Review: Viper at Six Flags Great America

For as many trips as I’ve logged on this roller coaster, I feel like it’s time someone paid kudos to this unassuming, often overlooked ride. It’s 1 of 4 wooden coasters at Chicago’s Six Flags. Viper debuted in 1995 as part of Great America’s expansion into a new themed land and was later officially added to Southwest Territory in 1996. It’s the only coaster ever built directly by the Six Flags cor...[Read More]

Why Not Take A Free Spin in 4D?

4D coasters are nothing new.  X2 from Arrow Dynamics opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2002 and operates with a controlled spin.  Then came Intamin’s ZacSpin, on which the seats spin freely.  This was improved upon when S&S Worldwide, the successor to Arrow, developed a free spin coaster which has been installed at five Six Flags parks.  It’s known as The Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure...[Read More]

Great American Scream Machine To Run Backwards

Yesterday Six Flags Over Georgia announced that their classic wooden coaster, The Great American Scream Machine, will run backwards as of March 10.  It will be a limited run.  A national landmark, the coaster previously ran backwards in 1992.   Now that I’ve seen the latest video, I must say that this looks totally insane!  I’ve ridden an invert backwards – no sweat! – but ...[Read More]

Showdown: New Texas Giant vs. Wicked Cyclone

Overview What these two have in common is that they’re former wooden coasters transformed into steel/hybrid coasters featuring modifications to the layout while retaining a wooden structure by RMC (Rocky Mountain Construction), with amazing results.  New Texas Giant was the first coaster to get an RMC makeover and Wicked Cyclone was the fifth. Layout and Theming New Texas Giant, operating with Ger...[Read More]

Skyrush: But What About The Restraints?

Celestial Coaster As celestial a coaster as Intamin has ever produced, Skyrush holds the number 2 position on my list of the 10 most intense coasters I’ve ridden. (See my post of July 7, 2017).   Riders start screaming as soon as the train is dispatched and makes its swift ascent of the cable lift hill, in anticipation of what lies ahead.   What lies ahead is an astonishing ride that’s noteworthy ...[Read More]

Twisted Cylcone Coming to Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia just announced Twisted Cyclone, a new roller coaster for 2018. The new attraction will replace the park’s wooden roller coaster, Georgia Cyclone. Rather than a full demolition or removal of the Georgia Cyclone, Six Flags will be using much of the current ride’s structure, but will incorporate exciting new elements thanks to Twisted Cyclone’s steel rails. In...[Read More]

RailBlazer Roller Coaster Coming to California’s Great America

Yesterday, California’s Great America (Santa Clara, CA) announced their new 2018 roller coaster in RailBlazer. It’ll be a very rare single rail roller coaster with a 90-degree drop and three loops (dive loop, cutback, corkscrew). In addition to the loops and a similar layout to the 2018 roller coaster, Wonder Woman, RailBlazer will also feature an off-road adventure theme complete with...[Read More]

Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Roller Coaster Coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced their new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso roller coaster for the 2018 season. The ride will have the distinction as the World’s first single rail roller coaster thanks to the new Rocky Mountain Construction raptor track design. Wonder Woman Golden Lasso will be 113 feet tall, with a top speed of 52 mph. It will feature a 100 foot tall 90-degree drop and three inver...[Read More]

Do Hersheypark’s Clues Point to a Water Coaster in 2018?

2018 is shaping up to be an incredible year for many parks, and Hersheypark is no different. Unlike amusement parks like Cedar Point or Kings Dominion, where everyone knows what is coming (I hear a Richard Michael Crosby is moving in…), there is more mystery over Hersheypark’s 2018 addition. They’ve been teasing their plans for this addition through a series of five clues on their website. L...[Read More]

Tempesto Review

Overview Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is by no means unique.  It’s the second installation of the Premier Rides Skyrocket II coaster.  The same model operates at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as Superman Ultimate Flight, at Lake Compounce as Phobia Phear and will open in 2018 as Electric Eel at Sea World San Diego.  Don’t like clones?  That could open up a whole new debate.  I have no obje...[Read More]

Review: Tempesto

Overview Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is by no means unique.  It’s the second installation of the Premier Rides Skyrocket II coaster.  The same model operates at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as Superman Ultimate Flight, at Lake Compounce as Phobia Phear and will open in 2018 as Electric Eel at Sea World San Diego.  Don’t like clones?  That could open up a whole new debate.  I have no obje...[Read More]

Test Video of the Ultra-Steep Cannibal at Lagoon

Farmington, Utah amusement park, Lagoon is building a new roller coaster called Cannibal. The $22,000,000 roller coaster will be the park’s biggest yet with a vertical lift enclosed in a building, followed by a shocking 116-degree (beyond vertical) drop. Last week Lagoon posted this video of Cannibal testing:   Post by Lagoon Amusement Park.   Cannibal looks like it’ll be a l...[Read More]

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