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Hydrus – Casino Pier’s New Roller Coaster

Casino Pier’s New 2017 Roller Coaster, Hydrus Seaside Heights, New Jersey’s Casino Pier will be opening an exciting loping roller coaster called Hydrus. It will be replacing Jet Star, which was washed out to sea by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Hydrus will stand 72 feet above the boardwalk, boast a beyond-vertical drop of 97 degrees, and take riders through a short, but thrilling 1,050 foot...

Top 9 New Roller Coasters for 2017 – Part 1

It’s time take a look at the new roller coasters opening in 2017. It’s a bit of a quieter year for new roller coasters in North America as RCDB lists 21 compared to 46 in 2015 and 38 in 2016. Given that, I decided to keep it to a Top 9. As usual, I’ll rank them by least to most anticipated. Make sure to let us know how you’d rank them in the comments. Here’s Part 1 of...

Real Rides & Roller Coasters of Katy Perry’s Chained to the Rhythm

This week pop star Katy Perry released the music video for her new single, “Chained to the Rhythm” featuring Skip Marley. It features a 1950’s-inspired futuristic theme park and some great special effects. The video merges real rides, completely fictional rides, and real rides with some out of this world, physics-bending features. In the video, Perry brings some deep topics to a ...

What Are Your Theme Park Travel Plans in 2017?

With most theme parks across the country opening in the Spring, a new theme park season is almost upon us. Where am I headed? I hope to return to my home park, Carowinds. They’re adding four new flat rides. They are also re-theming Carolina Cobra as The Flying Cobras. It’s easily the best Vekoma boomerang roller coaster I’ve experienced thanks to the open restraints reducing head...

Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster Coming to SeaWorld San Antonio

Wave Breaker Rescue Coaster Coming to SeaWorld San Antonio In 2017, SeaWorld San Antonio will open Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster. The ride will be 61 feet tall, 2,600 feet long, and it will include two launches. Wave Breaker will feature trains designed to look like jet skis and it will incorporate an animal rescue theme. “Replicating an adventure limited to only a few trained professionals, Wa...

Looping Wooden Coaster Mine Blower Coming to Fun Spot America

Mine Blower to Open at Fun Spot America Fun Spot America’s Kissimmee Florida park will open a new wooden roller coaster called Mine Blower in 2017. The ride will be 82 feet tall, 2,256 feet long, and reach speeds of 48.5 mph. Most notably, Mine Blower will flip riders upside-down with a barrel roll loop; a very rare maneuver for a wooden coaster. What to Expect: A Wild, But Smooth Ride Given...

GaleForce Coming to Playland’s Castaway Cove

GaleForce to Open at Playland’s Castaway Cove In Ocean City, New Jersey beach-goers will have more than just the waves and warm sun to look forward to. Playland’s Castaway Cove is set to open a compact looping roller coaster called GaleForce. It’ll feature three launches a top speed of 64 mph, a height of 125 feet, and a beyond vertical 100 degree drop. The ride was originally sc...

Mystic Timbers is Kings Island’s Mysterious New Roller Coaster

Mystic Timbers Opening at Kings Island in 2017 This Spring, Kings Island will be opening a new roller coaster called Mystic Timbers. It’ll be the park’s 15th roller coaster and 4th wooden roller coaster. Mystic Timbers will be 109 feet tall and reach speeds of 53 mph along a course of 3,265 feet featuring 16 airtime hills. It will be located in the Rivertown section of the park near hy...

InvadR Roller Coaster Coming to Busch Gardens

InvadR Opening in 2017 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg This Spring, Busch Gardens Williamsburg will be opening a new roller coaster called InvadR. It’ll be the park’s first ever wooden roller coaster. Guests will experience a 74-foot drop, speeds of 48 mph, and nine airtime hills. InvadR will be located in the New France section of the park near the Le Scoot Log Flume and the Caribou Tra...

Coming Soon: Roller Coaster Critics

Welcome to the New CoasterCritic.com Today, I’m relaunching The Coaster Critic’s Blog as CoasterCritic.com. Why the change? The new site will feature much of the same reviews, news, and opinion that I’ve been providing for more than a decade, but will now also include a variety of voices. For the first time there will be a team of roller coaster critics giving you insight into th...

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