Kings Dominion to Close Shockwave

Kings Dominion has announced that they’ll be removing the Shockwave, their stand-up roller coaster. Your last chance to ride it will be August 9th. More at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. While it’s one of the weakest roller coasters in Kings Dominion’s lineup, it has been a fixture at the park since it opened in 1986. I’m sure some will miss it.I haven’t been the bigges...[Read More]

Carowinds to Close Thunder Road in July

Yesterday, Carowinds announced that they will be closing Thunder Road. It is one of the few remaining wooden twin track racing roller coasters. After 39 wonderful years and nearly 40 million scream-filled rides, Thunder Road will give its last race on July 26. The ride is being retired to make room for future family-fun attractions. Please join us this summer as we say good-bye to this iconic coas...[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]

Prepare to High Five! Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Colossus was a twin track racing wooden coaster that was built in 1978. For 2015, the ride is getting a a steel track makeover. As Twisted Colossus, this roller coaster will not only race, but also but will also include two loops and a high-five element where the trains are tilted at 90-degrees toward each other. With the riders’ hands in the air, they’ll get the sense that they can re...[Read More]

Could Wicked Cyclone Go From Worst to First at Six Flags New England?

Six Flags New England is giving its rough, old wooden coaster a steel overhaul. This year, Cyclone will be reborn as Wicked Cyclone. If similar projects are any indication, guests can expect a super-smooth and exciting ride that’ll be nothing like what they experienced on this ride’s previous incarnation. To see what I mean, watch this POV video of Wicked Cyclone: Could Cyclone Go From...[Read More]

Koch Family Buys Former Alabama Adventure

Last month, Koch Family Parks, purchased Splash Adventure and its former amusement park area Alabama Adventure. Dan Koch referenced 5 year plans that include saving one of my all-time favorite woodies Rampage. Dan Koch, president of Splash Adventure, said in an interview today he wants to bring back the Rampage wooden rollercoaster that was once the focal point of the park and garnered national ac...[Read More]

Knoebels Announces Impulse, New Roller Coaster for 2015

This week Knoebels (Elysburg, PA) announced a new roller coaster for 2015. Impulse will be a looping roller coaster designed by Zierer. RCDB has it listed with a 90-degree drop and four loops: cobra roll (2), vertical loop, and in-line twist. Its layout is reminiscent of the compact Gerstlauer Euro-fighters like Untamed and Iron Shark. According to Coaster101, the tease or announcement was made vi...[Read More]

Kentucky Kingdom's Lightning Run Roller Coaster

CoasterGuy14 did a nice overview of Kentucky Kingdon’s new Lightning Run ride and the park’s other additions in this YouTube video: Analysis of Lightning Run.I figured that I couldn’t have done a better job than he did, so just check this out and let us know what you think. I’ve been hoping for one of those fan favorite Intamin Megalites in the U.S. for quite some time. It ...[Read More]

World's Tallest Roller Coaster Coming to Florida

Some huge news came out of IAAPA last week as CoasterCrew got an earth-shattering update related to the PolerCoaster concept that was proposed earlier this year. Two PolerCoasters will be built, one in Georgia and one in Florida. And, the one being built in Florida, will be the world’s tallest roller coaster at 525 feet tall. It will also be one of the longest coasters and it will use S&...[Read More]

New Video of FireChaser Express at Dollywood

Dollywood released an animated video of their new roller coaster, FireChaser Express last week. The family ride, which is scheduled to open in March 2014, will have the distinction of both a forward and backward launch. Here’s a new animated video of FireChaser Express coming to Dollywood in 2014: FireChaser Should be a Blast! I’m impressed. Not only does this family roller coaster loo...[Read More]

Riders Stuck on Rip Ride Rockit

Earlier this week, 12 riders were stuck on Universal Studio’s Rip Ride Rockit. The train had stopped near the top of the ride’s 90-degree vertical lift some 150 feet in the air. Firefighters rescued the riders nearly 3 hours after the incident began. Here’s a news story including the 911 call:video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player There are no details on the ac...[Read More]

Ragin' Cajun Roller Coaster Coming to Six Flags America

Washington DC-area theme park Six Flags America will be getting a new roller coaster in 2014. Ragin’ Cajun will be a spinning roller coaster with cars that spin 360 degrees during hairpin turns. Ragin’ Cajun will be the park’s ninth roller coaster. This fast-track roller coaster twists, turns, tilts, and rotatesaround a 1,378-foot-long zigzagging track. The unique four-passenger train spins ...[Read More]

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