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Ocean City Boardwalk Adding New Roller Coaster in 2016

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | August 05, 2015

Ocean City Boardwalk Adding New Roller Coaster in 2016

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Theme park enthusiasts take note: there will be a new roller coaster on the boardwalk at Ocean City, New Jersey, starting in 2016.

In a report from Claire Lowe of the Ocean City Gazette, Playland’s Castaway Cove on the Ocean City boardwalk announced Tuesday that the theme park will build a 125-foot-tall roller coaster called GaleForce.

The ride promises to be a major thrill, as Playland’s Castaway Cove Vice President Brian Hartley revealed to the Ocean City Gazette that the park had been working on the project for a few years. The GaleForce roller coaster is a triple-launch roller coaster featuring, "a 90-degree drop, speeds of 64 mph and seven thrilling elements.”

Hartley told Lowe, “We’ve tried to keep it quiet. We’ve been working on it on and off for about three years. This is something our owner, Scott Simpson, has really wanted for a long time. He’s really wanted to bring a new dynamic coaster here with cutting edge technology. It’s going where our two roller coasters are now. There’s actually going to be another coaster that’s going in. I can’t talk about the details of that yet, but it’s going wrap around that coaster.”

To make room for GaleForce and the unnamed other roller coaster project, Playland designers will be replacing current coasters and family favorites, Python and Flitzer.

The official YouTube of Playland’s Castaway Cove shared a video simulation of GaleForce:

Since the park caters to families and young children primarily, the park is attempting to keep the new attractions accessible to a large portion of the guests who visit the park, while still making it entertaining enough for the thrill seekers.

One of the biggest obstacles to overcome for designers and park officials is the lack of space to build the ride. In order to maximize the area, designers are using a launch system that will shoot passengers along the track without the need for a typical lift hill.

Playland officials estimate construction on the attraction will begin in mid-January, and the ride should be opened after the standard test period in May of 2016.

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