Boomeranging to Costa Rica
One park’s loss will become another park’s gain overseas, as Parque Diversiones, also known as the National Amusement Park, in San Jose, Costa Rica, will be receiving a boomerang coaster from Brazil. Amusement Today reported last month that Playcenter amusement park in Sao Paulo, Brazil would be closing in favor of a more kid-friendly entertainment park/facility. Now, the Costa Rica Star is sending word that Playcenter’s Boomerang coaster will be making its new home there.
Boomerang is a standard “Boomerang” coaster from Vekoma Rides Manufacturing, standing 116’ 6” tall, and hitting a top speed of 47 mph as it traverses a cobra roll and vertical loop, first forwards then backwards. Before moving to Costa Rica, the coaster operated at Playcenter as Boomerang since it was first built there in 1997. But after nearly 40 years of operation, Playcenter is changing its strategy from amusement park, to family entertainment center. According to Amusement Today and the Costa Rica Star, the new project will take an investment of BR$40 and will include and interactive ghost train, 4D cinema, and a carousel, amongst other childrens rides, with an expected opening in the first half of 2013.
In the months preceding the park’s closure, homes have already been found for many of the parks other rides and coasters. In February, the Windstorm S&MC Hurricane coaster was moved to Alpen Park as Alpen Blizzard, while the Schwarzkopf Looping Star is being moved to Nicolandia Center Park, both of which are located elsewhere in Brazil. Other attractions, such as the Fabbri Evolution and Cataclysm, are still up for sale to new homes.
When it opens at Parque Diversiones, the “new” Boomerang coaster will stand tall amongst the parks three already existing coasters. The largest of its new brothers is the brightly painted Vekoma Whirlwind coaster called Bocaraca, once the Whirlwind coaster that operated at Knoebels Amusement Park. It will also be standing alongside Montana Ghibli, a small family coaster built by a Costa Rican firm, and Teletren, a small Zamperla Family Gravity Coaster (model 80STD). Expect the new Boomerang coaster to open by the end of 2012.
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