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In our recent series about the history of roller coasters, we looked at six key rides that launched the amusement industry into a new era. From the Matterhorn Bobsleds revolutionizing the steel coaster to Magnum XL-200 starting the "Roller Coaster Wars," the industry has been constantly changing as new and better roller coasters are introduced. Over the past decade, it's become clear that we've reached the end of the Roller Coaster Wars. Kingda Ka has stood as the world's tallest roller coaster since 2006, and with forces as high as they are on Formula Rossa, it seems unlikely that any ride will break 150 miles per hour. With the race of the record-breaking steel coaster drawing to a close, what trends can we expect from the amusement industry going forward?
For our final edition of Flashback Friday, we'll look at how the implementation of a high-speed launch enabled roller coasters to reach unprecedented speeds. One of the first rides to break 100 miles per hour, Superman: Escape from Krypton, opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain as the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster.
Son of Beast
As we continue to advance through the history of roller coasters, this week we'll explore a ride that sought after too many records without taking proper safeguards: Son of Beast at Kings Island.
Magnum XL-200
In this week's edition of Flashback Friday, we'll talk about Magnum XL-200, the world's first hypercoaster, and how it started a race between amusement parks to build the tallest and fastest roller coasters.
Racer
Continuing in our series on the history of roller coasters, this week we'll look at The Racer, the ride that brought us through the Great Depression and sparked a new interest in thrill rides.
Welcome back to Flashback Friday! This week we'll focus on a classic Disney coaster that introduced tubular steel track and revolutionized the industry. Yes, I'm talking about the Matterhorn Bobsleds.