Infinity Falls opens at SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando, Florida, USA

SeaWorld opened Infinity Falls, an Intamin Amusement Rides river rapids attraction themed around a lost jungle river surrounded by the remains of an ancient civilization. The unique feature of the ride is a 30 foot (9m) tall vertical elevator lift followed by a 40 foot (12m) drop, the tallest of any river raft in the world! Click the headline for more information and photos

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Wonder Women Golden Lasso Coaster opens

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Six Flags Fiesta Texas opened Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster, the first of its kind RMC (Rocky Mountain Construction) Raptor coaster. This unique coaster uses a single rail that allows for quicker and smoother transitions than traditional dual track coasters. Click the headline to see videos and photos

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Review: Wicker Man at Alton Towers

Staffordshire, UK

FINALLY! The first new wooden roller coaster in over 20 years has debuted in the UK. Rumours of a wooden coaster at Alton Towers have been rife for well over a decade but in March 2018, Alton Towers opened Wicker Man, a ferocious and well themed coaster that will please virtually every rider! Click the headline for the full review

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Kentucky Kingdom announces 2018 additions

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

On the heels of a very successful season, Kentucky Kingdom announced the park’s lineup of new attractions for 2018. These include a new “Scream Xtreme” Zamperla Endeavour thrill ride, a new “Rock ‘n’ Roller” family ride, and two new films for the 5D Cinema, “Happy Family, The Ride” and “Journey 2 the Mysterious Island,” the latter starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
In addition, the park’s classic Thunder Run wooden coaster is undergoing extensive track work, which will deliver a smoother and faster ride. Click the headline for more information

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Gravity Group woodie for Parc St Paul

Saint Paul, Picardie, France

The Gravity Group released video animation of Wood Express, their new wooden coaster that will be opening at Parc Saint Paul in 2018. At a cost of $2.15 million (€2.5m), the coaster stands 49 feet (15m) tall with a 57° drop reaching speeds up to 38 mph (61 km/h) over 1,572 feet (479m) of track and will feature 13 moments of airtime! Click the headline for more information

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Steel Vengeance track capped off

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Cedar Point announced they capped off the final piece of track on Steel Vengeance this morning. The park’s iconic Mean Streak wooden roller coaster is currently undergoing Rocky Mountain Construction’s I-Box steel track conversion and is scheduled to open next Spring. In addition to changing the track to steel while keeping the wooden support structure, the height was raised from 161 feet (49m) to 205 feet (62.5m) and the initial drop incline went from 52° to 90°, which will raise the top speed from 65 mph (104.6 km/h) to 74 mph (119 km/h). It will also feature over-banked turns, four inversions and a world record 27.2 seconds of airtime! Click the headline for more information

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Toverland confirm B&M Flyer for 2018

Sevenum, Limburg, Netherlands

If you thought that 2018 couldn’t get any better, think again! Toverland has finally confirmed rumours of a new roller coaster opening at the popular Dutch park in 2018. B&M Wing Coaster, ‘Fenix’, will be the centrepiece in a new themed land in the park called Avalon.Fenix will be built by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) and will be the longest B&M Wing Coaster – where riders sit beside the track – in Europe. The coaster will be 131 feet (40m) tall with a top speed of 59 mph (95 km/h) and feature three inversions. Click the headline for more information

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Time Traveler topped off

Branson, Missouri, USA

The final piece of track for Time Traveler, the new coaster scheduled to open at Silver Dollar City in 2018, has been bolted into place. When Time Traveler opens in Spring 2018, it will be the fastest, steepest and tallest complete circuit spinning coaster in the world. Time Travel was designed and built by Mack Rides. Click the headline for more information

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Cedar Fair to add four new coasters in 2018

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

During the company’s Q1 2017 earnings conference call, Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet announced that the theme park chain will be adding four new roller coasters for the 2018 season. Ouimet stated that there will be “a dramatic transformation of two of our historical wooden coasters,” “a completely new type of coaster,” and “a renewed relationship with a manufacturer that we haven’t worked with in recent history.” While we already know that Mean Streak at Cedar Point and Hurler at Kings Dominion are being converted by Rocky Mountain Construction from wood to steel, speculation is running rife as to what the new type of coaster will be, which manufacturer he’s referring to and which parks will get those two new coasters. Click the headline for more information

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