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I didn't see this posted anywhere else so I thought I would share with you that Nick Universe is receiving a Unicoaster from Chance Morgan. They are getting the standard prototype and it will be placed in the large area currently occupied by Blue's Skidoo's (Blue's is being moved next to the main support between Tree Swing and where Blue currently is).

I wouldn't expect a press release for this but there is a flier posted with a picture and a youtube link:

 

I didn't hear anything about an opening date but I'd say it'll definitely be open by summer!

 

Without any substantiation (news link) on this we are going to have to move this to the Rumor Super Thread. It is quite odd that the park or Chance would not issue a press release that would be picked up by a local news source.

 

I did not see the flier on the youtube link, at what time does it appear?

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Nickelodeon Universe has added the Flying Dutchman Ghostly Gangplank and adventure maze above the amusement park last July, ut it hasn't been discussed here previously. Below is the article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

 

Nickelodeon Universe adds Ropes Course

 

 

A high-strung attraction at Nickelodeon Universe offers a choose-your-own adventure in the rafters of the Mall of America.

 

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

 

Last update: January 24, 2010 - 4:43 PM

 

Neon lights blinked in the distance. A set of small hands gripped a rope tight. The boy on the wobbly line above was screaming, "I'm not gonna die!"

 

It was a Thursday night at the Mall of America. My daughter and I were resting on a platform, gazing up at a white-knuckle drama unfolding atop the megamall's latest attraction.

 

Touted as the tallest ropes course of its type in the world, the Flying Dutchman Ghostly Gangplank course is a unique mental and physical challenge. For about $6, any adult or child who is at least 42 inches tall can ascend the course's vertigo-inducing heights, including obstacles, tightrope crossings, planks and an apex perch towering six stories above the carnival scene.

 

"Falls are pretty rare," said Ann Jennings, 21, an attendant who has overseen safety on the Flying Dutchman since its opening last July.

 

My daughter, Gwen, and I met Jennings about 30 feet up in the air.

 

It took five minutes -- and several obstacles crossed -- to reach the operator's station. Jennings was roped in and offered tips of the "don't look down" type.

 

Jennings' job as a roaming ropes-course attendant has her leading kids and timid adults up and down the crisscrossing course. She climbs to the aid of people in trouble.

 

"There are occasional freakouts," she said.

 

My daughter, who turns 5 next month, was nervous as we approached the attraction's entrance gate.

 

"Is this like mountain climbing?" she asked.

 

In a way, yes. Flying Dutchman climbers suit up in a webbing body harness. An operator at the base of the attraction cinches buckles and affixes an overhead lanyard into a track. As you head up the initial stairway, the safety line above trails along to keep you always "on belay."

 

You can fall on the Flying Dutchman, to be sure. But the rope will catch you a few inches below, letting you grab and pull back onto the stunt.

 

Alissa Blaeser, an attendant working at the start of the course, reassured Gwen as she was fitted and buckled up.

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My brother and I did this when we were there at Christmas. It was nice to have a free run of the place and not be limited to any specific time or direction to go while up there. More parks should add these since they are fairly inexpensive to build and operate compared to other up-charge attractions and this one was very popular at the mall.

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Yeah I wouldn't count on an announcement from the park for the new ride (unicoaster). That news article on the ropes course was printed in January and it was actually installed over this past summer with no press release (in fact, I know I tried it for the first time in late July).

 

I should have been more specific regarding the flier I mentioned earlier...it is a flier that is posted in the Operations office for all of the employees to see...not out in public. All of the ops employees have been informed of the new ride...it is by no means confidential information. I believe it was even printed in the employee newsletter.

 

When Nick U was announced, the park held a meeting for all 300+ employees to attend (I was an employee at the time) to showcase the new rides. I saw artist renderings and video simulations that never made it to the public...and in fact, I don't believe that an official press release with specific ride details was ever released by the park. There was a vague release that just mentioned 5 new rides, two of which are roller coasters (1 of which has a 90 degree lift and inversions).

 

I would be quite surprised if there was a press release for this new ride because they don't issue press releases!!!

 

I could give a damn about credibility and I know that it's technically a rumor...but I guess I'm just telling you to trust me that it is a Chance unicoaster

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  • 4 weeks later...

Where is this new ride going to be? I was at MoA back in October, and Danny Phantoms Ghost Zone was being worked on. Are they putting the new ride there?

 

Edit: Sorry, I just found out that the Blue Skidoo ride was supposedly taken out for this new ride.

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