Phoenix to rise over Coney Island

Brooklyn, New York, USA

After being closed for the iconic Ferris Wheel’s 100th Anniversary year due to COVID-19, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park will be adding a new Vekoma family suspended coaster in 2021. Phoenix will rise 68 feet (21m) over the famous Coney Island boardwalk, reaching speeds up to 34 mph (55 km/h). Click the headline for more information


Sylvan Beach cancels 2020 season

Sylvan Beach, New York, USA

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park in upstate New York announced the cancellation of their 2020 season due to the Coronavirus pandemic, siting no guidance from the state, region or local authorities, as well as staffing issues. The park will continue with capital improvement projects over the summer. Click the headline for more information


Texas parks reopen with restrictions

San Antonio, Texas, USA

In spite of surging COVID-19 cases, Texas allowed amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus to reopen. SeaWorld San Antonio, Wonderland Amusement Park and ZDT’s opened to the public, while the two Six Flags parks reopened to season passholders. Click the headline for more information


New park for Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

A local engineering firm has submitted plans to build a Funplex amusement park in Myrtle Beach, with construction set to begin in September. Planned attractions include a roller coaster encircling the property, as well as a drop tower. The park is expected to open by April next year. Click the headline for more information


Scandia closes its doors for good

Ontario, California, USA

After 27 years, Scandia Amusement Park west of Los Angeles has ceased operations. The 8 acre park officially closed for renovations earlier in the week, but has since been sold and will not reopen. Most of its rides, including the two coasters, are listed for sale. Scandia’s other two parks, in Victorville and Sacramento, will remain open. Click the headline for more information


Coney Island park expansion continues

Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USA

In another step toward the new Coney Island envisioned under the 2009 rezoning, New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation released a request for proposals, or RFP, for the creation and operation of new rides, games and other attractions for the empty lots between the Cyclone roller coaster and the MCU minor league baseball park.
The RFP includes 150,000 square feet of space on five vacant parcels along the boardwalk between West 10th and West 16th Streets (depicted in grey, green, orange, purple and blue on the map). The city plans to lease the sites for 10 years and is hoping the new amusements will be opened by summer 2018. Proposals are due on March 17th. Click the headline for more information.