Top 10 Wooden Coasters of 2012 – Coaster Poll Results

World’s Best Wooden Roller Coasters of 2012 | Coaster Poll Here’s the top ten wooden roller coasters in Mitch Hawker’s annual Internet Coaster Poll along with their places in the last poll: 2012 Top Ten Best Wooden Roller Coasters 1 El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey) Intamin (1st) 2 T Express at Everland(Korea) Intamin (2nd) 3 The Voyage at Holiday World (Indiana) Gravit...[Read More]

Great Coasters International Introduces the Wooden Shuttle Roller Coaster

This week at IAAPA (an amusement industry trade show) Great Coasters International unveiled a surprising new model. Back Track is a wooden shuttle roller coaster meant to be a family attraction. It has a footprint a bit smaller than a football field. Here’s more from GCI: It’s 35 feet tall. It’s got 10 cars and it goes backwards and forwards just like a normal little shuttle coas...[Read More]

Wooden Roller Coaster White Lightning Coming to Fun Spot

Fun Spot’s New Wooden Roller Coaster – White Lightning Orlando amusement park, Fun Spot Action Park, is adding a Great Coasters International wooden roller coaster for 2013. I mentioned it in a post about unannounced and rumored 2013 roller coasters. Now we know the ride will be called White Lightning and the park has been posting construction photos as they prepare to build one of Flo...[Read More]

New Wooden Roller Coaster Gold Striker Coming to CA Great America

Gold Striker Coming to California’s Great America in 2013 California’s Great America just announced their 2013 roller coaster Gold Striker. The new wooden roller coaster was designed by Great Coasters International (GCI). It will be located in the Celebration Plaza section of the park and it will wrap around the Star Tower. Gold Striker will be the park’s eighth roller coaster an...[Read More]

Whoa! Check Out Wodan

Europa Park’s Wodan – Timburcoaster has to be one of the best-themed wooden roller coasters I’ve ever seen. The queue looks amazing with plenty of detail bringing the Norse world to this German park. One image I came across referenced “bifrost”. If you saw the Thor movie, then you might remember that was the name of the rainbow bridge from Earth to Asgard. Anyway, Eur...[Read More]

Does Central Florida Have Room for Fun Spot’s Expansion?

Florida Gets Some Much Needed Wood Small Orlando amusement park, Fun Spot Action Park recently announced a major expansion. The $20 million expansion will come in two phases. According to ParkRumors.com the first phase will include a new parking lot, a Ferris wheel, a new entrance building, a skycoaster (I hate that these things have ‘coaster’ in their names), and a 65-foot tall GCI wo...[Read More]

Survey Markers for Carowinds Rumored 2012 Ride

Today Screamscape reported a survey marker sighting at Carowinds for a rumored 2012 ride near Intimidator, but no one had photos. So I went down to the park after work and saw a number of markers in the grassy field next to Intimidator. They have “HUSS GF” written on them which likely means the park is getting a Huss Giant Frisbee ride. I have to imagine the park wasn’t trying to...[Read More]

Featured Photo #2 – Timber!

When I visited Dollywood in 2006, I finally rode the popular GCI woodie Thunderhead. That year, Timber Tower opened near the ride. It’s an 18 meter tall (about 60 feet) topple tower from Huss. The 40-person ride rotates slowly as it rocks back and forth. Dollywood added fountains to enhance the experience. Unfortunately, my wife and I skipped Timber Tower, but I wish we would’ve ridden...[Read More]

Video of 2010’s Best New Coaster – GCI’s Knight Valley Coaster

I should have named this post: “The Best Roller Coaster I’ll Probably Never Ride”. Great Coasters International has finally released videos of their Knight Valley terrain coaster. It looks incredible! The still unnamed ride won’t likely be open for 2010 (thanks for messing up my Top 10 New Coasters of 2010 List Knight Valley!) at the new Knight Valley amusement park in Shen...[Read More]

Top 10 New Roller Coasters for 2010 Part 1

With the start of the 2010 roller coaster season underway, it’s time for my annual top picks for the best new roller coasters. This year was tougher than usual as there weren’t many new coasters opening in the States. Also, there were a few attractions with very little information for me to go on. After much deliberation and repositioning here’s Part 1 of my Top 10 New Roller Coa...[Read More]

Terminator Salvation Coaster Construction

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Terminator Salvation coaster is coming along well. The track work appears to be about complete. The LA Times Funland Blog has a first look at the ride’s trains. And ThemeParkReview has construction photos. Also, the LA Times announced details on the roller coaster’s $1 million in theming which will include a pre-show starring Common and Moon Bloodgood. ...[Read More]

Top 3 New International Coasters for 2009

There are some really cool roller coasters opening around the World this year. I’ve already written about the new speed champ Ring°Racer and Great Britain’s horrifically steep Saw – The Ride so this week I’m counting down three more International Coasters opening in 2009. El Toro at Freizeitpark Plohn – Germany This El Toro, not to be confused with Great AdventureR...[Read More]

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