Blending speed and airtime in a relentless fashion, Steel Vengeance is the first coaster I have ever deemed worthy of a perfect score. There isn't a single thing I would change about the ride, with its ejector drop, 27.2 seconds of airtime, and wild lap through the ride structure. If this isn't a flawless coaster, it's about as good as it gets.
With June just around the corner (where did time go?), several amusement parks are already preparing to make way for new rides and attractions. Here are five developments to keep an eye on over the summer.
Last week, Cedar Fair's parks made their announcements for next year's new attractions. With Cedar Point, Kings Dominion, Knott's, and California's Great America each getting a major new roller coaster, 2018 is sure to be a big year for the chain. Let's take a look at what each Cedar Fair park will be adding next year.
Kings Island
Kings Island has always been on my list of parks to visit, and when they revealed Mystic Timbers for 2017, I decided it was time to make the trek to Cincinnati to check it out. While at the park on Tuesday, I tackled Kings Island's world-class collection of thrill rides and found new favorites in Diamondback, Banshee, and The Beast. I thought Mystic Timbers was a solid ride, but "the shed" seemed more like an afterthought than a climax.
trends
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?
Knott's Berry Farm sits just miles away from Disneyland, attracting park-goers who want a more thrilling experience than classic Disney rides. The park is famous for their wild rides, family fun, and delicious berry festivals. But a new major roller coaster has been due at Knott's for quite some time. Thankfully, that's all about to change.