Fresh out of shipping containers from Intamin, Cheetah Hunt’s trains arrived at Busch Gardens Tampa last week. The multi-launched roller coaster looks amazing and I chose it as my top pick for what I think will be 2011’s best new ride. Read my Top New 2011 Coasters list to see why. Here’s a slideshow and description of their arrival from the park: [portfolio_slideshow] The five t...[Read More]
Scream Zone to Bring Two Thrill Rides to Coney Island Last year Italian coaster design company Zamperla opened Luna Park at Coney Island. It seems like a no-brainer that a new amusement park would do well at Coney, but with Astroland closing down a few years ago maybe the right company had to move in start over. This Spring the park will expand with two compact roller coasters in a new area called...[Read More]
A Preview of the Most Anticipated New Roller Coasters of 2011 Here’s the conclusion of my annual Top 10 New Roller Coasters list including my top pick. Also see roller coasters 10 through 6, in Part 1. 5 – Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta, Georgia) Make/Model: Custom Gerstlauer EuroFighter Type: Steel Looping Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Georgia’s New Diving Lo...[Read More]
It’s time to preview my picks for the best new roller coasters opening in 2011. I wouldn’t call it a particularly strong year for new roller coasters, but there are a few potential show stoppers coming soon to a theme park near you. 10 Zippin Pippin – Bay Beach Amusement Park (Green Bay, Wisconsin) Make: Designed by John A. Miller, Built by The Gravity Group Type: Wooden Roller C...[Read More]
The King and The King of Pop are still making the news. Albeit, theme park news this time. Elvis’ Favorite Roller Coaster – Zippin Pippin to Reopen in WI Allegedly, Zippin Pippin was at the top of Elvis’ Top 10 Coasters List. The Gravity Group, acclaimed designers of The Voyage & Ravine Flyer II are helping Bay Beach Amusement park in Green Bay Wisconsin re-build the Zippin P...[Read More]
Cheetah Hunt is Coming Together How about some construction photos to help you get through the coaster-less winter months? Busch Gardens Tampa’s Cheetah Hunt is taking shape. Once again Busch is adding another world-class custom built roller coaster. This time Cheetah Hunt looks to provide a thrilling multi-launch experience akin to the speedy beast that its named after. Cheetah Hunt’s...[Read More]
Did you hear it? There was a collective gasp yesterday. It occurred when several thousand coaster enthusiasts scrolled through yet another construction photo message board thread on Theme Park Review. Only this time they laid their eyes on some pretty impressive Texas Giant images. One image in particular has caused the most stir. It involves a crazily banked turn. Here’s an image from Six F...[Read More]
The future is here ladies and gentlemen! Well, almost. In May 2011, Holiday World (Santa Claus, IN) will re-open The Voyage with new Gravity Group-designed trains known as Timberliners. On that day, the public will bear witness to game-changing new trains that could revolutionize the wooden roller coaster world. Or, at least make a few rides a bit smoother. There’s no way to know exactly wh...[Read More]
Six Flags Magic Mountain has tipped their hand via a YouTube video that touts their 2011 plans.
After months of teasing with hints and clues, today, Busch Gardens Tampa finally released details of their 2011 roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt.
UPDATE 4/24 – The New Texas Giant has arrived! I rode it on opening Read my full Texas Giant review including a new POV video. Texas Giant’s Unique Transformation Continues In the vein of the new Six Flags mantra of roller coaster makeovers, Six Flags Over Texas is in the middle of a massive overhaul of the Texas Giant. The Curtis D. Summers-designed wooden roller coaster...[Read More]
Salem, New Hampshire amusement park Canobie Lake is in the planning phases of adding a new roller coaster. Theproposed ride would be a Gerstlauer Eurofighter 320+ model. It’s a compact coaster that features single cars allowing for excellent maneuverability in tight twists and turns. Other 320+ models include an ultra steep 97 degree drop, a vertical loop, an immelmann, and a zero-g roll. Ad...[Read More]