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€)
On May 17th, Silver Dollar City's White Water Park will be home to their largest water slide. Standing tall at four stories high will be KaPau Plummet!
Riders will stand on a trapdoor that opens into an enclosed 70º, free fall plunge at 26 feet per second (that's a top speed of 17.7 mph/28.5 kph). Half way down the 240 ft (73 mtrs) long slide, it will curve and lead into a pool. There will be two identical slides offering the chance of a splashtastic duel.
The first 5,000 guests to ride Kings Island’s new record-breaking rollercoaster Banshee when it opens on Friday April 18 will receive a free first rider t-shirt! Banshee will be the world’s longest inverted roller coaster at 4,124ft (1,257mtrs) will send riders screaming through seven inversions in 150 seconds of non-stop action. The ride features a 150ft (45.7mtrs) curved first drop, a dive loop, a loop encircling the lift hill, a zero-g roll, batwing inversions, outside loop, in-line roll and carousel, all at speeds up to 68mph (109kph). Banshee is themed to a wailing mythological messenger from the underworld with flowing white hair and gleaming eyes. Book your entrance tickets now for a chance to claim a t-shirt (as seen in the photo).
Duane Marden of Roller Coaster Database recently visited SFGA with his video drone, and brought back a great overhead view of construction progress on the park's new roller coaster, Goliath. Goliath will be the tallest, fastest, steepest wooden coaster in the world. Built by the Rocky Mountain Construction, riders will drop 180 ft., reach 72 mph, and invert twice.