Thunder Dolphin | Most Wanted Roller Coasters

Thunder Dolphin Looks Like Urban Coaster Goodness! I’ve always been a fan of terrain coasters as they utilize the unique layout of the land that they sit on. A roller coaster like Thunder Dolphin uses the man-made terrain of Tokyo as riding along the top of buildings and diving down through a cut-out in one, and then flying through the hub of a Ferris wheel. As I’ve argued in the past,...[Read More]

Guest Review of Skyrush @ Hersheypark

Guest reviewer Aric has returned with another in-depth review. He was one of the first to ride Hersheypark’s new Skyrush roller coaster. [divider] I came to Hersheypark to ride Skyrush after a day spent using Fast Lane at Cedar Point. While in Sandusky, my daughter and I were treated to what essentially amounted to no lines on the big three, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, and my pers...[Read More]

Early Reviews of Skyrush at Hersheypark

Another weekend is here, and in a year packed with new roller coasters, that means another set of exciting new rides are open. This time, Hersheypark fans were treated to their first rides on Skyrush. The park’s new winged-seat, hyper coaster is generating some very positive reviews. As good hyper coasters do, Skyrush appears to be delivering quite a bit of airtime. Here’s a sample of ...[Read More]

The Voyage vs. El Toro | Roller Coaster Showdowns

They’ve been battling it out on roller coaster polls and enthusiast’s top coaster lists for years. Now Holiday World’s The Voyage and El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure will go head-to-head in the latest installment of Roller Coaster Showdowns. Theme I like to include a ride’s theming in my showdowns because, at times, a ride’s theme can actually add a lot to the ov...[Read More]

Skyrush Test Videos Produce G-Forces & OMGs

Hersheypark’s been putting its new roller coaster, Skyrush, through the paces. Sporting Intamin’s new 4-across seating and floorless outer seats, Skyrush can be seen zooming through its yellow track in these two videos. Skyrush’s First Test Run: A Keystone Milestone The first video is described as Skyrush’s first ever test run, but I’m not sure how enthusiasts would k...[Read More]

High Over Hersheypark – Skyrush Construction Photos

Ready for the Rush? – Hersheypark’s Skyrush is Coming Together Hersheypark’s been busy buidling their 2012 roller coaster, Skyrush. Fans have been hoping for something this big to come to Hersheypark for years. This year they’ll get their wish in this 200-foot tall, 75 mph thrill ride. The first few images show what looks to be the lift hill/first drop and some brave constr...[Read More]

Featured Photo #31 – The Rock Monster Makes The Difference

This is a photo of Skull Mountain at Six Flags Great Adventure. It illustrates just how much of an impact theming can make on a ride. Inside this rocky building you’ll find a pretty benign Intamin family coaster. It’s almost like an over-grown version of the neighboring Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure. RCDB calls Skull Mountain an Indoor Family Coaster, but there’s a least one c...[Read More]

Golden Ticket Awards – My Take on the Top Steel Coasters

Golden Ticket Awards – Top Steel Roller Coasters of 2011 In 2010, I noted that Bizarro was bumped out of the top spot for the first time in four years by Millennium Force. The ride’s transformation from Superman: Ride of Steel to Bizarro may have had something to do with that. Millennium Force retained its title this year and once again reigns supreme as the favorite steel roller coast...[Read More]

What is a Wing Rider Roller Coaster?

What is a Wing Rider Roller Coaster? With the number of wing coasters on the rise, I figured it was time to add a post about them in my series of Coasterology 101 posts. Wing rider roller coasters have seats positioned on either side of the track rather than above or below it. They look similar to 4th dimension coasters, but unlike those rides, the seats are fixed and do not rotate. The seating po...[Read More]

Skyrush to Fly Over Hersheypark in 2012

Hersheypark’s New Skyrush Roller Coaster to Provide a One-of-a-Kind Ride in 2012 A 200-foot tall winged coaster called Skyrush will dominate Hersheypark’s skyline in 2012. The PA park’s 12th roller coaster will feature a hyper coaster-like layout with high speeds, banked curves, and airtime hills. Skyrush will also add an interesting twist to the genre via its winged cars. There ...[Read More]

Riders Stuck on California Screamin’ at Disney’s California Adventure

Friday night riders were stuck on California Screamin’ at Disney’s California Adventure. According to this tweet from Windows to the Magic: BREAKING NEWS: Train stops on Ca Screamin’ at DCA. Guests stuck after the loop. ANAHEIM FD has been dispatched! @wttm (Window to the Magic) UPDATE – The Orange County Register has reported that the incident was caused by a backpack that...[Read More]

Is the Trimless Intimidator 305 Better in 2011?

A reader suggested that I write a post asking everyone how Intimidator 305 was this year. The Giga coaster (meaning taller than 300 feet), is among the tallest roller coasters in the World. That extreme height, means a massive drop, and that drop generated some intense grey out-inducing g-forces when it opened last year. So, this past winter Kings Dominion gave that intense turn an overhaul. React...[Read More]

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