Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Video

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – Model & VideoMore details are starting to emerge on Universal Studios’ Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit. We already new about the main distinction of the ride. Riders will be able to download a video of their ride and post it on the Web. Details on the layout were a bit sketchy, but the picture’s becoming more clear. Now, ScreamScape has posted photos o...[Read More]

Lex Luthor Coaster Coming to Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England’s Superman Takes a Villainous Turn I’m going to ‘go out on a limb’ and unofficially announce Six Flags New England’s newest roller coaster: Lex Luthor. From the hints being dropped on the viral marketing site, Clawshun Industries, and the ride’s new purple paint job it’s pretty obvious that Superman Ride of Steel will be re-themed as ...[Read More]

2009 Construction Updates – Diamondback, Terminator & More

Coaster Construction Updates – Diamondback, Prowler, & MoreCarowind’s relocated boomerang coaster, Carolina Cobra is coming along nicely. The park’s mini site for the new attraction has tons of photos and even a live web cam, likely perched from the park’s observation tower. As Carowinds is my home park I’m looking forward to reporting on whether or not the coaste...[Read More]

SeaWorld’s Manta Topped Off

SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta is Moving AlongJohnnyUpsideDown has a rack of construction photos of SeaWorld Orlando’s 2009 flying coaster Manta. As you can see from the pics, the ride’s been topped off and the station is coming together. Check out JohnnyUpsideDown’s latest Manta construction photos. Read all about the Manta coaster, also check out this construction video from Se...[Read More]

Great Adventure’s Medusa Gets an Upgrade

Six Flags Great Adventure’s Medusa Gets the X2 TreatmentMedusa opened in 1999 as the world’s first floorless roller coaster. Read more about floorless coasters. Now, Six Flags Great Adventure has announced that it will get the makeover treatment in the off season. This is a growing trend with Six Flags these days after this year’s X2 re-launch and next year’s (risky) Superm...[Read More]

Six Flags Announces Terminator Coaster @ Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain Announces Details of Terminator: The CoasterTerminator: The Coaster will be a Great Coasters International twister woodie. Twisters offer lots of banked turns and speed. The ride will also feature a station fly-through like the acclaimed Thunderhead at Dollywood. Also, like Thunderhead, Terminator will feature GCI’s Millennium Flyer trains. That’s about where the similar...[Read More]

New Transformers Ride, Terminator Coaster & More

Recent Theme Park News Stories – Transformers, Terminator, & MoreSince I’ve been busy working on Coaster Portal, I’ve missed a few news stories. Here’s a recap of the biggest stories from the past month or so: Gravity Group Launches Blog & Podcast – GravitycastThe Gravity Group, acclaimed wooden roller coaster designers, recently launched their blog and podcas...[Read More]

Saw: The Ride Coming to Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park Announces Saw: The Ride for 2009 Thorpe Park recently announced the name and theme of its 2009 Gerstlauer Eurofighter. It will be themed after the popular horror movie series, Saw. The ride will feature a 100′ climb and a beyond vertical drop of 100 degrees. Saw may be in the same vein as Dollywood’s Mystery Mine which was also a custom Eurofighter. I didn’t know that...[Read More]

Superman Ride of Steel to be Enhanced for 2009

Will the Best Coaster on the Planet Still Be the Best?When I first saw the news that Six Flags was going to add new enhancements to their masterpiece, Superman – Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England, I was cautiously pessimistic at best. I’m generally a very positive, easy-going guy, but I’m a bit concerned that Six Flags is messing with the best roller coaster on the planet. S...[Read More]

SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta Photo Contest

SeaWorld Orlando’s Photo ContestSeaWorld Orlando’s new Manta will be a Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster reaching heights of 14 stories and speeds of 60 mph that will open in Summer 2009. Now, SeaWorld is having a photo contest. The first reader who’s able to take a picture of Manta’s track while it’s being shipped from Ohio to Orlando will win two tickets to th...[Read More]

Carolina Cobra Coming to Carowinds

Carolina Cobra Will Strike Carowinds in 2009 Carowinds officially announced the details of their new-ish Vekoma Boomerang. The roller coaster, formerly Head Spin at Geauga Lake, will be called Carolina Cobra. For a theme park dead center in the middle of the Carolinas it’s not a bad name. Vekoma Boomerangs are shuttle coasters that are a dime a dozen, but at least the Carolina Cobra will hav...[Read More]

Carowinds Removing Super Saturator

Carowinds Removes Super Saturator for 2009 Roller CoasterMy roving reporter Judy has sent in some photos of the ride’s construction. As I reported, the relocated Geauga Lake shuttle coaster will be placed where the Flying Super Saturator is now. The park is already taking down the Super Saturator as you can see from these photos. Judy said that its pieces are being piled up outside the park,...[Read More]

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