On Tuesday April 1st, 2014 Cedar Point announced their 17th Coaster for 2015. "El Bandido," which is Spanish for "The Bandit," will be a new Intamin Wooden Coaster, similar to El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure. The new Coaster will replace Thunder Canyon on the Frontier Trail and will be the tallest Wooden Coaster in the world, at 207 feet, with a 90 degree drop.
There is no other news at this time because this is obviously an April Fools Prank. Cedar Point HAS NOT announced a Coaster for 2015 (at this time.) Do you think Cedar Point will add a new Coaster for 2015? If so, what? Write your predictions down below and have a great April Fools Day!
While most Amusement Parks haven’t even opened for the 2014 season, there is already sad news in the Amusement industry. A few days ago, on Thursday March 6th, 2014 at approximately 5:35 pm, a 64 year old man fell out of the Opa Roller Coaster at Mt. Olympus. Mt. Olympus is an Amusement Park and Waterpark, with an indoor Amusement Park, where the Opa Roller Coaster is located. Opa is a Zamperla Spinning Wild Mouse, that is commonly found at various Amusement Parks throughout the world. It is not currently known exactly how the man fell out of the ride, but he did not pass away. He was immediately brought to a local hospital, but his current status is unknown.
Since it is not exactly determined how the man fell out, I will speculate how it is possible. Riding replica/clone models at different parks (for example, The Tickler at Luna Park, pictured below) I have a theory. The lap-bar for the Coaster is a traditional lap-bar that clicks down and adjusts based on someones size. If he was overweight, it mightn't been too far up. Then, with the combination of spinning, and the airtime hill (which is about 20 feet tall, the height of which he fell) this could have happened. However, this is just a speculation. But, if they determine this was the reason, I would not be shocked to see a re-design on the Coasters cars or lap-bars. More news will be discovered soon.
Once again, this brings up the question of the safety of Amusement Parks. While an accident like this happens only a few times a year, usually the news and media makes everyone panic and freak out, as like everyone in the world is going to die. This time, the news and media haven't made a big deal about the accident. I'm not saying it's not a big deal, it is. However, this is rarely happens, and Roller Coasters are extremely safe. Maybe this is the top news story in the mid-west, but it isn't a big headline here in the Northeast. For more about Amusement Park safety, read our other blog post.
The annual ACE Event, EastCoaster, is this Saturday. Representatives from over 10 Amusement Parks and Companies are expected to come with information on future attractions, news, and more. We will keep you updated with new blog post(s) in the next week to inform everyone of the event!
It has been over six months since the terrible and horrifying accident at Six Flags Over Texas when a mother, Rosa Esparza, fell off The New Texas Giant on July 19th, 2013. The court case is taking place after the Esparza family is suing Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Gerstlaur Amusement Rides for over $1 million dollars, with both companies denying liability for the case. We will find out more as the case unfolds, and in the meantime read more about the case from our source.
In more Six Flags Over Texas News, the park has announced details to their re-themed kids area, Bugs Bunny BoomTown. The new area will be an 'expansion' of the current area, with five new attractions, a complete renovation, and more. From the announcement, the area does seem like it will be nice, but it didn't need to be necessary. The kids area was already themed around Bugs Bunny, so it seems more or less like a renovation and not a full expansion. It is sad we will have to wait at least one more year for another big attraction/Coaster for the park, but it is nice they are at least spending money to improve the park and the family experience.
Speaking of another big attraction, Six Flags Over Texas is long over due for a new Coaster. Besides the refurbishment of The New Texas Giant, the last new Coaster at the park was in 2008 with Pandemonium, and that was just a family Coaster. The last new large Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Texas built was Titan in 2001. 14 years for a new large Roller Coaster is a very long time, and the park deserves one.
It is early for rumors, but I will do a quick speculation. Looking at the Coaster list on rcdb and remembering the last time I visited the park (2011), I can think of one good possible direction the park can go for a new Coaster. First, they have a very strong list of family Coasters, one of the best for any park. They also have a few good tall non-loopers (Titan, Texas Giant), and small looping Coasters (Shockwave, Batman). However, they have only one really good large looper (Mr. Freeze) and NO large multi-looping Coasters. I hope the park will add in a nice multi-looping B&M, like a Floorless or perhaps a new Inverted Coaster (like the upcoming Banshee at Kings Island). But, my bets are on a new B&M Wing Coaster, just like X-Flight at Six Flags Great America. This would make sense because I heard from a highly respected website source that Six Flags has bought a copyright for the X-Flight design (so no other park can build that design) and they have plans to add it in other Six Flags parks. I think Six Flags Over Texas will be on the list to receive the next X-Flight. But remember, this is just me speculating.
For a possible location for the next possible Coaster, I'm hoping in the DC Gotham City area. A few years ago Screamscape posted that a long run plan for the park was to expand the area. This would be a perfect opportunity to expand the area and add in a long desired multi-looping Coaster.
What are your thoughts? Thanks for reading, and don't forget to like us on Facebook!
2013 flew by, and it's already the last day of the year. 2013 was a great year for us as our website and Facebook Page grew in popularity and strength, thanks to you, our fans. We hope for even more growth in 2014 and another great year for riding Roller Coasters!
We also hoped every one of our fans and everyone reading this had a great 2013 year and we hope everyone has a safe, fun, and healthy 2014 year!
Its that time of the year again, where rumors for next years attractions start to become strong. The long time rumor for Six Flags Great Adventure is the addition of a drop tower to the park, possibly attached to the support structure of Kingda Ka. If this is still in serious consideration for the park, the new Drop Tower would be the tallest Drop Tower on the plant.
If this becomes true, the only problem is there is no perfect path to the support tower of Kingda Ka, as it is far away from the current paths in the park. Last year, I proposed a path that just extended from the entrance of Kingda Ka, along the launch track, to the structure. While this seems like it would be the best idea to do, it doesn't seem like Six Flags wants to do this.
Another 2014 rumor besides the Drop Tower is the rumored removal of Rolling Thunder. The Coaster has been rumored to be removed for a long time, due to its age, lack of popularity, and condition. Screamscape received an email a few weeks ago warning people "Ride Rolling Thunder while you can." Also based on the history of SFGA, the park seems to love to remove Roller Coasters, as every few years they remove another one (it must be one of their hobbies.)
Also, we visited SFGA yesterday (8/12/13) and I spoke to a manager at the park walking around. I asked her if she heard the rumor about removing Rolling Thunder. She said "I have personally not heard anything, but I know the one side will not be in operation for the rest of the season. But remember, the ride is really old." Based on her tone she knew about it, but can't tell anyone official information.
I would be extremely sad if they remove Rolling Thunder. Not because I love the Coaster, it is a decently good Coaster, but I hate to see a Coaster removed, no matter how it is. Whatever SFGA decides to do, I hope they keep Rolling Thunder.
This picture shows an ariel view of the section of the park including Kingda Ka, Rolling Thunder, and El Toro. It shows that there is enough room to make a pathway extension from the entrance of Kingda Ka. Also, if Rolling Thunder is removed, there will be plenty of room to have a nice, large pathway to Kingda Ka, and possibly expand the park with more rides and Coasters in the future.
*Image provided by Google Earth*
If I had my choice for SFGA 2014 attractions, I would love to see a large S&S Drop Tower in Movie Town to see that section of the park back to life again. (I really hope SFGA will add more attractions in Movie Town.) But if SFGA decides to put the drop tower on Kingda Ka, I would like it, but I just hope they keep Rolling Thunder. (But if Rolling Thunder stays, wouldn't it be an awesome idea to keep one side of Rolling Thunder the same, and get Rocky Mountain to do an overhaul to the otherside of Rolling Thunder, similar to what American Eagle at Six Flags Great America might receive in 2014. Then we would have 3 awesome Wooden Coasters all right next to each other!)
What do you think Six Flags Great Adventure will receive in 2014? A Drop Tower? Also, do you think Rolling Thunder will be removed?
For the 2013 Dorney Park received no new attractions. This was the first time in years the park has not received any new attractions for an operating season. When an Amusement Park receives no new attractions for one year it is likely the following year we can expect a new, big attraction.
I believe in either 2014, 2015, or 2016 Dorney Park will receive a new Coaster, but 2015 is more likely. The last new Coaster Dorney received was Hydra The Revenge back in 2015. The Park has received other Coasters in years past, with Possessed in 2008 and Stinger in 2012, but they are both used Coasters from other parks. Dorney Park is in desperate need of a good new Coaster.
As what this new Coaster could be, I am hoping a new Wooden Coaster. Dorney only has one Wooden Coaster to its line up, Thunderhawk, built in 1923, and a new modern Wooden Coaster will fit perfectly into the park. The park has a good line up of Looping Coasters (Stinger, Hydra, Talon), large non-inverting Coasters (Possessed, Steel Force), and Family Coasters (Woodstock Express, Wild Mouse, Thunderhawk). A new Mid-Sized Wooden Coaster would fit perfectly into the park.
For what type of Wooden Coaster, I think Dorney would benefit from a GCI Twister Style Coaster, similar to the new Gold Striker at California's Great America. This would also fit into the parks budget, as those Wooden Coasters are less then $10 million, compared to a new Steel Coaster that could cost over $15 million dollars. I hope if Dorney would get a new Wooden Coaster, it would have a Western theme or feel.
There are a few locations this potential Coaster could be placed. My first bet is where the Thunder Canyon River Rapids Ride is located. The ride has a huge footprint, and is not a major popular ride (I always forget about it when I visit the park). If it gets removed, it will be a great location for the possible new Wooden Coaster, right along the main midway.
If Dorney would not want to remove any attractions, there is room by the entrance of Steel Force, around Dinosaurs Alive. This is a great location of a new park expansion and new Coaster. However, it is far from the entrance of the park, and is located in the far back corner of the park.
This picture shows the raft rapid ride, Thunder Canyon, the Main Midway, and Talon. This shows that Thunder Canyon has a huge footprint, and it would provide more then enough room for a new Wooden Coaster.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
This picture shows the backwoods, behind Steel Force, where the Dinosaurs Alive is located.
Without Dinosaurs Alive, this would be a great area to expand the park, and add in a new Coaster.
(Photo taken from Google Earth)
If Dorney does not received a new Wooden Coaster, I would guess their new Coaster would be a family Coaster or some-sort. But my bet is on a new Wooden Coaster.
Here is a possible few year plan for Dorney Park
2014: New Ride in the park and new Waterslides at Wildwater Kingdom
2015: New Wooden Coaster
2016: Park Improvements
Do you think Dorney Park could receive a new Wooden Coaster in a few years?
For years there have been rumors that Terminator 2 3D at Universal Studios Orlando will be removed, sometime in the future. This rumor began for many reasons, including the low ridership, lack of popularity, its age, and the fact that it is based on a movie that is 22 years old and a franchise that is declining. Rumors increased when T2 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood closed in late 2012.
But, will Universal Studios Orlando remove T2 3D? The answer is probably yes, and eventually they will. The question now is 'when will this happen' and not 'will this happen.' I believe Universal Studios Orlando will remove T2 3D eventually, but not soon. When the park makes the decision to close down T2 3D, they will most likely replace it with another attraction. Universal Studios Orlando is among the most visited parks in America and will want to have as many attractions as possible. When Universal Studios Hollywood removed their version of T2 3D it was replaced with Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, which is being built now. Basically saying, Universal Studios Orlando would not remove T2 3D and have an empty space in their park. The park has a history of only removing attractions if they will be replaced with another one immediately. When T2 3D is planed to be removed, expect a new attraction to replace it.
But when will this exactly happen? It is hard to tell, but I would guess in a few years, at least in 2014. In the past few years and currently, Universal Studios Orlando has been adding a lot of new attractions. In 2012 they opened Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Universal's Cinematic Spectacular Show. In 2013 they will open Transformers: The Ride and the new themed The Simpsons Springfield area. Finally, in 2014 they will open the much anticipated second phase of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, called Diagon Alley/London. Universal Studios Orlando easily spent at least $300 million dollars in attractions between 2012 and 2014, and that's a lot of money. They would most likely save up money for a few years before adding a new attraction, which would replace T2 3D. With this reason, I would think T2 3D will be safe from being removed in the next few years.
Personally, I would be very sad to see T2 3D. It is hands down one of my favorite attractions ever at an amusment park. I am a big fan of the Terminator series. I dont know why, but for some reason I just
(On a side note, there is a problem that Universal Studios Orlando is facing, and T2 3D is a great example of it. A large number of their attractions is based on popular movie and TV franchises that are very popular today (ex: The Simpsons Ride, Men in Black: Alien Attack, Shrek 4-D, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Transformers: The Ride, and many more.) What will happen in the future, when these franchises are ended and are not popular with people anymore? Eventually, all of these attractions will not be popular by the general public anymore, and the park will have to be forced to remove it, and replace it with another attraction. Universal Studios Orlando will be stuck on a cycle of replacing old, not popular ride themes with new ones.)
So, I think that T2 3D at Universal Studios Orlando will be removed after 2014, only to be replaced by a new attraction. What do you think? Write your thoughts down below.
During Spring Break, on March 26th, 2013, we visited Busch Gardens Tampa, and began our 2013 Coaster season. While our day was very interesting (park trip report to come soon), one of our main focuses was Gwazi.
Gwazi's Tiger side has been out of operation for over 6 months. Rumor has it that Gwazi has suffered major budget cuts, and was forced to keep only one side in operation. This is extremely sad for the Wooden Coaster as there is no care for it. The Tiger sides trains have been stripped and there is a loading bridge over the track, for handicap and Quick Que riders to enter. The Tiger sides entrance has even been removed. It seems that Busch Gardens Tampa is trying to create Gwazi has only one side, and not two, to make the general public forget the true ride experience.
Now, what will the future for Gwazi be? No one knows the exact answer to that.
In all honestly, I think Busch Gardens does not know exactly what they will do with Gwazi, but they will need to come to an answer soon. When they first opened the Coaster, they wanted it to be a huge hit and one if the most popular rides in the park. Over time, it failed to live up to the parks, and the general public's greatest expectations. I'm not saying Gwazi is a terrible Coaster. It is a good Wooden Coaster, but not the best. If I had a choice to ride any Coaster at the park, I would hands down pick SkeiKra, Cheetah Hunt, Scorpion, Kumba, or Montu over Gwazi. A few years ago the park tried to improve the Coaster by adding Millennium Flyer trains to make the Coaster smoother. That certainly helped, but the Coaster didn't click with the general public. For now, they want to keep one side in operation, and see how that works for the Coaster. If they are successful, they will keep Gwazi like that. However, the park can not keep Gwazi like that forever.
An action will need to be done, but Gwazis future does not look to bright. Gwazi receiving budget cuts is scary in the first place. BGT will never make budget cuts to their major Coasters, like SheiKra or Cheetah Hunt. If there treating the Coaster like this, they will never pay money to improve it again, like add Topper Track.
If BGT will not improve it, Gwazi may be removed from the park. I was talking to an employee at the park, and she said the there are rumors that the park will remove Gwazi and put in a new Coaster in it's place... I was shocked to think that, as it will be a terrible idea. However, after much thought, I think it can be a good idea. Gwazi has a huge footprint, even bigger than the monster SheiKra. If Gwazi is removed, there will be a ton of new room to add a new section to the park and a nice new (steel) Coaster.
This picture shows the huge footprint of Gwazi, compared to other Coasters, like SheiKra and Scorpion. It also shows the employee center, located in the center of the park.
If Gwazi was removed, and the center was relocated, BGT would have a lot of new area to expand.
(Picture provided by Google Earth)
So IF Gwazi will get removed, when will it be? Personally I think it will be removed during the 2014 season or later, after the new Drop Tower (Desert Dive) is added to the park. I think the reason why the new Drop Tower has been delayed for quite so time was that the park was deciding what to do first: possibly remove Gwazi, or add the Drop Tower. I think they mad a good choice with adding the Drop Tower for the early 2014 season, and not making an action on Gwazi.
What do you think the future of Gwazi be? Remove it or restore it? I hope for restoring it, but if the park would want to remove it, they could always remove just one side. (How awesome would it be if the park removes the Tiger side, send it to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and resorting it? Then BGT will have room to add in a new ride or attractions. But that will never happen.)
What would you like to see happen to Gwazi, and do you care for it?
Photos of Gwazi: Taken by us (Coaster Of The Day)
Before I begin, I know this post may seem crazy to many of you, as so many people are not focused on the future of Cedar Point, as in 2013 they will receive the long awaited new Coaster, GateKeeper. But exactly a year ago now, everyone was excited and speculating on Cedar Point in 2013. Then, Cedar Point already had planned on getting GateKeeper in 2013. Now, the park already knows what they will receive in 2014, but speculation is so small, due to the focus on GateKeeper.
*Note: This post is JUST for speculation on what Cedar Point could receive in the future. We do not want to create rumors, we are just speculating the future of Cedar Point*
Based on the fact that Cedar Point is spending over $25 million dollars for GateKeeper in 2013, it is very rare that the park will add a new significant attraction in 2014. The park does receive something new each year, and will most likely add something new in the park, even if it is a small new restaurant, new kiddie ride, or small park improvements.
In 2015 I expect Cedar Point to receive a new ride, particularly some Thrill Ride, or even a few new small flat family rides around the park. Back in May 2012, I thought Cedar Point would add in a new small Kiddie Coaster in the park, near the Planet Snoopy Section, to increase popularity in that area for kids. Hopefully the park still has plans like that in the future (particularly 2014-2016) to increase their Coaster count.
However, I have a feeling that Cedar Points next "big" Coaster would occur in approximately 2016. It seems like the likely year. However, that year could move to 2017 if the park decides to add another family style Coaster before it adds in a new major Coaster. (Similar to how Knotts Berry Farm was rumored to add in a new major Giga Coaster in 2013, but decided to add in a family Wild Mouse Coaster instead, and their major Coaster project has been pushed back to 2015.) However, at the beginning of 2013, it is very hard to picture what exactly Cedar Point will add in future years. (Remember, this post is just speculation)
Now, it is very had to decide what type of new Coaster Cedar Point would add in the future. Based on their huge Coaster collection now, Cedar Point does only have 2 true Wooden Coasters. One is regarded as one of the worst Wooden Coasters, due to its roughness (Mean Streak.) The other, is a classic family Wooden Coaster that does not gain as much attention as it should (Blue Streak). Cedar Point is regarded as the best Amusement Park in the World, and its Wooden Coasters are kind-of-lame. They should invest in a new Wooden Coaster that would change the parks Coaster collection, the park, and its skyline. Myself, along with most of the Coaster community, would love to see a refurbishment to Mean Streak by Rocky Mountain. However, it is somewhat unlikely as the park is currently working on a mult-year system to fix the Coaster, which has been going on for years, and it is improving the Coaster. More people are starting to enjoy the Coaster, and it is gaining popularity. After Mean Streak is gaining more positive reviews, and the park is putting this much work into the ride, it will be unlikely they will transform the Coaster into a Hybrid Coaster, similar to New Texas Giant, or Iron Rattler. A new Wooden Coaster by Rocky Mountain (like Outlaw Run) would be more likely, and awesome. A new GCI or Gravity Group Classic Woodie would fit perfectly on the coast of Lake Erie. However, my personal favorite addition would be a new Intamin Pre-Fab Coaster, like El Toro. El Toro is regarded as the best Wooden Coaster on the planet, but it is the only one of its kind in the United States. Why has not an Amusement Park added a sister Coaster to El Toro after its huge popularity and fame? If Cedar Point will not invest in an Intamin Pre-Fab Wooden Coaster, hopefully another Amusement Park would. Imagine Cedar Point, the best Amusement Park in the world, gaining one of the best Wooden Coasters. It would be amazing, and a great investment. During Coaster Mania 2011, Dick Kinzel HINTED that he himself rode El Toro, and thought it was fantastic.
The location of Cedar Points next new Coaster would be interesting. The park is located on a peninsula, and land is very scarce and hard to find. They just removed 2 Coasters, and one ride, so a ride or Coaster removal is likely to happen. In 2011, there was a rumor that Cedar Points new Coaster would be located right next to Blue Streak and Raptor, where the former Dark Ride was, and where a few flat rides are located today. I am not sure if that area is still under consideration, or if it was regarded. Another few locations could be in Frontier Town, or another small spot along the shore line. Where ever the exact location will be, it is most likely it would occur in the middle section (around Top-Thrill Dragster and Magnum area) towards the back of the park, in Frontier Town (around Maverick and Mean Streak). The location would be here because they are currently remodeling the whole entrance and front of the park, and for the next Coaster would focus on other locations of the park.
That completes our speculation for Cedar Point for the future. We will have more news within the next few years.
Thanks for reading! What do you think Cedar Point's next attraction will be?