Top Ten New Roller Coasters for 2008 | The Top 5
And now for the conclusion of my top picks for the new roller coasters opening in 2008.
5 – Fahrenheit at Hersheypark Hershey’s New Steel Looper Goes Beyond Vertical
Hershey’s new looping coaster will boast a 97-degree drop which is beyond straight down. Aside from the ultra-steep 12-story drop, Fahrenheit will reach a top speed of 58 mph and traverse a twisted course of inversions. The five loops include: a corkscrew, cobra roll (2), inverted S roll, and another corkscrew. Read more on Fahrenheit at Hershey…>>>
As with most B&M coasters Behemoth should boast a smooth and satisfying ride. One important distinction will be the coaster’s unique trains. With a kind of wing formation, each car will have two seats in the middle-front and two on either side. This will likely allow an unobstructed view of the ride. See constructions photos and watch an onride video and read more about Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland…>>>
2 – Steel Hawg at Indiana Beach Indiana Beach Teams with S&S to Build a Landmark Coaster Just as Indiana Beach’s Crow’s Nest Blog quoted me, the announcement of Steel Hawg and its insane details made my winter. As I reported, ”…with Steel Hawg’s eye-popping inversions that border on “I didn’t know that was possible”, Indiana Beach may just have a landmark roller coaster.”
Steel Hawg will be an S&S steel looping coaster with numerous one-of-a-kind elements. Its based on the appropriately named El Loco coaster from the IAAPA. The real question for Steel Hawg is whether those crazy inversions will punish its riders. I’m hoping that S&S can pull off the maneuvers in a relatively smooth fashion. Hopefully, my prediction comes true. Read more about Steel Hawg…>>>
It features an out and back terrain layout with some twister elements. Highlights include a 120 foot first drop, 10 moments of air time, 6 tunnels, 10 cross overs, a 90 degree turn, a view of Lake Erie, and a 165 foot bridge over a highway. In my opinion, Ravine Flyer II’s the coaster that’s most likely to become a classic. For construction photos and more on Ravine Flyer II including a video click here.
Check out my picks for 6 through 10 in part 1 of my Top Ten Coasters for 2008.
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