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Is there any land-clearing space for the two european flat rides? Is there anything in the park that suggests that they'll be added this year? I'd assume the park'd want them up for the heart of summer if they did open. Opening them around haunt would be homicide on the ride attendants. So until the park says otherwise, I'm thinking that they'll both be added next year along with whatever that banner is hinting at.

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Is there any land-clearing space for the two european flat rides? Is there anything in the park that suggests that they'll be added this year? I'd assume the park'd want them up for the heart of summer if they did open. Opening them around haunt would be homicide on the ride attendants. So until the park says otherwise, I'm thinking that they'll both be added next year along with whatever that banner is hinting at.

 

I'd imagine until they have all the current rides open for the season we won't see much movement on the two Huss rides. Boomerang and Zulu were still closed last weekend. They still haven't added the topper to the kiteflyer. They're still in the process of tearing out Thunderhawk.

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Yeah I don't feel like WOF is next on the Darkride list either. It's either going to be the two flat rides plus a coaster OR a few more flat rides (2-3). I won't complain about either.

No he was asking if WOF would add a dark ride THIS YEAR, in which I say there is no way in hell. But I still see it as the best possibility for 2017.

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Six Flags America had a teaser banner up in the water park the day it opened for a kiddie splash structure. Just something to keep in mind.

 

Also, this is nothing like what Cedar Point did in 2015 for Valravn. That tipped off completely being a coaster with the wording and talk and the coaster legacy. This banner just says something will be added next year. That's it.

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Six Flags America had a teaser banner up in the water park the day it opened for a kiddie splash structure. Just something to keep in mind.

 

Also, this is nothing like what Cedar Point did in 2015 for Valravn. That tipped off completely being a coaster with the wording and talk and the coaster legacy. This banner just says something will be added next year. That's it.

 

With banners up this early, maybe it could be that coaster OR could it be the possibility of adding more then one attraction? This would give a little more reason to advertise this early, just a thought?

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Six Flags America had a teaser banner up in the water park the day it opened for a kiddie splash structure. Just something to keep in mind.

 

Also, this is nothing like what Cedar Point did in 2015 for Valravn. That tipped off completely being a coaster with the wording and talk and the coaster legacy. This banner just says something will be added next year. That's it.

 

 

I have to admit, I thought the exact same thing.

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Six Flags America had a teaser banner up in the water park the day it opened for a kiddie splash structure. Just something to keep in mind.

 

Also, this is nothing like what Cedar Point did in 2015 for Valravn. That tipped off completely being a coaster with the wording and talk and the coaster legacy. This banner just says something will be added next year. That's it.

You're correct, and I'm trying not to get my hopes up. But Worlds of Fun has NEVER teased this early for something small. In fact, WOF hasn't teased ANYTHING to the GP since Planet Snoopy in 2011.

 

The concern of mine isn't the banner itself but the markers and flags next to it. Why would they already be in the early phases of construction if it wasn't something that's atleast decent sized?

 

Also, I agree: this has almost no resemblance to Valravn's wall. With that teaser, we knew exactly what we were getting: new coaster. With this one, I have no idea.

 

I'm still leaning towards dark ride. A coaster still seems improbable but I'd like a coaster more than anything.

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Regardless of what ends up happening, this is all very exciting.

 

For years, many of the theme parks in the midwest have been able to scrape by with minimal additions because nobody added anything necessitating competition. Profit for many of the theme parks around here have been steady, so the companies managing them haven't needed large additions to keep public interest. As much as we like to think otherwise, theme parks are around to make money. If money is still coming in, it doesn't make financial sense to spend a bunch for an addition.

 

Now things changed when SDC built Outlaw Run, as it is the first time in quite a few years we have seen something exciting. Shiny and new, this ride probably spooked the surrounding parks in Mo. It is unlike anything ever built in the area, and it brought SDC some serious publicity. They also have added fireman's landing, which is a substantial family addition. Today we are anticipating the Monster, a first of its kind in the country. Again, we are seeing lots of excitement and media coverage. It is also coming to light that SDC is in the final stages of developing another roller coaster, further strengthening their already-exceptional lineup.

 

For comparison, WoF has remodeled parts of Ocean's of Fun (MUCH needed), added dinosaurs, brought in a used Windseeker, and more kids' rides. Six Flags St. Louis has added a Boomerang coaster, a Mac Twist'n'Splash, a dark ride, and a Larson Looper. When we look at all four theme parks' additions in the past 3 years and take into account size, WoF has slacked. For such a small park, Adventureland's announcement is a wake-up-call for the theme parks here in Missouri. In particular, WoF and SFStL need to add something to compete with these other top-notch additions.

 

For WOF in particular, Kansas City is literally booming. One Power and Light just opened, there are 3 more skyscrapers and an 800-room hotel coming, and the streetcars are starting this next Friday. The suburbs surrounding the city are building things all over the place. Cedar Fair has been systematically investing in "growth zones" across the country, and I think we are at the forefront of an expansion for WoF. They aren't going to stop pouring money into their cash cows (CP KI, CW, KD, and now Carowinds) and yes, they've stated that Valleyfair and California's Great America are on the list for expansion. However, there isn't a timeline for that and money isn't going to stop moving. Smart (and expensive) business decisions often come when competition flys out of left field, and that's what we are seeing right now. WOF needs something new and shiny, because right now they (and SFStL, honestly) are the only ones without a significant -and relevant- attraction. No relevant attraction = less profit = sad Cedar Fair.

 

I'm not by any means trying to insinuate that we are about to see an aggressive Carowinds-esque expansion project, because we won't. I'm saying the acquisition of two new flat rides is a good start, and the next few years across the entire state are going to be more than thrilling. I think CF is realizing something needs to be done, and I definitely think we have a coaster coming in the near future. And I really don't think it's gonna be a clone. A new entrance, new flat rides, TW retracking, and a large addition are coming. What will it be? I honestly don't care. WOF is finally looking to get some love and I'm sure we are all more than ready for it.

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As long as the new rides are better than a used windseeker (what isnt besides a boomerang?), I will be happy. I mean, new coaster and all would be fantastic and would be the best thing they could do, the two flats would be good.

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