Prowler Opens at Worlds of Fun | POV Video

Another weekend and another 2009 roller coaster makes its debut. On May 2nd, Worlds of Fun’s (Kansas City, MO) new Great Coasters International woodie, Prowler, opened to the public. CoasterCommunity was there for the media day on Friday and they have some great photos and reviews. Jason from CoasterCommunity reported that the Prowler is fast with some surprising moments of airtime. He also ...[Read More]

New Rip Ride Rockit Promo Video

Universal Studio’s new interactive thrill ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit has unfortunately been delayed. It was set to open Spring 2009 and will now open Late Spring/Early Summer. At least there’s a new promo video showing off the ride’s unique elements and multi-media experience. See all of my Rip Ride Rockit posts. Also, check out ScreamScape for construction photos.

Manta Set to Take Flight at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta is about a month from opening and it looks great. As Florida’s only flying roller coaster Manta could take that genre of rides to a new level. At one point during the ride, the winged manta-themed trains will fly riders face down right over water. I’m not sure, but that huge stingray shaped piece at the front may actually dip into the water and cause the ...[Read More]

Diamondback Coverage & Early Reviews

This past weekend the opening of Kings Island’s Diamondback dominated theme park news sites across the Web. The ride’s opening had both the enthusiast community and likely southern Ohio in a frenzy. Since I couldn’t be there to give you my own coverage, here’s some of the best coverage I’ve found on the Web. Kings Island fan sites like KIExtreme and KICentral had in-d...[Read More]

Top 9 New Roller Coasters for 2009

A List of the World’s Best New Roller Coasters Opening in 2009 With the arrival of Spring and theme parks around the country opening for the season, it’s time to look at the new roller coasters opening in 2009. With the recession and the decrease in major new roller coasters, I wasn’t able to pull together a strong Top 10 list. So this year, a Top 9 will have to do. From state-of...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Opens New Roller Coaster & Sesame Street Forest

The CoasterCrew attended Busch Gardens Europe’s recent media day which was all about the park’s new Sesame Street Forest of Fun. The new section includes a number of new rides for the little ones. The centerpiece is the park’s sixth roller coaster, Grover’s Alpine Express. I’m sure many little Virginian’s will get their first taste of roller coasters on the 24&#...[Read More]

Superman Ride of Steel Goes Bizarro?

For the most popular super hero of all time, Superman has the absolute worst villians. His best villain is easily Lex Luthor and he’s just a criminal mastermind constantly after real estate (see the plots for the Superman, Superman 2, and Superman Returns movies). So as Six Flags New England announced an upgrade for the best steel roller coaster on the planet, then repainted it purple and cr...[Read More]

Carolina Cobra Review & Media Day at Carowinds

It was a rainy day, but the Carolina Cobra media day had a positive feel and pointed to a bright future for Carowinds. The event was attended by the local media, park officials, live snakes, and some Nick characters. A local cover band played a few crowd-pleasers while Dora, Diego, and the Rugrats entertained guests. Next, the park addressed the media. Then, an official ribbon cutting was followed...[Read More]

New Diamondback Test Video & Images

It’s that time of the year when coaster geeks will start drooling over test run videos of the new roller coasters opening this year. A great test video of King’s Island’s Diamondback has been posted on YouTube by KICentral. Note the empty pool towards the end of the video. This will be where the train takes a dive into the splash section. Don’t expect to get wet though. I&#...[Read More]

Carolina Cobra & A Carowinds 2009 Report

Carolina Cobra & A Carowinds 2009 Update Carowinds recently posted pictures of Carolina Cobra’s new, unique train. Next month, when Carolina Cobra opens it will be the only Vekoma boomerang coaster in the U.S. with these open over-the-shoulder restraints. The rough ride that these shuttle coasters sometimes have may be remedied by these new restraints. Carolina Cobra Media Day My first t...[Read More]

SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta Promo Video

SeaWorld Orlando’s flying roller coaster, Manta, is one of the most highly anticipated new rides of 2009. Recently, SeaWorld uploaded a promo video to YouTube. You don’t get to see the actual ride, but you do get a sense of the world-class theming that will surround the ride. Here’s an excerpt from the official press release describing the ride’s theming: The journey begins...[Read More]

Ring°Racer Video | World’s Fastest Coaster

New Ring°Racer Video Shows the World’s Fastest Coaster in Action Finally, more images and a video has been posted on the S&S web site of the Ring°Racer coaster coming to Nürburgring in Germany. It’s called ‘F1 Coaster’ on their web site, but there’s little doubt that this an animated video of Ring°Racer. When it opens in June 2009, it will surpass Six Flags Great ...[Read More]

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