Dolly Parton opens Wildwood Grove

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

Dolly Parton officially opened Wildwood Grove, the largest expansion in Dollywood theme park history. Featuring eight new attractions and a cost of $37 million, Wildwood Grove is Dollywood’s largest capital investment ever and is the first new area added to the park since Wilderness Pass in 2008. Click the headline for more information

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Finnegan’s Flyer soars over Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Finnegan’s Flyer opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The S&S Screaming Swing ride provides amazing airtime as passengers soar 100 feet (30m) into the sky and although there are dozens of these rides located at parks the world over, you’ll be hard pressed to find one in a lovelier setting. Click the headline for more information

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Kentucky Flyer takes off

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Kentucky Flyer, the much anticipated Gravity Group family coaster, opened at Kentucky Kingdom. This out-and-back wooden coaster has a minimum height requirement of just 40 inches (110cm), compared to the usual 48 inches (122cm), which means that young ones won’t have to wait and can ride with the rest of the family. Click the headline for more information

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Seventh coaster for Fårup Sommerland

Blokhus, Nordjylland, Denmark

Fårup Sommerland announced they will be adding a Vekoma family boomerang coaster for 2020. Saven, which is Danish for Saw, will be the park’s seventh coaster and the first since Orkanen, a Vekoma suspended family coaster, opened in 2013. It’s the same type of coaster as Raik at Phantasialand in Germany and Accelerator at Drayton Manor in the UK, but with a unique layout. Click the headline for more information

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Tigris to roar from April 19

Tampa, Florida, USA

Busch Gardens Tampa will officially open Tigris, a triple-launch steel roller coaster, on Friday April 19th, just in time for the Easter weekend. Sending riders head over heels some 150-foot (46m) in the air, the new attraction is Florida’s tallest launch coaster and the ninth coaster in the park’s collection, solidifying it as the state’s thrill-ride leader.
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Green Lantern shines no more

Valencia, California, USA

Six Flags Magic Mountain confirmed the closure of the park’s Intamin ZacSpin coaster – Green Lantern: First Flight. The ride was the last of the Intamin Ball Coasters (as they’re also known) to be built when it opened in July, 2011. Before that there had been three other versions constructed in Europe, all of which are still operating. Click the headline for more information

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Dollywood’s Mountain Slidewinder closed

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

After 32 years of operation, Dollywood’s Mountain Slidewinder has closed to make room for an unknown new attraction. Considered by many to be the best water attraction in the park, Mountain Slidewinder was a water tobaggan ride that sent guests on an action packed journey through the woods culminating in a 60 foot (18m) drop out of a tunnel. Click the headline for more information

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Busch Gardens announces Gwazi conversion

Tampa, Florida, USA

It’s official! Busch Gardens Tampa announced what we’ve know for some time – Gwazi is getting the RMC I-Box track conversion treatment. No real details were given other than the coaster will be North America’s tallest hybrid, and the fastest, steepest hybrid coaster in the world. Click the headline for more information

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Wizarding World Coaster revealed

Orlando, Florida, USA

After almost two years of construction, Islands of Adventure finally reveals the new attraction coming to its Wizarding World section: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. This heavily themed coaster will open on June 13, 2019. It replaces Dragon Challenge (formerly Duelling Dragons), which was demolished in 2017. Click the headline for more information

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Thorpe Park dumps Loggers Leap

Chertsey, Surrey, UK

Thorpe Park announced the permanent closure and removal of Loggers Leap. Speculation about the log flume’s future has been floating around, unlike it’s boats, since it’s sudden closure at the end of the 2015 season. The announcement sinks any rumours that it will be making a splashback, but does open the floodgates to a wave of speculation. Click the headline for more information

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