While B&M has historically never built a launched roller coaster throughout its entire existence (The Incredible Hulk launch was actually built by an outside company), B&M will break with tradition and build the first ever launched wing coaster in the United States. This will also mark the first steel coaster at Holiday World, which has built a reputation as a wooden coaster nirvana.
Thunderbird will be a multi-inversion, launched wing coaster, the likes of which has never been seen in the states. The ride will begin with a 0-60 mph launch in 3.5 seconds, headed into a huge 140 ft. Immelmann inversion. This is quickly followed by a 125 ft. loop, which then leads into a series of overbanked turns. The train will then travel through a zero-g roll, transitioning into a tight s-curve element. The train then heads into the double fly-through barn finale - a carousel turn passing through a themed barn, which immediately turns into a 360 in-line roll overtop of the barn. This creates a near-miss effect, similar to those found on other B&M wing coasters.
Excitement had built up around this mystery steel coaster, but little had been divulged on the specifics. While rumors of a launched B&M roller coaster circulated, they were often dismissed due to B&M never having ventured into the realm. The ride will cost $22 million, and feature a farm-theme as riders rush through the backwoods of Santa Claus, Indiana.
An 18 year old man from Iceland was killed after he was ejected from the Inferno roller coaster mid-ride.
Inferno is an Intamin ZacSpin ride that takes riders 83 ft (25 mtrs) above ground then descends through a series of hairpin turns reaching a top speed of 37 mph (59 kph).
Spanish authorities and the park have not released any information regarding the cause of the accident. Inferno remains closed whilst an investigate takes place.
Although this incident is tragic, it is worth remembering that coasters are incredibly safe. Hundreds of thousands of people ride the thousands of amusement rides every day without problem. Accidents are incredibly rare.
Ninja, an Arrow Dynamics Swinging Roller Coaster, has derailed due to a reported tree timber which had fallen on top of its tracks. Photos from the scene have shown the front-most car having jumped the track, with a large tree leaning against the track.
All riders were safely rescued from the train, with two guests being hospitalized for minor injuries.
Construction work has started on Gardaland's new rollercoaster. The park has released several images showing ground clearance works. Gardaland is remaining tight-lipped about the ride but are promising something "most grandiose and breath-taking rollercoasters, absolutely unparalleled in Italy."
The ride will be built by Swiss manufacturers Bollinger & Mabillard. It will be the most expensive investment at the park and coincides with Gardaland's 40th anniversary. Crypically, the ride could be themed to the park's origins. In a press release, Gardaland said, "The most incredible and mysterious adventure began 40 years ago, that seems nowadays related to the development of the new rollercoaster…" The coaster, which by the sounds of it will be orange in colour, is due to open in 2015.
Tayto Park, north of Dublin, have been granted permission to build a new wooden rollercoaster! The coaster will be the tallest , fastest and largest rollercoaster in Ireland.
The coaster will be designed by The Gravity Group. The park says it will be 32m (105 ft) high, between 1.1-1.4 km (3609-4593 ft) long and have a top speed just under 100kph (62mph). Although the ride is currently unnamed, it is scheduled to open around Easter 2015.
Congratulations to Tayto Park for taking a brave step forward by building a woodie. Hopefully neighbouring UK parks will soon wake up and follow suit.