Top 8 New Roller Coasters of 2014 – Part 1

New Roller Coaster Lists

The Best-Looking New Roller Coasters for 2014

I couldn’t close out my coaster critiquing career without one more roller coaster preview list. As I’ve done in years past, I’ll list which new roller coasters opening this year look the best based on what I know about them, the preview videos, and my past experiences with similar rides.

One more time, here are the best-looking new roller coasters opening this year:

8 – Thunderbolt at Luna Park

(Brooklyn, New York)
New Thunderbolt Roller Coasters Coming to Luna Park in 2014Luna Park at Coney Island has been growing over the past few years. The seaside park’s largest addition to date will be a unique steel roller coaster with an elevator lift and some exciting loops. Borrowing a name from the past, Thunderbolt will open in 2014 adding to the growing screamscape of Coney Island. Watch a video and see more on Luna Park’s new Thunderbolt

7 – Firechaser Express at Dollywood

(Pigoen Forge, Tennessee)
This season Dollywood will open a dual launching roller coaster with its thrill level set to mild as the park describes the ride as a family roller coaster. Interestingly, the ride will feature both a forward and a backward launch.

I’m impressed. Not only does this family roller coaster look good, but it also looks like it’ll provide a fun and lengthy ride. I’ve been hoping for a rebirth or resurgence in mine train roller coasters and this might be the next best thing. Since I’m lucky enough to only be about 4 hours from Dollywood, I’m really looking forward to riding this with my kids. Read more on Firechaser Express or watch a video here.

6 – Lightning Run at Kentucky Kingdom

(Louisville, Kentucky)
After remaining closed for several years, Kentucky Kingdom is returning in a big way in 2014. Among a number of park improvements, the park will open a Chance Rides steel coaster called Lightning Run. The mini-hyper coaster layout looks fun with several possible airtime moments and wild turns. This could be the sleeper hit of the year. Watch a ride video of Lightning Run.

5 – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World

(Orlando, Florida)
Announced back in 2012, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is part of the large multi-year Fantasy Land revamp that’s been going on at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Seven Dwarfs Mine train will have cars that sway left and right.
Also, my wife (MommyB) just got an exclusive preview of the ride. She said that the dwarfs looked very life-like. I’m guessing that it features animatronics similar to the Little Mermaid dark ride. More on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Also, check out this on-ride video of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

Check back for Part 2 of the best new roller coasters opening in 2014, where I’ll feature the top 4. Which of these roller coasters are you most excited about? Which of them looks the best to you?

Also, ee how I ranked new roller coasters in past years all the way back to 2007: All New Roller Coasters Lists

Founder of CoasterCritic.com. My favorite coasters are B&M hypers and gigas. I'm also a huge fan of terrain roller coasters.

4 Comments

  1. This has always been my favourite part of this blog and I hope that you might consider keeping these posts going yearly since you said you will be updating content here from time to time.

    Some nice looking rides on this list, since im from europe Im most looking forward to Helix at Liseberg. There isnt much in the UK to get excited about this year.

    However the announcement of wildfire at Kolmården really excited me just a shame we have to wait all the way till 2016. Heres a POV of what the ride will look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6y-vR7DP0c

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  2. The one I’m really excited about is Roar-O-Saurus at Story Land (NH), because it’s likely to be my daughter’s first wooden coaster, unless she grows half an inch by summer.

    Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was well under construction when we went to Disney World in October. The space it’s in is quite compact, and it sounds like it’s going to be a pretty short ride; that’s my only concern.

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  3. This is my personal top 8…
    8 Thunderbolt: Reborn
    7 El Loco
    6 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    5 Rour O Saurus
    4 Harry potter
    3 Firechaser Express
    2 Lifhtning Run
    1 Goliath
    Not including non-roller coasters or Coasters outside of the US (sorry helix and medusa)

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    • Forgot about banshee. That would be my number three.

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