With the current thrill ride season already underway for many parks in the lower half of the US, it’s time to look ahead to next year. Quite a few places are receiving major developments, and in some cases those ‘developments’ are record-breaking coasters. Here’s what we know so far:
• Hersheypark will get a brand-new B&M hyper (+200ft tall);
• Mako (a 150ft dive coaster) is headed for SeaWorld San Diego;
• SeaWorld San Antonio will be receiving “Texas’ longest wooden coaster”;
• Busch Gardens Williamsburg will unveil a launched coaster from Intamin;
• Busch Gardens Tampa has plans to unleash the world’s biggest RMC (Gwazi hybrid)
With Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy coaster & Magic Kingdom’s TRON still a few years away, this leaves us — or at least me — wondering what the adrenaline junkies over in Sandusky have up their sleeve.
The year 2020 will mark the 150th anniversary of Cedar Point, the 2nd-oldest amusement park in the country. It’s likely they’ll have some celebratory surprises in store, and a new attraction is all but guaranteed. What could it be, though?
Well, let’s start with what it most definitely WON’T be:
o a ‘T-Rex’ model from RMC
o a 500ft roller coaster
o a significant roller coaster of any kind
o a tower ride
o a pendulum or swing ride
The facts are this: they’ve already got maXair, WindSeeker, SkyHawk, Power Tower and a large Ferris Wheel, so they’ve got nearly all the major flat rides covered. Thunder Canyon (circular rapids raft) and Snake River Falls (boat splashdown) are still running, so they’re set for water rides. Work for a “major” new coaster would’ve already begun, and since Steel Vengeance is only in its 2nd year of operation, we can pretty much rule out any rumors of coaster #18……..
That leaves me with one category, and it’s one of my favorites: dark rides. CP hasn’t had one since Disaster Transport was torn down in 2012, and a few other Cedar Fair parks have had some success with their Triotech-based attractions (Knotts’ Voyage to the Iron Reef, and Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada’s Wonderland).
Where to put it, though? How about a slight re-tooling of the old midway games building in order to accommodate a trackless 4D ride? Perhaps make it themed to fighting a tentacled Lake Erie monster, or an old-timey western shooting gallery with virtual targets? Introducing a family-friendly attraction like this would be a 1st for the park and a terrific way to celebrate 150 years of thrills.
What do you think? Is something big coming to the Ohio peninsula in 2020, or will they opt for something more low-key, like flipping the trains around on Raptor and one side of Gemini? Leave your comments below!