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.
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Now that Son of Beast was (finally) taken down, its time to speculate what they will receive in 2014. Based on the enormous footprint of Son of Beast, and that Kings Island has not revived a new Coaster in four years, it is likely that the park will receive something huge! It is expected for 2014, but might run into 2015 based on the size and planning for the new attraction(s). Screamscape believes that it will not be a park expansion and a new section to the park, but more of a new Coaster and/or attractions. He also thinks it will be one huge steel Coaster (not wood) and could be a B&M Invert, or Giga Coaster. Screamscape is correct over 90% of the time, so I wouldn't be surprised to see one of his predictions come true.
Now, what do I think? I think this could be true. A few years ago, there was rumor for adding a new Coaster and expansion near Firehawk. That idea could be in the former Son of Beast spot now. I think we could very see a new Giga Coaster, based on the size of the footprint, and the high success of Cedar Fair's other Giga Coasters - Millennium Force, Intimidator 305, and Leviathan - as they are some of the best Coasters on the planet. Cedar Fair would love to build another World Coaster leader. For the manufacturer, I hope it is Intamin, because I prefer Intamin over B&M, but wouldn't mind to see another B&M as they are amazing.
Kings Island could opt into getting a B&M Floorless or Invert, but manufacturing of these types of Coasters are declining due to new styles of Coasters, so it is unlikely. I also wouldn't be shocked if the park builds a B&M Wingrider Coaster. I hope this does not happen, as Cedar Point's GateKeeper should be the tallest Wingrider for a long time (at 170 feet) and I hope Kings Island would build a Coaster at least 200+ feet.
Another option for Kings Island is another Wooden Coaster, to be the "Grandson of Beast." They could get a nice GCI, new Gravity Group Woodie, (another) looping Woodie by Rocky Mountain, or hopefully an Intamin Wooden Coaster, like El Toro.
In my opinion, I think the best choice for a new Coaster to replace the Son of Beast is 1) A new huge, epic Intamin Giga Coaster (similar to Millennium Force, or Intimidator 305), 2) An epic Intamin Blitz Coaster (similar to Maverick), 3) An epic Intamin Wooden Coaster (similar to El Toro).
However, it is still too early to see what Kings Island will get in 2014, but here are many options. Whatever they will receive in 2014, I just hope they will not take down another Coaster, because it is so sad to see them leave. There are rumors of Cedar Fair removing all of its Arrow Looping Coasters over the next five or so years, so Vortex might be on the chopping block soon, but it looks like it will be safe for now. The other Arrow Coasters at the park, Adventure Express and Flight Deck (ironically right next to Son of Beast) could be on the chopping block as well. But they should be safe for at least until 2014. Hopefully they will not get removed soon.
Thanks for reading! We will have more updates on Kings Islands 2014 Coaster soon!
It has been a long time sense we last posted to our Blog, as the major Amusement Park Rumors have decreased due to many official announcements. Now, the rumor mill has started to rise back up again!
One of the most anticipated new attractions for 2014 is the long-time rumored Giga Drop Tower, to be attached to Kingda Ka's Support Structure, to become the tallest Drop Tower in the world. The word for this has decreased for a good amount of time, but it has risen again. From sources, this Drop Tower has been approved to be built. The only problem is, how will guests reach that area, as the only way to reach the Support tower is through Restricted Access paths. We have talked about this situation in previous posts (post 1) (post 2). Our first post talks about creating a path between Rolling Thunder, and Kingda Ka, to the support tower. In September 2012, we went on a VIP tour of that area, and it was filled with maintenance buildings, and it was small and not too clean. They will have to revamp that area if that does happen. Our second post talks about the rumored Removal of Rolling Thunder, and using that space for a park expansion. This could happen, but the rumors for Rolling Thunders Removal has decreased. Another possible location for the new path was is to use the former Parking lot/restroom outpost at the end of the Wild Safari, as now it will become Safari Off-Road Adventure. However, that could be used for the new Safari Off-Road Adventure. We will find our more news soon.
The addition of the Worlds Tallest Drop Tower to Kingda Ka's Support Structure is becoming promising! Stay Tuned for more updates!
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