 84 degree 262.4 foot (80m) drop, this airtime machine reaches speeds just over 88 mph (142 km/h). Europe’s second tallest and fastest coaster also features a Stengel dive, tunnel and splash effect. Click the headline for more information and watch the videos

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Fēnix opens at Toverland

Sevenum, Limburg, Netherlands

Attractiepark Toverland opened Fēnix, their new €17 million Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster and the park’s largest single attraction investment. Standing 131 feet (40m) tall, with a top speed of 59 mph (95 km/h), Fēnix features three inversions: a dive drop, an Immelmann and a zero-g roll as well as plenty of near misses in a gorgeous setting. Click the headline for more information

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Toy Story Land opens at DHS

Orlando, Florida, USA

After much anticipation, the 11 acre (44,525 m2) expansion to Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened to the public at Walt Disney World. Themed as Andy’s backyard from the Toy Story films, the new area features Alien Swirling Saucers, a classic whip style ride, and Slinky Dog Dash, a Mack Rides double launch family coaster. Click the headline for more information

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Cannonball Run’s final season

Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA

Waterville USA announced that they plan to retire Cannonball Run, their wooden roller coaster, at the end of the 2018 season. Cannonball Run is an out and back coaster that opened in 1995 and was built by CCI (Custom Coasters International). Be sure to get your ride in before September 16th. Click on the headline for more information and watch our on-ride video

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