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  1. Deep in Africa: Adventure Trail opens! Phantasialand's new for 2022 attraction opened today. The new interactive family walkthrough attraction has been built in and through the layout of Black Mamba and the African area's jungle. Quite a remarkable feat to so seamlessly squeeze in a substantial adventure trail 16 years after Mamba first opened and the area was considered 'full'/too small for any other attraction. The website page confirms minimum restrictions as 90cm and 3 years old when accompanied, 1,20cm alone. Also confirmation it will be open in Wintertraum as well. Seems beside the exit of the Trail (which ends with a big roller slide) a new hut as been built for Kroka (the African area dragon) meet and greets too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6QndTvsuOM https://www.phantasialand.de/de/themenpark/einzigartige-attraktionen/adventure-trail/ There already are a few different videos online showing more of the obstacles inside the trail.
  2. They say in the video it is not the "current layout"/one that will be built. Just a former design or another fake out like the Lost Gravity blueprint in ep 1 to keep the mystery going. The previous "leak" was from the planning permission filed with the authorities in Rust therefore closer to what we will actually get than anything the series is currently showing.
  3. 3 Vekoma Coasters heading to Ireland! After another attempt by the neighbours to appeal against the intertwined Vekoma Suspended Thrill Coaster and Family Boomerang failed Tayto Park's planning permission is secure and they can finally proceed with their plans. News Article Source - March 2021 Official statement from the park: https://taytopark.ie/events/new-rollercoasters-planning-approval Some images from the revised plans showing the noise reduction changes, theming and interactions. Family Boomerang Station will feature two fly through moments from the STC. However; Tayto Park aren't stopping there. They recently filed a new planning application for another Vekoma coaster. This time a Jr Coaster to replace their Dinosaur walkthrough. It will keep the Dinosaur theme and be 11.6m tall, 254m long and have a top speed of 46km/h. Slightly odd as it is quite similar to the Zierer family coaster 'Flight School' beside it however should be another good addition for younger guests and fill the gap until the delayed 2023 coasters open. Following the 2023 coasters the park intend to revisit their hotel plans. Interview with park owner
  4. Tayto Park have filed planning permission for their 2021 addition. It will actually be two seperate coasters but intertwined with each other (like Taron & Raik in Phantasialand for example). The coasters will be a new generation Vekoma Suspended Thrill Coaster (https://www.vekoma.com/suspended-thrill-coasters) along with a Vekoma Family Boomerang Coaster. Really wasn't expecting one of the first new gen. suspen models to go Tayto - possible that this is the Europe First aspect the owner referred to previously. Intrigued to see how the airtime moments and inversions feel. The interaction between the 2 coasters should be nice - especially the first inversion on the STC which will go directly over the station of the Family Boomerang. The Boomerang itself also will feature an unusual twisted spike. Fan made recreation of the Vekoma STC from the design plans. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be]
  5. Tayto Park have announced a new €14m steel coaster for 2021. In short: - 32m tall - Said to be around 400m longer than the Cu Chuliann (1,084m) - Described as two coasters in one. Possible duelling coasters? - 1,200 throughput - Investment of 14 million euros - Planning permission is to be lodged next week (so we should hopefully be finding out more then) Confirmed in an interview with the Independent.ie: https://m.independent.ie/business/irish/two-rollercoasters-in-one-tayto-park-to-lodge-planning-for-new-14m-steel-attraction-37578690.html Currently construction is underway for the park's 2019 addition which will be a Zierer Family Coaster. Last summer the park added a kiddie coaster in the form of a SBF Visa figure of 8 Spinner called Ladybird Loop.
  6. Highlander is actually being manufactured by Funtime - confirmed by Funfair Blog on Instagram who was at the announcement press event today. Not Intamin.
  7. Phantasialand is allegedly planning a large demolition project at the end of this season (January 2019). It is said to be the removal of the Geister Rikscha dark ride and the China Town area with the exception of Hotel Ling Bao and Feng Ju Palace. It certainly won't be Temple of the Nighthawk and Hollywood Tour since the park's popular dinner show Fantissima which is in the same building is currently taking bookings for 2019 and there are no signs of a replacement venue being built anytime soon (by this point a new home in Rookburgh seems very unlikely). Perhaps the China Project will include a replacement theatre, paving the way for them to be removed afterwards? Another rumour claims the China Town name will be dropped and the area will be renamed 'Asia' when the rebuild is finished. A few sites are reporting this including Screamscape but I believe the orginial source of the rumour is German site FreizeitparkCheck.de. Hopefully after 3 coasters and a major water ride they will build a new dark ride, certainly would make sense to reuse Geister's underground hall. That Geister would be the next ride to be removed has been rumoured for a while now so it will be interesting to if there is any truth in the claims that it will be demolished this Winter. One way or another as we approach the completion of Rookburgh the next major PHL project must be coming sooner or later...
  8. The hilly terrain and the way the park is built up with a lot of concrete makes it difficult to get an uniformly strong mobile reception through the park. After two years of planning of planning and coordination with three different service providers Phantasialand has installed a new hidden transmitter mast. The park already has two transmission towers (one at Hotel Ling Bao and the other at Wuze Town) and the third mast is there just to increase capacity for even more data traffic so guests can "send selfies anytime, anywhere, share fantastic experiences on Facebook or just check your emails." The task was problematic as the location had to be high enough for long range, stable enough for the heavy technology and perfectly hidden as not to disturb the immersive themed areas. The solution was to hide the modern technology within one of the towers on top of the Schauspielhaus (home to the 4D cinema and annual pass centre) on corner of Kaiserplatz in Berlin. The tower on the roof however had to be extended by more than two meters to fit the transmission mast. A specialist film set painter was brought in to create the fiberglass structure that encloses the mast and fits the typical look of the existing building resulting in the perfect illusion. They had to be careful about the paint used to create the copper look to blend with the roof. It couldn't be rich in metal as that would interfere with the signals. Video showing the process and the finished new look. [youtu_be] [/youtu_be] https://phantasialandblog.de/fuer-v...endemast/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post Also the video features a shot of a drawing of the facade of the Schauspielhaus with the new transmitter tower. "Eingang Gasteservice" - entrance guest services. A teaser/sign that we can expect the 4D cinema to be removed and replaced with a new large guest services centre soon?
  9. Phantasialand want to keep things secret and just like with Klugheim release their own updates as part of their marketing in the run up to the opening next year. The park did tease on Instagram recently that we would be finding out more soon. Also the reason there has been no updates is that nothing noticeably has changed or progressed on site. I imagine now once the warmer weather comes things will start to progress. The only major change is one of the buildings on the Berlin street (inbetween the waffle bakery and cafe) has been removed to make way for a tunnel into Rookburgh. Source: Marcus Schmidke @ Achterbahn-Fans-Deutschland Facebook group Graphic from PhantaFriends.de showing the future connection to Rookburgh. And that Looopings article posted about Black Mamba is so poor. The park have been slowly but surely redoing the rockwork in Africa for a few years now very off season. "Almost all rocks are being replaced" is a load of rubbish. This season they have just redone the monkey face mountain and the ravine under the first drop. The video and update comes from this blog post on Phantasialand's website: https://phantasialandblog.de/wenn-felsen-eine-seele-bekommen/
  10. The Director of Efteling has said the 2020 attraction will be big but it won't make you scream (in other words it won't be a thrill ride) and it won't be loud. So no one should be expecting a Taron to come along. The current rumour online is a circus themed family coaster with indoor and outdoor sections (Source: Eftelflags on Themeparknl forum). There is also a rumour that it will feature a gimmick element. There was a claim that it would be a turntable of some sort although some others have suggested a drop track like Thirteen and Darkmare. Efteling have said there will be an official announcement before the summer. https://www.ad.nl/binnenland/efteling-gaat-uitbreiden-en-opent-nieuwe-attractie-in-2020~a73bf047/ Personally I think it will similar to Juvelen, a nice family launched coaster would suit Efteling.
  11. Hasn't there been rumours that they are working on a new gen. Tilt coaster. Perhaps this will be a prototype for that? Energylandia in Poland is looking to install one for 2020 - and they have worked with Vekoma quite a lot especially with the new gen. LSM launch coaster F1 debuting there.
  12. Klugheim was half standing in the terms of rockwork and track work was completed in the October before opening. Rookburgh is still mostly a large concrete hole in the ground. I was hoping for a 2018 opening but my optimism has went away after seeing the site for myself and knowing how long they spent on Klugheim. The early advertising thing confuses me too though (perhaps still gives me a glimer of hope for 2018?) Maybe though it was simply to make it known what they were building before track started going up and the surprise would have been ruined.
  13. Was at the park last Thursday, and heard from a few different members of staff that Rookburgh will open in 2019. They all seem to be under that impression, and considering how much work there still is to do, and how much theming will be going in (the park's creative team have said Rookburgh would surpass Klugheim in terms of detailed and immersive theming), I now think the same to be honest. I'd say that one corner of the site where track and buildings have started to go up only covers about 30% of the area. There was a lot of activity on the rest of the site though and a lot of concrete foundations + walls work has been done since the last photo I saw of the site 2 weeks ago. So construction is steadily progressing but I think almost certainly it won't be open in 2018. Not a bad thing though - it will look amazing when done and with such a major head start on construction it will definitely be ready for 2019 (no Chiapas situations here).
  14. There have been rumours for a while that Vekoma have been working on a new generation model of the tilt coaster so I'd imagine that is for Energylandia. Respectively disagree as a dual citizen of Germany and the UK. EU is flawed and needs reform but it's a good thing. The Pros far out way the cons. Getting rid of it would be terrible. But we'll leave it there, as you said better to keep the peace than debate that here.
  15. You can get subsidies for that? TIL. And this is exactly one of the reasons the EU needs to go. As cool as I think that is, the adult in me says taxpayer money doesn't need to go to things like this. If I ever find myself in Poland though, I will definitely stop by this park even with just the Intamin hyper! Oh yes definitely. Shame on the EU for creating jobs, tourism and boosting the economy in one of Europe's poorest countries....
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