IAAPA 2019 Round-Up

Orlando, Florida, USA

For a week in November, over 40,000 people converged on the Orange County Convention Center for the largest amusement park and attractions gathering in the world. We attended the annual event to bring you the all the major thrill ride news from the 10 miles of trade show floor! Click the headline for more information

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The American Dream begins

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA

It’s taken nearly 17 years to become a reality, but American Dream Meadowlands is finally open! As part of American Dream’s mega mall four-part opening series, the first to debut was a massive amusement park, Nickelodeon Universe, featuring a pair record breaking indoor roller coasters. Click the headline for more information.

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Last rides on Tower Of Terror II

Coomera, Queensland, Australia

Dreamworld confirmed the long rumored upcoming closure of Tower of Terror II, the continent’s tallest and fastest coaster. Built on one side of the 390 feet (119m) tall Giant Drop tower, the coaster opened in 1997. Final rides will take place on November 3rd, but the Giant Drop will continue to operate as normal. Click the headline for more information

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Sesame Place for SoCal in 2021

Chula Vista, California, USA

SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop announced that SeaWorld Sand Diego’s Aquatica San Diego water park will become Sesame Place San Diego in 2021. The theme and water park will be the first Sesame Place on the West Coast some 40 years after the original Sesame Place opened outside Philadelphia. Click the headline for more information

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Legoland New York’s opening date

Goshen, New York, USA

It’s been over three years since planning began and today Legoland New York announced that the brand new park will be opening on America’s Independence Day holiday, July 4th, 2020. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions across seven themed “lands”, the park also confirmed that it will be the largest Legoland park in the world. Click the headline for more information

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Say goodbye to Vortex

Mason, Ohio, USA

Kings Island announced that Vortex, the park’s classic Arrow multi-looping roller coaster, will be retired at the end of the 2019 season. The park claims that most rides of this type last between 25-30 years and since Vortex is currently in its 33rd operating season, the coaster has reached the end of its service life. Click the headline for more information

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Texas Stingray for SeaWorld San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas, USA

SeaWorld San Antonio held a press conference for Texas Stingray, a GCI (Great Coasters International) traditional wooden roller coaster opening in the park next Spring. The park’s first wooden coaster will be the tallest, fastest and longest wooden coaster in the Lone Star state. It will also be GCI’s first new coaster built in North America since 2017. Click the headline for more information

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SeaWorld Orlando Breaking Ice in 2020

Orlando, Florida, USA

At the same time that Busch Gardens Tampa held their press conference, SeaWorld Orlando announced details of their new for 2020 Premier Rides quadruple launch roller coaster called Ice Breaker. Not only is this the park’s first launched coaster, it’s also the first custom variation of the popular Premier Rides Sky Rocket II models. Click the headline for more information

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