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.
Six Flags Great Adventure - one of my favorite theme parks. It is home to Kingda Ka, which is my all time favorite coaster, and is a launched coaster that shoots riders up to heights of 456 feet at speeds of 128 miles per hour. That isn't all there is to do, though. Great Adventure is also home to a great steel coaster called Nitro, a safari adventure where you get to encounter many animals, and the world's tallest drop ride, Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. Read on, to see what a day at Great Adventure is like.
Roller coasters are feared by many - but you can conquer a fear of them. From starting small to screaming loud, there are tricks to overcoming the fear of roller coasters. Read on to see what other tricks you can use at an amusement park to conquer a fear of roller coasters.
Just a few days ago, Six Flags announced their capital expansions for the year of 2015. Among the lineup were thrill rides, waterslides, and some dark rides. But the attractions that stood out were Twisted Colossus and Wicked Cyclone: two older wooden coasters that are going to be remade with a steel track and a more twisted layout. They are both very similar, both featuring multiple inversions, built and designed by the same company, Rocky Mountain Construction, and are both going to be a hit for 2015. The rivalry started a few days ago . . . and will probably never die - so now I ask you - Which do you think will deliver a better ride?
It's the day we have all been waiting for . . . the day when Six Flags announces their 2015 lineup of attractions! It is sure to be an exciting year - thrill rides, coasters, waterslides, and dark rides will entertain Six Flags guests in 2015. So, click read more to see each park's new attraction, as well as my analysis of each attraction.
A fierce swarm is coming . . . Fury 325. Rising 325 feet into the sky, it's sure to be thrilling. Fury 325 is labeled as a Giga roller coaster (300 - 399 feet in height), and will be the tallest and fastest one in existence. The top speed of Fury 325 is 95 miles per hour, which will be reached right after the first drop, starting the coaster with a forceful punch of power that will be sustained throughout the ride. Many banked turns provide a twisty layout, with a few airtime hills thrown into the mix. Also, the front gate of the park will be revitalized, with an underground dive beneath pedestrian bridge being the focal point of the new entrance plaza.