What is a Dive Coaster?

What is a Dive Coaster?Ever been intimidated by how steep a drop looked on a roller coaster? Imagine staring literally straight down at a twenty-story drop. Dive coasters are steel roller coasters offering drops of 90-degrees or nearly 90-degrees. So far, Bolliger & Mabillard have cornered the market on these extreme drop coasters. In 1998, they opened the world’s first coaster with a n...[Read More]

What is an Inverted Coaster?

What is an Inverted Coaster? Throughout the 80’s and into the 90’s, steel coasters and loops (also known as inversions) were all the rage. Coaster designers were busy trying to find new ways turn riders upside-down. In 1992, genius Swiss designers Bolliger and Mabillard shocked the industry with the world’s first inverted coaster, Batman The Ride at Six Flags Great America. On in...[Read More]

What is a Hyper Coaster?

Back in 1989, Cedar Point opened Magnum XL-200. It was the tallest coaster in the world at 205′. More important than setting a new height record, it started a whole new trend in coaster design. Up to that point steel coasters were solely looping coasters. The oneupmanship between parks was to build the coaster with the most loops. Magnum had no loops, just enormous hills and drops that offer...[Read More]

What Is A Launch Coaster?

What is a Launch Coaster?Those clickety-clack chain lifts are a thing of the past. In case you haven’t been to a theme park in a decade or so, there’s a new way to power coasters. Launch roller coasters (also known as rocket coasters) use propulsion systems to generate speed as opposed to the traditional lift hill. It all started with the LIMs or linear induction motors on the Flight o...[Read More]

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