Attention all roller coaster enthusiasts: ZDT’s Amusement Park’s newest ride should thrill adrenaline junkies as it’s on schedule to set a new world record for the steepest wooden coaster with an incline at 87 degrees.
Following an announcement on the park’s Facebook page, owner Danny Donhauser said not only will The Switchback be the first modern wooden shuttle coaster, it will set a new world record for steepest incline which currently is 85 degrees.
“It’s always good to have a world record,” Danny said. “It is especially neat for a small park like us because world records are really hard to achieve for coasters.”
Kentucky Kingdom unveiled plans for its fifth roller coaster on Monday, a behemoth that will stand 100 feet tall at its highest point and incorporate parts of a former coaster, Twisted Twins, that has sat dormant at the Louisville amusement park for years.
The $15 million Storm Chaser, with a track length of 2,744 feet and a maximum velocity of 52 mph, will make its debut in spring 2016, according to a news release. It will be the fifth roller coaster at the park and the second new roller coaster at Kentucky Kingdom since it reopened last year after a five-year absence. The other new coaster, Lightning Run, is a steel "hyper coaster" introduced in 2014. Storm Chaser also joins wooden coaster Thunder Run; T3, a revamped suspended looping coaster; and the Roller Skater, a family coaster that appeals to numerous ages.
After 16 years of stomach-churning drops, crossovers, reversals and turns, the Roar roller coaster in Vallejo will coast into retirement.
The Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park announced Thursday that the ride will close at the end of National Roller Coaster Day, Aug. 16.
The wooden coaster, named for the roar of a California sea lion, made its debut in 1999. Since then, an estimated 11 million guests have gasped and shrieked their way through this 10-story-high ride’s 22 crossovers, 17 turns, 12 drops and 6 reversals — at 55 mph.
Lake Compounce Amusement Park unveiled plans for a new roller coaster Friday morning at the park.
The Phobia Phear Coaster expected to open in 2016 will be a triple launch coaster with a linear synchronous motor, which uses magnets to move the riders. It will be the first coaster in the Northeast of its kind, according to Lake Compounce officials.
The rollercoaster's theme is fear, turning riders upside-down 150 feet in the air, through an enclosed space and around several turns at a speed reaching 65 MPH, according to Lake Compounce officials.
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Kings Dominion is eliminating the Shockwave roller coaster next month.
The nation's oldest operating stand-up coaster will carry its last passengers on Aug. 9, the Hanover County theme park announced this morning.
The Shockwave, which was the first stand-up coaster on the East Coast when it opened in 1986, is being removed for future growth in the Candy Apple Grove section of the theme park. Kings Dominion plans to make an announcement on a replacement next month.
“While it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to one of our older coasters, we’re excited for what the future holds,” said Pat Jones, Kings Dominion's vice president and general manager. “The park has evolved so much over the past 40 years and as Kings Dominion continues to grow, we’re committed to enhancing the overall experience for our guests. We’re happy that Shockwave was able to provide close to three decades of memories.”
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This summer, Six Flags Great Adventure is giving thrill ride fans plenty of reasons to flip out.
Earlier this season, the Jackson amusement park unveiled El Diablo, its 13th roller coaster. The attraction features riders sitting in face-to-face, rocketing forward and backward pendulum-style until the train completes a full revolution seven stories in the air. The coaster then makes a number of full loops, stops momentarily with riders suspended upside down, and then reverses direction.
Inspired by Jersey Devil folklore with a Mexican-influenced twist, the coaster is aimed toward tween-aged Great Adventure attendees. Akin in intensity to the park's Skull Mountain and Dark Knight rides, it's a pleasantly surprising change of pace in an area of the park that's also home to the world-renowned shockers El Toro and Kingda Ka.