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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