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China Plans Hello Kitty Theme Park.

China Plans Hello Kitty Theme Park.

Another day and another new park for China, This one is planned for Hangzhou and is on the smaller side. As far as I can tell doesn’t feature a coaster but there are a number of smaller rides including a great looking ferris wheel and a boat ride. There will be a large on site hotel and as a whole the concept looks great. This is the first large scale park since the first park in Japan and its sure to pull a decent crowd as Hello...

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Is This The Worst Coaster Transition Ever?

Is This The Worst Coaster Transition Ever?

Back in the day Arrow and Vekoma were known for making some pretty dodgy transitions between elements. A Japanese manufacturer called Meisho was arguably the king of the awkward transition for a while in the 90s but I don’t think any of them hold a candle to some of the new Chinese manufacturers on the block. Century Amusement Park in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou installed a Hebei Zhongye knock off SLC in 2013 but the ride kept...

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Pinghu Lake Park Adds Family Coaster.

Pinghu Lake Park Adds Family Coaster.

Pinghu Lake Park (also known simply as Pinghu Park) in the city of Pinghu, China is currently undergoing a major revamp with the addition of new rides and attractions while stripping out the old run down set. Pictures have emerged of the park adding a new family coaster. It appears to be a rare custom design from a Chinese manufacturer (Although If you know otherwise please let me know) Below are some pictures of the construction. Source:...

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Six Flags China Coaster Line Up and More Parks.

Six Flags China Coaster Line Up and More Parks.

Six Flags recently announced deal to build a park in Tianjin in China has garnered world wide attention. More recent news stories go into more depth about the park due to be situated here in the Wuqing district. One article states the new park will include a 55m Inverted Coaster, 50m Wooden Coaster, 45m Launched Coaster and 40m Ball Coaster. This is a fairly believable ride line up although as usual in China I suspect the heights are...

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Nagashima Spaland Builds Manta Clone

Nagashima Spaland Builds Manta Clone

Nagashima Spaland have announced their first major coaster in years and will build a Manta Clone called Acrobat. The B&M flyer will be the parks first  major coaster since Steel Dragon 15 years ago. The ride looks and feels very similar to Manta in the concept art with the colours reversed and a bat instead of a manta on the front of the train. All in all B&M look to be having a very busy 2015. Source: Nagashima...

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Wuhu’s Fantawild Cultural Park Builds Boomerang.

Wuhu’s Fantawild Cultural Park Builds Boomerang.

Fantawild are working on three cultural parks at the moment in Jinan, Wuhu and Hangzhou. The first to open is expected to be Jinan but Wuhu’s is well under construction already. All three are expected to build Vekoma Boomerangs and Gravity Group Woodies but there has been little sign of vertical ride construction so far. However it appears Wuhu has got it’s boomerang up already and it features the same colours seen on...

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Wanda Xishuangbanna International Resort Construction.

Wanda Xishuangbanna International Resort Construction.

The first of 6 new Wanda theme parks in China, Wanda Xishuangbanna International Resort is due to open in 2015 and work is gathering pace at the construction site. The first rides to go up are the water park slides and a new S&S Space Shot tower. There is currently no sign that the parks B&M flying coaster, Intamin water coaster or Zamperla pony express are on site. But with the recent confirmation that the yellow B&M track has...

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Romon World Construction And Coaster Testing.

Romon World Construction And Coaster Testing.

Construction of Romon World in Ningbo is coming along nicely with the park recently starting tests on their new X-Car coaster. Anyone who’s been to Lotte World in South Korea will instantly feel familiar with the construction shots of the indoor section of the park as they bear a striking resemblance to their Korean counter part. The indoor Intamin is looking stunning with the top hat element vaulting over a replica of London’s...

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Chinese SLC Involved In Fatal Accident

Chinese SLC Involved In Fatal Accident

A man has died at Harbin Cultural Park after being struck by the parks knock-Off SLC. The 60 year old man was performing gardening duty and weeding below the ride and was struck in the head by the ride train. Although the park says the ride area is closed to workers during ride operation investigators discovered problems with on site supervision of workers at the park. When I visited the park back in 2012 I was struck by how easy it seemed...

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JungleLand Indonesia Builds New Zierer.

JungleLand Indonesia Builds New Zierer.

JungleLand has been under construction in Indonesia for a couple of years ago opening in phases. The earlier phase 2 opened with a small kids coaster while the currently under way phase 3 includes a Zierer ESC coaster. A recent blog post shows the new coaster is now complete and called Snake Coaster. The coaster looks like it is the standard Zierer ESC model. No opening date on the new ride yet but it can’t be far away. Below are 2...

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Wanda Xishuangbanna Starts Installing Rides.

Wanda Xishuangbanna Starts Installing Rides.

Wanda Xishuangbanna is one of next years biggest new parks with the install of a new B&M Flyer the star attraction. Construction shots are sparse but shots of the resorts.new water slides have emerged. No sign of the B&M, Intamin or Zamperla’s yet but good to see construction moving along. Source:...

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Lewa World Builds Knock Off Boomerang.

Lewa World Builds Knock Off Boomerang.

The list of knock off ride in China keeps growing and it’s taken a slightly terrifying turn with Lewa World in Xi’an building a knock off Boomerang coaster. Vekoma Boomerangs are widespread and often get a lot of stick from the enthusiast community for their ride experience so I’m intrigued to hear how the knock off rides. A user on Weibo has posted pictures of the new ride in its complete state (although lacking paint)...

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Jinan Cultural Heritage Park Construction

Jinan Cultural Heritage Park Construction

The first of the three Fantawild Cultural Heritage Parks is under construction in Jinan, China and the first roller coaster is already up. The park is also expected to get a Gravity Group Woodie and a Vekoma Boomerang and this new mine train is a little unexpected. Work on the parks other buildings is well under way with some show buildings going up and the main entrance looks to be coming along nicely. Construction pictures below....

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Hotgo Park Wooden Coaster Construction.

Hotgo Park Wooden Coaster Construction.

Gravity Group’s new wooden roller coaster at Hotgo Park in Fushun is under construction and it looks stunning. The new ride is due to feature 90 degree banks and tunnels and is one of 4 known Gravity Group woodies currently under construction (with 2 more rumoured). The park is also due to have a knock off SLC and a custom Vekoma launched ride. Below are some pictures of the new Gravity Group coaster from outside the...

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Six Flags China Park Planned For Tianjin.

Six Flags China Park Planned For Tianjin.

Six Flags shocked the industry last week with news of plans to open SF branded parks in China. Beyond the initial news there was no real meat or detail to the story but Chinese sites are now reporting the first park will open in Tianjin, Tianjin is just south of Beijing and has a massive catchment of potential visitors. Tianjin has recently opened it’s own Happy Valley and Fantawild parks as well as a Hotel built in an old Russian...

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Shijiazhuang Building Amusement Park Under A Lake.

Shijiazhuang Building Amusement Park Under A Lake.

Parks in China keep getting more insane but this one might top the lot so far. The park itself is a fairly large indoor shopping mall park called Shijiazhuang Joy World Dream Park but what sets it apart is it’s position under a man made lake. Concept art shows the lake with two glass islands providing light through to the park below. Construction is well underway and in one of the images below you can easily see the location of the...

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New Triple Corkscrew Coaster Appears In China.

New Triple Corkscrew Coaster Appears In China.

Hebei Zhongye Metallurgical Equipment Manufacturing have just advertised their new massively mislabeled 6 Ring Coaster.  The ride actually only has 5 inversions but most interestingly it has 3 corkscrews in a row. A characteristic which has been unique to Fantasia Special in South Korea for 21 years. While Hebei Zhongye aren’t known for their super smooth rides they do tend to be quite intense and they aren’t afraid to...

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Qingdao Wanda East Cinema Plans Indoor Flying Coaster.

Qingdao Wanda East Cinema Plans Indoor Flying Coaster.

Wanda has been a bit quiet this week but hidden inside the press releases for the new Wanda East Cinema project in Qingdao, China is the description of both and indoor theme park and water park. There is also a mention of a world first custom indoor flying coaster.  Due to open in 2015 the whole site is as with every other planned Wanda project is enormous with a multitude of shopping centers, hotels, cinemas and apartments. As for the...

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Moipark Opens In Istanbul.

Moipark Opens In Istanbul.

The new Mall of Istanbul has opened with its indoor family park. The park is called Moipark and features an excellent looking Zamperla spinning coaster. The ride uses cars normally found on their wild mouse models and winds around some impressive themeing. With Vialand, Ankapark and now this Turkey seems to be having a bit of a mini coaster boom. Below are some shots of the now open ride as well as construction images to get a better idea...

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Seoul Children’s Grand Park Refurbishment.

Seoul Children’s Grand Park Refurbishment.

The little Suspended Family Coaster model is doing quite well for Vekoma with numerous installations this year. One of the newest is Children’s Grand Park in the centre of Seoul. The park is undergoing a major refurbishment following its closure in 2012 and although construction is running a little behind schedule the park is expected to open this summer. Below are some shots of the rides old and new with the Vekoma SFC sat front and...

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