Dollywood Announces Lightning Rod, World’s First Launched Wooden Roller Coaster

A few days ago Dollywood officially unveiled a new roller coaster called Lightning Rod. It will be the World’s first launched wooden roller coaster, designed by Rocky Mountain Construction. Located in Dollywood’s Jukebox Junction area, the ride will have a classic hotrod theme. The ride will start with a 45 mph launch up the first hill. Next, riders will experience a 165-foot drop gene...[Read More]

Kentucky Kingdom Announces Storm Chaser, New RMC Roller Coaster

Kentucky Kingdom’s rebirth rolls on with yesterday’s announcement of their 2016 roller coaster, Storm Chaser. The Rocky Mountain Construction roller coaster will use the steel supports left by the defunct Twisted Twins dueling woodie. It’ll be just a bit on the small side for an RMC coaster (2,744 feet long, 100 feet tall), but will have a lineup of exciting elements. The most no...[Read More]

POV Video | Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England

Without a doubt, Wicked Cyclone is one of the best looking new roller coasters of 2015. It’s been open for a while now and it looks like an enormous improvement over the painful Cyclone. It looks to be glass smooth like the similarly designed New Texas Giant. Check out this POV video of Wicked Cyclone:Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film w...[Read More]

POV Video Monday | Twisted Colossus at Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s highly anticipated roller coaster, Twisted Colossus, is now open. Check out this POV video of Twisted Colossus:Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film while riding a roller coaster without permission from the park. Twisted Colossus Video Highlights As expected, the dueling moments look awesome! This is exactly the t...[Read More]

Prepare to High Five! Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Colossus was a twin track racing wooden coaster that was built in 1978. For 2015, the ride is getting a a steel track makeover. As Twisted Colossus, this roller coaster will not only race, but also but will also include two loops and a high-five element where the trains are tilted at 90-degrees toward each other. With the riders’ hands in the air, they’ll get the sense that they can re...[Read More]

Could Wicked Cyclone Go From Worst to First at Six Flags New England?

Six Flags New England is giving its rough, old wooden coaster a steel overhaul. This year, Cyclone will be reborn as Wicked Cyclone. If similar projects are any indication, guests can expect a super-smooth and exciting ride that’ll be nothing like what they experienced on this ride’s previous incarnation. To see what I mean, watch this POV video of Wicked Cyclone: Could Cyclone Go From...[Read More]

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015 The giga coaster in my backyard has drawn me out of my “retirement”. While I’m back, I thought I’d take a look at the new roller coasters opening this year. I’ve essentially been “living under a rock” and have been completely out of the theme park world since I stopped posting last May. So, this will be an interesting first ...[Read More]

Outlaw Run Interview with Brad Thomas Part 2

While I was at Silver Dollar City, I had the chance to interview Brad Thomas. He’s the General Manager of the Branson, Missouri park. I wanted to learn more about Silver Dollar City and also gain insight into how Outlaw Run came to be. It was great to get the chance to sit down with him. Part 1 focused on some great details about what makes Silver Dollar City special as well as the research ...[Read More]

Interview with Silver Dollar City's Brad Thomas

While I was at Silver Dollar City, I had the chance to interview Brad Thomas. He’s the General Manager of the Branson, Missouri park. I wanted to learn more about Silver Dollar City and also gain insight into how Outlaw Run came to be. It was great to get the chance to sit down with him. Here’s part 1 of our interview including background on Silver Dollar City and the research process ...[Read More]

Six Flags Mexico's New Steel Medusa Roller Coaster

Six Flags Mexico recently announced that they’ll be overhauling their Medusa roller coaster with a Rocky Mountain steel conversion like New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas and Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. If you’re not a fan of these wooden roller coaster transformations then you might want to just cover your eyes for the next decade or so. It looks like they’re he...[Read More]

Great America's Goliath to be Tallest, Fastest Wooden Coaster

Six Flags Great America has announced a record-breaking new roller coaster, Goliath. The ride will break three World records for wooden coasters. Goliath will be the fastest wooden roller coaster reaching speeds of 72 miles-per-hour, it’ll have the tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster (180 feet), and it will have the steepest drop on a wooden roller coaster at 85 degrees. Here’s an ...[Read More]

Will Great America's Racing Wooden Coaster Get a Steel Upgrade?

Will Six Flags Great America’s 2014 Attraction Involve a Rocky Mountain Conversion I came across a really interesting rumor for Six Flags Great America’s next new ride. According to Screamscape, there’s a rumor that American Eagle, a twin track racing wooden roller coaster, could get a Rocky Mountain steel track conversion for just one of the circuits. Thus, making giving one of ...[Read More]

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