CoasterForce can exclusively reveal a new concept under development by RMC - A single rail roller coaster track!
Fred Grubb, CEO of RMC, kindly gave East Coaster(er) General a tour of their headquarters and workshop in Idaho, where he revealed a large section of curved track in the now-iconic RMC colour.
This innovative track will take coasters to a new level, allowing designer Alan Schilke to go nuts with ground breaking coaster designs. We can't wait to see when this monster will first make a appearance. Watch the video to see the exclusive!
The annual Golden Ticket Awards were held this past Saturday at the world famous Luna Park at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. These annual awards, presented by Amusement Today, are scored by a select group of roller coaster enthusiasts, with different award categories for amusement parks, water parks, and attractions. You can review the entire list of winners on the Golden Ticket Awards website.
A few specific awards to take note of include the award for best amusement park, which went to Europa-Park for the second year in a row. This award was previously dominated by Cedar Point, which received the honor of best amusement park for 16 years in a row. America's Roller Coast has seemingly lost out to Europa-Park however due to recent headway in terms of general park improvements, not to mention the addition of blue fire Megacoaster in 2009.
For attraction awards, here is a quick rundown of winners:
Best Steel Coaster - Millennium Force, Cedar Point Best Wooden Coaster - Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce Best Water Ride - Valhalla, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Best Water Park Ride - Wildebeest, Splashin' Safari (Holiday World) Best Dark Ride - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Universal's Islands of Adventure Best New Attraction - Fury 325, Carowinds Best New Water Ride - Dive Bomber, Six Flags White Water Best Indoor Coaster - Revenge of the Mummy, Universal Studios Orlando Best Funhouse - Noah's Ark, Kennywood
Millennium Force and Boulder Dash are both repeat winners of best steel and wooden coaster Golden Ticket Awards. Here are the corresponding Top 10s for both Steel and Wood:
Millennium Force - Cedar Point
Bizarro - Six Flags New Engalnd
Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park
Fury 325 - Carowinds
Nitro - Six Flags Great Adventure
Apollo's Chariot - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Intimidator - Carowinds
Leviathan - Canada's Wonderland
Nemesis - Alton Towers
New Texas Giant - Six Flags Over Texas
Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce
El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure
Phoenix - Knoebels
The Voyage - Holiday World
Thunderhead - Dollywood
The Beast - Kings Island
Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer
Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
Gold Striker - California's Great America
Lightning Racer - Hersheypark
Millennium Force - Best Steel Coaster 2015 Golden Ticket Award
Boulder Dash - Best Wooden Coaster 2015 Golden Ticket Award
Fury 325 - Best New Attraction 2015 Golden Ticket Award
It has been months in the making, from leaked memos to accidental Google app releases. But everything final came to a head this morning, when Cedar Point announced the addition of Valravn, a B&M vertical drop roller coaster, for 2016. Set to be the world's tallest, fastest, and longest dive machine, Valravn will stand 220 ft. tall with a 214 ft. vertical drop, reaching speeds of 75 mph. Carrying a Danish-theme, Valravn will flip riders 3 times, sporting a total track length of 3,415 ft. Valravn will break 10 world records, including tallest, fastest, and most inversions of its type.
Valravn will sit alongside the western Marina gate, replacing the former Good Time Theatre and Turnpike Cars. Just as Gatekeeper does with the main entrance, Valravn will swoop overhead visitors entering through the Marina gate, including a 165 ft. immelman, dive loop, and 270-degree roll. Track has already begun shipment, and is currently being stored alongside the Hotel Breakers just outside the park entrance.
Valravn brings Cedar Point's roller count back up to 17 (Cedar Point previously had 17 roller coasters before the removal of Wildcat in 2011 and Disaster Transport in 2012), making it the second largest collection of roller coasters in the world. Valravn will be the 100th roller coaster to be manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard. B&M was also the manufacturer for Raptor, Rougarou, and Gatekeeper at Cedar Point.
Cedar Point has also released a 360-degree panoramic view POV of the Valravn ride rendering, which helps fall in line with Cedar Fair CEO's mention of using virtual reality with rides. To view properly, open the video below in Google Chrome.
Ride trains for Valravn will be 8-seats wide, with three rows per train. The seat design will feature a traditional over-the-shoulder restraint, while also having no floor, allowing riders to dangle their feet over Valravn's massive vertical drop.
Six Flags did a park-chain wide announcement of new 2016 rides, which included various flat and thrill rides for all 14 theme parks. The march of additional Larson Loopers, Battle for Metropolis 4D dark shooters, and other flat rides will continue from last year for additional parks in 2016. The largest of these flat ride additions will be a 147 ft. Giant Discovery Frisbee ride bound for Six Flags Over Texas (along with two other flat rides). However, there are two new roller coasters also bound for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Six Flags Great Adventure, which should make for exciting additions.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will be the next recipient of RMC treatment, with the addition of The Joker in 2016. Similar to other Six Flags RMCs, The Joker will be a conversion of the GCI Roar wooden coaster, with the addition of new all-steel track featuring airtime hills, stalls, and 3 inversions. The coaster track will total 3,200 ft. in length, giving a ride time of 2-ish minutes with 15 "airtime moments". Click over to the Forums to learn more on the ride specs.
Six Flags Great Adventure will receive its 13th (lucky?) roller coaster in 2016; Total Mayhem, an S&S 4D Free Spin. Standing 120 ft. tall, riders will spin along the outside of the track as the train bobs and weaves across the layout's seven drops and two "raven" 90+ degree drops. This ride will be similar to Batman: The Ride, an S&S 4D Free Spin built at Six Flags Fiesta Texas last year. More details and discussion can be found in Total Mayhem's construction topic on the Forums!
Two other coaster additions planned for 2016 will be turning trains on Le Vampire at La Ronde backwards, and some TLC for Six Flags Magic Mountain's Revolution roller coaster. The train-turning of Le Vampire falls in line with other Six Flags Batman coasters which have also carried the same feature over the last two years. Revolution is famous as being the first roller coaster to feature a modern loop, and will receive a whole new set of trains (without OTSRs!) for its 40th anniversary. Other special features will also be included for the coaster's commemoration, with work scheduled to be begin after September 7.
After months of speculation and anticipation, all was revealed this morning by Dolly Parton herself for what her namesake park (Dollywood) has planned for 2016.
For 2016, Dollywood will be investing $22M in a launched Rocky Mountain Construction wooden coaster, the first of its kind in the world. Riders will experience a 0 - 45 mph launch up a 200 ft. lift hill via LSM technology, similar to the launch lift found on Maverick at Cedar Point. Following the lift hill, riders will plummet 165 ft. at 73 degree, reaching 73 mph; the fastest speed for any wooden coaster on earth. In true RMC fashion, riders will then swoop and dive across over and outter banked turns, while also experiencing 20 - yes, 20 - seconds of airtime on the return voyage back to the station. While the roller coaster will not feature any inversions, the emphasis will be placed on airtime, including what Dollywood is calling a "Quad Down" airtime hill feature. Lightning Rod will feature a 1950's hot rod theme, with a layout spanning 3,800 ft.