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The next major project to be announced/discovered ?

Kalistos

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Hey guys,

Unlike the previous years which average at maybe one major announcement/discovery per month, for obvious reasons it's been a while there hasn't been any exciting project announcement/discovery for months. In fact there hasn't been any since the 15th of april which is the SFMM Jersey Devil Clone, and it's not even something official but only non-officially confirmed. The one before was the Sioux Fall Raptor on the 25th of February, and it's been delayed ! (so far for this year we'd have 5 projects discovered including Powerpark (3rd of feb), Tusenfryd (14th of jan) and Suzhou Mafical Forest's 60m height mack launch (5th of jan), this list does not include water-ride, free spin, kiddie .. this kind of ride)

So in order to break with the boredom, I thought we could play a little game and try to guess what could be the next major coaster to be announced/discovered (discovered = provided that the proof are strong enough to go from "rumor" to "almost 100% confirmed", like approved well documented permit applications or track on site).

Your guess attempt could be anything (djurs coaster and seaworld surf thing excluded), the point being to see who could be the closest to win 👍 Do not hesitate to argument why you see a certain coaster arriving at a certain place !
 
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Antinos

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This is usually the quietest time for announcements and discoveries, and it also seems like the sleuths have been quite discovery heavy as of late. But considering that we're in a pandemic and numerous projects are delayed, I'd be surprised to see any announcements until the fall with fewer announcements in general.
 

Matt N

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I’d certainly expect less new announcements for 2021, as the parks will have taken a substantial financial hit, and many parks are using the attractions they intended for 2020 as 2021 attractions.

I have a question; do we think there will be substantially reduced ride investment over the next 5-10 years, as in pretty much none? As I’ve heard varying estimates from people; I’ve heard some say that they think investment will continue, as parks will see COVID-19 as a temporary blip, whereas I’ve heard others predict nothing until at least 2025, if not 2030. My personal prediction is that while investment over the next few years may not quite be at the levels seen in the 2010s, I still think we will see a good amount of investment made into parks. Big new investments are a perfect way to bring in new guests, and parks will arguably be wanting that more than ever right now.
 

Pokemaniac

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I guess it comes down to what we define as "major". I see you put TusenFryd in the list, but that one's (probably) a fairly minor Gerstlauer all things considered.

I'm going to guess Dollywood has something in the works. They cleared out a lot of land a while back, and I don't think they've used most of it yet. Then again, it might have been pushed back given the current situation.

Similarly, I don't think we have quite seen Disney's answer to Universal's expansion works in Florida yet. OK, they just opened Galaxy's Edge, but does that bring them even with Hagrid and Velocicoaster at IoA? And even so, how do they plan to respond to Epic Universe? Then again, an economic downturn may have severe effects on tourism to the high-end Florida parks, so it's hard to tell if they can afford to escalate this. Speaking of Disney, there's also their second gate project in Shanghai that has been rumoured, but not given any detail about.

King's Dominion has also whacked out a headliner attraction without announcing a replacement for it. Last I remember, it was meant to be a fairly minor B&M Wing Coaster, which was to be replaced with something smaller. I guess it will exceed TusenFryd's project in size, however, so it should count.

On this side of the pond, in Europe, there's ... uhh ... it has always been hard to tell. My hopes for the UK are somewhere between "none" and "actually expecting a major ride removal before a big new attraction". I guess it has been a while since Europa Park built anything major, but they've got their waterpark project and the Pirates of Batavia rebuild to keep their hands busy at the moment. PortAventura last built something big in 2012, with the neighbouring park still suffering from a lack of rides, so they could have something in the works. Or have had, depending on how Covid impacted them.


The big common denominator here seems to be uncertainty about the current economic situation, which is pretty disastrous for the whole industry. We can't really know which plans have been put on the back burner or for how long they will stay there. I have a feeling that the first park to announce something big won't be one that's "due" for something big, but whoever is the first to feel it's worth attempting to increase their market share. For all we know, all planned big projects that haven't seen hardware built already could be on hold. Perhaps it won't pay off to go big for a few years, but rather to keep the park at sustenance by allowing a trickle of visitors and not investing anything beyond regular maintenance. A situation where competition means nothing, because nobody can afford to compete or gain anything by doing so (if there is a max limit to your number of visitors, building a new attraction won't do you much good). In that case, it will be hard to tell who will see the need (and have the funds) to take the first step.
 

cookie

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I don't think most parks are going to make major new investments for a while, even after the pandemic ends, so I'll rather just be looking forward to the stuff I know is coming like F.L.Y or Gröna Lund's 2021 invert / visiting new parks like the three I had planned for my Netherlands trip once it's safe to do so before I start thinking of what'd come years from now.
 
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