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.
This past Sunday, I was at the park to check out the new flat ride section, but unfortunately the section did not open. So, instead of an opening report, I have another construction update. The rides are almost complete, and they even started testing, so that is definitely an indication that they will open soon. Also, the Hometown Square area was looking better, and the train that circles the park was moving today, so it should open soon also.
Nine months ago, Six Flags announced the addition of three new coasters to their parks for the 2015 season. Those rides were Twisted Colossus, Wicked Cyclone, and Batman: The Ride. Throughout the winter, the new rides were being constructed, and after months of waiting, they are all now open! This is a huge weekend for Six Flags, because they are opening all of their new coasters all at once! From the early reviews, these rides seem like a huge hit with everyone.
The new Hometown Square at Six Flags Great America is shaping up. An entire new section inside of this area is almost complete, so when it opens, the new kid's area will bring some new attractions to the area specifically geared towards the children. almost complete, there are only a few things left to be completed until this section opens. The three new rides are virtually complete, so this section should open Memorial Day Weekend.
This past Saturday (5-9) I visited Six Flags Great America to check out the construction progress of their new children's section. For Great America's 40th season, the park decided to take a step back with thrills and bring back some of their older, classic rides. Three new rides are returning for 2015 in an all new section, which is almost complete. The majority of the work for this section is finished, and all that remains to be done is cosmetic work and finishing touches.
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