Hydrus – Casino Pier’s New Roller Coaster

Casino Pier’s New 2017 Roller Coaster, Hydrus Seaside Heights, New Jersey’s Casino Pier will be opening an exciting loping roller coaster called Hydrus. It will be replacing Jet Star, which was washed out to sea by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Hydrus will stand 72 feet above the boardwalk, boast a beyond-vertical drop of 97 degrees, and take riders through a short, but thrilling 1,050 foot...[Read More]

Top 9 New Roller Coasters for 2017 – Part 1

It’s time take a look at the new roller coasters opening in 2017. It’s a bit of a quieter year for new roller coasters in North America as RCDB lists 21 compared to 46 in 2015 and 38 in 2016. Given that, I decided to keep it to a Top 9. As usual, I’ll rank them by least to most anticipated. Make sure to let us know how you’d rank them in the comments. Here’s Part 1 of...[Read More]

POV Monday – The Smiler at Alton Towers

The Smiler at Alton Towers opened in 2013 boasting the most loops of any roller coaster on the planet, with an insane 14 inversions. Video Highlights While I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy being flipped upside-down 14 times, I think that the head-chopper moments look like fun. At a few moments during the ride, it looks like you come within feet of that large marmaliser structure. For mo...[Read More]

New Video of FireChaser Express at Dollywood

Dollywood released an animated video of their new roller coaster, FireChaser Express last week. The family ride, which is scheduled to open in March 2014, will have the distinction of both a forward and backward launch. Here’s a new animated video of FireChaser Express coming to Dollywood in 2014: FireChaser Should be a Blast! I’m impressed. Not only does this family roller coaster loo...[Read More]

Dollywood Announces FireChaser Express, New Roller Coaster for 2014

Today, Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee), announced their new roller coaster FireChaser Express. It will be a dual launching roller coaster with its thrill level set to mild as the park describes the ride as a family roller coaster. Interestingly, the ride will feature both a forward and a backward launch. FireChaser Express will be located in Wilderness Pass. Ropes course attraction, Adventure ...[Read More]

After Texas Giant Accident, Amusement Park Regulations Questioned

There’s been a lot of discussion about the horrible accident that occurred last Friday when a woman fell from the Texas Giant and died. Many have been surprised that there will be no state or federal oversight during the investigation into the accident. States differ in how they regulate amusement ride safety. In Texas, it’ll be up to Six Flags to conduct their own investigation now th...[Read More]

Reviews of The Smiler: Roller Coaster with Most Loops

The Smiler at Alton Towers: The Roller Coaster with the Most Loops Reviews for Alton Towers world-record setting roller coaster, The Smiler have been largely positive. The ride boasts the most inversions (loops) of any coaster in the World at an insane 14! Reviews of Alton Towers’ The Smiler Here are some reviews of The Smiler that I’ve compiled: A visual spectacle, the ride experience...[Read More]

The Smiler's Coming Alton Towers

Alton Towers is at it again. The UK park based in Staffordshire, England is about to unleash another “secret weapon” on Brits with The Smiler. While the park’s last ride, Thirteen had a supernatural theme, this time they’re billing The Smiler as the world’s most terrifying roller coaster thanks to its psychological elements. The first of which will be a pre-lift hill ...[Read More]

Alton Towers Could Be Going for Inversion Record with SW7

Alton Towers has been busy teasing their “world beating” 2013 roller coaster with a teaser site. For now, it’s being referred to as SW7. It’s thought to be a Gerstlauer roller coaster and it could be similar to SAW – The Ride at Thorpe Park or Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland. Unlike some of the more compact Gerstlauer’s here in the States (Dare Devil Dive, Mystery ...[Read More]

Six Flags Mexico Announces The Joker for 2013

Six Flags Mexico recently announced their 2013 roller coaster, The Joker. I’d link to the press release, but I fear that most of my readers won’t be able to understand it. The Joker looks to be a well-themed conversion of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Pandemonium. The Gerstlauer Spinning coaster debuted at that park in 2008, and now it’s making its way south to Mexico City....[Read More]

Mystery Mine at Dollywood | Roller Coaster Reviews

Mystery Mine opened in 2007, the year after my first trip to Dollywood. So, I was eager to get back to the park and check it out. I’d either forgotten or never really knew exactly what happened on this partially indoor roller coaster and I’m glad that I did. When it opened, it was the first Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster in the ‘States. Basically, these are steel looping ...[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]

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