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  1. After being delayed for two years, Luna Park is following through on some previously announced plans.

    https://abc7ny.com/luna-park-coney-island-amusement-sky-chaser/11084826/

    Coney Island's Luna Park breaks ground on new rides, roller coaster, pedestrian plaza

    Tuesday, October 5, 2021 

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Coney Island's famed Luna Park broke ground Tuesday on expansion plans for new attractions and pedestrian plazas set to open for the 2022 season.

    The expansion includes a new ropes course, appropriately named the Sky Chaser, along with the Super Flume and the J2SK Coaster, a log flume intertwined with an exhilarating roller coaster creating a brand new unique experience for guests.

    In addition to the three new attractions, Luna Park is transforming three streets in landscaped pedestrian plazas between Wonder Wheel Way and the Coney Island Boardwalk.


    The new rides will be located in a long abandoned lot nestled between the minor League stadium and Luna Park, and the foundation is already in with the tracks on site.


    The city owns the land and leased it to Central Amusement International, which runs Luna park.

    "Luna Park will unveil two custom made Zamperla rides," Central Amusement International President Alessandro Zamperla said. "A roller coaster, the J2SK Coaster, and the Super Flume ride."

    The plans had been in place but were delayed by the pandemic.

    "For the entire year, there was no Luna Park, and there really was no Coney Island," NYC Parks Assistant Commissioner David Cerron said. "And I think that that makes this moment so much more meaningful and exciting."

    And while the Luna Park reopened this past summer, crowds weren't what they usually are, and businesses struggled. The new attractions could help.

    "It's probably going to bring a lot of people to Luna Park, for things to do for the kids and stuff like that, but it should be interesting," Ruby's Bar manager David McBarnett said. "I don't do roller coasters, but it should be cool."

    In addition to the attractions, there will be three newly upgraded pedestrian areas with kiosks and carnival booths. But the plans for those also changed because of the pandemic.

    "Instead of having all the containers, all the kiosks, one attached to the other, we actually created some space between them," Zamperla said. "COVID informed us a lot when it comes to construction, safety, and we did change some of the plans."

    The plazas will be an open-air entertainment destination with food, games and retail locations, adorned with shaded seating and greenery.

    Named after an iconic piece of Coney Island's history, Luna Park is the largest amusement park in New York City and the Big Apple's most famous playground -- with a heritage that stretches back more than 130 years.

    Luna Park lights up the famous Coney Island skyline with its timeless charm, historic landmarks, and exciting novelties.

    Adjacent to the nearly three miles of sandy beaches, two and a half miles of boardwalk, and other top attractions, Luna Park -- which employs more than 1,200 people -- offers more than 50 games, rides and roller coasters.

  2. On Thursday I visited for the first time in a month and saw that they more than doubled the size of the preferred parking area.  Anyone have any insight if this is permanent or just done an anticipation of Fright Fest?  Doing it for Fright Fest makes sense since Preferred Parking can fillup during Fright Fest.  Implementing it year round only makes it appear to be a money grab, unless the push for memberships is also going to include an increase in "free" or incentived preferred parking. 

  3. Places I have been to that I have no desire to revisit unless they drastically change or acquire a unique installation

    Terra Mitica

    Disneyland Paris

    Wild Waves

    Mt. Olympus

    Canobie Park

    Seabreeze

    Frontier City

    Camden Park

    Magic Springs

    Great Escape

    Morey Piers

    There are plenty of small places others might include but that I'd revisit because they have charm. 

     

  4. Went to Kennywood last Monday (July 22nd) and had a great time again.  I was probably my 6th or 7th trip but for my niece it was her first visit.  We got there at opening and stayed until 5PM with a goal of riding all the woodies and major coasters at least twice.  My niece is pretty fearless, but Phantom's Revenge freaked her out and she didn't want to ride twice but we got everything else in.

    Random Thoughts

    Besides the rides, I loved partaking in and introducing my niece to Potato Patch fries and the chocolate dipped ice cream

    Steel Curtain - I love everything about it except the one train operations

    Sky Rocket - Still can't believe Premier only sold one, because the Sky Rocket II blows.  I know it's all about the small footprint

    I'm not sure when Kennywood started their chaperone policy but it seemed to make a difference to me.

    The woodies all still deliver the goods in surprising ways.

    Very happy to finally ride the Old Mill, GOODBYE GARFIELD.

    I know that progress has to happen, but sad about the following developments over the past few years: Kangaroo is gone, Bayern Kurve is gone again, Noah's Ark changes (miss that old ending), and Ghostwood Estates is a complete joke.

     

     

     

  5. I'm a little confused if Sirocco is a completely new ride with programmed spinning vehicles or will they still be manually spun like the Cannibal Pots.

    Also I never realized Vogel Rok's original was in Sinbad tales,  I like the more cohesive theme in the area, but will seem strange having Fata Morgana so far away .

  6. Nice to see Palace Parks and Entertainment making this option available.   I'm not surprised about the admission issues at different parks.  Cedar Fair ran into similar problems a few years ago.  I remember having a Dorney Park Platinum pass the first year it was offered and having to: sign in Cedar Point, be escorted through a special area at Valleyfair, having to get a paper ticket from Guest relations at Michigan's Adventure, scanning at the gate for Geauga Lake.

  7. Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World can be done in the same day if you are not a water park person, especially if you start at Kentucky Kingdom and limit your time there to 2-3 hours.

    Holiday World is only a full day park if you have family or are doing the water park.  However, I can see how as a first timer you might think you need to spend more time to take in everything, just be warned everything is not a quantity statement at Holiday World.  I find the best way to navigate Holiday World is to not backtrack.  If you like Voyage and Thunderbird, ride them as much as possible in a row versus walking around so much.  Deciding you want to return to Thunderbird after riding Raven, might you up to an hour.

    I also recommend eating at the Thanksgiving area restaurant if you are a fresh turkey fan.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday meal and if it was practical I would eat more turkey at home.

  8. 12 hours ago, Hilltopper39 said:

    I'm no valuation expert but $2.37 million seems like an absolute steal for this place. I wonder if the Covid pandemic was in a way *good* for the prospect of this park reopening. I mean it closed for a reason, probably because nobody was going to the place, I don't really remember hearing anything about for years. Now with stuff reopening it seems like everywhere is drawing a crowd, especially amusement parks so the timing worked out pretty well.

     

    Good news though, that log flume over the lake always looked like fun.

    The park was reportedly sold for $15 million about 10 years ago, at the time the previously owners were claiming $1 million a year in revenue.  There are plenty of small parks in the New Jersey area that survive.  With proper market research, a little elbow grease and smart decisions I see no reason this park can't return.  There are enough families in the area that won't snub their nose at a small park.

    I just hope enthusiasts don't put unrealistic expectations on the park and sh!t on the park because it is not for them..   I would love to see the new owners utilize the lake like Indiana Beach does to free up some dry land.  

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  9. Unless I'm missing something, simply stated, we're looking at the start of a public relations campaign to expand Disneyland. Of course if the focus is on what it can be, they are going to show the "best of" from other properties.  I like their comment about removing old rides as a starting point to quiet the opposition from the Disneyland elitists who think their park is the best because it is the original park and sometimes oppose change because they are living in the past.

  10. It all depends on how you rate the most mediocre line-up.

    I would say the park with the most coasters where none would be in my Top 250 or so would be mediocre in my opinion.  Of the parks I've been to

    Non-US Parks

    Wiener Prater takes the top spot

    FlamingoLand

    SunPark (China)

    Chuanlord Manor

    US Parks

    Valleyfair!

    Wild Adventures

    Morey Piers

    However, Wonderland Eurasia might be the true winner

  11. I just ran across this update

     

    https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/lost-island-theme-park-taking-shape/article_3cc989ee-17b8-59dd-b04c-70666c92b2ab.html

     

    Lost Island Theme Park taking shape

    Jeff Reinitz  Feb 28, 2021

    WATERLOO — Iowa’s newest theme park is rising from a former farm field south of town.

    The purple supports and tracks of a roller coaster soar above the snow-covered ground, and buildings are beginning to spring up as construction workers continue to labor through the winter.

    Work is projected to continue through 2021, and the Lost Island Theme Park remains on track for a 2022 grand opening, according to officials.

    “It’s going to be a huge asset for the city,” said Tavis Hall, executive director for Experience Waterloo.

    Even though it will only be open for a few months out of the year, the attraction is expected to be a large boost for the Cedar Valley economy.

    Hall said the total economic impact will be about $32 million a year once open, according to a study undertaken in 2019. That includes $6 million for food and beverage, $5 million for retail, $4 million for overnight lodging and $2 million for recreation, he said.

    “Most folks, when they come from out of town, they are going to make a weekend out of it and stop at restaurants,” Hall said.

    Gary Bertch, who is taking on the project with his wife, Becky, said plans for the theme park have been in the works for a decade. They came up with the idea as a way to fill a gap in the children’s and family-oriented entertainment in the area.

    Hall said the park will pair well with other attractions in the area.

    “From a community branding standpoint it’s awesome for us to have this amazing addition to the market,” Hall said.

    The Bertch’s also operate Lost Island Water Park — which opened in 2001 and is rated one of the best in the nation — the Bamboo Ridge Campground, Monaleo Adventure Golf and Monaleo’s Speedway go-cart track, which are across the road from the theme park site.

    The Isle Casino Hotel is also across the road.

    Stretching out over 90 acres and with a cost of around $100 million, the Lost Island Theme Park will have a 30-acre lake and five different “lands,” according to earlier reports. Concept art shows amusement park rides and play areas scattered among a volcano, temple ruins, statues and huts.

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  12. I saw this headline and thought maybe Goudurix was leaving. No such luck, only the dolphins, sealions and accompanying shows are leaving.

    https://www.mccourier.com/parc-asterix-announces-the-closure-of-a-flagship-attraction-that-has-existed-since-it-opened-in-1989/

     

    Parc Astérix announces the closure of a flagship attraction that has existed since it opened in 1989

    mccadminJanuary 25, 2021

     

    This is the side change for Parc Astérix. The amusement park announced this morning in Le Parisien that one of its main attractions, which has been around since opening in 1989, is definitely closing its doors. A big change that many people have been expecting for several years.

    Goodbye to the theater of Poseidon and his animals

    Since opening in 1989, Parc Asterix has offered visitors the opportunity to discover a show with dolphins and sea lions. A very popular attraction with visitors, but it has been increasingly highlighted by animal rights associations. Indeed, associations have been campaigning for the end of captivity of dolphins and the closure of the dolphinarium for several years. A few days before the debate in the National Assembly on the law against animal abuse, Parc Asterix made a good choice. The dolphinarium closes its doors and the animals are replaced. There will be no more show at the Poseidon Theater to mark the reopening of the park, which is currently scheduled for April 3rd.

    The news was announced by Nicolas Kremer, General Manager of Parc Astérix, during an interview for Le Parisien. The decision had been made three years ago, but the park was waiting to find the right solution for its animals in consultation with scientists, experts and associations. The 8 dolphins and the 5 sea lions will be replaced in other dolphinariums in Europe. These animals are in full health, but after being bred in captivity, it is impossible to release them into the sea and marine protected areas are still in the planning stages. The transfer will take place in the coming weeks, but Parc Astérix does not want to say more so that the animals are transported smoothly.

    The animals leave, but Poseidon’s theater stays in place. The Parc Astérix will offer a new water show in the future. This could happen next season, Parc Astérix has started a competition in this direction. In the meantime, the amusement park is preparing for the arrival of Toutatis in 2023, an exciting attraction unique in France.

  13. The saga may be over, Standard Amusement is allowed to run Playland

    https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/12/18/playland-standard-amusements/

    Exclusive: Westchester County Executive Agrees To Turn Over Playland Management To Private Firm

    By Tony AielloDecember 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    RYE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There has been a major development for the future of Playland, the country’s only government-operated amusement park.

    The county executive in Westchester has agreed to turn over management of Playland to a private company starting in 2022.

    A thaw in the legal battle over control of Playland in Rye means Westchester County will allow a private firm to run the park, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports.

    “We’re at a point now where cooperation, cooperative effort together, is the best way to protect the interests of the taxpayers and the users of the park,” County Executive George Latimer said.

    It’s a strategic reversal by Latimer, who just last year tried to kill a deal cut by his predecessor with Standard Amusements to manage the park.

    Standard filed to bankruptcy, which made the county unlikely to win a lawsuit over canceling the contract.

    The settlement ends a legal roller coaster ride between Westchester County and the company. It was bitter at times, like two guys in bumper cars trying to knock each other out.

    Standard was modest in claiming victory, saying it “looks forward to working closely together in the coming years to ensure that Playland thrives.”

    The county says the settlement will strengthen oversight of Standard’s commitment to spend $25 million on new rides, attractions and food service.

    “People will come to the park, have a better experience. They will be more likely to return, which is part of how we reach our numbers, not just by the one-time trial visit, but by the repeat visit,” Latimer said.

    The county also negotiated better terms for fees and revenue sharing that could eventually earn Westchester $1 million a year.

    If the pandemic eases and the park reopens in the spring, it will be the final season before the 30-year deal with the private firm kicks in 2022.

    The settlement does require final approval from the county board of legislators and federal bankruptcy court.

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  14. I was about to post similar info and photos Yahoo News picked up from engadget after the press release

    YahooLink

    Other Key Takeaways:

    Although small to open a Donkey Kong area is under construction

    Osaka is a COVID hot spot again

    Super Nintendo World, the much anticipated “life-size, living video game” theme park will open on February 4th in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan has announced. The opening date is a welcome surprise, as Universal and Nintendo last said that the park would open in the spring of 2021.

    To get folks revved up, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has provided a preview of a key park attraction, the Mario Kart rollercoaster. Set inside Bowser’s castle, it uses AR and projection-mapping tech, with each rider donning a Mario cap-shaped AR headset. Though the ride itself is on rails, each car has a steering wheel and the AR tech will allow visitors to “compete” against each other. To gain an edge, visitors can collect virtual coins via a wristband while roaming the park with a Switch console.

    “During the race, guests can throw the swords they get from the item box to repel the enemy and will compete for first place with Mario and Princess Peach to advance in the course,” the translated PR reads. The experience changes for each ride and it sounds like there’s a strong element of chance when it comes to winning or losing.

    Bloomberg noted that the Super Nintendo World park section seemed a bit small, which is not ideal if it hosts a lot of visitors in the middle of a pandemic. However, it will eventually expand via a Donkey Kong area that’s already under construction. USJ also promised “hygiene enhancement measures,” being created in partnership with health officials, and plans to operate at half capacity. All that said, things could also change depending on what happens with the pandemic, as Osaka has become a COVID-19 hotspot over the last several weeks.

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