Saw: The Ride Coming to Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park Announces Saw: The Ride for 2009 Thorpe Park recently announced the name and theme of its 2009 Gerstlauer Eurofighter. It will be themed after the popular horror movie series, Saw. The ride will feature a 100′ climb and a beyond vertical drop of 100 degrees. Saw may be in the same vein as Dollywood’s Mystery Mine which was also a custom Eurofighter. I didn’t know that...[Read More]

Top 3 Australian Roller Coasters

Counting Down The Best Roller Coasters From Down Under For the triumphant return of Top 3 Thursdays, I figured I would countdown the top three roller coasters in Australia. As I’ve never ridden a coaster outside of the U.S., I invited an Aussie, Ash from Theme Park News Direct, to provide this week’s Top 3. I did some metric system conversions for my U.S. readers. 3 – Tower Of Te...[Read More]

2009 Roller Coaster News & Rumors

UPDATE – For the most up-to-date 2009 coaster news check out Top Ten Coasters for 2009 List. Confirmed Roller Coasters & Rumors for 2009 Kings Island will be getting a B&M hyper coaster for 2009. Construction has been pretty apparent even though no official announcement has been made. The layout which first appeared in First Drop magazine last November looks great. It will ride off i...[Read More]

Theme Park Bans PDAs

UK Park Alton Towers Bans PDAsAlton Towers is a park in England that’s home to some great roller coasters like the inverted coaster Nemesis and the world’s first dive coaster Oblivion. I thought that it was a little strange when I reported that Alton Towers was looking into weather control to help with rainy days affecting attendance, but now the park is banning guests from bringing PD...[Read More]

World’s First People-Powered Roller Coaster

People-Powered Green Dragon | Greenest Roller Coaster on EarthHappy Earth Day! Today, I thought I’d write about the most eco-friendly roller coaster. Not only is it good for the environment, it even gives the riders some exercise. The aptly named Green Dragon located at the UK amusement park Greenwood Forest was the world’s first people-powered roller coaster when it opened in 2004. It...[Read More]

Best Steel Roller Coasters of 2007

Superman Ride of Steel Continues Dominance, Top Coaster in Mitch’s PollNot a lot of surprises at the very top of Mitch Hawker’s 2007 Steel Roller Coaster Poll. For the seventh year in a row Superman at Six Flags New England and Expedition GeForce at topped the poll. The rest of the top coasters shifted around a bit, except for the controversial inclusion of Everland’s Eagle’...[Read More]

Busch Opens Mega Theme Park in Dubai

Busch to Open New Theme Park in DubaiThis week Busch announced that they’ll be building a new mega theme park in Dubai. That city is literally growing overnight into a metropolis. I reported last month that Sega’s also adding a theme park in Dubai. It will be at the base of the building that will become that tallest in the world. Busch’s new park will include SeaWorld, Busch Gard...[Read More]

T Express @ Everland, South Korea

T-Express | Intamin Terrain Woodie for EverlandOne ticket to Seoul please. T-Express is the name of a new roller coaster opening in Everland in South Korea. It’s an Intamin pre-fabricated wooden coaster in the same vein as the critically acclaimed El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure and Balder at Liseberg (Sweden). Intamin has created a new generation of wooden coasters that are as smooth a...[Read More]

Behemoth Construction Photos | Canada’s Wonderland

Behemoth | Canada’s Record Setting Roller Coaster Nears CompletionCWMania has posted some great construction photos of Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland. Behemoth is definitely living up to its name. It looks quite impressive, especially that steep first drop. When it debuts in May it will be Canada’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. To see the contsruction photos, click here. F...[Read More]

Racecoaster to be World’s Fastest Roller Coaster

Racecoaster: World’s Fastest Coaster to Be Built in Germany Germany may soon be home to the World’s fastest roller coaster as Racecoaster at Nurburgring will shatter the current record in 2009. While Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka tops out at a blistering 128 mph, Racecoaster will push the envelope even further with a top speed of 134 mph (217 km/h). Unlike Kingda Ka’...[Read More]

Sega to Open Theme Parks in Middle East

Video Game Company Looks to Expand Theme Park BusinessSega has plans to open an indoor theme park in Dubai according to an article from GamesIndustry. It will be similar to Sega’s Joypolis centers in Japan. The park will be part of the 76,000 square foot Dubai Mall and also the site of the world’s tallest tower, the amazing Burj Dubai. On a side not, check out this diagram of the world...[Read More]

World’s Best Wooden Roller Coasters

Mitch Hawker’s Wooden Coaster Poll ResultsThe best wooden roller coasters of 2007 look a lot like the best from 2006. Mitch Hawker’s Internet Coaster Poll is arguably the most accurate coaster poll around. The ballots take into account votes based on mutual rides. On the ballots riders must rank the coasters they have ridden and then their ballot is put up against someone else that has...[Read More]

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