EDIT: Fake News! No rides are being removed before the 2019 season after all. Go to Page 6 for VR announcement. Could it be the end for Geister Rikscha at Phantasialand? The oldest ride in the park might be closing permanently at the end of the winter season this Sunday. Geister Rikscha is a dark ride that takes guests on a mostly underground journey through scenes depicting Chinese mythology. It uses a Schwarzkopf endless system (Omnimover) and opened in 1981 with the park's China Town area. Firstly its important to note that this has not been officially confirmed by the park yet. However it has been rumoured for a while now that the next project would take place in the China Town area (as mentioned a few times in the Phantasialand 2018 Improvements thread). Additionally back in July multiple sources reported to have heard that Phantasialand has contracted a firm for a demolition project for this off-season - the subject of which is unknown however Geister would be the most realistic possibility. There is precedent for the park to already start preparing for their next project when their current one isn't even finished yet. For example Race for Atlantis was removed January-March 2016 to make way for Rookburgh before Klugheim opened at the end of June 2016; with groundwork/digging for Rookburgh commencing soon after in October 2016. Although it once again raises the question of when does Rookburgh open? Should it not be until 2020 it would be unusual to start something else so early. Of course if Rookburgh has suffered delays and given the park's far in advance master planning the time scale may already be set for this project so they're going ahead with it anyway rather than postpone it for a year. However with Rookburgh the rumour was that the groundwork/digging in 2017 took longer than anticipated. And if this demolition project was only tendered in July 2018 would they not have had the chance to postpone? Perhaps this suggests the park might still have some hope that a late (Autumn/Winter) 2019 opening could be possible providing there's no further delays? Also by no means confirmed of course; but should Geister be removed it is believed that the underground hall will be retained and reused so the majority of the China themed area should be unaffected. Although I would expect to see the area modernised or improved in some places. Anyone visiting the park this week might want to have a ride on Geister just in case its your last chance. After Wintertraum ends on the 20th January, the park reopens for the 2019 Summer Season on 1st April - so the question is will Geister Rikscha reopen with it? Are these rumours false, or perhaps a year or two premature? Or has the time come after nearly 38 years for the rickshaw journey to finally come to an end?