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New For 2017

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Posted:
2/17/16 at
2:59:43 PM

Well, it's a bit earlier than I anticipated...

The 2016 season will soon be upon us. And we already see some parks promoting projects for the 2017 season.

This is the sixth time around for these URC "New For..." threads. And like I've said, it's a labor of love. I do find value in having a consolidated spot where I can see everything that's being added around the country.

As we've seen, as new attractions get larger, and as many parks run out of real estate, new projects are requiring more planning and more lead time with development and construction.

As always, thanks to the news feeds on Facebook, RCDB, Screamscape, 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. If any of these attractions deserve their own dedicated thread, by all means please start one.

* This post was modified at 2/19/16 3:57:04 PM *

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Re: New For 2017 - The List by drachen drachen Profile at 2/17/16 3:45:48 PM
New Parks to Open in 2017

Nickelodeon Universe, Meadowlands
-- The latest I've read is that the plan is to open this large indoor water park, amusement park, and mall by the end of 2017. Nick Universe will be the largest indoor amusement park in North America. Once word gets out as too what rides they will open, we will add them to the list.

Owa
-- Seemingly out of nowhere, this Foley, Alabama park not only has been made public, but they also plan to open in 2017. The park will be home to rides, shops, restaurants, among other attractions. http://visitowa.com/

Grand Texas Theme Park
-- 2016 was to see parts of this new entertainment complex open. New information has the theme park section of the property opening in a few years. More info to come, but we'll leave it on the board for now.

Announced New Roller Coasters For 2017

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
-- InvadR, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced that they will be adding their first wooden roller coaster in 2017. The Great Coasters International Inc. coaster will have 74 foot drop, go 48 mph along 2,118 feet of track.

Kings Island
-- Mystic Timbers, a large GCII wooden coaster. 109 feet tall, 3,265 feet long, 53 mph, with 16 airtime hills.

Six Flags Great America
-- The Joker, one of three Six Flags parks to get the S&S Free Spin model.

Six Flags Over Texas
-- The Joker, one of three Six Flags parks to get the S&S Free Spin model.

Six Flags New England
-- The Joker, one of three Six Flags parks to get the S&S Free Spin model.

Sea World San Antonio
-- Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, a 61 foot tall, 44 mph, 2600 foot long dual launched jet ski themed steel coaster from Intamin. Riders will sit two by two on jet-ski style trains.

Dollywood
-- Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior roller coaster, make and model to be determined.

Owa
-- unkown, a second Zamperla four-inversion, vertical lift coaster will come to the U.S. 115 feet tall, 2200 feet long, 55 mph

-- unknown, a Zamperla spinning mouse coaster is also being added.

Dutch Wonderland
-- Merlin's Mayhem, and interactive new family suspended roller coaster from S&S Sansei. 1300 feet long, 60 feet tall.

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach
-- unnamed, A custom Gerstlauer Eurofighter - 72 feet tall, 1,050 feet long, with three inversions and a 97 degree first drop.

Playland's Castaway Cove
-- GaleForce & Wild Waves, the park tried hard to get these rides open before 2016 ended. But these rides will be 2017 additions.

Fun Spot America, Kissimmee
-- unnamed, a Gravity Group wooden coaster with an 82 foot lift, one inversion, over 2,256 feet of track.

Announced New Roller Coaster Experiences For 2017

California's Great America
-- Patriot, Vortex will indeed be converted into a floorless coaster. New trains, blue paint, and a new name.

Morey's Piers
-- Fly the Great Nor' Easter - Renovation, While not a "new" coaster, the park has officially acknowledged that the 22 year-old Vekoma SLC will be getting new smoother track and new paint, while retaining its name.

Semi-Confirmed New Roller Coaster Experiences

Nothing at this time that hasn't been announced.

Rumors Swirling

Silver Dollar City
-- Footers are forming on a large, cleared plot of land. Looks like rumors of a new roller coaster might be true. Outlaw Run will be four years old.

The Official List - New Attractions in 2017

A little bit different this year, we'll list all major parks, under their corresponding owners, and list what they add (or don't add) for 2017.

For now, this is the former "Possible" section. As we move forward, this section will transition into what was previously the "Announced" section.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Disneyland Resort
-- I'd expect to see more Star Wars than you can shake a stick at...

Walt Disney World
-- I've never been big into Disney parks, for whatever the reason. This year, I'll try to keep up and include changes here, whether it has to do with Avatar, Toy Story, Frozen, Marvel, or Star Wars.

Universal Parks & Resorts

Universal Studios Florida
-- I guess Twister is turning into a Jimmy Fallon themed attraction. I'll place this in the right category once more details emerge.

Islands of Adventure
-- Always up to something, we'll try to stay on top of it.

Universal Studios Hollywood
-- We'll see if Harry Potter is expanded at all after what will have to have been a successful opening in 2016.

Cedar Fair L.P.

Cedar Point - Announced!
-- Soak City is being re-branded as Cedar Point Shores, and the park is adding new attractions. A new slide tower, featuring six new slides, and a large family splash area are being added.

Kings Island - Announced!
-- Mystic Timbers, a large GCII wooden coaster. 109 feet tall, 3,265 feet long, 53 mph, with 16 airtime hills.

The park has also announced that 2017 will reintroduce WinterFest.

Kings Dominion - Announced!
-- Kite Eating Tree, Sally's Sea Plane, and Peanuts 500, combine to be what looks like a three-piece Zamperla ride package for 2017. Also announced was a Pre-K pass - free season admission for kids ages 3-5, free park WiFi, and an updated mobile app.

California's Great America - Announced!
-- Patriot, Vortex will indeed be converted into a floorless coaster. New trains, blue paint, and a new name.

Cananda's Wonderland - Announced!
-- Soaring Timbers & Muskoka Plunge, a new Mondial Inferno will make it's North American debut and the water park will get four slide tower, of the launch chamber variety.

Knott's Berry Farm - Announced!
-- Shore Break & The Wedge, two new slide towers. Shore Break is a 60 foot, six slide tower, four of which use a drop chamber. The Wedge is a six-person raft slide.

-- Sol Spin, a Modial Top Scan has been recently announced, and it looks like it will go in the former WindSeeker's location.

Dorney Park - Announced!
-- Dodgem & Kaleidoscope. The park is adding bumper cars next to Talon and a HUSS Troika next to Coasters restaurant. They will also add a Cirque show, a new catering facility, and a new restaurant and cabanas for Wildwater Kingdom.

Carowinds - Announced!
-- In addition to WinterFest, the park will open a new themed area in 2017, named Carolina County Fair. It will feature a rethemed Carolina Cobra and four "new" rides. Being added are:
- Electro-Spin, a Mondial Top Scan
- Zephyr, a Zierer Wave Swinger
- Rock 'N' Roller, a Music Express
- Do-Si-Do, a HUSS Troika

Worlds of Fun - Announced!
-- Falcon's Flight & Mustang Runner, two HUSS rides are being added - a Condor and a Troika. WinterFest is coming in November 2017 as well. The park has stated that they aren't finished with 2017 just yet.

Valleyfair - Announced!
-- North Star, a 230 foot FunTime StarFlyer ride.

Michigan's Adventure - Announced!
-- Half Pint Paradise, a revamped children's water play area, with seven new children's slides.

Gilroy Gardens
-- While Cedar Fair doesn't own this fantastic property, they do operate it. Maybe it's time for a new ride.

Six Flags Inc.

For the past few years, every Six Flags park has gotten a new attraction every year. This year was no different. They usually announce them all in one shot on the last Thursday in August. This year, it was September 1st.

Six Flags Magic Mountain - Announced!
-- JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle For Metropolis, one of three Six Flags parks to get the popular Sally dark ride.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - Announced!
-- Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth, a 40 passenger Zamperla Giant Discovery.

Six Flags Great America - Announced!
-- The Joker, one of three Six Flags parks to get the S&S Free Spin model.

Six Flags St. Louis - Announced!
-- Spinsanity, a Zamperla Disk'O, not sure on the exact model at this point.

Six Flags Over Texas - Announced!
-- The Joker, one of three Six Flags parks to get the S&S Free Spin model.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Announced!
-- Thunder Rapids Water Coaster, a 30 foot tall, Master Blaster type of slide. The park will also introduce a "Mardi Gras Festival" celebration.

Six Flags Mexico - Announced!
-- The New Revolution: Virtual Reality Coaster, one of the park's coasters will get the VR headsets. They will also introduce a "Mardi Gras Festival" celebration.

Six Flags Over Georgia - Announced!
-- JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle For Metropolis, one of three Six Flags parks to get the popular Sally dark ride.

Six Flags America - Announced!
-- Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth, a 242 foot Funtime StarFlyer.

Six Flags Great Adventure - Announced!
-- JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle For Metropolis, one of three Six Flags parks to get the popular Sally dark ride.

Six Flags New England - Announced!
-- The Joker, one of three Six Flags parks to get the S&S Free Spin model.

Great Escape - Announced!
-- Bonzai Pipelines, a 30 foot tall, two-slide tower is being added to the water park.

La Ronde - Announced!
-- Titan, a 40 passenger Zamperla Giant Discovery.

SeaWorld Entertainment

Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Announced!
-- InvadR, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced that they will be adding their first wooden roller coaster in 2017. The Great Coasters International Inc. coaster will have 74 foot drop, go 48 mph along 2,118 feet of track.

Busch Gardens Tampa - Announced!
-- A new show is on the way in 2017, call "The Wildlife Docs: Live", based on the weekly television show.

Sea World Orlando - Announced!
-- The park is updating their "Dolphin Nursery" attraction, as well as adding an end-of-day light show called "Electric Ocean". They will also be adding VR to their Kraken roller coaster.

Sea World San Antonio - Announced!
-- Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, a 61 foot tall, 44 mph, 2600 foot long dual launched jet ski themed steel coaster from Intamin. Riders will sit two by two on jet-ski style trains.

Sea World San Diego - Announced!
-- Ocean Explorer. an immersive "underwater" dark ride experience. The park will also add four family-friendly rides, including a jellyfish-themed Wave Swinger.

The park is also getting a new "Orca Encounter" experience, replacing their orca shows, and an end of day "Electric Ocean" light show.

Sesame Place
-- Could the small Pennsylvania park be up for a new attraction?

Merlin Entertainments

LEGOLAND Florida
-- With the success of the first LEGO movie, and with the release of a second one in 2017, I wonder if we'll see action at the American parks?

LEGOLAND California
-- Likewise...

Palace Entertainment

It seems as if Palace rotates large capital investments around the company year to year. As Dutch Wonderland announced a major addition, It's a safe bet that the other parks will sit mostly idle.

Kennywood
-- Sky Rocket will be seven years old in 2017. Will we see a new roller coaster after years of rumors?

Lake Compounce
-- No one would expect a new roller coaster one year after Phobia. But Lake Compounce figures to be a player in New England.

Idlewild and Soak Zone
-- They have a lot of land.

Story Land
-- Not sure if they're the type of park to add rides frequently, but I'll save a spot for them in case they do.

Dutch Wonderland - Announced!
-- Merlin's Mayhem, and interactive new family suspended roller coaster from S&S Sansei. 1300 feet long, 60 feet tall.

Herschend Family Entertainment

Silver Dollar City
-- Footers are being formed on a large, cleared plot of land. Perhaps the rumors of a new roller coaster are true.

Dollywood - Announced!
-- Drop Line & Whistle Punk Chaser. A 200 foot drop tower, which looks to be from Intamin, and a junior roller coaster, make and model to be determined.

-- TailSpin Racer, a six-lane mat racing slide for Splash Country.

Wild Adventures - Announced!
-- Ohana Bay, a new family-centered water play area, including 7 new slides geared toward younger guests.

CNL Lifestyle Properties
(parks operated by Premier Parks LLC)

CNL Lifestyle Properties recently announced the sale of their parks to EPR Properties. For now, it seems Premier Parks LLC will still operate them.

Elitch Gardens - Announced!
-- Star Flyer, a 170 foot, 48 passenger FunTime StarFlyer will be added for 2017.

Darien Lake
-- The park floated that Lake Monster concept a few years park, as a transformation of the Predator wooden coaster. Could it happen in 2017? New rumors point to a possible reconstruction of the old Six Flags stand-up coaster, perhaps as a sit-down ride.

Frontier City
-- This well-rounded park hasn't added a major roller coaster since 2008.

Wild Waves and Enchanted Village
-- The Northwest park added two flat rides in 2016. They're pretty much the only game in town, so they may not feel the need to add major attractions as regularly as others do.

Clementon Lake
-- This park is not owned by CNL, but rather by Premier. And, they could also be ready for a major new ride in 2017.

Triple Five Group

Galaxyland
-- The indoor park at the West Edmonton Mall doesn't often add new rides. That doesn't mean they won't.

Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
-- On the contrary, this indoor park, at Mall of America, is seemingly constantly adding something.

Nickelodeon Universe, Meadowlands - Announced!
-- The latest I've read is that the plan is to open the all new indoor water park, amusement park, and mall by the end of 2017. Nick Universe will be the largest indoor amusement park in North America. Once word gets out as too what rides they will open, we will add them to the list.

Apex Parks Group

Indiana Beach
-- After a 2016 off season of maintenance and TLC, will the new park owners look to make a splash in 2017? I'd think they'd almost have to. Will they add that previously announced wave pool and slide complex?

Fantasy Island
-- Fresh off of purchasing this park, surely Apex will give them something new for 2017.

Fun Spot America Theme Parks

Fun Spot America, Orlando
-- Space is at a premium for these small parks, but they are definitely looking to compete in the Orlando market.

Fun Spot America, Kissimmee - Announced!
-- unnamed, a Gravity Group wooden coaster with an 82 foot lift, one inversion, over 2,256 feet of track.

Independent Parks

Alabama Splash Adventure
-- We'll keep an eye on Dan Koch to see what he has in store for year four.

Holiday World
-- Coming off a large expensive addition in 2015, will Holiday World look to counter Kentucky Kingdom's Storm Chaser?

Kentucky Kingdom - Announced!
-- Eye of the Storm, a Larson Super Loop is on the way for 2017. The park is also doing some track work on Thunder Run, and will add two children's rides.

Silverwood
-- It's been a few years since Silverwood added that used inverted boomerang. Being so close to Rocky Mountain Construction, perhaps they'll work on a project together soon.

Hersheypark - Announced!
-- The largest of the independent parks, has announced "Triple Towers", three stand-alone S&S towers with heights of 80 feet, 131 feet, and 189 feet. All three sound like "Double Shot" models, with the tallest possibly being a "Combo Tower".

Knoebels Amusement Resort
-- No new additions for 2016, though they did replace their Zamperla Galleon. Perhaps something is up their sleeves for 2017.

Adventureland (Iowa)
-- They just opened Monster in 2016, so we probably shouldn't expect anything significant so quickly.

Adventure Park USA
-- The small Maryland park wants to grow.

Quassy Amusement Park - Announced!
-- Skipper's Clippers and Up, Up, & Away, two kiddie rides will make their debut for 2017, as well as some other park improvements.

Waldameer - Announced!
-- The Battle of Lake Erie, Water World gets some more attention this year with the addition of a water play structure. The water park will also add more seating, lockers, and cabanas.

Other Independent Parks
When I think of smaller independent parks that haven't built a roller coaster in a while, Arnold's Park, Bay Beach, Mount Olympus, Sea Breeze, Cliff's, Canobie, and Funtown come to mind.

Some could be in the market. Some are likely content with what they have, or don't have the big money. But often, a surprise comes from the little guys.

Independent Seaside Parks

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach - Announced!
-- unnamed, A custom Gerstlauer Eurofighter - 72 feet tall, 1,050 feet long, with three inversions and a 97 degree first drop.

Ferris Wheel, a 131 foot Technical Park wheel will also be added to the expansion area.

In the meantime, The old carousel will be changing hands soon, but it will still be operating a bit north of its current home.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Announced!
-- The popular west coast boardwalk will be remodeling its main entrance, as well as two walk-through attractions and two new rides - a Zamperla Mega Disk'O named Shockwave and a second ride called Typhoon - make and model to be determined.

Morey's Piers - Announced!
-- Fly the Great Nor' Easter - Renovation, While not a "new" coaster, the park has officially acknowledged that the 22 year-old Vekoma SLC will be getting new smoother track and new paint, while retaining its name.

Playland's Castaway Cove
--GaleForce & Wild Waves, the park tried hard to get these rides open before 2016 ended. But these rides will be 2017 additions.

Rye Playland
-- This park is going through a management transition, with proposals of new attractions in tow. Not sure if 2017 will bring anything or not.

Other Seaside Independent Parks
There are numerous parks up and down both coasts. We'll stay on top of their additions, if any.

Stalled Projects

These projects, or former projects, may have been abandoned, but they are still on our radar with wishful thinking...

Cliff's Amusement Park
-- There was talk that Cliff's was working to have 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. But now that seems unlikely. I don't know what's happening with it now.

Akita Retail and Events Center
-- A proposed Las Vegas Strip shopping center looked 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. 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 that's all the further they got.

Morey's Piers
-- I don't know what else to call the proposed new wooden coaster other than "stalled" at this point. Perhaps "scrapped" is the more appropriate word now.

Miracle Strip Pier Park
-- Starliner, From what I understand, GCI was to modify the 1963 John Allen design to meet the new park's needs. Still a new wooden coaster, but not the classic. Was planned for 2015, bumped to 2016, and now... who knows? The park's future is in jeopardy.

Updated 7 November 2016

* This post was modified at 12/11/16 10:02:05 PM *

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Re: New For 2017 - The List by drachen drachen Profile at 2/18/16 7:22:13 PM
Six Flags certainly has set a pattern. We can probably expect some sort of Rocky Mountain Construction project, along with one or two Sally Justice League dark rides. And maybe the remaining parks will get Larson Rings of Fire.

I predict...

Candidates for Rocky Mountain wooden coaster conversions in 2016:

- The Boss, Six Flags St. Louis. It's a large wooden coaster with a fantastic layout. I'm sure Schilke is salivating over this one. Plus the park has two other wooden coasters. I can see them turning the boss into a head-turner.

- ROAR!, Six Flags America. Perhaps this is ambitious for this small park. But let's face it, the design work is already done, with ROAR! West becoming the Joker this year. I enjoy this ride, but this makes too much sense.

Candidates for 2017 Justice League dark rides...

- Six Flags Over Georgia. The kids got a superhero section. Time for the adults to get one.

- Six Flags Magic Mountain. I think the flagship needs to get this ride sooner than later.

- Six Flags Great Adventure. I think the other flagship needs to get this ride sooner than later.

- Six Flags New England. I just think this type of ride is a better fit for this park.

Rings of Fire for the rest of them!

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/19/16 3:39:26 PM
Here's some info on Busch Gardens' 2017 project.

The site:

Video #1:

Video #2:

Video #3:

Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 2/20/16 12:27:33 PM
Adventure Park USA has long been wanting to expand their FEC with a waterpark addition. They've been working with funders for a couple years now to get the project off the ground. I'd keep it on the radar for 2017.

Wild One turns 100 in 2017. I know the park wants to do something for it, however details beyond that haven't been given. One of the park employees at an event was pretty excited for the possibilities a centennial could bring to the ride.

SFA also puts a lot of care into their wooden coasters. It'll be interesting if they do convert it to an RMC.

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/20/16 3:21:40 PM
antikythera said:

Adventure Park USA has long been wanting to expand their FEC with a waterpark addition. They've been working with funders for a couple years now to get the project off the ground. I'd keep it on the radar for 2017.

I'll add them to the list above. That would be great if they could pull it off.

Wild One turns 100 in 2017. I know the park wants to do something for it, however details beyond that haven't been given. One of the park employees at an event was pretty excited for the possibilities a centennial could bring to the ride.

SFA also puts a lot of care into their wooden coasters. It'll be interesting if they do convert it to an RMC.

I don't know what they could do for Wild One, except rework it into something that resembles what it used to be - kinda' like what Dorney is doing for Thunderhawk in 2016.

I do think Roar will be a steel coaster soon. Six Flags America certainly has room to build rides from scratch. But the way Six Flags loves this RMC rides, and because the design work is already done, I have to think that we will see this happen.

I'd be shocked, and very disappointed if Wild One was converted into a steel coaster.

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Re: New For 2017 by mattkopp23 at 2/28/16 5:17:12 PM
Thanks for making these lists! I always look forward to them.
Re: New For 2017 by ericthewanderer at 2/29/16 2:09:56 AM
I hope for Wild One's 100th birthday it gets trains without seat dividers or belts and dare I say they try to have it declared a state/national landmark.
Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/29/16 11:33:18 AM
ericthewanderer said:

I hope for Wild One's 100th birthday it gets trains without seat dividers or belts and dare I say they try to have it declared a state/national landmark.

I don't think we'll ever see a wooden coaster at a corporate park without seat dividers or seat belts anymore, as unfortunate as that is.

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Re: New For 2017 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 2/29/16 4:53:38 PM
drachen said:

Well, it's a bit earlier than I anticipated...


The 2016 season will soon be upon us. And we already see some parks promoting projects for the 2017 season.

This is the sixth time around for these URC "New For..." threads. And like I've said, it's a labor of love. I do find value in having a consolidated spot where I can see everything that's being added around the country.

As we've seen, as new attractions get larger, and as many parks run out of real estate, new projects are requiring more planning and more lead time with development and construction.

As always, thanks to the news feeds on Facebook, RCDB, Screamscape, 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. If any of these attractions deserve their own dedicated thread, by all means please start one.

It's been a while since I posted, but I can't wait for the new season! Thanks for always doing these. Always a job well done!

- mugen828
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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 3/9/16 2:09:25 PM
Looks like we have an announcement date for Busch Gardens' new attraction. March 19th at a passholder preview event.

Here's video #4:

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 3/18/16 2:51:42 PM
BGWFans.com has decided to leak info on a new WOODEN coaster being added to Busch Gardens in 2017.

One day short of the park's official announcement, I can't imagine this is sitting well with Busch Gardens.

I'll share the link. More information coming tomorrow...

Busch Gardens Wooden Coaster Leak

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 3/19/16 11:51:44 AM
Busch Gardens kind of announced a wooden roller coaster today for 2017. It will have a Viking vs. French trapper theme (almost seems like it should be a racing coaster).

74 ft drop, 48 mph, 9 air time hills. No name as of yet.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 3/21/16 11:06:50 PM
I must say, I really like the Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2017 project. A wooden coaster is just what they needed. It sounds like it will be a racing or dueling Coaster. I wonder if GCI is giving them a discount because of the Gwazi situation.
Re: New For 2017 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 3/24/16 1:23:37 AM
^^^That's something that I haven't thought about; One of those contest coaster names (Battle Klash in particular) does sound very racey/dueling.

A good coaster (stat-wise) to compare BGW's to is White Lightning in Orlando. If it's anything like White Lightning, expect a very good experience at BGW.

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/11/16 11:34:30 AM
Busch Gardens' new roller coaster now has a name - Invadr, which I like.
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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/18/16 11:10:48 AM
What's Kings Island up to?

Posted by Great Ohio Coaster Club to Facebook...

Combine that with the following article, and you have reason to think that something significant is coming to Mason, OH once again.

Cedar Fair CEO: 'We believe in Ohio'

ANDY OURIEL • UPDATED APR 15, 2016 AT 4:22 PM

SANDUSKY

No matter the contest or comparison, Cedar Point typically tops any amusement park competition.

The beloved property also trumps others on an important internal listing.

During the last five years, Cedar Fair has committed more money — $185 million in investments and related assets — in and around Cedar Point than at any other of its 10 properties.

The investments translate into:

• New record-setting roller coasters, like GateKeeper and Valrvan, which debuts next month

• Updated rides, such as Rougarou in 2015

• Enhanced amenities, including Hotel Breakers undergoing a major transformation

• Forward-thinking ventures like Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center

But why commit so much money to the area?

“We believe in Ohio. We believe in northeast Ohio. We believe in Sandusky,” Cedar Fair CEO and president Matt Ouimet said.

Ouimet served as the keynote speaker during Thursday’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands state of tourism and 10th anniversary celebration at the Sandusky State Theatre.

A sizable investment largely resulted because executives enjoy the unprecedented unison blossoming across Erie and Ottawa counties.

Progress has and will occur, Ouimet contends, because area organizations, governments and stakeholders can work together and drop all territorial attitudes.

“It’s not often two counties can collaborate so effectively,” Ouimet said.

Ouimet specifically credited Lake Erie Shores & Islands, the tourism bureau for both counties, pioneering a regionalism attitude, one he strongly admires.

Up until 2006, separate bureaus existed in both counties. They promoted virtually the same exact message, which wasted resources and, above all else, confused guests.

But ever since the merger occurred a decade ago, a streamlined operation has sparked exceptional growth in the tourism sector, evident by 9 million visitors entering both counties each year.

For instance, in 2015, lodging sales ($164 million) and lodging taxes ($3.5 million) jumped 49 percent compared to those yearly figures from 10 years ago.

And that’s just the start for surges, according to Larry Fletcher, the bureau’s executive director.

“Growth in the economic impact of our tourism industry is certain to continue, perhaps at an even greater pace, than what we have seen in the past decade,” Fletcher said. “The state of tourism in Erie and Ottawa counties is strong indeed, and the future looks very bright.”

Ouimet vowed Cedar Fair would help further the cause. Some possible new additions to Cedar Point, including more nighttime events and 4-D interactive attractions, could entice even more people into the region.

“You have to give (visitors and tourists) a reason to come to you,” Ouimet said. “You have to give them an asset to amplify their marketing investment.”

Ouimet — who labeled Cedar Point the “crown jewel” of Cedar Fair’s holdings — called for area leaders to make similar investments in local flagship assets, such as NASA Plum Brook, Lake Erie and BGSU Firelands.

“Why don’t we help BGSU build a hospitality school? We will commit today to 100 internships,” Ouimet said. “(We must) put our selfish interests in our back pockets for a couple minutes and try to think about the kids that are growing up here who want to stay. Collectively, as a tourism industry, we can create a lot of jobs.”

So long as the collaboration continues, Ouimet sees the region reaching new peaks.

“We are at an inflection point in northern Ohio,” Ouimet said. “We’ve got the right leaders. We’ve got the right business leaders. We’ve got the reason to invest. And I think we’ve got the spirit that has the right level of motivation.”

It would seem as if Cedar Fair is ok spending a lot of money in Ohio. Kings Island (new flash!) is in Ohio.

"Watch For Falling Trees" - at a minimum means land will be cleared. At best it could mean the new creation will be made of wood.

Location - near Diamondback - which could also eliminate wood, as that is also near the Beast.

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Re: New For 2017 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 4/18/16 12:01:21 PM
drachen said:

What's Kings Island up to?


Posted by Great Ohio Coaster Club to Facebook...

Combine that with the following article, and you have reason to think that something significant is coming to Mason, OH once again.

Location - near Diamondback - which could also eliminate wood, as that is also near the Beast.

We were at the park Saturday for opening day... just walking around, as it was too crowded to ride anything. But we did notice that something had been torn out just to the right to the old Tomb Raider site. We couldn't remember what had been there other than the vacant TR photo booth. Visible footers unearthed and a new concrete walkway leading back to the first bend of the railroad track... fenced off of course. No idea what's going on, but definitely something!

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/18/16 12:20:07 PM
RobLec said:

We were at the park Saturday for opening day... just walking around, as it was too crowded to ride anything. But we did notice that something had been torn out just to the right to the old Tomb Raider site. We couldn't remember what had been there other than the vacant TR photo booth. Visible footers unearthed and a new concrete walkway leading back to the first bend of the railroad track... fenced off of course. No idea what's going on, but definitely something!

Is Tomb Raider, and its building, gone? I haven't been out there since 2012.

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Re: New For 2017 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 4/18/16 12:36:37 PM
drachen said:
Is Tomb Raider, and it's building, gone? I haven't been out there since 2012.


The building stands but is empty. The ride mechanism was removed several years ago, but they have used the building during the Haunt for a wax museum themed maze. The space between the empty TR building and the Rivertown Fries is where we saw some evidence of groundwork.

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/18/16 5:22:49 PM
Busch Gardens Williamsburg posted a POV today of what InvadR will do.

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Re: New For 2017 by ThemeEnthJosh_87 at 4/18/16 7:12:42 PM
There is couple rumors that i got from sources and other pages! Number One Kennywood could be getting a new coaster for 2017 behind the Log Jammer it resurfaced this week so very unsure whether it is going to happen or not. Number two. The Turnpike also to be returned unsure 2017 or 2018. Number Three the management knows garfield is hated and have said it will be gone unsure as if to when. Number for Apex or Apax is looking to buy out all Parque Unidos parks. Not sure much than that but it is a billion dollar deal.

Re: New For 2017 by CoasterFanatic CoasterFanatic Profile at 4/19/16 5:34:50 PM
RobLec said:

drachen said:

What's Kings Island up to?


Posted by Great Ohio Coaster Club to Facebook...

Combine that with the following article, and you have reason to think that something significant is coming to Mason, OH once again.

Location - near Diamondback - which could also eliminate wood, as that is also near the Beast.

We were at the park Saturday for opening day... just walking around, as it was too crowded to ride anything. But we did notice that something had been torn out just to the right to the old Tomb Raider site. We couldn't remember what had been there other than the vacant TR photo booth. Visible footers unearthed and a new concrete walkway leading back to the first bend of the railroad track... fenced off of course. No idea what's going on, but definitely something!

Basically the new concrete is the new entrance/exit to Whitewater Canyon.

Removing the old walkway from WWC and Removal of the Old Funnel Cake/Footlong Coney's building has opened a area from TRTR too the log flume including the island WWC goes around. The service road property line isn't far behind TRTR or WWC basically the outbound RR Track is the fence line.

Honestly, I know what it is, Both Canada's Wonderland and Carowinds have one. Think Boring and Meaningless 325ft, Possibly going under the RR Bridge on the first drop Going behind or over TR TR using the old Walking trail area behind Beast almost to the Helix area.

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Re: New For 2017 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 4/19/16 9:57:02 PM
CoasterFanatic said:

Basically the new concrete is the new entrance/exit to Whitewater Canyon.

Removing the old walkway from WWC and Removal of the Old Funnel Cake/Footlong Coney's building has opened a area from TRTR too the log flume including the island WWC goes around. The service road property line isn't far behind TRTR or WWC basically the outbound RR Track is the fence line.

Thanks Chuck. New walkway for WWC makes sense. The stairs and bridge over the RR tracks has always made riding WWC a hassle.

That tract also backs up to the picnic grounds. We're wondering if they're trying to clear an area for a new ride. The park really is running out of usable land due to the terrain. It drops off pretty drastically all around the park (basically KI being built on top of a plateau). Building Top Gun (Flight Deck) in a gully made what really was a terrific ride a hassle to get to, so tends to have low ridership. Building coasters with their station on the plateau and utilizing the terrain for track as with Beast and Banshee can only be done in some cases. And draining a lake to build DB, well with only one lake also can only be done so much. Ultimately if another big ride is ever going to go in something like Vortex is going to have to come out.

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/20/16 11:57:07 AM
ThemeEnthJosh_87 said:

There is couple rumors that i got from sources and other pages! Number One Kennywood could be getting a new coaster for 2017 behind the Log Jammer it resurfaced this week so very unsure whether it is going to happen or not. Number two. The Turnpike also to be returned unsure 2017 or 2018. Number Three the management knows garfield is hated and have said it will be gone unsure as if to when. Number for Apex or Apax is looking to buy out all Parque Unidos parks. Not sure much than that but it is a billion dollar deal.

The next-best thing that could happen for the Palace parks would be for someone like APEX to purchase them.

The BEST thing would be for private individuals to purchase each of the parks.

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Re: New For 2017 by CoasterFanatic CoasterFanatic Profile at 4/20/16 3:49:02 PM
I dissagree, The whole area to the left of FOF is flat. Plenty of room to build. You could still build a out and back out of SOB station, It would be hard to do but still do able. KI is far from out of room. However you are correct on the flatland availability.

At one time Paramount was pursuing building a parking lot in the old Safari area, Accessble from the dead end of Columbia road on the school end.

I think extending the south parking lot and opening up the north lot as actually park is the answer if they really wanted to grow. The area behind Banshee, Racer, All the way to Beast Mid Course is as big as the used area of the park.

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Re: Anything New at KI For 2017? by RobLec RobLec Profile at 4/20/16 6:44:44 PM
CoasterFanatic said:

I dissagree, The whole area to the left of FOF is flat. Plenty of room to build. You could still build a out and back out of SOB station, It would be hard to do but still do able. KI is far from out of room. However you are correct on the flatland availability.

Flat, maybe so. But at a lower elevation from the major park area. Would mean KI having a "Halloween Hill" like HW. Maybe the area around the wood coaster shop but Racer eats up most of that land.

I guess we should add AE and the action theater to rides essentially built into ditches, like those I mentioned earlier.


At one time Paramount was pursuing building a parking lot in the old Safari area, Accessble from the dead end of Columbia road on the school end.

I think extending the south parking lot and opening up the north lot as actually park is the answer if they really wanted to grow. The area behind Banshee, Racer, All the way to Beast Mid Course is as big as the used area of the park.

I suppose that could work, but again, rides there would be difficult to access. It can be done. Dollywood had to basically build an entirely separate area of the park to house their newer rides. And HW is getting that way. Thunderbird if so far removed from the other rides that folks our age (my age anyway) are worn out by the time we've walked back there.

Re: Anything New at KI For 2017? by NotSo NotSo Profile at 4/20/16 9:23:15 PM
I always thought they would expand towards the Flight Deck station somehow. If they aren't going to do that, the least they could do is install a moving walkway.. ahaha, and also change the name back to Top Gun!

edit - wait, isn't it called The Bat now?? That's just silly.

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Re: Anything New at KI For 2017? by CoasterFanatic CoasterFanatic Profile at 4/21/16 12:34:29 AM
RobLec said:

CoasterFanatic said:

I dissagree, The whole area to the left of FOF is flat. Plenty of room to build. You could still build a out and back out of SOB station, It would be hard to do but still do able. KI is far from out of room. However you are correct on the flatland availability.

Flat, maybe so. But at a lower elevation from the major park area. Would mean KI having a "Halloween Hill" like HW. Maybe the area around the wood coaster shop but Racer eats up most of that land.

I guess we should add AE and the action theater to rides essentially built into ditches, like those I mentioned earlier.


At one time Paramount was pursuing building a parking lot in the old Safari area, Accessble from the dead end of Columbia road on the school end.

I think extending the south parking lot and opening up the north lot as actually park is the answer if they really wanted to grow. The area behind Banshee, Racer, All the way to Beast Mid Course is as big as the used area of the park.

I suppose that could work, but again, rides there would be difficult to access. It can be done. Dollywood had to basically build an entirely separate area of the park to house their newer rides. And HW is getting that way. Thunderbird if so far removed from the other rides that folks our age (my age anyway) are worn out by the time we've walked back there.

I can remember Will Koch saying before he passed that he seen the Future of HW having Thanksgiving as the CENTER of the park.

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Re: Anything New at KI For 2017? by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 4/25/16 11:07:41 PM
CoasterFanatic said:

RobLec said:

CoasterFanatic said:

I dissagree, The whole area to the left of FOF is flat. Plenty of room to build. You could still build a out and back out of SOB station, It would be hard to do but still do able. KI is far from out of room. However you are correct on the flatland availability.

Flat, maybe so. But at a lower elevation from the major park area. Would mean KI having a "Halloween Hill" like HW. Maybe the area around the wood coaster shop but Racer eats up most of that land.

I guess we should add AE and the action theater to rides essentially built into ditches, like those I mentioned earlier.


At one time Paramount was pursuing building a parking lot in the old Safari area, Accessble from the dead end of Columbia road on the school end.

I think extending the south parking lot and opening up the north lot as actually park is the answer if they really wanted to grow. The area behind Banshee, Racer, All the way to Beast Mid Course is as big as the used area of the park.

I suppose that could work, but again, rides there would be difficult to access. It can be done. Dollywood had to basically build an entirely separate area of the park to house their newer rides. And HW is getting that way. Thunderbird if so far removed from the other rides that folks our age (my age anyway) are worn out by the time we've walked back there.

I can remember Will Koch saying before he passed that he seen the Future of HW having Thanksgiving as the CENTER of the park.

I can vouch for Chuck on this one. I was standing next to him and Will when Will said it.

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Re: Anything New at KI For 2017? by drachen drachen Profile at 4/26/16 11:58:40 AM
Great_Ump said:

CoasterFanatic said:

I can remember Will Koch saying before he passed that he seen the Future of HW having Thanksgiving as the CENTER of the park.

I can vouch for Chuck on this one. I was standing next to him and Will when Will said it.

With all due respect to Will and the Koch family, Will is no longer in charge - nor is brother, sister, or mother.

That's not to say that Will's daughters and wife won't carry out his plans or concepts, but I get a feeling that they aren't really calling the shots either.

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Re: Anything New at KI For 2017? by CoasterFanatic CoasterFanatic Profile at 4/27/16 12:38:23 PM
drachen said:

Great_Ump said:

CoasterFanatic said:

I can remember Will Koch saying before he passed that he seen the Future of HW having Thanksgiving as the CENTER of the park.

I can vouch for Chuck on this one. I was standing next to him and Will when Will said it.

With all due respect to Will and the Koch family, Will is no longer in charge - nor is brother, sister, or mother.

That's not to say that Will's daughters and wife won't carry out his plans or concepts, but I get a feeling that they aren't really calling the shots either.

Yet the man in Charge is Will's Right hand man. Will always wanted WIlliam the Third to run the park but he's in college and he passed too soon. Will was also given majority share in Koch development as Bill Sr. wanted it, I can never blame Lori for fighting for what was theirs to begin with. Dan was interim and tried to seize control. I feel bad about all that happened but it's still a family park run by a family. They had numerous opportunities to sell to SF and the Morgan group that just resold Indiana Beach. In fact it was their first choice. They could be like so many other parks like Kennywood, MI Adventure etc that sold out and the prices, service and atmosphere all suffered. So much so that many parks I no longer desire to visit.

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Re: Anything New at KI For 2017? by drachen drachen Profile at 4/27/16 2:36:25 PM
CoasterFanatic said:

Yet the man in Charge is Will's Right hand man. Will always wanted William the Third to run the park but he's in college and he passed too soon. Will was also given majority share in Koch development as Bill Sr. wanted it, I can never blame Lori for fighting for what was theirs to begin with. Dan was interim and tried to seize control.

I don't know if I agree that that's how it all went down. The agreement was in place before Will passed and it was Lori, it seems, that wanted a different agreement after Will's passing.

Bottom line is Will's death, according to the contract Will signed, gave control of the company to Dan. Lori didn't like the price she was offered for Will's share, and sued to gain control - and I'm still not sure how that even happened.

The fact that Pat is in Alabama should be evidence to us all that Dan may have been the one in the right.

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/9/16 3:02:10 PM
Updating it today with some rumors, including this piece of evidence from Mason, OH. If these plans are legitimate, it looks like a Great Coaster is coming to Ohio as well as Virginia next season.

Also, Screamscape is pretty sure Mean Streak will get some hefty work done in the off season - like Rocky Mountain Iron Horse treatment. I have my doubts, but I guess we'll keep our eye on Cedar Point for the second straight year.

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Re: New For 2017 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 6/9/16 8:39:03 PM
It should be noted that Pat, the general manager at King's Dominion is leaving. She's going to be missed. Will be interesting what she's leaving behind for 2017. It's still up in the air if we're getting anything.

I'm personally hoping for a trifecta coaster debut at all three major parks in the mid-Atlantic. Both SFA and KD are due and would bring a lot attention to our region.

Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 6/13/16 10:03:59 PM
Six Flags Over Georgia is planning on an announcement this Thursday. The teaser is something that is like 30+ years is old is closing in July and something new is coming. My guesses is either Scream Machine is getting the RMC treatment or Monster Mansion is being converted into a modern day, high tech dark ride. Maybe the removal of Splash Water Falls for a 4D coaster. We will see on Thursday.

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/16/16 7:44:57 PM
frontrow said:

Six Flags Over Georgia is planning on an announcement this Thursday. The teaser is something that is like 30+ years is old is closing in July and something new is coming. My guesses is either Scream Machine is getting the RMC treatment or Monster Mansion is being converted into a modern day, high tech dark ride. Maybe the removal of Splash Water Falls for a 4D coaster. We will see on Thursday.

They are closing their bumper cars. I think the logical addition would be a Justice League dark ride. But they won't announce anything until Six Flags' announcement day, which is usually the last week in August.

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Re: New For 2017 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 6/16/16 10:40:35 PM
drachen said:

frontrow said:

Six Flags Over Georgia is planning on an announcement this Thursday. The teaser is something that is like 30+ years is old is closing in July and something new is coming. My guesses is either Scream Machine is getting the RMC treatment or Monster Mansion is being converted into a modern day, high tech dark ride. Maybe the removal of Splash Water Falls for a 4D coaster. We will see on Thursday.

They are closing their bumper cars. I think the logical addition would be a Justice League dark ride. But they won't announce anything until Six Flags' announcement day, which is usually the last week in August.

I've been seeing September 1st float around Facebook, although I don't know if that's official.

Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 6/17/16 2:18:31 PM
drachen said:

frontrow said:

Six Flags Over Georgia is planning on an announcement this Thursday. The teaser is something that is like 30+ years is old is closing in July and something new is coming. My guesses is either Scream Machine is getting the RMC treatment or Monster Mansion is being converted into a modern day, high tech dark ride. Maybe the removal of Splash Water Falls for a 4D coaster. We will see on Thursday.

They are closing their bumper cars. I think the logical addition would be a Justice League dark ride. But they won't announce anything until Six Flags' announcement day, which is usually the last week in August.

I've been to Six Flags Over Georgia 3 times and I don't ever recall seeing the bumper cars. Couldn't even tell you where in the Park they are located. I'm curious to see what they add.

Re: New For 2017 by snake2k15 at 6/21/16 2:03:40 PM
The bumper cars are by the superman ride.
Re: New For 2017 by mattkopp23 at 6/26/16 9:11:17 PM
Hersheypark is already teasing about a new ride in 2017!

twitter.com/Hersheypark/status/745963177658155008

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Re: New For 2017 by Justacoastergeek at 7/12/16 11:35:53 AM
So about darienlake, they are repainting mind eraser this year and track pieces of the batman the escape standup rollercoaster that have been in storage behind fence across the road have been moved next to motocoaster and the go cart race track. I think we should expect that coaster to be put up but something makes me think that it will be a floorless rather than standup. Like what happened with rougarou and mantis. The coaster will likely be repainted as well and may end up having the name lake monster as darien lake already owns the trademark and name.
Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/15/16 7:11:32 PM
Justacoastergeek said:

So about darienlake, they are repainting mind eraser this year and track pieces of the batman the escape standup rollercoaster that have been in storage behind fence across the road have been moved next to motocoaster and the go cart race track. I think we should expect that coaster to be put up but something makes me think that it will be a floorless rather than standup. Like what happened with rougarou and mantis. The coaster will likely be repainted as well and may end up having the name lake monster as darien lake already owns the trademark and name.

That would be great to see the old Batman/Shockwave coaster come back to life with floorless trains. I hope you're right! Lake Monster would be a great name too!

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/18/16 12:52:59 PM

Hersheypark released the fourth of five clues about their new ride for 2017. All clues are pointing toward some sort of a drop tower. Announcement is two weeks from tomorrow, on August 2nd.

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Re: New For 2017 by Justacoastergeek at 7/19/16 12:35:02 PM
Kings island will announce the new attraction July 28th at 10 p.m according to there most recent instagram post.
Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/20/16 11:03:05 AM
Justacoastergeek said:

Kings island will announce the new attraction July 28th at 10 p.m according to there most recent instagram post.

Yep! I already love the concept of another wooden coaster through the woods.

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Re: New For 2017 by jrrullo06 at 7/24/16 6:23:10 PM
Magic Mtn is getting a Justice League. A friend told me this, and the pr manager told someone who told that friend.
Re: New For 2017 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/25/16 9:20:10 PM
The Dippin' Dots guy?
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2017 *NM* by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 7/26/16 3:52:41 AM
^^^LOL
Re: New For 2017 by MrAwesome101 MrAwesome101 Profile at 7/27/16 4:30:04 PM
I think that Dorney would add a Triotech Dark Ride where Dinosaurs Alive is currently located which is between Stinger, Steel Force, and Possesed so they can call it something like Revenge of the Dark
KINGS ISLAND by MommaBeast MommaBeast Profile at 7/28/16 8:30:23 AM
Kings Island announces today its 2017 addition!
Any guesses....water ride?
Re: KINGS ISLAND by drachen drachen Profile at 7/28/16 4:55:04 PM
I think it's a wooden roller coaster.

Kings Island tweeted this image out today - a "Splintercat" - a logger legendary creature that knocked down trees during the night. Interesting...

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Re: New For 2017 by MrAwesome101 MrAwesome101 Profile at 7/28/16 10:32:25 PM
And Turns out to be named Mystic Timbers
Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/28/16 11:55:34 PM
Not a ton of images or shareable videos for this ride just yet, but Mystic Timbers looks great so far. I'll add what I can to this post when it becomes available.

Mystic Timbers
109 feet tall
3,265 feet long
53 mph
16 airtime hills

Press Release:

New roller coaster coming to Kings Island
Mystic Timbers to debut in the spring of 2017

MASON, Ohio – Construction is underway on a new wooden roller coaster adventure for visitors to Kings Island.

Themed to an area surrounding a lumber company becoming overrun by a mysterious medusa-like overgrowth of vines as nature reclaims its land, Mystic Timbers will be 3,265 feet in length, reach 109 feet in height and weave along steep cliffs, down ravines, cross over water and go through an extreme S-turn, among a forest of trees, at speeds up to 53 mph.

The ride will feature a total of 16 airtime hills, a mid-course tunnel and interact with parts of the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad and White Water Canyon attractions.

“Mystic Timbers is naturally exciting because of its setting in a densely wooded area,” Kings Island’s vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid said. “The natural rugged terrain and tunnel ensures a unique and memorable ride experience.”

Mystic Timbers is custom designed and built for the topography of Kings Island by Great Coasters International, Inc. (GCI) of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Three trains will accommodate 24 passengers each (four riders per car and six cars per train) with a capacity of 1,275 riders per hour. Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. The ride experience will last more than two minutes.

“Everyone who enjoys the fun and thrills of riding a roller coaster will want to experience this attraction,” Scheid said.

Mystic Timbers will debut in the spring of 2017 and become Kings Island’s 16th roller coaster and its fourth wooden.

With the addition of Mystic Timbers, Kings Island’s wooden roller coasters will combine to measure 18,804 feet of track, which will be the most at any amusement or theme park in the world.

Those who cannot wait until spring may take a virtual ride on Mystic Timbers at mystictimbers.visitkingsisland.com.

Visitors of the website may also access exclusive updates and features, including virtual ride renderings, ride statistics, construction photos and a live Web cam.

Mystic Timbers Videos

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/1/16 11:25:26 AM
Just this morning (August 1st) Cedar Point announced that Mean Streak is "getting the axe" on September 16th.

As a fan of the ride, it makes me a little sad. But I look forward to finding out what's in store.

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Re: New For 2017 by Kenderson at 8/1/16 11:43:45 AM
antikythera said:

Wild One turns 100 in 2017. I know the park wants to do something for it, however details beyond that haven't been given. One of the park employees at an event was pretty excited for the possibilities a centennial could bring to the ride.

I hope they don't do anything with the Wild One besides give it a much needed paint job. It's the perfect ride for kids, it's not huge, but it's got some good hills. Every kid that I've taken on it has loved it, though my oldest thinks Roar is better.

I'm starting to wonder if they are going to do something with the Roar as it's been down for maintenance for the last couple of weeks, though I haven't been since last Tuesday. The Pirate Ship Swing that's right across from the Roar has also been closed this entire season.

SFA has been pretty good about announcing new things a year in advance and I haven't seen anything for next year. The new part of the water park seems quite popular.

Re: New For 2017 by snake2k15 at 8/2/16 12:56:34 PM
New for Hersey Park 2017. 3 Drop towers. Per http://www.hersheypark.com/2017/

Kisses's Tower
80 feet
12 Riders

Warm up with two exhilarating cycles of positive and negative G forces on our mildest thrill tower!

Reese's Tower
131 feet
16 Riders

Kick it up a notch with two thrilling cycles of positive and negative G forces on our second tallest tower!

Hershey's Tower
189 feet
20 Riders

Our tallest, most thrilling tower features two gravity-defying experiences Space Shot & Turbo Drop which rockets riders to the top before blasting back to the bottom.

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/3/16 3:20:34 PM
Here are some renderings of the "Triple Towers" coming to Hersheypark in 2017.

I find this whole plan to be a little confusing. I like the concept of having more than one height option, but I think the middle height is unnecessary. The branding is confusing as well, as it corresponds to the park's height requirement system.

But, I love S&S towers, so I'm happy with the additions.

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Re: New For 2017 - The List by ThemeEnthJosh_87 at 8/3/16 9:58:52 PM
Well to be honest i heard rumors about a new coaster behind Kennywood, a possible buyout of all parks and them returning the old mill back to its former glory. I don't think kennywood even kows what its doing but after skyrocket we deserve and should have better. I posted this before but i know i researched and saw since they did Noah The old Mill is next. So coaster dreamers maybe shattered once again. This will also take them into 5 years without a thrill ride and 7 years without a coaster. I also like to add a 4D theater is great add for families. But we need more classic or newer thrill Rides.

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Re: New For 2017 by ThemeEnthJosh_87 at 8/3/16 10:03:29 PM
drachen said:

Just this morning (August 1st) Cedar Point announced that Mean Streak is "getting the axe" on September 16th.


As a fan of the ride, it makes me a little sad. But I look forward to finding out what's in store.

Good bye Bone Crusher

Re: New For 2017 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/6/16 7:38:21 PM
Kenderson said:

antikythera said:


Wild One turns 100 in 2017. I know the park wants to do something for it, however details beyond that haven't been given. One of the park employees at an event was pretty excited for the possibilities a centennial could bring to the ride.

I hope they don't do anything with the Wild One besides give it a much needed paint job. It's the perfect ride for kids, it's not huge, but it's got some good hills. Every kid that I've taken on it has loved it, though my oldest thinks Roar is better.

I'm starting to wonder if they are going to do something with the Roar as it's been down for maintenance for the last couple of weeks, though I haven't been since last Tuesday. The Pirate Ship Swing that's right across from the Roar has also been closed this entire season.

SFA has been pretty good about announcing new things a year in advance and I haven't seen anything for next year. The new part of the water park seems quite popular.

My best guess would be a Starflyer, however I'm not ruling out a potential new coaster. I'm really rooting for the latter as it's looking more and more that 2017 might pan out for King's Dominion. They just posted that video with Chad on their Facebook, addressing all the rumors and creating new ones in the process.

Selfishly, I'd love for all three of my local parks to get new coasters for 2017. Each one is long overdue for a defining ride to go with the new expanded winter options (SFA this year and KD potentially next winter).

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/8/16 12:19:59 PM
Updated today with some announcement dates.

Kings Dominion - Saturday August 20th
Carowinds - Thrusday, August 18th
Dorney Park - Thursday, August 18th
Worlds of Fun - Thursday, August 18th
Six Flags Day - Thursday, September 1st.

Also, it seems as if Valleyfair is adding a FunTime Star Flyer, according to local permit requests.

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Re: New For 2017 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/8/16 12:43:12 PM
drachen said:

Updated today with some announcement dates.


Kings Dominion - Saturday August 20th
Carowinds - Thrusday, August 18th
Dorney Park - Thursday, August 18th
Worlds of Fun - Thursday, August 18th
Six Flags Day - Thursday, September 1st.

Also, it seems as if Valleyfair is adding a FunTime Star Flyer, according to local permit requests.

I was going to say I guess Cedar Fair is done with Mondial after the whole Windseeker fiasco, however they just purchased a Frisbee from them for KD, unless it was discounted for all the trouble Mondial put them through.

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/11/16 11:49:57 AM
This screenshot was posted to Screamscape today - it looks as if Six Flags New England is going to get an S&S Free Spin coaster.

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Re: New For 2017 by looper77 at 8/11/16 9:46:06 PM
drachen said:

This screenshot was posted to Screamscape today - it looks as if Six Flags New England is going to get an S&S Free Spin coaster.


I don't understand Six Flags' fascination with this coaster. It's kind of fun, but not worth a re-ride.

When I rode The Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure, it had one of the shortest lines in the park. It seemed liked the general public could not care less about it. And other times I've been there, and bypassed it, the ride has a short wait or it's down.

It's a waste of space, and ruins the view of the Lakefront. With the addition of a 4D Free Spin coaster to SFNE, hopefully that park will have better luck.

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/12/16 1:28:58 AM
looper77 said:

I don't understand Six Flags' fascination with this coaster. It's kind of fun, but not worth a reride.

Don't look now, but it looks like Six Flags Great America could be getting one as well.

I have yet to ride one, but I'm with you. I'm not overly impressed with this ride concept. But to answer your question of why... They're cheap, marketable rides that take up small footprints.

I think they are ok for mid-sized parks like Fiesta Texas and Six Flags New England. But Great Adventure had no business getting one.

I thought that Great America's X-Flight was going to be the newest Six Flags clone, much like Batman: The Ride was. But then these Free Spin coasters came along, and Six Flags was one and done with that excellent B&M design.

Great Adventure should have received an X-Flight along the lakefront. Truth be told, I'm becoming increasingly less impressed with Six Flags's additions in recent years. Maybe I'd feel differently if I was ok with their approach toward maintaining wooden roller coasters.

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Re: New For 2017 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/14/16 1:13:06 AM
^^^People often say that smaller coasters shouldn't come to larger parks, but it happens all of the time, and it's nothing new; Countless Boomerangs at various parks, Invertigo(KI), Wicked Twister, Tempesto, Green Lantern(SFMM) just to name a few.

Like you said, the appeal of the S&S Freespins is the cheap cost, small footprint, and the marketability. I definitely would like to check one out (it looks kinda like a mini-X2) and I bet they are much more enjoyable than the Intamin Zacspins.

Re: New For 2017 by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 8/14/16 8:58:43 AM
I don't know if Joker at Great Adventure is any different since it's S&S, but the Intamin version (Joker at SFMM) absolutely sucks. Far to much of a reminder of the old monstrosity Flashback that used to be at the park. Sudden slamming jerks and drops that are very painful, and in between is mehhh at best.

I know X2 gets mixed reviews but I love it. If they're going to put in a 4d, then I wish it would be more along those lines, even if scaled down, then this stacked on top of itself, rounded off outside drops. Uninspired and not fun.

Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/14/16 9:10:09 AM
We visited Six Flags Great Adventure about 7 weeks ago on a very uncrowded day. We got 11 rides on Joker. It's smooth as glass and very fun. Every ride is different because of the free flipping. We would count the flips. It seemed the more flips the better the ride was. I think it's a great addition to SF Great Adventure, because it's so different than any other coaster at the park. When they add these coasters at Six Flags New England and Six Flags Great America I hope they add the larger models that S&S is offering. A larger model would inspire me to visit one of those parks next year.
Re: New For 2017 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/14/16 11:06:46 AM
I agree with you Ken.I thought Joker was a blast!! Very fun ride and the flipping I had on my rides was insane!!
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Re: New For 2017 by Justacoastergeek at 8/15/16 1:48:35 PM
Eldridge park in elmira new york is a extremely small park now but once was a capital of fun and thrills before the original owners went bankrupt. The park has slowly been built back featuring many of the original park attractions such as a Larson flying scooter and a carousel as well as a few kids rides. Currently, a rumor is swarming in all of elmira that the park for its 100th birthday will recieve a wooden rollercoaster called whisp. Currently, the park has a theme to various animals and dragons but the current dragon that rules the park named jasper,used to have a ride called jasper joy ride. The ride was closed a long time ago however. In the former location of jasper joy ride, the land has been cleared. The land is fairly large and is about the size of a sky flyers footprint. I think that a new thrill ride named whisp will go in this location for next year. The rumors say that a roller coaster named whisp will go to the park in 10 years....but it seems odd for a park to do that much teasing. My prediction for the park next year is either a Mondial windseeker or a fun time star flyer.
Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/15/16 2:13:22 PM
I've actually been to Eldridge Park. Their flying scooters are incredible and their carousel is amazing also. It's one of the few carousels that have a ring dispenser and ran super fast. It was the effort of the entire Elmira community that brought the carousel and the park back to life. It's actually a wonderful story. The place is actually really nice. I would love to see Eldridge Park get a wooden coaster. Even if it's a small Gravity Group coaster like Wooden Warrior or Roar O Saurus. Even if they don't get a coaster, it's a place I know I visit again in the future.
Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/17/16 1:57:44 PM
Knott's Berry Farm announced plans to expand their Soak City water park in 2017

2017: KNOTT'S SOAK CITY EXPANSION

An exciting expansion, renovations and new additions are coming to Knott’s Soak City Water Park next summer.

Orange County’s largest water park will debut two water slide towers featuring exhilarating attractions geared for families and thrill seekers. Shore Break will tower over seven stories and offer six different thrilling water slide experiences. Four of the slides on the 60-foot tall tower will start with guests climbing inside an Aqua-Launch chamber where they will wait anxiously for the floor to drop out from underneath their feet, sending them into a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Shore Break will also feature dueling tube slides that will zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. The height requirements for Shore Break slides are 48 inches.

The Wedge slide tower will take the location of the current Pacific Spin and will be an open air family raft ride. Up to six guests at a time will descend down navigating twists and turns and surprise drops. The height requirement for The Wedge is 48 inches or 40 inches when accompanied by a supervising companion. Guests will be able to experience both water slide towers when Knott’s Soak City Water Park opens for the summer season in May 2017.

The expansion project will also include updated shaded seating areas, cabanas and a remodeled Longboard’s Grill to the water park. Construction is set to begin on September 12 and a grand-reopening is scheduled for summer 2017.

A 2017 Knott’s Gold Season Pass is the best way to experience all of the new additions coming to Knott’s Soak City Water Park next year. 2017 Gold Season Passes include one free admission during the 2016 season to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, unlimited visits in 2017 to both parks with no blackout dates, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events. 2017 Season Passes will be available beginning August 26 at the best offer of the year for a limited time on

Knott's Soak City 2017 Expansion

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Re: New For 2017 Photo by Justacoastergeek at 8/17/16 3:55:18 PM
frontrow said:

I've actually been to Eldridge Park. Their flying scooters are incredible and their carousel is amazing also. It's one of the few carousels that have a ring dispenser and ran super fast. It was the effort of the entire Elmira community that brought the carousel and the park back to life. It's actually a wonderful story. The place is actually really nice. I would love to see Eldridge Park get a wooden coaster. Even if it's a small Gravity Group coaster like Wooden Warrior or Roar O Saurus. Even if they don't get a coaster, it's a place I know I visit again in the future.

So there is a land clearing now!!! A fairly large one too!!! I'll post

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Land clearing photo

Re: New For 2017 by Justacoastergeek at 8/17/16 3:56:40 PM
Justacoastergeek said:

frontrow said:

I've actually been to Eldridge Park. Their flying scooters are incredible and their carousel is amazing also. It's one of the few carousels that have a ring dispenser and ran super fast. It was the effort of the entire Elmira community that brought the carousel and the park back to life. It's actually a wonderful story. The place is actually really nice. I would love to see Eldridge Park get a wooden coaster. Even if it's a small Gravity Group coaster like Wooden Warrior or Roar O Saurus. Even if they don't get a coaster, it's a place I know I visit again in the future.

So there is a land clearing now!!! A fairly large one too!!! I'll post

Sorry click on the link and you should see it. It's really large

Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/18/16 9:13:48 AM
Thanks for posting the photo. Really excited to see what's in store for Eldridge Park.
Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/18/16 10:20:07 AM
Today is somewhat of a Cedar Fair announcement day. Dorney Park was the first to announce their plans for 2017.

First up is Dodgem - bumper cars are returning to the park. But instead of putting them above Thunderhawk's first turn out of the station, they'll be located next to Talon, likely in Hang Time's former spot.

Bumper Cars Return!

Back by the popular demand of Dorney Park guests….bumper cars! Just when you think you’ve got a clear path, BAM!--there’s someone you didn’t dodge. Get behind the wheel of this midway classic and take a crash course in family fun.

LOCATION:
Dodgem will be located next to the entrance of Talon roller coaster

“We are particularly excited to announce the return of bumper cars, as our guests have been asking for this particular addition!”
~ Mike Fehnel
Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

https://www.dorneypark.com/item/2017/Dodgem-8-17-16-47

Also being added on the main midway is Kaleidoscope, a HUSS Troika ride. It will be located where the former S&S Screamin' Swing stood.

Take A Spin!

Test your thrill level with a spin on the all new Kaleidescope, a circular ride sending guests on a counter-clockwise trip of weightlessness and acceleration.
Manufactured by HUSS, the ride will feature three arms of seven gondolas moving counterclockwise against the ride's main clockwise direction.

LOCATION:
Kaleidoscope will be located on the Main Midway next to Coaster's Restaurant.

“We are always looking for ways to give our guests the ‘best day’ experience and the addition of these new rides will complement our already impressive collection of family rides and slides.”
~ Mike Fehnel
Vice President and General Manager of Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

https://www.dorneypark.com/item/2017/Kaleidoscope

Dorney is also adding a new Cirque Show, called Imagine, a new catering pavilion, a new food outlet in Wildwater Kingdom, and new cabanas.

Dorney Park 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/18/16 10:24:50 AM
California's Great America is next - officially announcing the conversion of Vortex to a floorless coaster, dubbed Patriot.

GREAT AMERICA INTRODUCES PATRIOT FLOORLESS COASTER FOR 2017

Today California’s Great America announced that for the 2017 season, it will introduce Patriot, the first floorless coaster in the park’s 41-year history. Patriot will emerge from the soon to be retired Vortex coaster, the oldest stand up roller coaster in the United States. Season Passes for the 2017 season also go on sale today at the lowest price of the season, offering unlimited admission for the rest of 2016 and all of 2017.

Patriot will take riders to a 91-foot height before plummeting them into a 360-degree loop at 45 miles per hour. Patriot’s position in the park makes it a dynamic visual from three different sections of Great America.

The inspiration for the coaster’s name was taken from the fact that the ride is nestled adjacent to All American Corners within a park whose name celebrates America.

The transition from a stand up to floorless ride will include state-of-the-art blue and white trains positioning guests with their feet dangling above the blue and white track.

“With the track visible beneath their fee, Patriot will create unique and exciting new perspectives throughout the ride,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg.

Guests can take their “Last Stand” on Vortex through September 5. Then work will begin to ready Patriot for the 2017 season.

Great America’s season continues weekend operations through Oct. 30, with Halloween Haunt running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 24-Oct. 30.

WinterFest debuts and takes center stage Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 25-Dec. 30, with daily operations Dec. 19-23 and 26-30. Guests can ice skate in front of the iconic Carousel Columbia, admire magnificent displays of lights and décor, view spectacular live holiday shows, experience 18 rides, see Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and enjoy scrumptious holiday foods around the park.

2017 Gold Season Passes are now on sale for 9 easy payments of $9.66 and include unlimited visits during the rest of the 2016 season, admission to Halloween Haunt, WinterFest, Gilroy Gardens (excluding Lumination), unlimited admission during the 2017 season, and more.

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/18/16 10:56:41 AM
Cedar Point has announced some changes to their Soak City water park, including changes to what was left of Challenge Park.

CEDAR POINT SHORES WATER PARK
Big waves are coming in 2017!

Announcing the new Cedar Point Shores Water Park! It's 18 acres of splish-splashin family fun, featuring three completely new water attractions, upgrades to food and merchandise locations, new cabanas and so much more.

NEW Ways to Cool Off

You'll find all-new attractions designed for big thrills and little thrills.

Point Plummet - It's a six-story-tall aqua-drop body slide that will simultaneously send four riders on a nearly vertical free fall when the floor drops out from under them!

Starboard Surge & Portside Plunge - Located on the same structure as Point Plummet, these two, five-story tube slides can accommodate single riders or pairs and sends them through an enclosed tunnel before shooting them out into the sun through intense drops and turns.

Lakeslide Landing - A family splashground of epic proportions! There's 12, kid-sized water slides that line the perimeter of a zero-depth-entry pool, giving kids their own mini water thrills while parents can relax under shade structures and enjoy an oversized lounge and sun deck area.

NEW Ways to Dine

The new Crystal Rock Cafe will cook up delicious food items guests won't be able to resist. The menu includes food items like:
Fresh-baked flat breads (caprese, buffalo mac & cheese and more)
Farm salad options (crispy chicken BLT, Asian chicken and chicken Caesar)
Pesto-glazed grilled chicken sandwiches
Fresh-breaded chicken tenders
Waffle fries
Tater tots
Cheeseburgers
Bratwurst
Loaded potato wedges

NEW Ways to Chill

The all-new cabanas, located on both sides of the massive wave pool, receive upgrades like free Wi-Fi, charging stations, ceiling fans, TVs and dedicated food and beverage service. The cabanas can accommodate friends, families or even family reunions!

More New Upgrades

Cedar Point Shores will receive a completely new entrance gate, a new poolside bar, new family changing/showering areas, more lounge chairs, additional shade, improved landscaping and unobstructed views of Lake Erie.

Invest in 2017 Summer Fun NOW

Cedar Point Shores opens in 2017 and the best way to enjoy the super-soaking fun AND The Roller Coaster Capital of the World is with a 2017 Platinum Pass! Enjoy unlimited admission to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores, Early Entry, FREE parking, exclusive ride nights, in-park discounts and so much more. Platinum Passes for 2017 will be going on sale soon!

Get set to get wet in 2017 with Cedar Point Shores Water Park!

Cedar Point Shores

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/18/16 11:23:44 AM
Carowinds is adding a few things for 2017. Most prominent is Carowinds County Fair, a new themed area next to the revamped water park.

https://www.carowinds.com/experience-2017/county-fair

Family Fun in County Fair with FOUR New Rides - Coming Spring 2017

A new lineup of family fun is coming to the place where the Carolinas come together! Take a step back through time and experience the home-grown thrills of a early era Carolina County Fair. True to this classic tradition, guests will experience a blast from the past with FOUR new rides, new food offerings, experiences and an atmosphere full of timeless fun for all ages!

Electro-Spin
A Mondial Top Scan, the third of its kind in North America.

Zephyr
A Zierer Wave Swinger

Rock 'N' Roller
A Music Express

Do-Si-Do
A HUSS Troika

Flying Cobras
The Vekoma Boomerang gets a new name and theme.

WinterFest

Ring in the Holidays with a new family tradition - Coming Nov. 2017

Excitement fills the air at WinterFest, a grand celebration of the holiday season at Carowinds. Guests will be immersed in the season’s sprit with spectacular holiday lights and décor, world-class live entertainment, luscious treats and fanciful experiences throughout the park. Carowinds will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland full of enchantment and holiday cheer!

Best yet, 2017 Gold & Platinum Season Passholders will receive FREE admission to this extended season of festivities and celebration!

This new holiday tradition begins November 2017.

Carowinds - Experience 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/18/16 11:39:37 AM

After a 12-year absence, the long awaited return of WinterFest will provide Gold season passholders and Tristate residents with four seasons of fun at the 364-acre amusement and water park.

The focal point of WinterFest will be the world’s largest Christmas tree display with the park’s iconic 314-foot tall Eiffel Tower decorated with thousands of lights which will be seen for miles.

Below the Eiffel Tower, International Street will be transformed into a colorful and quaint winter village, featuring the fun of holidays past – outdoor ice skating on the park’s Royal Fountain, Christmas carolers, and homemade crafts.

Tasty foods, colorful gifts, live stage shows, fun rides, and of course, Santa’s workshop will all be part of WinterFest’s warmth and excitement.

Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train.

Operating dates, hours and ticket prices for WinterFest will be announced at a later date. The event will be included free for 2017 Gold and Platinum season passholders.

Get the LOWEST PRICE on your 2017 Gold Pass! Includes unlimited visits to Kings Island in 2017, early ride times and more all for less than the cost of two visits. Plus, new Passholders get one FREE 2016 visit and renewing Passholders get one FREE 2016 Fast Lane Plus (usable one Sunday) and one FREE 2016 Bring a Friend ticket (usable Sunday of your choice 9/25 - 10/30)!

Kings Island WinterFest - 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/18/16 12:04:54 PM
Valleyfair has announced North Star, a 230 foot FunTime StayFlyer ride for 2017.

It would appear that Cedar Fair's honeymoon with the Mondial WindSeeker is over...

The Stars Align In 2017 For New Thrills At Valleyfair!

Thrill seekers, get ready to reach for the stars as Valleyfair announces plans for a 230-foot-tall Starflyer ride in 2017.

North Star - named to celebrate the region’s affinity to being “up north” and the great outdoors - is a 230-foot-tall tower that will spin riders more than 20 stories above the ground. Seated in two-person chain-link swings that will allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating in a circular motion reaching speeds of up to 40 mph as the swings ascend and descend the tower.

“The annual trip to Valleyfair has always been a family tradition in Minnesota,” says Dave Frazier, Vice President and General Manager of Valleyfair. “The addition of North Star certainly adds to the continued commitment to provide lasting family memories for our guests.”

By comparison, North Star will rank as the second tallest ride in the park next to the 275-foot Power Tower and will occupy the spot soon-to-be vacated by Enterprise, which will be retired later this month. The location positions North Star at the front of the park where, living up to its name, it will serve as a beacon to guide and greet guests on their journey to the park. North Star is the only ride of this type in the upper Midwest.

North Star is manufactured by Australian-based Funtime. Construction on North Star will begin this month and be complete by early to mid-December. The ride will open to guests in the spring of 2017.

The best way to experience the new North Star is with a 2017 Gold Season Pass, on sale now at the lowest price of the season. Season Pass holders enjoy unlimited visits all season long, including Soak City Waterpark and Valleyscare, free parking, in-park discounts, exclusive offers and events and so much more.

Valleyfair 2017 - North Star

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/18/16 12:50:19 PM
Worlds of Fun has announced some additions for 2017, including a HUSS Condor, HUSS Troika, and WinterFest!

Worlds of Fun is pleased to announce it will be adding two new unique and thrilling rides in 2017, as well as a completely redesigned front gate to enhance the guest experience next season.

Mustang Runner – Three arms with seven gondolas per arm turn one way while the base of the ride spins the other way.

Falcon’s Flight – A hair-raising thrill at nearly 100 feet above the ground. This ride spins and rises at the same time with more than 50 riders at a time.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to add two new rides for guests to enjoy. These classic amusement park rides will add thrills unlike anything in the Midwest.” said Worlds of Fun General Manager, Frank Wilburn.

But that's not all. Families will be able to ring in the holidays next season and enjoy what is sure to be a new family tradition. WinterFest is coming to Worlds of Fun, showcasing 14 favorite holiday characters, spectacular light displays, ice skating, and festive live entertainment. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for six weeks beginning November 24, 2017.

“While rides and water slides are the focus for the summer, we pride ourselves on creating memories for families. What better way to create more memories than during Winterfest by starting a new holiday family tradition in Kansas City,” Wilburn added.

WinterFest is included with the purchase of a 2017 Gold Season Pass.
2017 passes are on sale now and also include one visit to the park in 2016.

Worlds of Fun - 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/18/16 8:29:40 PM
So far Kings Island is the only Cedar Fair Park I plan to visit in 2017, because of Mystic Timbers. None of the other announcements from Cedar Fair has me excited enough to plan a visit. Kings Dominion is planning on an announcement on August 20th. Hopefully Kings Dominion will get a new coaster next year. I already have Busch Gardens Williamsburg on our agenda next year because of Invadr. It would be great to visit Kings Dominion again next year with a new coaster.

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Re: New For 2017 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/18/16 8:49:59 PM
Wow! Pretty lame year next year for Cedar Fair Parks.I am with Ken.The only excitement for next year is at Kings Island.I need to move to Europe...lol
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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/19/16 9:11:35 AM
chitlins73 said:

Wow! Pretty lame year next year for Cedar Fair Parks.I am with Ken.The only excitement for next year is at Kings Island.I need to move to Europe...lol

If you guys are disappointed in Cedar Fair's announcement, just wait until Six Flags's day...

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/20/16 11:42:44 AM
Not what any of us expected...

Kings Dominion, for some reason, decided to post teaser videos and hold a press conference for the addition of three kiddie rides from Zamperla.

Kite Eating Tree

Sally's Sea Plane

Peanuts 500

They are also adding a "Pre-K" season pass - free for kids ages 3-5, free park WiFi, and an updated mobile app.

Yep. That's it.

I'm not complaining. I'm not one to gripe about what a park adds, or when they add it.

But I'm confused on the decision to promote this like they did, and hold their own announcement date. I think we all thought something more exciting was coming.

Kings Dominion 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/20/16 3:21:40 PM
I support their effort to make the park well rounded, however I do agree that they need to rethink their PR. They have never done it well. When your whole Facebook post is nothing but negative comments, you're not winning.

In the chance we do get something else announced this year, I have to wonder if they will do it in front of Hurler. If the park really wants to make waves, that's a much more viable option than inviting 500 season passholders into a dark theatre only to disappoint them (from videos, it looked to be 75 people at best -- I was going to be one of them, however got stuck in traffic).

Regardless, I took a ride today on Windseeker just to scope out the area and nothing really stood out as clues to what could be happening. So who the hell knows.

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/26/16 10:23:12 AM
On 8/25, Michigan's Adventure announced the addition of a reworked kids area, called Half Pint Paradise.

MORE SPLASH COMING IN 2017

New thrills will be coming to Michigan’s Adventure in 2017 with the addition of a new water park attraction that is sure to excite families and young children.

Half Pint Paradise will be completely revamped with all new equipment including seven new children’s slides. In addition, a new Splash Pad will offer a variety of interactive water play features shaped to reflect a sailboat navigating through fish, a sea serpent, and other sea creatures to stimulate the imagination for kids of all ages. Dumping water structures and bubbling geysers surround the features and make playtime exciting to the delight and engagement of younger park goers.

The Beach Party and Half Pint Paradise areas will be reconfigured so that guests can move easily between the two family play areas with improved visibility. This will offer families with small thrill seekers the opportunity to concentrate their fun into an area designed just for them. Additional seating with shaded areas, plus private cabanas offer both relaxation and comfort for families seeking summertime fun!

The new addition to the park will also allow for a new entrance to Funnel of Fear making navigation of the waterpark easier for everyone.

Michigan’s Adventure is the largest amusement park and water park in Michigan offering over 60 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages.

Now is the best time to purchase a 2017 season pass at the lowest price of the season. Guests who purchase a 2017 season pass before the park closes for the season can enjoy one free visit in 2016.

Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure are open daily through September 5. Michigan’s Adventure will be open for one additional weekend on September 10 & 11.

Michigan's Adventure - 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/26/16 10:33:04 AM
Canada's Wonderland made their 2017 announcement today, announcing a new flat ride and a new water slide tower.

NEW FOR 2017: SOARING TIMBERS & MUSKOKA PLUNGE

CANADA’S WONDERLAND TO ADD WET & WILD THRILLS WITH TWO NEW ATTRACTIONS IN 2017

Canada’s Wonderland will be showcasing two new unique and adrenaline-pumping attractions in 2017. With the addition of towering water slides in Splash Works and a new thrill ride that will be the first of its kind in North America, guests will experience two exhilarating Parks and one memorable 2017 season.

Muskoka Plunge, a 60 ft. (18 m) tall waterslide complex featuring four speed slides, will kick-off the summer fun in Splash Works. Riders will feel the adrenaline rush when they step into an enclosed launch chamber and suddenly plummet into a high-speed free fall through S-curves and 360° loops at speeds of approximately 40 km/h.

For thrill-seekers that prefer to stay dry, Canada’s Wonderland will be adding to its arsenal of world-class thrill rides with Soaring Timbers. This unique ride experience will send guests spiraling through the sky on two massive rotating gondolas that swing riders through sweeping arcs while rotating 360 degrees.

Canada’s Wonderland has also recently announced a limited time offer on 2017 Season Passes for only $68.99 ($21.00 less than the current Season Pass price). As an additional benefit to purchasing next year’s Season Pass, New Passholders will receive one free visit this year and Renewing Passholders will receive one free 2016 Fast Lane Plus pass, valid for one day this season. Get your 2017 Season Pass Now!

For those wondering, Soaring Timbers is a Mondial Inferno, and it will be the first of it's kind in North America - a normal thing for Canada's Wonderland. They have the best collection of flat rides, including unique flat rides, in the industry, in my opinion.

http://mondialrides.com/rides/transportable/inferno

Canada's Wonderland - 2017

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Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/26/16 6:01:16 PM
Thanks for posting the manufacturer and video of Canada's Wonderland new ride. Now this I'm excited about. We were at Canada's Wonderland in 2015, but haven't been there this year, so I still haven't ridden the new Skyhawk or the flying scooters. I think this is a fantastic edition toba park that already has my favorite collection of modern flat rides. Canada's Wonderland continues to get better, and it's already one of the best parks in North America.
Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/1/16 6:22:31 AM
I'm sure drachen will post a full detailed summary of the Six Flags 2017 announcements, but the only new coasters in the Six Flags chain next year are 3 clones of Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure. Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Over Texas, and Six Flags New England are getting them. Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure is fun, but not original or unique enough to inspire me to travel to one of these parks next year. S&S does offer a larger model, so maybe one of those parks will get the larger model, which may inspire me to visit. So far 2017 looks to be a weak year in terms of new coasters. Kings Island and Busch Gardens Williamsburg adding a GCI Woodie each, are the only 2 parks on my radar for next year. Looks like 2017 will be a good year to go back to Florida or Texas.
Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/1/16 10:57:05 AM
frontrow said:

So far 2017 looks to be a weak year in terms of new coasters. Kings Island and Busch Gardens Williamsburg adding a GCI Woodie each, are the only 2 parks on my radar for next year. Looks like 2017 will be a good year to go back to Florida or Texas.

I agree. It's a shame too, since generally, 2015 was a good year for parks (financially) across the board.

2017 will be a good year to revisit some parks I've not visited in a while, or go seek out coasters added in 2015 and 2016 that I've made it to yet.

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/1/16 10:58:52 AM
As frontrow mentioned, today was Six Flags Announcement Day. I found it to be... lackluster.

I'll post info for each park throughout the day as I get time. But for now, here's the announcement video.

Edit...

Upon review, I don't plan on breaking it down park by park more than I did in the list above, because I just don't feel that anything being added next year is noteworthy. This video will suffice.

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Re: New For 2017 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/1/16 2:47:06 PM
I'm happy that SFA decided to invest in the StarFlyer. With KD dropping the ball, it makes up for a year where I thought we would at least get two new coasters for the region.

SFA has yet to announce if they are doing anything for Wild One's centennial. I'd keep an eye out for a more diluted announcement of some sort as the season whines down. At the very least, I could see them announcing over the offseason that Wild One will receive some sort of minor cosmetic facelift to help celebrate its birthday.

They also have not alluded to what will be running during Holiday in the Park this year, although it can be assumed that none of the major coasters will be open -- we can get some pretty chilly temperatures in the nation's capital if the conditions hit right. Adding a StarFlyer helps capitalize on Holiday in the Park for 2017. Having that thing lit up will be a great enticement for people driving down Central Ave.

The Mid-Atlantic has been chosen as the host for Coaster Con XLI in 2018. With Invader opening next year, we can only hope KD, scratch Cedar Fair, figures out what the hell they want to do and SFA gets enough capital for corporate to award us. If both can pull off a coaster for the 2018 season, three new additions within a two year span can really help make the region shine (esp. SFA) and set us up for the 2020's.

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Opinion on Garfield attraction in Kennywood by tedperk tedperk Profile at 9/7/16 10:46:56 PM
When I went back to Pittsburgh, several years ago, I went on Garfield's Adventure. I hated it. Give me back the old, Old Mill, Yes I know It was not sophisticated especially when you compare it with the more modern Dark Rides. But it had a charm, which, The Garfield attraction lacked. As I have seen the restoration of Noah's Ark. It leads me to believe that a similar restoration can't be too far behind for the Old Mill
Re: New For 2017 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/8/16 8:18:13 AM
I haven't posted in what seems like forever so my points of view will more than likely mean nothing but here it goes...

These are literally the crappiest announcements in a long, long time even though there were only two that I actually liked.

The ones I liked were Carowinds' new County Fair with the flat rides. Any park that can install a Mondial Top Scan, even if it was used, get a big bonus from me. Those rides ROCK! This makes me believe that the old County Fair section back by Afterburn will be incorporated into Carolina Harbor in the future.

The second is the Star Flyer at Six Flags America. Nice to see that park finally get a little love that wasn't a hand me down from another SF park and to finally be able to bring some height to the skyline is fantastic news. I still have yet to visit this park but maybe it's turned a corner and better things are on the way.

What I don't understand - why did Kings Island need a new wood coaster NOW? I would have hoped for at least one more solid steel coaster to complete the trifecta (D-back and Banshee) but I feel that this is one attraction that they did not need at this time.

Cedar Point Shores - here we go with the stupid names again. What was wrong with Soak City, especially after you converted some of the water parks in the former Paramount Parks into that brand? I will agree that Soak City needed a big overhaul and after what they did at Carowinds it would have been a matter of time when CP would see the same thing. The killer part is not even two days later they announced that the last vestige of Geauga Lake, the neglected Wildwater Kingdom, would close forever after Labor Day. What great timing, don't you think? I'm completely over the whole Geauga Lake closing, hard to believe it's been nine years already, but I just want to thank Cedar Fair for taking the last bit of family fun we had left in Northeast Ohio away. Kudos to the city of Aurora and Bainbridge Township. You both finally get what you wanted - more shopping and condos (like you reeeallly needed more of that).

I'm happy that Great America is changing Vortex to Patriot by converting it to a floorless but that design is so weak compared to Medusa at nearby Discovery Kingdom. Having finally tried Rougarou at CP this year I will say the conversion was a BIG improvement over Mantis however you still get your ears bashed to death on the twisty section after the mid-course, and it certainly felt worse than what I got on Mantis as my ears were ringing for a little while after my ride. I wish CGA great success with this. Look out Carowinds, your Vortex will more than likely be next.

Six Flags - where do I even begin. First I'm starting to get sick of all the superhero names. When you start using Wonder Woman: Lasso of Truth as a name it seems you are really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel (it's really not that bad of a name but I seriously think they could do better).

Also I'm kind of getting tired of all the clones. More Justice Leagues and more 4D Free Spins. Whatever happened to making the parks different from each other? I understand that a vast majority of the GP are not going to visit other parks in the chain but what would make the other parks enticing if they start having all the same stuff?

I'm sorry for my rant as I was reading through the post I want to comment. Have a great day everyone.

Re: New For 2017 by NotSo NotSo Profile at 9/8/16 10:39:47 AM
G-Dog, I think the Kings Island addition is going to be great. Very few parks are adding real wooden coasters (that don't go upside down, or are steel), so I think this is unique. The last thing i'd want to see is another BM that is inversion after inversion. I don't even ride those anymore, even Banshee we only do once or twice every visit. I don't find all the looping very enjoyable anymore. So a good wooden coaster seems awesome to me!
Cedar Point Shores - I don't care what they name it, i'm just happy they are finally updating their waterpark after all these years!
Re: New For 2017 by atlantic_coaster atlantic_coaster Profile at 9/11/16 8:23:55 PM
Six Flags has gotten at least 1 RMC coaster every year since 2013, but they didn't this year. This was very surprising to me. Does anyone know if Six Flags ended their contract with Rocky Mountain?

I'm glad that The Joker will be getting clones. It's a really fun ride with a small footprint. However, their choice of parks was horrible.

It will be Great America's third new roller coaster in the past 5 years, A 4D Free-Spin clone already exists in the state of Texas, and Six Flags New England (the most reasonable of the choices) just got Wicked Cyclone recently. I think this ride would fit extremely well into Six Flags Mexico, America, or La Ronde.

Re: New For 2017 by Kingcobra89 Kingcobra89 Profile at 9/12/16 11:00:13 PM
Wait, weren't Worlds of Fun suppose to announce what else they are working on, or is my mind messed up?
Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/16/16 11:34:29 AM
Kingcobra89 said:

Wait, weren't Worlds of Fun suppose to announce what else they are working on, or is my mind messed up?

Yeah, they just announced the Pre-K pass. So did Valleyfair. I hope Dorney does the same.

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Re: New For 2017 by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 9/19/16 2:56:46 PM
Most recent updates to the SDC rumor mill seem to point out that it will be a new coaster coming, but that it's likely been put off to 2018. Also talk of updates to their amphitheater, possibly a completely redone entrance, and perhaps the last year of their dark ride, The Flooded Mine- though that one has been rumored in the past to be going and it's still here, so who knows for sure on it.
Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/19/16 3:53:53 PM
Track and Supports on-site at Casino Pier. Looks to be a Gerstlauer Infinty Coaster. Still waiting for an official announcement, but I've seen photos of the track and supports.
Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/21/16 3:26:27 PM
A truck from Rocky Mountain Company is on-site at Cedar Point in the Mean Streak area. Photos have been posted on Facebook.
Re: New For 2017 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/22/16 12:08:51 AM
^^^Yup. Its pretty much a done deal. Its the best case scenario IMO. The upcoming info will be the most anticipated breaking news (what the new name, and new layout etc will be) right up there with Twisted Colossus.
Re: New For 2017 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 9/22/16 3:08:33 PM
frontrow said:

A truck from Rocky Mountain Company is on-site at Cedar Point in the Mean Streak area. Photos have been posted on Facebook.

So, for those of us who are not plugged into the rumor mill, what's likely to happen? Are they rebuilding, rehabbing, or retracking MS, or are they going to raze it and start from scratch?

Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/22/16 8:22:22 PM
RobLec said:

frontrow said:

A truck from Rocky Mountain Company is on-site at Cedar Point in the Mean Streak area. Photos have been posted on Facebook.

So, for those of us who are not plugged into the rumor mill, what's likely to happen? Are they rebuilding, rehabbing, or retracking MS, or are they going to raze it and start from scratch?

No clue Rob. I'm just hoping it's not Photoshop. I find it high unlikely it was Photoshoped, being there is Rocky Mountain Company on the side of the truck and on the crane. I just wish Cedar Point would announce what really is taking place and when we will be able to ride it.

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/26/16 11:45:58 AM
Here are the images, as seen on www.screamscape.com of the roller coaster track that has arrived in Seaside Heights, NJ for Casino Pier.

Between this new ride, Morey's Nor' Easter getting new track, and Playland's Castaway Cove hopefully getting their two coasters open, 2017 should be a great year for the Jersey shore.

Screamscape - Casino Pier

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Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/29/16 3:57:52 PM
SeaWorld Parks recently made their 2017 announcements. The most notable being Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, a jet ski theme dual launched steel coaster coming to SeaWorld San Antonio.

Of note, this is the first Intamin roller coaster to be added to a United States park since Hersheypark added Skyrush in 2012.

Here's the full release with details of other attractions at the other SeaWorld parks.

September 27, 2016

SeaWorld has some of the most immersive, exciting and inspirational experiences found anywhere, and we’re taking those experiences to new heights in 2017. We announced today that an extensive line-up of new attractions, shows and events will be coming to our parks across the country next year.

These include major new ride additions at three parks, a virtual reality experience, a new orca presentation in San Diego, and new shows and events. All totaled, the company will invest $175 million in capital spending, which will make 2017 one of the largest new attraction years in our 53-year history.

Here are just some of the thrilling experiences coming in 2017:

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster™ coming to SeaWorld® San Antonio

In summer 2017, SeaWorld San Antonio is launching a new generation of coaster, which will be the first of its kind in North America. Combining the thrill of the sea with the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster boasts variety of features inspired by the reality of jet skiing across a body of water. The unique jet ski-style car design is the first such coaster design in North America and engages riders in a straddled seating position. The design will allow riders to lean into a series of banked and serpentine turns, and grip the handle bars as they race over hills designed for maximum airtime, and a pair of high acceleration launches.

Inspired by the Emmy® award-winning program, Sea Rescue®, the coaster enables riders to feel what it’s like to race alongside SeaWorld’s heroic animal care team and veterinarians as they spring into action at a moment’s notice to help rescue animals in distress. The new coaster is unique to SeaWorld’s mission and brings awareness to the brave efforts of the SeaWorld animal teams as they join forces with organizations around the world to help ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned animals. Even the queue line experience will tell the story of a rescue mission and invite guests to become involved in helping protect animals.

Ocean Explorer coming to SeaWorld San Diego

Our goal is to provide experiences that matter for each of the guests that come to our parks so they’ll be inspired to explore and protect the wild wonders of our world. This is just part of the reason we’re excited to announce that next summer our park in San Diego will unveil Ocean Explorer, a new 3-acre area that combines multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies.

In the signature attraction for the realm, called Submarine Quest, guests will be adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, travelling aboard submarines to see Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals. Embarking on these mini subs, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help protect animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along the journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of our fragile ocean ecosystem.

The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive activities displaying unique as well as elusive ocean animals like giant octopuses, huge spider crabs and dozens of moray eels – some of which have never been seen at the park before.

New Inspiring Orca Encounter at SeaWorld® San Diego

We’ve made some exciting changes at SeaWorld, including introducing a new and inspiring orca encounter, coming in summer 2017. Starting first at SeaWorld San Diego, we’ll introduce new, inspiring, natural orca encounters, rather than theatrical shows, as part of our ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals.

These programs will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health and will start in San Diego next year, followed by Orlando and then San Antonio by 2019. The new Orca Encounter will be based on killer whale behavior in the wild: what they eat, how they hunt, how they navigate and how they communicate, helping guests gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the orcas and empowering them a sense of determination and purpose to help preserve the future of these majestic animals. This new encounter will have the feel of a live documentary and look at broader themes such as research, rescue, conservation, habitats and distribution, husbandry and care, and social structures.

Dolphin Nursery coming to SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando’s Dolphin Nursery will become more interactive in summer 2017, giving our guests the opportunity to get up close to mother and baby dolphins in all new and inspiring ways.

Large-scale acrylic windows will be created offering better guest viewing, including multiple levels to give kids a face-to-face perspective with baby dolphins. And since animal care is our top priority, new slide out areas and lifting floor will allow for easier access to mom and baby for the veterinary and animal care teams.

Plus new multi-purpose digital displays will allow SeaWorld educators to share information about dolphin behavior, biology and conservation with our guests in new ways by interacting with video from underwater cameras, educational content and animal care videos.

And the excitement continues with even more new attractions and experiences for guests to enjoy in 2017, including:

The Wildlife Docs™: Live at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
We’re bringing the stories from the Emmy-nominated weekly show, The Wildlife Docs, straight to guests at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The exciting and immersive show will feature live animals, video production and live ambassador presenters performers in the park’s Stanleyville Theater.

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego
Electric Ocean will debut next summer at our parks in Orlando and San Diego as a brand new, end-of-day spectacle. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.

Kraken Virtual Reality at SeaWorld® Orlando – SeaWorld will debut its first digitally enhanced ride experience as the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) coaster experience. This thrill ride will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida and guests will embark on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken.

InvadR at Busch Gardens Williamsburg – A new wooden roller coaster, InvadR, will join Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s collection of world-class thrill rides. The family thriller will be the park’s first wooden coaster and eighth roller coaster in total. InvadR’s wooden track will be supported by a steel structure, giving riders the stability of steel supports with the classic feel of a wooden coaster.

You can read more about these new additions, and all of the new and exciting things coming to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks next year, by clicking here.

SeaWorld Parks

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Re: New For 2017 by Justacoastergeek Justacoastergeek Profile at 10/5/16 7:50:37 PM
I'm beyond irritated that mystic timbers may be the best new coaster of 2017. "Yay"
Re: New For 2017 by Kingcobra89 Kingcobra89 Profile at 10/6/16 5:31:48 AM
Justacoastergeek said:

I'm beyond irritated that mystic timbers may be the best new coaster of 2017. "Yay"

"Let it go man, let it go."

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 10/18/16 9:19:43 AM
Screamscape shared photos today from Midwest Info Guide, showing new footers being formed at Silver Dollar City. It is anticipated that this is part of a new roller coaster project.

Also, a lot of action is taking place with Morey's Nor' Easter roller coaster. Track is sitting on the beach - whether is new track that has arrived or old track that's been removed is unclear. I would guess the latter since it's still white.

I say that because the supports are currently being painted a nice aqua shade of blue and green.

Photos posted by Baynum Painting and Morey's Piers to Facebook.

MidWest Info Guide

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Re: New For 2017 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 11/4/16 11:01:44 PM
There's a new park in Alabama for 2017. Zamperla Land South, with facsimiles of Tickler and Thunderbolt at Luna Park AKA Zamperla Land.

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2016/11/roller_coaster_rivaling_longes.html

https://rcdb.com/14398.htm

Re: New For 2017 by drachen drachen Profile at 11/7/16 2:10:32 PM
I finally took a moment to update the list today. A few things have been announced in the past three weeks.

Elitch Gardens announce "Star Flyer", a FunTime Star Flyer. This one is a 48 passenger model, which I believe holds more than the others that are out there.

Soaring above the Denver skyline comes one of the tallest rides in Colorado. Star Flyer, a ride so high it will leave you gasping for air! On this extreme swing ride, 48 guests sit two across in open-air seats, feet dangling and hair blowing, ascending to the top of the 17 story tower while flying round and round.



Dutch Wonderland announced "Merlin's Mayhem", an S&S Sansei suspended family coaster - big news for the small park.


Merlin’s Mayhem:
Dutch Wonderland’s New Ride for 2017 Unveiled

Suspended Roller Coaster Takes Flight at A Kingdom for Kids!

Nov. 1, 2016 (Lancaster, PA) – Dutch Wonderland is excited to announce the addition of their first suspended family roller coaster, Merlin’s Mayhem, scheduled to open during the summer of 2017. Merlin’s Mayhem will feature new thrills, twists and turns, as guests experience an enchanted journey with Dutch Wonderland’s friendly magician, Merlin.

Families will join Merlin on a high-flying adventure in search of his dragon friend, Mayhem, who has disappeared into the park. Thematic events, beginning in the queue, reveal the story of Mayhem and Merlin. Once guests board the ride, Merlin will begin giving clues and encouragement through on-board audio within the seats. As the enchanted flying machine returns to the station, the mischievous Mayhem is safely reunited with Merlin.

Merlin’s Mayhem, manufactured by S&S Worldwide, will be the tallest ride located at Dutch Wonderland, featuring a 60 foot rise to the top, along with two helix turns. At a minimum height requirement of 39 inches, this new roller coaster will be enjoyed by young and old alike.



Dollywood announced the additions of "Drop Line", a 200 foot drop tower that looks to be from Intamin, and a junior roller coaster to be added near Thunderhead, make and model to be determined.

New in Summer 2017, Drop Line is a 200-foot tall free-fall experience that towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before its exhilarating finish. The drop tower ride lifts Dollywood guests nearly 20 stories above the Canyon’s pool, before plummeting them back to the ground in a thrilling rush.

Whistle Punk Chaser, a new junior coaster opening in Summer 2017, throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

Knott's Berry Farm announced "Sol Spin", a Modial Top Scan that looks to be taking the former WindSeeker's spot.

Sol Spin will bring brand new hair-raising thrills to the Fiesta Village area of the park next season. The new ride will send brave guests on a thrilling topsy-turvy adventure over 6 stories high as they rotate in all directions on one of six spinning arms. Sol Spin will be the newest addition to the theme park’s world-class line up of more than 40 rides and attractions when it opens in spring 2017.

Also, CNL Lifestyle Properties announced the sale of their parks and some ski resorts to EPR Properties.

And finally, as previously mentioned, a new entertainment property, called Owa, will open in Foley, Alabama. Part of the large entertainment complex will be an amusement park, which is slated to open in 2017.

Details here...
http://visitowa.com/

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Re: New For 2017 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 11/15/16 6:22:49 AM
I would say that this is going to be a pretty weak year. Since I try to go to parks that are new to me every year, this will give me a chance to get caught up with the rides that have actually been around for a some time but are at places that I have already been. Of course, two new GCI's in the same year is always a good thing.
Re: New For 2017 by alexander1212 at 11/26/16 5:16:49 PM
Are there any announcements for Magic Springs in HotSprings, Arkansas? They lost rides this past year and haven't added a big ride in a while.
Re: New For 2017 by skc2000 at 11/26/16 5:58:54 PM
I might be wrong but this might be the problem.The cost of travelling is getting more & more expensive as time goes on so people don,t travel as much as they used to so the parks have less business because of that & because of less business the parks don,t have the money to build so many good coasters.I hope i am wrong but that might be the problem.

skc2000

Re: New For 2017 by NotSo NotSo Profile at 11/28/16 12:36:24 AM
Gas is less than 2 bucks and air travel is cheap right now. I don't think it's that. It's a really good time to travel right now.
Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 11/28/16 3:26:23 AM
If anything, attendance is still rising at most parks and so is gate prices. Because of that we are seeing a lot of new coaster installations. Some parks are struggling, but there are many other factors that are contributing to that. All in all the industry is very strong as of now. I do believe that everything has a ceiling of what people are willing to pay. Not only do I think we are getting close to that point, but when it is reached, the number of Coaster and ride installations will decrease. As for now we are still in the 2nd Golden Age of roller coasters. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Re: New For 2017 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 12/10/16 10:31:15 PM
Fun Spot America (Kissimmee) will be getting a Gravity Group woodie with a corkscrew inversion for 2017. Not to be confused with the sister park Fun Spot America (Orlando) in 2013 got White Lightning, the GCI. This will be a great pickup for Fun Spot in Kissimmee!

https://rcdb.com/14554.htm

Re: New For 2017 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 12/18/16 5:50:25 AM
^ It's going to be great. Since I live in central Florida and I should be able to get back to Wisconsin next year, I will be able to ride both of the Gravity Group coasters with corkscrews with in weeks of each other.
Re: New For 2017 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 1/18/17 4:55:06 PM
The amount of work that goes into this thread is unreal. Thanks for the effort as always!
- mugen828
157 Coasters -- Favorite Coaster -- Nitro (SFGAdv)
117 Steel -- 40 Wood -- Home Park: SFGADv
Re: New For 2017 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 1/29/17 7:44:04 AM
I guess this will be the year of the wood coasters. Mystic Timbers, InvadR, and what they are going to put in Fun Spot Kissimmee seem to be best. Even what used to be a wooden up at Cedar point is getting worked on this year.
Re: New For 2017 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 4/30/17 4:52:44 AM
Holiday World is adding a Calypso type ride called Firecracker for the 2017 season. Kentucky Kingdom is adding a Ring Of Fire type ride called The Eye of the Storm for their 2017 season. I also want to add that Rye Playland has refurbished it's Derby Racer so the horses once again move back and forth.

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Re: New For 2017 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 5/16/17 6:20:28 AM
Yep, it's all about wood this year. Mystic Timbers looks like it might be GCI's best. InvadR might have a ton of airtime for its size.
Mine Blower could be the best "family" ride around. Even what used to be Kings Dominion's Hurler might be great. They seem to want to take out most of the track and supports. What they end up with could be anything.