Great Bear vs Talon | Roller Coaster Showdowns

Great Bear Anecdote When I came up with the idea of comparing Great Bear and Talon, I was reminded of something that happened in June of 2014 at Coasting For Kids, a fund-raising coaster marathon at Dorney Park during which I set a personal record of 36 rides in one day (12 on Steel Force, 16 on Talon and 8 on Hydra).  On one of my rides on Talon I found myself sitting next to a teenage boy who st...[Read More]

Review: Thunderbird at Holiday World

Thunderbird’s initial reveal announcement is one of my favorite memories. The first steel roller coaster at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana was also the first launched wing coaster in the United States. I truly don’t know why, but the idea of such a record-breaking ride got my inner geek so excited I proclaimed “launched wing coaster” out loud… multiple times. Y...[Read More]

B&M Roller Coasters Are Not “Forceless”

In response to Bobbie’s recent post, 10 most intense roller coasters, someone remarked on Facebook that they were surprised Fury 325 was included in her list because the designer (Bolliger & Mabillard) is often criticized for creating “forceless” rides. Fury is a 325-foot tall giga coaster with a top speed of 95 mph. It’s one of the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coasters in ...[Read More]

May Not Accommodate Larger Guests

When theme park and amusement park fans begin to plan their dream trip or their first regular visit to their home park, some people have the basics down. They save up to buy tickets or season passes, make overnight accommodations, pack a bag with sun block, sunglasses, comfortable clothes, swimwear, maybe a poncho. They may have carefully researched travel times, hotel reviews, available discounts...[Read More]

Superman vs Hulk in Final Round of Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament

It’s all come down to this. We’ve reached the final round in the Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament. Round 4 Recap: Decisive Wins Round 4 did not have the close match-ups of previous rounds. Both of the winning roller coasters won by significant margins. Here are all of the results from the last round. Superman The Ride (Six Flags New England Hyper) 79% over Batman The Ride (Inverte...[Read More]

Comic Book Roller Coasters – Round 4

We’ve reached the final four in the Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament. Before moving on, let’s look back at Round 3 which saw yet another super close showdown. Round 3 Recap: Superman Escape From Krypton Slips Past Mr Freeze Mr Freeze Reverse Blast faced yet another tight match-up. This time it fell short of what would have been a major upset as the record-breaking Superman Escape ...[Read More]

Cedar Point’s New Valravn Dive Roller Coaster

Cedar Point announced their 18th roller coaster in Valravn yesterday. Many of the details were already known, but here they are in cased you missed it. With a layout similar to popular dive coasters, Griffon and SheiKra, Valravn will start with a climb to a 200+ foot height (223 feet). Then riders will creep up to the 90-degree drop and will be held at the edge for four seconds. They’ll take...[Read More]

UPDATED – From Dreams to Screams Documentary: Fury 325 at Carowinds

Devin Olson, creator of Coaster-Net has created another From Dreams to Screams documentary. A few years ago, I was blown away by his work on an excellent Outlaw Run documentary. This time Olson focused on the most talked about roller coaster of the year, Fury 325 at Carowinds. UPDATED: Here’s the full documentary: I always love hearing about the creation process involved with building a new ...[Read More]

How Will SeaWorld’s Mako Roller Coaster Measure Up?

Earlier this year, SeaWorld announced Mako, a new roller coaster that’ll open in 2016. It’ll be a 200-foot tall hyper coaster, reaching speeds of 75 mph. Mako’s stature and size will make it Orlando’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster. Here’s a POV video of Mako at SeaWorld: For me, there’s no question that this will be a solid roller coaster. Bolliger &...[Read More]

The Story Behind Holiday World’s Thunderbird | From Idea to Opening Day

Holiday World’s Thunderbird was my top pick for the best-looking New Roller Coasters of 2015. So, I thought that it would be interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at how this launched winged coaster moved from idea to opening day. Thanks to Holiday World, I was able to interview two people who helped bring the ride to life. Here’s my interview with Park Directors and 4th generati...[Read More]

Fury 325 vs Intimidator 305 | Giga Coaster Showdown

With the opening of Fury 325 this year, comparisons to other giga coasters were going to be inevitable. This showdown might have even more interest than most as Carowinds and Kings Dominion are in bordering states (North Carolina and Virginia). So, there’s a better chance that more people have ridden both or plan to. First, let’s define a giga coaster as many have been asking due to Ca...[Read More]

What is a Giga Coaster?

With all of the buzz around Fury 325, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the World’s Tallest and Fastest Giga Coaster. Many have asked exactly what the “giga” refers to. What is a giga coaster? A giga coaster is a roller coaster that’s between 300 and 399 feet tall and completes a full circuit. The first giga coaster was Millennium Force which opened at Cedar ...[Read More]

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