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?
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.
Looking for somewhere to go this holiday season? Dollywood might just prove to be your best option. From the park's spectacular decorations to its award-winning shows, there's a reason that their Christmas event was voted the world's best for the eighth year in a row. Still not convinced? Keep reading.
Do you have a fear of roller coasters? Don't worry, "coaster-phobia" is perfectly normal. In fact, roller coasters are actually meant to be scary! Thankfully, there are several techniques to overcome your fear and actually enjoy them. Hopefully these tips will help you gradually ease yourself into riding coasters to the point that you'll get right back in line for more