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By Kristen Keys
The vikings have invaded and the battle has begun at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for its newest roller coaster, InvadR! [Read more…]
SeaWorld San Diego has unveiled plans to open the Electric Eel roller coaster in 2018, which will be the tallest and fastest attraction in the park’s 5-decade history.
The Electric Eel roller coaster will feature multiple launch elements, high-energy twists, and inverting loops. Electric Eel’s design appears to be a Premiere Rides Sky Rocket II shuttle loop coaster, the same model which currently operates as Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and Phobia Phear Coaster at Lake Compounce, as seen in this video:
SeaWorld’s version will expand the park’s new Ocean Explorer realm, which is set to open later in Summer 2017, along with the new Orca Encounter and the new summer nighttime extravaganza Electric Ocean.
“Electric Eel will bring a whole new level of excitement to SeaWorld in 2018,” said SeaWorld San Diego’s Park President Marilyn Hannes. “This new, first-of-its-kind coaster at SeaWorld will give riders the rare opportunity to feel what it’s like to move like an eel as they twist and flip along nearly 900 feet of undulating track.”
Electric Eel will feature loops, twists and airtime, with multiple-launch experiences that will propel riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station house accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour in seconds. Riders then rocket skyward nearly 150 feet where they will brave an inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as riders crest the top before breathlessly returning to the station. This adrenaline-pumping coaster will offer riders the only upside-down view of Mission Bay.
“The future is bright at SeaWorld and we remain committed to long-term investment in the park,” said Hannes. “We always strive to provide new reasons to visit SeaWorld and give our guests experiences that matter with a blend of exciting rides and incredible animal and educational experiences. We want our guests from around the world to not only have a great time, but be inspired to care about the ocean and the animals that live there.”
Complementing the Electric Eel roller coaster is the Ocean Explorer experience opening in 2017, which will include a live eel habitat featuring one of the world’s most extensive collections of moray eels. Through large viewing windows, visitors will plunge into the world of the eel as they swim and dart through the caves and crevasses of their naturalistic deep-ocean environment. Using innovative state-of-the-art technologies, this interactive experience will allow guests to discover information about these mysterious animals, including their unique predation skills and diets, growth rates and sensory abilities.
Electric Eel will join Manta and Journey to Atlantis as the third coaster-type ride experience at SeaWorld San Diego. It will be constructed on an approximately two-acre site on the eastern side of the park between the currently under-construction Ocean Explorer attraction and Journey to Atlantis. The ride is expected to open in summer 2018.
Visit SeaWorldParks.com/en/SanDiego for more information, and watch these videos featuring some current attractions at the park:
A new wooden roller coaster designed by The Gravity Group is coming to Fun Spot America in Kissimmee in summer 2017. [Read more…]
Kraken Virtual Reality, Central Florida’s first VR roller coaster, and a new Dolphin Nursery are coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2017 as part of $175 million in new and upgraded attractions recently announced for SeaWorld’s American parks. [Read more…]
Cedar Point has announced that Mean Streak, the park’s colossal wooden roller coaster, will be closing for good next month. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
Mason, Ohio – If one thing can be said about the people of Southwest Ohio, they surely are coaster enthusiasts. Amazingly, guests began to queue up over two hours before the announcement of the new major attraction to be opened in April 2017 in Kings Island theme park.
What was all the excitement about? This was all based on the assumption (or wishful thinking?) that the new attraction was to be a new roller coaster, although this was never certain. Prior to the 2D blueprint being released a few weeks ago, people were guessing everything from giga-coaster like sister park Carowinds’ Fury 325, to a new log flume like the Kenton Keelboat Canal ride that formerly stood in the spot.
If you guessed a wooden coaster, and many did, you win, well, a new wooden coaster! The coaster is being built by Great Coasters International, a Sunbury, Penn. company which specializes in the design and building of wooden roller coasters. Some you may recognize are Thunderhead at Dollywood, Gold Striker at California’s Great America, and Orlando’s White Lightning at Fun Spot. Just this past year, they refurbished several older coasters including Holiday World’s The Legend and Knotts Berry Farm’s GhostRider. Kings Island Vice President Greg Scheid mentioned Worlds of Fun’s GCI coaster Prowler in particular as an attractions he has wanted at Kings Island ever since its debut in 2009. Prowler may be Mystic Timber’s closest “cousin” in features and layout.
Mystic Timbers will fit nicely into Kings Island’s soon-to-be 16 roller coaster line-up. They have their share of steel: DiamondBack, Banshee, Stunt Coaster. They have legendary wooden coasters like the record holding longest coaster in the world, The Beast, and classic duel racing coaster The Racer. Mystic Timbers will be a lower to the ground, airtime beast. It will be nestled in-between The Beast and The DiamondBack, but in the woods, taking advantage of the classic Southern Ohio landscape.
Two other things they teased at the announcement: At the ride’s end, it enters a shed. What is in the shed? This is anyone’s guess. They additionally stated that in August, they will have another big announcement.
More details for Mystic Timbers
The ride is themed to an area surrounding a lumber company becoming overrun by a mysterious medusa-like overgrowth of vines as nature reclaims its land.
Mystic Timbers will be 3,265 feet in length, reach 109 feet in height and weave along steep cliffs, down ravines, cross over water and go through an extreme S-turn, among a forest of trees, at speeds up to 53 mph.
The ride will feature a total of 16 airtime hills, a mid-course tunnel and interact with parts of the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad and White Water Canyon attractions.
Three trains will accommodate 24 passengers each (four riders per car and six cars per train) with a capacity of 1,200 riders per hour. Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. The ride experience will last more than two minutes.
This is shaping up to be a momentous month for Central Florida theme parks, because in addition to the new attractions in Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa has just announced that their Cobra’s Curse opening day will be held on Friday, June 17. [Read more…]
By Seth Kubersky
From June 10 through August 7, visitors to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica can celebrate the debut of Orlando’s tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster with the Summer of Mako events in both parks. [Read more…]
By Andy Guinigundo
Sandusky, Ohio – Cedar Point has been a long-time destination for coaster enthusiasts worldwide. Nestled on the coast of Lake Erie, between Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, the park bustles to life each summer having entertained and thrilled generations of amusement park fans. This summer seems to be no exception. Valravn debuts as Cedar Point’s 18th roller coaster. Among the multitude of record-breaking coasters located at the “Roller Coast”, Valravn broke 10 records when it opened this past weekend. [Read more…]
Another construction milestone happened this week as Mako made its debut run along its 4,760-foot steal track at SeaWorld Orlando. [Read more…]
Get ready to take a dive on the biggest rollercoaster in town, because SeaWorld Orlando has announced June 10, 2016 as the Mako opening date. [Read more…]
By Seth Kubersky
Hold onto your horned helmets, because Busch Gardens Williamsburg is building a Viking-themed wooden roller-coaster for the 2017 season.
After months of teasing the attraction through web videos and social media posts using the hashtag #BGProject2017, Bush Gardens Williamsburg finally unveiled details on the ride, which will be the Virginia park’s first wooden coaster.
The coaster will be built in the New France section of the park, and the storyline will pit fur trappers against invading Vikings who threaten to pillage their village. On the technical side, the wooden coaster will boast a 74 foot drop and 9 airtime-inducing hills, reaching a maximum speed of 48 miles per hour.
Here’s Busch Gardens’ official intro video, featuring a few more details on the 2017 attraction:
One thing that isn’t yet clear is the new ride’s name, which Busch Gardens Williamsburg has left in the hands of its fans. From now through April 1, you can cast your ballot online for Viking Raider, Battle Klash, or InvadR as the new coaster’s name.
Update 4/8/2016: It’s now official, Busch Gardens fans have selected InvadR as the new coaster’s name. Fans will be able to vote online for further elements of the attraction in the coming months.
SeaWorld Orlando has unveiled the custom-built shark-themed lead car that will take riders on the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in Orlando this summer. [Read more…]
Construction is well underway way at SeaWorld Orlando as Mako, the new hypercoaster opening this summer, begins to take shape along the Orlando skyline. [Read more…]
At this year’s IAAPA Attractions Industry expo, Busch Gardens Tampa revealed new details for their 2016 roller coaster, Cobra’s Curse, including a detailed model. [Read more…]
On Oct. 17, 2015, the world’s only wooden forward and backward “shuttle” coaster, Switchback, will celebrate its grand opening at ZDT’s Amusement Park in Sequin, Texas. [Read more…]
The Lake Erie skyline is changing once again as Cedar Point will introduce Valravn (val-rey-vuhn), the world’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster, in 2016. [Read more…]
Lightning rods are usually things to avoid. But if you like fast moving roller coasters, you’ll want to get up close and personal with the one coming to Dollywood next year.
Dollywood has announced Lightning Rod, both the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster and the world’s first launching one. Set to roll to the starting line in March 2016, the thrilling $22 million ride also marks the single largest attraction investment in The Dollywood Company’s history.
Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45 mph more than 20 stories up its lift hill to one of the ride’s first airtime moments. At the crest of the hill, riders face twin summit airtime hills before tackling the first drop. Lightning Rod races down the 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-foot track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wood coaster in the world.
“Lightning Rod reminds me so much of those colorful cars cruisin’ up and down Main Street in downtown Sevierville back when I was in high school. I remember all those souped up cars; but what I remember most were those good lookin’ boys behind the wheel with those flat top and ducktail haircuts,” Dolly Parton said with a laugh. “I’m truly excited about this ride because it will let our guests experience something just as fast as those hot rods I remember,” she continued. “Even better, it’s the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, so I think we’re going to see a lot of people coming from all over to peel out on the Lightning Rod.”
Located in Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction, Lightning Rod rockets riders around its massive wooden structure on an adrenaline-charged lap through the trees in the hills and valleys surrounding Dollywood. During the ride, guests will experience nearly 20 seconds of airtime. The coaster train is comprised of 12 cars, carrying two passengers each, for a total of 24 people per train.
Dollywood’s development team has tapped Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) as the ride manufacturer. RMC is no stranger to out-of-the-box coaster projects, having designed a number of innovative attractions around the world. Lightning Rod employs several unique features including the lift hill launch, twin summit airtime hills, a 90+ degree banked breaking wave turn, a 90+ degree outside banked turn, and a non-inverting half loop.
Lightning Rod puts riders in the driver’s seat of Johnny Rev’s newest hot rod. After months of tinkering, Johnny invites Dollywood guests to step behind the wheel for the first test drive of his flashy new creation. Like any proper hot rod, massive header pipes and an imposing injector scoop peer out from the train’s flamed bodywork.
Lightning Rod is the newest member of The Dollywood Company’s collection of attractions. In March 2012, Dollywood opened the $20 million Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster. The company introduced RiverRush, Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, at Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2013. FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster, was added at Dollywood in 2014. Dollywood mainstays Thunderhead, consistently among the world’s top five wood coasters, Mystery Mine, Blazing Fury and Tennessee Tornado round out the park’s list of roller coasters.
For more information about Dollywood’s attractions, visit Dollywood.com.
Here’s video of the full announcement:
A one of its kind in the world spinning roller coaster is coming to the Egypt area of Busch Gardens Tampa next year, and it’s themed to snakes. [Read more…]