Ocean City, New Jersey, USA
A four alarm fire broke out at Playland’s Castaway Cove on the Jersey Shore, causing major damage to the boardwalk amusement park. Although the arcade building park entrance was destroyed, the boardwalk itself nor any rides were affected and no injuries were reported. Click the headline for more information
Seaside Heights, New Jersey, USA
Casino Pier on the Jersey Shore opened Hydrus, the seaside resort’s Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter that replaces the infamous Star Jet coaster that ended up in the Atlantic Ocean following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It features a 72 foot (23m) tall vertical lift hill, a 97° beyond vertical drop, three inversions and a top speed of 45 mph (72.5 km/h). Click the headline for more information
Playland’s Castaway Cove, New Jersey, USA
Our own East Coast(er) General was invited to test ride GaleForce at Playland’s Castaway Cove. The S&S triple launch prototype coaster has had issues that set its opening back until next spring due to track alignment.
A 30 foot section of track that leads back into the station could not be lined up correctly with the dual launch stators and a new piece of track is currently being manufactured at the plant in Italy.
East Coast(er) General described the coaster as nothing like he’s experienced before, that has “a fantastic launch, a great drop and pacing, as well as a fun element” that reminds him of a Norwegian Loop.