Hersheypark today announced two new attractions to their Boardwalk waterpark. The first is being billed as their "14th Coaster" and will be called Breakers Edge. The following are stats released by the park:
Our 14th coaster is making waves! Breakers Edge℠ Water Coaster smoothly rockets riders through splash-filled hills, tight turns, and sweet thrills that are perfect for the whole family.
The second addition will be a set of mat racers called Whitecap Racers. The following stats were also released by the park:
Experience the longest mat racing slide in the world! Race through the turns and tunnels of Whitecap℠ Racer and see who can best the crest by the end of the season.
Both of these will be open for the 2018 season and are expected to add 40,000 gallons of water to The Boardwalk!
SAN ANTONIO, TX
Six Flags announced today that Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster will open next spring at its Fiesta Texas location in San Antonio. The park says the new attraction won't look or behave like any thrill machine that preceded it. That's because instead of riding a set of two rails like traditional coasters, its narrow trains would soar along one 15.5-inch-wide steel track. It will be the world's first single-rail IBox track coaster.
"I expect it to be crazy smooth," says Larry Chickola, Six Flags VP and chief corporate engineer. "And crazy fun. There will be extremely quick twists and turns – quicker and smoother than regular coasters."
One person has died and another six were injured when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, according to CBS affiliate WBNS-TV, citing the Columbus Division of Fire. The station adds that five of the injured are listed in critical condition. The last was in stable condition. Officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture identified the ride as the "Fireball" (a swinging claw ride).
Some of the victims were thrown from the ride, Columbus Battalion Chief Steve Martin said. Wednesday evening Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a statement on Twitter saying that he is "terribly saddened by this accdent, by this loss of life and that people were injured."
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.