New details and a name have been released for Big Chief's 2005 coaster project. The name given to the coaster isHades, the brother of Zeus in Greek mythology.The coaster is confirmed be a wooden ride created as Gravity Group's first new coaster project after forming from former Custom Coasters Inc. team members in 2002. Custom Coasters previously designed three wooden coasters for Big Chief from 1995 through 1997, including the 90-foot Zeus.Although the ride was initially stated to be the largest coaster in the Midwest U.S., it is likely that it will be the second-largestwooden coaster in the Midwestern region at most.A debut is slated for spring 2005, with in-house construction work starting early this year.
Prepare to boldly go where no man has gone before at Paramount's Carowinds in 2004. That's because the park has announced the first Star Trek-themed coaster, to be named BORG Assimilator when it opens this spring.The flying coaster is currently under construction at Carowinds after being relocated across the country from Paramount's Great America of California, where it opened in the year 2000 as the world's first flying coaster with the name Stealth.Completely rethemed and given a new lime and black color scheme, riders will board the coaster on an island in the center of a lake located in Paramount's Carowind's Paramount Plaza section, before boarding a train in lay-down position and climbing the tallest lift in the park, at 115 feet in height.A half-roll sends passengers into the 'flying position' as the first of four half-inversions and three complete inversions during the experience.
A spinning wild mouse and three other new rides are among new attractions confirmed to be opening this year when Illinois' Six Flags Great America begins its 28th season of operation.
The Crazy Mouse, built by Reverchon, will stand at five stories in height and spin riders through a maze of hairpin corners and dips at up to 20 miles per hour, and will become Great America's fourteenth coaster track.
Meanwhile, a Huss-crafted Frisbee flat ride, relocated from New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure where it operated as Pendulum, will swing passengers over the park while a Huss Top Spin model loops thrillseekers in the air.
More family-geared attractions being added to the Six Flags park are a Balloon Race ride from Zamperla along with several new shows.