Just when you thought Great Adventure has had enough big thrills, think again. As a part of a two-ride deal with Intamin AG, Six Flags invested in the tallest and fastest coaster, Kingda Ka and now America's first Intamin wooden coaster, El Toro.Taking the place of the late Viper coaster, El Toro takes riders through sheer heights of 181 feet and down a steep, 76 degree, drop over 176 feet in length. Breakneck speeds of seventy miles per hour soon follow as El Toro then goes through its hybrid layout of both traditional out and back and twisted elements. Alongside El Toro, a new themed section is created as well, the Plaza del Carnival.Meanwhile, the park didn't forget about the kids again. A new kiddie section has arrived at the park, Bugs Bunny's National Park. Located on the shores of Great Adventure's lake, the new section will include new pint sized attractions such as a new theater, interactive water play area, and a snack bar in this wilderness themed area. This section will be one of three kids areas at the park, the others being the Golden Kingdom's Balin's Junglelan and Looney Toon's Seaport.El Toro and the Plaza del Carnival and Bugs Bunny's National Park will hopefully open in Spring 2006. Stay tuned for a ride gallery page of El Toro!
Today, a press release from Magic Springs and Crystal Falls theme park in Arkansas has announced a major new 2006 addition. Following 2004's Gauntlet is the park's first revolutionary coaster. What is it? The US' first X-Car coaster. Sadly, the ride will be a clone of Sky Wheel at Skyline Park in Germany.The X-Car coaster was a concept made by Maurer Sohne that was built at Skyline Park in Germany as Sky Wheel in late 2004. The first X-Car coaster had a limited layout with usage of a vertical lift hill, with a monster layout of a 150 foot tall Immelman and a dive loop. Later on, the X-Car concept was used for Drayton Manor's recently opened G-Force coaster in a more traditional sense.The rides name has yet to be announced, but the park will hold a contest for the name. More details will be announced in a few weeks.
There was a day when it used to be the place to be in America, the ultimate destination for a day of family fun. Mayor Bloomberg is trying to revive that past. This new redevelopment plan costing a whopping $83 million will set a brand new tone of atmosphere at the park and for this historic landmark.
The revamp of the amusement park will center directly around what they are calling theParachute Pavilion. This will change the surrounding area such as Stillwell Avenue, Surf Avenue will possibly be adding a hotel and spa to attract more guest. Adding to this will be a multicultural center to help improve the boardwalk. Many places will be pitching in money for the total of the $83 million, $7 million of which will be donated by federal government.
For as long as many have held Coney Island in their hearts to an ever growing city time means change. In the long run this redevelopment will add many great things such as 1,500 to 2,000 permanent jobs for the surrounding city and nearly 10,000 construction jobs. Many people are against this due to, as they put it, the fact that “it will never look the same” and that "Coney Island won’t be Coney Island if it looks like any other boardwalk out there it has to retain its historical beauty to please the masses!”
Parts of the construction have started as of September and others won’t end until mid to late 2007. The Stillwell Avenue plan won’t be finished until late 2009 at earliest.
As many know Coney Island is home to the famous Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster and the wacky Wonder Wheel but, what may be in store for the island’s future, nobody knows just yet, we’ll have to see. New things will be coming their way in future years. With the some odd 5+ million people that visit this historic place every year you’d be surprised at what goes on behind closed doors to make the park an ever better place to visit and notice new things every time you walk into the gates. Like an open air café, a new hotel, and beach front spa, these new ideas keep coming and soon enough you have one sweet place, for the adults to relax over dinner, the kids a place to be thrilled and just plain enjoy themselves and keep coming back for more.
One other pressed issue by Bloomberg is to add increased residential development. It would allow for more people local to the area to visit, increasing the population and making room for more developments to come in future time, ultimately making all developments beneficial here on in.
Major sad news has just arrived today for the amusement industry and the troubled Six Flags. It seems Houston's only theme park is biting the big one and permanently closing for good after more than thirty five years of operation and millions of memories.The park opened in 1968 by Judge Roy Hofheinz, with a coaster named after him at the park (Judge Roy Scream). After only a few seasons, Astroworld was then bought by Six Flags in 1975 and has since then been one of the three Six Flags parks in Texas. In recent years, Astroworld has been considered a neglected Six Flags park and a "graveyard" for old Six Flags rides. In recent years, 2003 brought the park two big thrills, SWAT (the world's first S&S SkySwatter) and Diablo Falls (one of the first Whitewater Rapids rides built).The reason of the fate of this Six Flags park? Real Estate. Six Flags is selling the park due to the rising cost of real estate land in Houston. Just to pocket some cash, Six Flags sold Astroworld. The park will continue to operate until the ending of the 2005 season. After the end of the 2005 season, the park will be demolished.Rest in peace Six Flags Astroworld... Rest in peace...
Today, Kansas City's Worlds of Fun theme park announced its next major thrill since Boomerang: the Patriot. Patriot is a Bolliger and Mabillard inverted coaster that is the largest overall of its kind in the area. Not only that, it's the park's biggest investment since the park was first built back in 1972 at a price tag of $14 million. Patriot's twisted layout takes riders on an insane two minute and fourteen second rampage through the patriotic themed track. The ride is custom designed with the terrain, coming from world famous and top rated coaster company, B&M. Riders will go through a twisted layout which includes a height of 149 feet, speeds of sixty miles per hour, seven inversions, and a length of over 3,000 feet. The ride is a part of refurbishment of the Americana area of Beat Street.Patriot will open to patriotic thrillseekers on April 6th, 2006. It will be World's of Fun's sixth operating coaster.
The skyline at Six Flags over Georgia will be forever altered with the addition of a new hyper-coaster set to debut next spring: Goliath.Six Flags' first confirmation of 2006 plans has just been released, and the ride is no letdown for thrill-seekers. Making its mark as the 39-year-old park's fourth coaster from famed Bolliger and Mabillard, Goliath will dominate the front of the property and extend beyond the bounds of the current park with an L-shaped layout beginning on the former site of theGreat Gasp parachute ride and making its way over ponds across the entry road from the front gate.At just over 200 feet tall, 70 m.p.h., and 4,480 feet in length, Goliath will be the park's largest coaster addition ever and currently the eleventh track in the collection. It will utilize raised seating and sideless trains seen on Bolliger and Mabillard's existing four hyper-coasters.With a layout encompassing 8.5 acres, a first drop will measure 170 feet due to its construction over the existing park. From there, one of the layout's signature elements will be its largest drop of 175 feet swooping directly over Georgia Scorcher, the 1999 Bolliger and Mabillard stand-up coaster. All-in-all, the coaster will contain six camelback hills, a downward double helix, two additional banked curves, and an overbanked variation on the horseshoe element seen on Six Flags Great Adventure's Nitro.Major construction is yet to begin, and Goliath is set for a debut on April 1st, 2006. Season passholder preview days will be held beforehand.