Adventureland Resort announces refurbishment of Underground dark coaster

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Announcement of the closure of Underground (© Adventureland Resort)

Since the start of the 2023 season, the beloved dark wooden roller coaster ‘Underground’ at Adventureland (Altoona, IA, U.S.A.) has been closed for the general public. After being closed all season, many guests have been concerned about the fate of a beloved attraction. However, this week the park announced that Underground will be returning better than ever in 2024, celebrating the park’s 50th anniversary.

Preparations are in full swing at Adventureland Resort as the Altoona theme park gears up for its golden jubilee celebration. After an impressive addition of 11 new attractions to the park within the past couple of years, the grand opening of its 50th birthday extravaganza will feature none other than the reemergence of the renowned “Underground” attraction. This unique enclosed wooden roller coaster is set to make a triumphant return in 2024, boasting a series of exciting upgrades aimed at elevating the ride experience for visitors of all ages.

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Entrance sign of Underground (© Dark Ride Database)

In the upcoming year, patrons can anticipate an immersive journey deep beneath the grounds of Adventureland Resort, embarking on a captivating quest that delves far beyond the legendary tale of Sheriff Sam’s lost treasure. Venture into the heart of the abandoned mine, as the narrative unfolds in search of the notorious outlaw, Bad Bob, and his daring gang, who have sought refuge within the old mine after a brazen gold heist.

The mine conceals not only the stolen gold but also a cache of newfound treasures. With the integration of cutting-edge technology and captivating effects, guests will find themselves immersed in an unprecedented narrative-driven experience. As they delve deeper into the labyrinthine depths of the forsaken mine, riders will encounter fresh challenges, unexpected turns, and chances to unearth concealed secrets along the way.

Crafted by Custom Coasters International in 1996, the Underground roller coaster boasts a unique fusion of a wooden roller coaster and a dark ride, culminating in the creation of the world’s sole fully enclosed wooden roller coaster. Following a comprehensive refurbishment initiative, including enhancements to the coaster’s track and train, the ride is poised to make its highly-anticipated return in 2024. The train itself has been dispatched to the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters facility in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, where it is undergoing an extensive reconstruction.

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Underground’s train in the ride station (©Dark Ride Database)