Silver Dollar City – The Branson, Mo. park has announced its addition for 2015 — Fireman's Landing, a new land featuring an eight-story drop ride, FireFall, as well as a variety of flat rides and children's play areas. So it's the theme from Dollywood's new Firechaser Express, but not the coaster?
Busch Gardens Tampa – Falcon’s Fury is testing (again). Should we be concerned that the test dummy is missing its legs?
S&S Worldwide – We have a mystery in the works. Someone in North America is going to get the first 4D Free Spin coaster in 2015…we just don’t know who just yet.
Cedar Point – Mantis is scheduled to go under the knife. As part of its facelift, it will be turned into a floorless coaster, receive a new coat of paint, and be given a new name. Since they still have an outstanding bet with a certain basketball star, can anyone guess what the new name is going to be?
Universal Studios Florida – Apparently the message in the phone booth in Diagon Alley (dial M-A-G-I-C) could be a hint about the next expansion of Harry Potter. Although this should be considered a wild rumor at this point, we are hearing that the next Potter expansion would take over the Fear Factor building. But before then, we have heard that Twister could be coming down for something new with the smart money right now on something from Fast & Furious or Hunger Games. It is interesting to note that whoever gets in bed with the Hunger Games franchise will also have the inside track to get Twilight, Expendables, Divergent, Saw, Texas Chainsaw, as well as other Lions Gate franchises that have yet to make an appearance in theme parks.
Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice? pic.twitter.com/OocDNFWpwz— Universal Orlando (@UniversalORL) August 13, 2014
Clear your schedule for post-holiday travel! pic.twitter.com/UZJWJW4RPq— Universal Orlando (@UniversalORL) August 13, 2014
Star Wars @ Disney Parks – Is anyone else getting irritated with Disney saying that they are planning on expanding Star Wars in their theme parks and then doing nothing about it? Well, rumor has it that JJ Abrams is not letting anyone in on the new places, characters, and plot elements of the new movies, so Imagineering is going to be waiting until they get the information they need to start the creative processes. It seems like they should step away from Star Wars for a little bit and get cracking on an attraction for Guardians of the Galaxy instead. I have no idea what Disney is doing twiddling their thumbs, but let me explain it for them: Franchise = Theme Park Attraction. If Frozen is going to be a franchise, get to work on the attraction. If Guardians of the Galaxy is a franchise, get to work on the attraction. If Avengers is a franchise…am I a broken record here? And do yourself a favor…get rid of the top heavy orientation of Imagineering this will help save a bunch of budget and keep you from spending $68 million on a $200,000 spinny ride.
Six Flags New England – I personally like the jumps. Do you think we might get to keep those?
Robin Williams – For a man who defined what comedy should look like, here is my tribute…
Roller Coaster Tycoon World – This should make a bunch of people happy today. I know 10 years is a long time to wait to get the latest version of your favorite game, but based what we can see in the below video, it looks pretty good. According to IGN, and responding to the irritation of fans who have played (or refused to play) the mobile version of the game, this will be a return to the Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 style of gameplay with a multiplayer option. There will be no timed constructions or micro-purchases…that was only for the mobile gameplay model.
A hobby that you can make money at is never a job.
Now Hiring – Cedar Point is currently hiring for “Screamsters” which I would assume are unionized Halloween actors.
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