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!
Continuing on the road from our visit at Six Flags Over Georgia, the next stop was Carowinds. Obviously the reason we were here was because of the big new giga coaster, Fury 325. Since Fury opened in March, there have been some good reviews, so we figured we would check it out for ourselves. Besides Fury, there are a few other top attractions, but other than those, there are some seriously bad rides in the park that are unpleasant to ride. Combine that with the Carolina heat, and an experience to Carowinds can be less than pleasant. Luckily for us, though, a few rides made our entire visit worthwhile.
Dollywood, the Tennessee thrill capital, has something up their sleeves for the year of 2016 - a multi million dollar roller coaster. For the past few weeks, speculation for this new coaster has been brewing, so I decided to try and predict just what Dollywood has in the cards for 2016. The current rumors are that this creation will be a Rocky Mountain Construction launched wooden coaster with a few inversions, which sounds very exciting. Keep reading and We'll break this down into sections to predict the new ride.
To kick off the summer, and as a part of an annual roller coaster road trip tradition, I found myself in the South to seek out some thrills at Six Flags Over Georgia. Located in Austell, Georgia, this park gets extremely hot in the summer months, and there was no doubt it was hot when we were there. Even though there was some heat, the natural setting of the park in wooded terrain left ample shade on the midways and made our visit much more enjoyable. The natural shade and environment is nice, but I was blown away by the amount of quality rides this park had. Not just a few attractions were special, most of the rides at the park were! Read on, and you'll see what I'm talking about.
The past weekend, Six Flags Great America celebrated its 40th season of operation, and all of the new scheduled additions are open. For a few weeks, I've had my eye closely on the construction of the three new flat rides in the all new for 2015 Hometown Park section. I am happy to report that all three rides are now open, and the new rides look great - the littler riders now have a new thing at the park to do, and they seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the new attractions.
Busch Gardens Tampa's newest roller coaster is called Cobra's Curse and will be opening in 2016. This family spin coaster will feature a twisted track and spinning trains to create a wild, crazy experience. Riders will be hoisted to the top via a horizontal elevator lift system, which is a rare element for coasters. The maximum drop is seventy feet high, and that should be plenty of height to induce the spinning craziness. Even though there will be a spinning section, part of the course will also be taken forwards and backwards. With all of those different ride experiences, Cobra's Curse is sure to be an insane ride!
Florida's longest, tallest, and fastest coaster surfaces in 2016. Mako will be the third major coaster at SeaWorld in Orlando, and by the looks of it, it could become the best. Taking inspiration from the seas, Mako will follow a speedy, diving course, just like a real mako shark. Mako will be built be Bolliger and Mabillard, so Mako will be a silky smooth experience. Built for relentless airtime and speed, this coaster should perfectly complement the two other coasters in the park, which are built for loops and twists. Mako will be a refreshing hyper coaster that will fill in the necessary void of a speed coaster.
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.