Confirming at long last what everyone has suspected for the past two-and-a-half years, Universal has today announced that Dragon Challenge will be closing down on Tuesday, September 5 in order to make room for a brand-new Harry Potter attraction.
Although Universal didn’t offer much in the way of specifics for the replacement ride, it did provide some rather vague – though still incredibly exciting – details: it’ll be a “highly-themed” roller coaster that will, as expected, take us into a different corner of the wizarding world, where we’ll encounter some of our “favorite characters and creatures.” Interestingly enough, the company refers to the attraction as both a thrill andfamily-friendly ride, which leads us to believe that it might provide an experience not unlike Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – even though it’s supposed to be unlike anything Universal has ever done before. Finally, there’s the little tidbit that the new coaster will open in 2019 (when many of Disney’s new additions to Walt Disney World Resort will be up and running, incidentally).
Rocky Mountain Fans rejoice! A new profile by a local news station points to a very busy 2017 for the popular roller coaster manufacturer. While the story does not say all these projects will open in 2017, they do say that they have 7 different projects being worked on right now, with one of them being shipped to Japan.
So even if that's 6 new projects for North America, that leaves 4 new rides that we're not yet aware of (when you remove the two fairly obvious Cedar Fair projects). Of course there could be rides for Europe or perhaps their first in booming China, we don't know quite yet. But it is promising news nonetheless.
Two trains have collided on a ride at a theme park in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
Some 33 people were hurt, with a number taken to hospital for evaluation, although emergency services said the injuries were only light.
Two carriages of the Tren de la Mina (Mine Train) ride at the Parque de Atracciones collided as one completed its route but failed to stop properly. Police have been called in to determine the cause of the accident.
The incident happened at about 14:30 (12:30 GMT) on Sunday and the park sent out a call to emergency services.
Since it first opened in 1990, Georgia Cyclone has become an iconic part of Six Flags Over Georgia. But in just two weeks, the wooden rollercoaster will take its final ride. Six Flags Over Georgia announced exclusively to Good Day Atlanta's Paul Milliken that the park will retire Georgia Cyclone at the end of July.
Georgia Cyclone opened 27 years ago, with a design based on the legendary coaster of the same name at Coney Island. Georgia Cyclone is a wooden coaster with nearly 3,000 feet of track, reaching top speeds of around 50 miles per hour.
NEW CANEY, TX
After several setbacks, construction on Big Rivers, the water park planned at Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District, begins in August, CEO Monty Galland said on Tuesday.
The 630-acre complex, located just north of New Caney, is designed to feature a 150-acre theme park, a 40-acre water park, an 83-acre "Sportsplex," a two-mile racing track, an RV park, four hotels and a factory outlet mall.
The theme park portion was initially slated to open summer 2015; then the date was pushed to 2016. It's now slated April 2020 with five roller coasters.
LOS ANGELES, CA
If you’re planning to spend a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain any time through July 31, then you might want to download the new Seek Adventure app.
It’s a free, “augmented reality treasure hunt” for hidden treasure.
After you download the app and register, you’ll see a virtual map highlighting treasure chests in your area of the theme park.
Splash Away Bay waterpark at Quassy Amusement Park here will get “supercharged” for the 2018 season, park officials announced today.
Three new gigantic water raft rides with a combined length of more than 1,000 feet will be constructed during the offseason, bringing to 15 the number of slides in the lakeside complex.
“We’re thrilled that we can start the project later this summer and have it completed for the waterpark’s opening next year,” said park President Eric Anderson.
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
It’s the grand opening of a new ride, but it’s also the chance to dress up as Wonder Woman or Superman.
Six Flags Magic Mountain will open “JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis” on Wednesday, July 12. To celebrate the opening of the ride, the park wants people to dress up like one of their favorite DC Comics characters that day.
They are calling it a “Super Heroes Cosplay” event, and the park wants to set a world record for most cosplay participants in a theme park, all dressed as DC Comics characters.
Skyline Attractions has altered the landscape of thrill rides with its latest scream maker- Skywarp. As part of the company’s third anniversary, Skyline is excited to announce the sale of their first of many Skywarps, which will make its public debut in the summer of 2018. This exciting experience offers 32 passengers a unique journey as they board the competing ride vehicles. The train begins rocking back and forth, building up to full speed before completing several thrilling forward and reverse rotations through the twin Immelmann inversions.
The unique concept was first shown to the world at the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. This annual event is the world’s largest showcase of rides and Skywarp was one of the most unique concepts displayed. This innovative attraction combines the speed, inversions, and capacity of a big coaster with a fraction of the necessary investment needed. The clever design of Skywarp allows it to deliver the thrills a modern rider expects, with the reliability, ease of maintenance, and ultra-compact footprint that fits in nearly any park.
Just when you thought amazing news out of Fun Spot America had subsided, they announced that they have acquired Fayetteville, Georgia, park, Fun Junction USA, adding to their two parks in Florida. In a subtle move on Facebook Live today, Fun Spot America made the announcement to the seasonal staff at the Fayetteville park. As Fun Spot America continues to look for ways to expand its position in the amusement industry, they found a great opportunity to build off of what family-owned Fun Junction USA has established over the past thirty years.
Fun Spot America is all about celebrating people, creating fun, and making memories. The future at Fun Junction USA looks better than ever. During the conversation with Fun Junction USA’s staff, Fun Spot America’s CEO, John Arie, Jr., mentioned, “my goal is to make this park THE BEST in Georgia.”