Drayton Manor retires G Force

Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England

Drayton Manor confirmed the rumors of the immediate retirement of G Force, the park’s Maurer X-Car coaster. It was the only X-Car coaster in the UK and one of only two coasters of its kind. There is currently no specific date for the ride to be removed or details of any new attraction to replace it. Click the headline for more information and to watch videos

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Efteling to remove Swiss Bob

Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands

Efteling confirmed the removal of Bob, the theme park’s Intamin Swiss Bob coaster, to make room for a new 15 million Euro ($17.3 million) Mack Rides duel family coaster called Max & Moritz. Bob, which will undergo demolition next September, has been down due to technical issues for over three months and will re-open on October 18, 2018. Click the headline for more information

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Kings Island to remove Firehawk

Mason, Ohio, USA

Kings Island has announced that Firehawk, the park’s Vekoma flying coaster, will be removed at the end of the 2018 season. Its last days of operation will be during the final weekend of Halloween Haunt, October 26-28. Although no reason for the removal was given, it’s widely assumed that it’s to make room for a new coaster next year or in 2020. Click the headline for more information and videos

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Apocalypse makes Last Stand

Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA

Six Flags America announced that their B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard) standup coaster, Apocalypse: The Last Stand, will be closing for good on September 8th, 2018. Credited as B&M’s first coaster, Apocalypse got its start as Iron Wolf at Six Flags Great America where it opened in 1990. Click the headline for more information and to watch videos of the coaster

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach removes Wild Mouse

Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

The iconic Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been removed. Wild Mouse, which opened in 1958, was one of only four remaining wooden wild mouse coasters in the world. The coaster had been out of operation the final months of the 2017 season, but with the installation of new magnetic brakes earlier in the year it was hoped that Wild Mouse would undergo further refurbishment and reopen. However, its final closure and removal was announced in a press release by the park. Click the headline for more information

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Dorney Park removes Stinger

Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

Dorney Park removed Stinger, a Vekoma Inverted Boomerang that has operated since 2012. A statement by the park claims the coaster was removed for “future planning opportunities”. This is the second time in ten years the site has been cleared after Laser, the classic Schwarzkopf looping coaster, was removed in 2008. Click the headline for more information

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