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New For 2014

drachen drachen Profile

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4/29/13 at
11:55:52 PM

These threads seem to be a hit. I'm a little late this year. I made the 2012 thread in February 2011. I made 2013 in March 2012. Here we are in April already, and I'm only getting to 2014 now. Did that all make sense?

Well, there are a number of rumblings about next year already, which I'll lay out in a response post. Some big names are in play too.

Shout-outs to Screamscape, the news feeds on Facebook, and those not-so-public sources that keep me in the loop.

Ready? As always, please let me and everyone know if I miss something, or when new news is released.

And, on a personal note, will an American park PLEASE build something like the Smiler at Alton Towers?!

Thanks...

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New For 2014 - The List by drachen drachen Profile at 4/30/13 12:55:50 AM
New Parks to Open in 2014

Kentucky Kingdom OPEN
The park will reopen in 2014, and it seems as if everything is on schedule, Thunder Run will come back to life, as well as a number of other rides. New water slides galore are on tap, as well as a new steel coaster.

Miracle Strip Pier Park OPEN!
Same general area, but Miracle Strip finds a new home. Will open in 2014 with new rides, and some used ones.

Alabama Splash Adventure OPEN
Not really a new park, but with Koch family now in charge, it seems as if the amusement park side will be brought back to life.

Confirmed New Coasters For 2014

Knoebels OPEN
--Flying Turns, I realize that this coaster opened at the tail end of 2013, but for the majority of people, it will be a new ride for 2014. The park also recently announced the addition of two refurbished kiddie rides.

Magic Kingdom OPEN
-- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a new family coaster at the ultimate family park.

Luna Park OPEN
--Thunderbolt Reborn, an interesting new coaster design from Zamperla. The ride features a unique vertical lift, a 90 degree drop from 125 feet, and three inversions.

Kings Island OPEN!
--Banshee, a 4,125 foot inverted coaster from B&M. 167 feet tall, 68 mph, terrain use, 7 inversions, including a first-ever barrel roll. Modified inverted trains make their first appearance too.

--The Bat, in a brilliant move, Flight Deck will receive a face lift, and reopen as The Bat in 2014. The park will add a Cirque show as well.

Dollywood - OPEN!
--FireChaser Express, a new 2,447 foot family launched coaster by Gerstlauer. Riders will be launched forward and backward on the ride. Top speed will be 35 mph, with a max height of 79 feet.

Six Flags Great America
--Goliath, a new 165 foot Rocky Mountain wooden coaster that will drop 180 feet, at 85 degrees, reaching speeds of 72 mph and flip through two inversions. The coaster seems to be of the Outlaw Run variety.

Six Flags America
--Ragin' Cajun, relocated from Six Flags Great America, the spinning mouse coaster will anchor a new Mardi Gras area, along with a new Larson Flying Scooters ride, the French Quarter Flyers.

Six Flags Magic Mountain
--Speedy Gonzales Hot Rod Racers, the park announced a 4th kiddie coaster - 19th overall - a small Zamperla model. The park will also be running Colossus and Batman backwards. Hurricane Harbor gets a new water slide as well.

Six Flags Mexico
--Medusa Steel Coaster, Medusa gets the Rocky Mountain Iron Horse treatment. The ride will feature three inversions.

Kentucky Kingdom OPEN
--Lightning Run, A 100 foot, Chance "megalite" (for lack of a better term).

Adventure Dome - OPEN
--El Loco, the park adds its second major coaster - a somewhat-custom S&S El Loco model.

Story Land OPEN
--Roar-O Saurus, a new wooden coaster from Gravity Group of the Wooden Warrior variety. 40 feet tall, 1242 feet long.

Hersheypark OPEN
--Cocoa Cruiser, a Zamperla kiddie steel coaster will be added, to the former Tiny Timbers log ride location. A kiddie "swing thing" ride and kiddie tea cups ride round out the three piece Zamperla package.

Indiana Beach
--Dragon Wagon, a Wisdom kiddie coaster, as well as a kiddie plane ride, a Rock N Tug, and a Wisdom Tornado ride, named Growler.

Keansburg Amusement Park
--Looping Roller Coaster, relocated from Beech Bend, this looping Pinfari Zyklon finds its third home this summer.

Miracle Strip Pier Park
--Riptide In a year that saw one SDC Galaxi coaster removed (Indiana Beach), Miracle Strip is re-building one - just not the same one.

Universal Studios Florida
--Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, as part of their new Diagon Alley area, Universal will open a new, heavily themed, indoor steel coaster, complete with 3-D effects.

Silverwood
--Krazy Koaster, a family spinning coaster will be added for 2014 along with two new kiddie rides, all part of the expansion of the Garfield's Summer Camp area. The other rides look to be from Zamperla - a kite-flyer and a bouncing ride.

Alabama Splash Adventure
Wacky Worm, one of the park's new kiddie rides will be a kiddie coaster.

Thunder Road Family Fun Park
Screaming Dragon, a relocated Wisdom 'Orient Express' model finds a new home in South Dakota.

Canada's Wonderland OPEN
--Wonder Mountain's Guardian, a new, interactive, 4-D, shooting dark ride/coaster will be created inside the park's center mountain.

New Attractions For 2014

Busch Gardens Tampa
--Falcon's Fury, a 300 foot drop tower in which you fall face first, in the prone position.

Cedar Point OPEN
--Lake Erie Eagles and PipeScream, two new rides for the Gemini Midway area - Larson Flyers and Zamperla Mega Disk O, respectively. There will be a Hotel Breakers face lift as well.

Dorney Park OPEN
--Snake Pit, a six slide tower complex, with three trap door slides and three serpentine tube slides.

Six Flags Over Texas
Additions to the park's family/kiddie ride lineup. New water slide as well.

Six Flags Over Georgia
Hurricane Harbor, a new water park, will open on site.

Six Flags St. Louis
--Tsunami Soakers, a new family splash-battle ride.

Six Flags Great Adventure
--Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, a three-tower ride built onto Kingda Ka's front-side structure. In order to get there, the park demolished Rolling Thunder.

Six Flags New England OPEN
--New England Sky Screamer, a 400 foot swing tower.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom OPEN
--Tsunami Soakers, a family splash battle attraction. The park will also now be open year round. The Cirque water show will return as well.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
--Bahama Blasters, a trap-door water slide tower will be added to the water park.

Great Escape
--Extreme Supernova, a new Frisbee ride

La Ronde
--Demon, a top-spin ride, possibly relocated.

Worlds of Fun
--SteelHawk, Knott's Windseeker has moved to Kansas City.

Holiday World OPEN
--Mayflower, a new swinging ship for the Thanksgiving area of the park, likely a Chance model. Other improvements, including a new covered bridge, extended water park hours, weekly fireworks, parking improvements, a new restaurant and shop, and new cabanas. All totaled, it's an $8 million investment.

Adventureland OPEN
--Storm Chaser, what looks like a new Mondial WindSeeker ride. No word on the height of this one.

Calaway Park
--Unknown, the park will be replacing its log ride with a new version.

Carowinds
--Surfer's Swell and Dorsal Fin Drop, a new dual slide tower is added to Boomerang Bay. Still lots of room left in that $50 million budget for the following two seasons.

Kings Dominion OPEN
-- The park will turn back the clock somewhat, re-opening some themed areas from King Dominion's history. They will also improve Anaconda and Volcano - new paint for the former, new queue for the latter.

Valleyfair OPEN
--Route 76, a new themed area near the front of the park. The section will feature a new Zamperla Mega Disk-O called Northern Lights, a scrambler, Tilt-a-Whirl, and the return of the park's car ride.

Seabreeze OPEN
-- Wave Swinger & Great Balloon Race, a replacement for their Chance YoYo, and a new children's ride.

Knott's Berry Farm
-- Camp Snoopy will get some love this year, as well as the classic Calico Mine Ride. If it ends up anything like Timber Mountain, it will be fantastic.

Dutch Wonderland OPEN
--Exploration Island, the old botanical gardens gets a re-do, with the addition of animatronic dinosaurs, a fossil dig activity area, and a relocated Turnpike ride.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
--Coastal Curl, Nothing major for the park, but Water Country USA will add the new water slide.

Morey's Piers OPEN
While we wait for their new coaster to start taking shape, the park replaced their old Zierer Wave Swinger with a newer version, complete with new paintings. It will sit on a 12 foot pedestal and feature a bright new LED package.

Lake Compounce
Believe it or not, Boulder Dash was the last new coaster built at this park, in 2000. No new rides for 2014, but the park added Bear Creek Campground.

Casino Pier
--Air Race, A new Zamperla Air Race will find a home on Casino Pier, as they continue to rebuild.

Cliff's Amusement Park
Wind Rider, a new swing tower ride is being added for 2014. Looks to be of the Larson variety.

Bay Beach
Sea Dragon, a new swinging ship ride

Martin's Fantasy Island
unknown, a new Speed flat ride from KMG.

Elitch Gardens OPEN
Brain Drain, what looks to be a Larson 'Ring of Fire' model.

DelGrosso's
Music Express, not of the traditional variety, but a rotating flat ride nonetheless.

Not At Any Park, But Worthy of a Mention and Likely Opening in 2014

High Roller, Las Vegas OPEN
-- Caesar's is building a 520 foot Ferris wheel at their new Linq property across the street. Wheel is completed and should open this year.

Maryland National Harbor OPEN
--Capital Wheel, a 175 foot, brightly lit Ferris wheel will open on the water front. In the flat D.C. area, the views should be pretty nice.

Stalled Projects

Cliff's Amusement Park
--Unknown, Cliff's should have Astroworld's Greezed Lightning (Schwarzkopf shuttle) open at some point in 2014. But there were also rumors now that this ride could end up back in Texas in 2016 or later.

Akita Retail and Events Center
-- A new Las Vegas Strip shopping center looks to be the new home of a re-worked Speed: The Ride. This could be for 2014, but the project seems to be stalled at this point. Track and supports are on site.

Skyvue, Las Vegas
--The long-rumored 500 foot ferris wheel was finally under construction in Las Vegas, but now it's stalled. High Roller will open first.

Morey's Piers
Man, that GCI design looks amazing. I sure wish it would get built. I don't know what else to call it, other than "stalled" at this point.

Steel Pier
--Unknown, the pier was to be adding a year-round operating, climate controlled, 200 foot Ferris wheel.

No 2014 Announcement

Darien Lake
--Lake Monster - A 3400 foot wooden coaster with at least one inversion, including a dive off the lift. Manufacturer has yet to be named, but it seems as if this new ride would be a modified Predator.

There's been zero movement in recent months. This project could be further down the road.

Kennywood
The park has been rumored for a new coaster for a few years, and things had seemed to be heating up along those lines. Cooled off now.

Lagoon
This park is adding a pretty significant roller coaster for 2015 - already under construction. Nothing major appears to be on the way for 2014.

Funtown Pier
No word yet on any re-build at this point. Plans may be pushed back a bit.

Michigan's Adventure - Remember when they were rumored to get a 200 foot coaster? That was a long time ago now. Their last new one was the Wild Mouse in 1999 (if you don't count the relocated SLC in 2008).

Updated 6 June 2014

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 4/30/13 2:35:14 AM
Bgw, i'm just hoping it's a winged coaster and that it would make use of the river. Not a slam on VB, but i still think they dropped the ball by going with a family friendly route and not going all out to top BBW.

Dollywood just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Last i was there in 2006, the main big coasters were tennessee tornado and thunderhead. I wont even remember the place if they keep building rides there, lol. I wonder if the admission has more than doubled since 2006 to pay for those new rides?

Rebuilding thunderbolt would be crazy, i have no idea what it was, but i just hope they use modified trains like mf or even ptc trains that have no more than 2 rows per car. I know purists wouldve raised hell if the cyclone ever changed its trains, but it really does need shorter cars, even an out and back coaster like rebel yell has only 3 rows per car.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/30/13 3:53:33 AM
Awesome work Drachen! There's a lot to go over. Drach, I get what you were saying concerning the new Six Flags coasters, but you know how the industry is, as relocated coasters like SFGradv's Green Lantern are truly counted as 'new' coasters. So I wouldn't expect any coasters no time soon with these parks that just received relocated coasters.

I'm not too wild about Steeplechase making a Thunderbolt copy. By chance has anyone ever ridden old Coney's T-bolt before? Just looking at the layout, it looked liked a near facsimile to Cyclone, only with a less steep drop. I get that they aren't technically 'in the same park' but that's not exactly adding uniqueness to the complex. Wouldn't mind seeing a new woodie there at Steeplechase, but just with a differing layout than T-bolt.

Concerning KI, these days it seems like Rocky Mtn has that golden touch. I can't imagine anyone opposing a kickass Rocky Mtn wooden coaster creation. Another option I wouldn't mind coming to life is a dive machine. Hopefully there's an US park out there that will build a dive coaster within this decade LOL.

With all of that HW drama, I'll be shocked if any attractions are built anytime soon, or atleast until this bitter family feud is over.

I'm still trying to figure out where is this additional acreage coming from with KBF's rumored 300ft coaster, because I don't see it; Barring a RCT3-like expansion into the surrounding urban areas over the streets, or totally cramming a large scale coaster into the park ruining the aesthetics all around. That's all that I have for now.

Keep up the good work Drach.

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/30/13 10:02:12 AM
Overbanked said:

Awesome work Drachen! There's a lot to go over. Drach, I get what you were saying concerning the new Six Flags coasters, but you know how the industry is, as relocated coasters like SFGradv's Green Lantern are truly counted as 'new' coasters.

I hear ya'. For the record, I don't think Great Adventure is getting a new roller coaster in 2014. I think they'll go the route of the ultra-low capacity free-fall off the back of Kingda Ka.

I started a thread a few months back about how I wondered if X-Flight will be the new Batman: The Ride - being a "staple" coaster at all major Six Flags parks. Perhaps in 2014 we see if that will be the case.

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Re: New For 2014 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 4/30/13 10:10:35 AM
Here's an image of the Kings Island "teaser" signs at the former Son of Beast site.

Looks like it will have quite the intense theme...

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 4/30/13 12:59:12 PM
As a local to Six Flags America, Kings Dominion, and Hershey Park, and to some extent, Dorney Park, Six Flags Great Adventure and Busch Gardens, as well as smaller parks like Knoebels and Kennywood, I feel like Six Flags America is the most overdue.

Sure, Apocalypse was a welcome addition, but that park has long been overdue for something big. Case in point, I had not attended Six Flags America since 2003 when I decided to reintroduce myself to it for the 2011 season. And while it's a hair better than it was during the early 2000's, they are in desperate need of a new coaster of some sort (as well as some other structural changes to the park layout). Mind Eraser is poorly maintained as an early Vekoma SLC, Roar East doesn't even use the correct Millennium Flyer trains for it, Batwing breaks down constantly (twice while I was on), Joker's Jinx is showing its age, and Apocalypse, in my opinion, still hurts as much as it did when it was Iron Wolf. The only saving grace is Superman: Ride of Steel and Wild One, both of which, while nice, aren't much of anything. A new coaster like a B&M Wing, or even something along the lines of a Rocky Mountain creation would give SFA a breath of fresh air.

I'd love to see Kings Dominion get a new coaster. I don't see Shockwave, despite it's poor reputation, going anywhere until its spare parts run out. Hurler and Anaconda are always being rumored to be removed and the lake and wooded area next to both are prime spots for something new and exciting. Not to mention, XLC's station is still intact and just collecting dust during the summer months. I say remove Windseeker, since it's an eyesore and taking up valuable space (I don't even know if they fixed the issues with these things as I don't even remember if it was running when I went opening day this year -- I swear Cedar Fair has to be regretting the decision to purchase these things).

Something over the river would be nice for BGW. I always thought that it was underutilized. Verbolten is okay, but I miss Big Bad Wolf. Someone needs to resurrect these Arrow creations for the new era, with a twist. I feel like park execs don't realize how well they would do. People I talk to still comment how much Big Bad Wolf is their favorite coaster at BGW and when I tell them it's no longer there, they immediately get sad and upset, and start to recall fond memories of the ride.

Hershey isn't on that list and I know they just put in Skyrush, but it'd be nice to see something come out in 2014, if not a revamped Boardwalk area. I have faith that this will happen though as they cleared quite a bit of ground area with the removal of Roller Soaker and they are already adding new water playthings to the area.

Dorney Park could benefit from another coaster of some sort in 2014. I love that park, but I don't get my fill when I go. The view you see when you look down into the valley is one of my favorite and it'd be great to see something utilizing it even more.

My $.02.

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 5/1/13 11:01:28 AM
Well, Shockwave isn't my fav, but for its footprint, it works in that area. Anaconda and Hurler both sit on some pretty big plots of land and could both go. I still think they should take down both Grizzly and Hurler and build a big wood coaster there like Beast (east) and then maybe the new entrance could be placed in the middle. Though I don't see anything that can use the hypersonic station and that should be knocked down.
Windseeker seems to be problematic in Knotts Berry, the times I rode it at KD, there was no problems.
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 5/1/13 3:01:19 PM
Does anyone know if Six Flags America has a height restriction, being so close to Andrews Air Force Base? According to Wikipedia, they have 523 acres available but only use 131 acres for park operations.

Despite the obvious money woes Six Flags (America in particular) has faced over the years, I wonder if they haven't utilized the rest of the land for something bigger than Superman because of restrictions set forth for the area.

Also, I think if Grizzly was torn down, KD might get some backlash for it as it still seems to be a fan favorite, although, in my opinion, it is a former shadow of what it was. After they tore down parts of the wooded area for different projects over the years, it's lost that charm. Riding that thing at night through the woods was an experience within itself.

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Re: New For 2014 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 5/1/13 4:54:18 PM
antikythera said:
Roar East doesn't even use the correct Millennium Flyer trains for it.

Roar East was GCII's second coaster and was designed for use with PTC's. Stating that Millennium Flyer trains should be used for it is in itself factually incorrect. Lightning Racer, I believe, was the first GCII to bring back those trains.

antikythera said:
Batwing breaks down constantly (twice while I was on)[\quote]

They (both the park and more so Vekoma) never did get that working as intended.


antikythera said:
Joker's Jinx is showing its age[\quote]
Was just repainted two seasons ago.

antikythera said:
A new coaster like a B&M Wing, or even something along the lines of a Rocky Mountain creation would give SFA a breath of fresh air.[\quote]

A custom or even newly cloned B&M isn't in SFA's future. They simply cost too much money and SFA doesn't pull in the attendance that Great Adventure, Great America, and Magic Mountain do. That's the bottom line.

Some would argue that SFA has enough wood for the 131 acres the park sits on.

I think SFA needs a tween coaster... a wild mouse, a spinning mouse, something along those lines. SFA has enough coasters that toss you upside down in various positions. If we're going thrill coaster, SFA is lacking a traditional sit down looper.

antikythera said:
I'd love to see Kings Dominion get a new coaster. I don't see Shockwave, despite it's poor reputation, going anywhere until its spare parts run out. Hurler and Anaconda are always being rumored to be removed and the lake and wooded area next to both are prime spots for something new and exciting. [\quote]

Rumors about Hurler and Anaconda's removal? News to me.



antikythera said:
Something over the river would be nice for BGW. I always thought that it was underutilized. Verbolten is okay, but I miss Big Bad Wolf. Someone needs to resurrect these Arrow creations for the new era, with a twist. I feel like park execs don't realize how well they would do. People I talk to still comment how much Big Bad Wolf is their favorite coaster at BGW and when I tell them it's no longer there, they immediately get sad and upset, and start to recall fond memories of the ride.


Hershey isn't on that list and I know they just put in Skyrush, but it'd be nice to see something come out in 2014, if not a revamped Boardwalk area. I have faith that this will happen though as they cleared quite a bit of ground area with the removal of Roller Soaker and they are already adding new water playthings to the area.[\quote]

I doubt very seriously that BGW is getting a new coaster after just receiving Verbolten last year. New coaster installations at the Busch parks are much more spaced out unlike some of the Cedar Fairs and Six Flags of the world.

My bets are that Hershey continues to ride the wave of family additions (see what I did there?)If anything Hershey really needs to purchase that parcel of land that's for sale, some 35 acres, and re-route the vehicular road that runs through the middle of it.

antikythera said:
Dorney Park could benefit from another coaster of some sort in 2014. I love that park, but I don't get my fill when I go. The view you see when you look down into the valley is one of my favorite and it'd be great to see something utilizing it even more.

Dorney's gotten a few hand me downs but what they've received have been decent additions. Most people don't realize that Dorney has three inverted coasters. I think Dorney and SFA are similar in that they are corporately run parks but don't draw the crowds like their larger sister parks.

Joe
Great_Ump

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 5/1/13 5:23:31 PM
Great_Ump said:

antikythera said:
Roar East doesn't even use the correct Millennium Flyer trains for it.

Roar East was GCII's second coaster and was designed for use with PTC's. Stating that Millennium Flyer trains should be used for it is in itself factually. Lightning Racer, I believe, was the first GCII to bring back those trains.

ROAR! West was the first GCII coaster to open with Millennium Flyer trains. Wildcat at Hersheypark was the first GCII coaster to have their PTC's replaced with Millennium Flyer trains. Lightning Racer opened with them.

Having said that, I don't know how much it helped, really. Wildcat is a ride that I absolutely love. I ride it a few times every year. But it wasn't running very well in 2012. So, I don't know if it's a train issue or a track issue.

Even Lightning Racer, normally glass smooth, felt a little bumpy last season, so maybe it is a maintenance thing...

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 5/1/13 6:06:54 PM
I wonder if there's a correlation b/w GCI coasters with PTC trains and the roughness on the tracks. I mean sure Gwazi is bad, but the first year with the MF trains, the ride felt much better than the terrible ptc trains. Maybe the damage is done due to those ptc trains?
antikythera said:

Also, I think if Grizzly was torn down, KD might get some backlash for it as it still seems to be a fan favorite, although, in my opinion, it is a former shadow of what it was. After they tore down parts of the wooded area for different projects over the years, it's lost that charm. Riding that thing at night through the woods was an experience within itself.

Well of course, there will be those outraged if their favorite coasters were removed, but I think it'd be worth it for a major wood coaster. I'd rather have 1 really good coaster even if it meant losing 1 terrible coaster and one fairly good one. I'm probably in the minority in not really liking Grizzly and of course not a fan of how obscure the entrance to that ride is.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/1/13 7:45:42 PM
^^^Like you, I'm not a fan of Grizzly myself. Although like Antikythera said, any talk of removing it will definitely bring KD backlash from it's fandom. Hell, there are quite a few Grizzly fans on URC. I don't see it going anywhere. I myself don't necessarily think that Grizzly should bit the dust; Now Hurler, yes.
Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/1/13 8:02:24 PM
antikythera said:

I miss Big Bad Wolf. Someone needs to resurrect these Arrow creations for the new era, with a twist.

I too miss BBW. I'm so glad that I got a chance to ride it before they tore it down. I have yet to ride Verbolten.

Vekoma introduced these family coasters called 'Swinging Turns' with the first one opening in 88'. They look very comparable to the Arrow Swinging Suspendeds. There was only three of them built, with none in the US. For whatever reason, that type wasn't much of a success.

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 5/1/13 8:36:52 PM
Yeah, i guess grizzly isn't going anywhere. I just dunno if the park can expand further past Hurler's footprint into the wooded area and i dont think they can build something like a thunderhead in hurler's footprint, that's why if grizzly went, there'd be no issues of trying to cram a bigger coaster into a smaller space.

Same on BBW, i was fortunate to ride it in 2009 and not knowing that it was going to be its final year. I remember it like 1996 or a little later (well whenever before AC was built) seeing that and thinking about getting on it because it was enclosed. But my fear of coasters made me think otherwise and it took ten yrs till my next visit. I will miss it and still loved that drop to the river (despite the drop being trimmed). That part to the river made it worth while.

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 5/1/13 11:30:44 PM
antikythera said:

Does anyone know if Six Flags America has a height restriction, being so close to Andrews Air Force Base? According to Wikipedia, they have 523 acres available but only use 131 acres for park operations.

SFA does have a height limit, 200 ft, (Superman: ROS is actually only 195 feet above grade in order to remain within compliance.) The park does have more land available, however, the imediate has been very vocal about keeping the park within its current borders. It is unlikely they will ever receive approval to expand beyond that.

antikythera said:

Despite the obvious money woes Six Flags (America in particular) has faced over the years, I wonder if they haven't utilized the rest of the land for something bigger than Superman because of restrictions set forth for the area.

BINGO!! And it is a very sticky subject anytime the park requests adding new attractions.


antikythera said:

Also, I think if Grizzly was torn down, KD might get some backlash for it as it still seems to be a fan favorite, although, in my opinion, it is a former shadow of what it was. After they tore down parts of the wooded area for different projects over the years, it's lost that charm. Riding that thing at night through the woods was an experience within itself.

Absolutely agreed about Grizzly being a shell of its former glory, when the only thing you could see from the ground was the turn out of the station, the lift, and the leaning fan turn over the station. Nonetheless, I think you will see those stupid Dinosaurs, that took the last bit of natural coverage, go before Grizzly does. Outside of the big 3, it is one of more popular rides and regarded as one of the best woodies in the Mid-Atlantic.

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 5/2/13 12:07:35 PM
Was just repainted two seasons ago.

I was thinking more along the lines of excitement level. But that's more of an opinion so I rescind my original complaint.

A custom or even newly cloned B&M isn't in SFA's future. They simply cost too much money and SFA doesn't pull in the attendance that Great Adventure, Great America, and Magic Mountain do. That's the bottom line.

Some would argue that SFA has enough wood for the 131 acres the park sits on.

I think SFA needs a tween coaster... a wild mouse, a spinning mouse, something along those lines. SFA has enough coasters that toss you upside down in various positions. If we're going thrill coaster, SFA is lacking a traditional sit down looper.

You make valid points, although I've always believed that Maryland is lacking a decent amusement park. Being so close to DC, you'd think Six Flags, if they had the money, would have had invested more into the park to make it profitable. Maybe it's the area it's located in, or the change in hands over the years, but it's always been something I've never fully understood and would love to see SFA grow. Some days, driving to PA or VA just seems too far. Only if Glen Echo was still around... XD

Rumors about Hurler and Anaconda's removal? News to me.

Only from what I read browsing different internet forums and Facebook posts. Maybe more speculation, than rumors. Again, I'm no insider and I don't claim to be, just a hobbyist so take what I say with a grain of salt.

Dorney's gotten a few hand me downs but what they've received have been decent additions. Most people don't realize that Dorney has three inverted coasters. I think Dorney and SFA are similar in that they are corporately run parks but don't draw the crowds like their larger sister parks.

Fair enough assessment.

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Re: New For 2014 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 5/3/13 10:13:04 PM
Overbanked said:

^^^Like you, I'm not a fan of Grizzly myself. Although like Antikythera said, any talk of removing it will definitely bring KD backlash from it's fandom. Hell, there are quite a few Grizzly fans on URC. I don't see it going anywhere. I myself don't necessarily think that Grizzly should bit the dust; Now Hurler, yes.

I don't think that this park should get rid of its best wooden, Grizzly. I have heard that they took out many of the trees that made it a more interesting ride. They should put every one of those back for sure. This park has none of the looks of a place of its quality. The area around Intimidator 305 and Rebel Yell's turnaround looks terrible !

Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 5/15/13 7:54:49 PM
Just a few crazy thoughts...

Kings Island
--Unknown - Land is cleared. Footers are rumored. Teaser signs are up. Whatever it is, it's going to be big news. 99% sure it's a roller coaster. What type? It could be anything from an invert to a Rocky Mountain Iron Horse creation.

The name "Banshee" has been trademarked by Cedar Fair so this could be the possible name for KI's new coaster. I don't see a Rocky Mountain coaster going in here but since KI followed Behemoth with Diamondback it will be interesting if it happens again with a B&M giga here.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
There are one or two rumors out there that another new coaster may be on the way for 2014. It sounds borderline crazy by today's standards, but it wasn't too long ago that parks built big coasters every other year...

It doesn't seem to be Busch's style to add a coaster so quickly after just adding one at the same park but anything is possible.

Six Flags Parks - Just Sayin'

Six Flags now does a yearly company wide announcement where every new park gets a new attraction. Let's see where some coasters could land...

Six Flags Over Texas - Texas Giant will be three years old.

I can see the flagship being one of the next to get an X Flight clone. I don't think Texas Skyscreamer took up all the space vacated by Flashback and the Texas Chute Out but if they were to remove the vacant shopping center they own there's space for one.

Six Flags St. Louis - Last new coaster was American Thunder in 2008.

I'm thinking Boomerang is just a filler and the next attraction will be the big signature steel coaster they've needed. Quite a few posts I've read on other forums seem to want Rocky Mountain to come in and do their magic to The Boss, which I'm against since The Boss is quite a good ride as it is.

Six Flags New England - Last new coaster was Pandemonium in 2005.

I think it's New England's turn for a Skyscreamer in 2014 along with Great America.

Six Flags America - Last new coaster was Batwing in 2001.

Considering Apocolypse was the most recent "new" coaster and also considering how long it was added after Batwing that is not going to happen. I would say a Skyscreamer here as well but with Kings Dominion having the taller Windseeker just down the road I'm not sure if that's a logical move for them.


Cedar Fair Parks - Just Sayin'

Valleyfair! - Last new coaster was Renegade in 2007.

Being the only original Cedar Fair park without some sort of full circuit invert shouldn't it be about time they got one? Heck, Michigan's Adventure one ups them since they have a used Vekoma SLC.

Kings Dominion - Intimidator 305 will be four years old in 2014.

As for the Cedar Fair parks I see Kings Dominion to be the next to get a wing coaster but not until 2015. Also I don't see Grizzly going anywhere though I wish they would make it easier to get to the ride (not through a gift shop either). Hurler needs to burn in hell.

Carowinds - Intimidator will also be four years old in 2014.

The only ride that could make Carowinds' collection complete is some sort of launched coaster. Would Cedar Fair be willing to go with Intamin again?


Other Parks, Not Rumored But Haven't Built New In a While

Darien Lake
Last new one was Motocoaster in 2008. Could they finally put the old Batman stand-up together?

Not going to happen. If you were to look at the park's 2013 map Herschend has actually given the park different themed areas and I expect them to continue to improve the park for awhile. I don't see a new coaster coming for quite a few more years.

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 5/15/13 10:55:38 PM
Geauga_Dog said:

Just a few crazy thoughts...

Six Flags America - Last new coaster was Batwing in 2001.

Considering Apocolypse was the most recent "new" coaster and also considering how long it was added after Batwing that is not going to happen. I would say a Skyscreamer here as well but with Kings Dominion having the taller Windseeker just down the road I'm not sure if that's a logical move for them.

Kings Dominion - Intimidator 305 will be four years old in 2014.

As for the Cedar Fair parks I see Kings Dominion to be the next to get a wing coaster but not until 2015. Also I don't see Grizzly going anywhere though I wish they would make it easier to get to the ride (not through a gift shop either). Hurler needs to burn in hell.

I disagree. Kings Dominion is a good 1 1/2 to 2 hours away and draws a different crowd. From my experience, most people at Six Flags America tend to be far from the enthusiasts you see at other parks and go to Six Flags because it's cost effective.

If Six Flags America is indeed one of the least profitable parks in the chain as many are noting, I go against my original wishes and foresee them implementing that SkyScreamer or some other small flat ride in 2014, as it would be enough exposure to generate interest from the local crowds that attend, but not bankrupt the park. Apocalypse did just that and most people will never know it's a 20+ year old coaster.

How high and where to put the SkyScreamer and/or other flat ride is the question, since it seems they are under height restrictions.

I took a trip there the Saturday before last and started looking around at possibilities. If the drop tower by the Wild One wasn't already there, a SkyScreamer would be a perfect fit where the old Two Face station is -- the many times I take a ride on the drop tower facing the rest of the park, the view has been phenomenal for such a small park.

Not sure where else they could put something really, considering the land over by Superman and Batwing has primarily been used for storage and/or as a graveyard for many parts and decaying coasters coming through (I still want my TOGO pipeline coaster that was delivered in 2006, dang it -- RIP Ultra Twister).

As for KD, a wing coaster flying in and out of the wooded area by Hurler (after it burns to the ground, of course) would be awesome, if impracticable. One can wish though. :)

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 5/15/13 11:57:53 PM
Good to see you around G-Dog. I like the discussion this is generating. I agree a lot with what you guys are saying. From a practicality standpoint:

Don't forget that Busch Gardens Williamsburg did add Alpengeist in 1997 and then Apollo in 1999. Like I said, adding two coasters two years apart seems crazy now, but it wasn't so crazy in the late 90's. Everyone was doing it.

I will say, regarding Kings Dominion, before Hurler burns, I think we'll see Shockwave and Anaconda retired.

While I'm an Anaconda fan, I think a wing-rider over the water makes the most sense for a steel coaster addition to this park. If I had my choice, I'd rather see none of them go. But those two steel coasters are of two dying breeds.

Carowinds does lack a launched coaster, but if they went that direction, I would be shocked if Intamin was involved. With Premier back in the game, along with Gerstlauer (who will soon offer full length trains on their loopers), Mack (Liseberg's new Helix), and others, Cedar Fair has other options.

I agree that both Six Flags New England and Great America will see Sky Screamers in 2014. Six Flags America could as well.

I fully expect one or two Six Flags parks to get a wing rider next year, with Texas being one of them. If SFoT gets one, perhaps the other Wynne Six Flags will get one as well (SFoG).

There are several Cedar Fair parks that are "due" to get a new roller coaster, as I mentioned originally. Unfortunately that means that not all of them can actually get one. I see Kings Island, and perhaps the other two former Paramount U.S. parks getting something. The small guys, Valleyfair!, Dorney, and Michigan's Adventure get left out again...

I agree G-Dog that SFStL should not touch the Boss. I like that ride just fine the way it is. New trains? Please do. But don't mess with the layout.

Antikythera, I'm so with you on that pipeline coaster. I've always wanted to try one, and I got real excited that I would be able to do so at SFA. I was pretty upset when I found out that they scrapped it.

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/16/13 12:09:08 AM
Geauga_Dog said:

KI followed Behemoth with Diamondback it will be interesting if it happens again with a B&M giga here.

God I hope that they don't do that. Anything but that. Maybe it's just me, but I don't get the "Leviathan after Behemoth" totally upstaging your existing coaster move. Same company, same model, only one being taller; Similar to a kiddie coaster that's patterned after a big adult coaster. With all of these unique coasters out there to chose from, I wouldn't like that move at all.

Re: New For 2014 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 5/16/13 6:28:59 AM
I think that SFOT's new ride will be the Skyscreamer. I would not suspect anything else for now. (Down in San Antonio is where the big money is being spent in Texas for SF this year.)

I agree, the Boss is quite a good ride as it is. We don't need to turn it into a Rocky Mountain steel coaster. I would like to see SFSTL get a mega. I guess that would be a B&M since Intamin or Morgan don't seem to be doing them anymore.

New England and America will get basically ignored as usuall. This is naturally bad news but I do agree that their crowds are mostly locals.

While I would love to see both Hurlers be nothing left but a smoking hulk, I seem to remember some re-tracking not to long ago. Most of the CF parks seem to want to keep their old woodens alive. (Thunderhawk, Thunder Road, and Rebel Yell have all had work done.)

It would not surprise me to see KI get something really big. Both Leviathan and Behemoth had massive lines when I was there. I don't see this as upstaging at all. Both are well liked by the coaster fanatics for different reasons. Also, Cedar Point has had a 200ft, a 300ft, and a 400ft coaster in the same park for nine years now and no one is saying that none should be there.

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/16/13 11:19:12 AM
theRock-steel said:

Cedar Point has had a 200ft, a 300ft, and a 400ft coaster in the same park for nine years now and no one is saying that none should be there.

They all are totally different too; an Arrow hyper, an Intamin giga, and an Intamin launched rocket. I never said that the GP and enthusiasts alike wouldn't be excited about a 300ft Beemer at KI, I just would prefer something more unique to the park.

Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 5/16/13 11:53:26 AM
I agree, the Boss is quite a good ride as it is. We don't need to turn it into a Rocky Mountain steel coaster. I would like to see SFSTL get a mega. I guess that would be a B&M since Intamin or Morgan don't seem to be doing them anymore.

Ever since Rocky Mountain redid Texas Giant every fanboy's wish list for the company to do something similar with their home park's crappiest coaster literally exploded. IF that was the case then a good chunk of wood coasters out there would become steel. I don't disagree regarding the amazing job they did with the Texas Giant, and the Iron Rattler for that matter, but not every coaster needs to be altered.

I also don't agree with putting inversions on wooden coasters, despite some saying its a step forward for wooden coasters, but that's another topic altogether.

Intamin and Morgan still offer their mega/hyper coasters on their website so just because we haven't seen any new ones lately doesn't mean they have stopped producing them.

New England and America will get basically ignored as usuall. This is naturally bad news but I do agree that their crowds are mostly locals.

I wouldn't necessarily say that New England is ignored. They got Goliath (Deja Vu), a new slide for the water park, Gotham City Gauntlet just a couple of years ago. If anything New England gets a steady flow of new attractions.

It would not surprise me to see KI get something really big. Both Leviathan and Behemoth had massive lines when I was there. I don't see this as upstaging at all. Both are well liked by the coaster fanatics for different reasons. Also, Cedar Point has had a 200ft, a 300ft, and a 400ft coaster in the same park for nine years now and no one is saying that none should be there.

I don't see a problem with this at all either as, even though I haven't been to Wonderland yet to try both coasters, they seem to be two very different ride experiences. The issue I think most have is that the two biggest coasters are by the same manufacturer. As much as I would love to see B&M's second giga built I'd be more than thrilled to have something like I-305.Given the large swath of land once owned by SOB they could really put something special in that spot.

G-Dog

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Re: New For 2014 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 5/17/13 9:02:44 PM
I did forget that Intamin just made a 200ft one - Skyrush. I don't see that described as a "maga" though.

Even if I have not ridden any of them, there is no doubt that Rocky Mountain has made three very good coasters. I just can't think of any other woodens that are soooo bad that the only hope is to totally redue them. The Hurlers and Mean Streak were pretty much crap on my last trips to those parks, but I don't know if that treatment is the only way to save them.

I also don't think that putting inversions on woodens is the way to go. Nothing at Mt. Olympus was great considering the long waits with single trains. Hades problem was it being so rough that I had to check my neck and back teeth to make sure that they were still with me.

Getting Déjà Vu from SFMM and Road Runner Express from SFKK is harding putting something "new" in SFNE. I'll grant you that they did get something so that is not quite being ignored.

I do like Millennium Force just a little bit more than Leviathan. Ask me next month how I compare
I-305 with it. A Giga at KI could be made by anybody and with any layout.

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Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 5/17/13 9:30:42 PM
theRock-steel said:


I also don't think that putting inversions on woodens is the way to go. Nothing at Mt. Olympus was great considering the long waits with single trains. Hades problem was it being so rough that I had to check my neck and back teeth to make sure that they were still with me.

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When did you ride Hades? I rode Hades in 2011 and was extremely smooth until you exited the tunnel on the return. After that it got a little jerky, but not rough by any means. The reason I'm asking is that I heard similar reviews. I'm not doubting you, I've heard this from several people. Maybe I just rode it on a good day. I do agree about the single train operation. I don't know if the brake run is long enough to run 2 trains. Nonetheless, I still rode it 10 times, even when the line grew to 30 minutes. I loved the coaster so much, I kept getting back in line and waiting for front seat. I can't wait to get back up there and ride it again.

Re: New For 2014 by HWLover HWLover Profile at 5/26/13 8:24:42 PM
I think Holiday World will get their act together enough to build a roller coaster. Its been since 2006 since any roller coaster was built (voyage). From what they've shown, they have a good plan. But with the way they've been going with Splashin' Safari, there's no telling. As they've added water rides every year. It would be nice to see a B&M Giga Coaster or even a B&M winged coaster. Also, I'm not sure what other people think, but I'd like to see Rocky Mountain on Legend or even Raven.
Re: New For 2014 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 5/27/13 7:29:48 AM
frontrow said:

theRock-steel said:



I also don't think that putting inversions on woodens is the way to go. Nothing at Mt. Olympus was great considering the long waits with single trains. Hades problem was it being so rough that I had to check my neck and back teeth to make sure that they were still with me.

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When did you ride Hades? I rode Hades in 2011 and was extremely smooth until you exited the tunnel on the return. After that it got a little jerky, but not rough by any means. The reason I'm asking is that I heard similar reviews. I'm not doubting you, I've heard this from several people. Maybe I just rode it on a good day. I do agree about the single train operation. I don't know if the brake run is long enough to run 2 trains. Nonetheless, I still rode it 10 times, even when the line grew to 30 minutes. I loved the coaster so much, I kept getting back in line and waiting for front seat. I can't wait to get back up there and ride it again.

I was there in early August of the same year (2011)?. Now I had gone to Timber Falls first (also in Wisconsin Dells). I did not get into Mt. Olympus until about 1:00. Lines for all the coasters were out into the streets (40 - 70 minutes for each). I only rode them once. This sign was there for Hades and it fits for what my experience seemed like.
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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 6/3/13 4:02:02 PM
Took a trip to Kings Dominion on Friday to supplement my trips to Cedar Point and Great America the previous week.

A few observations:

I firmly believe that Anaconda is the next to get the chopping block. Anaconda is just not getting the attendance it once did. It's more of a walk on than even Hurler, which kind of hurts my soul a bit.

Anaconda's 90's charm might not bother us coaster kids, as we all have some varying love for an old Arrow, but I think for the general public, this thing is starting to become unsightly. On more than one occasion, while standing in line for I305, I've heard the general public joke about it chugging along and that the rough beast needs to go.

Indeed, it's getting to be pretty rough. I took a few rides on it while there, and I can only tolerate the front car. Anywhere else, and I feel like my neck is going to snap.

I managed to also take a look at the lake area while mini-marathoning I305. It's got huge potential and I think the execs at KD know this.

On the flip side of things, I could be totally wrong. Hurler is running even worse than I can remember it. The damn thing couldn't even stay straight enough on the track, jerking every foot or so during the straightaways.

In addition, I took a few moments to notice how clean the Hurler station is looking -- it's almost like they are prepping the station to be reused for something else.

Ultimately, it's really all a crapshoot at this point. Hurler, as rough as it is, gets people's attention for being a wooden roller coaster and so people kind of flock over to it. Anaconda gets really no accolades from the general public as it looks old and, by being on the lake, it just highlights the "decaying qualities" of the ride.

Nonetheless, both of their days are definitely numbered.

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Re: New For 2014 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 6/6/13 6:24:59 PM
antikythera said:

Geauga_Dog said:

Just a few crazy thoughts...

Six Flags America - Last new coaster was Batwing in 2001.

Considering Apocolypse was the most recent "new" coaster and also considering how long it was added after Batwing that is not going to happen. I would say a Skyscreamer here as well but with Kings Dominion having the taller Windseeker just down the road I'm not sure if that's a logical move for them.

Kings Dominion - Intimidator 305 will be four years old in 2014.

As for the Cedar Fair parks I see Kings Dominion to be the next to get a wing coaster but not until 2015. Also I don't see Grizzly going anywhere though I wish they would make it easier to get to the ride (not through a gift shop either). Hurler needs to burn in hell.

I disagree. Kings Dominion is a good 1 1/2 to 2 hours away and draws a different crowd. From my experience, most people at Six Flags America tend to be far from the enthusiasts you see at other parks and go to Six Flags because it's cost effective.

If Six Flags America is indeed one of the least profitable parks in the chain as many are noting, I go against my original wishes and foresee them implementing that SkyScreamer or some other small flat ride in 2014, as it would be enough exposure to generate interest from the local crowds that attend, but not bankrupt the park. Apocalypse did just that and most people will never know it's a 20+ year old coaster.

How high and where to put the SkyScreamer and/or other flat ride is the question, since it seems they are under height restrictions.

I took a trip there the Saturday before last and started looking around at possibilities. If the drop tower by the Wild One wasn't already there, a SkyScreamer would be a perfect fit where the old Two Face station is -- the many times I take a ride on the drop tower facing the rest of the park, the view has been phenomenal for such a small park.

Not sure where else they could put something really, considering the land over by Superman and Batwing has primarily been used for storage and/or as a graveyard for many parts and decaying coasters coming through (I still want my TOGO pipeline coaster that was delivered in 2006, dang it -- RIP Ultra Twister).

As for KD, a wing coaster flying in and out of the wooded area by Hurler (after it burns to the ground, of course) would be awesome, if impracticable. One can wish though. :)

I can say with absolute confidence that SFA greatly exceeded their annual budget in regards to attendance and gate admissions between the years of 2002-2011, most years anyway.

The mindset with SFA from the HQ's perspective was 'if the park is pulling these kinds of numbers without a major capital investment, why invest?'

This is coming from the guy whose name was twice removed from the Apocalypse Media Day list because the park still can't figure out who and how I get the information that I receive and most of the time it's pretty damn accurate.

SFA's current height limit, I believe, is still around 200'. There was speculation in the past year that the park was seeking some sort of arrangement similar to SFNE's situation where as they (SFA) wanted to be able to install taller attractions in certain areas of the park, exceeding the 200' limit, and sought variance from their current limits. I don't know where that stands now.

As far as replacing attractions are concerned (in regards to the Two Face location), the park does not need to have the general approval of the county for a new attraction that replaces an old attraction. I don't know the legalise of this as I'm not a lawyer, but as I understand it they park still needs to apply for permitting for footers, electrical, etc type stuff. SFA just doesn't need the approval provided the new attraction fits within the previous zoning of the previous attraction. With this being said, and taking into account the 200' limit, I don't see SFA putting in a 137' tall Sky Screamer ride (Two Face's height).

A ride such as a Sky Screamer is something SFA desparately needs. SFA needs a signature thrill ride as they have not have one in many years. ALL of the park's existing rides predate the 1999 flagship of the park. The scramber, the round up, the bumper cars all date back to the Wild World days of the park. Premier Parks invested in some flats between 92-98 and many of those have been removed over the past ten years. They never replaced the enterprise, or the Iron Eagle (Zamperla Roto-Shake), or even their Tilt-A-Whirl, an amusement park standard. For the size of the park that SFA is, they really need a thrill ride. They don't need another coaster, that's for sure.

SFA has no problem pulling people through the turnstiles. A single day admission is up to $59.99. SFA's glaring weakness from a revenue stand point is their ability to pull in group sales and park buyouts. It's not uncommon for SFA to add dates on weekends in September well into the summer months because they are simply unable to get corporate buy outs that other parks in the region (Hershey and KD) attract. Every since the botched opening of SFA in 1999, to the gang incidents, robberies, and overly hype ride malfunctions, corporations simply refuse to have their buy outs and family days there.

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Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 6/6/13 10:13:53 PM
While at Kings Island last Wednesday I rode Flight Deck with a off duty employee. He told me the park has trade marked the name " Banshee". I also rode Drop Zone and did spot some footers. A couple of them were in a triangle shape. I'll be headed back to the park several times this year, so I'll get to see their progress. That employee also told me that the rumor is that a B&M giga is being built, but that's just rumors now.
Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 6/11/13 10:43:18 AM
Busch Gardens Africa just announced Falcon's Fury, a 335 ft. drop tower. What is unique about this one is that your are raised up in the sitting position. As the ride comes to the top the seats tilt simular to the B&M flying coasters. You then drop in a flying position, face down. This sounds like the ultimate drop tower.
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 6/11/13 4:09:40 PM
frontrow said:

Busch Gardens Africa just announced Falcon's Fury, a 335 ft. drop tower. What is unique about this one is that your are raised up in the sitting position. As the ride comes to the top the seats tilt simular to the B&M flying coasters. You then drop in a flying position, face down. This sounds like the ultimate drop tower.

Sounds pretty exhilarating, like the next evolution of Acrophobia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrophobia_(ride)).

I may be visiting Busch Gardens Africa in the fall so I'll take some pictures of any work I see while there.

Edit: I have to wonder how they are going to address people's items falling from their clothing at that height, in that position. Although they currently check people's hands on most drops before going up, I can see someone not securely strapping their phone, coins, etc. to their clothing and it slipping out during the position change and/or on the way down.

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Re: New For 2014 by JMiller at 6/11/13 8:10:00 PM
For SFA (my home park), I think the GP likes Apocalypse well enough for it to keep them quiet for a few more years....but the enthusiasts who go there will still feel un-fulfilled. I went there with a friend last fall (opening day of FrightFest, which royally sucked) and he wasn't impressed by any of the coasters. I'm a bit upset to find out that Superman. RoS isn't even a "real" hypercoaster, but it's still pretty damn high....anyway, I don't see the management adding anything else, they're getting plenty of visitors as it is (from what I hear.)

For a while I've been thinking of a world's first chain/cable-lift strata coaster. I haven't ridden a wingrider or a floorless coaster, but I think that CF isn't about to add another one of those to a park, and building the world's first non-launched stratacoaster would likely put KI back on the map.

I've also thought about another (or the first) wooden hyper/giga coaster, but with SoB as a recent loss I doubt CF would spend the money to build another similar coaster. Another El Toro-type Intamin woodie would be great, but it seems like the GP is falling out of favor with non-inverting woodies and going for the gimmicky steel coasters and RM hybrids.

Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 6/11/13 10:04:27 PM
Coney Island seems to adding a Zamperla Euro Fighter called Thunderbolt.
Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 6/12/13 12:08:00 AM
^^^It's not a Eurofighter 'per se' as that's a Gerstlauer brand, but I get what you're saying with the Eurofighter-style layout. The renderings show the trains with an unique sitting configuration (3 across and 3 deep, for a total of nine per train). It's nice to hear that CI is finally getting a custom made coaster, something which hasn't happened in a long time.

http://gizmodo.com/coney-island-is-resurrecting-a-legendary-coaster-with-512622154

Re: New For 2014 by Schrecken Schrecken Profile at 6/12/13 1:42:56 AM
JMiller said:

For SFA (my home park), I think the GP likes Apocalypse well enough for it to keep them quiet for a few more years....but the enthusiasts who go there will still feel un-fulfilled. I went there with a friend last fall (opening day of FrightFest, which royally sucked) and he wasn't impressed by any of the coasters. I'm a bit upset to find out that Superman. RoS isn't even a "real" hypercoaster, but it's still pretty damn high....anyway, I don't see the management adding anything else, they're getting plenty of visitors as it is (from what I hear.)



Barring the possible addition of a new coaster,
I'd like to see SFA get even a decent flat ride, like a Huss giant frisbee or an S&S swing, even if it was a 2nd hand ride (not sure if other SF parks have any of those types of flats or not). I also think that what helps keep this park going is the water park - it is always very busy when it is open (unless the weather isn't good), far more busy than the rest of the park. In other words, if they were to pull a Geauga Lake and remove everything but the waterpark, the waterpark alone would still be extremely popular.

But luckily, I'm only about 2 1/2 hours from HP and KD, and less than 4 hrs from SF Great Adventure and BGE.

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 6/12/13 5:32:15 AM
The lift in this concept video of Coney's new coaster not only looks nothing like a Euro-Fighter lift, it doesn't even look like the lift in the artist renderings above. What it DOES look like is a nice ride that will be a nightmare for capacity and really damn short!

Besides, you can spot Debbie Harry in the video, so it's GOTTA be good....right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPQ7_alwZM4

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Re: New For 2014 by JMiller at 6/12/13 11:09:34 AM
beastmaster said:

The lift in this concept video of Coney's new coaster not only looks nothing like a Euro-Fighter lift, it doesn't even look like the lift in the artist renderings above. What it DOES look like is a nice ride that will be a nightmare for capacity and really damn short!


Besides, you can spot Debbie Harry in the video, so it's GOTTA be good....right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPQ7_alwZM4

That does look pretty awesome......the track looks kinda like a Premier Rides coaster....and Coney could do with an awesome world's-first coaster (as well as an inverting coaster). The thing that bothers me is the lift layout and the fact that only two cars can run at one time. The Zamperla flying coaster has a similar spiral lift and a similar car system (three in a row, one row), and it's got terrible capacity. But I'd gladly sacrifice in terms of wait time for a great coaster

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 6/12/13 11:29:18 AM
That Thunderbolt lift sorta remind me of the lift on Giraffica (FKA Pilgrim's Plunge) at Holiday World.
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/12/13 11:34:53 AM
Here is said video...

I'm impressed!

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 6/12/13 7:55:18 PM
frontrow said:

While at Kings Island last Wednesday I rode Flight Deck with a off duty employee. He told me the park has trade marked the name " Banshee". I also rode Drop Zone and did spot some footers. A couple of them were in a triangle shape. I'll be headed back to the park several times this year, so I'll get to see their progress. That employee also told me that the rumor is that a B&M giga is being built, but that's just rumors now.

Yeah, to be honest I'll be very surprised if it isn't a 300 ft B&M like Leviathan. Especially with all of that space there, and those unique triangle footers that Leviathan has. It definitely will be thrilling, but I was hoping for something more unique to that park, but I guess that making larger versions of the same style/make coaster (Diamondback) the park already has is all of the rage now; After all bigger is better... Sorry for my mini-rant.

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Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 6/13/13 8:41:19 AM
Just a hypothetical response but what if Kings Island's new coaster instead turns out to be a huge B&M invert instead of a giga? Despite having Flight Deck and Invertigo in the immediate vicinity a full circuit inverted coaster has become a staple a majority of the larger parks and is missing from KI's lineup.

Not sure if they would want to go Alpengeist big but let's supppose they were to go bigger than Alpie on this one. World's tallest and fastest invert would be a big selling point and give the park bragging rights. I think the name Banshee, if that is the name of this coaster, would be a better name for an inverted coaster rather than a giga.

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/13/13 10:43:17 AM
Geauga_Dog said:

Just a hypothetical response but what if Kings Island's new coaster instead turns out to be a huge B&M invert instead of a giga? Despite having Flight Deck and Invertigo in the immediate vicinity a full circuit inverted coaster has become a staple a majority of the larger parks and is missing from KI's lineup.


Not sure if they would want to go Alpengeist big but let's supppose they were to go bigger than Alpie on this one. World's tallest and fastest invert would be a big selling point and give the park bragging rights. I think the name Banshee, if that is the name of this coaster, would be a better name for an inverted coaster rather than a giga.

G-Dog

Kings Island is the only major park in the U.S. I can think of that does NOT have an inverted coaster (excluding Invertigo of course). My preference would be a B&M invert over any other coaster option for 2014.

I would love to see them out-do Alpengeist too. The ride would be very marketable, and as a big B&M Invert fan, it would get me back to the park in 2014.

Then again, so would a 300 foot coaster...

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Re: New For 2014 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 6/13/13 11:15:56 AM
All the rumors out there say it's B&M for KI in 2014, but what are the odds we see another Intamin giga, something that takes the best of MF and 305, and puts it into a great layout?

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 6/13/13 1:18:12 PM
The new Thunderbolt ride looks pretty cool. I do agree it will be a capacity nightmare. It's something that I'd go on a slow day. I'm just a little worried about the issues with that lift, otherwise I like how creative it is to save on the space for the rest of the ride.

As for KI and another B&M giga, I do agree on a level that it is essentially the same ride as a mega/hyper. Why not let another park get a B&M giga? I would fall under the group that thinks it is just 'one upping' a current ride.
With CP a few miles away, I doubt they will give its sister park another wing coaster and as much as I think MF seems pretty good overall, CP will never let any park top their ride. Imo, I305 could've worked better if it was a close to similar to MF with the over banked turns.* Don't get me wrong I305 on its own right is pretty good now, but I think it would've been better as lap bar restraints and without the quick left-right transition that slams you into the otsrs.

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/13/13 1:48:35 PM
Great_Ump said:

All the rumors out there say it's B&M for KI in 2014, but what are the odds we see another Intamin giga, something that takes the best of MF and 305, and puts it into a great layout?


Joe
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I think it's safe to say that Cedar Fair is done with Intamin for a while... Pretty much everything since Millennium Force has had issues. So, the odds are pretty slim, I would imagine.

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Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 6/13/13 2:40:10 PM
Cyclone_Phil said:

With CP a few miles away,

Sorry, that made me chuckle, Phil.

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 6/13/13 7:58:16 PM
beastmaster said:

Sorry, that made me chuckle, Phil.

Mike

I'm not familiar with that region of the country. All i know is they are in the same state.

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 6/13/13 8:19:22 PM
Cyclone_Phil said:

beastmaster said:


Sorry, that made me chuckle, Phil.

Mike

I'm not familiar with that region of the country. All i know is they are in the same state.

I'm just yanking yer chain, Phil. Geography ain't exactly my strong suit.

They're actually 200 miles apart.

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Re: New For 2014 *NM* by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 6/13/13 8:54:45 PM
Ah got it.
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/28/13 10:56:45 AM
Revised today with the recent news of Kentucky Kingdom's revival.

Apparently Thunder Run will re-open this year along with a new roller coaster.

2015 will bring a re-vamped T2, and 2016 will bring a new and improved Twisted Twins.

Sounds good to me.

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Re: New For 2014 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 7/1/13 4:45:27 PM
Does anyone else find it to be a bit odd that we're now into July and there really aren't much rumors "out there" in regards to the SF chain for 2014?

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Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/1/13 7:31:25 PM
I'd expect a major announcement re: GrAdv before long. Next year is the park's 40th anniversary, so I'd anticipate SOMETHING.

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 7/3/13 12:21:45 AM
frontrow said:

Busch Gardens Africa just announced Falcon's Fury, a 335 ft. drop tower. What is unique about this one is that your are raised up in the sitting position. As the ride comes to the top the seats tilt simular to the B&M flying coasters. You then drop in a flying position, face down. This sounds like the ultimate drop tower.

Damn, and this was the last year for my pass. I probably won't be going back to BGT for a few more years since I've already been there for 3 seasons
and going somewhere else next year. But I was there last month and saw some construction vehicles there. I guess I won't miss out if there are the 1st year teething issues.
As for Universal Studios, the Harry Potter section looks like it's coming along nicely. I can see the elevated track stretching from Universal to IOA from the lift hill of the Dragons. I guess it might be a back and forth thing since the station looks like it stops just before it 'hits' the supports of the coasters. Not a HP fan, but I will look forward to the finished product.
Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 7/5/13 7:51:59 AM
Just saw this link on Facebook. Looks like Prince George's County is lifting the height limit placed on SFA's attractions. While they keep mentioning roller coasters, I am willing to bet we can expect an announcement for a Sky Screamer shortly.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/214315621.html

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 7/5/13 11:26:54 AM
That is great news Paul.I really like this park and It has so much more potential without all the restrictions.It will really make things a lot more interesting to see what they do now.
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/5/13 11:53:28 AM
This makes me excited as well. I also like the fact that the county is going to allow them to stay open late. I always got frustrated that the park only stays open until 9pm. Kudos PG, kudos.
Re: New For 2014 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 7/6/13 10:54:05 AM
Wow! That Thunderbolt Reborn ride looks cool!

Also that tower at BGT sounds AWESOME!

And last but not least, I agree with Mike, SFGAdv needs something to happen next year! Big anniversary and a lot of bull crap since 2008. It's time to catch up.

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Re: New For 2014 by JMiller at 7/7/13 11:25:25 PM
alpengeistno3 said:

Just saw this link on Facebook. Looks like Prince George's County is lifting the height limit placed on SFA's attractions. While they keep mentioning roller coasters, I am willing to bet we can expect an announcement for a Sky Screamer shortly.


http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/214315621.html

Paul

Here's what I'd like to see for my home park:
-A retrack of Wild One. To me it seems that if Rocky Mountain's engineers came in and re-did the coaster, it could really be something special.
-The placement of a compact ride, like an S&S El Loco, where Two-Face used to be. Six Flags hasn't yet installed an El Loco at any of their parks, but they seem to have almost every other kind of coaster.
-A gigacoaster would also be a great addition; personally, I'd like to see Superman's height be raised, the drop steepened, and maybe an inversion or two thrown in? Having a huge vertical loop under the lift hill would look nice.
-Six Flags New England has two Boomerangs (one a Giant Invertigo, the other a standard sit-down model). Am I the only one here who thinks there's something wrong with having two types of the same brand of coaster at one park? SFA could keep the Two-Face sign and theme, but just use SFNE's sit-down boomerang instead of an Invertigo model.

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/8/13 11:55:43 AM
JMiller said:

alpengeistno3 said:

Just saw this link on Facebook. Looks like Prince George's County is lifting the height limit placed on SFA's attractions. While they keep mentioning roller coasters, I am willing to bet we can expect an announcement for a Sky Screamer shortly.


http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/214315621.html

Paul

Here's what I'd like to see for my home park:
-A retrack of Wild One. To me it seems that if Rocky Mountain's engineers came in and re-did the coaster, it could really be something special.
-The placement of a compact ride, like an S&S El Loco, where Two-Face used to be. Six Flags hasn't yet installed an El Loco at any of their parks, but they seem to have almost every other kind of coaster.
-A gigacoaster would also be a great addition; personally, I'd like to see Superman's height be raised, the drop steepened, and maybe an inversion or two thrown in? Having a huge vertical loop under the lift hill would look nice.
-Six Flags New England has two Boomerangs (one a Giant Invertigo, the other a standard sit-down model). Am I the only one here who thinks there's something wrong with having two types of the same brand of coaster at one park? SFA could keep the Two-Face sign and theme, but just use SFNE's sit-down boomerang instead of an Invertigo model.

It's also my homepark so I have some mixed feelings about your suggestions.

I disagree with the Rocky Mountain rehab. If you're suggesting the ibox track, then I deifnitley say no. You'd be ruining a classic (can't believe it's about to be 100 years old).

If you're suggesting their topper track, maybe, but I'd still feel iffy about the whole thing. I think coasters of this age should be left in their original state. Cost effectiveness aside, there is something to be said about riding an old wooden with all its great moments, as well as its flaws. Brings out the coaster's charm, in my opinion.

An El Loco in the spot where Two Face once was can be a smart move for SFA. With Looney Tunes Movie Town next door, they could expand that area of the park and incorporate the new El Loco, branding it as a Looney Tunes roller coaster that the family can enjoy together. It'd bring some life back to this section as I think it's sometimes forgotten (I walk by it all the time and don't think twice about what's back there which is basically nothing except a few flats and a kiddie coaster).

On the topic of expansion, much like the other areas of the park, Gotham City is really not themed well. The area for Gotham City is about 1/3 of the park, yet it's barren as anything. There are only six rides total in the area with little ol' Whistlestop Park, akwardly taking up a small corner. If they moved the entrance to WP and re-branded the rest of the Gotham City section as Superhero Alley (or something along that vein) so that Sky Coaster and Superman fit the theme better, they could build off of this idea and make a large coaster seem well thought out.

I took about twelve consecutive rides on Superman yesterday morning (probably could have gone all day but I had places to be), and on the way up each time, I kept surveying the area around Batwing and Superman. There is SO MUCH land that is underutilized. Anything, from a Giga to a GCI creation could go into this land and work in conjunction with the existing rides.

Conversely, Coyote Creek and Skull Island encroaches onto the open land by Superman so an expansion of those areas could also be nice.

I'm not sure I'm entirely sold on a Boomerang coming back to SFA. The park already has three headbanging, headache inducing rides as it is. SFA would be taking a risk bringing in another Vekoma coaster, especially on the ill-fated grounds of Two Face. However, if Apocalypse is any indication, it'd probably do well with the general public.

Looking at all the speculation on this website, as well as elsewhere, I agree that a SkyScreamer is probably on the way. I don't think SFA would have fought as hard as they did to get the height restriction lifted if it wasn't for a cost effective flat ride in the works.

Then again, I could see them ramping up their game with a coaster in 2015 and capitalizing on all the observations and suggestions I mentioned above.

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Re: New For 2014 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 7/8/13 6:45:13 PM
Just to be clear, the height limit thing at SFA has been in the works for over a year now and it's not that the park can put in whatever it wants. They still must seek approval for each new installation and this county historically drags their feet when it comes to these types of things.

Joe
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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/8/13 8:02:49 PM
I don't doubt. I'm very aware of PG county and their shoddiness toward things. Approval or not, it's nice that they are able to at least expand in the manner they would like.
Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 7/8/13 8:28:53 PM
Certainly, no one here is naive enough to think that SFA did not receive the variance approval without a specific attraction in mind. I wouldn't be surprised to hear about an approval hearing before the summer is out. (But knowing SFA, they will probably still drag it out until later. They are STILL busy trying to get their 2013 addition completed.)

Frankly, the only reason we haven't heard about it already is that they need the approval from corporate for the funds.

Paul

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Re: New For 2014 by JMiller at 7/13/13 4:11:03 PM
I'm gonna re-post, as best I can, a hint that I saw online somewhere (I forgot where, I was kinda link-diving when I saw it), as to what Kings Island's new 2014 coaster might be.

1. All of the speculation and rumors being thrown around by fans have diverted attention away from what really matters: having fun.

2. We won't tell you what you're getting; isn't it fun, hanging on the edge of your seat?

3. Next season, some people think KI will soar to new heights....but who's to say it won't fall to new lows?

4. In 2014, a mountain spirit will be de-throned.

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/13/13 7:01:34 PM
JMiller said:



1but who's to say it won't fall to new lows?

4.

UNDERGROUND COASTER!! :)

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 7/13/13 7:49:45 PM
JMiller said:

4. In 2014, a mountain spirit will be de-throned.

Hmmm, an "Alpen-geist" ?

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 7/13/13 7:59:06 PM
lol, a 300' tall inverted coaster? I just hope if it is an invert they not use a cobra roll and use a batwing instead. The 'ice' side of 'chasing' dragons reminded me how much I hate those on an invert.
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/13/13 9:16:23 PM
A coaster that goes underground for a significant amount of time would be pretty awesome. And I'm not talking about some tunnel, but some serious underground action.
Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 7/15/13 1:27:47 PM
Regarding the Busch Gardens coaster, we had a BGW rep at my workplace handing out brochures and whatnot. I asked him about new coasters, he said there was definitely something brewing. not even sure how much this guy would even know, but i'll take it.
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/15/13 6:53:33 PM
I'm pretty excited to learn what Kings island is up to. I'm making plans to be there next year.

Not only is it a fantastic park, but the idea of a massive inverted coaster that spends time underground is almost too appealing to me....

A new inverted coaster? It feels like the late 90's again!

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Re: New For 2014 by coastinj coastinj Profile at 7/15/13 8:49:10 PM
As for all the new possible rides that we know of for next year so far, I'm super excited to see Busch Gardens new drop tower. That is a huge step for any park; let alone BGW, which usually doesn't go that far off the map with a non coaster ride.

As for the un announced rides I'm curious for the announcements of Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, and Kings Island.

Based on what info we know (and don't know) I would love to see KY Kingdom put in a intamin looper like maverick: something Kings Island nor Holiday World have that would set them apart from the 3.

As for Holiday World: I'd love to see a couple things happen here (whether 2014 and beyond) I'd love to see more adult rides in the dry and water park. They have no single person speed style slides. In the dry park I'd love to see a huss frisbee as well as imagine an inverted coaster going out in those woods along side of Voyage, or a version of macks blue fire.

As for Kings Island I really would love a massive inverted B&M ride with the trenches (ala graves) to fit in with the banshee theme. But then again a massive traditional sitdown would suit me just fine also.

I just wish they'd announce already: I'm getting ansy.

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 7/15/13 9:35:20 PM
Has anyone heard any rumors at all about Holiday World adding anything new for 2014???
Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/15/13 9:37:56 PM
Great Adventure to announce on 8/29.

http://njtoday.net/2013/07/15/six-flags-great-adventure-announces-august-special-events/

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 7/15/13 11:08:52 PM
It would surprise me if it wasn't a winged coaster like xflight at sfgam. I just hope it isn't a clone and has some unique layout. What i also hope if this is going to be a coaster is that an existing coaster not be removed (well dark crap being an exception of course, that can go away,lol). They have space over by the batman/nitro area. There is no need to stack everything where bizarro and gl are.

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Re: New For 2014 by HWLover HWLover Profile at 7/16/13 12:02:31 AM
HWLover said:

I think Holiday World will get their act together enough to build a roller coaster. Its been since 2006 since any roller coaster was built (voyage). From what they've shown, they have a good plan. But with the way they've been going with Splashin' Safari, there's no telling. As they've added water rides every year. It would be nice to see a B&M Giga Coaster or even a B&M winged coaster. Also, I'm not sure what other people think, but I'd like to see Rocky Mountain on Legend or even Raven.
I think a "flying" coaster like Gatekeeper at Cedar Point or Wild Eagle at Dollywood would be nice in Holiday World. With the terrain they have to work with, they could easily break records as well as theme the coaster well into an existing section or even a new one. They could base a whole new section in the fields next to Giraffica(formerly Pilgrims Plunge). And they could build a Massive drop tower like Falcons fury in The section as well. The theming possibilities for Holiday World are nice, and im not saying family friendly isnt good, but we need some extreme thrill rides for adults. Please reply on what you think should happen.
Re: New For 2014 by Great_Ump Great_Ump Profile at 7/16/13 2:13:05 PM
JMiller said:

I'm gonna re-post, as best I can, a hint that I saw online somewhere (I forgot where, I was kinda link-diving when I saw it), as to what Kings Island's new 2014 coaster might be.


1. All of the speculation and rumors being thrown around by fans have diverted attention away from what really matters: having fun.

2. We won't tell you what you're getting; isn't it fun, hanging on the edge of your seat?

3. Next season, some people think KI will soar to new heights....but who's to say it won't fall to new lows?

4. In 2014, a mountain spirit will be de-throned.

Sounds like a Dive Coaster IMO.

Joe
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Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 7/16/13 2:50:04 PM
alpengeistno3 said:

JMiller said:


4. In 2014, a mountain spirit will be de-throned.

Hmmm, an "Alpen-geist" ?

Paul

good catch - should be an inverted record holder then.

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/16/13 4:28:45 PM
beastmaster said:

Great Adventure to announce on 8/29.


http://njtoday.net/2013/07/15/six-flags-great-adventure-announces-august-special-events/

I already said on Facebook I want the longest and tallest Dive coaster in the world! :-P

But everyone thinks it's going to be a drop tower on the back of KK. While I would surely take a drop tower that's a horrible spot - you'd be looking at the parking lot!

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 7/18/13 5:04:41 PM
Would a drop tower go over well at KK after what happened with Hellevator/Superman? I'm not sure if it's a wise idea to put one in at least at this time, but maybe later on since I think it's still a bit fresh in most people's minds.

G-Dog

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 7/18/13 7:06:09 PM
I think Jen means KK = Kingda Ka, not Kentucky Kingdom.

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 7/19/13 2:33:37 AM
HWLover said:

HWLover said:

I think Holiday World will get their act together enough to build a roller coaster. Its been since 2006 since any roller coaster was built (voyage). From what they've shown, they have a good plan. But with the way they've been going with Splashin' Safari, there's no telling. As they've added water rides every year. It would be nice to see a B&M Giga Coaster or even a B&M winged coaster. Also, I'm not sure what other people think, but I'd like to see Rocky Mountain on Legend or even Raven.
I think a "flying" coaster like Gatekeeper at Cedar Point or Wild Eagle at Dollywood would be nice in Holiday World. With the terrain they have to work with, they could easily break records as well as theme the coaster well into an existing section or even a new one. They could base a whole new section in the fields next to Giraffica(formerly Pilgrims Plunge). And they could build a Massive drop tower like Falcons fury in The section as well. The theming possibilities for Holiday World are nice, and im not saying family friendly isnt good, but we need some extreme thrill rides for adults. Please reply on what you think should happen.

Regarding Holiday World, I would be surprised to see a coaster there anytime soon, atleast until that family feud over the park is settled. IMO a large capacity B&M, never the less a towering giga-sized coaster doesn't fit the environment of HW.

For a new steelie, an Eurofighter would be more ideal IMO. Raven was pretty smooth when I rode last year; I don't see it needing any Rocky Mtn treatment. I love Legend, but I can see how people think that it's a lil rough; Maybe new trains would ease this high lateral-G coaster.

Actually Gatekeeper & Wild Eagle are 'Wing coasters' not flying coasters. HW already has Liberty Launch, I don't think that HW is looking for a super-lofty tower ride like Falcon's Fury any time soon. IMO HW has that good 'small park' charm, with the benefit of some great world class wooden coasters. Thrilling rides are good, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't want HW go 'mainstream, large park' with these towering attractions, at the same time losing the parks charm.

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Re: New For 2014 by incineratorr incineratorr Profile at 7/19/13 11:58:19 AM
I just wanted to add that I really hope that they don't add a drop tower to KK or in the park in general, I mean for me, they're just not that exciting after 3 or more times, but just think for a second KK the train go's up at a 90 degree angle, go's over the top hat and back down at a 90 degree angle.......a drop tower go's up 90 degree angle and back down a 90 degree angle... whats really the difference there besides the speed. It makes no sense to put a drop tower on KK.
Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 7/19/13 1:49:22 PM
I agree!! I really don't think Great Adventure needs that drop tower. I am trying to think what would fit best since they already have such a varied collection of different coasters in the park. How about a 4th dimension type coaster??? The East Coast needs one of those!!
Re: New For 2014 by incineratorr incineratorr Profile at 7/19/13 2:21:40 PM
Yeah an X2 would be awesome, but I'll be just as happy with something like a Max Air, or a zig zag coaster or something new along those ideas.
Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/19/13 2:25:28 PM
Dion, GAdv already HAS a 4-D coaster...Dark Knight.

It's:

Drab
Dull
Dumb
Dopey

Not to mention Dreary and Dismal.

Hey, NJ has the world's first 6-D coaster!! I'm so proud...

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 7/19/13 2:31:17 PM
^^^Tell em' how you really feel about Dark Knight Mike! :)
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/20/13 12:54:32 PM
alpengeistno3 said:

I think Jen means KK = Kingda Ka, not Kentucky Kingdom.


Paul

Yep - Never been to Kentucky Kingdom. Been on Kingda Ka too many times to count including a spectacular ride yesterday! :-)

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/20/13 1:02:32 PM
I disagree completely. SFGadv needs either a Drop Tower or a Huss Frissbee. They took out all of our flats years ago. While they've started to replace some of them there are still more needed. I would naturally rather have a dive coaster (or even a wing coaster but I think that's unlikely) but if it's a drop tower I'd be happy with that - as long as it's not piggy backing KK.

There have been rumors that the Parachute ride's days are numbered for a while - that wouldn't be a bad place for a drop tower. Or back by Medusa so you could overlook the safari and bring more traffic her way as well. Have it done Kings Island style where it rotates before it drops and have it so it drops at different times every ride (in a cycle of 2-4 different rotations) so you can't time it for anticipation.

Free Fall was still drawing crowds until its last breath - RIP Free Fall :-( - so a drop tower will do very well.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 7/21/13 12:27:44 AM
incineratorr said:

Yeah an X2 would be awesome, but I'll be just as happy with something like a Max Air, or a zig zag coaster or something new along those ideas.

A Zamperla Zig Zag Coaster, which basically a regular wild mouse? That would be a head scratcher, esp with Dark Knight there.

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/21/13 12:56:33 AM
Overbanked said:

incineratorr said:

Yeah an X2 would be awesome, but I'll be just as happy with something like a Max Air, or a zig zag coaster or something new along those ideas.

A Zamperla Zig Zag Coaster, which basically a regular wild mouse? That would be a head scratcher, esp with Dark Knight there.

And Mike G would have to be placed on suicide (or possibly homicide) watch! LOL!

Jen

Re: New For 2014 *NM* by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 7/21/13 2:38:16 AM
^^^LMAO!
Re: New For 2014 *NM* by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/21/13 6:56:33 AM
Hey, I've got nothing against Mice in general.

An indoor Mouse near Pittsburgh happens to be one of my favorite rides.

Now that it's been "semi-officially" announced that Batman and Superman will both appear in a 2015 follow-up to Man Of Steel, I wonder if they'll re-theme Dark Knight. And there's a Flash movie in the works too. I've always speculated that Kingda Ka could be re-themed to the Flash pretty easily.

Not saying either change will happen....

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 *NM* by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 7/21/13 3:58:48 PM
Agreed. I have no issues with wild mouse coasters. My main gripe with sfgadv was they marketed it like it was in the same levels as Nitro and the other big rides there. That made the ride that much disappointing besides the cheap cardboard cutouts along the tracks. If it was a themed looney toons kids ride, then no problems imo.

Just heard that news, I'm a bit mixed on the latest Superman movie and am not sure how well another stand alone superman movie would do, but a batman-superman team up would be awesome! I don't have faith WB can get a justice league movie made, but getting batman and superman together would be good enough for me.

Flash, I think they could give KK the TDD paint scheme of red and yellow (not exact, but something like it). Now whether CP would argue that is another story. but retheming KK would bea an 'easy' thing to do and they won't need to waste money on building another 1 trick pony (sorry jen, but they could've done more with the launch than just add a hill).

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/21/13 4:32:36 PM
Retheming KK will not happen. No way will they paint it to look like TTD - not in a million years. Now why don't one of you go and tell him of your plans:


The Bengal tiger on the left in his den - this is Kingda Ka. He is a Golden Tabby Bengal tiger (hence the Golden Kingdom) and there are only about 60 of them in the world as they are very rare.


He was born long before the coaster and it is named and themed after him. Let him know of your plans to redo his coaster and let me know how that works out for you :-P

The name and theme of KK actually has deep meaning and connection to the park - this rare tiger was born there (and used to be over in the Golden Kingdom Tiger display)- it's not changing.

There's a survey that's apparently going around (I have not received it yet) as this was posted on Screamscape:

2014 - Giga Drop / Giant Drop - Rumor - (7/19/13) Six Flags put out an interesting survey for SFGAdv guests asking them to vote for the best sounding name for an “Africa themed, intense thrill ride”. They were to choose from “Kimanjo, Zumanjaro, Kimondo, Kushuku, or Shango”.
This alone seems to lock in the location that the park’s next major ride will go in somewhere on the new Safari end of the park, no matter if this is the rumored freefall ride or something else entirely. As for the names… while Six Flags failed to explain what any of them meant in the survey, running the names through Google and Google Translate has yielded some interesting and even amusing results.
Kimanjo is the name of a location in Kenya.
Zumanjaro comes up with no results at all and appears to be simply made up, as if they tried to put “Zu” in font of Kilamanjaro. Sorry… as the old Disney ads used to put it, Nahtazu!
Kimondo is another province within Kenya, but also translated from Swahili as the word for a Meteor or Shooting Star in the sky.
Kushuku translates from Swahili as “Skepticism”
And finally, Shango translates from Swahili as “Chlamydia”. Ummm… yeah… they went there. Sorry… while Six Flags may end up starting a new Meme with that one, I don’t think we’ll be riding Chlamydia: The Ride anytime soon.
My vote is for Kimondo… as a shooting star is a perfect theme for a massive freefall tower I think.

So it looks like the rumors of a drop tower are coming to fruition and it appears it will not be piggy backing KK from what we know of so far.

Jen

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 7/21/13 4:50:07 PM
Are you the western area of the park couldn't be looking at a re-theme for the 40th anniversary? With the addition of the Safari and the removal of the Conestoga and the Super Teepee, I know a certain floorless coaster that could be looking for a new home :)

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/21/13 4:54:48 PM
alpengeistno3 said:

Are you the western area of the park couldn't be looking at a re-theme for the 40th anniversary? With the addition of the Safari and the removal of the Conestoga and the Super Teepee, I know a certain floorless coaster that could be looking for a new home :)


Paul

Nice try but the rumors circulating are that Rolling Thunder is the one getting the ax. We'll see. Keep your grimy SFA hands off MY Medusa!! :-P

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 7/21/13 8:45:23 PM
lol, I typically associate king with lions, but if I ever finish my BGT pics, I'll one up you on your tiger pic :)
Eh, I don't think Gadv will retheme KK, but they changed Medusa to Bizarro. So it won't be out of the question if they did do a retheme on that level which would be cheaper than to build a new coaster and theming that, plus the speed part is already there.

As for Bizarro, I do hope that isn't moved. Much as I'd like a winged coaster, I don't want it at the expense of another coaster as good as Bizarro is. I'd much rather see them tear down 'screeching lumber' instead.

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Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/22/13 12:27:53 AM
Cyclone_Phil said:

lol, I typically associate king with lions, but if I ever finish my BGT pics, I'll one up you on your tiger pic :)

You didn't think this was a lion did you? LOL!

Eh, I don't think Gadv will retheme KK, but they changed Medusa to Bizarro. So it won't be out of the question if they did do a retheme on that level which would be cheaper than to build a new coaster and theming that, plus the speed part is already there.

But they added a lot to Medusa (and not for the better IMO but thankfully they removed the noise boxes!) - not sure what they could really do to make KK "new". Don't think that will happen. It's too popular the way it is.

As for Bizarro, I do hope that isn't moved. Much as I'd like a winged coaster, I don't want it at the expense of another coaster as good as Bizarro is. I'd much rather see them tear down 'screeching lumber' instead.

Agree 110%! If they so much as touch her I'll freak out. I've really started to appreciate her as one of my favorite coasters the last few years. The only loop I actually get a "wee" on. They changed the queue entrance to the shorter side so that had me a bit worried but it's also just practical I suppose. Or perhaps the new drop tower will be going up in that area.


New Medusa/Bizarro entrance


Old entrance.

This would make perfect sense to put the drop tower here. Someone on FB said someone at the park mentioned something about the baboons with the new ride and the baboons are behind the trees there. Plus, it will increase traffic to the area and therefore more ridership on Medusa. I thought the Safari would accomplish that but I think it's too far away since I have been seeing any line increase - still always a walk on.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by ktujon ktujon Profile at 7/22/13 12:42:09 AM
since when did they change the bizarro entrance? I walked through that 'old entrance' last week!
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/22/13 12:48:10 AM
ktujon said:

since when did they change the bizarro entrance? I walked through that 'old entrance' last week!

I took those pics on Friday afternoon.

Jen

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 7/22/13 1:15:02 AM
Well, it's not like that entrance hasn't always been there. They just haven't used it since the ride was "Bizarroed" in order to force people to walk through the story boards.

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/22/13 8:54:37 AM
Holy Crap! Darien Lake with the surprise of the off season so far! Check out what they're looking to build...

Lake Monster - it looks like it could be either a Gravity Group or Rocky Montain creation, or GCI is doing their first inversion.

It sounds as if it will have a wing-over drop, like GateKeeper and X-Flight.

If this comes to fruition, I'll be there next year!

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/22/13 9:50:47 AM
A wooden coaster with a wing over drop?

Ay, not so sure about that. Sounds terrifyingly delightful.

Screamscape is reporting that a possible Vekoma SFC may be one of the concepts SFA is considering for next year in addition to either the idea of a newly built ZacSpin by Mind Eraser or Rajin' Cajun being moved over to where Two Face once stood.

Rodeo, a Huss Breakdance, was closed yesterday and that's being rumored to be removed so we'll just have to wait and see.

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Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 7/22/13 10:53:31 AM
antikythera said:

A wooden coaster with a wing over drop?


Ay, not so sure about that. Sounds terrifyingly delightful.

Screamscape is reporting that a possible Vekoma SFC may be one of the concepts SFA is considering for next year in addition to either the idea of a newly built ZacSpin by Mind Eraser or Rajin' Cajun being moved over to where Two Face once stood.

Rodeo, a Huss Breakdance, was closed yesterday and that's being rumored to be removed so we'll just have to wait and see.

I sure hope Rodeo isn't removed. That's my favorite flat ride at Six Flags America.

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/22/13 11:43:40 AM
^^Same here, despite the "no single riders" rule they enforce.
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/22/13 12:03:30 PM
Re: Lake Monster, I hope they change the name.
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Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by Kumba2013 at 7/22/13 4:39:01 PM
I haven't heard a thing about Six Flags St. Louis and its making me think that we are getting a parade or something like that but you never now the could be keeping it quiet for something like the smiler I can always hope.
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/22/13 4:47:53 PM
Kumba2013 said:

I haven't heard a thing about Six Flags St. Louis and its making me think that we are getting a parade or something like that but you never now the could be keeping it quiet for something like the smiler I can always hope.

You mean that new coaster at Alton that's already falling apart after a few months in operation? No thank you. ;-)

http://old.towerstimes.co.uk/news/news.php?subaction=showfull&id=1374415179&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1,10,11

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2013/07/22/smiler-forced-to-close-again-as-flying-part-just-misses-alton-towers-ride-queue/

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 7/22/13 7:49:51 PM
Ambitious, but rubbish :)
*uk top gear reference.

But it would be nice for a coaster in north america to go past the 7inversion limit. 9 or 10 would be fine.

Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 7/22/13 8:28:38 PM
Darien Lake's announcement really intrigues me. I hope this is a new installation and not a alteration of Predator. Predator is finally started to run well and it would be a shame if they mess with it now. When we were at Darien Lake in May, my daughter and I both agreed that the park needed another coaster. I really like the setting of Darien Lake and if this coaster is built, we'll be headed back there next year.
Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/22/13 9:15:14 PM
Re: GrAdv...

The general consensus seem to be it'll be a drop tower of some sort, or a new coaster with the rumored removal of Rolling Thunder (BOTH?)

But let's not forget about that abandoned simulator building near Green Lantern. That's been unoccupied for about three years now. I did a GAdv survey a while back that asked about a record-breaking walk-through interactive fun-house. Perhaps the fate of this building will be part of the announcement on the 29th of August.

Anything's gotta be better than the last occupant..that stupid Mice In Space movie, whatever the (bleep) it was called...

Mike

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 7/22/13 9:29:02 PM
More than anything else,I want a record breaking coaster but the funhouse would be really interesting!!!! They are a rare find these days.
Re: New For 2014 by looper77 at 7/22/13 9:41:26 PM
A funhouse and Great Adventure should not be mentioned in the same sentence. Um, no thanks.

I know it's been nearly 30 years, but unless it were tracked, and not a walk-through, I don't know how that would be received.

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/22/13 10:18:38 PM
looper77 said:

A funhouse and Great Adventure should not be mentioned in the same sentence. Um, no thanks.


I know it's been nearly 30 years, but unless it were tracked, and not a walk-through, I don't know how that would be received.

I wouldn't worry about that - how do you make a record breaking fun house? I'd bet money that it's a drop tower, which I'm completely fine with and have been asking for (along with a Huss frisbee since SFGAM stole my Pendulum and a Dive coaster) for sometime so I can't complain if it is.

They really do have to do something with Rolling Thunder and I've been hearing the same rumors. I've been saying the past few years - either retrack and paint it or tear it down. Stop letting it rot. It's painful for those of us who grew up with that being an awesome racing woodie watching it decay into what it has become. Shame on them!

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/23/13 5:59:35 AM
Actually, if the site wasn't so close to the Parachute Drop and the upcharge attractions, I'd venture that the sim building might be razed and the site used for the potential drop tower.

Mike

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Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by SabreDan17 at 7/23/13 9:38:37 AM
The thought entered my mind as well, but I would think Lake Monster is not a revamping of Predator. Predator is longer at 3,400 ft. If anything I would think the a reconfiguration would extend the existing Predator - as with Texas Giant, the RMC makeover created a taller coaster with more track length. But then again - Predator does snake along the side of the lake..

I'm one who actually really enjoys predator, I think its a wonderfully out of control ride. As long as you're sitting in the right seat, anyway...

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 7/23/13 11:48:02 AM
frontrow said:

Darien Lake's announcement really intrigues me. I hope this is a new installation and not a alteration of Predator. Predator is finally started to run well and it would be a shame if they mess with it now. When we were at Darien Lake in May, my daughter and I both agreed that the park needed another coaster. I really like the setting of Darien Lake and if this coaster is built, we'll be headed back there next year.

Screamscape is reporting today that Lake Monster may very well be a re-do of Predator. And I agree with you Ken, it would be a shame. Predator was running pretty darn well in 2012.

I hope they're wrong and that Lake Monster is simply an addition.

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Re: New For 2014 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 7/25/13 10:36:36 AM
I just want Six Flags Great Adventure to somehow stop f*cking spending so much time and money on so many adverts and just get back to what they do best...RIDES. I don't care about those bags of chips, or kia rio's, or stride gum.

Paint Nitro's sign for f*cks sake, get me stuntman's freefall back, put in a water ride in the dry park for the hot summer park goers, and build a respectable coaster that isn't in a box.

Too many rides have been removed, and it's time to step up and make this park what it can be, and that's one of the best on the planet.

As for other park talk, I hope Holiday World gets a coaster. Loved that park on my visit in the spring, and would love to have a big reason to go back!

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/29/13 10:03:01 AM
Screamscape is reporting that some blue transfer track parts have been seen at the B&M plant in Ohio and that they are for an invert, although they aren't sure where it's going.

The customer name on the pieces is X-Works.

http://i.imgur.com/PwOAKPO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Iy4AUGN.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/V03fhkO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KG71qEQ.jpg

On a side note, Mugen, I know how you feel. SFA has removed more flats than any other Six Flags park and haven't replaced a single one. They have Grown Ups 2/Smurfs 2 ads up and down the Gotham City area. What the hell ever happened to theming.

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Re: New For 2014 by ray_p ray_p Profile at 7/31/13 11:06:05 AM
The wait for KI's announcement will be over soon as the park's Facebook page says that the announcement for a new "world record-breaking attraction" will be Thursday August 7 at 10:00 PM after the fireworks show.
Re: New For 2014 by Shaggy Shaggy Profile at 7/31/13 12:44:00 PM
Thursday August 8... not 7.

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Re: New For 2014 by ray_p ray_p Profile at 7/31/13 12:56:47 PM
^ Thx Shaggy. I was using my calendar at work where the Saturdays are cut off, so I looked at the wrong day.

In any case, I'd say the obvious choice is the world's tallest and fastest B&M invert. That should be a very interesting ride and will definitely have me getting down to Mason again next year.

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 7/31/13 2:13:57 PM
I hope that it is a launched inverted like Volcano!!
Re: New For 2014 by tjbrogan712 at 7/31/13 2:19:40 PM
So I just got back from six flags great adventure where a tour guide on the off-road safari said legally he can't release much details but that they definitely have big plans for the safari.. including using it as a fright fest attraction this year and more plans to expand it for next year. We had asked about the monkeys because years ago they had an area with baboons that they removed from the tour due to them ripping off antennas and such. Immediately he said he can't say anything legally, but that next year they will be back. Also we were first in the park waiting at the gate for them to open and participated in a survey asking how important we felt rollercoasters, family rides, and shows are. So I'm feeling this was a good sign showing some planning for 2014. Also screamscape said a few weeks ago rolling thunder shut down and only the left side was reopened. I can confirm this but the right side, at least the lift, was drastically different then the left side. There were no cross ties on it just the space for the chain. If that doesn't make since think a railroad track with just rails nothing in between them. Who knows maybe repairs, maybe demolition?
Re: New For 2014 by Roschman at 7/31/13 7:18:59 PM
Visited King Island today. I'm also in the media so things are starting to add up. Firstly our newsroom received the media invite today for the big reveal of their 2014 ride. It consisted of a large silver comb with some fake hair in it. "Record breaking" on the media invitation. The announcement is scheduled for Thursday, 8/8. Secondly, I saw what's going on behind the fences. HUGE footers are already in place in the area right behind the now demolished Son of Beast (worse ride ever). They drop into the valley behind the building housing Flight of Rear (head banger). Given that many KI coasters are terrain huggers I'm betting on an Intamin Giga. 200'+ drop with a 100'+ more into the valley. See my footer photos on wlwt.com.

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 7/31/13 7:41:22 PM
Roschman said:

Flight of Rear


Typo of the year. There will be no further judging.

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Re: New For 2014 by Roschman at 7/31/13 7:55:39 PM
Couldn't agree with you more! First post, major typo. Though "Flight of Rear" does seem somewhat app!
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/31/13 9:36:36 PM
Flight of Fear, a headbanger?

I don't know about your Mason spaghetti bowls, but our Doswell version is as smooth as a Premier can get. Even it's outdoor cousin in Mitchellville is a keeper.

On the note of the big footers, that makes me think a B&M invert more than anything. Actually, any real B&M, although if it were an Intamin with their three point support system ala I305, that would be interesting

I still think it's an invert though, unless Cedar Fair is going for the record of having four out of the five traditional sitdown giga coasters in the world.

I just hope Kings Island doesn't hype it more than they should. After the whole Kings Dominion Planet Snoopy Space Picture OMG Fiasco, my soul can't cant take it anymore.

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Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/31/13 10:19:51 PM
antikythera said:

I just hope Kings Island doesn't hype it more than they should. After the whole Kings Dominion Planet Snoopy Space Picture OMG Fiasco, anything is possible.

That was SO bad! KI has Diamondback so I think it would be foolish to do what they did up north. Put in something different. B&M hasn't done a new invert in a very long time - it's due. Or perhaps a floorless - I wonder why more of those weren't made. LOVE them!

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/31/13 10:33:40 PM
tjbrogan712 said:

So I just got back from six flags great adventure where a tour guide on the off-road safari said legally he can't release much details but that they definitely have big plans for the safari.. including using it as a fright fest attraction this year and more plans to expand it for next year. We had asked about the monkeys because years ago they had an area with baboons that they removed from the tour due to them ripping off antennas and such. Immediately he said he can't say anything legally, but that next year they will be back. Also we were first in the park waiting at the gate for them to open and participated in a survey asking how important we felt rollercoasters, family rides, and shows are. So I'm feeling this was a good sign showing some planning for 2014. Also screamscape said a few weeks ago rolling thunder shut down and only the left side was reopened. I can confirm this but the right side, at least the lift, was drastically different then the left side. There were no cross ties on it just the space for the chain. If that doesn't make since think a railroad track with just rails nothing in between them. Who knows maybe repairs, maybe demolition?

When I was on the Safari Friday they told us the same thing - that the baboons will be incorporated into the safari next year. They will probably build a fence around the road and on top of it so they can crawl overhead or something like that. I know they really don't want to disrupt the colonies and territory they already have so that would be the easiest thing to do with the least disruption. They'll only be taking out the road but they'll still have access to both sides. And they love to climb anyway so they would probably love it.

As for Rolling Thunder, rumors are circulating that it's being demolished. I checked my pics that I took while waiting for Jon on Friday and you're right - the right side is already being taken apart it appears. I didn't even notice. It was very crowded and I attempted to ride but the line was too long to wait for RT:

I'll be there twice next week - taking my 3 year old niece Tues (so I'll be trapped in kiddie hell all day) and Wed with my mom so I'll be sure to ride and see if I notice anything else. I'm sure they'll announce it if they're going to demolish so people can get their last rides in but with only one side open that line will be a bitch. If you want to ride RT and say goodbye do it now.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 7/31/13 10:45:39 PM
Didn't they just redo the train though with branding? Seems kind of a waste unless those trains are going elsewhere.

Just thought in my head how cool it would be if they made the right side a steel coaster so that the two raced each other.

Either way, looks like if it gets closed by fall, I may get my one and only ride ever on it next week.

Was there a difference in the sides i.e. how well it ran?

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 7/31/13 11:02:52 PM
antikythera said:

Didn't they just redo the train though with branding? Seems kind of a waste unless those trains are going elsewhere.


Just thought in my head how cool it would be if they made the right side a steel coaster so that the two raced each other.

Either way, looks like if it gets closed by fall, I may get my one and only ride ever on it next week.

Was there a difference in the sides i.e. how well it ran?

I always preferred the right side. They both ran the same but the right side was open more than the left the last few years when only one side was running. A lot of squeaking and train motion. Some days it runs better than others but it's tolerable. If you ride the back take the front of the back car - it's better than the very last row the last few years.

If Twix had any knowledge that they were taking it down (I bet they did) with all the guests that will be coming in to ride it before it goes maybe not such a stupid move. I thought simply sponsoring RT was stupid - now I see there may have been a more elaborate plan all along.

I'm disappointed if they are going to demolish it they should have had them racing until the end. Watch - the "big" news is they're retracking and painting RT - LOL!

Hmmm - could they be making a steel racer? Are there any steel racers that aren't dueling? That could be the record breaking comment.

Jen

edit: Just thought of Gemini. oh well....

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/1/13 12:24:36 AM
GoYanks34 said:

antikythera said:

Didn't they just redo the train though with branding? Seems kind of a waste unless those trains are going elsewhere.


Just thought in my head how cool it would be if they made the right side a steel coaster so that the two raced each other.

Either way, looks like if it gets closed by fall, I may get my one and only ride ever on it next week.

Was there a difference in the sides i.e. how well it ran?

I always preferred the right side. They both ran the same but the right side was open more than the left the last few years when only one side was running. A lot of squeaking and train motion. Some days it runs better than others but it's tolerable. If you ride the back take the front of the back car - it's better than the very last row the last few years.

If Twix had any knowledge that they were taking it down (I bet they did) with all the guests that will be coming in to ride it before it goes maybe not such a stupid move. I thought simply sponsoring RT was stupid - now I see there may have been a more elaborate plan all along.

I'm disappointed if they are going to demolish it they should have had them racing until the end. Watch - the "big" news is they're retracking and painting RT - LOL!

Hmmm - could they be making a steel racer? Are there any steel racers that aren't dueling? That could be the record breaking comment.

Jen

edit: Just thought of Gemini. oh well....

Maybe a Rolling Thunder and a Rolling Lightning? Wooden on the left, steel on the right?

Hersheypark name stealing aside, it'd be pretty awesome.

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/1/13 2:06:53 AM
antikythera said:

Maybe a Rolling Thunder and a Rolling Lightning? Wooden on the left, steel on the right?

Hersheypark name stealing aside, it'd be pretty awesome.

But it would never work racing - steel will always travel faster than wood.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by RobLec RobLec Profile at 8/1/13 9:18:59 AM
antikythera said:

Flight of Fear, a headbanger?


I don't know about your Mason spaghetti bowls, but our Doswell version is as smooth as a Premier can get. Even it's outdoor cousin in Mitchellville is a keeper.

Used to be a headbanger. The OTSR's were removed around ten years ago. Still, it has come to be quite rough over the years.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/1/13 5:27:37 PM
Kings Island's new coaster will be unveiled on August 8, 2013.

www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/kings-island-to-unveil-new-attraction/nY8zm/

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/2/13 9:45:45 AM
Updated today with Kings Island's announcement date, and I moved Carowinds from the Just Sayin' group to the rumors group.

Kings Island put out this photo today. Notice the word "Stengel". This is going to be good...

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/2/13 11:14:56 AM
Hmm... What's Six Flags Great America up to?

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Bat Resurrected? by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/6/13 12:38:10 PM
A lot of crazy last minute rumors going on in anticipation for Thursday's unveiling of King's Island's speculated invert.

Images have been leaked online showing a dummy webpage that was up and then taken down immediately saying that The Bat is coming again in 2014.

In the pictures below, it's merely a wing coaster with new ideas incorporated in. Can't verify the authenticity and probably just another ruse set up by the park, but that'd be pretty damn neat if this was Bat 2.0, you know without all the problems.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/834/gfn3.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/59/xkr4.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/5/u4mc.jpg/

However, according to one guy's speculation over on All-American Thrills, the ride might be a wing/invert hybrid that would align it self with the leaked images above while giving it that unique edge.

http://www.allamericanthrills.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=793&p=6490#p6490

Regardless, to add fuel to the speculation, Kings Island has also been tweeting about The Bat a lot lately.

https://twitter.com/KingsIslandPR/status/361536368184279041

Kings Island is doing a pretty damn good job keeping the enthusiasts in the dark. If they are sending out all of these different viral marketing materials to keep us guessing which is true, I hand it to them.

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Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 8/6/13 12:44:09 PM
I wouldn't mind if they reused the Bat name. It definitely would fit for an inverted coaster.

G-Dog

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/6/13 1:09:06 PM
Geauga_Dog said:

I wouldn't mind if they reused the Bat name. It definitely would fit for an inverted coaster.


G-Dog

It would definitely fit for both an inverted coaster and a wing rider - more so the latter.

Here are the images...

I'm still hoping for a brand spankin' new inverted coaster.

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/6/13 1:41:27 PM
Thanks Drachen. For the life of me, I couldn't get the things to post, even with the tags.
Re: New For 2014 by HatTrick at 8/6/13 9:55:27 PM
drachen said:

Geauga_Dog said:

I wouldn't mind if they reused the Bat name. It definitely would fit for an inverted coaster.


G-Dog

It would definitely fit for both an inverted coaster and a wing rider - more so the latter.

Here are the images...

I'm still hoping for a brand spankin' new inverted coaster.

anyone else notice that the image is of gatekeepers track?

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/6/13 10:11:33 PM
anyone else notice that the image is of gatekeepers track?

Yeah, it's a placeholder, hence the FPO. Threw me off guard at first too.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/7/13 5:59:05 AM
Could KI get a Wing Rider for 2014?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CtgWdg89FE

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 8/7/13 8:02:01 AM
But cp usually keeps the biggest rides to itself (they could've outdone mf if they made i305 taller and/or longer. I just dont see them letting another park in their own chain outdoing them. I have to think it would be a flyer or an invert (since it's not like it matters to cp about the invert record regarding raptor).
Re: New For 2014 by JMiller at 8/7/13 11:29:22 AM
Has anyone tried to translate the Latin on the page screenshots? I got "It is important in these tasks undertaken mistakes they made ​​life unknown. Is to be the first team to force dicarn hairstyle. giving another adoration delivered"

It doesn't make any sense at all. But could it contain clues?

As for Six Flags America: Vote Dent in 2015!

Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 8/7/13 11:52:31 AM
^^^ hairstyle?? Maybe a very close headchopper lol

I'm still voting B&M invert, based on that whole "Mountain Spirit dethroned" clue, even if no source was cited. Unless it's a really impressive record or new feature, another B&M inverted coaster is just not all that exciting to me - that said, i'd still be lining up to ride it!

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/7/13 2:28:13 PM
JMiller said:

Has anyone tried to translate the Latin on the page screenshots? I got "It is important in these tasks undertaken mistakes they made ​​life unknown. Is to be the first team to force dicarn hairstyle. giving another adoration delivered"


It doesn't make any sense at all. But could it contain clues?

As for Six Flags America: Vote Dent in 2015!

JMiller, that text is Lorem Ipsum, a dummy text used by publishers and website builders to fill blank pages with text so that one can get a feel of what a publications and/or webpage would look like with text that resembles real sentences.

I use it all the time for my job.

Edit: On second look, it looks like it might be altered Lorem Ipsum which people do all the time.

I'm kind of rusty on my Latin but that would be clever if they hid some of the clues into the dummy webpage.

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Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/7/13 4:21:21 PM
The underground inverted idea sounded really cool. I doubt that is what it will be though. My prediction is that it will be a wing rider since Cedar Fair seems to add the same type of ride to all of there parks in cycles. Just like when all the B&M hypers were being installed.
Re: New For 2014 by gvlaker27 gvlaker27 Profile at 8/7/13 7:39:12 PM
I'll be fairly disappointed if it is a Wing Rider, but I feel like that's what all the clues are pointing to. I would love the Invert, which seems to be the general opinion in the enthusiast community. (When was the last B&M invert in the US built anyway?)

However, if it is a Wing Rider, I can't see it being anything short of amazing. If it's the speculated 199ft that's on the dummy site and hits 70+mph, it will tear through that terrain. I'm seeing it as Dollywood's Wild Eagle version 2.0.

Although, maybe I missed something and I'm completely wrong. Anywho, at least it's a coaster.

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/7/13 8:30:47 PM
You know what would be neat?

A wing rider that starts out enclosed, making you feel like you're in a cave of some sort, where a Bat would reside. Then it weaves around the indoor building a bit before going up an enclosed lift hill and then bursting out into the first drop like a bat swooping in to catch its prey, swerving in and out of the terrain, before screeching back into the enclosed station, aka cave.

So awesome.

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/7/13 8:30:59 PM
199 feet??? Just make it the first hyper wing coaster and be done with it!!! That would be the only record that would excite me if it is in fact a winged coaster.
Re: New For 2014 by gvlaker27 gvlaker27 Profile at 8/7/13 10:32:57 PM
Now I've just thought of something CRAZY! What if B&M has been developing a modern swinging suspended coaster. The Bat would REALLY be living then...


But I dream.

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/7/13 10:36:00 PM
Both those ideas sound amazing and I hope one of us is right. I hope it is a very different and creative new type of coaster!!
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/8/13 12:12:06 AM
B&M swinging coaster? yes, please.

If it is indeed 199 feet tall, then I doubt it's a wing rider. That's a lot of stress to put on trains that aren't meant for a lot of stress.

For the record, the last invert was Patriot, I believe, in 2006

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Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 8/8/13 12:47:02 AM
If it is indeed the return of the bat, having riders hang by their feet would hit the theme on the money lol. Can you imagine a vertical loop like that? Nevermind the blackouts, eyeball popouts, dislocated hips, etc....
Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/8/13 5:43:19 AM
The speculation ends tonight............
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/8/13 6:19:18 AM
That 199 foot mark is very annoying....lol
Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/8/13 9:24:54 AM
drachen said:

For the record, the last invert was Patriot, I believe, in 2006

That is the last US invert. The last invert worldwide is OzIris (Parc Asterix) in 2012. It looks very good too, esp for a smaller invert.

Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 8/8/13 9:30:08 AM
chitlins73 said:

That 199 foot mark is very annoying....lol

ya...WHY???? (in Nancy Kerrigan voice)

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/8/13 9:32:59 AM
I'll be very surprised if this new KI coaster is anything swinging horizontally, esp with Flight Deck already there. Not to mention the unheard combo of inversions and lateral swinging. B&M is not exactly known for it's 'crazy innovations'.

There's one spinning coaster that I know with an inversion, Veil of Dark.

www.rcdb.com/6453.htm

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Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/8/13 2:31:02 PM
Because why not just make it 200 if it is gonna be a foot away....lol
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/8/13 4:07:20 PM
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Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/8/13 4:25:16 PM
Boy, I hope the great state of Ohio survives this magnitudinous announcement...I'd hate to find it gone when I arrive Monday.

Mike, much more excited about re-visiting Ravine Flyer II and my first rides on Gatekeeper and Blue Streak at Conneaut next week than any of this right now.

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/8/13 5:10:20 PM
I'm normally not as enthralled by all the build up either, as even Gatekeeper had me yawning when people were freaking out over it's announcement, but something about the mysterious nature of this project has all of us (me at least) intrigued.

If anything, I'm curious, only to see if they screw it up like Kings Dominion did with the Planet Snoopy expansion... worst PR ever for that.

Also, it looks like either the GP and/or enthusiasts are in full flight there:

Kings Island @KingsIslandPR
That took less than one minute to have our winners.

Kings Island @KingsIslandPR
I am in Action Zone. The first 8 followers to show me this tweet on the device win VIP seating for tonight's announcement.

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/8/13 5:19:14 PM
Son Of Beast Reborn!!!! Would that excite you Beastmaster???
Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 8/8/13 5:31:23 PM
chitlins73 said:

Because why not just make it 200 if it is gonna be a foot away....lol

Chitlins i was agreeing with you with my silly Nancy Kerrigan joke....as in "WHY 199?" I should have been a bit more descriptive than two words i guess.

Apparently that extra foot just wasn't in the budget!

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Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/8/13 7:37:39 PM
chitlins73 said:

Son Of Beast Reborn!!!! Would that excite you Beastmaster???

Shouldn't that technically be "Grandson of Beast," skip the "Reborn" part?

But, yeah, it would. If a classic woodie like Thunderbolt can be "reborn" as a steel coaster at Coney, who knows???

Mike

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Re: New For 2014 by gvlaker27 gvlaker27 Profile at 8/8/13 10:20:54 PM
Found this video posted in a comment on KI's facebook page. It looks like we got what we wanted!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F5JUC6QHtY
Re: New For 2014 by HatTrick at 8/8/13 10:22:49 PM
Well KI has announced Banshee. Worlds longest inverted coaster made by B&M.
Re: New For 2014 by HatTrick at 8/8/13 10:25:57 PM
www.visitkingsisland.com/banshee
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/8/13 10:35:39 PM
While I wasn't a huge fan of them on GateKeeper, the restraints look like they will make this a very, very nice ride experience.

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Re: New For 2014 by gvlaker27 gvlaker27 Profile at 8/8/13 10:39:17 PM
HatTrick said:

Well KI has announced Banshee. Worlds longest inverted coaster made by B&M.

I believe also the fastest invert by B&M, edging out Alpengeist by 1 mph and falling just shy of Intamin's launched inverts.

Correct me if I'm wrong though.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/8/13 10:40:34 PM
Looks like it'll have a Dive Loop, Vertical Loop, Zero-G roll, Batwing, Vertical Loop, and Inline Twist.

Plus: No MCBR
Minus: Not one tunnel :(

Still looks like an awesome coaster :)

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/8/13 10:45:19 PM
antikythera said:

While I wasn't a huge fan of them on GateKeeper, the restraints look like they will make this a very, very nice ride experience.

Why you didn't like them on Gatekeeper?

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/8/13 10:48:06 PM
gvlaker27 said:

I believe also the fastest invert by B&M, edging out Alpengeist by 1 mph and falling just shy of Intamin's launched inverts.

Correct me if I'm wrong though.

You're correct.

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/8/13 11:15:49 PM
Overbanked said:

antikythera said:

While I wasn't a huge fan of them on GateKeeper, the restraints look like they will make this a very, very nice ride experience.

Why you didn't like them on Gatekeeper?

I personally thought they were a bit uncomfortable around the chest area, but it might have been a fluke as I only got the one ride on it.

I do like the open nature of them though -- I think on the first drop of this thing, it's going to be pretty intense because of them.

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/8/13 11:16:47 PM
This thing looks fantastic. It has everything I'm looking for in an inverted coaster. B&M may have perfected their inverted trains with this beast too.

I think this one is the best video of the bunch.

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/8/13 11:47:58 PM
I do like the color scheme and the logo is pretty badass.

Let's not forget that opening teaser (pretty good send off to SOB):

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/9/13 5:53:43 AM
antikythera said:

I do like the color scheme and the logo is pretty badass.


Let's not forget that opening teaser (pretty good send off to SOB):

Yeah, that's pretty cool.

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 8/9/13 7:18:54 AM
LOVE IT! LOVE IT!! LOVE IT!!! It's exactly what I had hoped Kings Island would get. Love the colors and the haunted house looking station. The first drop looks like it's going to have some kick to it in the back seat. No mid-course to slow it down.

I hope they do the banshee's scream when each train departs the station. That would be awesome.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/9/13 7:55:49 AM
Banshee's Batwing is definitely unique. All previous batwings that I've seen the Dive Loop entrance, and the Immelmann exit are parallel to each other; The Banshee batwing's entrance & exit is unparallel, and it crosses over itself like a pretzel.
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/9/13 9:45:21 AM
antikythera said:

I do like the color scheme and the logo is pretty badass.


Let's not forget that opening teaser (pretty good send off to SOB):

LOVE it! Great effects and well done promo. I'm very happy with this choice and I think it solidifies my much needed return to KI next year!

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/9/13 10:45:47 AM
tjbrogan712 said:

So I just got back from six flags great adventure where a tour guide on the off-road safari said legally he can't release much details but that they definitely have big plans for the safari.. including using it as a fright fest attraction this year and more plans to expand it for next year. We had asked about the monkeys because years ago they had an area with baboons that they removed from the tour due to them ripping off antennas and such. Immediately he said he can't say anything legally, but that next year they will be back. Also we were first in the park waiting at the gate for them to open and participated in a survey asking how important we felt rollercoasters, family rides, and shows are. So I'm feeling this was a good sign showing some planning for 2014. Also screamscape said a few weeks ago rolling thunder shut down and only the left side was reopened. I can confirm this but the right side, at least the lift, was drastically different then the left side. There were no cross ties on it just the space for the chain. If that doesn't make since think a railroad track with just rails nothing in between them. Who knows maybe repairs, maybe demolition?

Just want to point out that the metal covering the slats on the chain lift were there when the right side was still running so that has nothing to do with anything after all. This pic was taken on 4/13 of this year:

It's still coming down though and I'm not liking the rumors why either.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by Chris27 at 8/9/13 2:14:26 PM
Wow are they really taking down Thunder at Great Adventure?

The right side was closed when I went a few weeks ago and took my little cousin on the left side.

We were just talking about Thunder and Runaway Train never going anywhere cause they are classics for that park. Also the fact that they are the baby first coasters for kids before they are ready for Nitro and Toro and Ka.


also my cousin is a GA OG from back in the day and he was telling us they used to run Thunders one side backwards, might have did it for a year and he went on it. That would be cool.


What we all thought was GA is missing those second rides, back in the day you had Freefall and Starship, Music Express, Condor etc. Miss those kinds of rides.

But I hope they dont take Thunder down.

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/9/13 2:23:27 PM
Chris27 said:

Wow are they really taking down Thunder at Great Adventure?


The right side was closed when I went a few weeks ago and took my little cousin on the left side.

We were just talking about Thunder and Runaway Train never going anywhere cause they are classics for that park. Also the fact that they are the baby first coasters for kids before they are ready for Nitro and Toro and Ka.


also my cousin is a GA OG from back in the day and he was telling us they used to run Thunders one side backwards, might have did it for a year and he went on it. That would be cool.


What we all thought was GA is missing those second rides, back in the day you had Freefall and Starship, Music Express, Condor etc. Miss those kinds of rides.

But I hope they dont take Thunder down.

I hope not too but I have a BAD feeling about this. Too many people know about this rumor and are taking it seriously. The lines have been long for RT the last few times I went and the right side has been closed for weeks now (which was the side they normally had operating). I think it's going.

They ran one side backwards one year in 1984 for the 100th anniversary of roller coasters. I rode it but I can't for the life of me remember it - I was 12.

I agree with you that they made a horrible decision when they removed all the flats - they are at least putting some back now. Looks like we're getting a drop tower as the new ride next year too. While Free Fall will always be near and dear to my heart a new drop tower would be nice. Just not liking the rumors of the piggy back on KK. We'll find out soon enough.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 8/9/13 2:24:00 PM
I wanted to post Banshee's layout. It looks like a blend of two fantastic inverted coasters: Montu and Alpengeist. User Submitted Picture
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Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 8/9/13 3:11:05 PM
antikythera said:

Overbanked said:

antikythera said:

While I wasn't a huge fan of them on GateKeeper, the restraints look like they will make this a very, very nice ride experience.

Why you didn't like them on Gatekeeper?

I personally thought they were a bit uncomfortable around the chest area, but it might have been a fluke as I only got the one ride on it..

No fluke, they get really tight towards the end of the ride. I waz having minor issues breathing everytime. Still a great ride though, not even close to a deal breaker for me

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/9/13 3:46:48 PM
HamptonRoadsRider said:

antikythera said:

Overbanked said:

antikythera said:

While I wasn't a huge fan of them on GateKeeper, the restraints look like they will make this a very, very nice ride experience.

Why you didn't like them on Gatekeeper?

I personally thought they were a bit uncomfortable around the chest area, but it might have been a fluke as I only got the one ride on it..

No fluke, they get really tight towards the end of the ride. I waz having minor issues breathing everytime. Still a great ride though, not even close to a deal breaker for me

It only happens to certain people. I rode it 6 times and it never got tight or uncomfortable on me at all. I think we figured out if your upper thigh area is on the small side (where the restraint falls on your lap) and your upper body on the large side it tends to tighten more.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 8/9/13 5:04:19 PM
^^^ that makes sense to me.
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/9/13 7:34:40 PM
GoYanks34 said:

It only happens to certain people. I rode it 6 times and it never got tight or uncomfortable on me at all. I think we figured out if your upper thigh area is on the small side (where the restraint falls on your lap) and your upper body on the large side it tends to tighten more.

Jen

Are you calling me a skinny-legged fat guy, Jen?

I think the restraints get very tight, bordering on uncomfortable. I hope B&M addresses it.

But I found that if you hold on and push out during the ride, you can alleviate it.

But I think defensive riding is ridiculous. I hope they fix it.

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Re: New For 2014 by Chris27 at 8/9/13 7:40:19 PM
GoYanks34 said:

Chris27 said:

Wow are they really taking down Thunder at Great Adventure?


The right side was closed when I went a few weeks ago and took my little cousin on the left side.

We were just talking about Thunder and Runaway Train never going anywhere cause they are classics for that park. Also the fact that they are the baby first coasters for kids before they are ready for Nitro and Toro and Ka.


also my cousin is a GA OG from back in the day and he was telling us they used to run Thunders one side backwards, might have did it for a year and he went on it. That would be cool.


What we all thought was GA is missing those second rides, back in the day you had Freefall and Starship, Music Express, Condor etc. Miss those kinds of rides.

But I hope they dont take Thunder down.

I hope not too but I have a BAD feeling about this. Too many people know about this rumor and are taking it seriously. The lines have been long for RT the last few times I went and the right side has been closed for weeks now (which was the side they normally had operating). I think it's going.

They ran one side backwards one year in 1984 for the 100th anniversary of roller coasters. I rode it but I can't for the life of me remember it - I was 12.

I agree with you that they made a horrible decision when they removed all the flats - they are at least putting some back now. Looks like we're getting a drop tower as the new ride next year too. While Free Fall will always be near and dear to my heart a new drop tower would be nice. Just not liking the rumors of the piggy back on KK. We'll find out soon enough.

Jen


I just dont think its a good idea to take a classic coaster like Thunder out, what can they even put in that space? I dont think that space is big enough for a huge new ride.

As for a drop tower I thought they should have done that instead of the swings ride, wouldnt mind it but I'm hoping for a completely new coaster.

Why cant GA get something like that X2 coaster. Thats what they need.

I'm not a fan of Lantern, its ok for one ride but then it hurts my nuts, thats def not a ride you can ride over and over again like Toro or Ka or Medusa or Nitro. Would have rather they left Scream Machine in that spot.

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/9/13 9:46:26 PM
drachen said:

GoYanks34 said:


It only happens to certain people. I rode it 6 times and it never got tight or uncomfortable on me at all. I think we figured out if your upper thigh area is on the small side (where the restraint falls on your lap) and your upper body on the large side it tends to tighten more.

Jen

Are you calling me a skinny-legged fat guy, Jen?

I think the restraints get very tight, bordering on uncomfortable. I hope B&M addresses it.

But I found that if you hold on and push out during the ride, you can alleviate it.

But I think defensive riding is ridiculous. I hope they fix it.

LMAO! Well, if the harness tightens.... :-P

Don't feel bad - I'm saying I have a big ass and thighs that keep it from ratcheting down, LOL!

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 8/10/13 1:05:24 AM
I took it as a compliment...probably first time ive been accused of having a big chest! In high school i was 6'3" 160!! Put on 70lbs since, and its more twinkie than protein.
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/12/13 10:19:17 AM

Looks like Great America is trying to up their PR.

Someone on another forum pointed out the American Eagle and Ragin' Cajun cars sitting in the maintenance bay at :33.

Rumors have been had that one side of AE will get I-Box track. The other rumor is that Ragin' Cajun will be coming to SFA.

It'll be interesting to see what comes of this.

Did they ever fill in the gap where Iron Wolf once stood? I was in such a rush when I was there in May, I forgot to look.

Re: New For 2014 by rollercoastersfreak rollercoastersfreak Profile at 8/16/13 9:10:49 AM
Im not too sure what to make of this but Screamscape posted a new rumor On SFStL. They say its rumored they a new wet flat ride called Aqua Twist. No idea how it will be but thought I should post it still.
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Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 8/16/13 10:08:47 AM
Aquq Twist will more than likely be the new Mack tea cups where you can shoot water at other riders. La Ronde got one this year.

G-Dog

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/16/13 5:47:35 PM
I think thre's one at Coney..not sure if it's actually in Luna Park or what it's called, but I remember seeing a write-up in the NY Daily News. Looks fun for what it is.
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Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/20/13 10:41:14 AM
Dollywood is planning on announcing something on Wednesday August 21st at 11:00am.
Re: New For 2014 by pyl-driver pyl-driver Profile at 8/20/13 6:49:56 PM
Today's clue was dual launch! I am thinking cheetah hunt/verbolten family coaster. I think those two coasters are the most underrated coasters to date. Hope the theme is cool.
Re: New For 2014 by Schrecken Schrecken Profile at 8/20/13 8:44:00 PM
I also heard about Rajin Cajun coming to SFA; if that's the case, then we will have what, 13 years without a new coaster? Obviously this wasn't the reason they have asked for the height restriction to be lifted, so we can only hope that they will also be putting in a starflyer like at Great Adventure.
A decent flat ride like that would be good, but seriously, how long do we have to wait for a NEW coaster at SFA? If SF's parks could be compared to children in a huge family, SFA is one of the youngest and therefore gets nothing but the older ones' hand-me-downs (when it gets anything at all!). And they aren't very good hand-me-downs at that! And worse, the "older child" that provides the hand-me-downs seems to be getting some very nice stuff!

I guess SFA must wonder whey they don't get much support from their local coaster and park enthusiasts (heck, I know there have even been at least a couple of ACE events there that got cancelled due to lack of interest).

Another year, another let down (if this rumor is true). I guess SFA will get a new coaster when Knoebels opens Flying Turns.

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Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/20/13 8:53:57 PM
Schrecken said:

I also heard about Rajin Cajun coming to SFA; if that's the case, then we will have what, 13 years without a new coaster? Obviously this wasn't the reason they have asked for the height restriction to be lifted, so we can only hope that they will also be putting in a starflyer like at Great Adventure.
A decent flat ride like that would be good, but seriously, how long do we have to wait for a NEW coaster at SFA? If SF's parks could be compared to children in a huge family, SFA is one of the youngest and therefore gets nothing but the older ones' hand-me-downs (when it gets anything at all!). And they aren't very good hand-me-downs at that! And worse, the "older child" that provides the hand-me-downs seems to be getting some very nice stuff!

I guess SFA must wonder whey they don't get much support from their local coaster and park enthusiasts (heck, I know there have even been at least a couple of ACE events there that got cancelled due to lack of interest).

Another year, another let down (if this rumor is true). I guess SFA will get a new coaster when Knoebels opens Flying Turns.

I heard the same thing. Why people don't start boycotting that park is beyond me. That's SO unfair!

And looks like Flying Turns is opening soon so there goes that.

Shoot me an e-mail and let me know if you decide to go to the Riding of the Bull - Me. Mike G, Jon and possibly Dion will be there!

Jen

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Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/20/13 9:28:23 PM
Maybe this time I'll get to meet Lee instead of lying in the (bleeping) First Aid building.

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/20/13 10:04:51 PM
Updated today with the limited info about Great America's new coaster. Will be updated again tomorrow with Dollywood's announcement.

Six Flags America is likely to get Cajun next year, and I'm not talking about a new food establishment.

I've given up hope on them getting a new new coaster. As much as I'd like to see it, when I go, it's to renew my Six Flags season pass, and ride Superman and Wild One.

The locals seem to be supporting the park just fine without the addition of a costly new coaster. From a business standpoint, I can see why Six Flags corporate doesn't add anything new. New flats, yes. New coasters, no.

I would expect to see Six Flags America continue to get hand-me-downs, in terms of coasters. I would like to see a really good one come one of these years. Perhaps something like Scream! from Magic Mountain...

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 8/20/13 11:53:34 PM
Like Scream at MM? The only thing "like" Scream at MM is Medusa. No way Jen would have any of that :)

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by Schrecken Schrecken Profile at 8/20/13 11:59:25 PM
I honestly think that what keeps SFA going (profit-wise) is the water park. What few times I've been there in the summer (when the water park is open) it's been packed, and it was like this even before this officially became a Six Flags park. It's rather like a restaurant with a really busy bar - the food doesn't have to be very good because most people come to drink at the bar.

SFA could, Geagua Lake-style, kill the dry park completely and the water park alone would survive quite nicely by itself IMO. The locals seem to like the waterpark best and us coaster fans get forgotten about.

Oh well, I've come to grips with the fact that my home park is one that I will only visit once every few years (and to get a season pass if I want a SF pass), and just plan on hitting the other three parks (HP, Great Adventure, KD) regularly that are day trip close to me.

And yes, it does look like Flying Turns will indeed open before SFA gets a new coaster. Come to think of it, I think it's more like the IRS will be abolished before SFA will ever get a NEW coaster!

Gee, no wonder I am always telling people I meet that HP or KD is my home park....

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/21/13 1:39:52 AM
I think it just has to do with the demographics of the area. I go quite frequently and the park is 99% locals who are happy to have something near by.

When you're the only real amusement park (sorry Adventure USA) in the state and Hersheypark/Kings Dominion are both two hours each direction, people who don't want to drive the distance will settle for second best.

SFA's problem is that years of misguidance by management has stripped the park of what made it halfway decent. Flats were taken out and never replaced. We don't even have a Ferris wheel for gods sake.

Not all is loss though -- things have been getting better and they are trying. Apocalypse is terrible, most people know that. But they did a decent job themeing it, even if the theming is completely overlooked because there is never a line deeper than fifteen minutes for it.

In my opinion, Six Flags has survived because of three things, one of which most have nailed on the head:

- The waterpark brings in lots of money -- even with everyone buying season passes, the waterpark attracts new clientele each season. Bonzai Pipelines wasn't even finished on time, yet people still clamored to it until opening day. There are faithfuls who will live and die by that waterpark.

- The park's PR does a good job with traditional media -- if you live in Maryland, you will hear the park blast out one of the following three messages quite frequently: "Soar 20 stories high on Superman", "Cool down in the world's largest wave pool", and "Some nonsense statement about Apocalypse and/or Bonzai Pipelines". We know the first two are exaggerations but it works. When you have a crowd primarily made up of the GP and very few enthusiasts, no one is going to question it. If Apocalypse wasn't themed the way it was, do you think it would have done as well? No one wants to look at a basic stand-up coaster in rusted looking colors -- sorry Iron Wolf.

- The park uses it's location to an advantage. Being in the heart of PG county, many lower class families have utilized the park's cheap season pass prices to capitalize on being able to take their families to an amusement park and feel like they have gotten their money's worth. No where else have I been where you can consistently walk onto coasters and/or water rides. SFA cashes in big on this which brings it full circle to point number one.

If the corporate side of Six Flags were to give up the property, I think it could survive just fine. The problem would be finding some investors who would be willing to invest in a park that would in essence then revert back to it's Wild World days.

At the end of the day, Drachen is right -- we will continue getting hand me downs until we can get enough exposure to put our new 200 foot restriction lift to good use.

I have high hopes for 2015 and beyond. I've always appreciated underdog stories and I wouldn't be surprised if SFA surprises us all with something big in years to come.

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Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/21/13 9:34:52 AM
drachen said:

Updated today with the limited info about Great America's new coaster. Will be updated again tomorrow with Dollywood's announcement.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/dollywood-to-spend-300-million-in-next-decade-resort-coming-in-2015-more-rides-and-shows/2013/08/21/2403b7a0-0a64-11e3-89fe-abb4a5067014_story.html

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/21/13 9:50:07 AM
GoYanks34 said:

drachen said:

Updated today with the limited info about Great America's new coaster. Will be updated again tomorrow with Dollywood's announcement.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/dollywood-to-spend-300-million-in-next-decade-resort-coming-in-2015-more-rides-and-shows/2013/08/21/2403b7a0-0a64-11e3-89fe-abb4a5067014_story.html

Jen

Sounds like it will be a pretty decent family coaster. Maybe one day I'll make it down there. I have close co-workers who are from TN.

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Re: New For 2014 by ktujon ktujon Profile at 8/21/13 12:03:48 PM
SFA is only 7 miles from the DC border!
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/21/13 12:09:10 PM
Updated today with the limited information currently released about Dollywood's new FireChaser Express.

Here's then new family coaster's page:
http://fce.dollywood.com/index.php#.UhTlPpKsjLQ

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Re: New For 2014 by pyl-driver pyl-driver Profile at 8/21/13 3:42:53 PM
Sounds like Fire Chaser is a little to kiddie. Theme looks awesome though. Only 34 mph top speed, and only need to be 39 inches to ride. Still excited cause I got some
little ones at home.
Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/21/13 9:51:02 PM
I dunno, FireChaser Express sounds like an unique family coaster (first dual launch family coaster) that many people are gonna want to experience, not exactly Sideshow Spin (Dollywood's kiddie coaster) I know that I would wanna check it out.

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Re: New For 2014 by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/21/13 10:05:30 PM
Looks like the Gurnee city council approved the height variance unanimously for SFGAm's new coaster, congrats guys, can't wait to see what you'll be getting next week!
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/22/13 9:20:43 AM
News from Screamscape today...

Not only will the new Great America coaster be 165 feet tall, but it may go underground on the first drop.

Plus, it looks as if American Eagle will be spared - great news to me.

Here's an image of the layout.

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Re: New For 2014 by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/23/13 7:03:00 PM
Just saw pics via Screamscape showing Kingda Ka colored supports! Guess the ball is gonna "drop" in 2014 next Thursday! ;)
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/23/13 8:46:43 PM
JeffyJosephNCali said:

Just saw pics via Screamscape showing Kingda Ka colored supports! Guess the ball is gonna "drop" in 2014 next Thursday! ;)

I took a ride there to make sure it was true and they were there and match KK's supports:

Here's all the pics I took (I put them on public so I'm sure they'll be all over the place soon enough):

https://www.facebook.com/GoYanks34/media_set?set=a.10201706768368115.1073741841.1147386071&type=1

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/23/13 9:29:26 PM
So two things:

1. I still don't quite get how it's going to connect to the tower -- I mean I get it but then I don't. I'm assuming a lot will have to be done to it since the tower isn't a straight line up.

2. Are they going for the record for tallest height/drop? The drop on towers are always set lower than the height and since the drop on Lex Luthor is 400 ft, I'm assuming they don't have to go far on KK to beat it. The structure of Kingda Ka sits at 456 ft and the drop is 418ft. Taking account the gondola height and space needed at the top, I take it will probably clock in around the same drop height as the coaster drop. That is unless the new structure allows the gondolas to sit even higher.

Re: New For 2014 by Schrecken Schrecken Profile at 8/24/13 1:21:34 AM
This is just really bizarre, if indeed they are going to put some kind of drop tower on the back of KK. I had seen on other coaster forums where people were talking about such a thing being done and I figured they were just more nutty ideas that people on coaster forums come up with sometimes.

If this park wants to have a drop tower, I don't see why they wouldn't just build one from scratch. An S&S tower or something like that. I know they put one on the back of Superman at SFMM, but that's an entirely different kind of structure than KK (and it looks much better able to handle having something like that added to it without much extra support). Also seems like it will really mar the look of KK if this is what they are going to do (I couldn't imagine a drop tower attached to TTD - that would totally ruin the look of it).

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/24/13 10:38:06 AM
antikythera said:

So two things:


1. I still don't quite get how it's going to connect to the tower -- I mean I get it but then I don't. I'm assuming a lot will have to be done to it since the tower isn't a straight line up.

I think it's really going to be a free stsnding structure that appears to be connected to KK's supports. Those supports could never be strong enough for a 3 sided drop tower (the rumor). Either that or they will have to seriously reinforce them before building.

2. Are they going for the record for tallest height/drop? The drop on towers are always set lower than the height and since the drop on Lex Luthor is 400 ft, I'm assuming they don't have to go far on KK to beat it. The structure of Kingda Ka sits at 456 ft and the drop is 418ft. Taking account the gondola height and space needed at the top, I take it will probably clock in around the same drop height as the coaster drop. That is unless the new structure allows the gondolas to sit even higher.

Yes - they are supposedly going for the record.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/24/13 11:07:29 AM
Schrecken said:

This is just really bizarre, if indeed they are going to put some kind of drop tower on the back of KK. I had seen on other coaster forums where people were talking about such a thing being done and I figured they were just more nutty ideas that people on coaster forums come up with sometimes.


If this park wants to have a drop tower, I don't see why they wouldn't just build one from scratch. An S&S tower or something like that. I know they put one on the back of Superman at SFMM, but that's an entirely different kind of structure than KK (and it looks much better able to handle having something like that added to it without much extra support). Also seems like it will really mar the look of KK if this is what they are going to do (I couldn't imagine a drop tower attached to TTD - that would totally ruin the look of it).

I agree 100%

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by tjbrogan712 at 8/26/13 12:52:07 AM
The Chicago tribune posted that the mayor of the town sfga is in confirmed a wooden coaster and hints point towards a speed record. On the other hand I can't wait to see whats goin on with kingda ka. But still am hoping for something nice at sfne since its my home park! The 29th is only three days out.
Re: New For 2014 Photo by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/27/13 9:11:37 PM
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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/28/13 10:24:50 AM
So SFA's plans were leaked.

We'll get an official confirmation tomorrow but it looks like we'll be getting Ragin' Cajun and a Flying Scooters named French Flyers. There will also be a Mardi Gras theme going somewhere.

If these are true, I have to commend SFA for stepping up and giving us a flat rid back as an added bonus.

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Re: New For 2014 by Coaster316 at 8/28/13 1:15:36 PM
Dorney Park has confirmed a new 6-slide structure for Wildwater Kingdom.

Snake Pit coming to Dorney Park 2014

Re: New For 2014 by incineratorr incineratorr Profile at 8/28/13 2:15:45 PM
This is pretty cool, I wasn't planning on renewing season passes to Dorney, but now I will.
Re: New For 2014 by Schrecken Schrecken Profile at 8/28/13 3:26:26 PM
SFA needs new flat rides really bad, so getting a flying scooters is good news. Also interesting that these flats seem to be making a comeback in parks lately (CP is also getting one), especially since they had become rather rare.

Speaking of flats, no idea what became of the rumored starflyer at SFA - seems that lifting the height restriction has been a bit of a pointless teaser in that regard. Unless of course they just haven't announced that yet. What they have announced already isn't going to cost them much at all (compared to a park that is building a new coaster or installing a large brand new flat), since the already own Rajun Cajun, so that could still be a possibility.

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/28/13 3:38:43 PM
I posted over on SFAFans that it would make sense for them to put the StarFlyer where the current Tower of Doom is.

If the leaked photos are correct and the new Mardi Gras theme does indeed replace the deteriorating Southwest Territory, then they could put the StarFlyer in for 2015 as a part of a two year investment for that side of the park.

With everything they've taken out over there and the decrepit looking TF station, all the TLC they can give it would be a very nice welcome.

On the flip side, if they don't put this Mardi Gras theme into that area, they could still utilize the new SkyFlyer as a reason to fix up that area in 2015.

Either way, it would be a nice, enticing view for the GP when entering the parking area, as well as a gorgeous vantage point from inside the park. Right now, when pulling into the parking area, all you can see is Superman and the aging Tower of Doom (which I think they should either remove, refurbish or move to another place in the park).

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Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 8/29/13 7:03:02 AM
Some of the major Six Flags updates:

SFNE: New England SkyScreamer - 400-ft tall Skyflyer.

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/newengland/new-england-skyscreamer/

SFGAdv - Zumanjaro Drop of Doom - 415-foot freefall on the front of Kingda Ka

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/greatadventure/zumanjaro-drop-of-doom/

Hurricane Harbor New Jersey - new water slide

(Link not working)

SFA - Ragin' Cajun and French Quarter Flyers

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/america/ragin-cajun/

SFGAm - Goliath - record breaking wood coaster

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/greatamerica/goliath/

SFStL and SFDK - Tsunami Soaker - Mack Twist and Splash water tea cups

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/stlouis/tsunami-soaker/

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/discoverykingdom/tsunami-soaker/

SFOG - Hurricane Harbor water park (this is a headscratcher since they also own White Water)

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/overgeorgia/hurricane-harbor-water-park/

Great Escape - Extreme Supernova - A Frisbee style ride

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/greatescape/extreme-supernova/

La Ronde - Demon - looks like a Mondial flat ride

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/larondeen/demon/

SFOT and SFMM - new kids attractions

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/overtexas/kids-area/

Magic Mountain link not working

Hurricane Harbor Arlington also getting a new slide.

SFFT - Bahama Blaster - new water slide

http://content.sixflags.com/comingin2014/fiestatexas/bahama-blaster/

SF Mexico - Medusa getting RMC treatment - link not working

Re: New For 2014 by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/29/13 7:08:28 AM
I'm getting an early Xmas present with SFDK officially open year round including all weekends in January & February, so no more off season for me in NorCal! Oh yeah, and the new Tsunami Soaker ain't too shabby either! :)
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/29/13 11:08:27 AM
Looks like they are indeed replacing Southwest Territory with Mardi Gras.

I might be one of the few fans of SFA on this forum but you have no idea how much this brings new life to that side of the park. THANK GOD. If I had to stare at TF's overgrown station another season. It was starting to take over the GoKarts...

They were also crafty and were able to retheme most of the rides, except there is no mention of how they are going to fit Wild One into the new theme.

"The existing rides in the section will get a purple, gold and green makeover and, to stick with the Mardi Gras theme, new names:

Tower of Doom becomes Voodoo Drop
Senora Speedway becomes Big Easy Speedway
Falling Star becomes Zydeco Zinger"

http://bit.ly/17mgubv

Not to mention an actual restaurant to go alongside the lousy Johnny Rockets.

I'm happy. Now bring it hard in 2016 SFA.

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Re: New For 2014 by tjbrogan712 tjbrogan712 Profile at 8/29/13 11:22:39 AM
I suppose the video for zumanjaro drop of doom confirms it. Tallest drop tower ride but what I noticed was the lack of rolling thunder, where only el Toro was visible! Looks like 2014 is going to be a big year for six flags!!
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 8/29/13 11:27:33 AM
tjbrogan712 said:

I suppose the video for zumanjaro drop of doom confirms it. Tallest drop tower ride but what I noticed was the lack of rolling thunder, where only el Toro was visible! Looks like 2014 is going to be a big year for six flags!!

Yeah, they are taking it out, unfortunately.

http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/info/News_NJ2014NewCap.aspx

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 8/29/13 11:27:50 AM
Is it too early for nicknames? "Zumanjaro:Drop of Doom" is kind of unwieldy, to say nothing of the fact that MM already has "Drop Of Doom."

I think I'll call it...Z-Drop.

The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/29/13 11:46:15 AM
Geauga_Dog said:

Some of the major Six Flags updates:

Thanks G-Dog.

I added everything to the list up top.

I'm definitely going to Great America next year. Goliath looks incredible.

Zumanjaro looks fantastic too, and I'm glad it's facing forwards. I HATE that they are removing Rolling Thunder though.

I think it's totally lame that Magic Mountain keeps adding kiddie coasters just to keep their record away from Cedar Point. Didn't they get the memo that Cedar Point doesn't care anymore. What park needs FOUR kiddie coasters?

Lame award goes to Six Flags Over Texas. But I guess they have their hands full at the moment.

I think I need to find a way to Mexico. Medusa looks fantastic.

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Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 8/29/13 12:41:21 PM
I'm not happy either about the removal of Rolling Thunder. Couldn't they have just added a new entrance next to Kingda Ka's entrance and built a path to the ride?

If Jumanjaro was also including a possible expansion of the Golden Kingdom with the addition of at least one or two flat rides and a food outlet I may not be as disappointed but either way it really sucks that RT has to go for just this.

G-Dog

Re: New For 2014 by Coaster316 at 8/29/13 12:44:28 PM
JeffyJosephNCali said:

I'm getting an early Xmas present with SFDK officially open year round including all weekends in January & February, so no more off season for me in NorCal! Oh yeah, and the new Tsunami Soaker ain't too shabby either! :)

Wow! To me, this is the most exciting announcement of the bunch. I really enjoyed SFDK and if I had that park near me and learned that it was going to be open year-round I'd be very, very happy right now. Was this at all expected or hinted?

Congrats on the great news!

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/29/13 1:42:00 PM
Coaster316 said:

Wow! To me, this is the most exciting announcement of the bunch. I really enjoyed SFDK and if I had that park near me and learned that it was going to be open year-round I'd be very, very happy right now. Was this at all expected or hinted?

Congrats on the great news!

I've been to SFDK twice now. Overall, I feel like it's the best Six Flags park I've been to. Between the rides, the shows, and the animal exhibits, the park has a lot to offer anyone.

For reference's sake, I've been to every Six Flags park except Georgia, and the two in Texas. And I realize that SFOT and SFOG are widely regarded as the two best...

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Re: New For 2014 by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/29/13 2:27:17 PM
Coaster316 said:

JeffyJosephNCali said:

I'm getting an early Xmas present with SFDK officially open year round including all weekends in January & February, so no more off season for me in NorCal! Oh yeah, and the new Tsunami Soaker ain't too shabby either! :)

Wow! To me, this is the most exciting announcement of the bunch. I really enjoyed SFDK and if I had that park near me and learned that it was going to be open year-round I'd be very, very happy right now. Was this at all expected or hinted?

Congrats on the great news!

It was definitely not expected at all! We pretty much think of SFDK as a year round park with Holiday In The Park open till the first week of January, but now that it's expanded to all weekends during the whole month of Jan & Feb, I am one happy camper.
Though I know we'll see how the weather goes as they do shut down during inclement weather. Looking forward to drizzly Superman rides! :)

Re: New For 2014 by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/29/13 2:50:13 PM
drachen said:

I've been to SFDK twice now. Overall, I feel like it's the best Six Flags park I've been to. Between the rides, the shows, and the animal exhibits, the park has a lot to offer anyone.

For reference's sake, I've been to every Six Flags park except Georgia, and the two in Texas. And I realize that SFOT and SFOG are widely regarded as the two best...

Though I've only been to two SF parks, SFMM & my home park SFDK, I can totally vouch for that. The consensus is that SFDK is the least "Six Flags" of the entire chain, meaning the overall feel. Of course there are the obsessive ad wraps and blasting TV queues which are a SF staple. But even the logo isn't dominated by "SIX FLAGS!" on it in giant font compared to the actual park name itself. :)

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/29/13 3:48:09 PM
JeffyJosephNCali said:

Coaster316 said:

JeffyJosephNCali said:

I'm getting an early Xmas present with SFDK officially open year round including all weekends in January & February, so no more off season for me in NorCal! Oh yeah, and the new Tsunami Soaker ain't too shabby either! :)

Wow! To me, this is the most exciting announcement of the bunch. I really enjoyed SFDK and if I had that park near me and learned that it was going to be open year-round I'd be very, very happy right now. Was this at all expected or hinted?

Congrats on the great news!

It was definitely not expected at all! We pretty much think of SFDK as a year round park with Holiday In The Park open till the first week of January, but now that it's expanded to all weekends during the whole month of Jan & Feb, I am one happy camper.
Though I know we'll see how the weather goes as they do shut down during inclement weather. Looking forward to drizzly Superman rides! :)

I'm a little jealous, I'm not going to lie. :-)

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/29/13 6:37:29 PM
GoYanks34 said:

JeffyJosephNCali said:

Coaster316 said:

JeffyJosephNCali said:

I'm getting an early Xmas present with SFDK officially open year round including all weekends in January & February, so no more off season for me in NorCal! Oh yeah, and the new Tsunami Soaker ain't too shabby either! :)

Wow! To me, this is the most exciting announcement of the bunch. I really enjoyed SFDK and if I had that park near me and learned that it was going to be open year-round I'd be very, very happy right now. Was this at all expected or hinted?

Congrats on the great news!

It was definitely not expected at all! We pretty much think of SFDK as a year round park with Holiday In The Park open till the first week of January, but now that it's expanded to all weekends during the whole month of Jan & Feb, I am one happy camper.
Though I know we'll see how the weather goes as they do shut down during inclement weather. Looking forward to drizzly Superman rides! :)

I'm a little jealous, I'm not going to lie. :-)

Jen


I'm jealous you live next to and get to ride El Toro & Nitro! :)

Re: New For 2014 by pyl-driver pyl-driver Profile at 8/29/13 10:17:41 PM
Is the track for Goliath @ Great Amer the same as Iron Rattler and Texas Giant, or is it like Outlaw Run? It looks the same as Iron Rattler to me. Anyone know?
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 8/29/13 10:19:35 PM
JeffyJosephNCali said:

GoYanks34 said:

JeffyJosephNCali said:

Coaster316 said:

JeffyJosephNCali said:

I'm getting an early Xmas present with SFDK officially open year round including all weekends in January & February, so no more off season for me in NorCal! Oh yeah, and the new Tsunami Soaker ain't too shabby either! :)

Wow! To me, this is the most exciting announcement of the bunch. I really enjoyed SFDK and if I had that park near me and learned that it was going to be open year-round I'd be very, very happy right now. Was this at all expected or hinted?

Congrats on the great news!

It was definitely not expected at all! We pretty much think of SFDK as a year round park with Holiday In The Park open till the first week of January, but now that it's expanded to all weekends during the whole month of Jan & Feb, I am one happy camper.
Though I know we'll see how the weather goes as they do shut down during inclement weather. Looking forward to drizzly Superman rides! :)

I'm a little jealous, I'm not going to lie. :-)

Jen


I'm jealous you live next to and get to ride El Toro & Nitro! :)

Well I guess we're even then! 8-)

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/29/13 10:23:43 PM
These new coasters are confusing me...lol...I don't really know if any of these RMC coasters should be considered wood coasters?? I was hoping that Gravity Group would have been hired to design a true wooden coaster. So what makes Outlaw Run a wood coaster and what makes Iron Rattler steel?? I have somewhat of an idea but it is still confusing. I think there will need to be a new category of coaster soon. I don't think you can put these coasters on a wood or steel rankings list.
Re: New For 2014 Photo by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/30/13 12:09:21 AM
chitlins73 said:

These new coasters are confusing me...lol...I don't really know if any of these RMC coasters should be considered wood coasters?? I was hoping that Gravity Group would have been hired to design a true wooden coaster. So what makes Outlaw Run a wood coaster and what makes Iron Rattler steel?? I have somewhat of an idea but it is still confusing. I think there will need to be a new category of coaster soon. I don't think you can put these coasters on a wood or steel rankings list.

Basically it's all in the track. Goliath is like Outlaw run as it is going to have steel topper track on top of wood so it's still considered "wood". Medusa at SFM will be like New Texas Giant as the track is iron box track, which is all steel.

Below is the track that Goliath will have:

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Re: New For 2014 Photo by JeffyJosephNCali JeffyJosephNCali Profile at 8/30/13 12:24:16 AM
My apologies wasn't sure how to add a second pic:

Here's a pic of a steel iron horse RMC track, notice it's all steel and no wood underneath.

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Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/30/13 6:35:09 AM
Thanks for those up close shots for comparison. After seeing the pics, I don't see how they can call any of these coasters wood coasters. What does everyone on here think??? This topper steel gives the coasters such a smooth ride that it does not feel like a wooden coaster at all.
Re: New For 2014 by ray_p ray_p Profile at 8/30/13 9:00:26 AM
Canada's Wonderland announced their new "interactive 4-D" dark ride this morning called Wonder Mountain's Guardian. Not much in the way of pictures or anything, but the link is posted below.

Wonder Mountain's Guardian

Re: New For 2014 by pyl-driver pyl-driver Profile at 8/30/13 9:00:39 AM
Canada's Wonderland getting the dark ride from CF this year. It is inside the wonder mt called Guardian.
Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 8/30/13 12:57:04 PM
Worlds of Fun is getting Steelhawk, a Mondial Windseeker.

Rumors have been going around that Windseeker at Knotts was being relocated to WOF. Could this be it?

Steelhawk

Re: New For 2014 by MABrider MABrider Profile at 8/30/13 1:08:52 PM
chitlins73 said:

Thanks for those up close shots for comparison. After seeing the pics, I don't see how they can call any of these coasters wood coasters. What does everyone on here think??? This topper steel gives the coasters such a smooth ride that it does not feel like a wooden coaster at all.

The track on woodies is the layers of laminated wood that goes around the entire circuit. That's what makes the ride a woodie, not what sits on top of that, nor the supporting structure.

We've all seen coasters being built where the wood running the circuit is not made of the 7-8 layers of wood, but there is still something attached on top where the train's wheels run. That's still a woodie, IMO (El Toro). When you run trains with non-steel wheels it changes the dynamic of the ride (literally, the feel of it). So therein lies the "hybrid" label applied to such rides (El Toro again).
Mike B.
Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 8/30/13 4:24:32 PM
ray_p said:

Canada's Wonderland announced their new "interactive 4-D" dark ride this morning called Wonder Mountain's Guardian. Not much in the way of pictures or anything, but the link is posted below.

I really like this decision. Canada's Wonderland has 15 coasters and one of the best collections of flats. This dark ride is what they needed. I hope that they don't mess with Thunder Run and the dark ride is state of the art. I'll find out next year when we visit CW again.

Re: New For 2014 by Schrecken Schrecken Profile at 8/30/13 4:48:26 PM
It's hard to believe any park is putting in a dark ride (assuming this a "traditional" dark ride and not a shooting ride, which is still a type of dark ride but not in the traditional old-fashioned sense) these days, since they seem to be only disappearing and not being replaced. Hopefully they will make a comeback.

As for the steel/wood woodie thing, to me if a coaster has the general appearance of a woodie, then I would consider it to be a woodie. Even though Voyage is composed mostly of steel structure, I would consider it to be a woodie. Even in that regard Gemini would be a woodie, even though it has ordinary Arrow track nestled in where wood coaster track should be. Though of course some might argue that because it is all tubular track it must be a steel coaster.

The way it rides of course is a whole different ballgame - but to me personally that is secondary to the appearance of the ride.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 8/30/13 6:54:42 PM
What do yall think about the new Goliath(SFGAm) layout? I hate the name for obvious reasons, but love the layout, it looks sick! Like Outlaw Run, it looks kinda short, but hella intense. I definitely gotta make it out there next year!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=knj8q0JIYwY

Re: New For 2014 by pyl-driver pyl-driver Profile at 8/30/13 8:26:42 PM
I think Goliath has an amazing layout. I read that Outlaw Run seems like a short ride when you watch it on video, but when you experience these Rocky Mt. coasters it is so exciting that you are left very pleased. I think the 3 big RMC look outstanding, and Goliath looks like it may be even better. So excited to go next year, only 3 hours away from park.
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/30/13 10:29:31 PM
Since I can never go to YouTube without being distracted for more time than I care to waste, I thought I'd post the video here.

Thanks everyone, for all the help with keeping this thread up to date!

* This post was modified at 8/30/13 10:42:13 PM *

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Re: New For 2014 by JMiller at 8/31/13 8:41:00 PM
What I'm about to share with you could either be a heap of BS or the best news I've gotten this week; either way, I'm posting it here in the hopes that other enthusiasts will be able to do more in-depth research on this than I can at the moment.

Anyway, a few friends and I went to my home park Six Flags America a few weeks ago, and I had a pretty long chat with a friend of mine who works at the park. In the past the information he's given me has been pretty accurate, so I feel like he's at least a reliable source...anyway, here are some of the things he told me.
-The park is opening a new themed area, Mardi Gras (we all know that now) with the addition of the Ragin' Cajun spinning Wild Mouse coaster from SFGAm. He also told me that either in 2014 or 2015 the park will open a subsection of Mardi Gras called Voodoo Village that will be pretty well themed (fire effects, huts, other Voodoo-ish stuff), and that in addition to Ragin' Cajun, either of the following are currently being planned
1. The park would buy the old Zydeco Scream Boomerang coaster from the city of New Orleans and relocate/retheme it. He said this wasn't very likely as compared to option 2,
2. Wild One will be given the Rocky Mountain treatment. Apparently someone already drew up concept art for it, and from what my friend described it sounds like Wild One would be re-themed and renamed Zombi (after a Voodoo symbol, or something like that), and contain at lease three inversions (a barrel roll in the middle of the first drop, a zero-g roll over the entrance to Gotham City, and another zero-g roll over the plaza by the ride's station) along with an overbanked turnaround and a tunnel.

That's all I got. DIG IN!

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 8/31/13 9:08:19 PM
I would not like that at all!! This is a classic wooden coaster that does not need any kind of rocky mountain treatment. That would ruin the charm and greatness that this coaster already has. Leave the Rocky Mountain treatment for coasters that really need it like The Boss out in St.Louis.
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 8/31/13 10:46:11 PM
Put me down for a 'NO!' on the remake of Wild One. It's bad enough that Six Flags pulled the plug on Rolling Thunder. But to do it to Wild One, which is a FANTASTIC wooden coaster, I would be livid.

So, yes. I'd rather have the boomerang.

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Re: New For 2014 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 9/2/13 8:14:24 AM
These should be the five best new coasters next year:
1. Goliath - A very overused name. I still haven't ridden one by Rocky Mountain Construction, but watching videos is making me crazy for theirs.
2. Banshee - I haven't ridden a brand new B&M invert in a while; this one is BIG.
3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - Disney theming; the swinning trains should be fun.
4. FireChaser Express - Great theming; lauches usually make rides more interesting.
5. Flying Turns - This doesn't look like much, but there are not too many working bobsleds around.

* This post was modified at 9/2/13 8:16:49 AM *

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/2/13 8:49:11 AM
theRock-steel said:

5. Flying Turns - This doesn't look like much, but there are not too many working bobsleds around.

I've said this earlier, if there's gonna be any good action on that thing at all, it will definitely be after the second lift. IMO that first lift hill & right turn chute after just to meet the second lift is very unresourceful, and pointless; I'm still baffled with that first part of FT.

Hopefully the 2nd lift hill downgrade will provide some good unique side to side swinging action through those tight transitioning turns.

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/2/13 10:33:13 AM
JMiller said:

2. Wild One will be given the Rocky Mountain treatment. Apparently someone already drew up concept art for it, and from what my friend described it sounds like Wild One would be re-themed and renamed Zombi (after a Voodoo symbol, or something like that), and contain at lease three inversions (a barrel roll in the middle of the first drop, a zero-g roll over the entrance to Gotham City, and another zero-g roll over the plaza by the ride's station) along with an overbanked turnaround and a tunnel.

That's all I got. DIG IN!

When I first woke up, I read this post and read that as Roar in my mind and I was like FINALLY. Then I reread it and saw it said Wild One and I was like that's not cool.

While it sounds beyond neat (a barrel roll IN THE MIDDLE? of the first drop), I don't want to see a classic ruined.

The reality of the matter, however, is that SFA has very little enthusiasts and most of the GP does not care if the ride is almost 100 years old. They do not hold a sentimental attachment to it like we do.

If they did RMC it could be an amazing move for marketing and getting SFA back on the map, even if the enthusiast community will be dying from the inside out.

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Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/2/13 10:45:18 AM
JMiller said:

2. Wild One will be given the Rocky Mountain treatment. Apparently someone already drew up concept art for it, and from what my friend described it sounds like Wild One would be re-themed and renamed Zombi (after a Voodoo symbol, or something like that), and contain at lease three inversions (a barrel roll in the middle of the first drop, a zero-g roll over the entrance to Gotham City, and another zero-g roll over the plaza by the ride's station) along with an overbanked turnaround and a tunnel.

I cannot believe that anyone thinks this even has a remote chance of happening. I didn't respond to the original post because it is absolutely ridiculous. This is describing a B&M invert - not an RMC woodie. It would be cheaper to build an entirely new coaster than try to create this from a 100 year old woodie that actually rides pretty nice to begin with. Not a snowballs chance in hell of Wild One being converted to this.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 9/2/13 11:19:12 AM
Crazier things have happened, Jen (anyone still planning to ride GASM, Big Bad Wolf, or Rolling Thunder next year? Didn't think so.)

Nonetheless, it would be the biggest waste in the history of theme parks. I thought the Iron Horse treatment was supposed to revitalize rough, unrideable wooden coasters?

Wild One is neither, not by a longshot.

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/2/13 11:25:20 AM
alpengeistno3 said:

Crazier things have happened, Jen (anyone still planning to ride GASM, Big Bad Wolf, or Rolling Thunder next year? Didn't think so.)


Nonetheless, it would be the biggest waste in the history of theme parks. I thought the Iron Horse treatment was supposed to revitalize rough, unrideable wooden coasters?

Wild One is neither, not by a longshot.

Paul

We're not talking removing the coaster for another one - they are saying converting the original structure to a completely different wooden coaster with inversions. Could they remove it and build something else? Sure. Could they simply give it a steel track and taller hills? Sure. Would they use the existing track to create what was proposed with 3 inversions? No. And yes - I'm saying NEVER happening the way it was written.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 9/2/13 11:38:03 AM
GoYanks34 said:

alpengeistno3 said:

Crazier things have happened, Jen (anyone still planning to ride GASM, Big Bad Wolf, or Rolling Thunder next year? Didn't think so.)


Nonetheless, it would be the biggest waste in the history of theme parks. I thought the Iron Horse treatment was supposed to revitalize rough, unrideable wooden coasters?

Wild One is neither, not by a longshot.

Paul

We're not talking removing the coaster for another one - they are saying converting the original structure to a completely different wooden coaster with inversions. Could they remove it and build something else? Sure. Could they simply give it a steel track and taller hills? Sure. Would they use the existing track to create what was proposed with 3 inversions? No. And yes - I'm saying NEVER happening the way it was written.

Jen

True, not the same exact same situation, but these were all "crazy" rumors when they were first proposed. I don't think the layout is that crazy. Isn't that EXACTLY what Six Flags has been doing with NTG, IR, and Medusa Mexico?

I don't believe that Wild One is the coaster to do this to. There is nothing "wrong" with the ride that would require such a drastic makeover. If SFA was actually going to get the go ahead from corporate to get an RMC, it would be better off with an original one or making over Roar (I wonder if GCI has any say in them touching one of their creations? They would probably have to bulldoze it and build a new one there.)

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/2/13 1:07:38 PM
theRock-steel said:

These should be the five best new coasters next year:
1. Goliath - A very overused name. I still haven't ridden one by Rocky Mountain Construction, but watching videos is making me crazy for theirs.
2. Banshee - I haven't ridden a brand new B&M invert in a while; this one is BIG.
3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - Disney theming; the swinning trains should be fun.
4. FireChaser Express - Great theming; lauches usually make rides more interesting.
5. Flying Turns - This doesn't look like much, but there are not too many working bobsleds around.

I've been waiting for Flying Turns to open for 7 years now. I think we going to go to Knoebels next year regardless.

We were just at Dollywood this year. A family coaster is not enough motivation to revisit next year.

We may do a Florida trip in 2015 or 2016. The cost of admission to the Florida parks have kept me away since 2001. I look for the new Disney coaster to be nicely themed, but I'll be surprised if It's thrilling.

I'm a regular at Kings Island, so Banshee will be a coaster to add. Really excited about a new B&M invert being added to the park. Banshee may take my favorite invert spot away from Montu. I'll have to ride it first.

Goliath at Six Flags Great America is my most anticipated coaster so far of the 2014 announcements. It just looks incredible. Hoping to ride Outlaw Run in about 3 1/2 weeks. I'll have an idea what to expect. I have mixed feelings about this new technology with wooden coasters, but for the most part, I'm all for it. Goliath looks to be a top 5 coaster. Can't wait to ride it.

I'm still waiting to hear more about the GCI woodie at Morey's. I never been there, but will visit when they finally build that coaster.

Still waiting to hear more about Lake Monster at Darien Lake. So far nothing has been officially announced, so as of now, it seems to be a rumor. Even If they do build Lake Monster, I'll have to learn more, before planning another visit to Darien Lake.

Re: New For 2014 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 9/3/13 6:33:23 AM
frontrow said:

I've been waiting for Flying Turns to open for 7 years now. I think we going to go to Knoebels next year regardless.

We were just at Dollywood this year. A family coaster is not enough motivation to revisit next year.

We may do a Florida trip in 2015 or 2016. The cost of admission to the Florida parks have kept me away since 2001. I look for the new Disney coaster to be nicely themed, but I'll be surprised if It's thrilling.

I'm a regular at Kings Island, so Banshee will be a coaster to add. Really excited about a new B&M invert being added to the park. Banshee may take my favorite invert spot away from Montu. I'll have to ride it first.

Goliath at Six Flags Great America is my most anticipated coaster so far of the 2014 announcements. It just looks incredible. Hoping to ride Outlaw Run in about 3 1/2 weeks. I'll have an idea what to expect. I have mixed feelings about this new technology with wooden coasters, but for the most part, I'm all for it. Goliath looks to be a top 5 coaster. Can't wait to ride it.

I'm still waiting to hear more about the GCI woodie at Morey's. I never been there, but will visit when they finally build that coaster.

Still waiting to hear more about Lake Monster at Darien Lake. So far nothing has been officially announced, so as of now, it seems to be a rumor. Even If they do build Lake Monster, I'll have to learn more, before planning another visit to Darien Lake.

I was just at Knoebels last year. It was a great park, but something better than this "new" ride will have to be there before I go back this early.

Dollywood was also visited in 2012, but is something to do on the way back from visiting my family in Ohio. Thunderhead and a new ride together may make it worth a stop.

Disney does not normally equal thrilling but the WDW parks are only 40 minutes away. (Someone little always wants to go.)

I am overdue for an Ohio trip. I am trying to pair it with a return to Kentucky Kingdom. So Banshee and GateKeeper will have to wait just a little longer. (Holiday World and Beech Bend should be in there too.)

I too am still anticipating a Rocky Mountain Construction ride. I think that the one in Missouri will be first. From what I have heard, they are short and sweet. I am not thinking of them being a "top 5 coaster".

Morey's and Darien Lake have still not said anything on their sites about new coasters or anything being re-done.

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/3/13 11:25:44 AM
It's confirmed - Worlds of Fun Windseeker is from Knotts.

http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/local_news/planned-worlds-of-fun-attraction-has-checkered-past

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 9/3/13 4:47:39 PM
So much to digest! I am against the removal of Rolling Thunder, but it's time. I feel like this year it's been pretty unsafe near the end.

Things change, we move on, and it's not like it's a fan favorite.

I just hope that Zumanjaro isn't a capacity nightmare, and I hope that THEY PAINT NITRO DAMMIT! If not this year, then leave it alone for all eternity and keep the rusted sign.

I have now visited SFGAm two years in a row, not sure I can justify another Chicago trip, but then again, I have NOT explored that city on foot yet and would love to during the spring time/opening time of the park. That park has a NICE collection of coasters. X-Flight is my favorite wing rider from the 3 I've ridden, and Raging Bull is a favorie, along with Eagle being a fun ride.

Even though they added only a kiddie...I think my eyes are set to the biggest place I haven't been yet, SFMM.

Just wanted to also say thanks to drachen for making/maintaining these threads for the past few years. It's kinda my favorite part of the forum! haha.

Also, can't believe the naming atrocities that happen with Six Flags. Golitah? Medusa??? REALLY? Both rides look awesome though, and if they are anything like Iron Rattler, sign. me. up!

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/4/13 10:37:49 PM
SFMM's family coaster details.

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2013/09/details-on-six-flags-magic-mountains.html

Re: New For 2014 by flannelw at 9/6/13 2:46:11 AM
Well, Holiday World has announced what's new for 2014, http://www.holidayworld.com/news/holiday-world-sets-sail-8-million-expansion. I'm a little disappointed. I thought they would really try something big since King's Island is getting The Banshee. But maybe there is more to come. In their original post they said at the bottom "Happy Mayflower Day" but Mayflower Day isn't until the 16th. And they said that they wouldn't say what day they would announce what's new because the date itself would give away what was planned. So do you think they will announce something else then?

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Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/6/13 12:59:05 PM
Put this in the "Never Saw It Coming" file:

Adventureland, Altoona, Iowa is building a Mondial Windseeker called Storm Chaser in 2014 per their Facebook page,

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adventureland-Park/102775329805861?rf=109407785752729

Calaway Park, outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada is putting in a new log flume for 2014 to replace their old one.

http://www.calawaypark.com/logride.html

G-Dog

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/6/13 1:26:21 PM
Geauga_Dog said:

Put this in the "Never Saw It Coming" file:


Adventureland, Altoona, Iowa is building a Mondial Windseeker called Storm Chaser in 2014 per their Facebook page,

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adventureland-Park/102775329805861?rf=109407785752729

G-Dog

Why would anyone build a new one of these after all the problems they've had? Adventureland isn't exactly a great amusement park but it's the only one in that area and seriously needs a new modern coaster or a fix for one of their old ones (they area all either painful or horribly rough). When I lived there and was in desperate need of roller coasters I only went there once in 4 years and it was about 30 min away. That says it all.

Their Frisbee and Space Shot were decent but that was about it.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 9/6/13 2:30:53 PM
Geauga_Dog said:

Put this in the "Never Saw It Coming" file:


Adventureland, Altoona, Iowa is building a Mondial Windseeker called Storm Chaser in 2014 per their Facebook page,

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adventureland-Park/102775329805861?rf=109407785752729

Calaway Park, outside Calgary, Alberta, Canada is putting in a new log flume for 2014 to replace their old one.

http://www.calawaypark.com/logride.html

G-Dog

Thanks for the post. Adventureland's new ride is definitely in my "Never Saw It Coming" file. I'm impressed.

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Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 9/6/13 2:37:58 PM
I know it's an artist's concept, but I love how it comes up from the trees.
The amusement park rises bold and stark
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist...
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/6/13 2:47:12 PM
beastmaster said:

I know it's an artist's concept, but I love how it comes up from the trees.

It really is a very pretty and quaint park - it just needs better rides and a windseeker does not fit that bill IMO.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 9/6/13 4:56:02 PM
So ironic that this came out of the blue today because I was just trying to decide which parks to hit up next year when I get out to Silver Dollar City to check out Outlaw Run. I was curious about this park and was wondering if anyone on this thread has been there. So Jen.....you lived out there?
Re: New For 2014 by HWLover HWLover Profile at 9/6/13 8:04:51 PM
For some reason, and it probably isnt true, but I feel like there is more to the announcement from Holiday World today. First of all, they promised HUGE expansions the next three years. Dont get me wrong, I think the new Chance ship Mayflower is cool but its not large. On theme park review their pr Paula Werne said that Mayflower makes up only a little of the 8 million dollar budget, and the parking lot paving being a lot. Also, she said everywhere that they couldnt release the date of announcement because it is too much of a hint. Well why would they pick today, because I didnt even know today was when they began to sail on the mayflower, when september 16 is Mayflowere day. Also they started holihints yesterday only to end today. Another weird thing is that the picture doesnt match up with where it is supposed to be, and they didnt release the pic of the map where it is. Ik this doesnt seem too important but to me its odd. I guess im just hoping for more:/ Personally I think if they did a small ride announcment and then a bigger one later it will get them twice as much publicity. Even though it prob wont happen, I can see it on sept 13(friday the 13) or sept 16(mayflower day). Now ik the lawsuit is happening but i still feel this wouldnt affect the decision. Comment what you all think.
Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/6/13 8:06:15 PM
Isn't Worlds of Fun about 3-4 hours from Des Moines? I wonder what Adventureland thought when they found out WoF was getting one.

With the focus being on the Adventure Bay water park maybe the addition of Storm Chaser will be the start of exciting new rides coming to Adventureland.

Even though I haven't been there this park is one that has me very intrigued.

G-Dog

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/6/13 9:46:56 PM
chitlins73 said:

So ironic that this came out of the blue today because I was just trying to decide which parks to hit up next year when I get out to Silver Dollar City to check out Outlaw Run. I was curious about this park and was wondering if anyone on this thread has been there. So Jen.....you lived out there?

I went to vet school at Iowa State for 4 years which is about 20-30 minutes from Altoona. It's NOT a destination park but if it's on the way may be worth a quick visit. It is directly off route 80 of you're taking that route. You can easily do everything in a few hours. I'll post the pics I have at some point - I don't think I took too many. If I remember correctly my batteries died. It's a very nice park look-wise. Has an old country feel to it but it's coasters are not the best. I think I still have a concussion from that horrible Dragon thing that makes Anaconda seem like a B&M! :-)

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/6/13 9:50:00 PM
Geauga_Dog said:

Isn't Worlds of Fun about 3-4 hours from Des Moines? I wonder what Adventureland thought when they found out WoF was getting one.


With the focus being on the Adventure Bay water park maybe the addition of Storm Chaser will be the start of exciting new rides coming to Adventureland.

Even though I haven't been there this park is one that has me very intrigued.

G-Dog

Good point - WOF is only about 2 1/2 away from there (Valley Fair is about 3 1/2 hrs in the other direction) but they still need something better than that IMO. That wouldn't get me back to that park if I still lived there.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 9/6/13 10:44:00 PM
I did some research and found that the park gets some really good reviews. I read that the staff is very friendly and it is a charming old school mom and pop kind of park. The Outlaw is suppose to be a very good CCI woodie that runs like a GCI. I guess that means it is smoother than most CCI'S...lol. They also have a cool indoor woodie called The Underground??
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/6/13 10:56:38 PM
chitlins73 said:

I did some research and found that the park gets some really good reviews. I read that the staff is very friendly and it is a charming old school mom and pop kind of park. The Outlaw is suppose to be a very good CCI woodie that runs like a GCI. I guess that means it is smoother than most CCI'S...lol. They also have a cool indoor woodie called The Underground??

The underground is not really an indoor coaster - it's more like a boardwalk ride - I don't think it went over 5 mph. I found it hard to breath in there - very musty/stuffy with no a/c. Very outdated but is kind of classic in a way. Outlaw is very rough but you like those. It is FAR worse than Ghost Rider. I hated it. I think Tornado was tolerable if I remember correctly but still just OK. The rest of the park is very mom/pop (I said it was "quaint" before and that's what I meant). It's a very nice environment with crappy coasters except for a few decent flats. Like I said stop in if you're passing by but don't take a day out of your life for it when you could be at a better park. You can easily ride everything within 3 hours or so.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/10/13 4:17:34 PM
According to wiki Goliath(SFGAm) is gonna have 3100ft of track length. For whatever reason, RCDB.com doesn't have that info.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath_%28Six_Flags_Great_America%29

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/15/13 1:04:18 AM
FireChaser Express is gonna have 2,427 ft of track. Good length, especially for a family coaster.

www.rcdb.com/6691.htm

Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/19/13 2:17:50 PM
The Charlotte Observer has reported that Carowinds has been granted permission to build a 300ft. tall rollercoaster. I don't know if this is for 2014 or 2015. I don't know how to post links. The article doesn't give a manufacturer or any other information. Has anyone read anything about this?
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/19/13 2:30:36 PM
frontrow said:

The Charlotte Observer has reported that Carowinds has been granted permission to build a 300ft. tall rollercoaster. I don't know if this is for 2014 or 2015. I don't know how to post links. The article doesn't give a manufacturer or any other information. Has anyone read anything about this?

Since Carowinds has already made their announcement, I will assume that the 300 foot, $30 million ride will be for 2015.

Which means, I'll wait until 2015 to go to Carowinds.

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 9/19/13 6:29:17 PM
If Carowinds is going to get their own 300 footer, can KD get the 235 footer next?

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/20/13 12:02:27 AM
Two tall coasters in one park (hyper and giga if you will) that basically does the same thing continues to be all of the rage now. I hope that doesn't happen with Carowinds getting a 300 foot giga. Intimidator is already great at what it does, no need for the obligatory 'taller & speedier' compliment. With all of these unique coaster types (Wing Rider, Dive Machine, 4D, Eurofighter, Launched coaster etc) that Carowinds doesn't have....Hell, how bout a decent thrilling woodie? The last thing that they need is more of the same...

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Re: New For 2014 by MABrider MABrider Profile at 9/20/13 1:15:24 PM
Overbanked said:

Intimidator is already great at what it does, no need for the obligatory 'taller & speedier' compliment.

...and not necessarily any better.

Mike B.
Re: New For 2014 by 9StrykLeader at 9/21/13 10:16:39 PM
So I was just thinking about all the 2015 Great Adventure Rumors! Will it be a Intamin Blitz? Maybe GCI woodie? Premier Ride? 4D? Winged? Euro? Reply!
Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/22/13 1:03:30 AM
MABrider said:

...and not necessarily any better.

Exactly. To me there's not too much difference between 230 ft or 300 ft drops, or the speed differences 75MPH, or 90MPH. They're both are very lofty, airtimey, and hauling azz, I get it. Just like 96 degree sunny weather or 103 degrees, all that I know is that both are damn hot. :)

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 9/22/13 7:24:16 AM
Latest rumour posted on screamscape has Great Adventure possibly getting a RMC wooden coaster similar to the new one they are building in Chicago next year.
Dion
Re: New For 2014 by 9StrykLeader at 9/22/13 2:46:32 PM
I really hope we get a good coaster not a GCI and yes I know it would be a perfect fit but Six Flags hasn't taken park in the whole GCI thing. And the fact that morey's pier might be getting will put to much pressure on Great Adventure I hoping for a Euro/4D B&M but if we get a RMC I will be mad if it's wooden RMC !
Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/23/13 10:00:58 AM
I really hope SF doesn't make RMC the next Batman: The Ride.

I have not yet ridden an RMC convert or original creation, but with the rate Six Flags is approaching them, I fear that I'll come to loathe the company.

Six Flags, variety is a good thing...

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 9/23/13 2:19:07 PM
antikythera said:

I really hope SF doesn't make RMC the next Batman: The Ride.


I have not yet ridden an RMC convert or original creation, but with the rate Six Flags is approaching them, I fear that I'll come to loathe the company.

Six Flags, variety is a good thing...

Nah. I think X-Flight is the new Batman: The Ride. It's immensely popular. They'll start to pop up at other parks once Six Flags decides to start spending money again.

I can see one at Great Adventure, Texas, Georgia, and Magic Mountain, for starters. Maybe even a park like St. Louis and Fiesta Texas would also get one.

Variety is a good thing, but that only matters to people like us that travel around to all of these parks. The average Six Flags guest couldn't care less.

From a business perspective, the clones are always less expensive than the original, and are just as popular at each of the parks.

In other news... wow! 300+ replies to this thread already!

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Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/23/13 3:36:26 PM
Putting an RMC wood coaster would be redundant when you already have the world's top wooden coaster in El Toro (which I have yet to ride). The only thing RMC coasters do is go upside down.

But what do I know. Stranger things have happened like having a B&M hyper and a B&M giga in the same park. I'm going to keep a close watch on Carowinds for 2015.

Surprisingly the X-Flight clones haven't popped up as quickly as the Batmen did. I don't see Magic Mountain getting one since they already have X2 (again stranger things have happened) but definitely can see a wing coaster at Georgia, Texas, and Great Adventure.

G-Dog

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Re: New For 2014 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 9/23/13 4:22:20 PM
antikythera said:

I really hope SF doesn't make RMC the next Batman: The Ride.


I have not yet ridden an RMC convert or original creation, but with the rate Six Flags is approaching them, I fear that I'll come to loathe the company.

Six Flags, variety is a good thing...

I wouldnt mind a clone of something like Iron Rattler at SFGAdv.

#1 because Texas is farrrrr away from here in NJ
#2 because I LOVED Iron Rattler
#3 because that would make Great Adventure have a big 4!

I also don't think it'd be a clone. Anyone have a link to this rumor?

Seems weird how Six Flags would do that video showing ALL the stuff for next year and not something like this for Great Adventure...or are we talking 2015?

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Re: New For 2014 by 9StrykLeader at 9/23/13 8:09:39 PM
We are talking abiut 2015 :)
Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 9/23/13 9:37:11 PM
How could Great Adventure have a clone of Iron Rattler?? We don't have that coaster in the first place to have the RMC treatment done to it. Now with that said, we could have an Outlaw Run clone or Goliath clone from RMC.
Dion
Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 9/23/13 11:40:11 PM
Or a cliff face to build it on!

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/24/13 12:02:23 AM
mugen828 said:

I also don't think it'd be a clone. Anyone have a link to this rumor?

Seems weird how Six Flags would do that video showing ALL the stuff for next year and not something like this for Great Adventure...or are we talking 2015?

The new coaster rumor is for 2015 and the rumor I heard was a 4th dimension or wing coaster back by Movie Town/Old Country.

Don't know where all this RMC talk is coming from. The rumor for the old RT area (which is still completely intact by the way and I'm a little pissed they closed it so early if they weren't tearing it down yet) is a bunch of flats and perhaps a family coaster at some point.


Jen

Re: New For 2014 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 9/24/13 1:07:56 PM
GoYanks34 said:

mugen828 said:


I also don't think it'd be a clone. Anyone have a link to this rumor?

Seems weird how Six Flags would do that video showing ALL the stuff for next year and not something like this for Great Adventure...or are we talking 2015?

The new coaster rumor is for 2015 and the rumor I heard was a 4th dimension or wing coaster back by Movie Town/Old Country.

Don't know where all this RMC talk is coming from. The rumor for the old RT area (which is still completely intact by the way and I'm a little pissed they closed it so early if they weren't tearing it down yet) is a bunch of flats and perhaps a family coaster at some point.


Jen


Ahhhhh crap. See I knew we were talking about 2015, but I was HOPING Iw as mistaken haha.

And yeah yeah, I know there can't be a clone of IR in the traditional sense. I meant like, very similar to it if you will, which yeah yeah, that's not techinically a clone.

I wouldn't mind a clone of Goliath either, as that is pretty far from NJ, still, it'd kinda suck because I WANT to go back to SFGA, and having a clone here would make me inclined to skip on that park for years to come.

Jen, are we talking 4th dimension like Green Lantern at SFMM? or X2 at SFMM? I would much rather an X2 4th dimension, or a Diving Coaster, over a Wing Rider. Not to say they are bad rides, but we need something BETTER than green lantern/batman/medusa. We don't need anymore good coasters, WE NEED GREAT! haha

The SFGAdv fan in me is stokedddd on seeing any area brought back to life. Or if a new area was made where RT is. I'm more for the latter, it leads people away from my baby Nitro!

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Re: New For 2014 by 9StrykLeader at 9/24/13 3:05:13 PM
mugen828 said:

GoYanks34 said:

mugen828 said:


I also don't think it'd be a clone. Anyone have a link to this rumor?

Seems weird how Six Flags would do that video showing ALL the stuff for next year and not something like this for Great Adventure...or are we talking 2015?

The new coaster rumor is for 2015 and the rumor I heard was a 4th dimension or wing coaster back by Movie Town/Old Country.

Don't know where all this RMC talk is coming from. The rumor for the old RT area (which is still completely intact by the way and I'm a little pissed they closed it so early if they weren't tearing it down yet) is a bunch of flats and perhaps a family coaster at some point.


Jen


Ahhhhh crap. See I knew we were talking about 2015, but I was HOPING Iw as mistaken haha.

And yeah yeah, I know there can't be a clone of IR in the traditional sense. I meant like, very similar to it if you will, which yeah yeah, that's not techinically a clone.

I wouldn't mind a clone of Goliath either, as that is pretty far from NJ, still, it'd kinda suck because I WANT to go back to SFGA, and having a clone here would make me inclined to skip on that park for years to come.

Jen, are we talking 4th dimension like Green Lantern at SFMM? or X2 at SFMM? I would much rather an X2 4th dimension, or a Diving Coaster, over a Wing Rider. Not to say they are bad rides, but we need something BETTER than green lantern/batman/medusa. We don't need anymore good coasters, WE NEED GREAT! haha

The SFGAdv fan in me is stokedddd on seeing any area brought back to life. Or if a new area was made where RT is. I'm more for the latter, it leads people away from my baby Nitro!

We are talking about a X2 at SFMM now with that sad Arrow Dynamics wouldn't build it B&M would. I hope they do get or else they would just be shy of the 4D :(

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/24/13 3:11:58 PM
Does S&S Worldwide even still provide 4th dimension coasters? Their website shows it as a product available, but I remember reading somewhere they were only providing maintenance and parts after they acquired Arrow.

It also looks like they are still providing air-launched coasters. I thought they retired the Thrust Air 2000 (their first air-launched coaster model) after they built Dodonpa.

I really hope some US park purchases a model like Dodonpa in 2015. Hypersonic XLC had one of the smoothest launches and still ranks up there with Dodonpa as the fastest in acceleration. I know SDC has Powder Keg, but think how awesome it would be if S&S came back swinging hard and knocked Intamin off it's 'we have the world record for fastest launches' mentality. :)

Rumors are still floating around that B&M is still working on that 4D coaster, which may be a modified Wing Coaster.

The supervisor who was on our tour of Nitro and B:TR noted that SFGAdv. is a B&M park as they have gravitated toward them for many of their rides. He was pretty knowledgeable of the park's history and strongly hinted at a possible B&M in the future since history tends to repeat itself.

He also noted that after Chiller, they'll probably never get another Premier again. LOL.

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Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 9/24/13 4:52:06 PM
mugen828 said:

GoYanks34 said:

mugen828 said:


I also don't think it'd be a clone. Anyone have a link to this rumor?

Seems weird how Six Flags would do that video showing ALL the stuff for next year and not something like this for Great Adventure...or are we talking 2015?

The new coaster rumor is for 2015 and the rumor I heard was a 4th dimension or wing coaster back by Movie Town/Old Country.

Don't know where all this RMC talk is coming from. The rumor for the old RT area (which is still completely intact by the way and I'm a little pissed they closed it so early if they weren't tearing it down yet) is a bunch of flats and perhaps a family coaster at some point.


Jen


Ahhhhh crap. See I knew we were talking about 2015, but I was HOPING Iw as mistaken haha.

And yeah yeah, I know there can't be a clone of IR in the traditional sense. I meant like, very similar to it if you will, which yeah yeah, that's not techinically a clone.

I wouldn't mind a clone of Goliath either, as that is pretty far from NJ, still, it'd kinda suck because I WANT to go back to SFGA, and having a clone here would make me inclined to skip on that park for years to come.

Jen, are we talking 4th dimension like Green Lantern at SFMM? or X2 at SFMM? I would much rather an X2 4th dimension, or a Diving Coaster, over a Wing Rider. Not to say they are bad rides, but we need something BETTER than green lantern/batman/medusa. We don't need anymore good coasters, WE NEED GREAT! haha

The SFGAdv fan in me is stokedddd on seeing any area brought back to life. Or if a new area was made where RT is. I'm more for the latter, it leads people away from my baby Nitro!

It would be a B&M 4th dimension. There are none to compare it to since they have yet to build one but I would think closer to X2. Apparently they have the design down now. Should be better than an Arrow I would think.

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by 9StrykLeader at 9/25/13 10:38:37 PM
Carowind has a Picture of Intimadator right next to Diamondback!?!!? Carowinds.com then go to thrills and the go karts they are next to each ther and it's a blurred picture file:///C:/Users/Josh/Downloads/Carowinds.jpg

Carowinds 2015

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 9/26/13 9:52:08 AM
9StrykLeader said:

Carowind has a Picture of Intimadator right next to Diamondback!?!!? Carowinds.com then go to thrills and the go karts they are next to each ther and it's a blurred picture file:///C:/Users/Josh/Downloads/Carowinds.jpg

I wouldn't read too much into it. Looks like a simple website glitch and/or wrong image uploaded.

Re: New For 2014 by Geauga_Dog Geauga_Dog Profile at 9/26/13 1:48:28 PM
https://www.valleyfair.com/what-s-new/new-for-2014-route-76

Valleyfair has announced their new additions for 2014 to be called Route 76. Looks like it will be located next to Steel Venom.

Northern Lights - another Zamperla Disk'O Coaster like CP's new Pipe Scream

Also new Antique Cars as well as relocated Scrambler and Tilt-a-Whirl will make up the rest of the new area.

G-Dog

Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 10/10/13 12:21:03 PM
Dollywood released full animation for Fire Chaser Express:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpE2kqQtf7c

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by MABrider MABrider Profile at 10/10/13 1:11:15 PM
^
Thanks for that link, Jen.
Looks like a fun ride, certainly more than your average mine train, or milder kiddie ride.
Love that ending.

The first car looking like a train and not a truck...?...never heard of a "fire train!"

Mike B.
Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 10/10/13 1:31:30 PM
MABrider said:

^
Thanks for that link, Jen.
Looks like a fun ride, certainly more than your average mine train, or milder kiddie ride.
Love that ending.

The first car looking like a train and not a truck...?...never heard of a "fire train!"

I thought the same thing - that actually looks like a really fun ride! :-)

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 10/10/13 1:33:18 PM
GoYanks34 said:

Dollywood released full animation for Fire Chaser Express:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpE2kqQtf7c

Jen

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 10/10/13 4:15:23 PM
drachen said:

GoYanks34 said:

Dollywood released full animation for Fire Chaser Express:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpE2kqQtf7c

Jen

I'm impressed. I was skeptical of the dual launch but this looks pretty fantastic for a family ride. I love small scale launched coasters like this. I was wondering how they were going to do the reverse launch with a midcourse lift (unexpected) but everything just seems to fit together nicely.

I do have one question: How can they ensure the first train is launched before the second train makes it back to the station. I'm assuming there is a break run there before the track changes, but the animation makes it seem like it'll be an overall smooth continuous operation which is probably farther from the truth.

Re: New For 2014 by HamptonRoadsRider HamptonRoadsRider Profile at 10/11/13 9:37:27 AM
GoYanks34 said:

Dollywood released full animation for Fire Chaser Express:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpE2kqQtf7c

Jen

Looks like a cool family type coaster - reminds me a bit of verbolten - who makes it? Again, looks like verbolten track so i'd guess Zierer, but my track record is not so good lately!

Re: New For 2014 by Coaster316 at 10/11/13 9:46:09 AM
Its Gerstlauer (in before Jen - :) )

Mixed feelings personally. It looks really cool but I struggle going backwards. Hate to say it but this kiddie/family coaster may be too much for me.

Otherwise, it looks like a home run for Dollywood. Been way too long since I've been there. I'm starting to get hungry to travel to some of my favorite parks (like this) again.

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 10/11/13 1:30:52 PM
antikythera said:

I do have one question: How can they ensure the first train is launched before the second train makes it back to the station. I'm assuming there is a break run there before the track changes, but the animation makes it seem like it'll be an overall smooth continuous operation which is probably farther from the truth.

I agree. It looks absolutely fantastic.

It looks to me that the timing needs to be such that the second train can't crest the lift before the first train clears the switch.

There also has to be a second switch, somewhere near the station. I'll have to watch the video again to see if I can spot it.

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 10/11/13 7:04:53 PM
I like the use of the switch tracks like what expedition everest has. I don't really care if the launch isn't fast, the ride looks pretty fun. I'd rather ride that than another wild mouse.
Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 10/12/13 1:09:35 AM
HamptonRoadsRider said:

Looks like a cool family type coaster - reminds me a bit of verbolten

I agree. They both sorta have a midtrack 'Black Forest' with Firechaser Express's being that 'backwards blast shed' (for lack of better term). Both have a bridge, sorta with FCE's being a tower-like structure. V-Bolt only nips FCE's track length by 400ft or so. Dollywood has their own Mini-Bolt. :)

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 10/29/13 11:31:35 AM
Posted on their Facebook page this morning.

Re: New For 2014 *NM* Photo by antikythera antikythera Profile at 10/29/13 5:48:56 PM
The Bat is back.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152280924048368&set=a.226729858367.174830.155893938367&type=1&theater

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Re: New For 2014 *NM* by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 10/29/13 6:58:35 PM
^^Not this again.

*EDIT* Sorry, Corey. When I saw the post, I thought it was a reference to all the rumors before Banshee was officially announced. I just saw that the re-naming/re-theming of Flight Deck to the Bat is official.

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Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 10/31/13 2:17:35 PM
No worries.

I have been thinking. Was that dummy page they put up to fool the enthusiasts an actual picture of the layout of Flight Deck? It would have been neat if they were foreshadowing to this announcement while also using it as a decoy for Banshee.

Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 10/31/13 5:01:36 PM
Nice thought, but it was Gatekeeper. At least Kings Island got their money's worth out of it by using it to "prank" the enthusiast community as the Banshee announcement 1st.

Normally, I would be against a complete retheme of a 20 year old ride like this, but at least KI is actually getting a new coaster as well. As opposed to two North Eastern parks' "bizarre" decision to introduce an existing ride as their "new" attraction for the year.

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 10/31/13 5:20:15 PM
alpengeistno3 said:
As opposed to two North Eastern parks' "bizarre" decision to introduce an existing ride as their "new" attraction for the year.

Paul

I see what you did there.

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 10/31/13 11:33:58 PM
beastmaster said:

alpengeistno3 said:
As opposed to two North Eastern parks' "bizarre" decision to introduce an existing ride as their "new" attraction for the year.


Paul

I see what you did there.

Hee, hee. Now you don't have to change your profile pic to a giraffe :)

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 11/1/13 5:32:00 AM
alpengeistno3 said:

beastmaster said:

alpengeistno3 said:
As opposed to two North Eastern parks' "bizarre" decision to introduce an existing ride as their "new" attraction for the year.


Paul

I see what you did there.

Hee, hee. Now you don't have to change your profile pic to a giraffe :)

Paul

Wait..what?

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 11/1/13 10:22:40 AM
Track is showing up at Lagoon. No word as to whether this is for 2014 or 2015.

Word is that it will be a significant addition. The track looks to be of the Intamin/Gerstlauer,Zierer make - likely the latter since the park seems to be pleased with Wicked, which was a Zierer install.

More photos below.

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Re: New For 2014 by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 11/1/13 1:07:39 PM
beastmaster said:

alpengeistno3 said:

beastmaster said:

alpengeistno3 said:
As opposed to two North Eastern parks' "bizarre" decision to introduce an existing ride as their "new" attraction for the year.


Paul

I see what you did there.

Hee, hee. Now you don't have to change your profile pic to a giraffe :)

Paul

Wait..what?

There's a riddle going around on FB and if you get it wrong you have to change your profile pic to a giraffe. I got it right, which is pretty funny since I have a gazillion pictures of giraffes from the safari and Africa! ;-)

Jen

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 11/6/13 1:34:11 PM
Updated with Seabreeze's two new additions.
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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 11/10/13 3:01:27 AM
Canada's Wonderland is gonna have 'Wonder Mountain's Guardian' inside the signature mountain for 2014. It's gonna be an interactive 4-D dark ride. According to newsplusnotes, it supposed to have 'coaster track'.

www.canadaswonderland.com/what-s-new/new-for-2014

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/heard-on-cedar-fairs-3rd-quarter.html

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 11/11/13 6:09:21 PM
Overbanked said:

Canada's Wonderland is gonna have 'Wonder Mountain's Guardian' inside the signature mountain for 2014. It's gonna be an interactive 4-D dark ride. According to newsplusnotes, it supposed to have 'coaster track'.


www.canadaswonderland.com/what-s-new/new-for-2014

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/heard-on-cedar-fairs-3rd-quarter.html

Well, if the powered portion lets go for a dip down a few hills, I suppose it could be considered a coaster. If that's the case, I don't think I'll count it as one.

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 11/16/13 11:55:41 PM
Kentucky Kingdom has made it official - Lightning Run will be their new coaster for 2014.

It looks to me like a custom Chance "megalite", for lack of a better term. The park has stated on Facebook that it will stand 100 feet tall.

I have to say, it looks fun!

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Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 11/16/13 11:58:33 PM
Kentucky Kingdom has announced Lightning Run. It will be a Chance Rides mega lite. It will be 100 ft. tall and have a 80 degree first drop. It's due to open for the 2014 season.
Re: New For 2014 by rollercoasterfreek18 rollercoasterfreek18 Profile at 11/17/13 1:58:22 PM
Last I herd Universal Studios LA is going to make a exact replica of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter like the one in Orlando! Last I heard it is coming in 2016!
Re: New For 2014 by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 11/19/13 9:19:47 PM
It's not going to be an exact replica at Universal Studios Hollywood. I think the only attraction that is assured to be part of the expansion is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. What else they decide to build is kind of unknown at the moment.
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 11/20/13 11:42:57 AM
Updated today with Knott's Berry Farm's announcements of Camp Snoopy updates and the re-worked Calico Mine Ride.
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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 11/20/13 1:34:05 PM
The hits just keep on coming. Gravity Group announced today that they are building a small coaster for Story Land, in Glen, NH.

It looks to be of the Wooden Warrior variety. To that I say, IT's ABOUT FREAKING TIME!

Gravity Group Coaster at Story Land

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Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 11/21/13 11:20:39 AM
Our big coaster trip of 2014 consists of Canobie Lake Park, Fun Town/ Splash Town, SF New England, The Great Escape, Quassy, Lake Compounce, and maybe LaRonde. Now Story Land is in the mix, due to their announcement.
Re: New For 2014 by streetstock7s at 11/21/13 4:20:22 PM
Although this is the 2014 thread, apparently the rumors of Greezed Lightnin coming back to texas in 2015 may be true. Grand Texas has released a rendering of the park set to open in 2015. Greased Lighnin is on the parks map. So it looks like they purchased it from cliffs. Also supposed to be building a large wooden coaster. Cant wait for the details and rumors to start as to the manufacture.
Re: New For 2014 by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 11/21/13 8:26:45 PM
streetstock7s said:

Although this is the 2014 thread, apparently the rumors of Greezed Lightnin coming back to texas in 2015 may be true. Grand Texas has released a rendering of the park set to open in 2015. Greased Lighnin is on the parks map. So it looks like they purchased it from cliffs. Also supposed to be building a large wooden coaster. Cant wait for the details and rumors to start as to the manufacture.

From Cliff's, or possibly the one from SFKK? Can't remember if they took that one down in a way that it could be rebuilt or not.

Re: New For 2014 by streetstock7s at 11/21/13 10:26:37 PM
I believe the one from KK was torn apart with torches and scrapped. Which was sad to see because it as a weight drop launch. I hope Grand Texas is getting the one from astroworld for sure, she as sat in storage long enough!
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 11/22/13 7:06:08 PM
streetstock7s said:

I believe the one from KK was torn apart with torches and scrapped. Which was sad to see because it as a weight drop launch. I hope Grand Texas is getting the one from astroworld for sure, she as sat in storage long enough!

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 11/27/13 6:31:29 AM
I'm not a huge waterpark guy, but look at this insanity that they built in KC!!! It's like KingDaKa, complete with an airtime hill.

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/new-website-new-details-on-worlds.html

Re: New For 2014 by chitlins73 chitlins73 Profile at 11/27/13 6:37:43 AM
Can't wait! I will be there opening week!!
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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 11/27/13 10:39:08 AM
Overbanked said:

I'm not a huge waterpark guy, but look at this insanity that they built in KC!!! It's like KingDaKa, complete with an airtime hill.


www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/new-website-new-details-on-worlds.html

Will it have horsecollars, too? :)

I'm all for a thrilling tube ride, but if the parks haven't learned anything from this past summer about extreme drops with minimal restraint, then God bless them (and those that choose to ride something like that!)

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 11/28/13 1:55:14 AM
They are doing some tweaks to Thunderbolt Reborn, the newsplusnotes link explains them. Also Luna Park is going remove 'Eclipse' the Midi Discovery, and replace it with another ride; During an IAAPA interview "A swinging and inverting good time" was mentioned concerning the new ride.

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/coney-island-thunderbolt-layout-changes.html

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Re: New For 2014 by rollercoasterfreek18 rollercoasterfreek18 Profile at 12/2/13 12:05:05 AM
CONFIRMATION!!!!!!!!

IN UNIVERSAL HOLLYWOOD, COMING 2015.


WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!

CHECK THIS OUT NOW!

Re: New For 2014 - The List by drachen drachen Profile at 12/17/13 11:12:28 AM
Hersheypark announced three new rides yesterday, along with the addition of a grab-n-go style Chickie's and Pete's, and a yogurt stand.

1) Zamperla kiddie coaster, replaces the Tiny Timbers kiddie log flume.

2) Zamperla kiddie tea cups

3) Zamperal "swing thing", kiddie swing

Hersheypark 2014 Additions

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Re: New For 2014 by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 12/21/13 6:17:16 PM
What new rides I plan to go on this year:
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train @ Magic Kingdom
Falcon's Fury @ Busch Gardens Tampa
Orlando Eye (425 foot wheel)
World’s Tallest Poler Coaster (in Florida and breaking ground in 2014 somewhere)
New England Sky Screamer @ SFNE
Extreme Supernova @ Great Escape
Demon @ La Ronde (Im not sure what this is as the park's website doesn't give pictures of rides)
SteelHawk @ Worlds of Fun (I was at Knott's but I didn't get a chance at this)

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Re: New For 2014 by incineratorr incineratorr Profile at 12/24/13 10:10:01 AM
Speaking of new for 2014, has anyone heard any updates for Zumajaro and that area, I mean it'll really piss me off if they're going to use the space where rolling thunder was just for a path to the tower ride and a baboons area. Really c'mon any flats or anything besides another bathroom or snack booth ? Also anyone have information for the new American Dreams at the Meadowlands, NJ update.
Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 12/26/13 7:30:58 PM
Hershey's new junior (kiddie?) coaster has a name: Cocoa Cruiser. I admit, I actually kinda like it. Ready, Jen?

http://www.hersheypark.com/rides/details.php?id=101&x=46&y=11

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 1/5/14 2:17:53 AM
FireChaser Express' track is completed.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/01/dollywood-completes-firechaser-express.html

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 1/13/14 8:30:12 PM
Updated today to add Keansburg's new looping coaster, which I thought had opened this year.
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Re: New For 2014 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 1/17/14 11:14:29 AM
Updated today with Indiana Beach's announcement of 4 kiddie/family attractions. User Submitted Picture

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Re: New For 2014 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 1/20/14 12:51:52 PM
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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 1/20/14 3:09:25 PM
A Chinese park is gonna unveil the first ever B&M family coaster in 2014. Interesting.

www.rcdb.com/6712.htm

Re: New For 2014 by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 1/22/14 4:01:36 PM
Overbanked said:

A Chinese park is gonna unveil the first ever B&M family coaster in 2014. Interesting.


www.rcdb.com/6712.htm


SWEET!! very cool.

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 1/27/14 1:21:38 PM
Hey Drach, don't forget about Wizarding World's new enclosed coaster "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts". I can't wait to check it out.

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/01/universal-studios-florida-reveals.html

www.rcdb.com/11887.htm

http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Escape_from_Gringotts

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 1/28/14 8:03:05 AM
Overbanked said:

Hey Drach, don't forget about Wizarding World's new enclosed coaster "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts". I can't wait to check it out.


www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/01/universal-studios-florida-reveals.html

www.rcdb.com/11887.htm

http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Escape_from_Gringotts

Thanks, Overbanked... For some reason, I always overlook Universal... Added it this morning.

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Re: New For 2014 by Cyclone_Phil Cyclone_Phil Profile at 1/29/14 2:55:05 PM
Well at least they addressed you need a 2park pass to get from one park to another (keeping the parks separate). I just wonder if a person could still ride it round trip (not allowed off the train, assuming they check the tickets after people gets out). Oh well, very excited to see how the place looks and I'm not even a fan of the movies. They did a good job (except 'chasing dragons', the original entrance and frozen knights were much better) over at Islands of adventure.
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 1/31/14 7:23:55 PM
Updated today with the addition of Knoebels new kiddie rides. I added them to the coaster section, since for the majority of people, Flying Turns will be a new for 2014 ride.
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Re: New For 2014 by JMiller at 2/3/14 9:18:56 PM
I found some pretty interesting tidbits on Kings Dominion's Volcano: The Blast Coaster over at Wikipedia. I was looking up stuff about the park to find more information about what's coming up in 2014, and I found this.

Re-theme and renovations[edit]

Although there haven't been any official announcements by Cedar Fair or Kings Dominion, a fictional backstory for the ride was released on a few roller coaster enthusiast forms by an anonymous poster, as well as a description of a re-designed and heavily themed queue line and a dual-track station. The ride's new backstory fits in with the theme of Safari Village; a group of American businessmen decided to take a vacation in Africa, and during this time a few of them rented supplies and vehicles and attempted to steal an idol that was rumored to be kept deep within the local volcano, which the locals both feared and worshiped as the dwelling of their god. The volcano had existed peacefully for as long as the could remember, but when the intruders took the idol the volcano violently erupted and the explorers were killed. Their base camp still sits at the base of the volcano, and local legends say that the site is cursed; anyone who dares to set foot on the god Ahkutu's hallowed grounds will be seized by a terrible spirit and carried off into the volcano, where so many others have vanished.
The (alleged) themed queue will contain a segment where guests walk through the explorers' artifact tent, their camper van, and their shed before entering into a temple dedicated to the worship of the local deity, Ahkutu. At this point riders would board either of two trains (one on each side of the station; the guests would enter it from an area themed as an underground "secret chamber" within the temple).
For the 2014 season these changes are being facilitated by altering the current route of the entrance path and re-painting parts of the track and mountain; eventually the mountain may be rebuilt entirely so that, apart from the roll-out element, the entire ride takes place within the volcano. There have also been rumors as to the track layout being re-arranged to include more variations (more turns after the launches, a loop built around an elevated section of the queue line, and a section of drop track have all been mentioned on various enthusiast forums.) Additionally, some enthusiasts have mentioned the possibility of the coaster being converted from an LSM coaster to an Accelerator coaster, which would make it the first inverted roller coaster in the world to feature a hydraulic launch system.


Some of the stuff sounds really cool, but some of it sounds like the entire ride would have to be altered. For instance, the transition from an LSM catapult coaster to an Accelerator coaster. It would be cool to have the world's first Accelerator invert coaster, but since an upgrade like that wouldn't exactly be cheap I really can't see that happening unless the park really skimps on getting new rides, updating existing attractions and generally being cheap. But, as I say, overall this sounds pretty darn cool! At well-themed ride at Kings Dominion!

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/4/14 11:14:25 AM
JMiller said:

Some of the stuff sounds really cool, but some of it sounds like the entire ride would have to be altered. For instance, the transition from an LSM catapult coaster to an Accelerator coaster. It would be cool to have the world's first Accelerator invert coaster, but since an upgrade like that wouldn't exactly be cheap I really can't see that happening unless the park really skimps on getting new rides, updating existing attractions and generally being cheap. But, as I say, overall this sounds pretty darn cool! At well-themed ride at Kings Dominion!

Interesting...

Altering the ride layout seems like a stretch to me. I like that they're seemingly looking to increase capacity, and more theming is always a good thing.

Changing the launch is an interesting concept. LIMs really guzzle electricity from what I understand, so switching to hydraulics and cables would make sense in that regard.

I guess we'll wait and see.

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Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 2/5/14 12:39:37 AM
Hmmm, my BS senses are tingling! Since when did Cedar Fair get in the business of elaborate theming?

One thing people tend to overlook about Volcano's mountain is that a lot of the inside space is also dedicated to the transfer/maintenance area. There is no easy way to put a support in that area, hence all of the "wasted" space on the inside of the mountain.

Any alteration to the layout would require changing the mountain and that would add onto the time frame for completing such modifications as well as the cost. Reconfiguring the exit to the queue line is relatively cheap, but blasting new holes for the train to enter/exit or extending the current structure most certainly would not be.

If any of the layout changes did happen, it won't happen this off season, thus, with the hype KD has put into redoing Safari Village, it is highly unlikely to happen at all. (do you really think they put all this hype into "a better Volcano experience" to come back to it in 2015 with changing the layout? Seems like something they would do all in one shot.)

Paul

PS
Drachen, if this gets as much traction as it did on Facebook, you may want to make a separate thread for it.

Re: New For 2014 by antikythera antikythera Profile at 2/5/14 3:24:46 PM
drachen said:

JMiller said:

Some of the stuff sounds really cool, but some of it sounds like the entire ride would have to be altered. For instance, the transition from an LSM catapult coaster to an Accelerator coaster. It would be cool to have the world's first Accelerator invert coaster, but since an upgrade like that wouldn't exactly be cheap I really can't see that happening unless the park really skimps on getting new rides, updating existing attractions and generally being cheap. But, as I say, overall this sounds pretty darn cool! At well-themed ride at Kings Dominion!

Interesting...

Altering the ride layout seems like a stretch to me. I like that they're seemingly looking to increase capacity, and more theming is always a good thing.

Changing the launch is an interesting concept. LIMs really guzzle electricity from what I understand, so switching to hydraulics and cables would make sense in that regard.

I guess we'll wait and see.

Are there any accelerator coasters that don't have to wait for it be set up though. All of the ones I can think of take some time, which in essence would slow down the process. I like that most of the LIMs automatically launch the moment they're hit which gives most riders on Volcano the reason they love it. It's so unexpected, especially with that second launch.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 2/19/14 3:25:53 AM
Dollywood's FireChaser Express is set to open on March 22, 2014.

www.latimes.com/travel/deals/themeparks/la-trb-firechaser-express-dollywood-20140213,0,7771059.story#axzz2tdFsUva5

Re: New For 2014 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 2/21/14 5:24:16 PM
Check out Goliath's new renderings. Interesting lift structure, don't you think? User Submitted Picture
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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 2/21/14 7:30:28 PM
^^Pretty weird lift. Looks like it will be blasphemy with the 'traditionalists'. :)

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Re: New For 2014 Photo by drachen drachen Profile at 2/24/14 5:07:52 PM
Adventure City in Anaheim is adding a Gerstlauer family shuttle coaster. Interesting concept. User Submitted Picture

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 2/24/14 10:27:34 PM
^^^Interesting indeed. It's gonna be the second coaster of it's type by Gerstlauer; With the other being this coaster www.rcdb.com/9573.htm in Germany. Of course the Vekoma Jr Boomerangs are similar also.
Re: New For 2014 by MABrider MABrider Profile at 2/25/14 1:19:09 PM
drachen said:

Adventure City in Anaheim is adding a Gerstlauer family shuttle coaster. Interesting concept.

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 2/25/14 9:55:57 PM
Here's a mini-POV/side by side virtual thingy of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It looks like about what I expect a typical Disney ride to be. That 'swinging action' doesn't seem very effective.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX4REwQeDEY#t=82

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 2/28/14 1:30:46 AM
Check out this 'Ghetto-pulse' coaster in Brazil that's new for 2014. Eat your heart out Intamin. :)

www.rcdb.com/11537.htm

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 3/6/14 2:48:18 PM
Updated today - Elitch announced a new thrill ride - a Larson Ring of Fire.
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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 3/7/14 12:39:53 AM
^^^Yup, that new 'coaster'(JK) will be named 'Brain Drain'. This baby is super-sized; The regular 'Ring of Fire' that everyone is accustomed to is 59ft, and this bad boy is 73ft.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/03/elitch-gardens-announces-brain-drain.html

Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 3/14/14 10:47:26 AM
Updated today with the "new" Splash Adventure park in Alabama, run by the Koch family outcasts. One of the new kiddie rides will be a Wacky Worm coaster. I would imagine the name will change sometime soon.

Also, DelGrosso's is adding a 'Music Express' - but not the traditional one. This thing looks more like the old Enterprise rides.

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Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 3/14/14 12:13:54 PM
Yeah..kinda the mutant offspring of an Enterprise and a Himalaya. Looks like it'd be fun.
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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 3/15/14 9:03:37 AM
I wonder what's gonna happen to Rampage? RCDB still has it listed as SBNO
Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 3/15/14 1:22:05 PM
Overbanked said:

I wonder what's gonna happen to Rampage? RCDB still has it listed as SBNO

Probably a little late in the game to get it running for this season. But I'd expect it to be operational by next year. That's just me, though.

All I know is that I wish them the best.

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 3/16/14 2:55:14 PM
The third time is a charm. Luna Park Thunderbolt's layout has gotten revised again and it's even more thrilling! It starts out with the vertical drop, vertical loop, zero-G roll, stengel dive, a dive loop, a couple of airtime hills, then for the fourth and final inversion a corkscrew, followed by some more bunny hills.

T-bolt will have hella thrilling maneuvers within that narrow strip of land. I love the new layout!

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/03/check-out-latest-coney-island.html

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 3/21/14 9:42:26 PM
Here's the FireChaser Express POV by Coaster Force. Looks like a very fun family coaster.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7MZ0ti2Gk8

Re: New For 2014 by looper77 at 3/21/14 11:30:50 PM
Does anyone know if Banshee will scream with the B&M roar, or will it be silenced with sand?
Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 3/22/14 12:13:20 AM
^^^ Doesn't sound like it is filled with sand to me.

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Re: New For 2014 by houstondavid houstondavid Profile at 3/27/14 9:24:01 PM
Hi,

Haven't had the priviledge of riding very many B&M's, but that sure sounds like the same roar as Hershey's Great Bear. Very nice.

Not sure that I get the reference to filling with sand - are there times that they do something to dampen or modify the sound?

David

Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 3/27/14 10:37:17 PM
^^^Here is your sand-filled example. Notice, no "roar"

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 3/28/14 5:47:07 AM
alpengeistno3 said:

Notice, no "roar"


I'm betting there's some patrons at a certain park close to you, Paul, that wish they could say that. ;)

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/6/14 12:41:23 AM
Luna Park replaced their old Zamperla Midi Discovery flatride (named Eclipse) for a new ride that looks similar, but it rotates a full 360 degrees, just like a SBFrides Midi Dance Party. I didn't even see this model on Zamperla's website. It looks very fun.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/04/luna-parks-second-new-for-2014-ride.html

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/6/14 1:06:56 AM
Iowa's Adventureland Windseeker 'Storm Chaser' will be 250ft tall. I'm pretty surprised that it's new, given that rides problematic history.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/04/storm-chaser-going-up-at-adventureland.html

www.adventurelandpark.com

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Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/8/14 12:57:11 AM
As of April, 'Mountain Creek Waterpark' in New Jersey will be renamed 'Action Park Mountain Creek'. The old Action Park, a waterpark that was in Vernon, NJ had a notorious reputation for accidents.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/04/action-park-returns-to-new-jersey.html

Re: New For 2014 by houstondavid houstondavid Profile at 4/13/14 8:16:36 AM
Hi,

Thanks for posting the 'sanded' version.

Sorry if I am a bit slow, but I keep thinking that 'filled with sand' can't mean literally "filling the rails with sand". Is that really what they do? I guess that really would have the effect of dampening the vibration of the rails.

David

Re: New For 2014 by MABrider MABrider Profile at 4/13/14 4:31:13 PM
houstondavid said:

but I keep thinking that 'filled with sand' can't mean literally "filling the rails with sand". Is that really what they do?
David

Yes, it is true. The rails are hollow steel and the sand dampens the noise of the trains traveling along them.
Since the supports are also hollow, I believe those are filled with sand as well on those B&M coasters that employ that technique ...but don't quote me on that.

Since that famous B&M roar is quite loud otherwise, in some instances local regulations require a park include sound dampening and in some it is strictly what the park wants.

Either way, in deference to aging (mine), I am a fan of the quiet ones!

Mike B.
Re: New For 2014 by alpengeistno3 at 4/13/14 11:17:13 PM
Don't quote me, but I think the rails are left open. It is the box beam and support columns that are filled. In later B&M's, they developed a dampening material that was put in the supports in the factory.

Paul

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 4/17/14 6:04:07 PM
Holiday World confirms the removal of Giraffica (AKA) Pilgrim's Plunge.

http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/04/holiday-world-confirms-major-ride.html

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 4/17/14 7:40:14 PM
Banshee is now open! Early reviews are very good.

Here's the POV...

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Re: New For 2014 by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 4/22/14 6:46:26 AM
Overbanked said:

Holiday World confirms the removal of Giraffica (AKA) Pilgrim's Plunge.


http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/04/holiday-world-confirms-major-ride.html

bummed at that one, but I certainly understand. Going to finally make it back to HW after 12 years and was looking forward to riding that one, but guess it isn't going to happen. Oh well.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/1/14 11:44:59 PM
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train...talk about a boring short snoozefest...I haven't ridden it, and I really don't have to for me to know when a park makes a very expensive subpar attraction. Even Disney's 'bread and butter magical' indoor effects have been eh lately.

I've been saying that Disney (particularly WDW) has been resting on it's laurels, knowing that every attraction they make will be praised by the brainwashed fanboys, but even they will have to wake up with this one.

Dollywood made a 2014 family coaster that actually looks innovative and fun to ride. Maybe there isn't a secret as to why Universal is outpacing Disney in attendance; USO has exciting Harry Potter expansions, while WDW has this...Check out SDMTs POV...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0wJar2XF2U

Re: New For 2014 by frontrow frontrow Profile at 5/2/14 1:08:41 AM
Overbanked said:

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train...talk about a boring short snoozefest...I haven't ridden it, and I really don't have to for me to know when a park makes a very expensive subpar attraction. Even Disney's 'bread and butter magical' indoor effects have been eh lately.


I've been saying that Disney (particularly WDW) has been resting on it's laurels, knowing that every attraction they make will be praised by the brainwashed fanboys, but even they will have to wake up with this one.

Dollywood made a 2014 family coaster that actually looks innovative and fun to ride. Maybe there isn't a secret as to why Universal is outpacing Disney in attendance; USO has exciting Harry Potter expansions, while WDW has this...Check out SDMTs POV...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0wJar2XF2U

I thought the same thing when I watched the POV. I really don't care if I ever ride SDMT. I've always felt that Disney is a group of overpriced, glorified kids parks, with elaborate theming and decent service. It really wouldn't bother me if I never visited a Disney park again. SDMT is just an example of why I feel this way.

Re: New For 2014 by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 5/10/14 5:46:58 PM
Kemah Boardwalk out in Galveston which has Boardwalk Bullet will now has a large Larson Fireball. Kinda funny how Amusement Today referred to it as a 'coaster'. Nice addition for Kemah.

www.amusementtoday.com/2014/05/09/looping-thrill-ride-launches-at-kemah-boardwalk/

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Re: New For 2014 by drachen drachen Profile at 6/1/14 9:35:58 PM
Updated today with marking what has opened. Cleaned up the list a little bit too.
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