Located in Branson, Missouri, Powder Keg is one of Silver Dollar City's star attractions. With a launch that blasts riders to 64 miles per hour, a lift, airtime hills, and sharp turns, this coaster has it all. The coaster is located in the back woods of Silver Dollar City and often turns around some trees to create a more interactive experience. Powder Keg sits on the previous Buzzsaw Falls, and utilizes the old lift from Buzzsaw Falls.
Holiday World, in Santa Claus, Indiana, is teasing a future attraction that will be announced on July 24th. The park launched a website called "66 days at sea", where the perspective is a mother writing an entry into her journal each night about sailing to new world. Each day, a new entry appears, including hints to the new attraction.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I stopped by at Six Flags Great America to have a look at the construction of Goliath. Since my last visit, most of the track work has been completed, so now the only work remaining is to thread the lift chain in place and test the ride. However, testing is a lengthy phase, and the park just announced that Media Day will be delayed to June 6th, so they can be sure they are ready to open.
Wildfire whips riders through the back outskirts of Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Wildfire is a very smooth coaster that features five inversions: dive loop, vertical loop, cobra roll (two inversions), and a corkscrew that snaps riders into the inverted position. The coaster is the creation of Doctor Horatio Harris, and as riders dispatch from the station they get misted with "wildfire" to fuel their flying machine.
Goliath update number four is here! On Sunday, I visited Six Flags Great America to have a look at Goliath's construction first hand. What I saw was a busy crew working on the lift structure, dive loop structure, the electrical work for the station, and the magnetic brakes that will slow the riders at the end of their ride. It appeared that all hands were on deck, even on a Sunday, which means that the crew is working hard to open the coaster on May 29th.
Boulder Dash is the main attraction at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. The coaster rides on a wooden track and features airtime hill after airtime hill to lift riders out of their seats more than they are in them. Boulder Dash is dubbed as a "mountain coaster", as it is built on the side of a mountain and is integrated into the trees and rocks on the hill. The coaster was built by Custom Coasters International, and is considered the front runner of their coasters.
This morning (5-14-14), WGN News aired a piece covering the construction of Goliath at Six Flags Great America. Marcus Leshock, interviews Six Flag's park president, Hank Salemi, about the construction progress. Hank reported that the coaster will open on May 29th, 2014. Here is a link to the video:
Goliath, a new coaster that is preparing to open a Six Flags Great America, is shaping up to be a great looking ride. I was at Six Flags this past weekend, where I took a few photos of Goliath. The construction crew has completed many tasks since my last report, including placing two segments of lift structures onto the existing structure, mounting brakes on the brake run, and installing the sign for Goliath that will invite guests to take a ride.
Six Flags Great Adventure is home to a rocket-powered coaster, Nitro. Nitro stands above the 200 foot barrier and utilizes numerous airtime hills to boost riders into the "airtime stratosphere". There is also a double helix, which staples riders to their seats with positive forces. This smooth coaster is a must when visiting the Jackson, New Jersey area.
While I was at Six Flags Great America for opening weekend, I took a few photos of the construction of Goliath, which is looking very good. Here is my second update for the year from Goliath (my first was all the way back in January). The main focus from the construction crew was on the lift, as it is the main element that still needs to be constructed.
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