The Mall of America, home to the Park at MOA, announced that they are going to spend over $1 billion as part of the Phase II expansion project. The Phase II expansion project for Mall of America will include a performing arts auditorium, which would seat up to 6,000 people, a new roller coaster along with new rides and attraction for the Park at MOA, a Bass Pro Shop, and a hotel.
The on-site hotel would be eight stories tall and would feature 202 rooms at a cost of $180 to $250 a night. The cost to build the hotel will be $40 million and it will probably take between 14 to 16 months to build, pending city approval. Along with the hotel, the Mall of America will open a 300,000 square foot Bass Pro Shop.
Over the next 18 months, Mall of America officials plan to invest $25 million in new rides and attractions for the Mall of America’s amusement park, the Park at MOA. These additions include a new steel roller coaster, which is set to debut in the spring of 2008. The new coaster will be a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster that will stand 67 feet tall and will travel through 1345 feet of track during its two-minute duration.
The German engineers at Gerstlauer also designed the Park at MOA’s most recent roller coaster, the Timberland Twister spinning roller coaster. The mall also plans to make some small changes including the addition of the Cantina No. 1 Corona, a 13,000-square-foot Mexican restaurant. Construction for the Phase II project should begin in mid-2007.
For the past five seasons, it stood proudly at Geauga Lake’s entrance; the newest roller coaster track in the park. Now, X-Flight is taking off towards an undisclosed location.
In recent years, thrill-seekers have learned that infancy is hardly a promise of longevity for thrill rides. Now, that point has been underscored once again as the Ohio theme park begins dismantling one of its star attractions – a ride that was marketed as the first in the Midwest to send riders flying like their favorite superheroes in prone position.
Growing theme park giant Cedar Fair, owner of Geauga Lake since 2004, now operates a dozen other amusement parks throughout North America. Any one of those parks could become the new landing site of X-Flight, in theory.
However, two of the other Cedar Fair parks – Paramount Canada’s Wonderland and Paramount’s Carowinds – already operate lay-down coasters. Two more – Cedar Point and Valleyfair – already have installations of major new coasters in the works. Half a dozen others have land shortages that might not justify the acreage of X-Flight, leaving some to believe that Geauga Lake’s Midwestern neighbor Michigan’s Adventure will soon be seeing lime green track and dark blue supports on its property.
To followers of the roller coaster world, the relocation of X-Flightwill conjure recollections from three years ago when a nearly identical ride that spawned the modern “flying coaster” craze made a cross-country flight of its own. After three years of operation, Stealth at Paramount’s Great America in California was shipped to Carowinds in North Carolina where it was reincarnated as BORG Assimilator for the 2004 season.
Geauga Lake states that the removal of X-Flight does not signal the arrival of a new attraction to fill the void.
To the delight of coaster enthusiasts across America, it has been announced that Cypress Gardens Adventure Park will become the new home for the famous Starliner wooden roller coaster. Along with the Starliner, Cypress Gardens will open an all-new interactive children’s area called Bugsville.
It was announced in March of 2005 that Cypress Gardens had bought the Starliner roller coaster from the now closed Miracle Strip Park in Panama City, Florida. The Starliner was originally built in 1963, and was designed by John Allen who is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, roller coaster designer of his time. However, when it was announced that the Starliner had been saved, no one knew when this classic wooden coaster would reopen.
The Starliner will be the park’s 6th roller coaster, and construction to rebuild the coaster will begin immediately. The park is hoping to have the Starliner reopened in late-May of 2007. Kent Buescher, President and CEO of Cypress Gardens Adventure Park also announced that the park would open Bugsville in the spring of 2007.
Bugsville will be home to many rides, a special theater, and eventually an interactive play structure. The first phase of the Bugsville project will be completed in 2007 and will include 13 rides. This new children’s area will also feature a new show called “A Bugsville Adventure.”
Cypress Gardens Adventure Park will also introduce a brand-new season pass for 2007 at the price of $69.95. In was recently reported that the park was dealing with major financial problems, but it now seems that the park has kept its troubles to a minimum. Cypress Gardens operates year round and will give free park admission to anyone who has a 2006 season pass to any theme park in the country through December 24th, 2006.