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.
A couple weeks ago, I took a much anticipated trip to Cedar Point, the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” While at the park, I was able to ride the new Rougarou and many of the park’s other world-famous coasters.
New for the 2015 season, Cedar Point transformed their notoriously painful stand-up coaster, Mantis, into a floorless experience. Named Rougarou, the finished product was themed after a werewolf from French folklore. During my trip to Cedar Point last week, I was eager to try out the supposedly much smoother coaster.
Ever since Carowinds announced their record-breaking Giga Coaster last fall, I’ve been tracking the ride’s construction, comparing it to other coasters, and anticipating its opening. After all, Fury 325 is the world’s tallest non-launching roller coaster. Last week, I finally made it to the park to check it out. Believe me, I “felt the sting.”
During a trip to the Carolinas, I found myself so close to Carowinds that I couldn’t pass up a visit. The humid, hundred degree Carolina weather made for a hot day, but Carowinds did a great job at trying to keep their guests hydrated. While at the park, I squeezed in 20 rides, including the brand new Giga Coaster, Fury 325. Needless to say, it fulfilled all my expectations and found a spot on my top ten.
Millennium Force has been placed at the top of enthusiasts’ rankings more than once. It’s even been voted the number one steel roller coaster in the world by Amusement Today nine years since it opened in 2000! But is it really that amazing, or is it overrated? I, for one, had to find out.