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Everything posted by ricklap77

  1. So far no dates for reopening parks in California, New York, Illinois and Michigan
  2. I was actually at the park 2 days after John passed. Several old employees were saying that John was a good man and boss to work for and that he loved his park so much. I was told that they had been getting offers from Sea World and Disney to purchase the park. But the park just isn't for sale.
  3. I think it was John Holer's dream to build a park from scratch. Since he passed in 2018 the family keeps it as he would have wished. More money doesn't mean much when you have so much. That park is like their home. I think the family has great plans for the future and is not shy on investing a lot into the park.
  4. What I think is that the owners have a lot of money so they could probably do and build pretty much they want. And on top of that they have a lot of land! I would love to see them give Vekoma a contract for their first hyper!
  5. The coaster they most need is probably a good family wooden coaster from any firm. A hypercoaster would also be a good fit. It could probably be visible from the falls.
  6. WOW!!!!! This is great news! Marineland is huge and has so much potential. When it first opened it was going to be developped into a huge park with plenty of attractions. Sadly it did not grow as intended. But they have so much room to build pretty much anything! I really hope they install a quite big rollercoaster. Some nice wooden coaster or a hypercoaster, or both! Marineland is a very large park, nice and clean. It totally deserves a huge expansion and it is a staple in Niagara Falls.
  7. I can't wait for some park to order a hypercoaster from Vekoma. I think the hypercoaster is the next coaster they should start producing. They have great technology now and they are ready. They would make awesome hypercoasters.
  8. Yes! Parks need to be open at high capacity this year. The ones that were closed in 2020 must open this year. If not, goverments must help them. Unless they are in a good financial position, it will be hard to stay closed a second year in a row without any major financial impact. Even big chains that have big cash flow are suffering tremendously right now with the loss of revenues.
  9. No negativity here. We as enthusiasts want all our parks open 100%. There will be some sort of an end to it (covid) eventually. Progress is being made with vaccines and parks adapt the best they can to the situation on how to operate and being profitable. We just don't want them to struggle financially and be forced to cease operations and close for good. I think the smaller parks are the ones more at risk of surviving.
  10. Sadly so far with all the Covid variants poping up, 2021 might look a lot like 2020.
  11. Hopefully it reopens as a park. CL has gone thru a lot! Never ending. I love that place because it is so unique. Last time I was there was 2017 and we had a blast there. Blue Streak is so much fun and the way it looks makes you think it might collapse!
  12. For sure this summer won't be a normal summer. Parks that will be allowed to open will have some restrictions. The rate of vaccination is not fast enough and we don't know how long the immunity will last yet! And any day a new variant of this virus can pop up and we need a new vaccine! Buckle up we're in for a wild ride!
  13. It would be very sad to see Funtown Slashtown USA in Saco Maine shutting down for good. It is such a nice and clean family owned park. I remember last Spring they were among the first parks to announce they were not opening for the season (2020). They also mentionned that if they were not opening the following year (2021) they were going to auction off the rides.
  14. With the pandemic getting worse it's actually surprising that we don't hear anything bad from parks yet. It doesn't seem we'll be having a normal summer and year and that parks will be able to welcome as many guests they'd like to. Let's keep our fingers crossed no parks get hurt too much.
  15. Yes Megazeph will probably end up being sold for scrap metal, just like what happened to Villain at Geauga Lake.
  16. Good thing it happened on the lift hill!! Imagine the damage if it had happened past the lift hill!
  17. Hopefully they can save Megazeph and rebuild it somewhere else!
  18. I think IB is doing it right. Perfect addition. They probably got it for really cheap and will make it like new. Not much groud prep since it is a portable coaster. So they will end up having an awesome and thrilling coaster in as new condition for a low investment.
  19. Awesome coaster! Beautyful! And probably insanely good! Intamin really keeps pushing. They always come up with new designs. Very innovative company and I love it!!!
  20. Really great news!!! It was going to be scrapped and now it will be refurbished and saved! These Schwarzkopf loopers are really unique and awesome and need to be preserved. Thank you Indiana Beach! Can't wait to visit!!!
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