Most parks are closed for the season during the winter months and park enthusiasts are chomping at the bit for the new season to start. I thought we would take a look back as we close out the year for 2014 at some of the new coasters that were the highlight of the past year and look forward to what is to come in the 2015 season.
We start with Banshee at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. This ride debuted raising the bar as far as inverted coasters goes and it didn’t disappoint. It opened to rave reviews and ended up rated as one of the best coasters in the nation if not the world.
Next we go south to Dollywood and their new family coaster Fire Chaser Express. This ride was built for the young and the young at heart. It was not the longest tallest, fastest, but it did have a very unique element. The ride starts out on its normal circuit going forwards and then stops in a building where you see some pyro go off and you are shot backwards out of that building back to the station.
Next we go even farther south to Walt Disney World in Orlando and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This ride, like most that Disney adds, was several years in the making. The ride goes though the new Fantasyland expansion and features coaster trains that have cars that swayed as they traveled the circuit to simulate what one would experience in a mine car.
Lastly we travel back north to Kentucky and the newly reopened Kentucky Kingdom. The park reopened in the 2014 season with some new rides and some of the old favorites reopening as well. The park introduced us to the first Chance Rides Roller Coaster Lightning Run. This coaster was also not the longest, tallest, fastest, but it packed quite the punch. It had a 100ft lift hill with a 80 degree angle and once you completed that part of the ride it was airtime from then on till you hit the final break run.
New in 2015
So which rides are you looking forward to in 2015. There are several to choose from. Let’s take a look at a few.
Thunderbird at Holiday World Launched Wing Rider.
Fury 325 at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC. The tallest non launched coaster in the world.
Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England . A hybrid rework of the existing coaster by RMC.
Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Also a rework of the existing coaster by RMC.
These are just a few of what is to come in the 2015 season. So during this off season lets plan out trips with family and friends so that we support out local and regional parks. That way they can continue to expand and grow their selection of ride and keep all of us waiting with baited breath for what will be added in seasons to come. Who knows….. Your parks could be the park that gets the next record breaker.
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Reporting for BPARCS.com Jason Slone
Photos via the following sources: Kings Island Website, Holiday World Website, Dollywood Website, Six Flags Website, Carowinds Website, RCDB.com