Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters of 2012 – Coaster Poll Results

Mitch Hawker has released the results of his annual Internet Coaster Poll. This year’s results were pretty interesting with a number of new additions to the top ten: 1 Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park – Hassloch, Germany – Intamin Mega Coaster (2nd) 2 Bizarro at Six Flags New England Springfield, Mass. – Intamin Mega Coaster (1st) 3 New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas...[Read More]

Outlaw Run Test Videos

One of the most anticipated new roller coasters of 2013 had begun testing. Last week, Silver Dollar City posted this POV video of Outlaw Run testing: Silver Dollar City also posted this off-ride video: It looks awesome so far! Seeing a woodie do a barrel roll is surreal. Of course the most important ingredient in truly evaluating it would be the forces and sensations it will provide. For now thoug...[Read More]

Animated Video of Outlaw Run Looks Amazing

We can now get a better look at a ride with the potential to be 2013’s best new roller coaster. Branson, Missouri’s Silver Dollar City has posted a new animated video of Outlaw Run that shows us the complete ride. Outlaw Run will be a hybrid coaster with wooden supports and rails that feature steel topper track. This hybrid formula will produce one-of-a-kind maneuvers for a wood-like r...[Read More]

Iron Rattler to Slither Into Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2013

As rumors suggested, Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Rattler will be getting quite an upgrade for 2013. Like the Texas Giant that became the New Texas Giant, the park’s terrain wooden roller coaster Rattler will become Iron Rattler thanks to Rocky Mountain Group’s steel Iron Horse track system. The most notable difference in this makeover will be Iron Rattler’s barrel roll meaning ...[Read More]

Outlaw Run – Silver Dollar City’s 2013 Roller Coaster

It looks like roller coaster enthusiasts from all over will be converging on Branson, MO next year. Yesterday, Silver Dollar City officially announced the rumored 2013 roller coaster. It will be called Outlaw Run. Thanks to its Rocky Mountain-designed steel track, this “wooden” coaster will boast a one-of-a-kind upside-down element (pictured under construction here) known as an outside...[Read More]

An Exciting Element for Silver Dollar City’s ‘Outlaw’ – (You)Report

I’m having a bit of deja vu. I seem to remember construction photos of another Rocky Mountain coaster causing my eyes to nearly pop out of my head. Well, the last few weeks the buzz about Silver Dollar City’s new 2013 roller coaster (rumored to be named Outlaw), has reached a fever pitch. All of the interest is thanks to this almost inversion that the wooden (okay, it’s technical...[Read More]

Should Wooden Roller Coasters Have Loops?

Wooden roller coasters haven’t evolved and spawned off as many sub-genres and types as steel coasters have in the past few decades. But in recent years, elements like 90-degree banking and smooth steel-like rides have started to change the story. Nothing would be as genre bending as another new looping wooden coaster, but should woodies have loops or just stay in their proverbial lane? This ...[Read More]

Silver Dollar City’s 2013 RMC Wooden Roller Coaster

As I reported last December, Rocky Mountain Construction, the people who brought us the New Texas Giant, have a few new roller coaster projects in the works for 2013. According to Screamscape, one of these projects may be the woodie that’s under construction at Branson, Missouri’s Silver Dollar City. Lance reported that the park hasn’t commented on the attraction even as it’...[Read More]

Rocky Mountain Coasters to Build 2 New Roller Coasters

As I was working on the latest issue of Theme Park Geekly (Issue 4 is live by the way, check it out), I came across a video of Theme Park Review’s Robb Alvey interviewing Alan Schilke of Rocky Mountain Coasters. They’re the company behind the New Texas Giant. We can thank them and Larry Chickola for that coaster’s incredible ride and unreal amount of airtime. Rocky Mountain Const...[Read More]

POLL – Pick the Next Coaster to Get the Texas Giant Treatment

As soon as Texas Giant’s redesign was announced I, like many, wondered two things. First, I wondered if it would be successful? Having ridden Texas Giant last week, I can say with first-hand experience that it was a massive success. I gave it a 10 out of 10 and it entered my Top 10 list. Read my full Texas Giant review. Secondly, I thought about which other woodies should get the steel track...[Read More]

New Texas Giant @ Six Flags Over Texas | Roller Coaster Reviews

Texas Giant Accident For information on the July 19th accident at Six Flags Over Texas involving a woman falling from the New Texas Giant go here: Woman Dies While Riding New Texas Giant [divider_line] For my first ever theme park trip to Texas, I had my sights set on the newly reborn Texas Giant. I hadn’t ridden theoriginal, but from what I’d heard it had become yet another rough, agi...[Read More]

Early Texas Giant Reviews & a POV Video

UPDATE 4/24 – The New Texas Giant has arrived! I rode it on opening day and I have to say that it definitely lived up to the hype. Check out my full Texas Giant review.     The new Texas Giant, one of 2011’s most anticipated coasters, was open today for a select group of riders participating in a film shoot at Six Flags Over Texas. The 20-year-old woodie that had a reputation...[Read More]

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