Six Flags Engineer & New Texas Giant Creator Featured in Wall Street Journal

Six Flags Chief Engineer, Larry Chickola was recently featured in an article on the Wall Street Journal’s website. The article gives us a look into Mr. Chickola’s education and career which might be of interest if you’re an aspiring roller coaster designer. It also details some of his projects including his work on Superman Escape from Krypton and the New Texas Giant. It was inte...[Read More]

Verbolten’s Freefall Drop Track Revealed?

It’s Goin’ Down! – Verbolten Construction Photo Reveals Freefall Drop Track One of the elements inside Verbolten’s mysterious ‘event building’ may have been uncovered. BGWFans has a construction photo showing what may be the rumored drop section. It’s been thought that a horizontal section of track that drops (like the one seen on Alton Towers’ Thirt...[Read More]

Wild Eagle Construction Photos | Dollywood’s 2012 Roller Coaster

Long time reader Judy, sent in a few shots from here recent trip to Dollywood. Specifically, they’re construction photos of the park’s highly anticipated Wild Eagle wing roller coaster. The new ride will take advantage of the Dollywood’s beautiful mountainous terrain. So, getting photos was probably pretty tough. Here’s are some of the images she sent in:[simple_slideshow t...[Read More]

Golden Ticket Awards – My Take on the Top Steel Coasters

Golden Ticket Awards – Top Steel Roller Coasters of 2011 In 2010, I noted that Bizarro was bumped out of the top spot for the first time in four years by Millennium Force. The ride’s transformation from Superman: Ride of Steel to Bizarro may have had something to do with that. Millennium Force retained its title this year and once again reigns supreme as the favorite steel roller coast...[Read More]

Golden Ticket Awards – My Take on the Top Wooden Coasters

The 2011 Golden Ticket Awards were announced recently. The awards are based on votes received by Amusement Today. There are awards given out in a number of categories from Best Park (Cedar Point) to Park with Best Kids’ Area (Kings Island) to Best Food (Knoebels). I generally only recap the top steel and wooden coasters as that’s what I’m most interested in. Here are the best woo...[Read More]

Verbolten Announced for Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2012 Roller Coaster – Verbolten: Brave the Black Forest Today, Busch Gardens Williamsburg officially announced their highly anticipated 2012 roller coaster. Earlier this year, some of the ride’s details had already been uncovered. The Zierer-designed steel coaster will be called Verbolten. The name’s a play on the German word “verbotenR...[Read More]

The Swarm is Coming to Thorpe Park in 2012

While I’ve written about Thorpe Park’s LC12 as it was named, I haven’t re-visited the project since it received an official name and more information has emerged. This excellent (You)Report from ‘across the pond’ breaks down the ride in greater detail. Thorpe Park has released a trailer advertising its new 2012 coaster. Re-named ‘The Swarm’ after its tease...[Read More]

Dollywood’s Wild Eagle Wing Coaster to Soar in 2012

Wild Eagle to Soar Over Dollywood in 2012 | New Wing Roller Coaster Tonight Dollywood announced the details of their highly anticipated 2012 rollercoaster at the Boomsday celebration in Knoxville, TN. Wild Eagle will be a $20 million Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster. Riders will be seated in four across trains with seats positioned outside of the track, instead of above or below it. According...[Read More]

Stinger to Debut at Dorney in 2012

Dorney Park Announces Stinger for 2012 Last week, Dorney Park confirmed the rumors of their new coaster for 2012 with the announcement of Stinger. The Allentown, PA park will be receiving California Great America’s Invertigo. It’s an inverted Vekoma shuttle coaster providing three inversions that riders will experience forward and then backward. The train’s seats are turned aroun...[Read More]

Six Flags New England Announces Goliath for 2012

Six Flags New England Announces Goliath Roller Coaster for 2012 Six Flags New England will debut its 11th roller coaster in 2012 with Goliath. The ride will be a large inverted shuttle coaster where guests will ride the coaster’s 1204-foot steel track both forward and backward. Goliath joins the park’s other roller coasters which include: Bizarro (largely considered the best steel coas...[Read More]

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s New 2012 Roller Coaster – Superman Ultimate Flight

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (San Francisco Bay area) announced Superman Ultimate Flight as their 2012 roller coaster. Unlike Six Flags’ Superman Ultimate Flight flying roller coasters at other parks, Discovery Kingdom’s will be a launched roller coaster where riders will travel a short (863 foot), but twisted course. It will boast a top speed of 65 mph and one of the tallest inversions...[Read More]

Six Flags America Announces Apocalypse Stand Up Coaster for 2012

Six Flags America (Washington D.C.) will be replacing the recently removed Skull Mountain ride with the park’s first new roller coaster in years. The park will be re-theming Six Flags Great America’s stand up coaster Iron Wolf as Apocalypse – The Last Stand. The Bolliger & Mabillard stand up coaster will be 100 feet tall, 2,900 feet long, and top out at 55 mph. Apocalypse is ...[Read More]

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