In the year of 2016, Rocky Mountain Construction is taking up two sizable ground-up coaster projects: Lightning Rod at Dollywood and Kolmarden's Wildfire. Each coaster's layout and qualities are unique to each other to provide contrast between each coaster, but there are similarities. With attributes of bountiful airtime, innovative maneuvers, a terrain based layout, and the unbridled creativity of Rocky Mountain Construction's designs, these two wooden mega coasters are undeniably alike in design, yet different enough to draw the rivalry, and are set to be some (if not the) top new attractions for the year of 2016. Read on, as each part of these coasters is analyzed, and a prediction for the best ride of the two is made.
After a long winter on the Cedar Point Peninsula, the Valravn construction crew set the final piece of their B&M dive coaster into place. This 3,415 foot coaster consists of 84 track segments that drop riders down from record-breaking heights, offering a panoramic view of Lake Erie. Along the course, the track twists riders into three inversions at top speeds of 75 miles per hour. In a few short months, the bird of Valravn will soar providing brand new thrills to Cedar Point guests.
Of all the 2015 additions to Cedar Fair parks in 2015, Fury 325 proved to be the cardinal attraction in this chain of parks. Rising 325 feet into the sky, Fury takes previous aspects of Giga coasters (any continuous tracked coaster with a height of 300-399 feet), such as speed and airtime, and perfects upon those characteristics. With grand amounts of airtime, swift banks, illuminated tunnels, and a fanciful turnaround maneuver, Fury shines above and makes all of its predecessors in the world of Giga coasters pale in comparison. Being prepared and manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard, Fury is smooth, which ensures riders can focus thoroughly on the ride experience.
As the new year is about a month underway, we are creeping closer to the opening of many highly anticipated coasters in 2016, and the start of the roller coaster season. In 2016, there are over a dozen new attractions going into parks throughout the United States, but in this list we will single out the top five attractions in our eyes and analyze what makes these brand new scream machines special, and likely to be the most thrilling candidates in the pack of new for 2016 attractions. So, what are you waiting for? Hop aboard as we count down the top five Coasters for 2016!
In 2016 Cedar Point will go big. On the Peninsula of Lake Erie, and soaring above an already exciting thrill capital, Valravn, an brand new world record breaking roller coaster will take riders on a legendary flight. With a massive first drop, and three inversions, Valravn will sail in to Cedar Point to dominate the skies.
It's that one special day of the year again - when Six Flags announces all of their additions to the parks in 2016! It's always exciting to see what each park has planned for the next year, and this year is no different. Chain wide, two new roller coasters, dark rides, flat rides, and waterslides will thrill Six Flags guests in 2016. Keep reading to see what each of the parks are receiving, as well as my analysis on each attraction!
It's not everyday that you get to see a piece of roller coaster track speeding down the highway at 70 miles per hour. Well, for me, I had the opportunity to experience that today. Traveling on the road, I looked up, and it was there - a giant piece of shiny orange coaster track! Immediately after looking at this track piece, I knew it had to be heading to Lake Compounce for the new Phobia Phear Coaster scheduled to open in 2016. Luckily, I was able to ride next to the truck carrying this track, roll the windows down, and snap some photos of these track pieces, so make sure to check them out below!
After teasing us for a few weeks, Dollywood has officially announced their 2016 roller coaster! In a new era of wooden coaster technology, Lightning Rod will be the world's first wood coaster to launch . . . yes, launch! But that is not all - Lightning Rod will set yet another record as the fastest wood coaster in the world. This innovative design will focus on the sensation of airtime, where riders are lifted out of their seats, as a compromise to inversions. With over 12 negative G moments, Lightning Rod is for a serious airtime addict. March 2016 should be very exciting!
In 2016, Gale Force will take Playland's Castaway Cove by storm. In a small park, Gale Force will be compact, but still deliver the thrills. This new ride, built by S&S, will be a triple-launched, multi-inversion, highly thrilling roller coaster. To make this coaster possible, some existing rides at the park will need to be taken out. Flitzer and Python, two older coasters will be removed by 2016. Those two coasters were nearing the end of their time, so the replacement of them with Gale Force turned out to be a good thing as the new coaster will refresh that section of the park with newer, 21st century thrills.
Taking no break from adding new attractions, in 2016 Kentucky Kingdom will be opening a new multi million dollar roller coaster called Storm Chaser. This coaster will be a remake of the park's old Twisted Twins wooden coaster, and the park will be consulting Rocky Mountain Construction to turn the old woodie into a new steel thriller. Using state-of-the-art I-Box track, Storm Chaser will be able to turn riders upside down multiple times, and feature a crazier layout than before. However, the old Twisted Twins will not be torn down completely - Storm Chaser will utilize the existing structure and the I-Box track will be placed onto the structure. It looks like a great coaster that is not to be missed!
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