Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
Lakemont Park will be closed for renovations during the summer of 2017, but will reopen on 17. November, 2017 for the 21st Annual Holiday Lights On The Lake. The park is home to Leap The Dips, the world’s oldest roller coaster that was built in 1902. Until the park opens again next year, Scenic Railway at Luna Park in Melbourne, Australia will be the oldest operating coaster in the world and Wild One at Six Flags America in Maryland will be the oldest operating coaster in the USA. Click the headline for more information
Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
Six Flags New England announced that Mind Eraser is becoming Galactic Attack Virtual Reality Coaster, the world’s first “Mixed Reality Experience” on a roller coaster that combines Augmented Reality using the Samsung Gear VR’s passthrough camera functionality along with virtual content. This Spring the park’s Vekoma SLC will also feature trains that are being outfitted with new restraints to make “a more comfortable, smoother and exhilarating ride experience than ever before”. Click the headline to read more and watch videos
Buena Park, California, USA
Knott’s Berry Farm released details about “VR Showdown in Ghost Town”, the park’s new-for-2017 free-roaming, multi-player Virtual Reality experience that will be available to guests at an introductory price of $6, in addition to park admission.
The interactive VR attraction will have guests embark on a time travel adventure, which will transport them to a futuristic version of Knott’s western town of Calico. Players will be met by robotic creations and embark on a daring mission with other groups of players to defend the town. Armed with wireless VR headsets and futuristic blasters, multiple players will compete against one another for the highest score, as part of this immersive adventure, while striving toward shared team goals. Click the headline for more information
“Hype” is the new Premier Rides designed and manufactured Sky Rocket II roller coaster for Särkänniemi Amusement Park in Finland. Is is the first high-tech, triple-launched coaster experience in all the Nordic Region, and the park’s newest coaster in a decade!
Hype, which had been kept a secret by Särkänniemi, was announced as the first pieces of massive steel were erected on site. Baltimore, Maryland based Premier Rides has spent the last year designing, manufacturing and shipping the ride equipment to the park and is now onsite to assist with the installation. Click the headline to read more…
Gröna Lund has submitted a planning application for a B&M Invert roller coaster. The new coaster would be 112 feet (34m) tall and 2297 (700m) long, with a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h) and a ride time of approximately two minutes. If the plans are approved construction will begin in 2018 with the coaster opening in 2020.
The layout is designed around Insane, the Intamin ZacSpin coaster, with an underground station and a lift hill extending over the Biergarden in order to squeeze it into the compact waterfront park. Click the headline for more information
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
The New Orleans Industrial Development Board received three offers to purchase the former Six Flags site that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
TPC-NOLA Inc. proposed a $3.26M bid, including plans for a “Jazzland” theme park and water park valued at $50M, while Frank Scurlock made a $4.55M cash bid that will include a “Festival Theme Park” valued at $120M. The third proposal came from Henry Klein of 30/90 Management, who made an offer of $5.55 million, but what the company plans to do with the 227-acre (918,636 sqm) property is unclear.
Board members will appoint a committee to review the offers and make guidelines for purchase of the property, which will be presented at its March meeting. Click the headline for more information
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The “Turbo Track” roller coaster will turn guests into new F1 recruits, and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi into a futuristic testing facility for aspiring test drivers. The opening two stages of the experience include an on-screen training and performance analysis. Recruits then board Turbo Track and burst through the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi iconic red roof at 63 mph (102 km/h), before experiencing hair-raising zero gravity as they plummet vertically back down. If guests are still thirsty for more thrills, they can ride it again backwards, with the experience including front-facing and back-facing seats, offering two unique perspectives. Click the headline for more information
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USA
In another step toward the new Coney Island envisioned under the 2009 rezoning, New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation released a request for proposals, or RFP, for the creation and operation of new rides, games and other attractions for the empty lots between the Cyclone roller coaster and the MCU minor league baseball park.
The RFP includes 150,000 square feet of space on five vacant parcels along the boardwalk between West 10th and West 16th Streets (depicted in grey, green, orange, purple and blue on the map). The city plans to lease the sites for 10 years and is hoping the new amusements will be opened by summer 2018. Proposals are due on March 17. Click the headline for more information.
Ypres/Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Bellewaerde announced Dawson Duel, Europe’s first dueling Alpine coaster, as the park’s new-for-2017 attraction. Named after Canada’s Dawson City, the halfway mark for the Yukon Quest, the ride is themed around the world’s toughest dog sled race.
Built on a man-made hillside, the attraction will consist of two parallel tracks which allow riders to duel with each other during an exciting race to the finish at ground level. Before they start their decent, park guests can enjoy the scenic walk up a unique bridge to reach the top of a 82 foot (25m) tall tower between the tree tops. Click the headline for more information
Lutterworth, Leicestershire, UK
Immersive media firm Holovis is teaming with amusement ride manufacturer S&S – Sansei Technologies to develop the world’s first Immersive Elevator MediaCoaster, a new form of attraction combining a dark ride, drop tower and roller coaster experience in one.
Labelled as an immersive storytelling experience, the MediaCoaster begins with a themed media and interactive pre-show before boarding the ride, which enters a 360° media dome surrounding riders.
As users experience the show they ascend to the top of a tower before being sent out onto the coaster track, with elements of storytelling all the way through. Click the headline for more information