Falcon's Fury, located at Busch Gardens Tampa, is a new drop tower ride that rises 335 feet into the sky. This isn't an ordinary drop tower, however. Once the riders reach the top, the seats rotate, leaving them looking down to the ground they will be plummeting towards. Nonetheless, with new technology comes with many challenges that the construction crew have been facing that could delay the opening day. Falcon's Fury is located in a re-themed area named Pantopia, which is a bright, colorful land.
Since I have received positive feedback from the Top Ten Coasters Reviews Series that ended a few weeks ago, I will start a new six-part roller coaster review series today. Be sure to check back each Friday for new a review. This series kicks off with Banshee located at Kings Island. Banshee is a Bolliger and Mabillard inverted roller coaster that has seven inversions throughout its 4,124.1 foot long ride. One of the inversions is an inline twist, closely related to a barrel roll, which is a first for inverted coasters and closes out Banshee with a bang. Banshee also lifts riders high above the midways at 167 feet. A Gothic theme built around the ride and line area enhances the experience.
Busch Gardens Tampa is Florida's leading thrill ride park. There are various coasters located in Busch Gardens including Kumba, Montu, and Cheetah Hunt. Kumba is a looping coaster with seven inversions, along with a lush landscape around the coaster. Montu is essentially the same idea as Kumba, however inverted, leaving riders screaming under the track. Cheetah Hunt is dubbed as an "extreme family coaster", and I would say it fits the name - not too intense that the little ones won't enjoy, but still great so coaster enthusiasts want to ride. The park also has a African landscape with many animals, which offers an experience most theme parks cannot conjure. In addition, Busch Gardens has an adjacent water park called Adventure Island with many slides and a tropical theme.
Kings Island is located in Mason, Ohio. The park opened for the 2014 season on April 18th along with the world's longest inverted coaster, Banshee. The crowds were intense, but that was to be expected for any opening day with a highly anticipated new coaster. I only got three rides in for the entire day, but it was probably the best three rides in the park, so I still had fun.
The results are in! The Mitch Hawker Steel Coaster Poll is considered the best roller coaster poll by numerous coaster enthusiasts and many of the coasters on this list are world-class rides. This is the opinion of the people who took time to take this poll. Here's a view of the list:
Banshee, a new for 2014 inverted coaster had its Media Day today. This invert was designed by a Swiss firm, Bolliger and Mabillard. They are known for extremely smooth rides, and Banshee was not an exception. Banshee is the world's longest inverted coaster, with seven inversions throughout the 4,124.1 foot course. The ride uses fog and lighting effects, which add to the atmosphere of the coaster.
When I go to an amusement park, there are many "strategies" I use to squeeze as many coaster rides as possible into a day. These strategies range from riding certain coasters first to seeing how long the lines are and going from there. Since it is the start of the roller coaster season, I thought it would be fitting to do a poll on your "plan of attack" at your local amusement park.
After an excruciating wait, Wildfire was officially announced. Wildfire will be a Rocky Mountain Construction designed and built wooden roller coaster. It features three inversions, along with a twisting layout built on the extreme terrain located at Kolmarden Park. The coaster will open in 2016, which sets the construction time of this enormous coaster at two years.
After a long nine hour car trip, I have arrived at Silver Dollar City to start off my 2014 roller coaster season. Silver Dollar City is the main attraction in Branson, Missouri. The park has three main coasters, one of them including Outlaw Run, which is the first wooden roller coaster to successfully invert riders. There are also quirky rides and signs inside that make Silver Dollar city the park it is. Here's my report:
Throughout the winter snowflakes fall, the ground sits frozen. The coasters lay dormant in the winter sky. Energy from the spring crowds is far away, everything seems so hopeless. All we can do is wait for the first signs of spring. Leaves budding, grass peeking from underneath snow that has kept spring from coming too soon. The next step is to book a trip, to get that thrill we have been waiting for all winter.
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.