Top 11 New Roller Coasters of 2012 – Part 2

It’s time for the conclusion of my Top New Roller Coasters of 2012 list. In case you missed it, I gave picks 11 to 7 in Part 1. Here’s the rest of the list including my most anticipated new roller coaster of 2012. [divider] 6 Manta at SeaWorld San Diego (San Diego, California) SeaWorld San Diego will be unveiling a highly-themed launch roller coaster in Manta. Riders will board manta r...[Read More]

Breaking Down Busch Gardens’ New Verbolten Videos

UPDATE – May, 16th – Verbolten is now open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Read reviews of Verbolten and rate it if you’ve ridden it: Reviews of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg New Videos Give Us a Better Look at Verbolten Busch Gardens Williamsburg has posted a few new videos of Verbolten. They give a somewhat revealing look at the inside of the event building. Also, park...[Read More]

Video – SeaWorld San Diego Installs Final Section of Manta Track

SeaWorld San Diego completed the track work on their 2012 launch coaster Manta. It shares a name with sister park SeaWorld Orlando’s coaster, but will offer a completely different ride experience. San Diego’s Manta will be a MACK-designed multi-launch coaster while SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta is a Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster. Here’s a video of the last section bei...[Read More]

Top 11 New Roller Coasters of 2012 – Part 1

It’s time for my annual list of the most anticipated new roller coasters of the year. I’ve had to be clear recently and make it known that these are the coasters that I am either most eager to ride or just look the best to me. Since I do not have a time machine, I have not actually ridden any of them yet. Thanks to the large number of new coasters opening in this part of the World, thi...[Read More]

Iron Shark Coming Together at Pleasure Pier

New Amusement Park Will Open with a Gerstlauer Looping Roller Coaster New Houston-area amusement park, Galveston Island Historical Pleasure Pier, will be opening this summer with a signature roller coaster. The aptly named, Iron Shark will be yet another compact thriller from Gerstlauer. The ride’s blue steel track will send riders plummeting down a beyond-vertical drop and then it’ll ...[Read More]

The First Humans Survive The Swarm at Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park’s The Swarm Has Its First Riders Surrey, England’s Thorpe Park is putting the finishing touches on their new wing roller coaster, The Swarm. Recently, four former fighter pilots braved the great-looking coaster. I love the look of the trains. Instead of an eagle (like Dollywood’s Wild Eagle) or a jet (Six Flags Great America’s X-Flight) theme for the trains, The...[Read More]

Leviathan Construction Photos – B&M Goes Big in 2012

Leviathan – B&M’s First Foray Into a New Stratosphere Canada’s Wonderland posted some awe-inspiring photos of the massive 305-foot tall monster, they’ve dubbed Leviathan. Also, Crave the Coasterer has a number of construction photos of Leviathan. B&M are my favorite designers and their first giga coaster has inspired me to take my first international coaster trip....[Read More]

New Wild Eagle Construction Photos

Dollywood’s Wild Eagle Looks Awesome Dollywood recently posted new construction photos of their 2012 wing roller coaster, Wild Eagle. Here are some of the photos that they’ve posted on their Facebook page and on Dollywood2012.com. Wild Eagle looks incredible! The idea of flying out on the edge a wing coaster in this wooded mountainous terrain is the reason Wild Eagle is very close to t...[Read More]

New Verbolten Teaser Video & A Construction Update

Busch Gardens Williamsburg recently released a new teaser video for their highly anticipated 2012 roller coaster, Verbolten. It’s basically an extension of the 30 second teaser that the park released last fall. Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new teaser video: The Verbolten Experience Gnomes, Bats, Lightning, and Wolves! As some hoped, it looks like there may be a reference to our dearly ...[Read More]

PortAventura’s Shambhala to be Europe’s Tallest Roller Coaster

Europe’s Tallest Roller Coaster to Open at PortAventura in 2012 PortAventura Park (An hour from Barcelona, Spain) is already home to popular coasters like the Intamin launch coaster Furius Baco and the former inversion king Dragon Khan. Soon, it will also boast, Europe’s tallest roller coaster when it opens Shambhala. Located in the park’s Chinese section, the B&M hyper coast...[Read More]

Wild Eagle Videos Released

We can now take a virtual ride on Dollywood’s highly-anticipated wing rider coaster, Wild Eagle. Last week, the park released POV and off-ride videos. Wild Eagle looks great! Sitting outside the track should really add a new dimension. B&M has had open trains for years, but they haven’t developed anything that looks to provide this kind of an unprotected and free feeling. Hopefully...[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]

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