2017 Project Construction Update – 5/21/16

The 2017 project is already well underway it seems. Construction markings are flourishing in the area around ThuNderaTion and Echo Hollow. The markers clearly identify the centerline of a new roller coaster, complete with arrows apparently depicting the direction of travel. There is also a lot of electrical line work going on, with orange markings leading out from the TNT station and near the power box by Echo Hollow.

The ride markings make a tight loop mostly encircling the Echo Hollow restroom building, with markers leading off down into the valley behind the amphitheater. At least one marker can also be spotted within the turn of ThuNderaTion following the dive out of the tunnel.

The small gravel area that has always been next to ThuNderaTion’s lift hill has been expanded and had fresh gravel added, and a tall chain link fence with high wires has been added around the coaster. This is obviously going to be a major staging area. If you are quick, you can also spot a large clearing being made on the entrance road just past the turnoff where an access road is being added into the area.

At this rate, I would not be surprised to see actual clearing for the coaster itself begin next month, but that’s my assumption.



More Markings Appear for 2017 Project

The mysterious construction markers around Echo Hollow are multiplying, and as if to throw gasoline on the smoldering new coaster project rumors, some of the markers are clearly marked ‘CL COASTER’. The CL apparently denotes the centerline of the track. Furthermore, an access road into the area is being expanded, and equipment to clear trees is starting to show up.


Check out the most recent set of photos Here on MidwestInfoGuide.com. I’ll be heading to the park myself to check it out tomorrow, and I will try to post some photos of my own by Monday.


While the park could be toying with us by planting red-herring markers (some parks have been known to do things like that in the past), all signs seem to be pointing to a new coaster coming to the Echo Hollow area next year. What type of coaster and how it will fit into the area is anyone’s guess, but you can join the discussion here and make your bet now!

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