Holovis/S&S unveil MediaCoaster concept

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


Knott’s Berry Farm guests stranded

Buena Park, California, USA

Twenty-one people were stranded aboard the Sky Cabin at Knott’s Berry Farm for over seven hours when the rotating passenger gondola got stuck 125 feet (31m) above ground. The attraction stalled around 2pm local time and after several attempts to lower the ride, Orange County firefighters were called to the scene. All 20 guests and the ride operator were safely on the ground just before 10 pm.

The fire department rescuers appeared to access the top of the observation tower through its central hub and from there rappelled down to the passenger cabin. The guests, seven children and the rest adults, were harnessed to firefighters and lowered with ropes one by one to the ground. No injuries were reported. Click the headline for more information


Boys dies at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA

A 16-year-old boy was killed after a fall from an outdoor water slide in a closed area of Mt. Olympus on Wednesday night, according to a news release from the Lake Delton Police Department.
The teenager, who was from Florida, fell about 35 feet (10.6m) after attempting to sled down one of the snow-covered water slides that was not in service in the outdoor section of Mt. Olympus Water Park and Theme Park Resort. Click the headline for more information


Dubai Parks and Resorts officially opens

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai became home to the largest theme park destination in the Middle East, as Dubai Parks and Resorts officially opened for business. The new mega destination is comprised of three separate theme parks, a water park, a themed dining and retail district as well as a luxury themed hotel. The complex includes a Legoland Theme Park and Legoland Water Park; a Hollywood-inspired park called Motiongate Dubai; and the world’s first Bollywood theme park based on some of its biggest movie blockbusters. Click the headline for more information


Iron Man opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China

This weekend season pass holders were given a preview of the new Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland that is scheduled to officially open on 11. January, 2017. The much anticipated 3D motion simulator ride is the first Marvel themed Disney attraction and employs the newer generation model of the Advanced Technology Leisure Application Simulator, currently used on the popular Star Tours-The Adventure Continues 3D simulators found at other Disney parks. Click the headline for more information


Gröna Lund’s Ikaros building permit denied

Stockholm, Sweden

The building permit for Ikaros, Gröna Lund’s new 312 foot (95m) tall Intamin Sky Jump drop tower that is scheduled to open in April 2017, has been denied. The Land and Environmental Court stated that the building application for the amusement park contained insufficient information about the impact of the new attraction on the environment. Click the headline for more information


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.