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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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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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

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Elitch Gardens future in doubt

Denver, Colorado, USA

The Denver City Counsel approved a redevelopment agreement that could see the end of Elitch Gardens as we know it, forcing the park to relocate or shutter. Roughly 8,000 residential units will be built on land currently occupied by the park. There is no immediate plan to close the park, but it could eventually be demolished or potentially rebuilt elsewhere. Click the headline for more information

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Kings Island to remove Firehawk

Mason, Ohio, USA

Kings Island has announced that Firehawk, the park’s Vekoma flying coaster, will be removed at the end of the 2018 season. Its last days of operation will be during the final weekend of Halloween Haunt, October 26-28. Although no reason for the removal was given, it’s widely assumed that it’s to make room for a new coaster next year or in 2020. Click the headline for more information and videos

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Busch Gardens closes Curse of DarKastle

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced the closure of Curse of DarKastle, a 3D dark ride which opened in 2005. The ride was initially closed in September 2017, to use the attraction building for a haunted house for the park’s Halloween event. It’s now been revealed that Curse of DarKastle will be removed permanently and the ride building reused for private and seasonal events. Click the headline for more information

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach removes Wild Mouse

Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

The iconic Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been removed. Wild Mouse, which opened in 1958, was one of only four remaining wooden wild mouse coasters in the world. The coaster had been out of operation the final months of the 2017 season, but with the installation of new magnetic brakes earlier in the year it was hoped that Wild Mouse would undergo further refurbishment and reopen. However, its final closure and removal was announced in a press release by the park. Click the headline for more information

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Space World reaches final frontier

Yahata Higashi, Kitakyushu, Japan

After operating just over a quarter century, Space World theme park opened its gates for the last time today. Thousands of fans lined up as early as 4 a.m. to attend the final day of operations with a New Year’s Eve fireworks display scheduled before officially closing its doors at 2 a.m. Monday. The park, known for its iconic Venus GP roller coaster that featured a full scale model of NASA’s Space Shuttle, opened on April 22, 1990 on the Nippon Steel grounds. Click the headline for more information

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