Parks prepare new ride announcements on National Roller Coaster Day

July 25, 2017, 4:12 PM · Are you ready for National Roller Coaster Day?

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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July 25, 2017 at 6:11 PM · 2018 is a coaster park year for the Rao Family for sure! We'll hit Kings Island (Mystic Timbers), Cedar Point (Railblazer?!?), and Silver Dollar City (the best theme park east of Disneyland and west of WDW), and then one or two others depending on what other announcements are made. I am hoping my local iron ride park, Worlds of Fun, gets a new coaster this year as well. After all, their last addition was Prowler in 2009...a new coaster is way overdue!

Anyway, I'm looking forward to a thrilling year that will ensure the BEST NEW ROLLER COASTER award is not wasted on a glorified water slide! Ride on!!

July 26, 2017 at 12:19 PM · Maybe I'll celebrate that day by going to my local Six Flags park, La Ronde.
July 26, 2017 at 5:37 PM · Rail Blazer (with a space) was the name of a short-lived stand-up coaster as Six Flags in St. Louis. It closed after a woman was fatally thrown from the coaster. You would think that Cedar Fair would be apprehensive of using a near identical name.

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