The owners of Holiday World plan to invest $7m in Alabama’s Splash Adventure Waterpark.
The park is currently a water park but the new owner, Dan Koch, plans to reopen the theme park with new rides and, most excitingly, rebuild the Rampage wooden coaster that closed in 2012. "The theme park side of it is in pretty bad shape,” he said. “Getting the Rampage rebuilt and put back in shape is a priority, but we’re not sure when that will be complete."
When the park opens on May 17th 2014, new attractions will include a Wacky Worm coaster, a Rio Grande Train, Junior Bumper Boats, Vintage Boats and a Laser Maze Challenge.
Banshee, the world's longest, fastest B&M Inverted roller coaster has begun testing. A photo was tweeted earlier from the parks official Twitter, showing a train completing the interlocking vertical loop, through which the lift hill travels.
PortAventura Theme Park near Barcelona, Spain and Italian Super Car manufacturer Ferrari are to team up for a new attraction which is due to open in 2016.
Ferrari Land will take the form of a new themed area at the theme park, covering an area of 75,000 square meters. The land will feature Europe's tallest and fastest vertical accelerator coaster as well as a selection of other rides designed to give visitors the experience of driving an actual Ferrari. In addition to these, there will be a 250 room, 5 star hotel.
The themed land represents a total investment of over €100 million and is the latest stage in the PortAventura's ongoing expansion programme which began in 2009. This is Ferrari's second forray into the world of Theme Parks. Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi opened in 2010 and is home to Formula Rossa, the world's fastest rollercoaster.
The Mitch Hawker Poll is often considered one of the better roller coaster polls, as it allows for voting by all roller coaster enthusiasts, and is able to encorporate a larger sample of respondents than other polls.
The Walt Disney World Imagineers have released their first POV video of the much anticipated Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. The video places a live-shot onboard video next to a CGI rendering of the final product. Built by Vekoma, this new steel coaster will share similar indoor/outdoor elements to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, as riders pass through tunnels and careen between rock formations. Vekoma has worked with Disney on previous roller coaster, such as Expedition Everest and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster is apart of a larger expansion effort that is currently underway in Fantasyland. Expect to see this roller coaster operational later this year.
Construction photos have surfaced of the long awaited Tron Lightcycles Power Run roller coaster at Shanghai Disneyland. Rumors have circulated over this roller coaster for years, with much anticipation for how Disney Imagineers will recreate the digital world of the Tron movie franchise. One thing is known, the roller coaster will be an indoor Vekoma Motorbike model, where riders sit atop motorcycle (or in this case, lightcycle) designed trains. The roller coaster will not feature a lift hill, but main launch with tight turns. Check out this video of an outdoor Vekoma Motorbike coaster to get a sense of how the ride could be.