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2 hours ago, Coaster said:

Not a fan of the way Cedar Fair go about things, tbh.  Didn't they buy Geauga Lake and close it down purely to eliminate competition for Cedar Point, losing a park over 100 years old with a rich history in the process?

The same could be said really when the Thompson Family shut down Frontier Land in 1999 or (the original) Pleasureland Southport. I’m sure there’s other examples out there too. Doesn’t stop this still being bad though. 

 

I'm another who remembers seeing Volcano The Blast on a ride documentary( anyone remember the name), which included other rides such as Men In Black and Millenium Force (an attraction I’ve actually ridden). Still a shame it’s closed though despite it’s numerous issues, let’s hope a decent replacement surpasses it.

 

Dynamite looks great though, it’s nice to see a small park buy a quality Mack coaster there.

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22 hours ago, JoshC. said:

Damn that's sad. I remember watching a roller coaster documentary in the early-to-mid 2000s and seeing Volcano; was one of the things that sparked my enthusiasm up a level. Never heard great reviews about the ride, but still, sad.

Here is that documentary. Almost 20 years ago it aired! I still remember watching it like it was only a few years ago! Damn I'm nearly 30!!! 

 

 

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Very much out of nowhere, Bellewaerde in Belgium have put in plans for a new coaster...

 

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http://pretparken.be/NL/article/2067/Bellewaerde plant nieuwe familie-achtbaan

 

Potentially a Gerstlauer, similar to Pegasus at Asterix. Features a couple of lift hills and a random launch into a spike at the end.

 

The park have done some big investing lately, with their random and pointless duelling alpine coasters they opened in 2017 (that make zero use of a terrain since the park is largely flat, and cost a hefty €4m), and a water park opening this year. There's no word on when this, and a much needed car park redevelopment, will open, but I'd hazard a guess at 2020..

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I don't understand what's going on at the 'end' there? Would it make more sense if it was a reverse launch into the spike, then forward to do the track the other way round? I'm not seeing the profile of a traditional lift hill out of the station the other way?

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6 hours ago, pluk said:

I don't understand what's going on at the 'end' there? Would it make more sense if it was a reverse launch into the spike, then forward to do the track the other way round? I'm not seeing the profile of a traditional lift hill out of the station the other way?

I'm very confused by the layout too tbh. The ride seems to leave the station to the right in the images above, up a lift hill, round the circuit, up another lift hill, then into a launch into the spike after a drop. Just feels very odd, and would surely have been better to start with a reverse launch spike, then have a lift hill mid-ride if so desired.

 

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In other Belgian news, Bobbejaanland have announced the name of their Gerstlauer triple launch as Fury, and will be part of new area called Land of Legends, which will feature the park's gyro swing and Eurofighter. Some very tasty looking concept art too...

 

 

I'm not a fan of Bobbejaanland, but damn, that looks good.

 

Oh, and IMAScore are making the music for the area too.

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Mystic at Walibi Rhone-Alpes is rising:

 

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Meanwhile at Plohn the track appears to be completed:

 

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Double post but I'm sure no-one will mind...

 

Heading back to Nagashima:

 

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Looking more and more likely next year is Japan trip time!

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Some Bobbie Jobbie fans had a wee backstage tour regarding the Fury/Land of Legends addition:

 

https://bobbejaanlandcentral.weebly.com/wintermeeting-2019.html

 

To be fair, the themeing for Forbidden Caves and the Dreamcatcher stuff last year was pretty decent, so this should continue a trend there... Also confirms that Typhoon will be officially a part of this area, and each ride will relate to an element (as explained in the link)...

 

 

Back to Walibi RA, and Mystic continues:

 

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Walibi churning out all the good stuff at the moment. It's like entering a different dimension..

 

 

In other news, Legendia are getting rapids ride from Hafema in 2020. They've been involved in some good rapids; see River Quest at Phantasialand, Jurassic Park Rapids at Universal Singapore, El Rio at Bobbejaanland, and more..

 

The space it's taking is quite large, but one that I wouldn't feel like is a natural fit for a rapids. So wouldn't be surprised if we see a few fun elements thrown on to help give it that rapid edge..

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Steel Curtain, the 9 inversion S&S coaster coming to Kennywood, is growing quite nicely...

 

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Still not keen on the aesthetic mind...

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Whilst we're on the topic of train fronts:

 

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Taiga is currently having a couple of cars pulled through, and it's looking fab.

 

Image from the member Jussunen on Huvipuistofoorumi

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Been a while since we had anything Taiga on here..

 

 

Linnanmaki have been doing a making of series on Instagram (though totally in Finnish, with no English subtitles), till this random one which focuses on Intamin. Hopefully more to come over the coming weeks..

 

Ride should open in June/July.

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