Specific Type: Wood, Twister
Although Story Land opened in 1954, the small family-oriented park in New Hampshire didn’t see its first roller coaster until 1975’s tiny Iceberg Coaster. In 1987, the Iceberg Coastermelted into history to make way for the slightly bigger Polar Coaster. For the park’s 60th anniversary, they’ve decided to add a second coaster to their lineup, and this one will leave a much bigger, louder mark on the park. Officially unveiled in November 2013 at IAAPA’s annual Trade Show, Gravity Group and Story Land officials were on hand to announce the park’s first wooden coaster, Roar-O-Saurus.
The new mini-twister is the second such installation by Gravity Group at a small, family-oriented amusement park in the US, following the 2011 addition of Wooden Warrior to Quassy Amusement Park. Unique amongst all Gravity Group creations to date, Roar-O-Saurus will be the first to feature themed trains. Anchoring the park’s new dinosaur-themed area, the 12-passenger Timerbliner train will be led by Rory, the little Triceratops “with a big roar!”
A ride with Rory starts with a right turn out of the station and a 40 foot climb up the wooden latticework to the peak of Story Land. A slight dip pulls the train over the top and into a tight U-turn, leading into the rides 38.5 foot drop to terra firma. A low, leftward curving hill leads straight into the first of many bunny hops as Rory romps along. The track begins to roll and twist, rising up into a tunnel and swooping down to the left before pulling up and exiting the tunnel at the end of the curve. The train dips slightly, levels off, and dips again through a semi-double-down element that drops and rolls right over another curving hill. Rory and his riders then “double-up,” then drop and roll heavily to the right, wrapping around the U-turn behind that proceeds the lift hill. Crossing back under the lift the train traverses another bunny hop, drops and rises to the left over another hill, undulates to the right, and rolls left through a final swooping fan curve that ends with the final brake run. The pint-sized twisted creation stands just over 1,200 feet long, but features some 12 moments of airtime as little Rory bucks and pounds and romps as he roars.
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