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Small News From The Theme Park Industry

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by Lofty, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Matt N

    Matt N Well-Known Member

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    I don't know whether this has been covered anywhere else on the forum, but according to RCDB, Maceraperest at Isfanbul in Turkey (an Intamin family coaster at the park home to Nefeskesen) was removed and put into storage in late 2017, in case no one knew: https://rcdb.com/10830.htm
    I certainly never knew this! Does anyone know why it was removed so early on in its life?
     
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    According to this trip report, the park has plans to relocate the ride within the park. It seems that the whole place went through a bit of remodeling before this season and also got a new name.

    https://www.bannister.org/coasters/trips/2018/0921.htm
     
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    Matt N Well-Known Member

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    Ah right, thanks for the info @TilenB; that makes far more sense to me!
     
  4. Antinos

    Antinos Slut for Spinners Social Media Team

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    Looks as if Runaway Train at Gillian's Wonderland Pier has been removed. It looks like Gillian's is either overhauling their website or simply removed a boat load of information, so no explanation for the removal can be found there. RCDB is also mum and a google search turns up fruitless results.

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    It happened to be one of the more interesting coasters on the Jersey Shore. Hopefully it turns up somewhere:

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    Anybody happen to have any info?
     
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    Pigeon Forge's new (dirty) +1 open now it appears...


    This one is on the way up to Dollywood, rather than the other 2 in PF which are on the way out of the town in the other direction.
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Administrator Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    Why... why do they not have eyes?!
     
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    roomraider Best Topic Starter CF Award Winner 2016

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    Thats actually quite horrifying!

    Oh god why can't I unsee that... The Irony.
     
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    And Hydro Adventure in Poplar Bluff, Missouri has removed both of it's coasters:
    https://rcdb.com/13892.htm
    .....and there goes El Diablo from Great Adventure.
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    According to rcdb, Jungle Storm in Chakazoolu Indoor Theme Park has closed at some point this year.
    https://rcdb.com/1929.htm

    Sad, another good one bites the dust. :(
     
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Administrator Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    Aww boo! That one was a good one! It had an absolutely insane lift hill, and some ballistic forces in the hills and corners. Not to mention the constant risk of decapitation. Shame...
     
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    Slightly old news now, but Wanda now do not have any association with Wanda theme parks: https://blooloop.com/link/wanda-theme-park-operations-sunac/

    Wanda sold a 91% share in the parks and their tourism division to Sunac last year, which meant they still had a say in the development of the parks, and the names couldn't be changed. They sold the remaining 9% to Sunac in October.

    Despite what the Blooloop article says, I also believe that there was some intervention from the Chinese government, who forced Wanda's hand slightly, over concerns about them monopolising too many industries in China.

    I doubt they'll be any noticeable changes to the Wanda parks' operations or development, but I guess we could see some name changes?
     
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    Is it being moved from sfgadv?
     
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    Yes. They screwed up the manual controls (and a lawsuit happened) so it, along with the King Cobra waterslide, are leaving the country.
    They're getting a new Super Loop to replace the old one, and the old one's going to LaRonde.
    Meanwhile King Cobra is going to Mexico for their waterpark.
     
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    CrashCoaster Formerly ATI CF Award Winner 2016

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    So it looks like Wicker Man is going to opening up this Winter at Alton Towers:-

    Just for some context, the only attractions open in the park currently is everything in CBeebies land, Duel, Maurderer's Mayhem, Heave Ho!, Sea Life Sharkbait Reef and Spinball Whizzer (with the only open coasters being Spinball and ORCA), as well as everything in the resort that isn't the theme park, so Wicker Man would be a fine addition to the portfolio.
     
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    CrashCoaster Formerly ATI CF Award Winner 2016

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    American Coaster Enthusiasts have posted a documentary about the making of Railblazer, an I highly recommend a watch:-
     
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    Lofty Social Media Team Staff Member Social Media Team

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    That's a really cool documentary - thanks for posting :)
     

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