Today was a rather big day for Cedar Fair, as two of their parks announced what they have in store for 2016: Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, and Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. Neither of them announced any new rides, but rather upgrades an other additions. So, what’s 2016 going to look like for them?
Knott’s Berry Farm: Ghost Town 75th Anniversary, including GhostRider refurbishment.
2016 is the 75th anniversary for the Ghost Town section of Knott’s Berry Farm. More details will come in the following months, says the park, but we can assume that the theming, food, and overall aesthetics of the section will be updated. But the one thing we do know is that GhostRider will be going through a renovation, as predicted by us. Most likely there will be re-tracking to make the ride smoother, theming additions, and (possibly) new trains. The ride will be closing on September 8th, so make sure you get your last rides for the year! Now I know most of you are whining about it not getting the RMC treatment, but did you honestly expect it in the first place? And maybe the wooden look and feel of GhostRider is what fits into GhostTown better than an quiet, ultra-smooth RMC! Unfortunately, the Screamin’ Swing will be closing permanently to make room for the rennovation. Possible pop up at Kings Dominion?
Kings Island: Tropical Plunge, new splash pad area, new toll plaza/parking entrance.
Looks like we were wrong. Kings Islands plans for 2016 are a little more significant. The main attraction will indeed be a waterpark expansion, akin to the expansions at Kings Dominion and then Carowinds as well for 2016. Kings island will be receiving a new drop slide complex called “Tropical Plunge”. It will be an addition that their somewhat-outdated waterpark desperately needs. In addition, there will be an updated kids area of the waterpark with a new splash part, reminiscent of its sister parks. Finally, Kings Island will be updating their toll plaza and parking entrance, again, similar to Carowinds. Their current toll/parking area is ridiculously tiny, so expanding it and upgrading the looks would be a major improvement.
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