This off-season Story Land Park will receive a major component of their brand new dinosaur-themed area in the park, Roar-O-Saurus- a wooden roller coaster uniquely built and designed for Story Land by The Gravity Group LLC in Ohio. Roar-O-Saurus will also be one of the only kind of wooden roller coasters in the area, according to The Conway Daily Sun.
The wooden roller coaster will be a colorful 12 passenger train led by Rory “a little dino with a big roar!” Roar-O-Saurus will feature a 40 foot drop, run on 1,242 feet of track, and will feature 12 airtime elements. "This unique wooden coaster will provide children of all ages the experience and memory of riding their first 'big' coaster with mom or dad, or vice versa," said Story Land's general manager Eric Dziedzic.
The family wooden coaster will debut in the park just in time for the park’s 60th anniversary, and is expected to bring in the new dinosaur theme at Story Land. "Our niche in the theme park industry has always been young families with children 2-12. Our new coaster will expand that demographic slightly and add to the family memories created here in the Land Where Fantasy Lives."
2014 gets better and better for water park enthusiasts as a new world record breaking slide has been announced. Verrückt, German for insane, is the latest step in Schlitterbahn’s history, being the tallest and fastest water slide to date. “We have always been family friendly, but this will attract those adrenaline junkies who are always looking for that next biggest, coolest thrill,” Layne Pitcher, the park’s Director of Marketing and Sales, states. Schlitterbahn is keeping the height of the slide secret until an official ceremony this spring but it has been revealed that you will need to climb 264 stairs to the top of the slide.
The water slide itself is a water coaster, with an initial drop, which flares out into a 5 story hill. Verrückt uses new technology was used for the second hill, says the company, which then slides into the splash zone where the tubes are taken, and sent up the conveyor system to the next riders. The slide rafts will be 4 seat rafts. “At Schlitterbahn we love rides that encourage people to share the experience,” said in the company’s fact sheet. In a company news release, Jeff Henry, a Schlitterbahn co-owner, states that Verrückt will be a game changer. Construction of Verrückt has already begun. The first drop is already visible with other pieces of the slide being assembled. It will be finishing out this phase soon to undergo a rigorous testing stage. “Safety is paramount to us,” Pitcher states, “We want to provide a thrilling ride, but safety comes first.” The slide is set to open in spring of 2014.
After months of speculation, Kentucky Kingdom has finally posted their 2014 plans. In addition, they have also given us a hint as to what to expect for the following seasons as well. Here is the 2014 lineup according to KentuckyKingdom.com
Lightning Run - Lightning will strike at the Kingdom in 2014! This new ten-story steel coaster starts off with a pulse-pounding, 100-foot, 80-degree drop! That’s almost straight to the ground!
(Editors Note: It appears to be a Chance Morgan Hyper GT-X model)
Fear Fall - Brave the unexpected as you tower 129 feet over the Kingdom. What a great view…if you can keep your eyes open. At the top, you’ll pause for a breath-catching moment before dropping back to earth at more than 45 miles per hour.
(Editor's Note: From the picture it seems to be a Larson model)
Professor John's Flying Machines - This entertaining ride, sure to become a family favorite, will amaze both riders and spectators. The Professor’s latest invention takes passengers airborne and allows them to test their flying skills.
(Editor's Note: Flying Eagles)
5D CINEMA - MOVIES YOU RIDE - It’s like being cast in a movie without ever having to leave your seat! You’re the star of this exhilarating 5D ride, a state-of-the-art experience you’ll want to enjoy over and over again. (Keep your eyes on our website for news of the movie to be shown at the 5D Cinema in 2014.)
Bumper Cars - Crash! Bump! Look out! Just try to avoid getting hit as you maneuver your way around our new bumper car pavilion. Ready! Set! Go!
Hurricane Bay - Doubles in size in 2014 with the addition of 9 new attractions including Family Wave Lagoon, Adventure River, Plummet Summit (family raft slide), Kids Cove, Speed Slide Complex consisting of Deep Water Dive (121 ft slide being heralded as America's tallest) & Wave Runner (66 ft triple bump slide), Wikiwiki Wai Slide Complex consisting of Wailele Run (covered tube slide), Waikiki Wipeout (bowl slide), and Kilauea (slide with tornado elements).
In addition, the park map shows that Twisted Twins and T2 will open in 2015 and 2016.