Gold Striker’s New Record-Setting Tunnel

Rejoice! California’s Great America is adding their first new large roller coaster since 2000. Gold Striker looks to be an exciting wooden roller coaster from Great Coasters International. The ride’s layout already included a swooping first drop that wraps around the Star Tower. Now, that drop will be completely covered thus producing (queue the superlative!), “the World’s longes...[Read More]

New Construction Video for Cedar Point’s GateKeeper

Cedar Point’s highly anticipated new wing roller coaster GateKeeper is looking great. Last week, Cedar Point added this new construction update video. Last year I was lucky enough to ride wing coasters Wild Eagle and X-Flight. They offered exciting, but smooth rides via their aerial maneuvers and exposed seating positions. Eventually, it’ll be fun to compare GateKeeper to these two, bu...[Read More]

El Loco Roller Coaster Coming to Adventuredome in Las Vegas

Las Vegas to Get an Ultra-Steep ‘El Loco’ Roller Coaster The Adventuredome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas is adding a new roller coaster called El Loco. Built by S&S Worldwide, the compact looping coaster will boast a beyond-vertical drop and a layout at least somewhat similar to Steel Hawg at Indiana Beach. According to Screamscape, this coaster will be somewhat of an upgrade over ...[Read More]

Outlaw Run Test Videos

One of the most anticipated new roller coasters of 2013 had begun testing. Last week, Silver Dollar City posted this POV video of Outlaw Run testing: Silver Dollar City also posted this off-ride video: It looks awesome so far! Seeing a woodie do a barrel roll is surreal. Of course the most important ingredient in truly evaluating it would be the forces and sensations it will provide. For now thoug...[Read More]

Spinning Coaster Undertow Coming to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a hundred-plus year old amusement park on Northern California’s coastline. It’s home to the classic woodie Giant Dipper, that’s been given National Historic Landmark status. In 2013, it will also be home to a new Maurer Sohne spinning roller coaster called Undertow. Undertow be replacing an old E.F. Miller coaster called Hurricane after 20 years at t...[Read More]

Mitch Hawker’s 2012 Wooden Roller Coaster Poll

Mitch Hawker’s Internet Coaster Poll is back. For years, enthusiasts have looked to this poll as a gauge of the best steel and wooden roller coasters on the planet. No ranking system is perfect, but there’s always interest in these types of rankings. It’s easier than ever to create your ballot thanks to this great drag and drop ballot generator that was created by Jordan Hatch. Y...[Read More]

Six Flags Great Adventure Coaster Removal & Drop Tower Rumors

Last month, ScreamScape shared a rumor involving Rolling Thunder, a mega drop ride, and Kingda Ka. Rolling Thunder’s Demise & An East Coast Mega Drop Tower? Rolling Thunder is Great Adventure’s 1979 racing wooden roller coaster. It’s got to be in my top 20 roughest woodies. So, I’m not shocked to hear about it’s possible removal. Lance from ScreamScape has noted t...[Read More]

POV Video of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster

This week Disney shared an animated POV video of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster that will be opening in the revitalized New Fantasyland area at Magic Kingdom. The video is short and meant to just give a tease of the attraction. One noteworthy element of the family ride will be the swaying or tipping motion of the train cars. Take a short spin on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:As Disney Pa...[Read More]

Great Coasters International Introduces the Wooden Shuttle Roller Coaster

This week at IAAPA (an amusement industry trade show) Great Coasters International unveiled a surprising new model. Back Track is a wooden shuttle roller coaster meant to be a family attraction. It has a footprint a bit smaller than a football field. Here’s more from GCI: It’s 35 feet tall. It’s got 10 cars and it goes backwards and forwards just like a normal little shuttle coas...[Read More]

Mt Olympus Announces Looping Wooden Coaster Hades 360

It’s starting to look like looping wooden roller coasters are falling from the sky these days. Or should I say coming out of the woodwork? Sorry. I couldn’t help myself. Today, Mt. Olympus (Wisconsin Dells, WI) announced that they’ll be giving their Gravity Group-designed woodie, Hades an interesting overhaul. Next year it will boast a loop and a new over-banked turn as it will b...[Read More]

Rumor – Cedar Fair Planning to Remove Arrow Looping Coasters

If an interesting rumor from Screamscape turns out to be true, that aging Arrow looper at the Cedar Fair park near you may be on the way out. Here’s what Lance posted last week: (11/6/12) According to an anonymous spy source, Cedar Fair is said to making plans to retire Vortex at Kings Island (1987) and Anaconda at Kings Dominion (1991) sometime in the next few years. Apparently they seem to...[Read More]

Knott’s Berry Farm to Add Coast Rider & Flat Rides for 2013

For a while we’ve been wondering what Knott’s Berry Farm was going to add for their rumored 2013 roller coaster. There was a huge giga-sized rumor for a while and then buzz about a smaller coaster. The latter has come to fruition as Knott’s Berry Farm has announced Coast Rider for 2013. Coast Rider is a large Mack wild mouse roller coaster. They’re also adding flat rides Su...[Read More]

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