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March 1999


March 24, 1999

More Supports and Track Arrive At Six Flags Magic Mountain
Valencia, CA - It was confirmed last week that the first batch of supports for the rumored Giovanola hypercoaster has arrived on site at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The supports are painted a teal color and the track is orange. Any further details about the coaster remain unknown and park officials have kept a tight lid on the project.

According to one source, more track will be arriving on site over the next several weeks and construction may begin as early as April.

Rumors continue to circulate among thrill ride fans as to when the new roller coaster may open. According to one source the ride will definitely open in 1999 or else it won't obtain it's world record status.

March 23, 1999

Colossus To Run Backwards For Spring Break
Valencia, CA - Beginning Saturday, March 27 and continuing through Sunday, April 11 the Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain will be running one side of the dual-track roller coaster backwards. The two Psyclone trains which were also used to run backwards in October 1998 during the annual FrightFest event, have already been transferred to the Colossus tracks and are set to go. Six Flags Magic Mountain begins daily operation on March 27 through early-September.

Is Drachen Fire Up For Sale
Williamsburg, VA - The most recent edition of Amusement Today magazine featured an advertisement for a company that sells used rides. In the advertisement was a listing for an 1992 Arrow Dynamics roller coaster with five inversions. Could it be Drachen Fire?

Dinosaur Beach Purchased By Group
Wildwood, NJ - According to sources Dinosaur Beach Pier has been purchased by an investor group headed by Pat Croce, president of the Philadlphia 76ers. According to reports the park will not open in 1999 and instead construction will begin to renovate, expand and improve the theme park.

Another source reports that the pier's Crazy Mouse spinning roller coaster has been removed and it's current owner and location is unknown. There is chance that it may be relocated to neighboring Steel Pier, which is still owned by the former owner of Dinosaur Beach.

Dominator Topped Off At Dorney Park
Allentown, PA - March 4, 1999--Sources confirmed that the new Dominator tower at Dorney Park was topped off today. The new Turbo Drop/Space Shot is designed by S&S Sports Power, Inc. of Utah. The new freefall thrill ride is slated to open on the park's opening day, Saturday, May 8.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Opens Two New Attractions
San Antonio, TX - Work on two of three new attractions being built at Six Flags Fiesta Texas for the 1999 season has been completed. The new Vekoma Boomerang coaster and the new S&S freefall, Scream, premiered to the public on Saturday, March 13.

Construction on the second new roller coaster, Poltergeist, is just starting to begin and most of the coaster track remains in the parking lot. Poltergeist, a lauched multielement roller coaster by Premier Rides, Inc. is slated to open in late-May.

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