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.
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