Space World to close next December

Yahata Higashi, Kitakyushu, Japan

After operating just over a quarter century, Space World theme park announced in a newspaper interview that it would close in December 2017. The park, known for its iconic Venus GP roller coaster that features a full scale model of NASA’s Space Shuttle, opened on 22. April, 1990 on the Nippon Steel grounds. Click the headline for more information


Fire at PortAventura’s Ferrari Land

Salou, Tarragona, Spain

A raging fire broke out overnight at Farrari Land, PortAventura Park’s 807,300 square feet (75,000 sq/m) sister park scheduled to open on 7 April, 2017. No injuries were reported and the full extent of the damage caused by the fire is not immediately known, but there was extensive damage to several structures including the Venetian Campanile and Ferrari Experience buildings as well as one of the two S&S combo drop towers. Click the headline for more information


Fun Spot announce New Woodie for 2017

Kissimmee, Florida, USA

The Gravity Group and Fun Spot America announced today that a new wooden coaster will open at their park near Orlando in Kissimmee, Florida in 2017. The coaster will be 82 feet (25m) tall, 2,256 feet (688m) long, have a top speed of 48.5 mph (78 km/h) and feature a 360° barrel roll inversion, 115° banked turns and seven airtime hills. Click the headline for more information


IMG Worlds unveils newest theme park

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IMG Worlds announced the opening in 2020 of IMG Worlds of Legends, a 2 million square foot (185,806m²) theme park located next to their IMG Worlds of Adventures. The huge new park will feature a retractable roof in order to be open year round and nine unique zones with attractions that will include characters from global brands like Nickelodeon, Ubisoft, Mattel, Pokémon, Cartoon Network and the Animé Zone. Click the headline for more information.


New trains for Wildcat at Lake Compounce

Bristol, Connecticut, USA

Lake Compounce announced that Wildcat, the park’s landmark wooden coaster, will receive new GCI (Great Coasters International) Millennium Flyer trains for the 2017 season. The new trains are part of an ongoing improvement process to the classic woodie that opened in 1927 at America’s oldest amusement park. Click the headline to for more information and see an image of the other new train.


Kentucky Kingdom 2017 additions

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Kentucky Kingdom announced today that they will be adding Eye of the Storm, a 72 foot (22m) tall Larsen Giant Loop, for 2017. The park is also upgrading its classic wooden coaster, Thunder Run, which will receive a new PTC (Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters) train and track modifications at a cost of more than half a million dollars. Other park improvements were also announced. Click the headline to read more and see other images.


Dollywood escapes wildfire damage

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

High winds and extreme drought conditions sparked wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains surrounding Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, but Dollywood theme park, its Splash Country water park and DreamMore Resort were spared any damage.
Overnight staff evacuated families staying in 50 of the resort’s rooms and 19 of the park’s Smoky Mountain Cabins, some of which were damaged or destroyed by the fires.


New Mega Coaster for Energylandia 2018

Energylandia, Zator, Poland

Although Energylandia has only been open since Summer 2014, the Polish park announced an ambitious new roller coaster for 2018. By the time it opens, it will be the 11th coaster in their line up!
The roller coaster, currently unnamed, will be the tallest and fastest Intamin Mega Coaster in Europe.
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9 Top Rated Things from IAAPA 2016

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo 2016 boasted a record breaking number of exhibitors and buyers. It was also record breaking for CoasterForce, with hundreds of likes and shares across our Facebook and Twitter. Click the headline to take a look at the nine most popular announcements from IAAPA as liked and shared by you, our lovely followers!


11 Incredible Roller Coaster Photos

A roller coaster is a work of art. The twisted sculptures are awesome to ride and great to look at. There are hundreds of photos on CoasterForce and we’ve selected our favourite 11. Click the headline to view them all.