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Is Knott’s Berry Farm Adding a Hyper or Giga Coaster?

Rumors of a Hyper/Giga Roller Coaster for Knott’s Berry Farm Resurface as the Park Clears Land According to a recent Screamscape update about Knotts Berry Farm’s yearly Halloween event Knotts Scary Farm, land has been cleared to build a rumored mega/hyper coaster. Again, just a rumor, but cross your fingers. Supporting Link: Screamscape This (You)Report was submitted by Marcos WhatR...

The Swarm is Coming to Thorpe Park in 2012

While I’ve written about Thorpe Park’s LC12 as it was named, I haven’t re-visited the project since it received an official name and more information has emerged. This excellent (You)Report from ‘across the pond’ breaks down the ride in greater detail. Thorpe Park has released a trailer advertising its new 2012 coaster. Re-named ‘The Swarm’ after its tease...

Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland – Test Video

Takabisha is a new Euro-Fighter opening at Fuji-Q Highland in Yamanashi, Japan. This is the largest Gerstlauer coaster ever. It features a 121 degree drop that is so steep that it counts as another inversion! The ride includes a launch, a vertical lift, 7 inversions, plus more! This looks like it may be the best Euro-Fighter yet. Supporting Link: http://coasterguy.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/takabish...

Saw – The Ride @ Thorpe Park | Roller Coaster Reviews

Reader James submitted this detailed review of one of the UK’s best looking rides. It’s always great to get a little international flavor on the blog. Saw – The Ride at Thorpe Park Thorpe Park is a medium-sized park just outside London. Around 10 years ago, there wasn’t much to be desired here, apart from a standard log flume and a couple of common flat rides. The park was only r...

Intamin’s 12 Inversion Roller Coaster

It looks like Intamin has made a design for a roller coaster with 12 inversions. It appears to have some elements that are featured on their 10 inversion coasters, Fahrenheit, and the Mega-Lite coasters. The order of the inversions would be: Norwegian Loop Cobra Roll Vertical Loop Four Corkscrews Three Heartline Rolls There are also a few airtime hills mixed in. Supporting Link See more in this In...

Kings Island’s New Dinosaurs Alive! Attraction

Other than Windseeker, Kings Island is opening their own version of Jurrassic Park in 2011! It will be all animatronic dinos in Dinosaurs Alive! opening May 26, 2011. The attraction will feature: “more than 60 life-sized dinosaurs including 56 animatronic models, in an outdoor Jurassic forest setting”. Supporting Link See more images and learn more about Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Islan...

Worker Dies After Accident at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Sunday afternoon, a 52-year -old maintenance worker was killed while working on The Primeavil Whirl, a lightly themed, mild, spinning roller coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The cause of the accident is not known, but The Orange County Seriff Department (of Florida) knows that he died from a blow to the head. The worker’s name was Russel Sherry Roscoe. Supporting Link: More at: Fox ...

Early Texas Giant Reviews & a POV Video

UPDATE 4/24 – The New Texas Giant has arrived! I rode it on opening day and I have to say that it definitely lived up to the hype. Check out my full Texas Giant review.     The new Texas Giant, one of 2011’s most anticipated coasters, was open today for a select group of riders participating in a film shoot at Six Flags Over Texas. The 20-year-old woodie that had a reputation...

What Will Mt. Olympus’ 2012 Roller Coaster Be?

Could Mt. Olympus Be Building a Flying Roller Coaster? I bring forth (once again) that Mt. Olympus has stated that they’ll build a major attraction for the 2012 season. Back in mid-December, they posted on their Facebook page that a major attraction is coming. With the announcemnt, the words “THINK BIG” and “FLY” were capitalized. So at the moment, I’m speculati...

Thorpe Park Could Get a B&M Wingrider Coaster

Bolliger & Mabillard have made many ingenious roller coasters over the years. Their newest type of ride is a coaster that’s similar to a 4th Dimension coaster (see X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain). They made one at Gardaland in Italy called Raptor, although the seats don’t flip, there are rumors that B&M are testing real world data before they make a full 4D coaster. Thorpe Park...

Superman Escape From Krypton Test Video

Superman The Escape (now Escape From Krypton) at Six Flags Magic Mountain in SoCal has recently received a major renovation. Just like its twin in Australia (Dreamworld’s Tower Of Terror 2), the cars themselves have been turned backwards. Riders are now accelerated backwards at 101 M.P.H in just 7 seconds. Making it the Worlds fastest backwards roller coaster. Watch this video of Superman...

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