Last week SeaWorld Orlando surprised Coaster Enthusiasts with an announcement of a new Roller Coaster for 2016. This was somewhat of a surprise because there have been no strong rumors of a new Coaster; but after much thought and speculation, this makes sense. Ever since the movie "Blackfish" debuted in 2013, SeaWorld's attendance rates plummeted under water, with many people boycotting the park. For those of you unfamiliar with the film, it is a documentary about Killer Whale captivity and supposedly how SeaWorld treats its whales. To this date, the park still has a bad word and many families would rather go to Disney or Universal. Regardless of ones views on the film, the park still does animal conservation and can not rely solely on animals anymore to stay open. SeaWorld has become desperate and they can not rely on just anti-Blackfish marketing to draw crowds: the only thing that can get people back into the park is a new Coaster.
SeaWorld has stated: "Something is stirring beneath the surface at SeaWorld Orlando, preparing to rise from the ocean depths and soar to thrilling new heights. Get ready for the frenzy of SeaWorld’s new 200-foot-tall coaster. In 2016, this thriller will take its place atop the food chain as Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. More details on the new addition will surface in late-May. SeaWorld is a one-of-a-kind theme park with a variety of attractions including awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling rides and spectacular shows. Follow #nothingfaster as the frenzy starts."
From this announcement, we can assume many things. First, we can guess this will be shark themed, based upon the phrase "atop the food chain." Shaks are obviously the top of the food chain, and it would make way for a great themed Coaster for SeaWorld. What other sea animal could they name the Coaster after? Also, since it will be the tallest, fastest, and longest Coaster in Orlando, this Coaster needs to be over 200 feet tall, over 70 mph, and at least 4,000 feet long. The Coaster will probably be located between the Nautilus theater and Shamu Stadium; and will travel along the water between International Drive and Kraken. This fantastic location will take advantage of the areas scenery and expand that section of the park.
Now, the biggest question arises: what type of Coaster will this be? The initial rumors said it will be a B&M Hyper Coaster, since B&M is premier in making 200+ foot Coasters, and the park used them for Kraken and Manta. However, this might not be 100% true. The latest B&M Hyper/Giga Coasters have been well over 230 feet, so it would be very strange that SeaWorld will receive a B&M hyper at only 200 feet. If they want more crowds, the larger the Coaster, the lager the crowds. Also, since this Coaster was fast-tracked and planned quick, this points away from B&M because they generally plan out their Coasters well in advanced. Also, the park is starting the trend #nothingfaster which totally points to a launch Coaster. When I think of a B&M Hyper or Giga Coaster, I first think of height first, then length, then speed. These two thoughts point away from a B&M Coaster, but what if it is the first B&M Launch Hyper Coaster?... One idea that points to this idea is the park wanting to add a non looping Coaster. Manta and Kraken are both B&M looping Coasters, and another looping Coaster, while it would be great, would take away from park diversity and not get people who do not like inversions. However, if the park still wants a looping Coaster, a B&M, and a Launch Coaster, maybe we can be looking at a B&M Launched Wing Rider with a Launch almost at 100 mph and a huge 200 foot tall Loop right next to International Drive. That would surely become the fiercest Coaster in Florida. Regardless, SeaWorld probably knows B&M is arguably the best Coaster manufacturer (I personally like Intamin a tad more) and if it is a B&M, SeaWorld will have an immediate hit on their hands.
If B&M is not the manufacturer, the next option is a Mack Coaster. SeaWorld has a long history with Mack and worked with them three times with the Journey to Atlantis Water Coasters, San Diego's 2012 Manta, and possibly again for Busch Gardens Tampa's 2016 Coaster (which will probably be a family style Coaster, possibly Spinning). It would make sense to add another Mack as possibly SeaWorld signed a deal for two Mack Coasters in 2016. Mack has been adding a lot of large, looping Coasters in Europe (Helix, blue fire) and maybe it is time for a large launched Mack Coaster for Orlando. If not, maybe we can see a new style launched Mack airtime machine hyper Coaster.
If SeaWorld is going outside the box and we do not see a B&M or Mack Coaster, what could we see? SeaWorld has worked with Zierer for their Shamu Express Family Coasters and the Busch Gardens Grover Family Coasters. Zierer is coming back, and after riding the new Impulse at Knoebels (which was a great, small looper), Zierer could pull off a launch 200 foot Coaster. However, this is unlikely. Another idea is possible a Chance Hyper Coaster. They successfully built Kentucky Kingdom Lightning Run (a mini Hyper Coaster) so maybe we will see another at SeaWorld next year? Or will Intamin will return with a new Coaster? The possibilities are almost endless, but the most likely candidates are a B&M or Mack Launched Hyper Coaster.
We will not find out more details for SeaWorld's 2016 Coaster until late May, so that leaves a lot of time for speculation. What do you want to see next year at SeaWorld? I think the best addition would be a launched B&M Hyper Coaster, but any new Coaster will be awesome for the park. Write your thoughts down below!
We are very excited to announce our third annual End of Summer Photo Contest!
1) Pick a photo that you have taken of any Roller Coaster
2) Upload it to our Facebook Page with the title "Photo Contest" and the name of the Coaster, or send it via email to email@example.com
- You have from now until September 27th to upload or add your photo. We will evaluate the photos, and the top 10 pictures will be posted to our page, one per day, from October 1st to October 10th, 2014
- The first place winner will receive a Dollywood gift bag, including a new Firechaser Express shirt (XL size), bumpersticker, and more!
- The second place winner will receive sunglasses and a poster from the new waterslide Verrckt at Schlitterbahn
- The third place winner will receive a coupon for free Rooftop mini-golf at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ
- You can only post ONE picture
- You, yourself, must have taken the picture
- Picture can not be taken illegally (Ex: a photo while on-ride a Roller Coaster, with no park permission)
- Photos can not be edited (Cropping is okay)
On Tuesday April 1st, 2014 Cedar Point announced their 17th Coaster for 2015. "El Bandido," which is Spanish for "The Bandit," will be a new Intamin Wooden Coaster, similar to El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure. The new Coaster will replace Thunder Canyon on the Frontier Trail and will be the tallest Wooden Coaster in the world, at 207 feet, with a 90 degree drop.
There is no other news at this time because this is obviously an April Fools Prank. Cedar Point HAS NOT announced a Coaster for 2015 (at this time.) Do you think Cedar Point will add a new Coaster for 2015? If so, what? Write your predictions down below and have a great April Fools Day!
While most Amusement Parks haven’t even opened for the 2014 season, there is already sad news in the Amusement industry. A few days ago, on Thursday March 6th, 2014 at approximately 5:35 pm, a 64 year old man fell out of the Opa Roller Coaster at Mt. Olympus. Mt. Olympus is an Amusement Park and Waterpark, with an indoor Amusement Park, where the Opa Roller Coaster is located. Opa is a Zamperla Spinning Wild Mouse, that is commonly found at various Amusement Parks throughout the world. It is not currently known exactly how the man fell out of the ride, but he did not pass away. He was immediately brought to a local hospital, but his current status is unknown.
Since it is not exactly determined how the man fell out, I will speculate how it is possible. Riding replica/clone models at different parks (for example, The Tickler at Luna Park, pictured below) I have a theory. The lap-bar for the Coaster is a traditional lap-bar that clicks down and adjusts based on someones size. If he was overweight, it mightn't been too far up. Then, with the combination of spinning, and the airtime hill (which is about 20 feet tall, the height of which he fell) this could have happened. However, this is just a speculation. But, if they determine this was the reason, I would not be shocked to see a re-design on the Coasters cars or lap-bars. More news will be discovered soon.
Once again, this brings up the question of the safety of Amusement Parks. While an accident like this happens only a few times a year, usually the news and media makes everyone panic and freak out, as like everyone in the world is going to die. This time, the news and media haven't made a big deal about the accident. I'm not saying it's not a big deal, it is. However, this is rarely happens, and Roller Coasters are extremely safe. Maybe this is the top news story in the mid-west, but it isn't a big headline here in the Northeast. For more about Amusement Park safety, read our other blog post.
2014 just started and Knoebels already announced their 2015 attraction! (No, this is not a joke!) Knoebels confirmed for 2015 they will receive "Impulse", a Zierer Coaster with a vertical chain lift at 98 feet tall reaching about 56 mph . The new steel Coaster will feature four inversions, a Cobra Roll, Loop, and an Inline Twist. The location will be where the current Bumper Boats and Boat Tag is located, which is near the front of the park near the Ferris Wheel. Expect the two rides to be removed sometime in 2014. That is all the information the park has announced at this time, and expect more news about the ride soon!
This announcement was ironic for me, as I was going to do a post within the next few days speculating 2015 Knoebels attraction. From the first looks, I think the Coaster looks great. I would've rather seen a new Wooden Coaster, but Impulse will be a great addition to the park to give it more diversity. Knoebels specializes in having Wooden, unique, and smaller Coasters, so a new Steel Coaster with inversions will give the diversity it needs. I am not shocked, as Knoebels has been receiving new Coasters every other year (Kozmo's Kurves in 2009, Black Diamond in 2011, Flying Turns in 2013, and now Impulse in 2015). The park does have a history of delayed opening for their Coasters (Flying Turns which took over 5 years, and I wouldn't think I would live to see it open), so hopefully Impulse will open in 2015. I'm sure it will, since it is not a special/unique/rare Coaster like Flying Turns.
There is only one negative response I have to this: I would've rather had Knoebels wait a little longer and build up more hype for the Coaster. Perhaps something similar to Project 2012, where Hersheypark set up a huge viral marketing campaign for Skyrush. 2014 just started, and I wished Knoebels just waited a little longer for the big announcement to keep everyone speculating more.
But I am very glad Knoebels is receiving Impulse, and I can't wait to ride it!
On a side note, since Knoebels has been getting a Coaster every other year, I think in 2017 they will invest in a terrain Wooden Coaster... But for now, let's get excited for Impulse!
Photo proved by Knoebels.
In other news, Cedar Point announced more new attractions for 2014! First, more improvements will happen along the Gemini Midway with the addition of Sling Shot, an upchage attraction that will blast you 360 feet in the air! I'm not totally shocked by this announcement, as I felt that Cedar Point should invested in something else in 2014, and now they have! Also, the point will renovate the Gameday Grill into Chickie's and Pete's. I'm also not shocked, as Dorney Park and other Cedar Fair parks have been making this change. Finally, Donut Time will become a full Starbucks!
More great news is coming out of Cedar Point!
Are you excited for Impulse at Knoebels and the new additions into Cedar Point?
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The annual ACE Event, EastCoaster, is this Saturday. Representatives from over 10 Amusement Parks and Companies are expected to come with information on future attractions, news, and more. We will keep you updated with new blog post(s) in the next week to inform everyone of the event!
It has been over six months since the terrible and horrifying accident at Six Flags Over Texas when a mother, Rosa Esparza, fell off The New Texas Giant on July 19th, 2013. The court case is taking place after the Esparza family is suing Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Gerstlaur Amusement Rides for over $1 million dollars, with both companies denying liability for the case. We will find out more as the case unfolds, and in the meantime read more about the case from our source.
In more Six Flags Over Texas News, the park has announced details to their re-themed kids area, Bugs Bunny BoomTown. The new area will be an 'expansion' of the current area, with five new attractions, a complete renovation, and more. From the announcement, the area does seem like it will be nice, but it didn't need to be necessary. The kids area was already themed around Bugs Bunny, so it seems more or less like a renovation and not a full expansion. It is sad we will have to wait at least one more year for another big attraction/Coaster for the park, but it is nice they are at least spending money to improve the park and the family experience.
Speaking of another big attraction, Six Flags Over Texas is long over due for a new Coaster. Besides the refurbishment of The New Texas Giant, the last new Coaster at the park was in 2008 with Pandemonium, and that was just a family Coaster. The last new large Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Texas built was Titan in 2001. 14 years for a new large Roller Coaster is a very long time, and the park deserves one.
It is early for rumors, but I will do a quick speculation. Looking at the Coaster list on rcdb and remembering the last time I visited the park (2011), I can think of one good possible direction the park can go for a new Coaster. First, they have a very strong list of family Coasters, one of the best for any park. They also have a few good tall non-loopers (Titan, Texas Giant), and small looping Coasters (Shockwave, Batman). However, they have only one really good large looper (Mr. Freeze) and NO large multi-looping Coasters. I hope the park will add in a nice multi-looping B&M, like a Floorless or perhaps a new Inverted Coaster (like the upcoming Banshee at Kings Island). But, my bets are on a new B&M Wing Coaster, just like X-Flight at Six Flags Great America. This would make sense because I heard from a highly respected website source that Six Flags has bought a copyright for the X-Flight design (so no other park can build that design) and they have plans to add it in other Six Flags parks. I think Six Flags Over Texas will be on the list to receive the next X-Flight. But remember, this is just me speculating.
For a possible location for the next possible Coaster, I'm hoping in the DC Gotham City area. A few years ago Screamscape posted that a long run plan for the park was to expand the area. This would be a perfect opportunity to expand the area and add in a long desired multi-looping Coaster.
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2013 flew by, and it's already the last day of the year. 2013 was a great year for us as our website and Facebook Page grew in popularity and strength, thanks to you, our fans. We hope for even more growth in 2014 and another great year for riding Roller Coasters!
We also hoped every one of our fans and everyone reading this had a great 2013 year and we hope everyone has a safe, fun, and healthy 2014 year!
Happy Halloween everyone!
Today is a very important day for us as we celebrate our two year anniversary of our creation.
We would like to thank everyone for much support over the last few years, and we hope to strive for much more success over the following years!
Thanks again everyone and Happy Halloween!
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Six Flags will announce their 2014 plans on Thursday August 29th!
What do you think each park will get?
Here are our predictions!:
Six Flags America: New Spinning Wild Mouse Family Coaster (formally at Six Flags Great America). This will be a great addition to the park!
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Aqua Twist Flat Water Ride
Six Flags Fiesta Texas: New "eXtreme" Ride - Either new Watrerslide it Flat Ride
Six Flags Great Adventure: Worlds Tallest Drop Tower on the Structure of Kingda Ka, with the removal of Rolling Thunder (sadly)
Six Flags Great America: New Rocky Mountain Wooden Coaster.
(Six Flags) Great Escape: New Ride or internal improvements. Possibly an Aqua Twist
Six Flags La Ronde: Internal Improvements, new shows, or small attraction.
Six Flags Magic Mountain: Either Internal Improvements, small ride, or announcement of Iron Colossus
Six Flags Mexico: Iron Medusa (Medusa remodeling from Rocky Mountain)
Six Flags New England: 400 Ft. SkyScreamer.
Six Flags Over Georgia: Aqua Twist or New Ride
Six Flags Over Texas: New Rides or attractions, possible Aqua Twist. And remodeling or new Texas Giant trains after the tragic accident.
Six Flags St. Louis: Aqua Twist
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