Monday, September 4, 2017

Maine's Palace Playland Building New $4 Million Roller Coaster for Summer 2018

Palace Playland, known as "New England's Only Beachfront Amusement Park," has announced the addition of a new roller coaster in 2018 named Sea Viper.

The park will be replacing their Galaxy roller coaster to make room for the $4 million expansion.

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It has been quite a few years since I visited Palace Playland, which is a traditional fair-like amusement park right next to the ocean.  Above is a photo of the Galaxy coaster that will be removed this fall.  It was added to Palace Playland in 1994 after being purchased at auction from Peony Park when it closed.  The park is reporting that it already has at least one party that is interested in purchasing the Galaxy, so that ride will live on.

As for what is known about the new for 2018 coaster, well for starters its name will be Sea Viper.  This news article has a handful of other details, like the fact that the ride will be fabricated in Italy and will be the only of its kind in North America.  It will stand 70 feet tall, feature a train seating 24 riders and contain no inversions or backward movements.

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Sea Viper will take up a space of 90 feet wide and 210 feet long, bigger than Galaxy's footprint of 60 feet wide and 160 feet long.  Palace Playland recently purchased a one acre parking lot near the park that will give them extra room for the new coaster.  In the aerial map above you can see the lot that the park purchased, which gives them plenty of space for Sea Viper to be built.

Stay tuned for just exactly what kind of coaster this will be!