Well here we go again, the next tallest and fastest coaster in the world was announced today by Six Flags Great Adventure:Kingda Ka. At 456 feet tall and 128 mph it dwarfs the current record holder Top Thrill Dragster by 36 feet and 8 mph. Kingda Ka is very similar to TTD in that it has a 90 degree twist on the way up and a 270 degree twist on the way down. It does have its difference though a 129 ft tall air time hill. It also appears it will have trains similar to the current ones on Storm Runner at Hersheypark. Kingda Ka will have 4 trains each holding 18 riders. Kingda Ka is to be built by INTAMIN and open in the year 2005.Kingda Ka is the main attraction in the new section of the park to be named the Golden Kingdom. Golden Kingdom will have 5 new kiddie rides and a 33, 000 sq ft theater. The theater will have a show with rare Bengal Tiger cubs. Kingda Ka and the Golden Kingdom are sure to bring many visitors from around the world to experience the world’s tallest and fastest coaster. The real question now may be: what will Cedar Point do to top it?
Turbulence is set to arrive at Hersheypark next year just one season after Storm Runner. The new coaster comes from Interactive Rides as the first 'Frequent Faller' steel coaster model from that company.The concept of the Frequent Faller is that riders, carried 150 feet vertically on a pivoting vehicle, will descend a series of five vertical U-turns as it makes its way back to ground level. Turbulence's unique track configuration will make the coaster the first in the world to ride on a track turned ninety degrees on its side for the entire ride, while the actual car remains upright.Guests to Hersheypark next year will note not only the red, white, and blue structure of Turbulence as a change to the park's appearance, but also a complete revamping of the section it will call home. Currently named Carrousel Circle, the section will be rethemed into Founder's Circle, an area honoring park founder Milton Hershey.Estimates put the expansion, including Turbulence, at a cost of $4 million.
Today, Dorney Park officially announced the statistics and layout of their upcoming 2005 floorless coaster, Hydra: the Revenge.
Here is a quick run-down of most of the statistics...--Length: 3,198 feet--Height: 95 feet--Drop: 105 feet--Speed: 53 mph--Angle of Descent: 68 degrees--Ride Time: ~ 2:35--Weight: 1,368,000 lbs.--Ride Capacity: ~ 1,245 riders per hour--Inversions: 7 (In Order: "Jojo Roll", Inclined Dive Loop, Zero-G Roll, Flat Spin, Cobra Roll, Flat Spin)
The "Jojo Roll" refers to the pre-lift hill inversion, which is basically just a zero-g roll. You can use the link below to see construction pictures, layout renderings, the story behind the ride, statistics, desktops, videos, a webcam, and more! This is definitely going to be one of 2005's top rides and one unique floorless coaster. Hydra: the Revenge has been dubbed as "A floorless coaster so twisted, it brought down Hercules."Dorney Park's Offical Hydra: the Revenge Page