Cedar Point, located on the shores of Lake Erie, in Sandusky, Ohio may be adding a dive coaster to their lineup of attractions for 2016. A dive coaster is essentially a quick thrill coaster with an incredible drop followed by some inversions. Apparently, the park has contacted B&M, a manufacturer of these such rides, so the dive coaster could definitely be a possibility. Also, the park has cleared a fairly large section of the park, further backing up the possibility of a dive coaster. The current estimated budget is set at 15 million, which could buy a good sized, quality dive coaster with multiple inversions and drops.
Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas is almost ready to start track work. The construction team has been working on the foundation (the concrete sections that the coaster's supports lock on to, keeping the coaster up), and they are almost done. Also, Six Flags has released a new animation video for Batman. The front row view is now shown, as it would appear while riding. In a few months, Batman will be ready to soar!
Just about a year a go I started this blog, and It has been a great first year. I've learned many new things about this hobby and I'm not looking back. There have been many enjoyable moments over the past year, but below are some highlights of my journeys since starting this site. Also, you can vote in a poll asking what you would like to see more of in Journey Through Coaster's Future years.
Cannibal. . . the name may seem unfamiliar, that's because it really is. Just until a few months ago, this coaster wasn't talked about, because the extent of it was a secret kept by Lagoon. Construction moved into high gear, and the secrets were released. A massive structure with a steep drop and several inversions. Just recently, the park released some photos of the construction that are just stunning in the least. With out an official announcement, there isn't much hype over this coaster, but I could definitely see it becoming an underdog for new coasters in 2015 and really come as a surprise.
The last track piece for the tallest giga coaster in the world just placed its last track segment. Over 6,000 feet long, this one took months to build, but once the crews kicked it into high gear, the construction zoomed along! Some days they would place multiple segments, completing an element all in one day. The scheduled opening is in March, and I have no doubt that they will make that deadline. Anyways, below you can find a montage of all of the webcam screenshots composed into a few seconds of video, showing the day they started constructing this steel monster, to the day they placed the last piece of track. Enjoy!
A roaring wooden structure . . . a dueling coaster . . . with the spirit of a lion and a tiger will finally be no more. On February 1st, Gwazi will be tamed. This coaster, Gwazi, had two tracks, that would duel and pass each other along the course of the ride. This sounded like a great concept, but during Gwazi's later years, the coaster's roughness overpowered the thrill aspect, and Gwazi just became an unenjoyable experience. They tried replacing the trains with more comfortable coaches and higher - tech maneuvering system on the train, but the roughness still seeped through. finally, this troubled coaster will come down and hopefully the new space opening will host something greater, grander, and smoother.
Well, it's just about that time of year again. The time where coaster enthusiasts start to miss those thrills of the long-gone summer. What can we do? Start thinking of the thrills to come in 2015 as it's really going to be a great year - I'm super excited for the many new attractions coming, and I think this could be the best year for new attractions and coasters in a long time. There are many new thrills and experiences in store for the coming season, varying from high-tech inverting woodies to steel beasts that rise into the 300 foot plus range. I could write on and on about all of the coming exciting attractions . . . but I have narrowed it down to the top five that I think will rise among the others.
A few days ago, Thunderbird at Holiday World reached a new milestone - that is the completion of track work! They started late July and finished just months later. The next step to completing the coaster is to install the electrical work, theming elements, and the station for the ride. Apparently, they are three weeks ahead of schedule for construction, and now begin transformation of the surrounding area of Thunderbird into the "New World". Just recently, they have moved an existing ride to that area, rebranding the ride, and giving it a re-paint job. Also, two more ride enhancements are scheduled to be announced in a few days.
Great America has been transformed into Fright Fest - with decorations, ghouls, and spooks to entertain the midways and make the theme park experience more fun and thrilling. The park went all out on decorations, which really added a level to the park and made my visit more enjoyable. The coasters were also still there, and since the crowds were low, I ended up riding more than I expected. So, what are you waiting for . . . dive into my Six Flags Great America - Fright Fest Trip Report.
Today, Cedar Point announced a twist on an old coaster - Mantis. Mantis has been thrilling riders for about ten years with four inversions, twists and turns, and its signature feature, stand up trains - that's right you ride standing up. However, the last day to ride the Mantis as we know it is on October 19th, as Cedar Point will be giving it a complete "refresh". In 2015 the trains will be sit-down and floorless, the paint scheme will change, and the title will morph into "Rougarou", with an entirely new theme as well.