As we get further into 2012, all of the highly anticipated attractions open, and those that aren’t quite there check more things off of their construction lists. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few surprises. Lets take a look at what’s happened at theme parks this month:
The Swarm Opening
One of the first “New for 2012” roller coasters to open was Thorpe Park’s The Swarm. This heavily themed wingrider opened mid-month and is a fantastic addition to Thorpe Park.
Check out the full scoop at www.coasterforce.com
Wild Eagle Opening
Right on schedule, Dollywood opened Wild Eagle, the third wingrider by B&M. Not only is this a great coaster, but it has been accompanied by a metal eagle sculpture. Between this, Thunderhead and Mystery Mine, Dollywood is now a must-visit park.
Read a full update at www.themeparkreview.com
Storybook Circus Opening
The Magic Kingdom got a little more magical this month as the first phase in the Fantasyland expansion opened to guests. Storybook Circus, taking the place of the old Toontown Fair, features the classic Dumbo attraction, and a re-themed Barnstormer roller coaster.
A great update can be found at www.insidethemagic.net
Wodan Timbur Coaster Opening
In recent news, Europa Park’s Wodan had its media event. This GCI Woody interacts with rides like Atlantica Supersplash and Blue Fire. Additionally, the park kept with tradition and added a fair amount of theming in the queue as well as around the attraction.
The folks from www.themeparkreview.com were there, and have lots of photos to prove it.
Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast Announcement
Six Flags always seems to have something up their sleeve, and a little while back, they announced that their Mr. Freeze launch coasters, would be re-worked to launch trains backwards starting this summer.
Check out my post here: www.purecoaster.wordpress.com
Another milestone was reached at Canada’s Wonderland as the much anticipated Leviathan began testing with water dummies.
I posted about it here: www.purecoaster.wordpress.com
X-Flight Track Completion
The final wingrider to open this season is not to be left out, as X-Flight’s track was completed at Six Flags Great America.
A bunch of pictures of the completed track are at www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca
Manta Track Completion
Seaworld San Diego’s Manta launch coaster also completed its track this month, and work has shifted to the aquarium and theming.
A massive gallery can be found at www.darkbeer.smugmug.com
Skyrush Track Completion
Additionally, the last piece of Hershey Park’s Skyrush was put in place, as the park nears its 2012 season opening.
www.keystonethrills.wordpress.com has a great photo update.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and in the next few months, as the rest of the attractions for this year open, I’ll post a few more of these to cover everything at a glance.
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