Rave Reviews of X-Flight, Now Open at Six Flags Great America

X-Flight opened last week and from the footage I’ve been seeing, the ride looks incredible. Just as the animated videos and images showed, X-Flight is packed with inversions and great looking near-misses. I’m still feeling pretty good about picking it as my most anticipated roller coaster of 2012. Here’s a sample of some of the rave reviews that X-Flight has been receiving: I got...[Read More]

Early Reviews of Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland

The highly anticipated B&M giga coaster is here. Leviathan has been unleashed at Canada’s Wonderland and some early reviews are starting to trickle in. Once again, Crave Coasters was there with great coverage of that monster. During a benefit, a few lucky riders were the first to face it’s sky-scrapping 300-plus foot peak. Leviathan’s Lair – New Tunnel Added The preview...[Read More]

Talking Wing Coasters with Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics wrote an article about the wing rider revolution that’s reaching our shores this summer. Okay, so two roller coasters doesn’t really count as a revolution, but it’s definitely a trend. The article also covers Hersheypark’s Skyrush. Not to be left out, the Intamin hyper coaster has wing-ish trains. Well, they’re really more like Apollo’s Chariot...[Read More]

X-Flight’s ‘Test Flight’ Video

Six Flags Great America has posted a test video of X-Flight. My pick for the most anticipated new roller coaster is looking pretty good. It’ll be cool to see how this ride all comes together once the flight tower, fog, and water canons have been integrated. It looks a little slow, but larger trains often look a lot slower than they are. Also, those inversions don’t need a lot of speed ...[Read More]

Wild Eagle Opens – Early Reviews & Videos

America’s first wing roller coaster, Wild Eagle, opened this weekend and there were of course some theme park fans in attendance. Overall, reviews seemed very positive. The only even slightly negative thing I came across was a mention of “slight discomfort from the restraints”. Here’s a brief overview of what I’ve been reading. Where you sit on Wild Eagle seems to rea...[Read More]

X-Flight Prepares for Takeoff

Six Flags Great America’s new wing coaster X-Flight has taken shape. As you can see from the picture below, the track work is complete. While the layout does look a little compact, we can expect a lot of events and exciting moments during the ride’s course. News Plus Notes recently took a hard hat tour and came back with some great photos. From their photos, it’s clear to see jus...[Read More]

Leviathan POV & Off-RideTest Videos

Two test videos of Canada’s Wonderland’s Leviathan have recently surfaced. The monstrous ride has an equally monstrous roar. Here’s a POV test video of Leviathanfrom Canada’s Wonderland: And here’s an off-ride test run video: Read more about Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. What’s Your Take? That’s some pretty good test footage. How does Leviathan l...[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]

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]

Shambhala Construction Photos & Fan-Made POV Video

Shambhala at PortAventura- Europe’s Tallest Roller Coaster My Spanish coaster buddy Javi (creator of that cool Six Flags vs. Cedar Fair – War of 2012 picture) posted a few new construction photos of Shambhala. It’ll be Europe’s tallest roller coaster when it debuts this year at PortAventura (Salou, Spain). It’s being built next to another B&M coaster, the former ...[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]

Montu vs. Alpengeist | Roller Coaster Showdowns

For this roller coaster showdown I’m pitting two of the most popular inverted roller coasters against each other. In a kind of sibling rivalry battle, sister coasters Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will face off against Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa. I guess you can file this heavyweight match up under ‘so obvious that I didn’t think of it.’ Thanks to reader Guilhe...[Read More]

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