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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...

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.

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

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

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.

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, and a marketing campaign has begun. Announcement coming August 12th.

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.

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.

On a more interesting note, clown stickers are showing up in inconspicuous places all over the park. Could they have something to do with a new attraction?

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
-- The GM has recently stated that a new attraction geared toward thrill seekers will be coming to Cedar Point in 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'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.

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 18 July 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?

Joe
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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.

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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
beastmaster said:
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.