Coming out of hibernation so give me a second on this right now. Here are my long points regarding everything I have missed:
- If the Old Country rehab is true, that means the park is at least making some sort of move to open the area. I emphasize open, because this could very well mean that they have clear enough of the area to make it look attractive for visitors to walk by. Musik Express is apparently gone, and while my childhood may have died saying that, it is good to see that the park is at least not trying to fix the unfixable. The whole Autobahn being "bright and shiny" to me just sounds like they are moving towards hopefully opening them in the near future.
- If the park plans to open Old Country, I would imagine that it won't be until next year or perhaps for Fright Fest, for which it would be only for controlling crowd flow. I do not seem much of a reason to open the pathway that connects the two areas as of right now, especially gathering that the area probably isn't completely fixed.
-If the park opens Old Country next year, there are two reasonable options for the area. #1, the park places a new coaster using Chiller's old spot. #2, renovating the entire area with flats. #1 is what everyone wants, but sadly #2 is what the parks needs to do for that area. Listen, after the marketing BS move the park has pulled with El Diablo, I am strongly for adding a coaster in 2016. But opening Old Country solely for the reason to help open space for the new coaster is not beneficial. If anything, adding 2-3 flats (if you want to include the bumper cars, which would be redundant with the addition of Fenders Benders recently) plus a food stand, a bathroom, and perhaps a little retheme would serve as the stepping stone to a coaster in that same spot in 2017. It's not favorable, but the patience would honestly be far more beneficial.
- Disregarding whether or not Old Country gets fully (or partly) renovated, if the park were to open a coaster in Chiller's spot, whether next year or any year, it should not be any B&M. Holiday World pulled the rabbit out of the hat with Thunderbird and, as common thought would go, the flood gates would coincidently open. Sure, giving one of the chain's flagship parks a huge addition like a B&M Launching Winger would really bring in the crowds, but like every other person here that has beaten the dead horse, we don't need B&M. I could play devil's advocate and say that we don't have a winger or a launcher and kill two birds with one stone, but I feel that argument is for another time in the future.
- In a realistic perspective, if a coaster goes in Chiller's spot, it will be a small capacity coaster. I don't know the park's restrictions on building coasters over walkways and what not, but I'm not fully convinced the park can fit a Winger/Woodie/Hyper/Giga/pretty much any true full circuit coaster in that spot. That leaves the park with basically one company, Premier. Whether it is a custom like Full Throttle or a short circuit launcher like Superman: Ultimate Flight at SFDK, it just seems the most logical for that position. I'd prefer the first before the latter, but I hate to be this guy, but I think the small capacity coaster plague will hit the park if they put a coaster there. I hope to God I'm proven wrong and a GCI or an build-from-the-ground Iron Horse gets in that spot.
-If a coaster goes into Movietown, I feel the default theme would be Superman vs. Batman, which I could see easily getting a themed ride. I'd rather see that get themed elsewhere, whether another park or perhaps as a dark ride (pointing straight at the old simulator building). A possible idea would be Wonder Woman; Warner Bros. confirmed the film for 2017, if the coasters delays until then. The other long shot here is Suicide Squad. I mean, it would be pretty sweet, but I don't know how well it will go publicly as a themed ride with the word "suicide" on it.