Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Fun Spot Atlanta Releases First Images of New RMC Coaster

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Well, I thought that the next time I'd be writing about Fun Spot Atlanta's new Rocky Mountain Construction roller coaster it would be for the ride's full reveal, but it looks like the park has other plans.  Today they released two images of their new coaster's design, giving us our first look at one of the ride's major elements, seen at the top.

The element shown in the images appears to be a large dive loop, perhaps located after the ride's first drop.  The element will turn the trains around so they can take on the rest of the ride's layout, though the park is not ready to show us the rest of the ride just yet.


This also confirms the ride's color scheme, which really was released with the last update.  The new Ibox track coaster will feature white supports with track that has one rail painted red, and the other rail painted blue - a very patriotic look.

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The coaster will feature wooden supports from the look of things, but some of the large elements - like this dive loop - will feature a steel support structure.  Honestly, the supports on this dive loop are beautiful!  Head choppers throughout the element.

Also note that there is a small air-time hill right after the pullout of the dive loop, a trick that RMC's designers are all too happy to include in several other rides when space allows after big elements.  We all know that air-time is plentiful on Rocky Mountain Ibox track rides.

Until the next information update from Fun Spot Atlanta, we will wait patiently!

Monday, June 28, 2021

Clementon Park + Splash World Have Reopened to Visitors

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This past weekend Clementon Amusement Park and Splash World made its triumphant return to operations, welcoming back guests after and extended closure that lasted almost two years.  That period started when its previous owner suddenly closed the park, and extended through the pandemic as well.  

The property, now owned by IB Parks & Entertainment, is open with limited ride availability, but the water park, named Splash World, is operating.  The water park is arguably the biggest draw for the park, and with temperatures soaring this week in the area it couldn't come at a better time.

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According to the park's social media, right now in addition to Splash World the park also has open the Dragon Wagon, Train, Carousel, Ring of Fire and six rides within the Kiddieland area.  For coaster fans, that does mean that Hell Cat, the park's S&S wooden roller coaster, is not quite ready to roll just yet.  The park plans to open additional rides as they're able to as the season progresses.  Right now the park's calendar reflects limited ride operation until July 11th, but that may be a very fluid date as the park ramps things up.

Right now the park is open daily, with hours from 11 am to 7 pm.  Later in the summer they plan to keep the amusement park open to 8 or 9 pm, depending on the day of the week.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

IB Parks & Entertainment to Reopen Fantasy Island's Water Park this Year + Plans for Rides in 2022

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This isn't necessarily new news, however I missed posting about it and think it deserves some coverage.  Western New York's Fantasy Island, previously known as Martin's Fantasy Island, has been purchased by Gene Staples and his company, IB Parks & Entertainment.  My, this park group has grown up fast!

Mr. Staples made a name for himself when he purchased and saved Indiana Beach not so long ago, and then this year successfully bid on Clementon Amsusement Park - instantly forming a park chain.  There had been many rumors that Fantasy Island was also to be purchased by him, and while that was eventually confirmed we haven't heard much since then.

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But now we have - via this article from the Buffalo News that details Mr. Staples plans to resurrect Fantasy Island.  However, it won't be Fantasy Island, as he confirms in the article that the property will be renamed (he also notes there already is a Fantasy Island in New Jersey).  The plan is to get the property's water park open sometime in July, and then add back the amusement park to operations in 2022.

When the amusement park reopens it will continue to not allow outside food and beverages, but it will partner with local restaurants to provide the offerings.  They will reopen the park with a new roller coaster that will be a "major attraction."  The rest of the amusement park was emptied (except for a Ferris wheel and the Silver Comet wooden coaster) when Apex closed it, so they will add all new rides as well.  They promise a more robust selection of rides that look permanent, not like those at a fair.

It's wonderful to see Mr. Staples and his company save three parks in such little time, we wish all the best for him.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Fun Spot Atlanta Shares New RMC Coaster Details + Announcement Soon!

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Fun Spot Atlanta is leading up to the full reveal of their 2022 Rocky Mountain Construction Ibox track coaster by revealing more details in a video posted today.  The main theme of the video is the reveal of the ride's color scheme, but there are even more details on the ride buried in the clip as well.

Hosted by John Jr., one of the leaders in the family owned Fun Spot chain, the video starts off with an update on the park's attempt to theme the new coaster to one of Atlanta's professional sports teams - an item that was mentioned in a press release a few weeks back.  Unfortunately that plan did not work out so the ride will now feature an all-American theme instead.  John Jr. does note that perhaps in the future a second coaster will come to the Atlanta park and maybe that one will be themed to an Atlanta area sport franchise.

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As the balloons that can be seen in these clips are popped the ride's colors are revealed through bursts of glitter - showing that red, white and blue will be the overall color scheme.  John Jr. goes on to explain that the ride will utilize a white structure with the coaster's running rails each being a different color.  So, white supports with one red running rail and one blue running rail.

The patriotic theme makes sense for Fun Spot America indeed.  Other updates from the video include:

• Fun Spot Atlanta has broken ground on the ride, and RMC is continuing their work on the ride's steel track.

• The full release of information on the coaster, including renderings, statistics and track layout, will happen in the next week or two.

• This will not be a kiddie coaster, it will be an exciting "world class coaster" that I expect to draw RMC fans from around the country.

With the announcement coming so soon our next update on the ride should be the full details - exciting!

Monday, June 21, 2021

SeaWorld San Antonio to Celebrate 20 Years of Howl-O-Scream this Fall

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The frightening fun of SeaWorld San Antonio's Howl-O-Scream is set to return for its 20th year this fall, the park has announced.  Set to be the "biggest and scariest" Halloween event in Texas, Howl-O-Scream will run for 22 nights at SeaWorld San Antonio from September 17th through October 31st.

This year's event will feature several new items, with more details coming in the future, including "scarier haunts, expanded terror-tories, and an all-new horror-filled house."  Details on the theme of the new haunted house are a secret for now, but the park promises that "dark minds have been brewing new ways to terrify" those who are brave enough to enter.

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The park will also have live entertainment as a part of Howl-O-Scream, including "Monster Stomp!" at the Nautilus Theater.  The park's festive and frightening atmosphere is also complimented by several Halloween bars, offering cocktails and other libations.

And if the haunts aren't scary enough for guests, the park's terrifying roller coasters will be open for rides in the darkness!  Howl-O-Scream is a nighttime event for adults, but during the day the park will still hold Spooktacular, a family friendly Halloween event for all ages.  Offering non-scary fun, the daytime brings activities such as a hay maze, dance party, parade, trick-or-treating and more!  The daytime event will also feature a new Dia de los Muertos themed area in 2021.

For more on SeaWorld San Antonio's Howl-O-Scream 2021 keep tabs on the park's official website.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Dollywood Details Future Resort Plans + A New Coaster in 2023

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Dollywood recently announced a new 10 year, $500 million expansion plan for their property that kicks off with a brand new hotel resort - HeartSong Lodge - set to open in 2023.  The announcement made it clear that Dollywood will be heavily expanding their resort facilities, adding several more hotels in the future.  It also stated that the park would get new rides and attractions, but no details were given at the time.

Thankfully this news story from Pigeon Forge News gives us some great new details that came from a meeting that Dollywood officials had with local planners and government.  

The story includes a photo of the park's "master plan" for resorts, which encompasses developing the entire area in blue in the photo up top.  To give an idea of scale, on the left of the blue on the bottom is the water park, and above it the existing DreamMore Resort.  So that's a huge area, and the master plan shows 5 different resorts, including an outdoor resort, more cabins, an area for Glamping (that'd be me!) and more.  Park officials are dreaming big, no doubt.

As for timing, officials are already designing resort number three, with construction to start as soon as they open HeartSong Lodge in 2023.

The park will breakdown that $500 million with spending $250 million on resort expansions, $150 million for Dollywood and Splash Country, and $100 million on infrastructure improvements.  Speaking of that last item, the park knows it needs to address its parking situation and will be adding to it in the future and making it easier to get around the property.

The theme park will be renovating three restaurants before 2022, to a tune of $15 million.  A brand new restaurant is slated to open in Dollywood in 2023.

Finally, the park will be adding another new roller coaster in 2023, described by them as "multigenerational" which to me sounds like a family coaster.  One that all ages can ride together, which will fit in nicely with some of the more thrilling rides that have been added in the past decade.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fun Spot Atlanta Teases New for 2022 Rocky Mountain Ibox Coaster

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Fun Spot Atlanta is having a good time slowly releasing teases about their 2022 roller coaster project, which is being built by Rocky Mountain Construction.  First they released the fact that the project was underway, but with no additional details.  Then they posted a picture of the ride's steel track being fabricated, still a mysterious tease, but today's update is very telling.

Once the curtains seen up top were pulled back (see the full post here), this image was revealed:

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The big news gained from this photo is that the ride will not be one of Rocky Mountain's Raptor coasters, instead it will utilize their Ibox track.  Rocky Mountain's Ibox hybrid coasters are regarded as some of the best on the planet, so the ride coming to Fun Spot Atlanta next year is going to be in some seriously good company when it opens.

Rocky Mountain has utilized their Ibox track on many conversion projects, taking older wooden coasters and creating truly wild rides out of them.  For example, Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point, Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion.  So far they have only done one from-the-ground-up Hybrid Ibox ride, and that's the impressive Zadra at Energylandia in Poland.

While we're assuming that the Fun Spot America ride will utilize wooden supports to make it a hybrid ride, the real takeaway remains that this will be Rocky Mountain's second new build of this type.  With Zadra as their first, that's quite a ride to follow up!

Granted I do not anticipate the Fun Spot Atlanta ride being the size of Zadra, but the fact that Rocky Mountain and its designers are starting with a blank slate is quite exciting.  There's still plenty to speculate on, from the ride's name to its layout and inversion line up - heck even what color they'll paint the Ibox track!  It'll be fun to watch those details unfold.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Worlds of Fun + Dorney Park Cut Operating Days Due to Staffing Shortages

Two Cedar Fair parks have had to follow in Cedar Point's footsteps and reduce their operating days (and hours in some cases) due to consistent staffing shortages.  Similar to Cedar Point, Worlds of Fun will cut some days during June but then follow a normal schedule in July, but Dorney Park is removing some operating days mid-week for the rest of the summer.

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Worlds of Fun posted the above informational update on their social media this week, noting that they will be closing only Worlds of Fun, and keeping Oceans of Fun open, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the rest of June.  While not detailed by the park, I would assume the park only has enough staff to keep one of the parks open 7 days a week, and with a new slide tower in the water park that must have been the obvious choice.


With regard to operating hours, the park is showing 11 am to 7 pm hours for Worlds of Fun each day the ride side is open, and 11 am to 6 pm for the water park.  The only difference to note is that while the park holds Grand Carnivale at the end of July the amusement park will stay open until 9 pm.


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The cuts at Dorney Park seem to run a bit deeper.  The park posted the above notice just today on their social channels.  Both Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom will now operate Wednesdays through Sundays for the rest of the summer, staying closed on Monday and Tuesdays.


A little history, when the park first posted their schedule for 2021 they were to be closed each Tuesday.  Later they announced plans to stay open 7 days a week and push back summer closing time to 9 pm.  Unfortunately the staffing shortage has made them have to revert back to a 5 day a week schedule.


As far as hours go, Dorney Park will operate 11 am to 7 pm each day it is open, and Wildwater Kingdom will operate 11 am to 6 pm.  There are no adjustments for Grand Carnivale, so it looks like that nighttime event will switch to a daytime one in 2021.


Other Cedar Fair parks are also on reduced operating schedules this year, as announced previously.  Valleyfair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays through the summer, though originally they were staying closed Monday through Wednesday.  Michigan's Adventure will also stay closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the summer.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Canada's Wonderland to Welcome Back Visitors Starting July 5th

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Canada's Wonderland, the last of the Cedar Fair parks to be granted permission to open this year, has made plans to welcome back visitors starting July 5th.  Both July 5th and July 6th will be season pass holder preview events, and starting July 7th the park will open to all visitors.  Right now the park's calendar shows daily operation starting immediately when they reopen, with hours during August being 10 am to 10 pm each day for the theme park.  There are some 8 pm closings listed on weekdays during July.

The park was not able to open at all in 2020, so this will be visitors first chance to take in some thrilling attractions in quite some time.  The park will require reservations to be made to visit in order to control attendance, and masks will be required for all visitors age 2 and above.  Other safety precautions related to the pandemic will also be in effect.

Reservations and daily ticket purchases will be available starting on June 17th at 9 am!

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Canada's Wonderland had two new attractions lined up to open back in 2020, which were completed and are now new for 2021.  In the park's water park, Splash Works, visitors will be able to take the plunge on Mountain Bay Cliffs, an aptly named cliff jump attraction.  Guests who are 54 inches or taller will be able to jump off of several different heights into the pool below, with the bravest taking on a large 25 foot plunge.

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In the theme park, visitors with kids will be excited to try out Beagle Brigade Airfield.  The kiddie ride features planes that hang from a track above, moving in an oval shape with some exciting sharply banked turns at either end.  The attraction will allow younger kids to ride with an adult, making for some fun family memories.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Jersey Devil Coaster Celebrates Grand Opening at Six Flags Great Adventure

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Today marks the grand opening of Six Flags Great Adventure's latest thrill machine, the Jersey Devil Coaster, an innovative and world recording breaking single rail roller coaster.  Fans have been anxiously waiting to get their first rides in on the Jersey Devil Coaster, and after several days of previews the ride is now open to the public.

Six Flags Great Adventure invited us to take some rides on the coaster this past week, and what a great experience it is!  The coaster was created by Rocky Mountain Construction, and utilizes the company's 'Raptor' style track, a single monorail type beam that offers passengers a thrilling and smooth ride.  Riders would have to travel a great distance to find another ride of this style in operation - the Jersey Devil Coaster is the only of its kind in the entire Eastern United States.

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Riders sit in single-passengers cars which make up a train of 12 riders (the ride has four trains in total) - the cars feature a low inline style that lets riders seemingly straddle the monorail track directly below them.  This provides a ride style that is not found on many roller coasters; unique and offering a new take on traditional coaster elements and forces.

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The Jersey Devil Coaster is specially themed to Six Flags Great Adventure's location and its history.  The park is set in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, and it is said that the Jersey Devil has haunted the forest for centuries, "soaring stealthily through the woods in the dark of the night before attacking its prey."  The new coaster is located within these woods on the park's property, adjacent to the park's Great Lake in a shady setting.

The new coaster's queue tells this story in great detail through a number of story boards, giving riders-to-be bits of the lore as they move through the covered queue sections.

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"Jersey Devil folklore has been a source of fear and intrigue here in the Pine Barrons for more than 200 years.  We'll immerse riders in this iconic piece of New Jersey history on our monstrous, new scream machine," said Park President John Winkler. "Jersey Devil Coaster is the perfect addition to our unrivaled collection of award-winning, innovating, and thrilling roller coasters."

The sinister air surrounding the ride is complimented by some unusual facts related to the number 13:  The Jersey Devil Coaster is the park's 13th coaster, the new ride is 13 stories tall, each train has 12 humans and the Jersey Devil lead car for 13 riders and the ride is officially opening on the 13th of June.

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The Jersey Devil Coaster will be an immediate hit with riders of all ages, as it provides a smooth and repeatable ride experience.  The trains climb a 130 foot lift hill after departing from the station and are quickly plummeting down an extra-steep 87 degree first drop.  With a maximum speed of 58 miles per hour, the trains scream through the ride's 3,000 feet of track.


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The ride is one of a new breed of roller coasters, which allows it to take the title of the world's tallest, fastest and longest single-rail roller coaster.  The ride's impressive design features several stellar elements, including three inversions.  From a Raven Dive to a 180-degree stall, riders experience a variety of maneuvers that keep them guessing what may come next.

The long design of the train also allows for different ride experiences as you move from the front of the train toward the back.  All seats provide and excellent amount of air-time as the Jersey Devil runs through the course, but the far back seat is especially impressive in that regard.

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While the coaster does feature over the shoulder restraints, they are unobtrusive and allow for a very free feeling while on the ride.  There's nothing quite like riding with your arms up and floating upside down through that 180-degree stall!  The coaster's quick transitions also give great lateral forces, paired with the low seats to give riders a variety of thrilling moments.

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As a great note for visitors, the Jersey Devil Coaster only has a 48 inch height requirement, allowing for a larger section of guests to ride - if they're brave enough of course!  Six Flags Great Adventure is already well known for their impressive set of thrill rides, and the Jersey Devil Coaster goes perfectly with them - offering a thrilling but innovative experience for visitors.

For more on the Jersey Devil Coaster, and help with planning your trip to ride, check out Six Flags Great Adventure's website!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park Starts Testing New Phoenix Roller Coaster

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Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, located in Coney Island, New York, has started the testing phase of their brand new custom designed roller coaster, Phoenix.  The ride is a suspended family roller coaster created by Vekoma, which features bright red track with equally bright yellow supports.  The family owned park is especially proud to be adding a major new roller coaster this season, as the parks in Coney Island stayed shuttered all of 2020 due to the pandemic.


Phoenix has been designed as a family ride that does contain enough thrilling elements to keep adult riders interested, including tight, swooping turns and constant elevation changes.  The ride 68 feet tall, features 1,220 feet of track and a top speed of 34 miles per hour.


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The below video was shared by the park and features footage of the very first test run of the Phoenix.  As planned it went off without a hitch, much to the pleasure of the park owners and ride manufacturer.  At the end you can see just how proud the family that runs the park is of their new addition!  The park plans to open the Phoenix by Summer.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Stunt Pilot Now Soaring in Action at Silverwood Theme Park

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Memorial Day weekend marked the grand opening of Stunt Pilot at Silverwood Theme Park, the world's latest Rocky Mountain Construction coaster to begin operation.  I think we can all agree that the more RMCs the better!  With not too many new coasters opening this year, it's even more spectacular that Silverwood was able to add such a thrilling new experience for their visitors.  And for a ride of this caliber, visitors are sure to come from far and wide.

Stunt Pilot is no doubt thrilling, standing 106 feet tall with a terrorizing first drop that sends the in-line trains to a top speed of 52 miles per hour.  The rest of the 1,800 foot layout features plenty of air-time along with tight turns and several inversions.

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Stunt Pilot's layout is very similar to two earlier RMC coasters, but changes have been made to improve the rider experience on the 2, 10-passenger trains.  Most notable are changes to the top of the lift before the first drop, but riders reports no lack of air-time on the ride!

Silverwood is honoring their history of previously having live airshows for guests at the park with Stunt Pilot, and the layout includes several close call elements that surround the track along with other theming, like the plane seen above.

If you want to take a spin on Stunt Pilot virtually, check out the POV ride from CoasterForce below!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

SeaWorld Orlando to Debut First Ever Howl-O-Scream Event This Fall

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SeaWorld Orlando will - for the first time ever - give visitors the scare of their lives when they debut Howl-O-Scream this fall.  The separately ticketed event will take place at the park at night as a compliment to the family friendly daytime event the park holds, called Halloween Spooktacular.  Howl-O-Scream, just like at SeaWorld's sister park Busch Gardens Tampa, is meant to get pulses pumping with plenty of scares from haunted houses, electrifying shows, scare zones and more.

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The Orlando theme parks are already well known for their Halloween events, some mild and some wild, but it's always nice to see a new park throw their hat in the ring.  According to SeaWorld Orlando, "guests will evade roaming haunts rampaging through scare zones and seek shelter indoors, only to find they have entered a house of horrors.  Adventuresome guests can deepen the thrills with terrifying coaster rides in the dark, quench their thirst for fear at a fiendishly interactive bar and feel the monstrous electricity of a live show."

During the 27 night run of Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando visitors will have few safe areas, between the haunted houses, scare zones and even roaming haunts.  The park isn't quite ready to give the names and themes of their haunted attractions, but promise more information on them in the future.

The event will run on select nights from September 10th through October 31st with hours varying from 7 pm to as late as 2 am.


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“SeaWorld Orlando fans love our extensive event line-up which includes a special event taking place every weekend of the year.  Adding Howl-O-Scream to the calendar provides the missing element of a fright-filled Halloween event that we know our guests will welcome.  With this addition, we become the only theme park in Orlando to offer both a daytime family-friendly Halloween and a nighttime horror Halloween for thrill seekers,” says SeaWorld Orlando Park President Kyle Miller. “We are very excited to announce Howl-O-Scream today and look forward to sharing all of the amazing details of the event over the next few months.”  


Keep your eyes on the park's website for the event as the summer progresses for house and scare zone reveals!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Dollywood Announces New HeartSong Lodge & Resort for 2023 + 10 Year Expansion Plan

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Dollywood is continuing on the path of creating additional growth as they have announced a brand new resort, known as Dollywood's HeartSong Lodge & Resort, along with a ten year, half a billion dollar expansion plan.  The resort just wrapped up their first ten year expansion plan which saw the addition of many attractions within the theme and water park, along with the DreamMore Resort and is now embarking on another ambitious era of growth.

"Since 2010, The Dollywood Company has invested more than $220 million into its properties as part of its ongoing investment plan.  Expansions undertaken since 2010 include Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, roller coasters Lightning Rod and FireChaser Express, as well as TailSpin Racer at Dollywood’s Splash Country.  In 2019, the park opened the $37 million Wildwood Grove."

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The brand new HeartSong Lodge & Resort will open in 2023 and will be located adjacent to the already popular DreamMore Resort.  It will feature 302 rooms including many with balconies, some with lofts, and family suites - some of which are themed.  The resort will carry a Smokie Mountain lodge theme, but will be spectacularly appointed and feature a plethora of amenities.  These includes a large pool area, a giant 4,000 square foot lobby with an atrium, a two story fireplace with a never ending flame, a music room inspired by Dolly and more.

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The Resort will also feature an area for group gatherings, featuring 26,000 square feet of meeting space.  Spaces include a large ballroom, a junior ballroom, event lawn and boardroom.

Also available to feed hungry guests will be the Honeysuckle & Pine Storied Goods Mercantile, a 195-Seat Signature Restaurant & Lounge, a 40-Seat Acoustics Private Dining Room, Lobby Lounge and the Wildflower Market Grab & Go Eatery.

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Company officials note that they had a somewhat strong 2020 despite the pandemic, and are already beating their expectations for 2021.  The popularity of the Smokies as a vacation destination continues to grow, and the resort feels it is an appropriate time to expand.  It sounds like the plan was to be announced last year but put on hold due to the pandemic.

Dollywood and Splash Country see a combined total of more than 3 million visitors a season, and with all the recent expansions those figures are sure to be growing.  The resort will now embark on another decade of expansion and while additional attractions are not being revealed yet, we can be sure the park has big things planned for the future.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Six Flags St. Louis to Open Adventure Cove at Hurricane Harbor This Summer

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Six Flags St. Louis has announced that they will open a new family attraction this summer in their Hurricane Harbor water park.  Known as Adventure Cove, the multi-level water play area will be a replacement for Hook's Lagoon, a similar water play attraction, which has been retired.  Adventure Cove will take up the same space that Hook's Lagoon utilized, but will offer more modern interactive features.

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The theme park promises more information as the mid-summer opening for Adventure Cove approaches, but from these renderings we can get a nice idea of what will be offered.  There are four smaller water slides that come off the back of the structure, perfect for younger visitors not ready for the big thrills yet.  There are interactive water features throughout the structure, including water guns, spinning water wheels and plenty more.  To top it off, there is what appears to be a geyser type of tower that I would expect will dump plenty of water on guests below at a regular interval.

The park will keep the lagoon that surrounds Adventure Cove, which serves as another safe space for younger kids to explore.  There will be plenty of deck chairs in the area for families to use as a home base as well.