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News from the Jersey Shore


Paul Ruben journeys to New Jersey to check out progress on a handful of new attractions opening this season at various parks along the shores of the US state


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asino Pier in Seaside Heights will unveil a replacement for the Jet Star rollercoaster that achieved iconic status when it was swept into


the ocean during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Hydrus, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter, boasts 1,050 feet (320m) of track and signature features including a 72ft (22m) vertical lift and beyond-vertical first drop. The same park is also adding a 131ft (40m) tall Ferris wheel by Technical Park as part of its expanded pier area. Playland's Castaway Cove, Ocean City, will


introduce two new coasters this year, both of which should have debuted in 2016. Gale Force is S&S – Sansei's first Triple Launch El Loco coaster, offering LSM-powered launches forward,


LEFT: Steel Pier’s new Ferris wheel


Workers at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City have been busy moving and refurbishing rides ready for the arrival of a new Ferris wheel, which will be positioned in the centre of the pier


backward, and forward again over a topsy turvy vertical track layout. A second coaster, Wild Waves from E&F Miler, will offer a more conventional layout but has been shoehorned in around Gale Force for maximum visual effect. The Steel Pier in Atlantic City is set to introduce the US east coast's tallest Ferris


wheel this spring when it opens a 220-feet (67m) diameter ride from Technical Park. In anticipation of the attraction’s arrival, many of the Steel Pier's rides were refurbished over the winter and are being relocated to make room.


For a comprehensive round-up of new attractions opening this season in North America, check out the Park World Handbook & Buyers Guide, free with this issue or available to download at www.parkworld-online.com


Hydrus (Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter) at Casino Pier, Seaside Heights


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ABOVE LEFT AND RIGHT: Gale Force and Wild Waves at Playland’s Castaway Cove, Ocean City


MARCH 2017


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