Sure, every single day of the year is a "National" or "Official" day for something, but several theme parks seem intent on making August 16th's National Roller Coaster Day at least somewhat legit by designating that as the day they will announce their new attractions for the upcoming season.
Well, given the selection of that day, one presumes the announced attractions will be roller coasters, but I suppose we won't know for certain until the announcements are made. So far, we've received invitations for press events on that day from Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California and Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., as well as a "save the date" from California's Great America and Virginia's Kings Dominion, which FedEx'd a press packet hyping its announcement on the 16th.
Clues? Cedar Fair recently trademarked the terms "Railblazer" and "The Ledge." California Great Adventure's tease says that the park "blazes a new path in 2018. Embark on the adventure," so we're guessing that Railblazer goes there for the Santa Clara park's anticipated new coaster.
Could "The Ledge" then be a drop coaster at Knott's? There are zero clues in the park's invitation, other than confirming that this will be the announcement for the Boardwalk attraction that is replacing Boomerang.
Or maybe The Ledge is something at Kings Dominion. The park's press release says:
Out with the old, in with the new. Wouldn't you like to see what we've been up to? Right now it's still a mystery, But it will be the BIGGEST announcement in our history.
At Silver Dollar City, the park hypes:
- Biggest attraction EVER, by far - by more than double - for Silver Dollar City!
- Promises a colossal, world-footprint attraction! NEVER done - anywhere - before THIS!
- Custom designed for the mountainous terrain of the Ozarks!
- Promises several “First and Only” attributes – in the world!
Remind me if I ever actually go to work in a theme park again to design a coaster called "The Exclamation Point!" Anyway, what are you hoping to hear on the 16th?
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