Gatekeeper – Cedar Point’s 2013 Roller Coaster
UPDATE 8/13 – Cedar Point is scheduled to announce their new roller coaster today. See images and read about Cedar Point’s 2013 wing coaster Gatekeeper.
Outlaw Run – Silver Dollar City’s Looping Wooden Roller Coaster
UPDATE 8/10 – Silver Dollar City announced the details of their new roller coaster. It will be called Outlaw Run. It will feature three loops and it will be a wooden coaster with steel topper track. See a teaser video and read more about Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run.
It’s never too early to talk about next year’s rumored roller coasters. There are a few really big rides rumored for 2013. Here’s a list of the roller coasters that I’ve heard about in order of my excitement for them:
6 – White Lightning at Fun Spot Action Park
GCI might have a busy year on their hands in 2013. A while ago, Fun Spot Action Park (Orlando, FL) announced expansion plans that included a compact woodie that’s been dubbed White Lightning. I like that the park decided to go with a wooden coaster with so few woodies in Florida. And I’ll definitely pop in for White Lightning the next time I’m in town for the larger Orlando parks. Read more about Fun Spot’s expansion plans: Does Orlando Have Room for Fun Spot’s Expansion?
5 – A Comeback Coaster for California’s Great America?
Could a rumored new woodie and a shift in direction save this Bay area park? A while ago I wrote about California’s Great America’s rumored plans for a 2013 woodie. As the rumor goes, Cedar Fair was unable to sell the park so plan b was to invest in it and try to make it work. Believe it or not, this could be the park’s first new roller coaster in 12 years if it opens in 2013! That’s quite a drought. Read more: California’s Great America’s Rumored 2013 Woodie
4 – Morey’s Piers Pier Connecting Woodie – 2013/2014
Possible Names: Wildwoody or Boardwalk Flyer
Morey’s Piers announced plans for a 2013 woodie last year, but I haven’t seen much since. I’m hoping that it’s not delayed, but construction should have started by now and I haven’t seen or heard much. An NJ.com article describes the coaster as: “a $10 million wooden roller coaster that will dive under the boardwalk and stretch out to bridge together two of the piers — a first in the realm of seaside attractions.” The design looks really cool and I’d love to re-visit this great sea-side amusement park. Anyone know more about this project? Here’s the NJ.com article from over a year ago: Morey’s Piers: Bigger, Better, Faster
3 – Cedar Point’s Superlative Wing Roller Coaster
A leaked memo a few weeks ago shed light on a main gate, show-stopper of sorts that will go from end-to-end at the front of Cedar Point. The roller coaster is rumored to be a B&M wing coaster similar to Wild Eagle and X-Flight. In typical Cedar Point fashion, the coaster may top all other wing coasters by being the tallest, largest, fastest, steely-est, shiny-est, etc. Read more: Cedar Point to Build a Wing Coaster in 2013
2 – Silver Dollar City’s Rock Mountain Hybrid Coaster
Rumored Name – The Outlaw
One of the most interesting new coasters may be Silver Dollar City’s rumored (well, it’s actually being put together on-site, so it’s not a rumor at this point) hybrid coaster. If it’s in the same vein as the Top Ten ranking New Texas Giant then I’ll be hopping on a plane to Missouri in 2013. Read more: Silver Dollar City’s 2013 RMC Coaster
Move Along Folks, Nothing to See Here
I understand that parks want to promote their current new attractions, but keeping quiet while there’s a mammoth growing in the woods is kind of comical. At 30 seconds you get a glimpse of the lift and pre-drop. Then after the train exits the tunnel guests eyes are likely popping out of their sockets as the “Outlaw’s” support structure looks huge up close (start at about 50 seconds so you get a little build up):
1 – Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Potentially Epic Answer to Maverick
Rumored Name – Full Throttle
A massive double-launching terrain roller coaster could raise this Cali theme park’s thrill level yet another notch higher. After a small and some would say gimmicky 2011 coaster in Green Lantern, Magic Mountain could be following up with a bonafide monster of a coaster. If rumors are true this 6,000-foot long thrill ride may use an old monorail tunnel and the park’s unique hilly terrain. If that wasn’t enough it’s also rumored to be shooting for the record of the World’s highest inversion. Read more: Full Throttle – Magic Mountain’s Rumored 2013 Roller Coaster
If you’re a world-traveler or just a really big coaster geek, here’s RCDB’s mostly international list of 2013 coasters. I’m not sure what Duane’s criteria is for adding coasters whether it be photos of track showing up at the parks or what.
Did I miss any big rumored rides for 2013? Which rides are you most excited about? Leave a comment below and if you mention a rumor, help us out and post a link to a source.