Kentucky Kingdom announces 2018 additions

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

On the heels of a very successful season, Kentucky Kingdom announced the park’s lineup of new attractions for 2018. These include a new “Scream Xtreme” Zamperla Endeavour thrill ride, a new “Rock ‘n’ Roller” family ride, and two new films for the 5D Cinema, “Happy Family, The Ride” and “Journey 2 the Mysterious Island,” the latter starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In addition, the park’s classic Thunder Run wooden coaster is undergoing extensive track work, which will deliver a smoother and faster ride. Click the headline for more information

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Gravity Group woodie for Parc St Paul

Saint Paul, Picardie, France

The Gravity Group released video animation of Wood Express, their new wooden coaster that will be opening at Parc Saint Paul in 2018. At a cost of $2.15 million (€2.5m), the coaster stands 49 feet (15m) tall with a 57° drop reaching speeds up to 38 mph (61 km/h) over 1,572 feet (479m) of track and will feature 13 moments of airtime! 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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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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Cedar Fair to add four new coasters in 2018

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

During the company’s Q1 2017 earnings conference call, Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet announced that the theme park chain will be adding four new roller coasters for the 2018 season. Ouimet stated that there will be “a dramatic transformation of two of our historical wooden coasters,” “a completely new type of coaster,” and “a renewed relationship with a manufacturer that we haven’t worked with in recent history.” While we already know that Mean Streak at Cedar Point and Hurler at Kings Dominion are being converted by Rocky Mountain Construction from wood to steel, speculation is running rife as to what the new type of coaster will be, which manufacturer he’s referring to and which parks will get those two new coasters. Click the headline for more information

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach name new coaster

Blackpool, England, UK

Blackpool Pleasure Beach announced the name and unveiled the logo for their new-for-2018 Mack Rides double LSM launch coaster. Called Icon, the logo features a sword as the “I”, a Japanese Kanji character that means “speed” and has the tagline “Dare To Ride”.
Until now the £16.25 million ($20.8 million) project was simply called “Construction 2018”. The coaster will go over and around 15 of the park’s other rides, including The Big One. When it opens next spring, riders will experience the same acceleration as that felt by a Formula 1 driver, and will reach speeds of up to 80 mph (129 km/h). Click the headline for more information

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