While what could possible be the world's tallest roller coaster is expected to open in 2018, the roller coaster's developer US Thrill Rides announced recently that Intamin Worldwide would be taking over the project from Utah-based S&S Worldwide. “This is a very important milestone for the development team,” says Joshua Wallack, one of the principle developers of the $460 million dollar Skyplex project in Orlando, FL. “After over a year of extensive design and engineering work focusing on the recordbreaking track layout and rider experience, as well as an extensive industry review, we are very excited to announce the supply contract award to Intamin, one of the world’s premier roller coaster manufacturers.”
S&S Worldwide was originally announced as the supplier in 2013 when the Skyscraper project was announced, showcasing a layout over a mile long and 450 ft. tall, with 7 swooping inversions and speeds over 50 mph. Based on concept rendering, it appeared that S&S would be using their El Loco design to complete the large, custom roller coaster. Newcomer Intamin is no stranger to building world's tallest roller coasters however - 6 of the top 10 tallest roller coasters in the world are built by Intamin. It is still unknown what design changes will be required with the new track supplier.
After an exciting reopening of the park in 2014, including the addition of the Chance Hyper GT-X coaster Lightning Run, Kentucky Kingdom announced today the addition of the park's fifth roller coaster, Storm Chaser. The roller coaster will be a 100 ft. tall Rocky Mountain Construction roller coaster, a firm famous for its IBox steel conversions of wooden coasters and wild designs.
Similar to Iron Rattler, New Texas Giant, and Medusa Steel Coaster, Storm Chaser will be an IBox conversion of the former Twisted Twins. Storm Chaser will feature a 2,744 ft. long course of weaving airtime hills, stalls, and two inversions (one of which is during the ride's first drop). The hybrid coaster will also reach speeds of 52 mph, which should prove for great airtime moments throughout the ride.
Baron 1898, the new B&M dive coaster in Efteling, officially opened today for a media preview event and tomorrow it will be open to the general public. Riders will be invited by Gustave Hooghmoed to take a seat in a cart to descend down the goldmine to claim the treasure, but the White Women will do their best to stop you. The coaster features a 123 foot (37.5 meter) freefall drop, two inversions, a 360° helix and an airtime hump. It is extensively themed and will immerse guests from the moment they enter the attraction until the very end of the ride. It also reaches speeds up to 60 mph (90 km/h)!
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In a surprise decision by the local Land and Environment Court today, Kolmården's Djurpark has won their appeal and Rocky Mountain Construction can resume building Wildfire. After receiving planning permission in October 2014, the provincial government revoked the permits saying the coaster would cause such an impact and influence on the environment that it required a detailed plan. The zoo's appeal went before the County Administrative Board that decided today that the coaster will have a significant impact on the environment, but does not believe that it will have significant environmental effects.
Yesterday, Hansa Park in Germany has released the very first on-ride video of their new coaster called (Der Schwur des) Kärnan. This is a Gerstlauer hyper coaster, the biggest coaster the manufacturer has built so far. It will stand 73 meters tall with a vertical drop of 67 meters. The top speed will be 127 km/h, which is similar to Silver Star at Europa Park in the same country. It will also feature at least one dark ride section and a vertical lifthill inside a massive tower.
Kärnan is themed after the Kärnan tower, which is part of a medieval fortress in Helsingborg, Sweden. The tower is the only remaining part of this fortress that is still standing. This is not the first ride at Hansa Park with a historical/mythical theme. Fluch Von Novgorod, Die Schlange von Midgard, and more rides in the park have similar themes.
The coaster is set to open in 2015, but the theming won't be finished until 2016. Upon its opening, it will be the second tallest coaster in Europe, along with Silver Star. Only Shambhala at PortAventura is taller.