Theme park operator, Cedar Fair, has named 2017 its ‘most exciting year yet’ with the announcement of a host of new rides and attractions.
Major investments include a spooky wooden coaster, Mystic Timbers, and a newly themed 18-acre water park.
"2017 is mapping out to be another outstanding year for us, as we will be investing in all aspects of our business to enhance the guest experience and build upon the unique brands of our parks, " commented Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair's President and Chief Executive Oﬃcer.
Here are some of the key new attractions:
- The Mystic Timbers coaster will be constructed at Kings Island, one of the largest amusement and water parks in the Midwest. The park's fourth wooden roller coaster, it measures 3, 265 feet in length and will soar over steep cliﬀs, ravines and water at 53 mph. The coaster is slated to open in spring 2017.
- California's Great America is also getting a new coaster – Patriot – the ﬁrst ﬂoorless coaster in the park's 41-year history.
- Cedar Point Shores Water Park, at the Company's ﬂagship park in Sandusky, Ohio, is a re-imagining of Soak City Water Park, showcasing four new water attractions – Point Plummet aqua drop, Starboard Surge & Portside Plunge tube slides, Lakeslide Landing and Lemmy's Lagoon. Other new additions include the Crystal Rock Café and a retail store.
- Also in line for a makeover is Knott's Soak City Water Park at Knott's Berry Farm theme park which will include two new water slide towers.
- Canada's Wonderland will see the addition of two new adrenaline rides: Muskoka Plunge – a 60-foot-tall water slide complex featuring four heart-pounding drop slides and Soaring Timbers – the ﬁrst ride of its kind in North America which will send guests spiralling through the air while rotating 360 degrees.
- Carowinds will offer four new vintage family thrills – Do-Si-Do, Electro-Spin, Rock N'Roller and Zephyr are all slated to open in spring 2017 while Cedar Point is enhancing its accommodation offerings. The venue will also open the Cedar Point Sports Centre, a state-of-the-art youth sporting complex with multi-purpose ﬁelds for various events and tournaments, including baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.
"We are committed to creating an immersive experience that gives our guests the opportunity to have FUN in every way possible – and that's what makes our parks diﬀerent, ” added Matt Ouimet. “Whether it's a new ride, attraction or technology, our investments for 2017 will remind families and thrill seekers alike that our amusement parks are THE place to be for FUN."