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;
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/
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/
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\
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/
SeaWorld’s second interpretation on the Manta concept opened in San Diego as a MACK launch coaster.
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.
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………
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.
Intamin’s new half aquatrax-half hyper splash has begun testing, and we should see Divertical open sometime soon.
The reworked and relocated Iron Wolf has begun testing at Six Flags America.
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