Gold Rush opens at Attractiepark Slagharen

Slagharen, Overijssel, Netherlands

Attractiepark Slagharen opened Gold Rush, the park’s new Gerstlauer triple LSM launch coaster today. Using a shuttle style launch where the train goes forward and backward and forward again through the station, the coaster reaches a top speed of 56 mph (90 km/h). At an estimated $5.3 million (€5 million) cost, the coaster also features two inversions – a dive loop and a first-of-its-kind sling loop. Gold Rush replaced Thunder Loop, the park’s classic Schwarzkopf Looping Star coaster that operated from 1979-2016. Click the headline for more information

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Bellewaerde builds Europe’s first dueling Alpine coaster

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

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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

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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.

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Dollywood announce new 2017 rides

Pigeon Forge Tennessee USA

Dollywood has unveiled three new attractions for the 2017 season. Opening in Summer 2017 is Drop Line, a 200-foot tall free-fall drop tower in the Timber Canyon area and provides an incredible view of the park before its exhilarating finish. Coaster lovers can look forward to Whistle Punk Chaser, a new junior coaster also opening in Summer 2017. Dollywood’s Splash Country’s newest attraction, TailSpin Racer, will have unique spiraling, high-speed AquaTubes races to a splashdown finish.

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany

Heide Park announce “Ghostbusters 5D”, an interactive dark ride based on the popular comedy film. Opening in 2017, riders will travel in the famous Ecto 1 car through Lord Explorus’ mysterious warehouse as they try to defeat all of the ghosts with a special laser gun! Riders will wear 3D glasses meanings the ghosts will get up close and personal. The ride system will be made by Triotech who also created interactive Legoland Ninjago dark rides.

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