Kings Island opened for the 2014 season this weekend, bringing with it the much anticipated debut of Banshee. The longest inverted roller coaster in the world, Banshee reaches speeds of 68 MPH while inverting seven times.
CoasterForce's own EastCoasterGeneral was able to attend the park's media day for the new roller coaster. You can view his ridercam, as well as an official POV for the ride. You can read his full report on the CF Forums.
Expedition GeForce has worked its magic another year, securing the #1 spot in the annual Mitch Hawker Steel Coaster Poll for the second year in a row. A consistent top three contender since its debut in 2001, this is Expedition GeForce's sixth time as the top dog.
New Texas Giant debuted at third in last year's poll, but was able to rise to second place, falling to Expedition GeForce by one voter ballot. Such a close finish to the number one spot lands an impressive finish for new-kid-on-the-block Rocky Mountain Construction, with NTG being their first major roller coaster creation.
Close behind in third place was Intimidator 305, which has also worked its way up the polls since its opening. Like Texas Giant, the distance between second and third place was determined by one voter ballot. This makes for a very close race of the top three, with a vote between each position.
Bizarro however, a former first place contender, has slid to fourth place in this year's poll. This is the lowest finish for the Intamin mega roller coaster, which has never finished below second place since its opening in 2001.
Fifth place was taken by Hersheypark's Skyrush, which debuted last year at seventh place. Maverick followed in sixth place, and has also experienced a rise in popularity after place in ninth place last year.
Kawasemi, Shambhala, and Nemesis followed in seventh, eighth, and ninth place respectively. Nemesis too experienced a resurgance of popularity, after having fallen from the top ten for the first time last year.
Rounding out the top ten was Iron Rattler, the only new steel coaster to break into the top rating. This marks the second straight year that the top rated new steel coaster is a converted wooden coaster, after New Texas Giant last year. Looking forward to next year's poll, it will be interesting to see if RMC's latest wooden coaster conversion (Medusa Steel Coaster) will make for a threepeat.
Universal Studios Hollywood's five year expansion plan is well underway. Following on from the successful modernization of Transformers in 2012 and the new Wizzarding World of Harry Potter area due to open in 2016, the park have announced a new attraction for 2015 - Fast & Furious Superchanged.
Based on the popular film franchise, the hydraulic motion-based ride will tell an original Fast & Furious story using sophisticated hyper-realistic special effects with a state-of-the-art 3D audio system and 3D-HD imagery, projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen. The adventure will culminate with spectacular action sequences that send guests spiraling through the streets of Los Angeles at perceived speeds in excess of 120mph (193kph).
Rocky Mountain Construction - famous for Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City - are to build their first rollercoaster in Europe! Kolmårdens Djurpark will open Wildfire in 2016. The park and enthusiasts alike are billing this as one of the most exciting coaster projects ever! The stats don't lie... Top speed: 113 kph (70 mph) Length:1,300 meters (4,265 ft) Height: 57 meters (187 ft) First drop: 49 meters (161 ft) at an 83º angle Number of inversions: 3 Airtime:12 moments, 4 of those with negative G Duration: 120 seconds Cost: 110m SEK(£10.1m/US$17m/12.3€)