Overview

Located at Fun Spot America in Kissimmee, FL, Mine Blower is a hybrid wooden coaster.  It’s hybrid to the extent that it has a steel support structure but the track is made of wood and it rides like a woodie so for all intents and purposes it’s a wooden coaster. Opened in 2017, it was designed by The Gravity Group (The Voyage, Ravine Flyer II) and built by sister company Gravitykraft.

Layout, Elements and Theming

Mine Blower features a compact twister layout with 2,289 feet of track and a height of 83 feet.   Themed after explosives, it operates with two Timberliner trains consisting of six cars seating two across in single rows for a total capacity of 12 riders.  Fixtures resembling bundles of dynamite adorn the fronts of the trains.   The most notable element is a zero-g roll over the loading station.  The restraint is a  swivelling lap bar identical in design to that on The Gravity Group’s Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement Park.

Photo by RC Mac.

Photo by RC Mac

Ride Experience

A ride on Mine Blower begins with a 180-degree left turn out of the loading station.  The train ascends an 83-foot chain lift hill and upon reaching the top, makes another 180-degree left turn before dropping 82 feet, reaching its maximum speed of 49 mph.   After the drop it goes up into the zero-g roll above the loading station.  How cool is that?  As of 2019, there are only eight operating wooden coasters – seven of which were designed by The Gravity Group – with inversions, so that places Mine Blower in an elite group.

Coming out of the zero-g roll, the train makes a turnaround to the left and blasts over an airtime hill.  This is followed by a delightful double down, after which a turnaround to the right leads to more airtime hills. The train then speeds into a 115-degree right turn before navigating additional airtime hills.  Another left turnaround sends the train over the final airtime hills, during which it follows a zigzagging course, and into the brake run.  I rode at night and that further enhanced the overall experience.

Photo courtesy of The Gravity Group

Photo by RC Mac

Final Thoughts and Rating

Although Mine Blower has a small footprint, it makes a huge impact.  The thrills are non-stop and the train feels as if it’s going faster than 49 mph.  I found the ride to be surprisingly intense as well as thoroughly enjoyable.  It’s exhilarating.  Final rating = 8 out of 10. Video courtesy of The Gravity Group.

What’s your take?  Have you ridden Mine Blower and if so, how would you rate it?

About The Author

Hi! I took up roller coasters late in life, 8 years ago at the age of 59 and am trying to make up for lost time. Most of my favorite coasters were made by Intamin and lately, Rocky Mountain Construction. I love Hersheypark not only because it's the sweetest place on earth but because the three major coasters are Intamins. In real life I work in the legal profession.

3 Responses

  1. Dru

    Sounds awesome! I love how these smaller coasters can be so intense it’s a good lesson in how stats don’t always matter.
    Ravine flyer 2 is definitely one of my favorites!
    FYI… I know this might sound crazy but you can drive through a double up (northbound) or a double down (southbound) on interstate 95 near Portland, it’s pretty amazing!

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  2. Judy P in Pgh

    On my trip to Florida last spring, I had 2 pleasant surprises on my “rest days.” I was taking a day off from SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Disney and was supposed to be” taking it easy” sightseeing around the general area . The two Fun Spot parks have no admission fee, so I decided to go and have a look. I ended up buying a ride-all-day passes for both parks . My first pleasant surprise was White Lightning, a wooden coaster in the more northern (Orlando) park. It has a small footprint, running along the perimeter of the park. It is a pretty cut and dried out-and-back coaster, but it has impressive airtime for such a little thing. I ended up getting 12 laps without having to wait in line at all , due to the mid afternoon lull in guests. I worked my way around the rest of the park , leaving in time to grab some dinner on my way to the second Fun Spot park (Kissimmee) which is farther south . By the time I arrived, it was getting dark. I could hear the screams coming from Mine Blower, so I headed in that direction, honestly not knowing what to expect . The inversion directly above the loading platform is definitely an attention-getter! After 8 consecutive rides, again with minimal wait between cycles, I wobbled down the exit ramp on legs that were rubbery from the intensity of the ride . Don’t get me wrong, it definitely has re-rideability! I am chalking this up to my increasing age. Like Bobbie, all of my rides were after dark and I think that boosts the intensity just a notch, especially on that first trip when you’re unsure of what to expect. I did get the 2 other coasters in the park , increasing my coaster count by 5 that day . Not bad for a rest day!

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    • Bobbie

      I’m sorry I missed getting the credit for White Lightning, Judy, especially as I passed it on the way from the airport to my hotel. The Lyft driver took a different route from the Huber driver on my last trip and I was surprised when a roller coaster appeared out of nowhere. I pointed it out to the driver, whose command of English was minimal, and asked what that was. He was able to tell me that we were passing Fun Spot. I wish that instead of going to the Orlando eye and then calling it a night, I’d had Lyft take me to Fun Spot.

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