Hi all! Just got off the phone with Jeff at IAAPA and he wanted me to post this:
"Announced at 2004 IAAPA Show: 1st Great Coaster coming to Power Park in Harma, Finland. Specific details not released, but ride is going to feature two train operation and twisted layout that is going to make this ride one of the most exciting coasters in Europe."
Ok, Powerpark really switched gears. It's owned by a Finnish millionaire and has been built from scratch during the last two years. However, they don't have anything major yet, their biggest attractions are a Fabbri Booster, a very small rollercoaster and a Technical Park Frisbee. Of course, there's also a full size karting track and a huge, indoor karting hall. They actually promote the karting stuff as their main attraction.
Last I heard from them, was that they were going to buy a new Boomerang from Vekoma and a several family rides for 2005 but that may have changed (or they get the Boomerang in 2005 and the GCI in 2006). They do have loads of space so a woodie should fit in there no problem.
There are still problems with the park though. It's located away from from the big cities of south and their local crowd isn't sufficient to support them. Also, so far it hasn't had wristbands - just pay as you go operation. However, they've promised the wristbands when the park is big enough for them. I'd imagine a GCI-woodie fills that description. It's going to be a very interesting year in 2006. Powerpark seems to be shaping up as viable competition for Sarkanniemi and Linnanmaki.
I think the pertinent question is when do you get to go to Finland to test the trains. I count 18 coasters not including the new one. You could definately make a vacation out of it... or maybe not. ;-)