Iron Gwazi Roller Coaster Announced for Busch Gardens Tampa

Last week, Busch Gardens Tampa announced Iron Gwazi. Rising from the ashes of the defunct Gwazi wooden coasters, Iron Gwazi will be a hybrid roller coaster featuring a wooden support structure and steel rails. The steel rails will be the key in creating a whole new experience for riders. Whereas before, Gwazi’s dueling course was pretty typical of wooden coasters with drops and turns youR...[Read More]

Review: Goliath at Six Flags Great America

When I first heard that my hometown park was removing a roller coaster I’d grown up with – the venerable Iron Wolf, B&M’s 1st stand-up coaster – I said “they better replace it with something really good.” In 2014, they did just that, by debuting the world’s fastest, steepest wooden coaster**: Goliath. **Actually, both El Toro and T-Express are greater in height, however their drops are not as ...[Read More]

Review: Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster

Overview Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, is one of two coasters incorporating RMC’s (Rocky Mountain Construction) innovative Raptor track to open in 2018.  (The other is RailBlazer at California’s Great America.) What makes the design innovative is that in lieu of the conventional two rails found on most coasters, Wonder Woman’s trains ride on a...[Read More]

Review: Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point

It has been exciting watching the construction of Steel Vengeance as it transformed. From a lame-duck, once record-breaking wooden roller coaster, the former Mean Streak has come out of it’s wooden and steel cocoon to be reborn as a stunning and acrobatic-looking predator. Certainly no butterfly, Steel Vengeance appears to have been fed off of the intense energy and longing of the enthusiast...[Read More]

Review: Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion

Overview Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA is the reincarnation of The Hurler, a lumbering wooden coaster well past its prime.  It’s the latest RMC (Rocky Mountain Construction) makeover to open – to critical acclaim.  Featuring RMC’s signature I-Box track – 3,351 feet of it – it’s taller, longer, faster and smoother than its predecessor.  It’s also a lot more exciting.  Talk ...[Read More]

What Is a Hybrid Roller Coaster?

At the most simplistic level, roller coasters consist of tracks and support structures. Usually the material used for these components are the same. You’ll usually find steel roller coasters with a steel track and steel supports and wooden roller coasters with a wooden track and wooden supports. Hybrid roller coasters are roller coasters that have different materials for the track and suppor...[Read More]

12 Roller Coasters That Could Soon be Defunct

What do the roller coasters Gwazi, Dragon Challenge, and Ozark Wildcat have in common? They are now mere memories and were removed, perhaps much sooner than expected. In Gwazi’s case (I under stand it is actually still standing but being slowly picked apart), it had long failed to live up to the expectations Busch Gardens Tampa Bay had for it, and had been only running one side of the ride f...[Read More]

CoasterCritics’ Picks: Top 12 New Roller Coasters for 2018

What are the best looking new roller coasters opening in 2018? It’s time again, for the long-running tradition on CoasterCritic, of answering that question. This year, it’ll be a team-driven list based on a combination of all of our picks. Given that the majority of our readership is in America, we decided to focus on the United States. Here’s our top 12 new roller coasters for t...[Read More]

Review: Lightning Rod at Dollywood

Lightning Rod is a wooden roller coaster which was slated to open for the 2016 season at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Due to complications with its prototype launch system, it failed to open as scheduled and struggled to remain open consistently that whole year. In 2017, and hopefully beyond, it seems to have turned the corner. An Unfulfilled Trip It was a crisp morning in late June when ...[Read More]

Twisted Cylcone Coming to Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia just announced Twisted Cyclone, a new roller coaster for 2018. The new attraction will replace the park’s wooden roller coaster, Georgia Cyclone. Rather than a full demolition or removal of the Georgia Cyclone, Six Flags will be using much of the current ride’s structure, but will incorporate exciting new elements thanks to Twisted Cyclone’s steel rails. In...[Read More]

RailBlazer Roller Coaster Coming to California’s Great America

Yesterday, California’s Great America (Santa Clara, CA) announced their new 2018 roller coaster in RailBlazer. It’ll be a very rare single rail roller coaster with a 90-degree drop and three loops (dive loop, cutback, corkscrew). In addition to the loops and a similar layout to the 2018 roller coaster, Wonder Woman, RailBlazer will also feature an off-road adventure theme complete with...[Read More]

Cedar Point’s New Steel Vengeance Roller Coaster

Today, Cedar Point finally released details around their new long-awaited 2018 roller coaster. Steel Vengeance will be a record-breaker in many ways for the type of hybrid roller coaster that it will be. Riders will be blown away by the ride’s loops, speed, extreme angles and steepness. It will be replacing their massive wooden coaster Mean Streak, that has been slowly undergoing a transform...[Read More]

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