Futuroscope add major coaster for 2019

Poitiers, Vienna, Austria

Dominique Hummel, Chairman of the Board of Parc du Futuroscope, announced at the Tops du Tourisme conference that the park will be adding their first major roller coaster in 2019. At a cost of $26 million (€22m), the coaster will be themed to a space adventure with both indoor and outdoor sections and feature a freefall drop section of track.
Parc du Futuroscope is a theme park in Jaunay-Clan, France based around multimedia, cinematographic and audio-visual techniques. It has several 3D and 4D cinemas along with shows and other attractions. Click the headline for more information

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The end for Universal Florida’s T2: 3D

Orlando, Florida, USA

After 21 years of operation, Terminator 2: 3D at Universal Studios Florida is hosting its last shows today. Like many of the park’s other classic attractions over the years, T2 Battle Across Time will be making way for a all-new live-action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise coming in 2019. Click the headline for more information

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White Cyclone to get RMC conversion

Nagashima, Kuwana, Japan

Nagashima Spa Land announced that the park’s iconic White Cyclone wooden roller coaster will close on January 28, 2018 to undergo RMC’s I-Box steel track treatment before reopening in Spring 2019. Rocky Mountain Construction specialize in converting classic wooden coasters into new steel hybrid coasters, with many examples already operating in the United States of America. This is the first RMC Iron Horse conversion outside of the USA and only their second project abroad following the opening of Wildfire in Sweden last year. Click the headline for more information

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Cedar Fair announces new CEO

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Cedar Fair announced that Richard Zimmerman, its president and chief operating officer, will succeed Matt Ouimet as chief executive officer effective January 1, 2018. On the same date, Ouimet will take the newly created role of executive chairman of the board of directors. As part of this process, Zimmerman will also be added to the board of directors during the 2018 annual meeting period.
Zimmerman, age 57, became president of Cedar Fair in 2016, having been named COO in 2011 after serving as an executive vice president since 2007. He also served as vice president and general manager of the Kings Dominion amusement park beginning in 1998. Click the headline for more information

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Steel Vengeance track capped off

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Cedar Point announced they capped off the final piece of track on Steel Vengeance this morning. The park’s iconic Mean Streak wooden roller coaster is currently undergoing Rocky Mountain Construction’s I-Box steel track conversion and is scheduled to open next Spring. In addition to changing the track to steel while keeping the wooden support structure, the height was raised from 161 feet (49m) to 205 feet (62.5m) and the initial drop incline went from 52° to 90°, which will raise the top speed from 65 mph (104.6 km/h) to 74 mph (119 km/h). It will also feature over-banked turns, four inversions and a world record 27.2 seconds of airtime! Click the headline for more information

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Toverland confirm B&M Flyer for 2018

Sevenum, Limburg, Netherlands

If you thought that 2018 couldn’t get any better, think again! Toverland has finally confirmed rumours of a new roller coaster opening at the popular Dutch park in 2018. B&M Wing Coaster, ‘Fenix’, will be the centrepiece in a new themed land in the park called Avalon.Fenix will be built by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) and will be the longest B&M Wing Coaster – where riders sit beside the track – in Europe. The coaster will be 131 feet (40m) tall with a top speed of 59 mph (95 km/h) and feature three inversions. Click the headline for more information

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Mechanical failure closes Top Thrill Dragster

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point closed this weekend after suffering a mechanical failure. The breakdown was due to a collision of the train catch car, the part that connects the train to the cable, colliding with brake fins at speeds that caused tearing and melting of the hardware. There were no reports of injuries during the incident. The length of down time has yet to be determined, but it will likely be weeks, if not months, before the coaster is up and running again. Click the headline for more information

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Time Traveler topped off

Branson, Missouri, USA

The final piece of track for Time Traveler, the new coaster scheduled to open at Silver Dollar City in 2018, has been bolted into place. When Time Traveler opens in Spring 2018, it will be the fastest, steepest and tallest complete circuit spinning coaster in the world. Time Travel was designed and built by Mack Rides. Click the headline for more information

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Cobra removed from La Ronde

Montréal, Québec, Canada

La Ronde have removed Cobra from the park map as well as the website’s list of rides and told employees that it would not run again at the park. The Intamin standup coaster was relocated to La Ronde in 1995 from Skara Sommarland in Sweden, where it was first ran from 1988 to 1994. With the ride’s removal, Shockwave at Drayton Manor in Staffordshire, England, remains the only Intamin standup coaster in operation. Click the headline for more information

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