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After tracking its construction and naming it the Best New Ride of 2016, I finally caught a ride on Lightning Rod last weekend. My expectations were high, but nothing could have fully prepared me for the sheer insanity that lay ahead.
Presented by Amusement Today, the 19th annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony was held at Cedar Point this past weekend. They had one goal – to honor the best of the best of the amusement industry and encourage them to keep up the good work. Experienced park-goers from all over the country sent in their votes, and the results have now been released.
Today, Six Flags revealed their plans for 2017. Like Cedar Fair, it appears that the chain's next year will be a "breather year," with few new major roller coasters.
Over the past few weeks, most of the Cedar Fair parks have made their announcements for 2017. Let's take a look at what each park is getting next year.
Dollywood’s record-breaking wooden coaster was expected to shatter all expectations when it opened in April. The problem? It didn’t open until May, and then suffered from a series of issues with its launch system, causing it to shut down. Since then, Lightning Rod has been in and out of technical ride rehearsal, disappointing many enthusiasts who visited the park solely to catch a ride on the coaster. For me, this long summer of waiting proves that innovation comes at a cost.
We're all familiar with the traditional roller coaster – a train on top of the track is pulled to a set height and then uses its own momentum to complete the course. But have you ever heard of a launched shuttle water coaster? No? You'd better keep reading.