Back in August, I waited nearly an hour to ride Iron Dragon at Cedar Point. I’d ridden Iron Dragon countless times on past trips to the park, mostly because of its notoriously short line. But on this August evening, the ride was different—Cedar Point had implemented a virtual reality experience the season before—and I was curious to try it out before leaving the park.
Nearly every coaster enthusiast knows about the Golden Ticket Awards, but no one knows the winners in every category. Or do they?
2018
With every year comes a host of new coasters, and if 2017's lineup was lackluster, this year is determined to make up for it. Here are my top 15 most anticipated coasters for 2018.
Raptor
Wonder Woman at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and RailBlazer at California's Great America will open as the world's first single-rail coasters—meaning that they will run on one extra-wide beam of steel. As clones, the two coasters share a lot in common, but they each have minor differences that set them apart. Let's take a look at what makes the Raptor coaster so unique and then compare two models opening next year.

B&M Hyper Quiz

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Sleek. Speeding. Stunning. Since their conception in 1999, B&M Hyper coasters have been famous for their glass-smooth elements, plunging drops, and plentiful airtime. But just how much do you know about these steel giants? It's time to test your knowledge.
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?