A planning application for a new indoor ride at Thorpe Park has been released online. The ride, scheduled to open in 2016, will be built in the area currently occupied by The Arena and Chief Ranger's Carousel, both of which look set to be completely removed. The ride will not encroach on the former Miss Hippo's Fungle Safari site which has recently seen some construction activity, leading to much speculation.
The new ride will be housed entirely indoors, leading to assumptions that it will be some form of dark ride - no details about the ride system are known at present. The ride will be in its own themed area with an entrance plaza containing a large, as yet undisclosed, theming feature. The queue will be outside of the building, but underneath a covered area. Clues in the application suggest that the area may be known as "Thorpe Depot", although no details of the ride's name have been released.
Public consultation on the plans is open until 20th November 2014 after which the council will make their decision.
The Pleasure Beach plan to open a Gerstlauer Sky Fly next to the existing red Arrow ride (that's The Big One for the coaster geeks out there!). The ride will open in 2015.
The 72ft high, 12-seat white-knuckle ride will take riders on a 360-degree tour of the skies. Riders take control of the plane by moving the wings up and down in an alternative motion. If teh ride gets it right, they will start spinning.
“We are the first amusement park in the UK to work with the Red Arrows on such an exciting project and we know it will be something unique for thrill-seekers to experience" said Nick Thompson, Deputy Managing Director or PBB.
A dedicated a Red Arrows shop, which will feature exclusive merchandise and souvenirs designed for Blackpool Pleasure Beach will also open next year.
Liseberg continues to invest in exceptional ride experiences. In spring 2015 the amusement park will open Mechanica, a powerful, high-speed attraction that spins riders through 360 degrees – 30 metres up in the air.
“We want to offer our guests something that goes beyond the 90 seconds of the ride itself,” explains Andreas Andersen, CEO of Liseberg. “Through a combination of unique design, carefully selected music and inspiration draw from eighteenth-century Gothenburg we are aiming to create an all-round experience. It will be a strange machine that mixes contemporary and historical elements, like something straight out of a fairy tale.”
Mechanica is a Star Shape ride manufactured by Zierer.
Six Flags has made a bulk announcement of all new rides and attractions coming to the park chain for 2015. The lineup includes three new roller coasters, a number of Larson Giant Loop attractions, and other new park additions:
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Batman: The Ride will no longer just be a title for B&M inverts. The park will receive the first ever S&S 4D Free Fly roller coaster, which will feature a layout that plummets riders over beyond 90 degree drops while freely spinning. Similar to the Intamin Zacspin, Batman will begin with a 120 ft. vertical lift, which will then be followed by a tight series of drops and dives. This roller coaster will use magnetic brake fins to help encourage the train to flip six times.
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The park's classic Cyclone coaster will be one of two new Rocky Mountain Construction Iron Horse additions to Six Flags for 2015. RMC uses a portion of the original structure while replacing the wooden track with steel, modifying the layout to feature more aggressive drops, turns, and added inversions. Wicked Cyclone will feature a 78 degree 109 foot drop, two inversions, a 200 degree stall element, and reach 55 mph.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Colossus has been one of the most iconic roller coasters in the United States, but will now go under the Rocky Mountain Construction knife to re-emerge as Twisted Colossus. While the roller coaster will still feature a racing element, riders will now traverse the course twice, similar to a mobius design. That is, trains will begin on the blue track, which then transitions to a second lift hill on the green track. This accounts for over 4 minutes of ride time and 5,000 ft. of track! Twisted Colossus will also feature North America's first "High Five" element, two zero-g rolls, a 128 ft. drop at 80 degrees, and 18 airtime hills.
Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis
Both parks will be receiving a Sally Corp. dark ride called Battle for Metropolis. Set as a 3D shooter, riders adventure through a DC-themed city, helping superheroes and defeating villains along the way.
They are literally building a season-long haunted house featuring clowns. Those who are scared of Bozo or Alien Clowns from Outer Space, head the warning for Maison Rouge: Labyrinth of Fear
Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags America, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Six Flags Over Georgia
All four of these parks will be receiving a Larson Giant Loop, a 70 ft. tall circular looping attraction that can be found at many traveling fairs. While Six Flags "calls" them roller coasters, these rides are actually considered thrill rides, as the ride train is within contact of powered tires throughout the entire ride. The names for these Giant Loops are as follows: Bourbon Street Fireball at Six Flags America, Dare Devil Chaos at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Looping Dragon at Six Flags Great Adventure and Joker’s Chaos at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Six Flags Over Georgia will also be adding Diver Bomber; an amazing 100 foot water slide, where riders drop at a near 90-degree angle. Great Escape will also see a new water park additional; Buccaneer Beach will be a new kiddie water play area. Six Flags Great America will also be celebrating its 40th anniversary with renovations to its Carousel Plaza and Hometown Square.
For a full video recap, see the official Six Flags announcement:
Get ready to feel the sting at Carowinds in 2015! Carowinds just finished unveiling their 325 ft. B&M giga coaster for 2015. With over 6,602 feet of track, this roller coaster will reach speeds of 95 mph while swooping and diving along the park's brand new entrance.
“Starting with Fury325, we plan to make Carowinds a destination for thrillseekers to celebrate the Carolinas,” says Mike Fehnel, Carowinds vice president and general manager. “The new ride will build on the heritage of the park, creating new memories and traditions for our loyal fans and future guests from around the world.”
With over 9 drops and a number of high speed turns, this roller coaster carries a similar layout to Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland. However, Fury325 will officially be the tallest and fastest giga coaster (tying with Steel Dragon 2000 at 95 mph, though Steel Dragon 2000 still holds the length record for gigas with a whopping 8,133 ft).
“The tradition of the park is so important to those who have grown up here,” says Fehnel. “It’s long overdue that we gave our fans a new energy surrounding Carowinds, which will build on our legacy as the premiere entertainment destination for generations of Carolinians.” The park's last major addition was Intimidator in 2010, a B&M hyper coaster that will now play second fiddle to Fury325's towering 81 degree drop.