Montu @ Busch Gardens Tampa | Coaster Reviews

A World-Class Inverted Coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Busch Gardens Africa’s (Tampa, FL) Montu is a world-class roller coaster that’s deservingly found on many enthusiast’s top tens. It combines some of the best theming, pacing and timing of inversions, that you’ll find anywhere. A Terrain Loving Inverted Coaster I’m no historian when it comes to this Busch park, but it app...[Read More]

Manta @ SeaWorld Orlando | Roller Coaster Review

After the eight hour drive down to Orlando for the Manta Grand Opening and Media Day, I was hoping to not be disappointed and thankfully I wasn’t. It was my first time to SeaWorld...

New Diamondback Test Video & Images

It’s that time of the year when coaster geeks will start drooling over test run videos of the new roller coasters opening this year. A great test video of King’s Island’s Diamondback has been posted on YouTube by KICentral. Note the empty pool towards the end of the video. This will be where the train takes a dive into the splash section. Don’t expect to get wet though. I&#...[Read More]

Tatsu @ Six Flags Magic Mountain | Coaster Reviews

My trip out West to Los Angeles brought me to the state’s largest theme park, Six Flags Magic Mountain. While X2 was a big draw, the co-main event had to be Tatsu. I got off the world’s largest flying coaster in awe of another masterpiece from Bolliger & Mabillard. Located near the top of Samurai Summit stood Tatsu. The massive 170′ tall, 3,600 foot long red and yellow dragon...[Read More]

SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta Promo Video

SeaWorld Orlando’s flying roller coaster, Manta, is one of the most highly anticipated new rides of 2009. Recently, SeaWorld uploaded a promo video to YouTube. You don’t get to see the actual ride, but you do get a sense of the world-class theming that will surround the ride. Here’s an excerpt from the official press release describing the ride’s theming: The journey begins...[Read More]

How Roller Coasters Are Made

Mommy, Where Do B&M’s Come From? | How Roller Coasters Are MadeEver wonder where and how roller coasters are made? NewsPlusNotes has an excellent behind-the-scenes look at a manufacturing plant in Ohio that churns out Bolliger & Mabillard’s great roller coasters for the U.S. The NewsPlusNotes staff were taken through the process that just produced the track for SeaWorld Orlando...[Read More]

Goliath @ Six Flags Over Georgia | Coaster Reviews

Take A Spin on Goliath – The Jewel of the SouthEast  Goliath is a towering hyper coaster built at Six Flags Over Georgia in 2006. It may mark the end of an era for Six Flags. Newly appointed CEO Mark Shapiro pointed at the $20 million roller coaster in an interview and said “No more of those.” The year it was built Dan Snyder and Mark Shapiro assumed control of Six Flags. They pl...[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]

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]

What is a Stand-Up Roller Coaster?

What is a Stand-Up Roller Coaster? Stand-up roller coasters are steel roller coasters designed so that the riders stand during the course of the ride. Riders straddle a bicycle-like seat that adjusts for the riders height and are restrained by over-the-shoulder restraints. They are very similar to seated looping coasters and some roller coasters designed for sit-down trains have also added stand-u...[Read More]

Diamondback to Tower Over Kings Island in 2009

Kings Island Releases Details on Their 2009 Hyper Coaster, Diamondback A Mile Long Journey into the Wilderness Earlier this week Kings Island, located outside of Cincinnati, OH, released details on their highly anticipated roller coaster for the 2009 season. Diamondback will be a Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster that will offer a high-speed ride with many drops and lots of airtime. Unlike ea...[Read More]

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