Rumor: Updated Fountains at Canada’s Wonderland

In a recent video featuring the Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet and VP of Planning and Design Rob Decker, at the Clermont Steel Fabricators plant, where Gatekeeper’s track and keyhole elements are fabricated. They talk about the process of creating Gatekeeper, and you also get to see some great shots of B&M track in fabrication.

At 3:19, Matt Ouimet mentions some enhancements to the entrance fountains at Canada’s Wonderland.IMG_0982

We’re going to do some work, as an example on our fountains that are at the Kings parks, Canada’s Wonderland we’re going to start with…

This leads me to think, what are they going to do with the fountains, and will it be for this season? Right now the fountains are stationary, going off at sequenced intervals, but I can see some moving fountains like in World of Color at Disney California Adventure. Think about it, Matt Ouimet has his focus on family attractions, so it would only make sense to make the fountains into something a family can really enjoy, and maybe turn it into a night-time show. Who knows, maybe this is correlated with the Mamba trademark? Probably not, but since we don’t have anything confirmed for it yet, it was worth a shot.

Here’s one of my favourite videos of World of Color, as shot from a fixed-wing aircraft above the park. Maybe we’ll see something like this at a Cedar Fair park near you in the future.

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Six Flags 2013 Rumours

Although the big Six Flags announcement has yet to happen, we’re already starting to see huge piles of rumours regarding what will be announced by Six Flags. Lets take a look at the latest Six Flags rumours;

Six Flags Magic Mountain

There has been lots of speculation around what SFMM has in store for 2013, an the appearance of coloured steel beams backstage has only fuelled those rumours. Although may think that the beams are for a slingshot upcharge attraction, that leaves us wondering, “What about Full Throttle?” Since the name and features were supposedly leaked at WCB, we have heard countless rumours about length, speed, inversions, but if all of these are true, Six Flags Magic Mountain may have another winner on their hands!

Six Flags New England  

One piece of news that is making the rounds, is that Six Flags New England was recently granted an exception to the normal height limit, allowing them to build a rumoured 400ft tower swing ride, similar to the other Sky Screamers at other Six Flag parks.

Six Flags Over Texas

Since the announced removal of Flashback and Texas Chute Out, we’ve heard many rumours of what may take up this plot of land next season, but one rumour that has gained traction is the introduction of a similar tower swing ride to what is planned for Six Flags New England.

Six Flags Great America

The park recently released this image via their Facebook page, proving that we will see something new at the park, but the scale of it, we don’t know. Great America could simply be getting 6 new shows like SFOG did this season.

Six Flags St. Louis

Now, this one is pure RUMOUR, because absolutely nothing about this one has been confirmed. But people are saying, (Screamscape) that the park’s shoot the chutes Tidal Wave, will removed soon to make room for something new, possibly a relocated Flashback from SFOT.

Remember, these are all just rumours, we’ll have to wait for the big Six Flags announcement to learn what the chain REALLY has in store for what is looking like a very exciting 2013.

New for 2013 Wooden Coasters

Over the past month or so, we’ve heard plenty of rumours of where we’ll see new coasters for next year. But some coasters that have become very evident are some new wooden coasters. Lets take a look at some of the new RMC and GCI projects for next season;

The first, and by far the most obvious one is the Rocky Mountain Coasters project at Silver Dollar City. The rumoured name for this coaster is the Outlaw, as hinted to in the attraction’s teaser site: http://silverdollarcity2013.com/ From what we can see so far, this ride looks like the New Texas Giant’s successor, with a super steep drop, intense banking, and the one thing that’s got everybody talking: the zero-g roll.

What was originally looking like an extreme over-banked curve, is now looking like the first inversion on a wooden roller coaster since Son of Beast’s loop! Plus, this particular inversion continues after inverting, because it has a pullout in the same rolling fashion!

I don’t know why the park doesn’t just announce the ride officially, because the gargantuan lift structure is visible from the nearby steam train. But, on the upside, it gives us websites easy access to construction photos! This coaster is definitely one to watch!

On a lesser note, when Cedar Fair opted out of selling California’s Great America, they promised, and we all knew that they would be adding new rides and roller coasters to replace the ones that were removed in the past decade. So, for the 2013 season, it looks like they’re finally pulling the trigger on the planned GCI wooden coaster! The planned coaster would be located at the park’s entrance, and wrap around the Star Tower observation ride. The layout sort of reminds me of the recent Wodan at Europa Park.

We’ve already seen land clearing for this ride, plus some rather obvious signs, so we can pretty much guarantee seeing this ride open next year!

Check out the leaked layout, and I think that the first drop curving around the observation tower will create some great photos in the future! (Image by Screamscape)

Finally, Six Flags recently announce that the Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas will be closing on August 5. Is this leading to a Iron Horse treatment to turn this ageing woody into the Rattler: Reborn? Hopefully this will reopen with a new track profile next year because the New Teas Giant transformation looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to see what RMC might have in store for the Rattler, especially with it’s unique terrain.

That’s all we know about wooden coasters for next year, so far. So far, which project sounds the most intriguing?

1st and 2nd Photos by Theme Park Review

Universal Orlando Resort’s Current Projects

After just opening their New-for-2012 offerings, Universal Orlando Resort has already started on projects for the coming seasons! Lets take a look at what Uni.’s got planned for the future;

Soundstage 44/Transformers

Quite recently, Universal has demolished the vacant Soundstage 44. Due to the rapid demolition, and the recent openings of the famed Transformers rides in Hollywood and Singapore, many think we will see another incarnation of the Transformers ride be built at Universal Studios Florida. Based on aerial imaging, the show building for Transformers would fit, however they would need to dig deeper before putting in the foundation due to the three levels in the current ride.

More Potter?

Remember when Universal announced that they would be greatly expanding the current Wizarding World? Well, that expansion may be coming in the form of a Diagon Alley/London area taking the place of Jaws. Many blueprints and permits have been leaked that suggest this will happen. An additional note on this project is that we may see a Hogwarts Express link the two parks, as one station would be in Hogsmeade at IOA, and another would be in “London” at USF. We’ll just have to wait to see what will become of the Jaws wasteland.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Out of all of these projects, the only one we can confirm for sure is Universal Orlando Resort’s newest resort hotel; Cabana Bay Beach Resort. This will be UOR’s fourth resort hotel, and it has a planned opening date of sometime in 2014.

The theming for Cabana Bay Beach Resort

….will evoke the driving vacations so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families – spending time at sweeping motor courts just off the highway, where families relaxed and played after a long day’s drive. The new hotel’s hip, vintage look will be accented with bold design, dramatic, clean lines, bright, period colors and touches of neon.

The released concept art for the suites reflect the theme;

Presumably, this resort will be built at the intersection of Turkey Lake Road, and Hollywood Way, across from Islands of Adventure, (in the orange highlighted area.)

The resort will feature 1800 rooms; 900 standard rooms, and curiously, 900 family suites. Based on the fact that they say this resort will feature “900 family suites” I think that this is meant to be a direct competitor to Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort. It should be noted that this will presumably be the cheapest hotel on property for Universal, especially if they intend to compete head-to-head with Disney’s value class of hotels.

All three of these projects seem interesting to me, and I’m really excited to continue to watch these projects grow and develop.  Disney’s got some tough competition!

First Photo Credit Inside the Magic

What is Cedar Point Up To for 2013?

Cedar Point hasn’t put in a new coaster since Maverick in 2007, and every year since then, rumors have circulated saying that Cedar Point would be building a new coaster for the upcoming season. Earlier this year, we learned that Cedar Point would be removing Wildcat from the park, in order to encorperate an “expansion to Celebration Plaza.” But, in a recent turn of events, we may be seeing that new rumored coaster come to fruition very soon. Recently, we’ve learned from the Sandusky Register that the park plans on investing a monumental $25 million on a record-breaking, 170ft tall B&M wing coaster, and restructuring the entrance.

However, with this news came a bit of sadness for some, (and me,) as the memo by Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet to Cedar Point’s board of directors clearly states,

Disaster Transport and the Space Spiral both would have to come down if the site plan currently under consideration is chosen.

Now, this is a bit of a “deja vu” for me as the park did in fact remove White Water Landing to build Maverick, but surely the park can find a way around removing such classic rides like Disaster Transport, (arguably the park’s only dark ride,) and the Space Spiral observation tower!

Just the other day, the Facebook page Keep space spiral at cedar point posted this rendering of a possible layout for the new wing coaster, and if this really is the layout, I can see that it WILL impact the park’s entrance like Leviathan does at Canada’s Wonderland, but oddly it doesn’t seem to impact Space Spiral at all, and yet it it slotted for removal.

Additionally,  if the entrance were to be pushed over towards the beach, both Disaster Transport and Space Spiral could be kept! Or, if the layout were to change just a little, Space Spiral’s location could be used as the entrance, and the observation tower could just be relocated like Ocean Motion was for Windseeker!

So in short, the park already removed Wildcat, dropping the park’s coaster count to 16, and now they’re planning to remove Disaster Transport AND Space Spiral, all for rumored coaster? Maybe we’ll see more than this wing coaster next year? Either way, something weird is in the works at Cedar Point for 2013.

One final point I have to make is that many, (like me,) are opposed to the removal of Space Spiral and Disaster Transport from Cedar Point, so there are a bunch of Facebook pages dedicated to raising awareness of the situation! Check out Save-Disaster-Transport-and-Space-Spiral-at-Cedar-Point on Facebook right now!!!

May 2012 Recap

We’re almost half-way through 2012 and the theme park news shows no signs of slowing down. Over the course of the last month, we’ve seen openings, testing, announcements, and even new construction for next season!!! Let’s take a look at what happened in theme parks this month;

X-Flight Opening

The third B&M wing coaster for 2012 finally opened, in the form of the highly appraised X-Flight, at Six Flags Great America. Also, the park surprised us with a few water and fog effects to complement this cool coaster.

T0 see more photos from media day, check out http://sfgamworld.com/

Aquatica San Antonio Opening

SeaWorld’s second Aquatica waterpark opened in San Antonio this month. This one features the same tropical theme, with some new slides. I really think SeaWorld has a winner with this concept!

A full report can be found at http://behindthethrills.com/

Mr Freeze Reverse Blast Opening

Both Mr Freeze launch coasters have completed their train reversal and are now running backwards trains under the name of Mr Freeze Reverse Blast.

Read more about this chilling relaunch at http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca/

Shambhala Opening

What might just be Leviathan’s biggest competitor this year is Port Adventura’s Shambhala, which features a mid-course splash-down, and the new staggered seating trains from B&M. Can B&M make a BAD hyper?

The guys from http://www.themeparkreview.com/

Verbolten Opening

Busch Gardens’ themed launch coaster Verbolten made it’s debut recently, and I’ve really got to applaud the park for the amazing theming and backstory to this ride. The whole “Gunther and Gerta” characters, and the pitch black indoor section with the vertical drop section, makes this ride VERY unique.

A good review and gallery can both be found at http://www.adventuresbydaddy.com\

Transformers Opening

The highly anticipated Transformers: The Ride 3D is finally open, and based on what everyone else is saying, this ride doesn’t disappoint.

Read a full review at http://www.insidethemagic.net/

Manta Opening

SeaWorld’s second interpretation on the Manta concept opened in San Diego as a MACK launch coaster.

Skyrush Opening

What is this, the year of the mega coaster? The third new mega coaster to open for 2012 is Skyrush at HersheyPark. As the park’s 12th coaster, it joins amazing rides like Great Bear, Stormrunner, and the classic Comet.

http://allamericanthrills.com/

Goliath Opening

Deja Vu reopend in it’s new home as Goliath this month, and despite the normal technical difficulties, I think it’s better suited at Six Flags New England than it was in California. Now if only they’d remove Flashback………

http://sfneonline.org/

Harry Potter @ USJ Announced

The third Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been announced, and it is destined for Japan. Universal Studios Japan will be building another incarnation of the highly appraised land, the famed Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and presumably more for a 2014 opening date.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/has the full scoop.

Divertical Testing

Intamin’s new half aquatrax-half hyper splash has begun testing, and we should see Divertical open sometime soon.

Apocalypse Testing

The reworked and relocated Iron Wolf has begun testing at Six Flags America.

http://www.washingtonpost.com

Wildcat Closing

Cedar Point’s announced that WildCat would be removed this season, hopefully this means we’ll see some extra awesome rides next year!

Read all about is in my post here: https://purecoaster.wordpress.com/

The Storm Construction

Etnaland has already started construction of their new for 2013 coaster the Storm, the park must be aiming for a really early opening!

Roller Coaster Revolution



Cedar Point’s Wildcat Closing for Celebration Plaza Expansion

As mentioned in PureCoaster’s previous post “When will Cedar Point Build a New Coaster”, Cedar Fair’s flagship park hasn’t built a new coaster since Maverick in 2007, but today they announced that they would be removing the classic WildCat roller coaster from the park’s Celebration Plaza. You can read more at Coasterblog

A while back, Screamscape posted photos of the mysterious green wing coaster track at B&M’s Ohio plant, is this track destined for Cedar Point on Place of WildCat?

Is the removal of this…..

….leading to this?

When will Cedar Point Build a New Coaster?


 

New Coaster for 2013?

Cedar Point, previously marketed as “The Roller Coaster Capitol of the World” hasn’t built a new roller coaster since 2007, when the park opened Maverick, an Intamin LSM coaster. Since then, the park’s parent company Cedar Fair has made multiple investments at other parks and opened rides such as Behemoth, Diamondback, and Intimidator 305. However, Cedar Point, the company’s flagship park has suffered one of the longest coaster-less periods since Corkscrew made it’s debut at the park in 1975.

But, as Cedar Point has gone coaster-less for 5 seasons, the park’s main competitor Six Flags Magic Mountain has been quick to pounce, and has added 3 coasters in the past 3 seasons. In fact last year, they successfully claimed the title of having the most roller coasters in one park, with 18 coasters. But as soon as they claimed the title, they mysteriously removed Deja Vu from the park’s collection, and shipped it off to Six Flags New England. Rumors spread about the park adding a launch coaster similar to Maverick at the location of the now defunct Log Jammer, having the park reclaim the title, but they are just rumours. Currently the park’s total sits at 17, equal to that of Cedar Point.

Having gone coaster-less for so long, do you think the Cedar Point will make a comeback in 2013 and add a new coaster to its arsenal? Who knows, maybe the park will pull a “Magic Mountain” and add not one, but two coasters in one season to swiftly take the crown. But in the end, the question is still the same, will the park add a new coaster for 2013? Only time will tell.

Reverse Mr. Freeze for 2013?

It looks like Superman: The Escape isn’t the only coaster to be reworked by Six Flags with backwards launches, according to Screamscape, we might see the Mr. Freeze coasters launching reversed trains in 2013 season.

Recent rumours state that next year, at Six Flags St.Louis and Six Flags Over Texas, the Mr Freeze coasters will be launching trains backwards. Currently, both rides are closed, and as stated below by Screamscape, something is definitely brewing for next year.

Guests to visited SFOT over the weekend for the start of that market’s Spring Break, confirmed that not only was Mr. Freeze closed, but there was a sign at the entrance of the closed ride stating that there would be an exciting announcement coming soon.

Based on what we saw a few years ago at Six Flags Magic Mountain, with the mysterious ride closure and the sign outside the ride saying “Something BIG is happening at Superman: The Escape” plus the fact that both parks haven’t seen a brand new coaster since 2008, I think everything is right on track for us to be seeing a Mr Freeze: Reverse Blast at both Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over Texas in the near future

Don’t forget to voice your opinion in the comments!