The Best-Looking New Roller Coasters for 2014

I couldn’t close out my coaster critiquing career without one more roller coaster preview list. As I’ve done in years past, I’ll list which new roller coasters opening this year look the best based on what I know about them, the preview videos, and my past experiences with similar rides.

Here’s part 2 of the best-looking new roller coasters opening this year:

4 – Roar-O-Saurus at Story Land

(Glen, New Hampshire)
Roar-O-Saurus will be a family woodie from one of my favorite designers, The Gravity Group. With landmark rides like Hades and The Voyage, the ‘Group has proven themselves time after time. Now they’ll be bringing a smaller woodie to New Hampshire’s Story Land. I have full confidence that the Gravity Group will pack a lot of excitement into a small package just as they did with Quassy’s Wooden Warrior. Read more about Roar-O-Saurus at Story Land.

3 – Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Universal Studios Florida

(Orlando, Florida)
While there aren’t many official details out about this ride, I was blown away by Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey and the Wizarding World area around it. So, while the bar is set quite high, Universal might just out-do themselves again. Based on the information that Screamscape has gathered here. I’ve read enough to consider Escape from Gringotts one of the best looking new rides to open this year. Escape from the Gringotts and the rest of the new Diagon Alley area are expected to open some time this summer.

2 – Banshee at Kings Island

(Cincinnati, Ohio)
The long-awaited replacement for the troubled Son of Beast is here. With B&M’s stellar track record of creating reliable, crowd-pleasing, world-class roller coasters, I’m sure that Kings Islands fans will be rewarded for their long wait.

Banshee features 7 loops, a top speed of 68 mph, and over 4,000 feet of track. While large multi-loopers have grown less popular in the steel coaster world, maybe a ride like Banshee can breath some new life into this genre. There’s nothing ground-breaking in the mix of loops and turns, but it all just might add up to one the best loopers we’ve seen. The layout looks to be one of B&M’s best in quite some time.
Banshee - Kings Island 2014 Roller CoasterBanshee joins Kings Islands’ roster of 13 other roller coasters that include the legendary Beast and popular hyper coaster Diamondback. I can’t wait to make it back to Kings Island to ride Banshee, the re-branded Bat, and the park’s other great rides. Read more about Banshee at Kings Island.

1 – Goliath at Six Flags Great America

(Chicago, Illinois)
Of all of the roller coasters opening this year, Six Flags Great America’s Goliath looks to be the most impressive. After experiencing Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run and New Texas Giant a few years ago, I’m all in for anything designed by Rocky Mountain Construction.

Thanks to the ride’s topper track technology, Goliath will be doing some unusual maneuvers for a woodie. Goliath’s exciting dive loop and crazy-looking zero gravity stall look unreal! It will be the fastest wooden roller coaster in the World with a blistering 72 mph top speed. It’ll also feature the World’s longest drop on a wooden coaster with a 180-foot drop at a steep 85 degrees.

Read more about Goliath at Six Flags Great America and check out the layout below:Goliath - Six Flags Great America - 2014 Roller Coaster Layout

Also, here’s an on-ride video of Goliath:

Honorable Mention – Medusa at Six Flags Mexico

Outside of the U.S., there are a number of noteworthy new roller coasters, but I figured I’d include the big one coming to our neighbor to the south. Medusa at Six Flags Mexico looks to be a very promising hybrid roller coaster. Similar to Six Flags Fiesta’s Iron Rattler, Medusa’s getting a steel overhaul that’ll bring an exciting new layout including a really cool barrel roll during the first drop. Read more and watch a video here: Medusa at Six Flags Mexico

In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of the best new roller coasters opening in 2014.

Which of these roller coasters are you most excited about? Which of them looks the best to you?

Also, see how I ranked new roller coasters in past years all the way back to 2007: All New Roller Coasters Lists

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8 Responses

  1. Charlie Lockyer

    Banshee is truly one of B&M’s best. Along with the recent GateKeeper, Intimidator, and the upcoming Centurion, (not confirmed) this is awesome.

  2. Koolcat

    Where is the voting. I mean I choose Goliath too but why can’t I vote?

  3. Matt McIrvin

    My daughter and I are going to get up there to ride Roar-O-Saurus at our earliest convenience, I’m sure. She seems interested in wooden coasters, but she’s not quite tall enough yet to ride the Yankee Cannonball (though that may happen this summer as well).

    • Joel

      That’s great. Let us know what you and her think. It’s been a lot of fun riding coasters with my daughter.

      • Matt McIrvin

        My ride on Roar-O-Saurus:

        Summary: It’s a surprisingly intense ride for a little coaster at a kiddie park, with considerable ejector air.

        Jorie didn’t actually ride on it. A few weeks ago, we went to Canobie Lake and she tried out the Yankee Cannonball; that was a sufficiently overwhelming experience that I think it made her apprehensive about airtime-filled wooden coasters.

        I think it may have been for the best, though, since she’d been feeling a little carsick on the ride up. And I think Roar-O-Saurus, while it’s smaller, actually catches more air than the Yankee Cannonball! So she might not have liked it anyway.

      • Matt McIrvin

        Oh, and I was greatly impressed by the Timberliner trains: they may be weird-looking, but were both comfortable and not too limiting. I liked the simple padded lap restraint, though the ride ops were making sure to pin people in pretty tight (understandable for a kiddie park, I think).

        Most wooden coaster trains these days combine a seat belt with a buzz bar or ratcheting bar, and it was nice not to have to mess with that.

  4. Rosie

    Banshee is very…ah…colorful but other then that looks great, steel loopers are always a winner with me.

    You couldn’t pay me to go on an inverting wooden, I love high thrill coasters sure and I love woodens too, but that’s too much even for me.

  5. Ben

    My friends and I went to Great America in September and were the first people to ride Goliath on that day. We ran to the entrance as fast as we could. I sat next to my friend who hasn’t been on a big roller coaster before; the biggest one he went on was the Whizzer. As we were going up the lift, he dropped countless F-Bombs as I was laughing as hard as anyone could laugh. I asked him “hands up?” He said “ARE YOU F***ING KIDDING ME?” But he ended up loving it. If you are scared to go on it, or you think it looks too scary or tall, just go on it. It is so fast that you won’t really know what’s going on until you get off and look at it from a distance. Best woodie out there.


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