Wooden roller coasters are back in fashion at US theme parks, with several major new installations planned for 2013. Among them is Gold Striker at California's Great America, and the long-neglected Cedar Fair park is wasting no time in throwing up the new ride's circuit. Meanwhile, Six Flags New England has received planning approval for its new water slide, and Epcot's Bistro de Paris has a new name.
California's Great America
Construction work on the new Gold Striker roller coaster at California's Great America is progressing well, with much of the ambitious ride's circuit now in place.
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Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England has received approval from the local Zoning Board of Appeals to install Bonzai Pipelines in its Hurricane Harbor water park for the 2013 season. The 65-foot-tall attraction will feature six drop pod slides. Plans to open a record-breaking SkyScreamer have seemingly been slipped to 2014.
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The latest Epcot park maps show that the shuttered Bistro de Paris restaurant will be renamed as Monsieur Paul when it reopens on December 11. The popular eatery will receive an entirely new look as well as being renamed, but will still serve a range of haute cuisine.
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