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]

Animated Video of Outlaw Run Looks Amazing

We can now get a better look at a ride with the potential to be 2013’s best new roller coaster. Branson, Missouri’s Silver Dollar City has posted a new animated video of Outlaw Run that shows us the complete ride. Outlaw Run will be a hybrid coaster with wooden supports and rails that feature steel topper track. This hybrid formula will produce one-of-a-kind maneuvers for a wood-like r...[Read More]

Launch Coaster Projekt Helix Announced for Liseberg

Sweden’s Liseberg has announced Projekt Helix for 2014. Helix will be a launched roller coaster similar to Europa Park’s BlueFire Megacoaster. It might seem like it’s a bit early to announce a 2014 ride, but this will be a signature roller coaster for the park and the ride’s designer as it’ll be the largest ride to date for both. Helix will be a Mack launched roller c...[Read More]

Alton Towers Could Be Going for Inversion Record with SW7

Alton Towers has been busy teasing their “world beating” 2013 roller coaster with a teaser site. For now, it’s being referred to as SW7. It’s thought to be a Gerstlauer roller coaster and it could be similar to SAW – The Ride at Thorpe Park or Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland. Unlike some of the more compact Gerstlauer’s here in the States (Dare Devil Dive, Mystery ...[Read More]

X-Coaster Could Be Leaving Magic Springs for Elitch Gardens

Arkansas amusement park Magic Springs recently announced that they’ll be removing one of their roller coasters. Here’s a snippet from their press release mentioning the removal: HOT SPRINGS, AR (October 5, 2012) – Magic Springs Water and Theme Park announced today that X-Coaster will be retiring at the end of the 2012 season and that plans are underway for a major new water park additi...[Read More]

Six Flags Mexico Announces The Joker for 2013

Six Flags Mexico recently announced their 2013 roller coaster, The Joker. I’d link to the press release, but I fear that most of my readers won’t be able to understand it. The Joker looks to be a well-themed conversion of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Pandemonium. The Gerstlauer Spinning coaster debuted at that park in 2008, and now it’s making its way south to Mexico City....[Read More]

2012 Golden Ticket Awards: Steel Coasters – Did They Get It Right?

Last week, we looked at the Golden Ticket Awards Top 10 Wooden Coasters of 2012. This time let’s have a look at the steel coaster list. Again, we should try to stick to the question: Are these roller coasters representative of the best roller coasters in the World? I think this is a much more reasonable way to approach these lists as we can never expect to completely agree with each pick and...[Read More]

2012 Golden Ticket Awards: Wooden Coasters – Did They Get It Right?

Every year Amusement Today celebrates the best of the amusement industry with the Golden Ticket Awards. And, every year hordes of enthusiasts bash the results. I’m going to take a different angle this year. I’m going to present them as always, but try to view the top wooden and top steel roller coasters through a different lens. Do GTA Winners Represent Some of the Best Coasters in the...[Read More]

Wooden Roller Coaster White Lightning Coming to Fun Spot

Fun Spot’s New Wooden Roller Coaster – White Lightning Orlando amusement park, Fun Spot Action Park, is adding a Great Coasters International wooden roller coaster for 2013. I mentioned it in a post about unannounced and rumored 2013 roller coasters. Now we know the ride will be called White Lightning and the park has been posting construction photos as they prepare to build one of Flo...[Read More]

Cedar Point Implodes Space Spiral to Make Way for GateKeeper (Videos)

It’s not every day that you see an implosion at a theme park or an observation deck come crash down to the ground. But, that’s exactly what happened at Cedar Point. On the morning of September 12th, a crew used explosives to implode the ride to make way for their record-setting 2013 wing coaster, GateKeeper. Here’s a video from up-close taken from a camera near where the tower la...[Read More]

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