We have all been waiting for this moment for quite some time. Cedar Point officially began testing of their new B&M winged coaster GateKeeper, and were sure to share some photos of its maiden flight. Is it May yet?
Iron Rattler, the new-for-2013 coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, has started testing!
When the ride opens in May it will have a 171 ft (52 mtrs) tall drop at staggering 81°, will reach reach a top speed of 70 mph (113 kph), have four over-banked turns and a 360° zero-g barrel roll!
Iron Rattler is a retracked and modified version of the Rattler coaster that closed in 2012. Rocky Mountain Construction are doing the work - the same people who built Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City.
CoasterForce were at the park to capture the testing (video on right) and film an interview with Jeffrey Siebert, the Marketing Director at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and take loads of photos - see the links below!
Best watched in HD on the CoasterForce YouTube channel.
On Good Friday 2013, X:\No Way Out at Thorpe Park ceased being that crap backwards coaster in the dark. The ride direction has been reversed so it now travels forwards. Billed as a "ride on a wave of light and sound", the queue line has also been refurbished and new sound and lighting effects await riders. Thorpe Park have dropped the punctuation and "No Way Out" tag line, opting to call it simply "X". The ride still stops every 10 seconds. It's essentially the same ride but with a few added sparkles.
After months of "will it or won't it have lap bars" speculation, Alton Towers have finally taken ownership of The Smiler's trains consequently confirming they will have over-the-shoulder restraints (OSTRS).
When The Smilier opens in (hopefully) May it will have the most inversions (where a rider turns upside-down) in the world. The compact, unrelenting layout and unique train design is expected to take the theme park world by storm. Alton Towers are promising the world+1 with this coaster...there's a chance they might actually deliver this time. Read reactions by clicking the links below.
The UK's first ever safari thrill adventure attraction has opened! Adventurers at Chessington World of Adventures can now jump on a Jeep and get close to exotic animals such as rhinos, giraffes and zebras. Many surprises await... will it be a walk in a park or a journey through the jungle?
CoasterForce reports from the rides opening day. Zufari needs improvement... but at least the bins and animals are good! Read the links below....
On Saturday, CoasterForce attended the red carpet premier of the new 4D Cinema at Paultons Park.
The £1.5m Art Deco themed investment is sensory experience suitable for all of the family. Guests are immersed a 3D, 10min film called "The Curse of Skull Rock" whilst specially designed moving chairs reflect the action that is being shown on screen. Other special effects include water & air sprays, leg ticklers, reactive lighting and bubbles!
The 4D Cinema replaced the Romany exhibition and is the main attraction in the park's new Hollywood Show Street themed area. The cinema was built by Simworks, a British company who specialise in 4D Cinemas and have over 20 installations worldwide.
Is it any good? Check out the official Paultons Park video on the right and the CoasterForce review and further information below!