Thorpe to Get New Coaster
A concept that originally took off in 2002 will be arriving at Thorpe Park in 2006 in the form of a short and fast steel mega-coaster.Plans have surfaced online for the seventh Rocket Coaster from Intamin AG to be built at the English theme park: a 205-foot tall version of the Intamin AG pneumatic-launch coaster with two hills and a racing theme. The yet-unnamed coaster will become the second of its kind in the United Kingdom, as sister park Alton Towers will unveil the Rocket Coaster Rita next season.The new thrill ride will replace the junior-sized Flying Fish Mack powered coaster, along with nearby attractions to fit the long, narrow layout. Flying Fish closed permanently on October 31st after 21 years in operation. The plot of land that the new ride will sit on will afford views of a nearby lake, with several minor stretches of track situated over water.The 2006 coaster will have similar statistics to the prototype Rocket Coaster, Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm, and a layout most resembling that of Six Flags Great Adventure's record-breaking Kingda Ka which will open next spring with a launch, Top Hat element, and speed hill into the brakes. But coaster enthusiasts will also notice a theme similar to that of another Rocket Coaster: Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. Thorpe Park's ride will bear a similar racing theme, with touches such as a grandstand used for a portion of the queue line.Manufacturer Intamin AG worked with Thorpe Park in 2002 when creating Colossus, the theme park's first major coaster and world's first ride with 10 inversions. Last year, the park introduced the Nemesis Inferno inverted coaster.Click here to be taken to detailed concept art of the planned steel coaster.
Insanity Shown Off in Vegas
Vegas's most recognizable attraction released the details for it's newest thrill ride today. Insanity: The Ride will join X-Scream,Big Shot, and High Roller on top of the tower's structure.
Rendering of the new ride were released during the summer and the manufacturer was announced. The ride comes from Interactive Rides of Logan, Utah, who were responsible for the Stratosphere's 2003 attraction, X-Scream. This ride will be the second highest ride from the ground, only being below the Stratosphere's Big Shot.
Insanity: The Ride is a new Inverted Centifuge ride that rotates at 40-mph and rotates over the edge of the tower dangling riders 900-feet above the ground below. Interactive Ride's escape proof harness secures riders as they are subjects to 3g's.
A helicopter is scheduled to lift the ride to the top of the tower in January. Soon after construction should be finished and the ride will open to the public soon after that.
Powder Keg at Silver Dollar City
What do you get when you take a former Premier Rides watercoaster, combine it with an S&S Power launched family coaster, and mix it with the theming of Silver Dollar City? You get Powder Keg, just confirmed by the park to be opening next spring.The Branson, Missouri theme park has taken a rare approach to a new ride in combining elements of the formerBuzzsaw Falls, which closed in 2003, with new track from S&S Power and a pneumatic launch of 53 miles per hour in three seconds along with the current lift hill. In all, the new ride experience will twist through 3,506 feet of steel track.Three 16-passenger trains will replace Buzzsaw's ten-rider single cars. Along with twister elements including an overbanked turn, Powder Keg promises a 110-foot drop, three large airtime hills, and a final rabbit hop into the brakes. G-forces will top out at just below four.Buzzsaw Falls opened in 1999, and the park began demolition work last year, but retained certain elements of the ride, piecing it together with the new track from S&S Power. Construction is well underway at Silver Dollar City, as the new structure is erected in preparation for the 2005 debut.