Hersheypark, which is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a chocolate-themed amusement park with many high-energy rides, such as Storm Runner. Storm Runner is an Intamin launch coaster, with three inversions. One of them is the unique flying snake dive, which is an element that has two inversions in one.
Kolmarden Park, which is located in Sweden, is known for their wildlife. In 2016, however, they are apparently going big with a new attraction. The name of that attraction is Wildfire. If the rumors hold true, this should be something big, and a "game changer" for the amusement industry. The only details that have been released are the name, a teaser video, and the logo. You can check them out below.
This week's review covers Full Throttle, located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. Magic Mountain is considered the roller coaster capital of the world, with eighteen coasters. Full Throttle was their eighteenth coaster and features the world's biggest vertical loop, and three launches to send the ride to full throttle speeds. Premier Rides built this ride, and Full Throttle is unique because the loop and the top hat hill share the same piece of track.
After doing a bit of detective work to find the "hidden" 2014 park map on the Kings Island website, I finally found it. The release date of the map is April 1st, but the updated map was found in the education days workbooks. Here it is:
With only a month until Banshee media day, and thirty two days until the official opening, Kings Island is working hard to get the rides and coasters ready, including the new-for-2014 Bat and Banshee. The Banshee has begun testing, which means we are not that far from opening day. There are also new food options that will be offered, such as the Banshee Twist ice cream cone.
Outlaw Run is the star attraction at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Inversions, airtime, and extreme banking maneuvers are some words to describe this world-class coaster. This ride innovates and pushes the limits, as it is one of the only wooden coasters to invert riders. Rocky Mountain Construction, an amazing company that builds ground-breaking rides, designed and built Outlaw Run.
The new attraction for the "mystery" construction site (construction trip report from a couple weeks ago) at Elitch Gardens was finally announced and it will be named Brain Drain. The ride is a continuous loop of track with a train circling around providing a thrilling experience. While Brain Drain seems more high-tech, you may have ridden a similar ride at your local county fair. Ring of Fire ring any bells? Brain Drain rises seventy feet into the sky and inverts riders at that height, leaving them hanging for a few seconds. Should be a good one!
Hydra - The Revenge is one of the signature rides at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Hydra ranks sixth place in my top ten list. The ride was designed by Bolliger and Mabillard, who are known for creating incredibly smooth coasters. The layout is twisty, with six inversions, and a "JoJo roll", which inverts riders right out of the station before they hit the lift hill. Hydra's trains are floorless, with exposed space below the riders.
The Mitch Hawker Steel coaster Poll is back! Every vote counts and you can help determine the 2014 top steel coasters. Previous winners include Expedition Geforce, Bizarro, and the New Texas Giant. Do you have a favorite coaster? Vote in the poll. I'd love to hear which coaster is your favorite, so leave a comment below also.
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