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New For 2015

drachen drachen Profile

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2/6/14 at
4:10:25 PM

It's about that time again - well, it's a little early, but it seems that every year things start to move earlier and earlier.

I love having a consolidated place to see what's new at the parks each year. Believe me when I say this is a labor of love.

This is the 4th such thread I've done here on URC, all of which have notched well over 300 responses so far. If any of these attractions deserve their own dedicated thread, by all means please start one!

So, as always, thanks to Screamscape, the news feeds on Facebook, RCDB, and those not-so-public sources that keep me in the loop.

And, also as always, please let me know if I miss something, or when new news is released.

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Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 2/6/14 4:50:50 PM
And thank you for taking the time to put this thread together. We should all give you a shout out for all the work you do on here and with the connoisseur pages on Facebook. Labor of love of not, you do an excellent job. Really, thank you.

Is it too early to put something under Kings Dominion? I think we all agree something big is coming, coaster or not.

New For 2015 - The List by drachen drachen Profile at 2/6/14 6:59:38 PM
New Parks to Open in 2015

Grand Texas Theme Park
-- The Houston area should be receiving an amusement park again, this time north of the city. Renderings look fantastic, including a few new roller coasters - which will join the 'Confirmed' list when they're announced.

My gut is telling me this park won't open until 2016. But everything we've heard so far has been 2015. By the looks of things, that seems like a stretch...

Confirmed New Coasters For 2015

Miracle Strip Pier Park
--Star Liner, Well, we thought the 1963 John Allen classic would be getting a third lease on life, but it seems as if that is not the case. From what I understand, GCI is modifying the coaster to meet the new park's needs. Still a new wooden coaster, but not the classic.

Kentucky Kingdom
--T3, T2 becomes T3. The park has confirmed that T2 will reopen in 2015 as T3. I wonder what the added exponent is for...

Knoebels
--Impulse, Knoebels is adding a "eurofighter-style" coaster from Zierer for 2015. Vertical lift, vertical drop, 4 inversions, and three 4-across 8 seater cars. 98 feet tall, 1985 feet long, 56 mph.

Adventureland(Long Island)
--Unnamed, the small park is adding a Mack spinning coaster.

Holiday World
-- Thunderbird, 66 mph launched wing rider from B&M. Over 3,000 feet long, 4 inversions, 2 overbanked turns, several near misses.

Hersheypark
-- Laff Trakk, an indoor spinning coaster from Maurer Sohne, themed to a fun house. Black lights galore, 1400 feet long, 45 mph, 850 pph.

Carowinds
--Fury 325, B&M's second 2015 U.S. coaster, Fury 325 becomes the tallest non-launched coaster in the world, and the longest steel coaster in the U.S. 325 feet tall, 95 mph, 81 degree first drop, 6,602 feet long.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
--Twisted Colossus, the iconic Colossus does indeed get its Iron Horse conversion, while at the same time changing from a racing coaster into a dual-lift single track coaster. 128 feet tall, over 5,000 feet long, with two inversions.

Six Flags New England
--Wicked Cyclone, the Cobb classic gets the RMC Iron Horse conversion as well, with a steeper drop and three inversions.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
--Batman: The Ride, and odd choice of name, but the park is adding the new S&S 4-D free spin coaster to the Rockville section of the park. 120 feet tall, lots of flipping.

Lagoon
--Cannibal, 208 feet tall, 70 mph, 2,735 feet long, with a 116 degree first drop. Will feature a vertical lift, an indoor portion, water element, and a surprise element. Designed mostly in-house.

Cedar Point
--Rougarou, Mantis gets a paint job, new floorless sit-down trains, and a new theme.

Other New Attractions for 2015

Idlewild
--Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, the long-running Mr. Rogers ride has ended its run. It will be replaced with a similar attraction, but themed to Mr. Rogers's animated "successor".

Casino Pier
--Double Shot, an S&S tower will find a home in Seaside Heights in 2015.

Waldameer
-- A new wave pool - the "largest in the tri-state area" will open next year.

Quassy Amusement Park
-- Frantic, an inverting pendulum ride from VISA rides out of Italy. Also adding new kiddie bumper cars.

Silver Dollar City
-- Fireman's Landing, a new themed area in the park, featuring 10 new attractions - most of which are geared toward younger guests. The S&S tower from Celebration City will find a home here as FireFall.

Kings Dominion
-- WaterWorks expansion - new slide tower, new splash area, and expanded cabana offerings.

Worlds of Fun
--Splash Island, a new, 4,200 square foot water play area will be added to the Oceans of Fun side of things in 2015.

Six Flags Over Texas
--Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, a new 3-D, shoot 'em up dark ride themed to the DC Comics superheros.

Six Flags St. Louis
--Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, St. Louis gets one too, replacing the Scooby-Doo shooting dark ride.

Six Flags Over Georgia
--The Joker Chaos Coaster, they're calling it a coaster, but it's a Larson 70 foot Super Loop. Also adding a Tilt-a-Whitl in Harvey Quinn's Spin.

Six Flags Great Adventure
--Looping Dragon, the Golden Kingdom gets its own 70 foot Larson Super Loop flat ride.

Six Flags America
--Bourbon Street Fireball, the new Mardi Gras area gets another ride for 2015, a 70 foot Larson Super Loop.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
--Dare Devil Chaos Coaster, again, not a coaster. Rather, it's a fourth Larson Super Loop.

Six Flags Great America
--40 Seasons of Thrills, the park will be celebrating its history in 2015, as well as adding three old kiddie rides.

Great Escape
--Buccaneer Beach, a new pirate-themed sprayground will be added to Splashwater Kingdom

La Ronde
--Maison Rouge: Labyrinth of Terror, a permanent haunted walk-through, clown themed.

Valleyfair
-- A significant water park expansion is coming in 2015. The park is adding 6 slides and a water play area.

Semi-Confirmed New Coasters For 2015

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
-- Diavlo, Plans and municipal approvals are out there for a Premier launched looping coaster (aka SFDK Superman). Surprising for this park, but it like it's happening. Plans are out there to be seen on the web.

Rumors Swirlin'

Darien Lake
-- Lake Monster, the revamped Predator, could be in the works for 2015.

Silverwood
-- They've been in 'build' mode in recent years. Rumors point to a custom Rocky Mountain product coming to the park soon.

Cedar Fair Parks That Could Be 'Due'

Dorney Park
-- No truly 'new' coasters since Hydra in 2005. Logic would lead us to assume that they would be the next Cedar Fair park to get a wooden coaster. They certainly could use one.

Michigan's Adventure
-- Last new coaster was the relocated Thunderhawk in 2008.

Blackstone Parks That Could Be 'Due'

Sea World San Antonio
-- Their last 'coaster' was Atlantis, in 2007. Are they interested in keeping pace with Fiesta Texas?

Busch Gardens Tampa
-- Sure they're still trying to open a drop tower, but Cheetah Hunt will be 4 years old in 2015.

Sea World Orlando
-- With Turtle Trek and Antarctica up and running, and with Manta being 6 years old next year, are they up for a new coaster?

Palace Parks That Could Be 'Due'

Lake Compounce
-- Boulder Dash was actually their last coaster - in 2000.

Kennywood
-- Sky Rocket will be 5 years old. I keep thinking/hearing that Kennywood is ready for a new coaster. Newer rumors have the car ride returning for 2015.

Dutch Wonderland
-- Wild rumor at this point. But Story Land (another Palace children's park) built Roar-a-Saurus in 2014. Could Dutch become the home of a similar ride in 2015, in the vacated turnpike area?

Other Parks Who Haven't Built In a While

Indiana Beach
-- Something 'special' is planned for 2015, in the former Galaxi coaster's spot. Could be water slides, could be a coaster. Steel Hawg will be 7 years old in 2015.

Other Parks...
-- Can't forget about the smaller parks that don't necessarily need to add to compete. Parks like Adventureland, Beech Bend, Canobie, Clementon, Elitch Gardens, Magic Springs, Mount Olympus, Seabreeze, Wild Adventures, and Wild Waves all seem to be up to yearly new attractions.

Stalled Projects

Cliff's Amusement Park
--Unknown, Cliff's was to have had Astroworld's Greezed Lightning (Schwarzkopf shuttle) opened at some point in 2014. But it didn't happen. There were rumors that this ride could end up back in Texas in 2016 or later. Don't know what's happening with it now.

Akita Retail and Events Center
-- A new Las Vegas Strip shopping center looks to be the new home of a re-worked Speed: The Ride. This was to be for 2014, but like almost everything else in Vegas, the project is stalled at this point. Track and supports are on site.

Skyvue, Las Vegas
--The long-rumored 500 foot ferris wheel was finally under construction in Las Vegas. Supports are up, but now it's stalled.

Morey's Piers
I heard a couple of years ago that 2015 was the goal for this thing. I didn't want to believe it then, I would LOVE to believe it now! I don't know what else to call it, other than "stalled" at this point.

Updated 19 September 2014

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/6/14 8:24:55 PM
antikythera said:

And thank you for taking the time to put this thread together. We should all give you a shout out for all the work you do on here and with the connoisseur pages on Facebook. Labor of love of not, you do an excellent job. Really, thank you.


Is it too early to put something under Kings Dominion? I think we all agree something big is coming, coaster or not.

Thanks Corey. I appreciate the kind words.

I'm torn on the Facebook thing. The groups have been a hit, and there is a lot of action there. But at the same time, I feel like I, among others, don't spend enough time here at URC as a result.

I know it's the off season, but I feel like I could spend more time here. I'm going to try to do that moving forward - as well as try and promote URC more on Facebook.

Eric has put together a fantastic coaster site over the years, and this forum has been like home to me for the better part of 16 years. I hope this place is around for at least another 16.

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Re: New For 2015 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 2/7/14 12:11:13 AM
I 2nd on the wonderful lists you've posted these past years and enjoy reading all the possible news of new rides at specific parks.

I will admit i am more of a steel coaster fan, but I do hope BGW and SFGAdv both gets new wood coasters (hopefully a pair for each as racing or dueling). My idea for BGW (if they go with the spain theme) is the 'matador' with one side the man and the other the bull. Would be perfect for a dueling coaster. SFGAdv, I think they could be themed for 2 of batman's villains: Harley (red) and Poison Ivy (green).

KD, I'm not going to get too hyped up over that volcano rumor even though I have always thought the 2nd half could've done more with the layout. As for the supposed new ride, I still think replacing Hurler with a gci wood coaster (on the level of thunderhead or goldstriker) would be better. Maybe relocate Ricochet elsewhere and annex hypersonic's old station's land if they need the extra room.

BGT, i have my doubts they are going to keep gwazi especially now that they've seemingly pretty much abandoned the tiger side, so perhaps they can put a winged coaster in its place or even a hyper coaster if possible.

SWO, I know they sometimes hold concerts in that stadium (formerly a water ski/stunt show), but that area is just dead. Imo, a hyper coaster would be a perfect fit in that area. And if they have a height limit, maybe have the tracks dip below the lake like anaconda so the total drop can be over 200'. Call it the 'orca' and have it painted black and white. Finally, they really really need to update the wild artic simulator ride. Get some new video for it anything but the same old thing. I like rides, but it's gotten to the point i just skip it and go for the animal exhibits because I'm so bored with seeing the same vid. (At least Disney got it right with the new star tours by mixing up the possible outcomes).

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Re: New For 2015 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 2/7/14 1:22:05 PM
Supposedly a balloon test was done at BGW for something in the Festa Italia section. Could be for 2015.

Can't see Busch not jumping in on the wing coaster and wing coaster could easily be themed to an ancient deity like what they did for Apollo's Chariot.

G-Dog

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Re: New For 2015 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 2/7/14 2:05:53 PM
Hem, that would be great if they had another coaster in that area so it isn't all just AC as the main draw. But otoh, it depends on what they are going to do with Gwazi. I think its time is coming: the all year op, the hot humid weather, ptc trains.. they've taken their toll. I think it might make more sense to build a new wood coaster over what was DF's land and reuse Gwazi's trains there than to sell them off to another park. That's why i could see the winged coaster going to bgt as replacing gwazi. And since it is two different experience riding each side of a winged coaster, I could see them keeping the Gwazi lion/tiger theme. Maybe either keep the name or add a 'son of' with it.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/7/14 3:33:18 PM
Geauga_Dog said:

Supposedly a balloon test was done at BGW for something in the Festa Italia section. Could be for 2015.


Can't see Busch not jumping in on the wing coaster and wing coaster could easily be themed to an ancient deity like what they did for Apollo's Chariot.

G-Dog

Or some sort of flying contraption from DaVinci. There is certainly room in the Italy section of the park...

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Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 2/7/14 5:25:07 PM
"Not that they're due, but I've heard that they had their eye on Smiler at Alton Towers - a wild rumor at this point."

Are they looking to buy the hunk of junk or build their own?

I can't say I've ridden many Gerstlauer coasters, if any, but with all the issues it's been having, I"m perplexed why MM would either want Alton Tower's or a version of their own at this point in time.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/7/14 5:36:03 PM
antikythera said:

"Not that they're due, but I've heard that they had their eye on Smiler at Alton Towers - a wild rumor at this point."


Are they looking to buy the hunk of junk or build their own?

I can't say I've ridden many Gerstlauer coasters, if any, but with all the issues it's been having, I"m perplexed why MM would either want Alton Tower's or a version of their own at this point in time.

Well, they wouldn't take Alton Towers's. It's brand new. But I can think of a villain that would pair up nicely with a tangled ride like Smiler. From what I understand, the kinks were worked out on that ride by the end of the year.

I was also reminded that the park was looking at Rocky Mountain to re-do Colossus, which could work very well for them.

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Re: New For 2015 by Patripman Patripman Profile at 2/8/14 10:19:01 PM
If Knoebels does something in 2015 expect it to open the summer of 2019 or 2020 after years of delays. As for Kennywood there has been much chatter around the Pittsburgh area of a possible large wooden coaster around the back area of the park. They also own the remaining land and valley behind the Racer, Jackrabbit. But it is Kennywood so nobody knows for sure. It was announced to
day that Johnnie Rockets will be opening up in the carousal restaurant building this summer.

Patripman

Re: New For 2015 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 2/20/14 12:22:56 PM
Knoebels' new coaster...

http://wnep.com/2014/02/20/knoebels-unveils-photos-of-new-coaster/

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Re: New For 2015 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 2/20/14 12:47:47 PM
beastmaster said:

Knoebels' new coaster...


http://wnep.com/2014/02/20/knoebels-unveils-photos-of-new-coaster/

Thanks Mike. Here's the photo of where it will go and what it will look like. No stats on the ride yet, but the park has stated that it will be a Zierer model.

The layout looks to have four inversions, 4-across 8-seater cars, vertical lift and drop.

I'm a fan...

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Re: New For 2015 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 2/20/14 1:23:17 PM
The only stat stat I read was a 98 ft. height. Not sure exactly where I saw that, so I have no link, Sorry.
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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/21/14 10:10:26 AM
beastmaster said:

The only stat stat I read was a 98 ft. height. Not sure exactly where I saw that, so I have no link, Sorry.

From Knoebels' Facebook account...

"You've seen the pictures, here's a little more info.The design incorporates approximately 1985 feet of track and an approximately 98 foot tall lift hill. 3 eight rider vehicles will achieve speeds of up to 56 mph. 90 degree free fall drop, cobra roll, loop, immelman, helix, airtime hills are all incorporated in the ride. Riders are seated in two rows of 4 facing forward with the back row seats elevated above the front row seats. Manufacturer Zierer. Bumper boats and boat tag will be removed to make space for the ride named Knoebels Impulse"

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Re: New For 2015 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 2/21/14 11:40:36 AM
Is "Knoebels' Impulse" the official name? So we have another "KI" to join our many acronyms? :)
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Re: New For 2015 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 2/21/14 4:48:09 PM
beastmaster said:
So we have another "KI" to join our many acronyms?

Oh, great. Just when we got down to only one KK.

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 2/21/14 7:10:01 PM
drachen said:

From Knoebels' Facebook account...

"You've seen the pictures, here's a little more info.The design incorporates approximately 1985 feet of track and an approximately 98 foot tall lift hill. 3 eight rider vehicles will achieve speeds of up to 56 mph. 90 degree free fall drop, cobra roll, loop, immelman, helix, airtime hills are all incorporated in the ride.

Funny that Knoebels has that forth inversion as an immelmann. RCDB has it as an inline twist, and that's exactly what it looks like to me.

www.rcdb.com/12000.htm

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/21/14 7:26:16 PM
Overbanked said:

drachen said:

From Knoebels' Facebook account...

"You've seen the pictures, here's a little more info.The design incorporates approximately 1985 feet of track and an approximately 98 foot tall lift hill. 3 eight rider vehicles will achieve speeds of up to 56 mph. 90 degree free fall drop, cobra roll, loop, immelman, helix, airtime hills are all incorporated in the ride.

Funny that Knoebels has that forth inversion as an immelmann. RCDB has it as an inline twist, and that's exactly what it looks like to me.

www.rcdb.com/12000.htm

Unless the rendering isn't 100% accurate to what the ride really or will be...

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Re: New For 2015 by Patripman Patripman Profile at 2/22/14 7:21:33 PM
The question is will the ride really open in 2015 or will it be 2016, 2017 or 2018?

Patripman

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 2/23/14 12:55:58 AM
^^^LOL, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, as I'm not expecting a multi-year delay with a steelie. :)
Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 3/6/14 4:13:05 AM
It will be interesting as to what kind of steel coaster that Lagoon is gonna get. With the Bat(SFC), Wild Mouse, Spider(spinning coaster), Jet Star 2 (S-kopf pseudo-family), Bombora(family coaster) and Puff the Little Fire Dragon(kiddie coaster), they definitely seem to be covered with family/kiddie coasters.

Then they have the old school & new school thrill looping coasters Colossus the Fire Dragon, and Wicked respectively. I wouldn't except some large capacity monster coaster like a Beemer there. An Eurofighter would be redundant, with Wicked(Zierer) already there. If I had to guess, I'm thinking maybe they would bring in some sort of shuttle coaster. This park is pretty steelie loaded as it is; Seems like they should have brought in another woodie (ala Renegade at Valleyfair) to accompany the old school Roller Coaster.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 3/6/14 9:34:56 AM
Overbanked said:

It will be interesting as to what kind of steel coaster that Lagoon is gonna get.

I've actually learned a lot about this ride over the past few weeks. It seems as if the park's head engineer is a former Arrow emplyee. He seems to have bypassed the whole design stage, and done it himself.

The park has piecemealed the entire project. They had the steel made by the company that made S&S's track. The trains are made by the company that makes them for Intamin, Zierer, and other German designers. They are claiming to be doing this all "in-house".

Other features will be a section of track that is either an elevator or a free-fall drop. The height is rumored to be in the 200 foot range. This ain't no kiddie ride!

Having said all of that, I would imagine the Intamins, Zierers, and Gerstlauers of the world aren't too happy that a park was able to simply "bypass" them, and buy the steel, trains, safety systems, etc on their own.

The way I see it, there are only two outcomes for this way of doing things. One, it works out great. Or two, it's a disaster, financial or otherwise.

The site:

Track:

Both images from www.lagoonisfun.com

I will be at the park on March 29th. Rest assured, I will have a trip report and as many construction shots as I can get.

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 3/7/14 12:21:05 AM
^^^Thanks for the info Drach! Wow, this looks like one helluva project! So this will be Lagoon's second 'in house' coaster (Bombora is the 1st). Very very interesting project to say the least. With these in house additions, Lagoon has got that Disney status. :)
Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 3/12/14 6:47:15 AM
The New York Giants & New York Jets are no longer beefing with American Dream Meadowlands. Jersey's Advisor on Sports & Entertainment Projects said that he now anticipates that Triple Five(owner) "will commence construction almost immediately". It seems like 2015 should be a good finishing time frame for ADM, although who knows.

www.northjersey.com/news/Giants_Jets__Triple_Five_dropping_lawsuits_involving_American_Dream.html

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 3/12/14 7:18:48 PM
Thanks OB. Nice find, and great news. I updated the list above to reflect it. I also added Idlewild's new attraction to the list.
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Re: New For 2015 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 4/11/14 10:44:11 AM
Action from Carowinds recently, with some public record renderings being released - all marked with the word "Approved".

Attached is a photo of the construction site.

It looks as if the new coaster will start over by Hurler and head over toward the front of the park. Based on the renderings and footers, it will big large, feature at least one tunnel, and have a turnaround similar to what Shambhala has over at Port Adventura.

I'm there...

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/11/14 11:21:35 AM
I thought I'd also share my Lagoon 2015 coaster photos in this thread...

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/11/14 12:14:41 PM
Thanks for those behind the scenes pics Drachen. I take it that's the station/vertical lift & first drop section of the coaster.
Re: New For 2015 by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 4/14/14 3:00:00 PM
Over at Silver Dollar City there is work going on behind Geyser Gulch- lots of land clearing and leveling. They haven't made any announcements yet as to what might be coming, but rumors are swirling, including anywhere from 2-5 new rides. I honestly don't know what is happening or coming- absolutely nothing has been announced or told to the employees, but various things I've heard:

Geyser Gulch looks like it might be closing at the beginning of August. Not sure if it's for remodel, removal, or just to keep clear during construction, but if it's for more than 2-3 rides...

Rides I've heard might be coming:
the double shot from Celebration City
return of the kids baloon ride
the carousel from Celebration City
another small roller coaster
something called FreeFall

the only ones I'm a bit more confident in are the first two at this point. The rest is all speculation and rumor. But should be interesting to see what it all turns out to be.

Re: New For 2015 by NotSo NotSo Profile at 4/15/14 10:43:16 PM
Thanks again for putting these together every year Drachen, very cool thing to do.

I'm thinking Carowinds next year... Yes Yes Yes!!!

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/25/14 10:58:15 AM
According to coasterradio(dot)com the latest rumor concerning Busch Garden Williamsburg's 2015 attraction is it will be a clone of Superman: Ultimate Flight(SFDK, which is a launched coaster) named 'Diablo'. That seems like a very weird fit for BGW for several reasons, mainly being it's capacity.
Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/25/14 11:15:02 AM
Overbanked said:

According to coasterradio(dot)com the latest rumor concerning Busch Garden Williamsburg's 2015 attraction is it will be a clone of Superman: Ultimate Flight(SFDK, which is a launched coaster) named 'Diablo'. That seems like a very weird fit for BGW for several reasons, mainly being it's capacity.

I file that into my "I'll believe it when I see it" category...

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Re: New For 2015 by alpengeistno3 at 4/25/14 9:55:31 PM
drachen said:

Overbanked said:

According to coasterradio(dot)com the latest rumor concerning Busch Garden Williamsburg's 2015 attraction is it will be a clone of Superman: Ultimate Flight(SFDK, which is a launched coaster) named 'Diablo'. That seems like a very weird fit for BGW for several reasons, mainly being it's capacity.

I file that into my "I'll believe it when I see it" category...

I believe I have a file EXACTLY like that. Other than kiddie rides, when is the last time BGE installed a clone of ANYTHING?

I'm not saying that that this is false, but it will be a sad day when BGE is so hard up for a major coaster that they decide to resort to an off the shelf, low capacity, clone.

Paul

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/26/14 9:51:17 PM
Overbanked said:

According to coasterradio(dot)com the latest rumor concerning Busch Garden Williamsburg's 2015 attraction is it will be a clone of Superman: Ultimate Flight(SFDK, which is a launched coaster) named 'Diablo'. That seems like a very weird fit for BGW for several reasons, mainly being it's capacity.

Well... it would seem that this IS happening. I'm a little suprised... to say the least.

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Re: New For 2015 by linearinduction at 4/27/14 11:07:31 PM
drachen said:

Overbanked said:

drachen said:

From Knoebels' Facebook account...

"You've seen the pictures, here's a little more info.The design incorporates approximately 1985 feet of track and an approximately 98 foot tall lift hill. 3 eight rider vehicles will achieve speeds of up to 56 mph. 90 degree free fall drop, cobra roll, loop, immelman, helix, airtime hills are all incorporated in the ride.

Funny that Knoebels has that forth inversion as an immelmann. RCDB has it as an inline twist, and that's exactly what it looks like to me.

www.rcdb.com/12000.htm

Unless the rendering isn't 100% accurate to what the ride really or will be...

Actually, the rendering is correct, as the ride has an Immelmann Turn, like the one on Wicked, not an Immelmann Loop. Most people don't know there are two types of Immelmanns.

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/28/14 6:18:48 AM
^^^I take it that Impulse's special track elements are gonna be a vertical lift, an immelmann turn, and a 540 degree helix, while the inversions are gonna be a cobra roll, a vertical loop, and an inline twist.

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Re: New For 2015 by linearinduction at 4/28/14 10:06:54 AM
^ Don't forget the Airtime Hill between the Cobra Roll and Vertical Loop. :)
Re: New For 2015 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 4/28/14 11:40:28 PM
What's up with Kentucky Kingdom and Lightning Run? Is that T2 with a different name or entirely a different, and new (or old) coaster at KK?

I was last there during the SF era in 2008 and vowed to never go back. People hate on SFA all the time but how SFKK wasn't viewed as worst in the chain is beyond me.

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Re: New For 2015 by alpengeistno3 at 4/29/14 3:36:55 AM
Great_Ump said:

What's up with Kentucky Kingdom and Lightning Run? Is that T2 with a different name or entirely a different, and new (or old) coaster at KK?


I was last there during the SF era in 2008 and vowed to never go back. People hate on SFA all the time but how SFKK wasn't viewed as worst in the chain is beyond me.

Joe
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This was posted here somewhere (I presume the "New for 2014" thread). I'm sure you don't want to scroll through all 400 or so replies, so here it is for you again.

New coaster by Chance. Not T2.

Paul

Re: New For 2015 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 4/29/14 2:23:30 PM
Comparable to Intamin's Mega Lite's that we have yet to see here in the States? Lightning Run that is?

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/30/14 8:02:25 AM
According to SS, Holiday World is doing some tree-clearing to make room for a rumored 2015 steel coaster.

If I had to made a speculating guess, I'll narrow HWs selection to either some kinda family coaster, or an Eurofighter. Both would great fit as both are what HW is lacking (larger than Howler family coaster, or steel looper).

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/30/14 12:18:21 PM
Overbanked said:

According to SS, Holiday World is doing some tree-clearing to make room for a rumored 2015 steel coaster.


If I had to made a speculating guess, I'll narrow HWs selection to either some kinda family coaster, or an Eurofighter. Both would great fit as both are what HW is lacking (larger than Howler family coaster, or steel looper).

I used to think that Holiday World would get the first U.S. mega-lite from Intamin. Doubtful now...

I hope they get a Mack launcher, like Helix at Liseberg. That thing looks incredible. Then again, part of me also wants to see them stick to wooden coasters...

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Re: New For 2015 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 4/30/14 2:31:07 PM
Anyone see any news on the new coaster at Carowinds? I'm itching to see news on it. Saw a lot of rumors and talk on CarowindsConnection. A nice little dedicated bunch over there lol. I read through like 40 pages of speculation (over a few days), and I must admit, it was quite fun.

300 feet catches my eye though!

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Re: New For 2015 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 4/30/14 7:02:32 PM
drachen said:

Overbanked said:

According to SS, Holiday World is doing some tree-clearing to make room for a rumored 2015 steel coaster.


If I had to made a speculating guess, I'll narrow HWs selection to either some kinda family coaster, or an Eurofighter. Both would great fit as both are what HW is lacking (larger than Howler family coaster, or steel looper).

I used to think that Holiday World would get the first U.S. mega-lite from Intamin. Doubtful now...

I hope they get a Mack launcher, like Helix at Liseberg. That thing looks incredible. Then again, part of me also wants to see them stick to wooden coasters...

So not thinking Holiday will go BIG?? I actually changed my trip plans this summer because I see they are clearing land for a new ride next year. I will wait till 2015 to hit Holiday World again. Now I am going to be able to make it up to Six Flags Great America in July for Goliath!! Holiday World usually goes BIG and breaks some kind of record!!

Dion
Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 5/2/14 11:53:44 AM
chitlins73 said:

So not thinking Holiday will go BIG?? I actually changed my trip plans this summer because I see they are clearing land for a new ride next year. I will wait till 2015 to hit Holiday World again. Now I am going to be able to make it up to Six Flags Great America in July for Goliath!! Holiday World usually goes BIG and breaks some kind of record!!

Big in what sense? I think a ride like Helix would be big for them. I don't see them adding a 200 footer or anything from B&M either.

Mack seems to be offering a pretty good bang for your buck. And they have a spotless safety record, with good reliability.

I would expect to see a number of Macks and Premier steel coasters popping up over the next few years.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 5/2/14 11:57:08 AM
In other news, I removed the Meadowlands from the list. The park is happening, which is great. But it's on schedule for a 2016 opening.
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Re: New For 2015 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 5/2/14 6:47:40 PM
A coaster like Helix would be awesome!! I can't stop watching the pov of Helix!! I think Holiday World could install a nice terrain steel coaster with the land they have to work with!!
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Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 5/3/14 12:28:27 AM
I'm curious if Kings Dominion will let the cat out of the bag at their 40th this weekend. I'll be in attendance, as will a lot of other enthusiasts, so I wonder if they will hint at their 2015 plans even if they don't want to prematurely formally announce it.
Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/5/14 12:05:54 AM
drachen said:

In other news, I removed the Meadowlands from the list. The park is happening, which is great. But it's on schedule for a 2016 opening.

Good news for the NY/NJ area, I like the renderings of American Dream.

Construction at Coney is looking good on Thunderbolt's vertical lift hill.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-american-dream-back-on-track-for.html

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/05/thunderbolts-towering-start-nearly.html

Re: New For 2015 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 5/7/14 11:28:17 AM
Just read on Facebook that Hershey's 2015 project will cost 21 million dollars. The park plans an official announcement later this summer.
Re: New For 2015 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 5/7/14 7:54:45 PM
frontrow said:

Just read on Facebook that Hershey's 2015 project will cost 21 million dollars. The park plans an official announcement later this summer.

21 Million!!! Sounds like a new coaster to me!!

Dion
Re: New For 2015 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 5/10/14 4:32:22 PM
frontrow said:

Just read on Facebook that Hershey's 2015 project will cost 21 million dollars. The park plans an official announcement later this summer.


HP's official FB page says nothing of the sorts on it. Do you have a source?

And what could it be for $21 million... a B&M wing coaster? They've been going to Intamin quite a bit over the past decade.

Joe
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Re: New For 2015 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 5/10/14 11:23:49 PM
Great_Ump said:

frontrow said:

Just read on Facebook that Hershey's 2015 project will cost 21 million dollars. The park plans an official announcement later this summer.


HP's official FB page says nothing of the sorts on it. Do you have a source?

And what could it be for $21 million... a B&M wing coaster? They've been going to Intamin quite a bit over the past decade.

Joe
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I did more research after I posted this. The 21 million dollar project will be a realignment of a road and the 31 acre expansion. The park is supposed to announce, later in the year, their plans for that new 31 acres. My source is coasterforce.com and pennlive.com.

Re: New For 2015 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 5/11/14 8:33:00 AM
Darn!!!! So not a new coaster???
Dion
Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/12/14 9:46:48 AM
Sea World Parks and Entertainment (which owns the Busch Parks) filed a new trademark for "Tempesto". Could this be the future name of BGW's new Superman:UF(SFDK) coaster AKA (Diavolo)?

I'm still not digging BGW's coaster choice, and Diavolo IMO has more flare to it than Tempesto, as it sounds too much like an Italian sauce. Best case scenario, BGW themes the hell out of this new coaster so it doesn't have a plain Six Flags look to it.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/05/new-seaworld-parks-entertainment.html

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 5/12/14 3:16:08 PM
Overbanked said:

Sea World Parks and Entertainment (which owns the Busch Parks) filed a new trademark for "Tempesto". Could this be the future name of BGW's new Superman:UF(SFDK) coaster AKA (Diavolo)?


I'm still not digging BGW's coaster choice, and Diavolo IMO has more flare to it than Tempesto, as it sounds too much like an Italian sauce. Best case scenario, BGW themes the hell out of this new coaster so it doesn't have a plain Six Flags look to it.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/05/new-seaworld-parks-entertainment.html

Maybe "Tem Pesto" is the name of their new pasta dish...

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Re: New For 2015 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 5/12/14 7:29:44 PM
Maybe it'll be Shakespeare-themed.
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2015 by hattmac02 at 5/13/14 3:18:50 AM
The thought of them building a clone at a BG park is so disappointing to me still that i cant stop thinking about especially with the capacity problem.My only thought to fix this issue.With SUFDK being only 6mil, could there be any possibility of them building two of these? im assuming BG has the money, i just dont know enough about bgw to know if there's the space or if that's feasible with a ride like that. apologies if this is an awful first post.

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/13/14 5:20:39 AM
^^^Welcome aboard. You brought out some very good points. I agree that this coaster's capacity will be a nightmare, and I very puzzled with this choice of coaster at BGW. A 'twin coaster' scenario is highly unlikely, as that would most certainly require queue space on the other side of Apollo's lift hill.
Re: New For 2015 Photo by HWLover HWLover Profile at 5/16/14 11:53:52 PM
I thought these photos of Holiday World clearing trees is suspicious. It seems they are planning something BIG. I would love to see RMC or B&M. In the link scroll to the bottom. http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=55643&start=4300 User Submitted Picture

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Re: New For 2015 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 6/3/14 10:43:13 AM
Well, August 16th is the last day for Colossus at Magic Mountain to operate. I'll move that one from 'rumor' to 'semi-confirmed'... User Submitted Picture
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Re: New For 2015 by alpengeistno3 at 6/3/14 9:14:57 PM
Why only "semi-confirmed"? Isn't that banner flying, I presume, at SFMM, positive confirmation enough?

Paul

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/3/14 11:15:06 PM
alpengeistno3 said:

Why only "semi-confirmed"? Isn't that banner flying, I presume, at SFMM, positive confirmation enough?


Paul

Well, it's confirmed that Colossus is being removed, but nothing has been confirmed as to what is replacing it. I save that section for announced rides.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/24/14 12:19:25 PM
Well, Six Flags strikes again...

Riverside Cyclone will be closing for good on July 20th. Iron Cyclone?

Clcylone Closing

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Re: New For 2015 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 6/24/14 2:26:55 PM
drachen said:

Well, Six Flags strikes again...


Riverside Cyclone will be closing for good on July 20th. Iron Cyclone?

Man, they couldn't of waited for another 3 week's. We are headed up that way after July 4th sometime for a coaster trip, and SF New England is on our agenda. Last time I was there Cyclone was down, so I never will get to ride it now. It will be interesting to see if they put something in that makes me go back next year. We've had these plans for about 9 months, so we are still going to visit this year. It seems every year I'll visit a park far from home, then the next year they put a new coaster in. Does anyone know when they announce their future plans?

Wait a minute, I don't know what I was thinking. If everything goes to plan, we will be at SF New England on July 11th, so we should get to ride it.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/24/14 3:41:43 PM
frontrow said:

Does anyone know when they announce their future plans?

It seems as if the last Thursday in August has become 'Six Flags Announcement Day'. This year it falls on the 28th.

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 6/25/14 11:41:58 PM
Adventureland(NY)is gonna get a spinning Mack coaster in 2015 (a la Sierra Sidewinder) to replace the old SDC steelie 'Hurricane' The new coaster's name is still not announced.

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/06/adventureland-long-island-announces-new.html

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/27/14 4:43:55 PM
Updated today with some of the newer rumors floating out there, and one small announcement.
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Re: New For 2015 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 6/27/14 7:20:48 PM
I'm still holding out hope that we have the BGW coaster wrong. I realize folks have been doing hard work to try and determine the ride, but i'm just holding out until it's confirmed. I guess they figure with Apollo's right there the capacity won't be as big an issue. Either way, it would be pretty disappointing if it's ends up being true.
Re: New For 2015 by Chris27 Chris27 Profile at 6/28/14 11:50:51 AM
I cant see Great Adventure getting anything big next year after getting the new drop tower this year.

Most likely they add something big to the water park next year and maybe a flat ride and then 2016 or 2017 they get a new major coaster.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/8/14 11:29:09 PM
Hersheypark is at it again...


"There’s a new attraction coming to Hersheypark next summer! Stay tuned every Tuesday until our unveil August 12 for clues about this exciting addition. Also, register for a chance to win a 2015 Season Pass and be one of the first to ride the new attraction!"


"A rep from Hersheypark came to the office today to tease the park's new-for-2015 attraction. She brought the card you see here along with a candy apple and a bag of popcorn."

Carowinds has some action too...

Also, Holiday World is counting down. They are two weeks away from an announcement.

Six Flags announcement day is August 28th.

Skyline Attractions (the GCI offshoot/partner) is announcing a new attraction with a park on August 1st.

Cedar Point is reportedly getting a new "thrill ride" for the teenage/adult crowd.

2015 is shaping up to be quite a year!

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Re: New For 2015 - The List by JMiller at 7/15/14 1:11:43 PM
drachen said:

New Parks to Open in 2015


Grand Texas Theme Park
-- The Houston area should be receiving an amusement park again, this time north of the city. Renderings look fantastic, including a few new roller coasters - which will join the 'Confirmed' list when they're announced.

My gut is telling me this park won't open until 2016. But everything we've heard so far has been 2015. By the looks of things, that seems like a stretch...

Continued Recovery In 2015

Casino Pier
--Double Shot, an S&S tower will find a home in Seaside Heights in 2015.

Confirmed New Coasters For 2015

Miracle Strip Pier Park
--Star Liner, Well, we thought the 1963 John Allen classic would be getting a third lease on life, but it seems as if that is not the case. From what I understand, GCI is modifying the coaster to meet the new park's needs. Still a new wooden coaster, but not the classic.

Kentucky Kingdom
--T3, T2 becomes T3. The park has confirmed that T2 will reopen in 2015 as T3. I wonder what the added exponent is for...

Knoebels
--Impulse, Knoebels is adding a "eurofighter-style" coaster from Zierer for 2015. Vertical lift, vertical drop, 4 inversions, and three 4-across 8 seater cars. 98 feet tall, 1985 feet long, 56 mph.

Adventureland(Long Island)
--Unnamed, the small park is adding a Mack spinning coaster.

Other New Attractions for 2015

Idlewild
--Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, the long-running Mr. Rogers ride has ended its run. It will be replaced with a similar attraction, but themed to Mr. Rogers's animated "successor".

Semi-Confirmed New Coasters For 2015

Carowinds
--unknown, I guess we're just waiting for an announcement from the park. Plans have been approved for a BIG steel coaster at the front of the park.

Lagoon
--unknown, Construction is well underway, and maroon track is on site and vertical. Aside from that, not much is known.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
-- Plans and municipal approvals are out there for a Premier launched looping coaster (aka SFDK Superman). Surprising for this park, but it seems to be legit.

Holiday World
-- Word is that a steel coaster was on their agenda, and Voyage will be 9 years old! Pilgrim's Plunge has been removed and there is some significant land clearing going on in the woods and next to Voyage. A new website has been created, counting down (with clues) to an announcement in July.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
-- Banners have been hung around the park, stating that Colossus will close August 16th for good. This lines right up with the rumors that the park is looking at a Rocky Mountain conversion of racing coaster.

Six Flags New England
-- The park has announced that the infamous Cyclone will close for good on July 20th. If Six Flags holds true to form, it looks like we could see yet another wooden coaster turn to steel, courtesy of Rocky Mountain Construction.

Rumors Swirlin'

Hersheypark
-- Survey markers have been spotted in the Midway America area.

Kings Dominion
-- Rumors of a new coaster for 2015 have been circulating for a while now.

Darien Lake
-- Lake Monster, the revamped Predator, could be in the works for 2015.

Silverwood
-- They've been in 'build' mode in recent years. Rumors point to a custom Rocky Mountain product coming to the park soon.

Six Flags Over Texas
-- They will be 4 years removed from New Texas Giant. Construction walls are up, with a sign that says a major attraction is on its way for 2015.

Adventureland
-- The Iowa park is hinting at a major announcement coming soon.

Cedar Fair Parks That Could Be 'Due'

Dorney Park
-- No truly 'new' coasters since Hydra in 2005. Logic would lead us to assume that they would be the next Cedar Fair park to get a wooden coaster. They certainly could use one.

Valleyfair
-- Last new coaster was Renegade in 2007.

Michigan's Adventure
-- Last new coaster was the relocated Thunderhawk in 2008.

Worlds of Fun
-- Prowler will be 6 years old in 2015.

Cedar Point
-- I'm thinking large family dark ride for 2015.

Six Flags Parks That Could Be 'Due'

Over Georgia
-- They'll be 4 years removed from Dare Devil Dive.

Great Adventure
-- The relocated Green Lantern will be 4 years old, and they just freed up a lot of land with Rolling Thunder's removal.

Great Escape
-- Canyon Blaster was their last major ride, which was a relocation.

La Ronde
-- Ednor, the relocated SLC, will be 5 years old. Could they be up for new coaster?

Blackstone Parks That Could Be 'Due'

Sea World San Antonio
-- Their last 'coaster' was Atlantis, in 2007. Are they interested in keeping pace with Fiesta Texas?

Busch Gardens Tampa
-- Sure they just opened a drop tower, but Cheetah Hunt will be 4 years old in 2015.

Sea World Orlando
-- With Turtle Trek and Antarctica up and running, and with Manta being 6 years old next year, are they up for a new coaster?

Palace Parks That Could Be 'Due'

Lake Compounce
-- Boulder Dash was actually their last coaster - in 2000.

Kennywood
-- Sky Rocket will be 5 years old. I keep thinking/hearing that Kennywood is ready for a new coaster.

Dutch Wonderland
-- Wild rumor at this point. But Story Land (another Palace children's park) built Roar-a-saurus in 2014. Could Dutch become the home of a similar ride in 2015, in the vacated turnpike area?

Other Parks Who Haven't Built In a While

Indiana Beach
-- Something 'special' is planned for 2015, in the former Galaxi coaster's spot. Could be water slides, could be a coaster. Steel Hawg will be 7 years old in 2015.

Other Parks...
-- Can't forget about the smaller parks that don't necessarily need to add to compete. Parks like Adventureland, Beech Bend, Canobie, Clementon, Elitch Gardens, Idlewild, Magic Springs, Mount Olympus, Seabreeze, Wild Adventures, and Wild Waves all seem to be up to yearly new attractions.

Stalled Projects

Cliff's Amusement Park
--Unknown, Cliff's was to have had Astroworld's Greezed Lightning (Schwarzkopf shuttle) opened at some point in 2014. But it didn't happen. There were rumors that this ride could end up back in Texas in 2016 or later. Don't know what's happening with it now.

Akita Retail and Events Center
-- A new Las Vegas Strip shopping center looks to be the new home of a re-worked Speed: The Ride. This was to be for 2014, but like almost everything else in Vegas, the project is stalled at this point. Track and supports are on site.

Skyvue, Las Vegas
--The long-rumored 500 foot ferris wheel was finally under construction in Las Vegas. Supports are up, but now it's stalled.

Morey's Piers
I heard a couple of years ago that 2015 was the goal for this thing. I didn't want to believe it then, I would LOVE to believe it now! I don't know what else to call it, other than "stalled" at this point.

Updated 27 June 2014


About the semi-confirmed status of the Six Flags New England Psyclone/Iron Cyclone, unfortunately from what I've heard the park has no plans to replace it (at least, not in the near future; they may add another coaster in a few years). Everybody I've heard from who works in the park and has some insight as to what's going on tells me that they've just gotten tired of having to replace the tracks every few seasons while the money would be put to better use elsewhere. So, I'm sorry to say that Psyclone won't be making a comeback for 2015.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/18/14 10:01:17 PM
Updated the list a bit today.

Also, some announcement dates are fast approaching...

Holiday World - July 24th or 25th

Skyline Attractions - joint announcement August 1st.

Hersheypark - August 12th

Carowinds - August 21st

Six Flags Day - August 28th

I'm sure others will come in between.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/18/14 10:15:14 PM
Knoebels has released a new video of their new coaster...

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/24/14 9:49:04 PM
B&M's second launched coaster - and it's a wing rider! Holiday World impresses yet again!

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Re: New For 2015 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 7/24/14 10:25:11 PM
I thought this was B&M's first launched coaster ever. Where is the other one?
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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/24/14 10:39:54 PM
chitlins73 said:

I thought this was B&M's first launched coaster ever. Where is the other one?

First magnetic launch for sure. But I'll have a hard time being convinced that Incredible Hulk isn't a launched coaster...

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Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/24/14 11:27:37 PM
I thought B&M liked to deny their involvement with Hulk by always pointing out that another company did the launch due to their early hatred for LIM technology.

I'm interested to see how well they implement it as I consider Premier and MACK to be the top dogs when it comes to LIM & LSM, respectively, with the others (Zierer, Gerstlauer, Mauer, etc.) trailing slightly behind.

Re: New For 2015 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 7/26/14 5:33:22 PM
drachen said:

Knoebels has released a new video of their new coaster...

Looks like it might be more fun than Rip Ride Rocket and hopefully not as rough as Mystery Mine. Maybe I'll finally make it to Knoebels!

Re: New For 2015 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/26/14 8:22:24 PM
RobLec said:

drachen said:

Knoebels has released a new video of their new coaster...

Looks like it might be more fun than Rip Ride Rocket and hopefully not as rough as Mystery Mine. Maybe I'll finally make it to Knoebels!

Somehow I thought you'd been there. Lemme know if you do plan it. Get to GrAdv on the same jaunt, man!

Hope you're well, Rob.

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Re: New For 2015 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 7/26/14 8:33:30 PM
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Somehow I thought you'd been there. Lemme know if you do plan it. Get to GrAdv on the same jaunt, man!

Thanks, Mike. I think I must be the one guy here who has never been there. I had hoped to visit many of the PA parks in the 90's when my sons were young (and so was I) but it never happened. Last park trek we made was Waldameer in 2010, which we thoroughly enjoyed, but since then I just don't have the stamina anymore. So it's looking like I'll probably never see Hershey, Kenneywood or Knoebels.

OTOH we'll probably be spending a lot of time bench warming in Tampa and Orlando, so it's a little bit of give and take. We'll have to get in one last trip to HW for Thunderbird before moving south permanently.

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/2/14 2:41:01 AM
Some info concerning Tempesto/Diavolo/Whatever the name has came out. It's expected to have one three train car, in contrast to SFDK's Superman which only has two trains. Still a far cry from a capacity machine with just eighteen riders per cycle. The theming of the coaster is going to be the form of a 'stunt bike carnival atmosphere' *shudders*

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/08/full-details-of-busch-gardens.html

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/4/14 11:07:19 AM
Yeah, there's not much left to the imagination regarding Busch Gardens' new ride. I'm torn on this stuff.

Part of me feels that if you find some information on a new ride, respect the park and keep it to yourself.

The other part of me says that the information is already out there to be found, someone else posted it, so I might as well share it.

At any rate, I updated the list above today.

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Re: New For 2015 - The List by drachen drachen Profile at 8/4/14 8:49:49 PM
Quassy is adding two new rides for 2015 - an inverting pendulum ride and a set of kiddie bumper cars.

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/6/14 10:31:17 PM
drachen said:

B&M's second launched coaster - and it's a wing rider! Holiday World impresses yet again!


I didn't get a chance to critique Thunderbird yet. I love everything about the layout, expect I think that second overbanked turn (elevated spiral) could have easily been turned into a more exciting dive loop. It's still a great unique addition to HW.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/8/14 11:28:36 AM
Looks like S&S has found a home for their new 4-D concept. My bet is a Six Flags park will get it.

S&S 4-D

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/8/14 3:02:40 PM
Six Flags New England is on the move...

As is Six Flags Over Texas...

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Re: New For 2015 by McCloud11 at 8/11/14 9:17:18 PM
I'm confused on this one. Cyclone's track has been carefully ripped up and nothing else. The station has been tested with new paint colors.

SFOT is really confusing too. Work behind Adventure Theater has led me to believe a Dark Ride will come in place but these hints are as weird as it comes. Especially since SFOT recognized two coaster groups in small print in one of their hints.

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/11/14 10:29:59 PM
^^^SFNE's Cyclone is rumored to be getting the 'Rocky Mtn treatment' with I-Box track, similar to old Texas Giant's(wooden) transformation to the New Texas Giant(steel) at SFOT.

I'm not sure what the new attraction at SFOT is gonna be.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/08/six-flags-new-england-wasting-no-time.html

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/12/14 11:27:36 AM
According to Hersheypark's facebook fan page, the 2015 attraction is gonna be "Laff Trakk, the country's first spinning glow coaster". The new enclosed Laff Trakk, the parks '13th' coaster is gonna have an 'old laugh house theme'. I can't wait to hear more info!

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/12/14 11:44:33 AM
Laff Trakk will have 1,400ft of track, and a top speed of 40MPH. Sounds pretty thrilling. Looks like Exterminator at Kennywood has some in-state competition.

www.rcdb.com/12270.htm

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Re: New For 2015 by MrPKI MrPKI Profile at 8/12/14 11:51:04 AM
Here's the POV animation released by the park. It looks like a fun and unique ride due to the setting, even if it is a stock model.

Laff Trakk POV

Re: New For 2015 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/12/14 12:28:18 PM
I think it looks fun. Kinda psychedelic. If it's half as much fun as Exterminator, mentioned above, I think it'll be a winner. Doesn't look like I'll make it to Hershey this year, so it's a appetite-whetter for 2015.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/13/14 8:53:56 AM
Here is the embedded YouTube video...

I'm with Mike. I think it looks pretty fun, though I think the park missed the mark on a few aspects.

They selected an off-the-shelf model from Maurer-Sohne. They could have gone custom, and incorporated some really neat elements that the manufacturer now offers.

There is a "hinged track" option, "drop track" option, and a "see-saw" track option - any of which would have been PERFECT for this indoor fun-house theme.

The manufacturer also offers a tilting elevator lift, which probably won't be used here, as again, it's an off-the-shelf model.

I hope they employ fun house sounds throughout, as well as gusts of air and the like. As far as effects go, I like them. I only wish the barrel or tunnel portion was of the rotating variety.

Otherwise, it looks pretty good, and the park is finally getting the spinning coaster AND the indoor coaster they've long wanted, but doing it in one shot. I'm sure this one will remain open during the Christmas season.

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Re: New For 2015 by McCloud11 at 8/13/14 2:29:25 PM
I knew that it was getting the RMC treatment. I didn't make that clear.

Silver Dollar City announced today. 80ft S&S Drop Ride comes with the addition. Pretty cool. I personally think S&S has better drop rides than any other company.

Re: New For 2015 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/13/14 3:01:38 PM
McCloud11 said:

I knew that it was getting the RMC treatment. I didn't make that clear.


Silver Dollar City announced today. 80ft S&S Drop Ride comes with the addition. Pretty cool. I personally think S&S has better drop rides than any other company.

SDC also announced a whole new area Fireman themed with 10 New attractions. Most are kids rides, but the whole area looks to be really nice.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/13/14 3:10:23 PM
Lots of information about Silver Dollar City's new themed area can be found at this link...

Fireman's Landing

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/13/14 3:14:05 PM
RCDB posted this on their Facebook page today. New steel bents. I'd say RMC and "iron horse" track are a pretty safe bet...

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Re: New For 2015 by snake2k15 at 8/13/14 5:23:34 PM
Just wanted to mention that Canada's Wonderland (via e-mail newsletter) confirmed an expansion to the waterpark area.

New for 2015!

There's even more splash-tacular fun coming to our 20-acre water park! Typhoon, a thrilling new water slide featuring oscillating funnels and hairpin turns. For those looking for less thrills and more water, check out Splash Station, a wet and wild interactive children's play area. Come join the fun with a 2015 Season Pass and experience over 200 rides, shows, and attractions including our newest Typhoon and Splash Station!


I'm betting if they go with the every 4 years plan for big coasters the next one should be in 2017 and then that will set-up nicely for a 40th anniversary ride in 2021.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/14/14 4:49:00 PM
Dorney Park will be making an annoucement tomorrow morning (8/15/14) from Thunderhawk's loading platform. The only clue thus far are all of these clown stickers that are all over the park and an image of what looks to be a new version of the old "Alfundo" clown.

I'm intrigued. Alfundo used to be on the roof of the old bumper car building that sat on top of Thunderhawks station turn - creating a tunnel for the beginning of the ride.

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Re: New For 2015 by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 8/14/14 7:13:43 PM
frontrow said:

McCloud11 said:

I knew that it was getting the RMC treatment. I didn't make that clear.


Silver Dollar City announced today. 80ft S&S Drop Ride comes with the addition. Pretty cool. I personally think S&S has better drop rides than any other company.

SDC also announced a whole new area Fireman themed with 10 New attractions. Most are kids rides, but the whole area looks to be really nice.

6 rides, plus foam ball playhouse, smaller one for toddlers, kids maze and splash zone make up the 10. Rides include a crazy bus, frog hopper, elephants (done as dalmations), kiddie swing, baloon ride and the S&S Double Shot. 3 of the rides are from Celebration city. 2 are ones that used to be in the park. not sure where the dalmations are from.

Bigger news to me and many of the other employees- the Harlem Globetrotters will also be performing at SDC for 6 weeks next summer, 6 days a week with multiple shows each day.

Re: New For 2015 by McCloud11 at 8/15/14 1:05:30 PM
SFOT accidentally leaked their 2015 attraction when I was at the park yesterday. They were advertising deals on 2015 Season Passes coming on sale this Fright Fest and that we would get to experience the all new Justice League: something something (I was too excited to pay attention to that part) Dark Ride for 2015.

I'm not even joking. Not only I heard it, but the people I was with heard it.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/15/14 3:43:10 PM
McCloud11 said:

SFOT accidentally leaked their 2015 attraction when I was at the park yesterday. They were advertising deals on 2015 Season Passes coming on sale this Fright Fest and that we would get to experience the all new Justice League: something something (I was too excited to pay attention to that part) Dark Ride for 2015.


I'm not even joking. Not only I heard it, but the people I was with heard it.

I've heard that as well. I've also heard that the dark ride isn't the only thing they're doing next year...

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/15/14 3:44:57 PM
drachen said:

Dorney Park will be making an annoucement tomorrow morning (8/15/14) from Thunderhawk's loading platform. The only clue thus far are all of these clown stickers that are all over the park and an image of what looks to be a new version of the old "Alfundo" clown.

False alarm for now on Dorney. But it's a nice tribute that will sit inside Thunderhawk's station.

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Re: New For 2015 by Krucial2k4 at 8/18/14 8:57:23 PM
Six Flags Great Adventure twitter page released their 2nd teaser today. It is more telling then their first one. Both teasers have a dragon theme, and can point to a roller coaster possibly. What seems definite from the 2nd teaser is that Batman will go backwards next year. We'll find out soon enough. Some people think Wing Coaster.

2nd Teaser:

https://twitter.com/SFGrAdventure/status/501478600718417921/photo/1

1st Teaser:

https://twitter.com/SFGrAdventure/status/500014935867678720/photo/1

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/21/14 10:15:09 AM
Less than an hour (11:00 AM) to go concerning Carowinds 'Intimidator 325' announcement. Like I said before, I'm not wild about this whole 'two B&M hypers' thing that Cedar Fair parks are doing, as I would prefer an unique and less costly coaster addition(s), not just something taller, but apparently it's currently all the rage for CF. A dive machine, PLUS a RMC woodie would cost less than I-325.

Given that it's basically a certainty that Carowinds will get a 325ft B&M hyper, I hope that they go with the 'Centurion' name which has a good Roman theme, opposed to the very generic 'Fury 325' name.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/21/14 10:31:38 AM
Kings Dominion is expanding their water park.


Kings Dominion WaterWorks Expansion!

August 21, 2014 at 8:42am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2014

Major WaterWorks Expansion New for 2015 at Kings Dominion

Slide complex and splash zone among new additions to Virginia’s premier water park

DOSWELL, VA (August 21, 2014) – Kings Dominion is adding a splash to its 40th anniversary celebration with a major expansion to its 20-acre water park, WaterWorks. The newly expanded water park will open to the public in the spring of 2015.

In addition to the water slides, rides and wave pool that have been a part of WaterWorks, the new expansion features elements that spell fun for the whole family including a mega water slide complex, a family-friendly splash zone, expanded cabana accommodations and amenities that will enhance the overall water park experience for guests.

The 65-foot tall slide complex features three thrilling new attractions. On Paradise Plunge, thrill-seekers will step into one of three chambers and wait anxiously for the floor to drop out from underneath their feet, sending them in a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of loops and s-curves in a translucent flume. Aqua Blast will send riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before they’re dropped out into a pool of water. A wet and wild adventure will await guests on Thunder Falls as they climb into a single or double raft before being launched down a series of intense drops and turns.

Splash Island will be a space geared toward younger guests and their parents and will double the current size of the children’s options available in WaterWorks. Features include small slides designed for young children and multiple jets of streaming water that spray up from the ground, as well as overhead. Little ones can let their imaginations run wild as they get soaked underneath large cascading flowers, take a trip down a slide, or pump and direct water that shoots out from one of the many splash pad creatures.

Splash Island will also offer options for parents and family members looking to relax and soak up the sun in the adjacent lounge area while they watch the children play.

In addition to expanded pool-side cabanas, upgraded bath houses and additional restrooms are also part of the water park expansion plans.

“This major expansion to WaterWorks will allow family members of all generations to experience water park fun together with our new splash zone,” Kings Dominion’s vice-president and general manager Pat Jones said. “We are keeping with our traditions of providing entertainment and fun to all ages. We chose this six-slide complex to give our thrill-seeking guests a completely new water slide experience and Splash Island to provide a relaxing environment for more family fun.”

WaterWorks will continue to be available at no extra charge for Kings Dominion visitors. “We’re happy to offer two parks for the price of one,” says Jones. “The improved look and feel of WaterWorks will add to our guest’s experience. We can’t wait to share that with them.”

Guests who want to be among the first to experience the exciting new additions to Kings Dominion’s water park can purchase a 2015 Season Pass now at the absolute lowest price online at kingsdominion.com or at the park during public operating days through November 3.

Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Dominion, Cedar Fair also owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park in California under a management contract.

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/21/14 11:33:03 AM
Well, the Carowinds coaster name is 'Fury 325'. I should have known it was gonna be that, when I saw that Charlotte Hornet-esque theme that will be popular in Carolina. TBH, the name sounds more like a flatride than a coaster. The theme looks kinda out of place, with the Hornet & Fury, whatever...Regardless of the name, I'm sure that Carowinds fans will definitely be lovin' this 300 footer. That color scheme is awesome BTW with the 'extreme green' on the bottom of the coaster-track spine.

https://www.carowinds.com/swarm/watch-the-swarm/virtual-ride-video

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/21/14 11:47:34 AM
I'm blown away. Fury 325 looks absolutely AMAZING. I'm surprised by how LONG it is. Great job, Carowinds. Looking forward to riding it...

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/21/14 11:50:41 AM
Videos from Carowinds

Introduction

POV

And the fantastic "Fly Around"

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Re: New For 2015 by Chris27 Chris27 Profile at 8/21/14 6:36:28 PM
Maybe I'm wrong but I dont think that new Great Adventure ride will be for the park, think it will be for HH water park.

The water thing, the loop, I'm thinking some sort of dino or dragon themed drop/boomerang loop water slide.

Cause the way GA had done it they go each park each year.

Green Latern GA
King Cobra HH
Super Swing GA
Mat slides HH
Zumanjaro GA

That should mean HH gets something next year then GA in 2016.

Either that or it will end up being some kiddie park ride for GA.

I'm not expecting anything awesome like a wing coaster this year, maybe 2016.

Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/22/14 1:44:15 PM
Six Flags America is teasing their plans for 2015.

http://instagram.com/p/sAcTovLaOP/

My assumptions about what it could be have gone out the window.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/22/14 3:46:45 PM
antikythera said:

Six Flags America is teasing their plans for 2015.


http://instagram.com/p/sAcTovLaOP/

My assumptions about what it could be have gone out the window.

I have no idea... but I think I see coaster track. Could they be getting the S&S 4-D?

In other news, it seems as if Batman at Great Adventure will be running backwards next year.

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Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/22/14 4:54:48 PM
drachen said:

In other news, it seems as if Batman at Great Adventure will be running backwards next year.

Rode the one at Great America backward. Never again, and I love coasters that go backward.

I'll probably still ride it next year at Great Adventure just because I like torturing myself.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/26/14 7:31:16 PM
Updated today with Worlds of Fun's announcement of "Splash Island".

Kansas City, MO: Worlds of Fun will provide another splash to its Oceans of Fun waterpark with the addition of Splash Island. The 4200-square-foot interactive water attraction opens in the spring of 2015 on Memorial Day weekend and spells fun for the whole family.

"It's exciting to add an attraction for a third straight season," Worlds of Fun vice-president and general manager Frank Wilburn said. "We've seen many successes combining Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun into one park for one price, and with our guests looking for more activities that could be shared by the whole family we've addressed those desires in a major way."

Splash Island will be the perfect place for families to relax and soak up the sun as water jets shoot up from the ground, cascade through the air and gush from tulips, flowers, frogs, and turtles. The attraction will be located near Coconut Cove.

Guests have long enjoyed the kayaks and canoes on the Buccaneer Bay. Next summer, guests will glide across the water in swan shaped paddle boats. "The swan paddle boats will provide our guests with another layer of unique experience and continue to add value to the overall guest experience at Worlds of Fun," Wilburn said.

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Re: New For 2015 - The List by drachen drachen Profile at 8/26/14 7:32:43 PM
Eric_Gieszl said:

Fiesta Texas has been moving the balloon around the "Skyline". Is a new company with a similar name related to this project??? #SFFT2015— Roller Coasters (@Roller_Coaster) August 22, 2014

Apparently some net-hawk found the names of Six Flags' new attractions for 2015. Six Flags Fiesta Texas lists "Batman: The Ride" as theirs... Could the area be rethemed to Gotham? I sure hope not.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/28/14 9:22:29 AM
Here's the video for Six Flags' new 2015 attractions. I'll update the list in a bit.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/28/14 9:27:00 AM
Videos from Six Flags' new 2015 roller coasters.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags New England

Six Flags Magic Mountain

I'm not a fan of making steel coasters out of wooden coaster, but both of these Rocky Mountain rides look amazing.

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Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/28/14 11:18:15 AM
Adventure Park USA is hinting at something for 2015 on their Facebook page.

I know what it is, however I'm not allowed to say. It'll be a good fit for this park, come next year.

https://www.facebook.com/AdventureParkUSA/photos/a.146471740994.124300.56131250994/10153178969765995/?type=1&theater

"Situated on 17.5 acres, we have room to expand! Did you hear what we are adding next??"

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/28/14 11:32:43 AM
antikythera said:

Adventure Park USA is hinting at something for 2015 on their Facebook page.


I know what it is, however I'm not allowed to say. It'll be a good fit for this park, come next year.

https://www.facebook.com/AdventureParkUSA/photos/a.146471740994.124300.56131250994/10153178969765995/?type=1&theater

"Situated on 17.5 acres, we have room to expand! Did you hear what we are adding next??"

Tease... but very cool news. I've never been, and I've already ridden the Wildcat (which is great) at William's Grove. Maybe I'll have to check it out next year.

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Re: New For 2015 by Chris27 Chris27 Profile at 8/28/14 12:01:17 PM
so no Batman Backwards at great adventure? Instead we get this looping ride. I'd be ok with it if we got batman backwards and maybe a cool water ride in HH.

Instead just the looping dragon and a new grill at HH. Thats weak.

Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/28/14 12:12:01 PM
drachen said:

antikythera said:

Adventure Park USA is hinting at something for 2015 on their Facebook page.


I know what it is, however I'm not allowed to say. It'll be a good fit for this park, come next year.

https://www.facebook.com/AdventureParkUSA/photos/a.146471740994.124300.56131250994/10153178969765995/?type=1&theater

"Situated on 17.5 acres, we have room to expand! Did you hear what we are adding next??"

Tease... but very cool news. I've never been, and I've already ridden the Wildcat (which is great) at William's Grove. Maybe I'll have to check it out next year.

Erik Stottlemyer, one of the owners is a great guy, down to earth and really loves restoring rollercoasters. He has done magnificent work on restoring it after he bought it from Williams Grove.

He has managed to make the ride run faster than comparable models and has rebuilt many of the cars with newer components ensuring this Schwarzkopf lasts. He even has one of the original cars in his possession that he plans on fully restoring and possibly put on display for people to view.

https://www.facebook.com/acemidatlantic/photos/pcb.807276102637625/807275802637655/?type=1&theater

He regularly lets enthusiasts tour his workshop full of artifacts and new ideas he has, as well as tour the backside of Wildcat. I have some great shots of the chain and motor house in action from a few feet away.

There are some other grand plans down the line that I'm also not allowed to divulge in, however, give it a year or two and it'll be worth visiting if you're passing by. It has the potential to be the goto spot in Maryland for its target demographic, families with young children and young teenagers.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/28/14 12:54:00 PM
Updated it will all of the new Six Flags announcements.

Also, still no additions from the new Skyline company. That tells me one thing...

More to come!

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/28/14 2:56:39 PM
Some new layout images from Six Flags...

Wicked Cyclone

Twisted Colossus

Batman: The Ride

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Re: New For 2015 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/28/14 4:36:20 PM
Chris27 said:

so no Batman Backwards at great adventure? Instead we get this looping ride. I'd be ok with it if we got batman backwards and maybe a cool water ride in HH.


Instead just the looping dragon and a new grill at HH. Thats weak.

I still think we'll get Namtab. The backwards versions that have already happened were announced DURING the season, or at least not with the "major announcement"...if I recall correctly (not a given.) I'd look forward to that a hella lot more than this Pooping Dragon.

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Re: New For 2015 by Chris27 Chris27 Profile at 8/28/14 8:26:45 PM
If they do Batman backwards I'd be down with that and this looping secondary ride. Was hoping they would do a new slide at the water park.
Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/29/14 4:18:12 PM
Twisted Colossus looks awesome. However the thought of inversions from one track flying over another track instantly reminds me; All it takes is some dumb mischievous kid to discreetly throw something from one train to another, someone gets hurt, and now we have a 'Staggered Dragons' situation all over again.

Sadly I'm pessimistic when it comes to everyone doing the right thing in general. There's always that one idiot that messes it up for everyone. I hope that nothing like that will happen, but I can't say that I'll be surprised if it does.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/2/14 12:08:06 PM
Don't fear the reaper?

"Mantis to get squashed, October 19th"...

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/2/14 1:25:15 PM
^^^Definitely sounds like the rumored Mantis 'floorless or sitdown' conversion is coming to fruition.
Re: New For 2015 by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 9/2/14 1:34:27 PM
drachen said:

Don't fear the reaper?


"Mantis to get squashed, October 19th"...

heck, they could just rip it down and scrap it and that would be an improvement.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/2/14 7:13:50 PM
Overbanked said:

^^^Definitely sounds like the rumored Mantis 'floorless or sitdown' conversion is coming to fruition.

Sounds more like it's coming out...

Says GM Jason McClure... “It’s time to say goodbye to one of the park’s coasters, and it’s certainly been a different kind of ride for our guests,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “But we’re extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World™.”

Dorney's GM also tweeted shortly after the "announcement" that "DPStandsUPwithCP"

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Re: New For 2015 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/2/14 7:37:55 PM
drachen said:

Overbanked said:

^^^Definitely sounds like the rumored Mantis 'floorless or sitdown' conversion is coming to fruition.

Sounds more like it's coming out...

Says GM Jason McClure... “It’s time to say goodbye to one of the park’s coasters, and it’s certainly been a different kind of ride for our guests,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “But we’re extremely excited about what the future holds here at the Roller Coaster Capital of the World™.”

Dorney's GM also tweeted shortly after the "announcement" that "DPStandsUPwithCP"

More to come...

It'll be the only stand-up in PA, as far as I know. Seems like a good marketing standpoint for Dorney. It'll be nice to ride it again as I was pelted in the face by rain on my last ride. I thought it had a great layout and prefer it over GL next door.

Re: New For 2015 by alpengeistno3 at 9/2/14 10:42:39 PM
I don't know if Dorney could get Mantis. It has a pretty sizable footprint. Where would they put it?

Also, there is that matter of the township. Mantis is NOT a quiet B&M like Talon or Hydra. I'm wondering if it could be converted (ie, filled) in the transition.

The ad seems to imply that Mantis is coming down, but so did the ads for Colossus and Riverside Cyclone. Sounds like Dorney is putting in a little misdirection from what we all seem to already know.

King James with floorless trains???

Paul

Re: New For 2015 by NotSo NotSo Profile at 9/2/14 11:21:15 PM
squashed refers to the trains, as in no more stand up...
Re: New For 2015 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/3/14 10:12:18 AM
Is it me or has this been the most underwhelming when it comes to next year's announcements? Sure, I do like the looks of Fury 325 and Thunderbird but I've been quite disappointed in what has been revealed so far.

I know not everyone can put in a multi-million dollar roller coaster every year but some of the choices being made, especially for Six Flags, makes you want to say WTF.

How can I not be excited about the RMC makeover of Colossus and SFNE Cyclone? Easy - the novelty of Six Flags turning their mediocre woodies into steel inverting coasters has worn off. If Outlaw Run and Goliath can do these fancy-schmancy maneuvers as wood coasters then I can't see why they couldn't have just left these two as wood coasters.

G-Dog

Re: New For 2015 by John_Knotts John_Knotts Profile at 9/3/14 11:10:19 AM
I wish I could agree with you, but for me the "novelty" of a good coaster being announced will never wear off. Personally I don't thing of I-Box coasters as anything but new rides. The old ones they replace are dead and gone, thank God.
Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/3/14 12:07:31 PM
Geauga_Dog said:

Is it me or has this been the most underwhelming when it comes to next year's announcements? Sure, I do like the looks of Fury 325 and Thunderbird but I've been quite disappointed in what has been revealed so far.


I know not everyone can put in a multi-million dollar roller coaster every year but some of the choices being made, especially for Six Flags, makes you want to say WTF.

G-Dog

I hear what you're saying. I think Thunderbird and Fury look incredible, especially Fury. I'm really excited for Knoebels' Impulse - but that may be because I'm a Knoebels addict...

I have no opinion either way regarding the RMC Iron Horse coasters, as I have yet to experience one. It looks like my first will be SFNE's Cyclone next season.

I may feel differently then, but at this point, I don't care to see wooden coasters converted to steel rides, as poor as the wooden coasters are and as good as the new steel rides become.

I totally get it from a business standpoint, but the traditional fan in me would rather see more wood than steel.

As far as announcements go, my thought is to give Cedar Point and Lagoon time to make a splash.

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/3/14 11:26:31 PM
The only way that I'll be against the RMC-facation of woodies if the woodie was actually worthwhile, which doesn't necessarily mean I have to be love with an unchanged woodie.

I never was that wild about Great American Scream Machine(SFOG); Would I want to see GASM changed to a RMC coaster? No. How about a god-awful rough woodie like Hurler(either park) Georgia Cyclone, Mean Streak or Hoosier Hurricane? Absolutely! I never thought that Colossus was that bad, but I can see why it basically became an afterthought in SFMM.

I'm in the camp of not keeping an unpopular rough woodie from getting RMC treatment only for the sake of tradition.

Re: New For 2015 by John_Knotts John_Knotts Profile at 9/4/14 1:11:00 AM
^ I have to agree. Revoke my enthusiast card if you'd like, but I like to ride good coasters, not museum pieces.

I certainly don't want every traditional wooden coaster to be in danger of the "transformation", but I also don't stand around admiring crappy wooden coasters either. Wouldn't it be awesome if SF and CF could take better care of their wooden coasters from the get go, and I also wish my San Francisco 49ers could win the Super Bowl too!

Reality is, it's not going to happen. So I'm not going to be bitter about the fact that Six Flags has found a way to revitalize otherwise bulldoze(able) coasters into the top 10.

Re: New For 2015 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/4/14 7:03:59 AM
Drachen, first I forgot to mention in my earlier post that I really enjoy your listings every year. Thanks for doing that.

Just to somewhat clarify I'm not against RMC doing their magic on older wood coasters to bring some vitality back to them but I feel that they could make these alterations and still keep it a wooden coaster. RMC has proved that with their original designs.

I have yet to ride an RMC and from what I've read regarding Goliath is that it's very smooth. Call me old-fashioned, or just plain old, but I expect to be jostled around a bit on a wood coaster. Has today's generation become a bit "soft" that they can't handle that?

Yes, there are plenty of coasters that deserve RMC's touch, Mean Streak and Georgia Cyclone come to mind, but it somewhat bothers me that, based on other forums, people are quick to want RMC to come in and change their home park's wooden coasters, with SFStL's Boss usually among the most listed.

Since we've seen RMC turn wood coasters to steel let's see them turn a steel coaster into a woodie - Gemini anyone?

G-Dog

Re: New For 2015 by John_Knotts John_Knotts Profile at 9/4/14 11:11:14 AM
^ Fair enough. I'd also like to see that. Case in point, Ghostrider. My fantasy is to have RMC come in and rebuild parts of Ghostrider complete with new trains, but most certainly keep it traditional wood with no inversions or tricks added.
Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/4/14 11:15:11 PM
Lagoon made an announcement this evening... finally.

From the Standard Examiner:


FARMINGTON — Reaching speeds up to 70 mph, pulling 4.2 G forces and towering 208 feet high, Cannibal was announced Thursday morning by Lagoon, ending months of speculation.

“Because in our collective minds, it will eat other roller coasters,” said Julie Freed, Lagoon’s director of special events.

Ride elements will include a vertical lift, inverted loop, diving loop, an underground tunnel, a water feature and a feature officials describe as a “beyond vertical drop.”

Officials also said there will be a secret thrill element that will not be revealed until the ride opens. The ride, which will be on the north side of the park, will have a design with a few jungle inspirations.

Lagoon officials made the announcement at a podium before a long, bright red, twisty section of track.

Visitors got a view of the construction of the future roller coaster’s base as the tap of hammers and the rumble and hiss of construction equipment floated through the air. Crews planned to have a section of tower up, after a crane slowly inched into place.

The rest of the tower should be up in the next few weeks.

“We’re excited that it is unique, one of a kind,” Freed said. “There’s not another in the world.”

This is the first roller coaster of its size that Lagoon has built from the ground up.

In the past, the amusement park purchased rides from overseas, particularly Europe.

Freed said the idea for the ride started years ago, but with the success of BomBora, which underwent a similar in-house project, park officials knew they could undertake a coaster at the scale of Cannibal. Work on the ride started about five years ago.

The design of the ride is a collaborative effort between engineers from Germany and Lagoon’s own engineers and designers.

By not buying the ride directly from Europe, the ride involves more Utah businesses.

“It has been developed using local Utah supplies and vendors for about 75 percent of the coaster,” Freed said.

A company in Springville built the bright red section of track.

By producing the track in state, Cannibal will have longer sections, which mean fewer joints. Fewer joints mean a smoother ride.

Total cost of the ride is budgeted at about $22 million.

By making the announcement, Lagoon Advertising Manager Adam Leishman said the park hopes to end months of speculation. Officials wanted to officially make the announcement before the tower went up.

“It was really hard, there was a lot of speculation, a lot of it correct,” Leishman said. “We thought it would be the perfect time to let the cat out of the bag.”

The ride will be ready by the opening of the 2015 season on March 28.

To give more patrons a chance to try out the attraction, anyone who buys a season pass after Sept. 15, for the Frightmares season, can use the pass through the entire 2015 season, from March to October for $117.95 plus tax.

“This really will be an incredible coaster and we are so excited,” Freed said. “We feel it will hold its own against any roller coaster in the world.”

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Re: New For 2015 by linearinduction at 9/5/14 2:35:59 AM
LagoonisFun.com was the Only Coaster Enthusiast Site to get the Media Packet Lagoon put out. All the details and renderings can be found here: http://www.lagoonisfun.com/showthread.php?tid=5094
Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/5/14 11:58:58 AM
linearinduction said:

LagoonisFun.com was the Only Coaster Enthusiast Site to get the Media Packet Lagoon put out. All the details and renderings can be found here: http://www.lagoonisfun.com/showthread.php?tid=5094

Thanks for sharing. I find Cannibal incredibly intriguing - at a park that I really enjoy. I hope to get back out there soon.

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Re: New For 2015 Photo by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/11/14 11:06:57 AM
Adventure Park is making movement on their 2015 plans. I think most people here will like it.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/12/14 8:47:14 AM
Valleyfair is expanding their water park for 2015.

Valleyfair to Add New Aquatic Attractions in 2015!

Grab a towel and slap on the sunblock, it’s time to hit the water! Thrill seekers will soon be able to submerge themselves in even more fun in the sun as Valleyfair announces a 2015 expansion of its Soak City Waterpark. New for 2015 is:

Breakers Pipeline features four tube slides where riders stand on a platform sixty-five-feet up. The platform falls out from underneath riders sending them through a series of drops, twists and turns.

Breakers Plunge consists of two speed slides that drop riders ninety feet, virtually straight down. The slide complex is a perfect addition to the existing 34,000 square foot wave pool at Breakers Bay.

Barefoot Beach, an interactive splash pad spanning nearly an acre. Features include multiple water play elements such as small slides, aim-and-spray water shooters, and multiple jets of streaming water that spray up from the ground and cascade down from overhead.

“This expansion will give guests a choice in how they enjoy Soak City Waterpark,” said Dave Frazier, Vice President and General Manager of Valleyfair. “Whether guests are looking for relaxation at Barefoot Beach or want to seek out thrills on the Breaker slide complex, the new Soak City Waterpark will appeal to every age and interest level.”

Construction on the project will begin fall 2014. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for access to exclusive area developments, updates, photos and more.

The expanded Soak City is set to debut spring of 2015. Soak City Waterpark is free with Valleyfair admission.

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/12/14 9:05:19 AM
Waldameer has put a rendering out of their water park expansion.

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/12/14 7:03:41 PM
Walt Disney World's Epcot is gonna replace the dark ride Maelstrom with a Frozen themed dark ride. I never got a chance to ride Maelstrom, oh well.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-12/disney-to-build-frozen-attraction-at-epcot-park.html

I'm pretty sure that the dark ride will play this song that summed up Maelstrom's fate. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/12/14 7:38:31 PM
Wicked Cyclone POV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaGi7w6Ys4

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/12/14 9:52:12 PM
Overbanked said:

Wicked Cyclone POV


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaGi7w6Ys4

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Re: New For 2015 by John_Knotts John_Knotts Profile at 9/12/14 10:26:19 PM
^ That looks pretty bad ass!
Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/13/14 2:05:17 AM
alpengeistno3 said:

I don't know if Dorney could get Mantis. It has a pretty sizable footprint. Where would they put it?

I found this article that lists the available expansion acreage of some Cedar Fair parks. Dorney has the least available space of these selected parks, although 27 acres is nothing to sneeze at. That's quite a bit of buffer space. Notice the URC collab pic of Flight Deck(CGA) :)

http://www.blooloop.com/blog/2014/07/how-much-land-is-available-for-expansion-at-various-theme-parks/

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Re: New For 2015 by MrPKI MrPKI Profile at 9/13/14 9:24:26 AM
Interesting to look at a comparison like that. Land available is something often discussed that I haven't seen much real data on. However...

Those figures on Kings Island can't be correct. The quoted numbers of developed acres and available for expansion acres don't add up to the total. Second, I can't buy that there are only 32 undeveloped acres left. The Beast may take up 35 acres, but how could the sum of all the rest of the park's perimeter woodlands equal less land area?

Re: New For 2015 by alpengeistno3 at 9/13/14 3:54:21 PM
Overbanked said:

alpengeistno3 said:

I don't know if Dorney could get Mantis. It has a pretty sizable footprint. Where would they put it?

I found this article that lists the available expansion acreage of some Cedar Fair parks. Dorney has the least available space of these selected parks, although 27 acres is nothing to sneeze at. That's quite a bit of buffer space. Notice the URC collab pic of Flight Deck(CGA) :)

http://www.blooloop.com/blog/2014/07/how-much-land-is-available-for-expansion-at-various-theme-parks/

Ironic that the picture of Flight Deck from CGA is used, but they are not on the list :)

Those are some nice numbers, but they don't tell the whole story. For instance, how many of those 459 acres at KD are ABLE to be developed for the theme park's use? I am almost certain this is the land that is currently bordering and possibly incorporated by the campgrounds south of the park. Let's say KD closed the campground tomorrow. Would they be allowed to clear cut all of that land to expand the theme park by Hanover County without a significant environmental impact study being conducted first?

Next, how feasible is it for the park to expand into that undeveloped land? Walkways would need to be expanded, plumbing and electrical extended, more groundkeeping/landscaping personnel would be needed. Even if they just built a coaster out there with the station area within the current boundaries,several aspects of the infrastructure would still need to be expanded outside of the current park boundaries.

Getting back to Dorney, the origin of this discussion, 27 acres is a good amount of land, but it does not say how that land is allocated. Is it a huge 27 acre plot? Is it a perimeter spread out say, 5 acres around the park? We are all aware that Dorney has to deal with one of the toughest planning commissions in the country regarding expansion. Would they really be able to get Mantis, a 151 ft (2nd tallest coaster at the park) B&M steel coaster with no sound reduction material currently installed, approved within what is most likely the current buffer zone? (I don't think anyone has any doubt that the ride is too large to fit any where within the current park footprint without some significant ride removal/relocation.) Especially if there has not been any current request on file.

99.999999% chance Mantis is NOT going to Dorney.

Paul

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/13/14 6:50:01 PM
^^^Fair enough. Chances are is that Mantis will stay put, and become a floorless with a new name.
Re: New For 2015 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 9/13/14 7:43:36 PM
MrPKI said:
The quoted numbers of developed acres and available for expansion acres don't add up to the total. Second, I can't buy that there are only 32 undeveloped acres left. The Beast may take up 35 acres, but how could the sum of all the rest of the park's perimeter woodlands equal less land area?

You didn't quote any numbers (and your post appears at the end of a very long thread) but most of the land owned by KI is not usable. Most of it is creek beds that flow into the Miami River. The only flat land is what had been the old animal habitat behind Great Wolf.

Re: New For 2015 by NotSo NotSo Profile at 9/13/14 8:18:39 PM
That Wicked Cyclone POV makes me think it cant even be real, damn that looks sweet!
Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/13/14 11:47:26 PM
RobLec said:

You didn't quote any numbers (and your post appears at the end of a very long thread) but most of the land owned by KI is not usable. Most of it is creek beds that flow into the Miami River. The only flat land is what had been the old animal habitat behind Great Wolf.

I was just looking at the map (Google). I would assume they could also get rid of the dinosaurs and expand there, correct?

Plus, what about the land between Diamondback and Beast? And behind the water park? What kind of topography is there?

By the way, Banshee is there on the current Google Maps image.

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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/15/14 12:21:49 AM
Rye Playland is expected to get a "record breaking attraction' from Zamperla. Maybe a Mega Volare flying coaster??? Just kidding, it's likely to be a flat. There are also other plans in the works for Rye (theming, preservation etc).

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/09/zamperlas-plans-for-rye-playland-would.html

Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/16/14 12:24:13 PM
Cedar Point will NOT name a coaster after LeBron James; Instead they announced a multi-year partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation.

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/features/2014/09/16/cedar-point-king-james/15712943/

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Re: New For 2015 by NotSo NotSo Profile at 9/16/14 1:12:33 PM
Maybe they really are removing Mantis?
Re: New For 2015 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 9/18/14 3:09:54 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zey3WWThErw#t=59

Well, it's official. Cedar Point will be changing Mantis from stand up to floorless.

Rougarou is the name they picked.

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Re: New For 2015 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 9/18/14 4:10:23 PM
Every time I read that name and pronounce it in my head, I think of Scooby-Doo.
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Re: New For 2015 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/18/14 5:45:34 PM
^^^Rouga-rouga rou, where are you? When I first read the name, the first word that came to my mind was Cougar.
Re: New For 2015 by Tomes at 9/19/14 1:32:59 AM
How come I don't see a bunch of screaming and yelling at the fact that Cedar Point is basically trying to sell the world a cheap upgrade as a new ride?!?!

I was hoping they were at least going to make it a bit taller/longer or add a new element in somewhere.. But the world has come to a point where even the General Public now knows enough to call Cedar Point out on this cheap trick.

For the record I LOVE Cedar Point and they've never done this before. This is more of a Six Flags St. Louis move to repaint an old coaster and change out the train and pretend like they've got something new for this season..

AT LEAST tell me they're taking out the first-drop breaks to make the first half of the coaster a tiny bit faster.

And PS - I'm the last member who loves stand-ups and who is a bit sad about this change.. Riddlers Revenge will always be on my most favorite list. Long live the Memory of old Mantis. You were my first Cedar Point roller coaster, I believe.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/19/14 10:20:45 AM
Tomes said:

How come I don't see a bunch of screaming and yelling at the fact that Cedar Point is basically trying to sell the world a cheap upgrade as a new ride?!?!

For two reasons, I think.

1) I don't think the park is trying to sell it as a new ride. The video is pretty clear about the fact that they are converting Mantis.

2) I think people generally didn't care for the ride any longer, so most view it as a welcomed change.

I, for one, think Cedar Fair could have probably invested a bit more into their flagship park, especially after less costly 2014 additions.

But there is some sort of announcement on October 19th, correct? Is there more to come?

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Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/19/14 10:39:53 AM
Here are Rougarou's renderings and videos...

Announcement Video

POV

Flyover

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Re: New For 2015 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 9/19/14 11:45:24 AM
Our local news in Cinci announced it as a new ride "where Mantis was" and showed portions of the video. There was no mention of it actually BEING Mantis nor anything about it merely being a modification or new trains. I figured the news editor either wanted to keep it brief and simple, didn't know any better, or was not given any more accurate info in the press release... or felt that the GP wouldn't know enough or care about the difference, or just wouldn't understand.
Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/19/14 11:57:28 AM
I have to say, I'll miss Mantis's paint scheme - one that I thought was one of the sharper ones out there.

I also wonder if the trains will sport the newer soft B&M restraints. I know the renderings don't show it, but that doesn't mean much at this point.

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Re: New For 2015 by MarathonRunner MarathonRunner Profile at 9/19/14 12:39:03 PM
At first I didn't get the name, but then I looked it up. Rougarou is actually a French word that literally translates to "Coaster of James the King." :-)

MarathonRunner

P.S. I trust that the conversion also calls for the removal of the dreaded first drop trim brake.

Re: New For 2015 by Tomes at 9/19/14 12:40:03 PM
RobLec said:
... or felt that the GP wouldn't know enough or care about the difference, or just wouldn't understand.

I mean.. The GP is not a bunch of "retards", anybody who calls Cedar Point his/her home park will 100% know it's the same coaster. And most people who are returning visitors who have some interest in roller coasters would notice it too.

It's actually amusing how nowadays when you're waiting in lines for rides, sometimes you overhear just "regular" people talking about coasters they've ridden in other parks far away, remembering specific names and details.. The GP is getting smarter and smarter. I ALWAYS run into "regular people" who talk about having been to Cedar Point, talking about how Gate Keeper is still not as cool as Raptor, comparing the different Rocky Mountain coasters and the B&M Hypers, Wearing Leviathan shirts or I305 t-shirts.. It's nice to know that there's a growing interest in the world in amusement park rides.

Re: New For 2015 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/19/14 12:50:21 PM
MarathonRunner said:

P.S. I trust that the conversion also calls for the removal of the dreaded first drop trim brake.

Probably not the removal - but they may be able to turn it off. I would think they could.

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Re: New For 2015 by alpengeistno3 at 9/19/14 6:24:02 PM
drachen said:

Here are Rougarou's renderings and videos...



POV

So, what is the point of the animated POV if there were no change to the ride layout? Couldn't they have just recycled an old Mantis POV and photoshopped in some station railings, if they felt they needed to emphasize that the station is now floorless?

Paul

Re: New For 2015 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/22/14 1:08:40 PM
I can't see why they can't remove the first drop brake as the brake wasn't there when the ride first opened. More than likely they will just turn it off.

I'm not complaing and I wholeheartedly welcome the change to Rougarou (where do they get these names?). It will get me to ride it much more often than it was being Mantis.

While I like the new colors I wish they didn't pick the same color scheme as Six Flags' Goliaths at SFMM and SFOG.

G-Dog