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Colossus is a roller coaster at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, UK, and the park's first major attraction. It was built by Swiss manufacturers Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel as an adaptation of Monte Makaya in Brazil. Tussauds designer John Wardley adapted the project to include an extra two inversions as well as reducing its height. Colossus was the world's first roller coaster with ten inversions; an exact replica, called the Tenth Ring Roller Coaster, was later built at Chimelong Paradise in Guangzhou, China.
Manufacturers Intamin used a similar train style to their Hyper Coaster models which are exposed by removing the sides of the train. This caused problems as riders could lift their legs outside of the train whilst it was in motion. For a brief period in 2002 and 2003 the ride was equipped with metal bars on the sides of the train to prevent this. During 2003 the trains were fitted with new style restraints to prevent riders from doing this and the metal plates were removed.
The roller coaster is located in the Lost City area, in the south-east of the park. The ride is formed of a vertical loop, a cobra roll, two corkscrews and five heartline twists. The ride's rough
The Flying Fish is a powered steel roller coaster located at Thorpe Park in Surrey. The ride was known as Space Station Zero when it was new in 1983 and was re-themed in 1990. It was removed in 2005 to make way for Stealth, a new roller coaster built for 2006, only to be reinstalled in 2007 in another area of the park.
Space Station Zero opened in 1983 at Thorpe Park in England and was Thorpe Park's first roller coaster. This indoor, space-themed ride was inspired by Space Mountain at Disneyworld. From the outside the building appeared to be a Georgian house but inside was themed around a space station. After boarding, the train travelled around a bend before being launched into space through a tunnel of flashing lights. The ride did two laps of the track, the first in the dark and the second lit by glitter balls to appear as stars. The attraction closed in 1989 before being moved outside and renamed The Flying Fish. In 2005 the ride was removed in to make room for the construction of Stealth.
Flying Fish was reinstalled in 2007. In is located in the Amity Cove area between Depth Charge and Tidal Wave. The ride opened on March 10, 2007 with a new colour scheme, on-ride camera, and
Stealth is a steel roller coaster built by Intamin of Switzerland. The coaster is located in the Amity Cove area of Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, UK and opened in 2006. The ride reaches a maximum height of 62.5 m (205 ft). When the ride opened in 2006 it previously accelerated from 0-80 mph in 2.3 seconds, but in 2007 the ride's acceleration was upgraded and became capable of accelerating to 80 mph in 1.9 seconds. For the start of the 2010 season, the trains were upgraded and stripped of weight to enable it to accelerate from 0-80 mph in 1.8 seconds. It is the fastest accelerating and also the tallest launch coaster in the UK. At the base of the top hat on each side, G-forces of up to 4.7G are produced. The coaster is thought to have cost £12 million to manufacture and construct.
Stealth's restraint system consists of a thick, rigid lap bar and two thin, flexible over-the-shoulder restraints. Because the over-the-shoulder portions of the restraint are not rigid, the hand grips are mounted to the lap bar. These restraints use a locking system (rather than a ratchet) which allows them to be pulled down to any position; when locked, they can move down to any position but not up. In
Dragon's Fury is a steel spinning roller coaster ride opened in 2004 at Chessington World of Adventures. This ride has four-person cars that can be weighted evenly or with bias to one side, depending on the amount of spin desired. The general theme is "surviving the dragon's wrath", which is suggested by announcements made in the queue and on-ride.
The ride was announced at the beginning of the 2003 season to be the main attraction of The Land of the Dragons which was to also open in 2004. The ride was purchased by the Tussauds Group alongside Spinball Whizzer, which was to open at Alton Towers for the 2004 season.
Most of the ride is located in the 'Land of the Dragons' area of the park, however the entrance is located in 'Wild Asia'. The ride travels mainly around the perimeter of Land of the Dragons and is best known for its Immelman (vertical) turn. Theming is fairly limited, and includes 'charred' trees, a sculpted dragon head and a mechanical dragon that hides inside a small cave at the entrance of the queue line, relocated from the park's Mystic East area. The track is green with ruby-red supports. On-ride photos are available and taken at the foot of the first drop. As the
The Big One is a steel roller coaster located at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in the United Kingdom.
The ride was originally manufactured by Arrow Dynamics, a now defunct steel coaster manufacturer. Construction of the ride began in September 1993 and lasted just over 7 months. The tubular track and supports were airlifted from Bolton to Blackpool and stored in nearby Blackpool Airport. During the start of the construction of the ride the south of Blackpool promenade was closed and pieces of the structure were stored on the road adjacent to the Pleasure Beach.
The first pieces of the ride to be fitted were the large foundations that would follow on from the main supports. Once all the supports were fitted the tubular track was fitted followed by additional supports on the turnaround and the mid course brake section.
The ride opened to all the public on 28 May 1994. The finished ride cost £12,000,000 ($19,669,316 USD) to build and is the second biggest ever investment for Pleasure Beach. The ride is the second "Megacoaster" to be built by the Arrow Dynamics company, the first being Magnum XL-200 at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, US. At its highest point above ground
ring°racer is a Formula One-themed roller coaster which was due to open on August 15, 2009 at the Nürburgring race course as part of the Nürburgring 2009 project.
However, two defects in the launch system mean its opening has been delayed until 2012. On 3 September 2009, a series of explosions in the pneumatic system caused injuries to seven people, and shattered windows.
It was manufactured by S&S Worldwide and features a pneumatic launch. This will accelerate the coaster from 0-99 mph (0-160 km/h) in less than 2 seconds, double the acceleration of a Formula 1 driver in the same space of time.
According to local state, Rhineland-Palatinate, the cost of ring°racer accumulated to a total of 12.3 Million Euro.
This article is about the Backlot Stunt Coaster at Kings Island. For the other two rides of the same name see Backlot Stunt Coaster (Kings Dominion) and Backlot Stunt Coaster (Canada's Wonderland).
The Backlot Stunt Coaster is a launched roller coaster currently open at Kings Island that originally opened as The Italian Job: Stunt Track. The ride was originally themed to the climactic chase scene at the end of the 2003 film The Italian Job, but was changed to a more generic theme at the start of the 2008 season due to the park no longer being associated with Paramount and Viacom properties. The ride features unique cars which resemble ¾ scale MINI Cooper cars. Special effects are incorporated throughout the ride which include a helicopter that attacks riders with simulated machine gun fire, pyrotechnic and water effects. During the ride's opening year, it featured an on board audio soundtrack. The boost at the beginning of the ride goes from 0–40 miles per hour in 6 seconds. Though it is a launched coaster, it is geared more toward families than others of the type like Flight of Fear. An identical clone of the ride opened at Canada's Wonderland in 2005, and another clone opened at
Manta is a roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, Manta allows guests to encounter numerous species of rays before boarding a manta-shaped train that takes them on a soaring, gliding journey above the park.
The attraction officially opened to the public on May 22, 2009.
The concept that was to become Manta was first revealed by SeaWorld Orlando to a gathering of travel and community leaders on April 2, 2008, although it had been in the planning stages for years before. The exact specifications and details were not immediately revealed, although it was noted that this would be the largest single investment in the history of any SeaWorld park, and that it would open sometime in 2009. It was further noted that the attraction would include a roller coaster, but that it would be much more than just a roller coaster. Regarding the design of the attraction, Joseph Couceiro, vice president of sales and marketing, said:
Artists' concepts of the new attraction were leaked onto the Internet in April 2008; however, SeaWorld officials would not acknowledge if the images were accurate representations of the attraction's final design, although they suggested that
Kingda Ka is a steel accelerator roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, United States. It is the world's tallest roller coaster, the world's second fastest roller coaster, and was the second strata coaster ever built. Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point was the first.
The train is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. At the end of the launch track, the train climbs the main top hat tower, reaching a height of 456 feet (139 m) and spanning over a 3,118-foot-long (950 m) track by the end of the ride.
Plans to build Kingda Ka were announced on September 29, 2004 at an event held for the media and roller coaster enthusiasts. The event revealed the park's goal to build "the tallest and fastest roller coaster on earth", reaching 456 feet (139 m) and accelerating up to 128 miles per hour (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. On January 13, 2005, Kingda Ka's tower construction was completed, and on May 21, 2005, the ride opened to the public. Kingda Ka became the "tallest" and "fastest" roller coaster in the world overtaking both world records from Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point that was just built two years
Toy Story Midway Mania! (marketed as Toy Story Mania!) is an interactive 4-D theme park attraction, currently located at three Disney theme parks: Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort and Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and inspired by Disney·Pixar's Toy Story franchise, the attraction was first unveiled during a press conference at Walt Disney World in January 2007. The Florida version opened officially on May 31, 2008, while the California version officially opened on June 17, 2008. The Japan version of the attraction opened on July 9, 2012.
The California ride formerly had a single rider line, however it closed on January 1, 2010.
Park guests wear 3-D glasses (Carnival Games Goggles) aboard spinning vehicles that travel through virtual environments based on classic carnival midway games. Ride vehicles seat up to eight in four back-to-back pairs. Small children are also able to ride on an adult's lap if they are facing forward with their legs securely underneath the safety bar.
The attraction features five mini-games after a practice round, each of
It's a Small World (stylized as "it's a small world" by The Walt Disney Company) is a popular musical boat ride located in the Fantasyland area at each of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide: Disneyland Park in California, the Magic Kingdom (in Florida), Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. The ride features over 300 brightly costumed audio-animatronic dolls in the style of children of the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity, and singing the attraction's title song, which has a theme of global peace.
It's a Small World was created by WED Enterprises as the 1964 New York World's Fair's UNICEF pavilion sponsored by Pepsi. It featured a kinetic sculpture, The Tower of the Four Winds, a 120-foot perpetually spinning mobile created by WED designer Rolly Crump, at its entrance. It was one of four attractions (Magic Skyway [Ford], Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln [Illinois], and The Carousel of Progress [GE]) which were used by Disney to test concepts and ride systems, then moved and re-built at Disneyland after the World's Fair closed in 1966. The company was given only 11 months time to create and build the ride.
Mary Blair was responsible
Alice in Wonderland is a dark ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland park. Based on the animated Disney adaptation of the same name, the attraction resides next to a second ride, the Mad Tea Party, based on a scene in that same adaptation. The presence of two rides based on the film is unusual in that Walt Disney said he regretted making it because it lacked a connection to the audience's hearts.
In 1983, the ride was updated as part of an overall refurbishment of Fantasyland, as the Upside-Down and Oversized Rooms were eliminated and the Mad Hatter's unbirthday scene was moved to the very end of the ride. A new narration track by Kathryn Beaumont, the original voice of Alice, was recorded. To create more unified theming in Fantasyland, the Mad Tea Party attraction was relocated at the rear of Fantasyland to a spot adjacent to the Alice in Wonderland ride that same year. The Alice in Wonderland, however, did not reopen until 1984, one year after the rest of the new Fantasyland opened.
The ride was temporarily closed on July 15, 2010 after California's Department of Occupational Safety and Health pointed out that it needed handrails on the second floor outdoor portion of the ride. The
American Eagle is a two track racing wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, United States. It was manufactured by Intamin of Switzerland (their first wooden roller coaster ) and built in 1981 by the contracting firm Figley-Wright. While this record has since been relinquished, American Eagle was the tallest (drop height) and fastest wooden roller coaster ever at the time of its completion, and is still one of the premier racing wooden roller coasters in the United States. In 2006, American Eagle celebrated its Silver Anniversary.
Soaring high above the County Fair section of the park, this massive dual-track wooden racing coaster spans almost the entire southern edge of the park. The out-and-back design features a very recognizable 560-degree helix at the turnaround point and a first drop that dips 20 feet (6.1 m) below ground level. An original design feature was a set of holding brakes that would perch trains at the top of the lift hill for a brief moment, giving riders a bird's-eye view before releasing them to soar down the 147-foot (45 m)-tall (45 m) first drop at a 55-degree angle. Use of the holding brakes was short-lived and the brakes
Anaconda is a steel roller coaster located at Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell, Virginia. Built by Arrow Dynamics and designed by Ron Toomer, Anaconda opened in 1991 as the first looping roller coaster to feature an underwater tunnel and the first at Kings Dominion with more than one inversion.
Kings Dominion's Lake Charles was chosen as the site for Anaconda. Arrow Dynamics would design the coaster to incorporate an underwater tunnel as well as keeping the majority of the ride over water. Construction began towards the end of the 1990 park season with elements of the lift hill constructed over the former site of King Kobra, a flywheel-launched shuttle coaster removed in 1987. Anaconda opened to the public on March 23, 1991.
The train leaves the station climbing the 128-foot (39 m) lift hill. From there riders plunge 144 feet (44 m) twisting to the right passing an on-ride camera and entering an underwater tunnel. The train exits the tunnel entering a 360-degree vertical loop followed by a sidewinder inversion (a half loop that uses a corkscrew at the top to change direction). After riding a small hill, the train enters the first brake run nearly slowing to a complete
The Arkansas Twister is a wooden roller coaster at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Amusement Park at Hot Springs, Arkansas. The coaster stands 95 feet tall and has a track length of 3340 feet and top speed of over 50 mph, as it takes riders through the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. It debuted at the park in 2000 after relocating from Boardwalk and Baseball near Haines City, Florida, where it was known as the "Florida Hurricane" and, for a brief period of time, "Michael Jackson's Thrill Coaster."
Magic Springs purchased the coaster from Boardwalk and Baseball for $10,000; however, relocation and reconstruction brought the total investment to just under $900,000.
The Arkansas Twister is actually an out-and-back coaster, not a "twister" as the name implies.
Autopia is a Disneyland attraction, in which patrons steer specially designed cars through an enclosed track. Versions of Autopia exist at Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and at Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Other versions of the attraction can be found at the Magic Kingdom as the Tomorrowland Speedway and at Tokyo Disneyland as the Grand Circuit Raceway.
The name Autopia is a portmanteau of the words "automobile utopia," which was popularized in academic circles by British architecture critic Reyner Banham to describe Los Angeles in his 1971 book "Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies."
The Disneyland Autopia, in one form or another, is one of the few current attractions that opened with the park on July 17, 1955. When it opened, it represented the future of what would become America's multilane limited-access highways, which were still being developed. President Eisenhower had yet to sign the Interstate Highway legislation at the time Disneyland opened.
Before the park opened, the cars were tested without the bumpers, and were almost completely destroyed by the test drivers. Bumpers were fitted around the vehicle,
Avalanche is a steel bobsled roller coaster at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Blackpool, England. It was built by Mack of Germany in 1988.
The ride uses three trains, each consisting of 7 cars. Each car can hold two riders, one behind the other.
Avalanche opened in 1988 and was the first ever Bobsled type roller coaster to be constructed in the UK, it was also the third Bobsled coaster built by Mack Rides, who were in competition with Intamin, the only other company who designed Steel Bobsled Coasters. The ride was to be themed around an Alpine bobsled course, and the station was built to reflect this. The ride was officially opened by Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a famous British ski-jumper, and the British Bobsleigh Team.
Avalanche starts by passing through the storage room of the trains, then out of the building and onto the lift hill, so far the ride follows a normal ride track, at the top of the lift hill, the ride is released onto the main downhill track, which the ride is not physically held onto, it travels through various bobsled track style curves, picking up speed, before reaching the lowest curve and curving back up again, it then flattens out and travels into the first
Avalanche is a bobsled roller coaster at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA. Avalanche opened in 1988 and is the only Mack bobsled coaster running in the United States today. It is located in the African-themed Congo section of the amusement park. There are seven cars per train and the various cars are themed after Olympic bobsleds that represent five countries. The countries include France, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada.
Avatar Airbender is an Intamin roller coaster themed after the TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender located at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America. Avatar is a halfpipe roller coaster that goes up to 70 ft to the top and back tower while spinning the riders. It reaches the top of both spikes about twelve times during each ride. Located at the center of Nickelodeon Universe, it provides a focal point for the entire park.
Batman The Escape is a steel stand-up roller coaster currently in storage at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. It previously was located at Six Flags Magic Mountain from 1986 until January 1989 (where it was known as Shockwave); Six Flags Great Adventure from 1990 until September 1992 (where it was known as Shockwave); and Six Flags AstroWorld from 1994 until 2005. Batman The Escape was designed by Intamin and featured one loop. This loop was followed by a diving turnaround, a midcourse brake run, and a helix through the loop before returning through a straight away back to the final brakes.
The ride was originally built in 1986 for Six Flags Magic Mountain where it was known as Shockwave. It was one of the first stand up roller coasters in the world. The coaster was a very popular attraction at Magic Mountain regardless of its roughness due to the positions of the restraints. At the time, Six Flags had a ride rotation program, in which some coasters would remain at a park for a couple years and then transferred to another park.
Late in 1988, the Shockwave was closed, in 1989 removed, and in 1990 relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure and opened there. At Magic Mountain, the former
Batman: The Ride is a steel inverted roller coaster found in many Six Flags theme parks, as well as other parks around the world, including Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags St. Louis, and Six Flags Over Texas. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, it features a height of roughly 109 feet (33 m) and reaches speeds of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). The original coaster in Six Flags Great America was the first inverted roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1992 and has since been awarded Coaster Landmark status by the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
Goliath at Six Flags Fiesta Texas is the former Batman: The Ride from Six Flags New Orleans, which closed when Hurricane Katrina devastated the park in 2005. Prior to operating in New Orleans, it was Gambit at Thrill Valley in Japan.
Six Flags designers attempted to capture the essence of Batman and his world while waiting in line for the ride. The beginning of the wait brings you into Gotham City Park, with a plaque that reads, "Dedicated to the citizens of Gotham City through the generosity of Bruce Wayne." Walking through the well-kept environment can convince
Batman – The Dark Knight is a steel floorless roller coaster located at Six Flags New England. Opened on April 20, 2002, the ride has a purple and blue track with black supports. It was the eighth coaster built at the park, and the only roller coaster in New England built by Bolliger & Mabillard.
The layout of the ride is compact but packed with five inversions. After the signature Bolliger & Mabillard predrop, the track twists 180 degrees to complete a swooping left-turn drop before sending riders into a large vertical loop at 55 miles per hour (89 km/h). The loop is followed by a dive loop to the right. The train passes the station before undergoing a left 180 degree banked turn that passes through the first loop. The turn is followed by an on-ride photo, then a zero-g-roll that makes riders momentarily feel no gravitational pull. The final two elements are interlocking corkscrews that send riders into the brake run. Since the ride is very short (in comparison to other B&Ms), but still has 5 inversions, there is very little "break time" between inversions, resulting in a relatively intense B&M floorless ride.
Batman – The Dark Knight was renamed in 2008 to Batman: The Ride due to
Beaver Land Mine Ride was a steel roller coaster at Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio. It was a standard production model junior coaster from Zierer. It was known for having the longest train of any coaster (with 20 two-seat cars) at Geauga Lake, and it was also the only coaster in the park to complete a full circuit twice while in operation. Its height restrictions were among the most accommodating in the whole park.
This ride was installed as "Roadrunner Express" during the transition to Six Flags Ohio in 2000, and was one of three identical coasters installed in Six Flags parks that year. The other two are at Six Flags New England and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
Behemoth is a steel roller coaster at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. It is a Hyper Coaster designed and developed by Swiss manufacturer, Bolliger & Mabillard. Behemoth was the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada until 2012 when Leviathan, a roller coaster also manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, was built at the opposite side of Canada's Wonderland, claiming these titles. Behemoth is similar to Diamondback (Kings Island), Goliath (La Ronde) and Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure).
After a year and a half of preparation and development, Behemoth premiered in May 2008. With its high speeds, tall heights and rapid changes in both direction and elevation, the attraction is one of the most aggressive thrill rides in the park. Behemoth also has a high hourly passenger throughput – making it one of the most efficient rides in the park.
The ride features a prototype seating arrangement to ensure an unobstructed view for every rider – a first for a roller coaster of this type. The Behemoth experience lasts for approximately three minutes and subjects the rider to a maximum speed of 125 km/h (77 mph) achieved in less than 3.9 seconds followed by five air-time
Big Bad Wolf was a suspended roller coaster in the Oktoberfest section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg. First opened in 1984, the ride operated for 25 years and the ride closed on September 7, 2009. The footers, queue line, and station were left standing and have been re-purposed for Verbolten, an attraction introduced in the 2012 season.
Prior to the construction of Big Bad Wolf, Anton Schwarzkopf had designed a prototype ("Flying Coaster") for the park. Even though three-quarters of the new ride had been built, the ride was never completed, and was later completely scrapped. Busch Gardens then handed the contract to Arrow Huss, who built the current ride.
After the failure of The Bat at Kings Island, Arrow Development/Arrow Huss refined its own suspended roller coaster concept and opened XLR-8 at Six Flags Astroworld in 1984. Big Bad Wolf was supposed to open on March 18, but it got delayed. Despite this, it was completed and opened shortly thereafter in June. XLR-8 continued to operate until the closure of Astroworld in 2005.
On July 24, 2009, it was announced that the Big Bad Wolf would be retired after 25 years of operation. The land on which Big Bad Wolf stood was cleared at
Big Dipper is a wooden out and back roller coaster at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, Blackpool, England. The ride was first built in 1923 by John Miller but was extended in 1936 by Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton; adding arches over the south entrance of the park and additional drops. The ride operates with two trains, each containing three four-bench cars, seating two people per bench. The roller coaster is also referenced in the Jethro Tull song Big Dipper, from their 1976 album Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!
In August 1998, Richard Rodriguez set a world record by riding the Big Dipper for over 1000 hours. There is a plaque commemorating this event in the ride's station. Although he doubled this mark two years later to 2000 hours, Guinness World Records nullified the achievements by altering the rules in 2007 and Rodriguez's new record was set on the Pepsi Max Big One and Big Dipper and stands at 405 hours 40 minutes.
On August 11, 2009 - two trains, carrying a total of 32 guests, collided. This resulted in 21 guests requiring treatment at a nearby hospital for injuries ranging from whiplash and broken noses, to cuts and bruises.
On June 5, 2010 - there was another
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (or for short Big Thunder Mountain) is an indoor/outdoor mine train roller coaster located in Frontierland at several Disneyland-style Disney Parks worldwide. The ride exists at Disneyland Park (California) and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) as Big Thunder Mountain. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also the name of the fictional rail line the roller coaster depicts.
Although the details of the backstory vary from park to park, all follow the same general story arcs. Some time in the late 1800s, gold was discovered on Big Thunder Mountain in the American southwest. Overnight, the small mining town of Rainbow Ridges (at Disneyland), Tumbleweed (at the Magic Kingdom), or Thunder Mesa (at Disneyland Paris) became a thriving mining town. Mining was prosperous, and an extensive line of mine trains was set up to transport the ore. Unknown to the settlers, the Mountain was a sacred spot to local Native Americans and was cursed.
Before long, the settlers' desecration of the mountain caused a great tragedy, which, depending on the park, is usually depicted to be an
Bird Rok (or "Vogel Rok" in Dutch) is an Enclosed Roller Coaster in amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands.
The name of the ride, Bird Rok, refers to the adventure of Sinbad and the Bird Roc from the 1001 Arabian Nights; the extensive theming covers, beside the ride, the building and the queue line. The building has as a frontage a giant colorful Roc, the largest bird in Europe, according to the Guinness Book of Records. In the opening year there weren’t a lot of effects in the ride, and the link between the story and the ride wasn’t very clear. Since then a Serpent’s mouth has been added at the end of the ride, which lights up as the train goes through it. There used to be a laser-light-show at the queue, but that has been removed. This was done because the lights were too low, and people would look at them, thereby damaging their eyes.
In 2007, more themed decorations were added.
Lasers project over the train as it climbs the lift-hill and seen to the left are four Rocs flying off. In a strong curve down leftwards the train dives towards the ground and several more curves bring the train through a tunnel of lasers.
The train then falls into a helix and goes through a
Bizarro, previously named Superman: The Ride of Steel until 2009, is a steel megacoaster at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts. It features a 208-foot (63 m) lift hill, a 221-foot (67 m) drop, and just over 1-mile (1.6 km) of track. The ride shares the same theme as Bizarro, a floorless roller coaster in the Six Flags Great Adventure park.
Since its debut, the roller coaster has been critically acclaimed, winning the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for Best Steel Roller Coaster in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
After the lap bars have been secured, the train leaves the station to climb the 208-foot (63 m) lift hill. To the left of the hill is the Connecticut River, which is parallel to much of the coaster, and to the right is the rest of the park. The train drops 221 feet (67 m) into a headchopper tunnel after slowly cresting the hill. The train exits the tunnel, then climbs a second hill before dropping down into a 180+ degree over banked turn. Riders are catapulted between themed buildings, then climb the third and fourth major hills. (The third hill is where the on-ride photo is taken.)
The train crests a small hill marking the beginning of the second part of
Black Mamba is an inverted roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard in the German theme park Phantasialand. The ride is situated in the newly themed "Deep in Africa" area of the park and is named after the black mamba snake.
The ride is an inverted roller coaster, whereby the trains travel underneath the rails. The ride travels through ravines and tunnels, similar to Nemesis at Alton Towers.
The track was built from 70 individual parts with 0.15 mm of manufacturing tolerance which prevents noticeable transitions between sections. Construction began at four separate parts of the ride which were joined together to complete the circuit. The hollow rails were filled with sand to dampen the noise created by passing trains.
During the ride, forces are created of up to 4.5G. In ten places the guests experience so-called "Near Misses", where the course passes near the walls giving the impression of an impending collision.
Also Black Mamba features a helix with the smallest radius ever built on a B&M rollercoaster.
On May 24, 2006 the park held a one day "Pre-Opening" which invited guests and officials to ride. Proceeds benefitted the building of a school in Malawi in the context of the
Manufacturer:Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation
Blazing Fury is a steel enclosed roller coaster at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The ride was built in-house by Silver Dollar City Tennessee in 1978, prior to the park becoming Dollywood. The coaster was based upon Fire in the Hole, a similar indoor roller coaster at the original Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.
Blazing Fury is themed around the story of an old mountain town set on fire by a group of Russians. Riders on the coaster pass scenes of the town's residents trying to extinguish the flames; one is a saloon with a lady on the top deck about to jump off, before crossing a collapsing bridge, nearly getting run-over by a steam train, and wrecking into a dynamite storage shack. In the ride's finale, the coaster trains are sent hurtling over an eighteen-foot-high drop into a pool of water. This pool of water is used to brake the train. It was discovered that the pool could still brake the train without being full, and this allowed Dollywood to keep this attraction open during the winter. During the 2010 off-season, Dollywood installed magnetic brakes, making the water pool unnecessary. The pool of water was removed. Over the years, many of the
Blue Streak is a wooden roller coaster built by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. It is currently the oldest operating roller coaster in the park. According to park officials, the roller coaster has given over 54 million rides since its construction in 1964 as of 2007. Blue streak is also one of the two wooden roller coasters at Cedar Point, the other being Mean Streak.
Blue Streak is a traditional "out-and-back" wooden roller coaster. It opened to the public on May 23, 1964.
Blue Streak was built by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (then Philadelphia Toboggan Company), and named after "The Blue Streaks", the nickname of the Sandusky High School athletic teams. The coaster cost $200,000 to construct, and was billed as a replacement for the demolished Cyclone.
Now in its 48th year of operation, Blue Streak still offers hundreds of thousands of rides each year. The ride is considered one of Cedar Point's classics and is listed in many coaster enthusiasts' favorite wooden roller coasters. It was ranked 49th best wooden coaster in 2011 in the Golden Ticket Awards, and 38th in the 2012 awards. Blue Streak was not always the sky blue color it
Swiss Bob (or "Bobbaan" in Dutch) is a Bobsled roller coaster in amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands.
"Bobbaan" has 8 trains, each with a capacity of 6 passengers. The original Bobsleds, with inline seating, were replaced with new trains that sit 2 across in order to increase the ride capacity and fight back the extreme queue times (of up to 90 minutes). The original Bobsled cars were replaced by sleds with a wooden theming that matches the station’s classical Austrian Alps style.
The original trains were sold to Six Flags Over Texas for their La Vibora bobsled roller coaster.
It is a smooth ride, especially since the original steel wheels were replaced by softer ones in order to comply with the night- opening license. The ride meanders through the trees, and has some nice drops, curves and points where the ride really picks up some speed.
The music in the station is traditional Austrian music.
Body Wars was a ride at the Wonders of Life pavilion at Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot. Body Wars is a simulator ride where the riders are "shrunk" and carry out a mission inside a human body. The ride is based upon the Advanced Technology Leisure Application Simulator. The ride is no longer in operation along with the other rides at the Wonders of Life pavilion, which opened on October 19, 1989, and closed on January 1, 2007.
Guests enter the queue as "observation team members" and are told by overhead announcements that they must pass the "level 1 and level 2 dermatopic purification screens" to enter the body-probe vehicle.
In the queue and loading area, announcements are made about details of the four bays.
Dr. Cynthia Lair has volunteered to be miniaturized to observe a splinter. The guests are told they will board vehicle Bravo 229 and will be shrunk. Their mission is to meet up with Dr. Cynthia Lair and bring her out. Captain Braddock will be the guests' pilot.
Guests learn that their "LGS 2050"-type probe vehicle weighs approximately 26 tons, but once miniaturized, weighs less than a drop of water.
The gustess' vehicle, Bravo 229, moves from the bay to the miniaturization
Boomerang: Coast to Coaster is a steel roller coaster of shuttle design currently in use at five different Six Flags & PARC theme parks. The ride was designed and manufactured by Vekoma, and is considered as one of its boomerang models. Each coaster has one train with a capacity of 28, two across in each row. Unlike Vekoma's suspended trains, "Boomerang: Coast to Coaster" operates a sit-down design. When the coaster starts, the train is pulled backwards up the lift hill, then dropped through the loading gate through a cobra roll and then one loop. At the end of this cycle the train is pulled up the lift hill at the end of the track, then dropped once again allowing the train to go back through the loops backwards, hence the name "Boomerang: Coast to Coaster."
Originally, the coasters had a teal track & white supports. As of 2008 Darien Lake's model is still the original colors; Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's model has teal track and yellow supports; The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom's model now has a yellow track & red supports; Elitch Gardens' model has a yellow track and purple supports; and Six Flags Fiesta Texas' has teal track and orange supports.
This is the standard
Boulder Dash is a wooden roller coaster located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. It first opened in 2000 and was built by Custom Coasters International. The ride's structure was built with Southern Yellow Pine wood and the track is made of Douglas Fir wood.
The cars were built by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Incorporated.
This 4,672 foot wooden roller coaster uses the Lake Compounce's natural mountainous terrain, complete with trees and boulders within close proximity of the track. The lift climbs the mountainside and then disappears from view. When it reappears, it has completed its first drop of 115 feet and is traveling sixty miles per hour as it crosses over itself and flies over the station. Much of the first half of the ride is hidden as the train climbs and drops along the mountainside. On the last drop, on-ride photos are taken and can be viewed and bought at the photo booth at the end of the exit line. Most of the ride was retracked during the 2007 off season and during the 2008 off season the remainder was retracked. Lake Compounce bought PTC trains from Hersheyparks Wildcat and is expected to run them on the Boulder Dash for the 2008 season.
Its layout is
California Screamin' is a steel roller coaster located at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California.
This boardwalk-themed coaster was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, and was built by Intamin. California Screamin' is the 8th longest roller coaster in the world (4th longest steel coaster in the United States), at 6,072 feet (1,851 m) long. It is also the longest ride with an inversion (since the loop has been removed from the 7,032 feet (2,143 m) Son of Beast). Its highest point is 120 feet (37 m) tall followed by a 108-foot (33 m) drop. Though built of steel, the structure as designed visually mimics the features of a wooden coaster.
This coaster has some distinctive features. It uses a linear induction motor to launch the train up the first hill, replacing the traditional lift hill chain. This coaster is one of Disney's fastest attractions, accelerating guests from zero to 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) in four seconds at the launch. Like Space Mountain and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, California Screamin' is set to music. It is the only inverting ride in the Disneyland Resort. This attraction offers both FASTPASS and Single Rider entrances. On November 5, 2010, the
Canobie Corkscrew is a steel sit-down roller coaster currently located at Canobie Lake Park amusement park in Salem, New Hampshire. The "Canobie Corkscrew" is one of many Arrow Dynamics Corkscrew models produced between 1975-1979.
Designed by Arrow Dynamics, the "Canobie Corkscrew" was first operated in 1975 as the "Chicago Loop" at the indoor amusement park Old Chicago in Bolingbrook, Illinois. It was the second roller coaster in the world to turn riders upside down twice. It stayed at Old Chicago until the park's closing in 1980. "Chicago Loop" was featured in the 1978 film The Fury.
In 1982, the "Chicago Loop" relocated at the Alabama State Fairgrounds. It was originally just named Corkscrew but the name was changed to the "Magic City Express" shortly after.
In 1986, Canobie Lake Park purchased the ride. It lay unassembled for nearly two years, because if erected it would stand taller than the town of Salem would have allowed. In 1987, Salem gave Canobie Lake Park a waiver to put up the roller coaster. It was then named the "Canobie Corkscrew".
As of August 2012 the Canobie Corkscrew was in the process being painted blue.
The "Canobie Corkscrew" stands at 73 feet tall. The ride
Carolina Cobra is a steel Vekoma boomerang roller coaster located at Carowinds. It was the first roller coaster addition to Carowinds since the park's purchase by Cedar Fair from Paramount Parks. It was previously located at Geauga Lake from 1996-2007.
Carolina Cobra, originally named The Mind Eraser, opened at Geauga Lake in 1996. It was renamed to Head Spin when Cedar Fair purchased Six Flags Worlds of Adventure from Six Flags in 2004. On September 21, 2007, Cedar Fair announced that Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom would no longer operate as an amusement park, and instead become solely a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom. The ride was moved to Carowinds, where it is now called Carolina Cobra. The ride occupies the spot of the Flying Super Saturator roller coaster, which was dismantled and put up for sale after the 2008 season. This was the first roller coaster for Carowinds since the addition of Nighthawk in 2004. Carolina Cobra opened on March 28, 2009.
Carolina Cobra is one of over 50 boomerang coasters installed by Vekoma around the world, but it is the first boomerang roller coaster to feature all new re-designed trains directly from Vekoma After dispatch, the train is pulled
The Goldrusher is a steel roller coaster made by Arrow Dynamics of Mountain View, California United States. The coaster is located in Carolina Boardwalk area of Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the park's first roller coaster and one of only 3 original rides that still operate in the park today.
The Casey Jr. Circus Train is an attraction found at Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Based on the train of the same name from the 1941 film Dumbo, it gives passengers a tour of many miniature versions of classic Disney animated film scenes. This tour is similar to the one given on the slower paced Storybook Land Canal Boats, but does not incorporate narration. The attraction was opened two weeks later than Disneyland due to testing.
Casey Jr. Circus Train at Disneyland Paris is designed as a roller coaster for small children through Storybook Land, giving riders good views of the Storybook Land castle and other scenes that are not as visible from the Storybook Land Canal Boats.
The Disneyland Skyway would pass over part of the Casey Junior Circus Train track.
Cobra is a steel roller coaster at La Ronde amusement park in Montreal, Canada. It originally opened in 1988 and is one of 3 Stand-up coasters manufactured by Intamin.
The roller coaster was relocated in 1994 from the Skara Sommarland amusement park in Sweden, where it was known as the Stand Up. In 2007 it was announced that a colony of Townsend's big-eared bats had settled in the ride's engine room. Le Cobra is a clone of the Shockwave coaster that was at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great Adventure, and later at Six Flags Astroworld as Batman: The Escape. Cobra only has one inversion (a loop), a turnaround dive hill, and a helix through the only loop.
Unlike B&M built stand-up coasters, this ride is considered rougher then most roller coasters of its kind. The ride is over 20 years old (originally built in 1988) which has led to it becoming rough over time. However, most Intamin stand-up roller coasters are considered rough. The two Intamin engineers of this ride and Shockwave, the ride Cobra is a clone of, went on to found B&M a few years later.
Colorado Adventure is a steel roller coaster located at Phantasialand in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. During construction it was decided to opt for a roller coaster in a Western style rather than a traditional roller coaster. The name Colorado is derived from the U.S. state of the same name, well known during the ‘Wild West’ period in the USA.
The ride has been voted by fans as one of the world’s best examples of the mine roller coaster. Its full name is Colorado Adventure – The Michael Jackson Thrill Ride. The ride was open from the beginning of the 1996 season and was ‘officially’ opened by Michael Jackson on May 11.
Colorado Adventure has five trains, each with six cars for a total of 32 passengers. The first car is designed as a locomotive and offers two seats. The other cars all have three rows for a total of six people and a maximum of four trains can be used at one time.
Local residents have complained about the amount of noise generated by riders on the Colorado Adventure. The ride has been fitted with extra tunnel sections and also partly covered with noise barriers. In 2011 the Smokey Mountain was replaced by a new child attraction "Tikal".
Colossos is a wooden roller coaster at Heide Park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. It is the first wooden roller coaster to use prefabricated track. Colossos is currently the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world.
Colossos is very different from a traditional wooden roller coaster because it is prefabricated. Instead of trackers cutting, shaping, and laying down the track by hand, the track is laser cut in a factory, achieving a higher degree of precision than could ever be done by hand. It is also made so that it snaps together like Lego pieces. The track also is made of more layers of wood that are tightly bonded together instead of being traditionally nailed together by hand. This has three major benefits, two for the park and the other for the riders.
The "Plug and Play" aspect of the coaster speeds construction, since track does not have to be completely manufactured on site. In addition, building costs are lowered due to fewer man-hours being required. The riders benefit from a coaster, that while being wooden, is nearly steel smooth. However, some roller coaster enthusiasts may find that aspect to take away from the ride since it would not have the same character as a
Colossus is a wooden roller coaster located in the Colossus County Fair area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. When it opened on June 29, 1978, it was one of the tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters in the world, and the first roller coaster in the world with two drops in excess of 100 feet (30 m). Colossus features two identical side-by-side tracks, but it is not considered a racing roller coaster since the trains do not normally race due to the setup of both tracks pre-lift. They can line up at the lift to race, however this rarely happens.
Colossus was built by International Amusement Devices, Inc. and opened on June 29, 1978. The coaster's six trains are six cars long; each car contains two rows of two seats, for a total of 24 seats per train.
The ride features two drops greater than 100 feet (30 m): a 115-foot (35 m) one at the beginning and a 105-foot (32 m) one later. Its duration is two and a half minutes and it goes as fast as 62 miles per hour (100 km/h). In October, Six Flags runs the old Psyclone trains backward up the track because of the Fright Fest Halloween Celebration.
The coaster was designed by Doug Bernards, who is president of Bernards
Colossus the Fire Dragon is the name of a double looping roller coaster by Anton Schwarzkopf that opened at Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah in 1983.
The coaster sends riders 85 feet (26 m) high up the lift hill alongside Wicked roller coaster, then into a smooth 1/3 right turn. Riders get a glimpse of the Wild Mouse and the Spider roller coasters before heading into a fast, twisting plummet to the ground, then through two 65-foot (20 m) High-G inversions and two helix turns. The first helix turn is very large, arcing over the "bridge" or elevated part of the queue, then up and through the second loop. After that the train passes just over the station's roof, then down and around, turning diagonally between the two loops into the G-inducing helix back to the station. This helix is what some people call the 'slanted spiral' or the 'upward-downward helix,' because it turns downward, upward, then downward again at equal angles into a large turn that leads back to the station, giving the entire element a 'slanted' look.
It is a one-of-a kind double looping Anton Schwarzkopf roller coaster for two reasons. There were two double looping Anton Schwarzkopf roller coasters in the USA until
Columbia Carousel (known as Carousel Columbia at California's Great America) is a pair of double-decked carousels at Six Flags Great America and at California's Great America (the parks were built by the Marriott hotel chain as sister properties but later sold to separate owners). To this date they are the world's tallest carousels.
The first Columbia opened in the Santa Clara park in 1976 and the Gurnee Columbia opened later that year. They opened as the world's biggest carousel and continues to hold that title to this day. Each horse on the carousels was a replica of one of the world's most famous carousel horses. In front of the carousels was a large reflecting pond with historic replicas of American flags flying along the sides. Today the flags still fly. The Columbia is often associated with the Carousel Song, produced especially for the Marriott's Great America theme parks by Gene Patrick. A clip of the Carousel Song can be heard here. The Carousel Song still plays at the Gurnee park every evening when the park closes.
In 1994, Santa Clara's Columbia received some minor renovations for its appearance in the movie Beverly Hills Cop III.
In the early 2000s both carousels
Congo River Rapids is a river rafting ride made by Intamin. The ride is located in the Katanga Canyon area of Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. The rapids course come close to the Runaway Mine Train as it passes through the tunnel, and also features twin waterfalls that the boats pass between. It also shares a name with a ride at Busch Gardens: Africa in Tampa Bay, Fl. Both rides have different layouts.
Congo River Rapids first opened in 1986 named Grand Canyon Rapids and was part of the Aqua Land area of the park. The entrance to the queueline was originally located where the path to Katanga Canyon starts in Mutiny Bay today, meaning that the ride was hidden from view. This was changed when Katanga Canyon was built in the centre of the rapids circuit, as part of John Wardley's plan to open up the area. Katanga Canyon opened in 1992 along with the new Runaway Mine Train. The Grand Canyon Rapids were rethemed to adopt the African safari theme of the new area, including the change of name to: "Congo River Rapids". The original boats held six riders, but were exchanged years later for eight seat boats, to increase passenger throughput.
The inspiration for this ride comes from
Corkscrew is a steel roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan. It was manufactured by Arrow Dynamics. Corkscrew was the park's first roller coaster during the Deer Park days. Arrow Dynamics has built several Corkscrew coasters and some, such as the Corkscrew at Cedar Point, or the Corkscrew at Valleyfair have an additional inversion, typically a loop in addition to the two corkscrew loops that give this coaster type its name.
This is one of the oldest original Arrow coasters still in existence. For the majority of its life, Corkscrew was painted white. Sometime after the purchase of Michigan's Adventure by Cedar Fair the track has been painted yellow and orange, and the supports painted teal or aqua. These are common corporate colors for Cedar Fair parks.
Prior to the park being bought by Cedar Fair, Corkscrew had an all white track with white supports. The trains were red, white, and blue. After the park was purchased by Cedar Fair, the track was painted orange and the corkscrew portion was painted yellow. The supports were also painted to a teal/green color. The trains were as well given new colors, they now sport a red and yellow paint job. The station was
Cornball Express is a wooden roller coaster at Indiana Beach in Monticello, Indiana. The ride was designed and manufactured by Custom Coasters International. It opened on May 18, 2001 and later gained critical acclaim among enthusiasts, being named the #1 wooden roller coaster in the world by website ThemeParkCritic.com in 2002. Cornball Express, along with 2002's Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain, were among Custom Coaster International's last roller coasters designed before closing their doors in 2002. It was their 48th roller coaster designed.
Cornball Express, as with other rides at the park, is also notable for being 'shoehorned' into other rides at the park. The ride weaves through and uses portions of the Hoosier Hurricane's structure in some parts, glides over the Kiddieland section of the park, wraps around the park's Tig'rr Coaster, and may sometimes 'duel' with the Rocky's Rapids Log Flume attraction.
The name Cornball Express was also a candidate to be the name for the Hoosier Hurricane while it was being designed, however the name was tossed in favor for the former.
The Cornball Express starts off with boarding the trains (designed by Philadelphia Toboggan
The Cyclone is a high-speed gravity steel roller coaster operating at Dreamworld. The roller coaster is one of the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere, after originally being the tallest when it was first built. Designed by Arrow Dynamics, the ride was originally installed at Luna Park Sydney in 1994 as the Big Dipper before being sold and relocated to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast in 2001. When it was brought to Dreamworld, the ride was the first mega roller coaster to be opened on the Gold Coast since 1995.
The steel roller coaster, designed by Arrow Dynamics, was constructed at a cost of A$8,000,000 during the 1994 redevelopment of Luna Park Sydney. Opening in 1995, the new roller coaster became a point of contention with residents, and was cited as the main example of the noise pollution generated by the amusement park. After appeals to various courts by both the "resident action group" and the park's new owners, it was decreed that the roller coaster could only operate at certain times, and under strict conditions. These conditions caused major shareholder Wittingslow Amusements to consider 'walking out' on the operating company. The park's administration was doubtful of Luna
The Dark Knight Coaster is an enclosed steel roller coaster which is currently operating at Six Flags Great America. It opened on May 21, 2008, timed closely to the release of the film of the same name. The roller coaster was manufactured by MACK Rides. A similar ride of the same name opened at Six Flags Great Adventure a week earlier.
In preparation for The Dark Knight, the Theater Royale building was extensively modified and themed as a Gotham City Rail terminal.
The Dark Knight coaster is located in Orleans Place next to Superman: Ultimate Flight and uses former Theater Royale as its queue. The Theater Royale building also houses a pre-show room where riders are greeted by Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) who is in a marketing video that sets up some of the plot of the film.
At the loading station, the cars normally move through continuously. Guests unload at the rear of the platform, after which guests from the queue immediately load. Unlike almost all the other coasters in the park, there are no gates on the loading platform. Lapbars are locked and checked as the car approaches the front of the platform, then it proceeds onto the lift. The ride itself consists of several sharp
Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes is a free-floating canoe experience at the Disneyland park in Anaheim, California. Boarding from the park’s Critter Country section, up to twenty visitors paddle a canoe around the Rivers of America, accompanied by two guides. This is the only Disneyland attraction that is powered by park visitors.
The attraction originally opened as Indian War Canoes on July 4, 1956 as part of Frontierland’s Indian Village expansion. It also operates under the name of Beaver Brother's Explorer Canoes at Tokyo Disneyland and formerly operated at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and at Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris.
At the original Disneyland version of the attraction, riders embark and disembark from a small boat dock next to the Hungry Bear restaurant in the Critter Country section of the park. Each 35-foot-long (11 m) fiberglass canoe holds twenty guests, two per row. Each canoe has two guides dressed as frontiersmen (or frontierswomen) at the bow and stern. These guides are referred to as the helmsman, bowman, and sternman.
Riders/rowers are given a short lesson on how to paddle the canoe to power the boat properly after leaving the dock. Small children
A Giant Inverted Boomerang is a type of steel shuttle roller coaster manufactured by Vekoma. The ride is a larger, inverted version of Vekoma's popular Boomerang sit down roller coasters. There are currently only 5 installations of the model worldwide.
Giant Inverted Boomerangs were slated to open for the start of the 2001 season at four Six Flags parks, however, sudden errors and malfunctions occurred during testing caused the openings to be delayed. The first to open was Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain on August 25, 2001. Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain has since been removed and relocated to Six Flags New England as Goliath. This was followed by the opening of a further two Giant Inverted Boomerangs named Déjà Vu on September 1, 2001, at Six Flags Over Georgia and on October 7, 2001, at Six Flags Great America. The opening of the fourth Giant Inverted Boomerang was delayed even more after the problems were discovered with the first three. Stunt Fall opened on August 8, 2002, at Parque Warner Madrid.
In 2007, Six Flags announced the removal of Déjà Vu from both Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags Great America. They announced that the Six Flags Over Georgia ride would be
Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride...Starring You! is an attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Housed in the former Earthquake ride building, Disaster! takes guests on a tour of Disaster! Studios, where you will become part of the newest Frank Kincaid disaster film. Disaster! features an all-new preshow featuring new technologies, as well as an updated version of the Earthquake simulator that has been a staple in Universal Orlando's history.
Disaster! is an interactive attraction following the storyline of a faux movie studio run by Frank Kincaid (played by Christopher Walken). The studio is going bankrupt and needs visitors to act as extras for key insert scenes. In helping Frank Kincaid complete his masterpiece, the visitors are then asked to be a part of the big finale sequence involving an earthquake.
Disaster's queue serves as a boneyard for many props from recent faux Disaster Studios films, including a Meteor-Struck House from Apocageddon, a torn apart plane from 300 Knots Landing, a mechanical shark from Das Schurke, and a giant tank being consumed by the tentacles from Super Mega Ultra Atomic Chaos. Guests are also greeted to Disaster Studios with a giant mural of
Double Loop was a steel roller coaster at Geauga Lake. Built in 1977 by Arrow Dynamics, it was the first roller coaster to feature two consecutive vertical loops.
Double Loop was introduced in 1977 with an all-white structure. One red train and one yellow train were put into operation. In the 1980s, the entire structure was painted black. Throughout the years, various cars and trains were swapped with the now-defunct Corkscrew coaster at Geauga Lake, also constructed by Arrow Dynamics. One red train and one yellow train remained the norm.
In 1993 the ride underwent some modernization to the control system. The older outdated relay and photo eye controls were replaced with newer PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and proximity switches. This was a more reliable system for the ride and proved for less downtime for the customers.
In 2000, as a part of the Six Flags makeover when the company purchased Geauga Lake, the ride was painted with yellow track and purple supports, the same color scheme as Dominator (but with a lighter purple than Dominator). The yellow train was repainted a darker shade of yellow, and the red train was repainted purple.
It was announced in September 2007 on
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is a log flume ride at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida inspired by the Dudley Do-Right character created by cartoonists Jay Ward and Alex Anderson. Opened on May 28, 1999, it is one of the park's original attractions.
The attraction's queue area passes through: Snidely Whiplash's hideout; a theater that spoofs movies such as "Jaws," "Silence of the Lambs" and "Star Wars"; and a room with a talking bear head and a talking beaver head on a wall. While passing through the theater room of the queue, guests watch as Nell Fenwick is kidnapped from her dressing room, setting up the ride's main story.
Once passengers have been placed in the log, it enters the first room where lights shine on forest animals playing instruments as the narrator announces that the ride is entering a 'moving melodrama'. The log proceeds up the first of two lift hills as Dudley makes his first appearance, stating "I'll save you Nell!" While climbing the lift hill, Snidely is seen riding a mine cart laughing maniacally at having captured Nell.
The route takes the ride outdoors as it reaches the top of the hill, giving passengers a quick view of the park before taking a turn
Dumbo the Flying Elephant is an aerial carousel-style ride located in Fantasyland at five Disney parks around the world. The original attraction opened at Disneyland in October 1955, three months after the park opened. The four other versions of the attraction were opening-day attractions at their respective parks.
One elephant from the ride is in the collection of the National Museum of American History, donated in 2005, on the occasion of Disneyland's 50th anniversary.
Based on the character from the 1941 animated feature, the sixteen ride vehicles each resemble Dumbo and are mounted on articulated armatures connected to a rotating hub. The passengers ride in the "Dumbos" and can maneuver them up and down with a joystick that operates a hydraulic ram. The ride itself rotates counterclockwise at a constant rate.
A figure of Timothy Q. Mouse, currently voiced by Chris Edgerly, rides atop the central hub. Originally at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, the figure held a training whip and stood on a disco ball. With the exception of Tokyo Disneyland, he currently stands on a hot air balloon and holds the "magic feather".
Each of the parks, with the exception of Disneyland Paris, have a
El Toro, meaning The Bull in Spanish, is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. It opened to the public on June 11, 2006. It was designed by Intamin of Switzerland. It had the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the world, at 76 degrees, until this record was broken by T Express in 2008 by 1 degree. It is the third tallest (188 ft; 57 m) and second fastest (70 mph; 113 km/h) wooden roller coaster in the world. It is also the first wooden roller coaster to use a cable lift hill instead of the traditional chain lift. Because of the extreme negative g-forces (airtime) on the ride, the lap-bar restraints are very tight, causing some problems for older and larger riders.
El Toro is the main attraction of the Mexican-themed section, Plaza Del Carnaval. Some of the ride's track is located in Rolling Thunder's infield. It is the steepest lifted (as opposed to launched) roller coaster in the park.
El Toro's name means "The bull" in Spanish, which is what the ride's theme is. The cars are themed as "bulls", and riders are bull riders who attempt to stay on the bull as it tries to buck and throw them off. The name is well-suited to the ride, which is filled with
Eureka Mountain Mine Ride is a steel Wild Mouse roller coaster that is currently standing but not operating at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Australia.
The Eureka Mountain Mine Ride opened on 11 December 1986 alongside the Thunder River Rapids Ride as part of Dreamworld new land, Gold Rush Country.
On 7 November 2006, the Eureka Mountain Mine Ride closed for maintenance. At the time Dreamworld stated that the ride would be closed temporarily to ensure the safety of all guests. In 2010, Dreamworld stated that the closure of the ride "basically came down to new ride technology, upgraded safety regulations and responding to what the public wanted. Like the old Thunderbolt Rollercoaster, the mine ride served us well for 25 years and was “retired...” to make way for newer computerised attractions like The Claw, The Motorcoaster and AVPX. In Summary - rides have a life span - like a car - it comes to a time when you need to spend a lot of $$ to fix it up so when it is no longer a very popular attraction sometimes it is better to invest in something newer...... ". The ride itself remains standing to this day with the queue and entrance transformed to house a couple of carnival-style
Euro-Mir is a spinning roller coaster located at Europa-Park in Rust, Germany. Unlike most spinning coasters, however, the cars do not spin freely, but are rotated by motors at set points during the ride. It was designed by Franz Mack and opened in 1997.
The experience is modeled on the Soviet/Russian space station Mir. It consists of five cylindrical towers, with the ride simulating a trip into space and re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. The largest tower, which contains the helical lift hill, is a dodecagon, 25 feet across and 92 feet high while the maximum drop of the ride is 86 feet. The ride opened in 1997 and carries 9 trains, each comprising 4 circular spinning cars. Riders are seated back to back in pairs, with a maximum of 16 riders per train.
American Thunder is a wooden roller coaster that opened June 20, 2008, at Six Flags St. Louis. The coaster was originally named after and themed to the famous motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel. It was renamed American Thunder for the 2011 season.
To help promote the opening of the then-Evel Knievel Roller Coaster, Knievel's son, Robbie Knievel, jumped a Honda CR-500 motorcycle over 25 Dodge Chargers on July 3, 2008.
This $7 Million GCI wooden roller coaster features an 80-foot (24 m) drop with a top speed of 48 mph (77 km/h), going through a course of 2,700 feet (820 m) of track. This ride features 16 hills and multiple high banked turns at up to 67° angles. The layout crosses over and under itself seventeen times. This ride also features two 24-passenger Millennium Flyer trains for better cornering.
Excalibur is a steel roller coaster with a wooden structure located at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota. It was built in 1989 by Arrow Dynamics, for the cost of $3,000,000. The ride is 105 feet (32 m) tall with a top speed of 54.5 mph (87.7 km/h), and has a minimum height requirement of 48 inches. Excalibur is only one of a few coasters in the world that has a steel track with a wood frame. Two others, Gemini and Cedar Creek Mine Ride, are located at sister park Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It follows a customized figure-eight track layout and is rather short for a major roller coaster, with a total ride duration of two minutes and thirteen seconds. Most likely due to its location at the very northern edge of the park and the more recently built roller coasters such as Wild Thing, Steel Venom and Renegade, Excalibur witnesses significantly less foot traffic than other, more frequently visited rides. This leads to relatively short lines for riders and similarly short wait times to gain access to the ride. Some visitors to Valleyfair have been known to ride Excalibur once, exit the ride, then immediately return to the entrance and be able to ride again with virtually no wait.
Excalibur is a wooden roller coaster at Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco, Maine. It is the tallest and longest roller coaster in Northern New England. The ride runs with a single 2-bench Philadelphia Toboggan Company train. The ride's name is based on King Arthur's sword (Excalibur).
Excalibur is the only wooden roller coaster in the state of Maine, and the first wooden coaster in Maine in 50 years when it first opened.
bigFM Expedition GeForce (renamed after a local radio station for marketing purposes in 2008) is a steel roller coaster located at Holiday Park in Haßloch, Germany. It is one of the largest roller coasters in Europe and has an 82 degree first drop, the steepest in Germany. The trains travel up to 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph) through a course 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) long with seven periods of weightlessness. At its highest, the ride reaches 53 metres (174 ft) above ground.
Until the opening of Silver Star at Europa Park, it was the tallest roller coaster operating on the European mainland.
The ride opened on June 18, 2001 to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Holiday Park's operation, costing approximately €10 million. It has a maximum throughput of 1,300 riders per hour, with two 28-seater trains in operation. The track rests on 209 foundations, which are up to 20 metres deep.
It was constructed by Swiss manufacturers Intamin, which markets this type of coaster as Mega Coaster, in collaboration with German engineer Werner Stengel. Unlike many other coasters, the ride does not employ a conventional chain lift but a faster cable lift with a catch car, very similar to the
Fairly Odd Coaster (known formerly as Timberland Twister) is a spinning roller coaster themed to The Fairly OddParents that opened on March 15, 2004 at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America. Individual cars have two rows facing each other and each car spins independently throughout the course of the ride. Though it is a thrilling attraction, the ride is geared toward families.
Fairly Odd Coaster is the first spinning roller coaster from Gerstlauer and the first of its kind. A month later, a complete copy of the ride opened at Worlds of Fun amusement park in Kansas City, Missouri called Spinning Dragons. A discontinued feature of Fairly Odd Coaster was an on-ride video system that allowed guests to purchase DVDs of their ride on the attraction.
The Fairly Odd Coaster name was previously shared with rollercoasters at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina and Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio before they were both renamed and rethemed as Woodstock Express.
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is an attraction located in the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, which opened on June 11, 2007. Based on the characters and settings of the 2003 Disney/Pixar film, Finding Nemo, the attraction is a re-theming of the classic Submarine Voyage attraction that closed in 1998.
The original Submarine Voyage thru Liquid Space was built in 1959 as part of the "new" Tomorrowland. It closed on September 9, 1998. At that time, Disneyland president Paul Pressler promised that the attraction would reopen with a new theme by 2003.
One of the first attempts to resurrect the subs was contingent on the success of the 2001 Disney animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire. However, when Atlantis flopped, an "Atlantis"-themed photo spot was placed in front of the lagoon and plans for an Atlantis re-theming were shelved.
The lagoon became a scenic viewpoint. The submarines were stored, unmaintained, inside the show building. Pressler left, and the attraction's announced 2003 reopening date passed without action.
When Matt Ouimet became the President of Disneyland Resort in 2003, there was new activity in the Submarine Lagoon. Neptune, one of the
Manufacturer:Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation
Park:Silver Dollar City
Fire in the Hole is a three story steel enclosed roller coaster at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. The ride was built in-house by Silver Dollar City in 1972. The ride is often referred to as a cross between dark ride and roller coaster. A similar ride, "Blazing Fury", was built at Herschend Family Entertainment's other theme park, Silver Dollar City Tennessee, in 1978, now known as Dollywood.
Fire in the Hole is themed around the story of Marmaros, an Ozarks hill town. Marmaros was built near Marvel Cave and is the present day site of the theme park Silver Dollar City. Marmaros grew out of necessity. The miners attracted to the mining of guano from the cave along with their families began to grow in number. The investors designed a town with the intentions of becoming a resort village such as Eureka Springs, Arkansas or Monte Ne, Arkansas. Investments became substantial and the town’s population grew rapidly.
Marmaros’ existence relied heavily upon the mining operation of Marvel Cave. The town failed to attract tourists and began to slowly die out after mining ceased. Much of the town was later destroyed by fire, and what was left moved to a location south of the cave and
Fly – The Great Nor'easter is a steel inverted roller coaster, manufactured by the Dutch company Vekoma. It is located at Morey's Piers amusement park in Wildwood, NJ. The track is colored white and seats 20 people per ride in two trains. Riders are required to give 8 tickets or have a wristband in order to ride, and must be over 52" and under 79". Further restrictions are posted at the ride, and loose articles (cell phones, flip flops, etc.) are not permitted. With the installation of two new trains, the ride has become very smooth and comfortable in comparison to the original two trains, which gave riders a rough experience.
For 2006, the track and supports were painted white. Previously, they had been painted in a pinkish-red.
For 2008, the coaster received a 1.2 million dollar upgrade, which saw new-style "Freedom Seats" cars installed. "The new train features an ergonomically designed seat making the ride experience more enjoyable by holding the rider firmly, while also providing unhindered vision in all directions as well as complete arm freedom. The design utilizes a lap bar and innovative vest, to comfortably restrain Guests during the ride. Add to that a redesigned station
Flyer Comet was a wooden roller coaster located at Whalom Park in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, USA. Built in 1940, closed in 2000, torn down in 2006.
When the 1923 Shooting Star roller coaster was destroyed in 1938 by a hurricane, Whalom staff hired the National Amusement Device Company and designer Vernon Keenan to create a new coaster for the park. Many parts from the Shooting Star were used to construct the ride, which was then called the Comet. The ride was Whalom Park’s third roller coaster since the park opened in 1893, and no new coasters ever replaced it or were added to the park.
Whalom Park was bought by Global Developments in 2001. They started clearing the land on October 10, 2006; the roller coaster was dismantled on Oct. 18. The area is currently being redeveloped into Emerald Estates ("Gated condominiums on the shores of Lake Whalom!").
The entrance to the ride was decorated with shooting stars/comets. The Black Hole tunnel was added over a hilly portion of the track in 1990, and was meant to add to the space theme of the ride.
The Flying Dutchman (or "De Vliegende Hollander" in Dutch) is a combination of a water coaster and a dark ride in amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands. It should have gone operational on April 16, 2006 Easter, exactly 328 years after the disappearance of the legendary Dutch man of war The Flying Dutchman; due to construction problems the opening was postponed to April 1, 2007.
The boat has chairs like in a cinema, 4 3 4 3 So that everyone can see the ride very well.
Willem van der Decken, a captain of the Dutch eastindian corporation VOC, the first limited company, is a wealthy trader in command of the fastest ship of the VOC, named the "Hollander" (Dutchman). But greed takes control of him and secretly he starts practicing piracy. He recruits his crew from orphanages.
On Easter 1678, despite a heavy storm blowing into port, he sets sail for the Dutch East Indies. When all despair for this lack of fear for God, he proclaims: "I will sail, storm or not, Easter or not, prohibited or not. I will sail, even into eternity!" (old Dutch: "Ik zal vaeren, storm of gheen storm, Paesen of gheen Paesen, verbod of gheen verbod. Ik zal vaeren, al is het tot in den eeuwigheid!").
Formule X is the new Maurer Söhne X-Car coaster for the Drievliet amusement park in The Hague, The Netherlands. It opened on April 6, 2007. Formule X was the first X-car coaster to have a LSM launch.
The coaster is 50 feet (15 m) tall and 1,150 feet (350 m) long. It contains two never-before-seen inversions and a 135° over-banked turn. There are two trains which can each hold 6 passengers. The LSM launch accelerates from 15 – 70 km/h (6 - 45 mph) in just 2 seconds. The ride has really tiny dimensions: the ride is build on a 50 by 50 meter surface (160 by 160 feet). Formule X can handle 650 passengers an hour.
The ride starts with a right turn exiting the station. Immediately, a launch causes acceleration from 6 mph (9.7 km/h) to 45 mph (72 km/h) in 2 seconds, entering an Immelman loop. After this first inversion, the train enters a horseshoe turn, followed by an airtime hill. Next, the train maneuvers through a second inversion, a combination of a half-corkscrew and half of a heartline roll. The train then goes through a 135° overbanked turn, and finally enters the brake run.
Formule X has little theming. It has some traffic lights counting down for launch, and a few wheels and
Furius Baco is a hydraulically-launched steel roller coaster located at PortAventura in Salou, Catalonia, Spain. Manufactured by Intamin, the ride opened on June 5, 2007 as the 2nd fastest roller coaster in Europe at 83.9 mph, which the ride reaches in 3.5 seconds. Since opening, the ride has experienced some technical problems, and as a result has had to shut down for varying periods of time during opening hours.
It is the shortest (in height) Intamin Accelerator Coaster, at 46 feet tall. Furius Baco is 850 meters long, lasts 55 seconds and cost 15 million euros to build.
It features several large turns, with a long inline twist, and a finale turn over the lake. The ride also features a different seating arrangement to other Intamin Accelerator coasters, where the seats are attached to the side of the barrel themed trains. This gives the riders the ultimate floorless feeling, with no track beneath or above them. This arrangement has now been commonly dubbed as 'wing rider' trains. The seating style, being off the track rather than above or below, differs from many roller coasters and thus the outside seats can be somewhat rough.
Once all the riders have been loaded onto the barrel
G Force is a roller coaster at Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, England. It is the only X-Car coaster in the UK and was opened by the band G4 in 2005. The ride is also the second X-Car coaster to be built in the world, the first being the prototype Sky Wheel at Skyline Park in Germany. Another unique aspect of the X-Car coaster is the inverted lift, called the Humpty Bump Lift. Unlike a conventional inclined lift, the lift on is similar to a standard vertical loop. At the top of the lift, riders are suspended upside down and the train is released to traverse two more inversions, including an immelman loop and a Bent Cuban Eight. The ride was originally called Project X but changed to G Force before it opened.
The design of the ride vehicles is unique. The train consists of two cars, each seating three rows of two people. Instead of conventional shoulder restraints, the ride uses special hip restraints. This does allow freedom of upper body movement, however it can cause discomfort on the lower body.
Gadget's Go Coaster is a roller coaster at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California and Tokyo Disneyland theme park, located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. The ride is based on the work of the popular character Gadget Hackwrench from the 1989 Walt Disney Television Animation cartoon, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. Gadget herself can be seen on top of a small weathervane on a building towards Chip and Dale's Tree House.
Both versions of the attraction are located in Mickey's Toontown, and the Disneyland version opened January 23, 1993, along with the Mickey's Toontown area. The Tokyo Disneyland version opened on April 15, 1996.
This is the only remaining Disneyland ride to be based on a Disney Afternoon television series. It should also be noted that the ride debuted three years after the cartoon was canceled.
When riders walk up to the front entrance, they see the sign for Gadget's "squirrel-made" coaster out of random items. Above the loading dock is a portrait of the rescue ranger on a postage stamp. The Go Coaster is primarily for children and therefore has very small cars. While two children can easily fit into a single car, most adults would have to travel alone
Gemini is a racing roller coaster with a wooden structure and steel track, located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Built in 1978 by Arrow Dynamics and designed by Ron Toomer, it is one of the oldest roller coasters in the park. When the ride opened, it was the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world.
The structure is considered a steel hybrid since the track is actually tubular steel, while the support structure is wood. Two trains, red and blue, are dispatched on two tracks that run parallel to each other throughout the ride until the end when they diverge into their own helix before coming back together to finish the ride.
Although prohibited, riders on separate trains often give each other high-fives as both trains pass through curves. Gemini has one of the highest capacities of any ride in the park. Gemini's station previously featured a double sided entry, allowing guests to enter the station from both the front and the back. Eventually modified to have guests only enter from the back of the station because of confusion and congestion caused by the double entry, the stairway formerly used for the queue at the front of the station still remains. When
Georgia Scorcher (or simply Scorcher) is a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia. The second design from Bolliger & Mabillard to be built at the park, Georgia Scorcher opened in May 1999 as the last new stand-up roller coaster to have been constructed anywhere on Earth. Georgia Scorcher is 107 feet (33 m) tall and has a track length of 3000 feet (910 m) and a top speed of 54 mph (87 km/h). The attraction's tagline is "Put your feet to the fire."
Georgia Scorcher is the third attraction to occupy this location in the Georgia section of the park. It replaced the Ragin' Rivers "wet-dry" raft slide tower that was added for the 1991 season, which itself replaced one of the two Log Jamboree log flumes.
Unlike Mantis, Chang and Riddler's Revenge, which opened at Cedar Point in 1996, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in 1997 and Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1998 respectively, Georgia Scorcher did not continue the trend of the world's tallest and fastest stand-up roller coasters. Its layout is more modest, in fitting with the long, narrow site selected for it.
Georgia Scorcher departs the station and climbs its 107-foot (33 m) lift hill. Upon reaching the top, the roller coaster dives to ground
Ghostbusters Spooktacular was an attraction formerly located at Universal Studios Florida and was closed in 1996 to make way for Twister: Ride It Out!. It was located in the New York area of the park and featured many characters from the films.
Since the closure, all of the Ghostbusters franchise was discontinued in 2005 after Universal failed to renew the rights for theme park use. Since then, it hasn't been in any of the other themeparks. It is unknown if Universal will ever bring back the Ghostbusters as well as a new version of the old special effects show that used to operate at the park. It was very popular while it was still in operation. On November 7, 2008, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that, among other things, the Ghostbusters franchise was licensed as a theme park attraction, to commemorate with the film's 25th anniversary. Universal Studios Orlando's website also lists Ghostbusters as a licensed property, with a renewal date of 2007.
This version of the attraction was in operation during the early nineties.
The show starts once everyone is seated. The lights go down in the room and a stage, behind a wall of glass, lights up. The stage turns out to be a
GhostRider is a wooden roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm, a theme park in Buena Park, California. It is located in the Ghost Town section of the park, south of the main entrance. It is the longest wooden coaster on the West Coast.
Riders approach the ride near the entrance to Ghost Town. The queue begins by going through a mysterious mining tunnel and then going into the mine-themed queue house. After a wait in both levels of the queue, riders board one of the three PTC trains of the ride. The trains themselves are colored gold, silver, and copper, similar to the precious mining metals.
The ride entrance, which is an eerie cave, was once part of the Pan for Gold attraction.
There is a small initial descent into a ravine, which is followed by a gradual sweep to the right. Trains then pass through the transfer track and climb the lift hill. At the top, riders descend a 108-foot (33 m) drop, turning left and rising up over an airtime hill before making a sweeping left hand turnaround. After the turnaround, riders descend another drop, and rise up a gradual right hand climb, before descending into the structure of the lift hill, and rising up into the ride's midway turnaround.
The Giant Dipper is a historic wooden roller coaster located at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an amusement park in Santa Cruz, California. It opened on May 17, 1924. It is the fifth-oldest roller coaster in the United States; over 60 million riders have ridden it since its opening.
The United States National Park Service recognized the Giant Dipper as part of a National Historic Landmark also covering the nearby Looff carousel in 1987. It was named an American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Landmark on May 5, 2007. The ride appeared in many television commercials and movies, including The Lost Boys, Sudden Impact and Dangerous Minds.
The Giant Dipper, which is located between walkways 3 and 4 at 400 Beach Street in Santa Cruz, California, was designed by Frank Prior and Fred Church, with a double out and back layout similar to the Mission Beach Roller Coaster built in 1925 in San Diego, California. The Giant Dipper was built by Arthur Looff (1888–1970) in 1924 in just 47 days at a cost of $50,000. It replaced the much tamer miniature railway ride designed by LaMarcus Adna Thompson. Looff described his plans for the coaster as a, "combination earthquake, balloon ascension, and
Goliath is a steel inverted roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard operating at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, TX since April 18th, 2008. It is the first inverted coaster at a Six Flags park to be named Goliath.
Goliath originally opened at Thrill Valley in Japan. The ride operated under the name Gambit. The ride operated there until May 6, 2002.
Six Flags took over the lease of Jazzland in 2002 and changed the park's name to Six Flags New Orleans. Before the 2003 season the park opened a whole new section of rides and attraction called DC Comics Super Hero Adventures. The Gambit roller coaster was relocated from Thrill Valley to the park and was renamed Batman: The Ride. When Hurricane Katrina hit the park on August 29, 2005, it was severely flooded causing Six Flags New Orleans to shut down and rides to remain standing but not operating. In 2007, Six Flags began the process of moving rides from the park to their other properties. Batman: The Ride was the first ride to leave. The park is still closed since Hurricane Katrina.
Batman: The Ride was dismantled and moved in 2007 to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. It opened on April 18th, 2008, and the ride was renamed to
Goudurix is a steel roller coaster located Parc Astérix in France. The Vekoma built ride jointly held the world record for the greatest number of inversions upon its opening in 1989. The record was lost in 1995 to Dragon Khan in Spain. It is one of only two coasters in the world (the other being Ninja at Six Flags over Georgia) to feature a butterfly element. In 2007, theming was added to the station in the form of a wooden Viking boat. Goudurix is located at the bottom of the park, facing Tonnerre de Zeus. It was also repainted from its previous white track with blue supports to yellow and red track with grey supports. The ride is one of the parks main attractions along with the Tonnerre de Zeus.
Goudurix has seven inversions in total such as:
(note that Kamikaze and Ninja are the same ride)
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a indoor Log flume and dark ride movie housed within the pyramid-shaped Mexico pavilion, at the Epcot theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States.
The attraction begins with posters indicating that the Three Caballeros are to perform a concert tonight.
After boarding the boats, guests float around the Mayan pyramid in the back of the pavilion's main room. Soon, guests enter a tunnel on the side of the pyramid, where Panchito Pistoles and José Carioca of The Three Caballeros introduce themselves, only to find out that Donald Duck, the third member of the group, has run off, prompting Panchito and José to set off on a frantic search for their missing friend. The next few scenes show Donald touring Mexico and José and Panchito on a magic sarape (a sort of Mexican flying poncho) looking for him.
The next scene has characters similar to 'It's a Small World' with dancing animatronics and a Donald Duck piñata. Once past this area, guests enter a cave, which features different scenes of live-action footage with the Caballeros. After leaving the cave, there are three panels featuring a Mariachi band
The Great White is a hybrid roller coaster at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey. It opened in 1996. It is 1 of 6 Roller Coasters at Morey's Piers. Out of the 6 it is the only wooden Coaster that the Morey's Pier have built so far.
The Green Dragon was a wooden roller coaster located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. It opened in 1914, but was later replaced by the Wildcat. It was the first electrically powered coaster at the nation's oldest continuously operated amusement park.
This roller coaster was torn down in 1927 to make way for the Wildcat.
Greezed Lightnin' is a steel Shuttle Looper roller coaster in storage at Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, relocated from Joyland Amusement Park where it say in storage from 2006-2012.
Greezed Lightnin' was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf and opened in 1978 at Six Flags AstroWorld. It used a flywheel launch design and accelerated its 28 riders from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in roughly 4 seconds. The launch sends the train into a loop and up a 70 degree incline 100 feet (30 m). Once the train lost momentum it proceeded back down the incline, through the loop again (backwards), through the passenger station, and up another incline 137' 10", then forward again to the passenger station, where it stopped.
It has since been relocated to Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Texas, however, work on the coaster was abandoned in 2008 and it is not planned to be rebuilt. There have been issues in the surveying with the park's low watertable that has kept the project grounded.
In 2012, it was announced that Cliff's Amusement Park will receive the former coaster, and the coaster will be operating sometime in the park's future.
Griffon is a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. On opening, it was the tallest of its kind in the world at 205 feet (62 m). Griffon originally had two other potential names — "IronEagle" and "Voltare" — before Busch Gardens decided on the name "Griffon." Griffon has notably replaced The LeMans Raceway, one of the park's original rides. Griffon was announced on August 23, 2006 and became the fourth diving machine coaster to be built worldwide, and the second constructed in the United States.
Griffon is themed after a griffin, the half-lion/half-eagle mythological creature, and not a griffon, which is a breed of dog. It is believed that the spelling used is the French version of the word. The ride features several new shops located in a new inlet area located behind the former Left Bank Portrait shop (now Griffon Gifts), near the Grande Gourmet ice cream and dessert shop. The ride maneuvers through this new section, including a water splash zone near the new "Bistro 205," a new all-you-can-eat buffet, and a first drop that dives under a bridge that is built up over the existing ground level.
Park guests waiting in queue are able to see the first
Grizzly is a wooden roller coaster at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. The grounds of the ride are densely forested, with the intended thrills heightened from the illusion of inadequate clearance between the track and trees. The attraction opened in 1982, and the double-figure-eight layout is based closely on the defunct Coney Island Wildcat. A similar version of this ride operates at Canada's Wonderland.
The announcement by Kings Dominion that Grizzly would be ready to open for the 1982 season was made in a press release on March 15, 1982. The new coaster was intended to be the top thriller in the park, billed as "Taller than the park's most popular ride (Rebel Yell)" and "heaven for the real thrillseeker". Grizzly's was designed by Curtis D. Summers, and is very similar to the Wild Beast (roller coaster) at Canada's Wonderland, which he designed a year earlier. Both coasters are based on the Wildcat roller coaster (demolished in 1964) at the early Coney Island park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Media conglomerate Taft Broadcasting owned Coney Island at the time. The layout placed the coaster in the Old Virginia section of the park, winding mostly through the existing forest for the
Hades is the name of a wooden roller coaster located at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The train was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. It is the largest roller coaster in the park. It was voted "Best New Ride" by Amusement Today magazine in 2005. Hades is a rarity among wooden roller coasters due to its steep 65-degree drop as well as its 90-degree banked turn, as drops and angles this steep are generally not included on wooden roller coasters due to structural limitations. After its 140-foot (43 m) drop, it goes underneath the Mount Olympus parking lot to do a couple of turns and then it goes back underneath the parking lot back into the amusement park. At the speed of 60 mph, after undergoing the parking lot, it comes out the other side of the parking lot in a couple of seconds. It again goes underneath the parking lot to return to the side of the parking lot of which it started.
The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride located at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World), and Tokyo Disneyland. Phantom Manor, a significantly re-imagined version of The Haunted Mansion, is located in Disneyland Paris. Each incarnation of the attraction features a ride-through tour of a haunted house in Omnimover vehicles called "Doom Buggies," preceded by a walk-through show in the queue. The attraction showcases a number of age-old tricks, advanced special effects, and spectral Audio-Animatronics.
Entering the queuing area through a pair of ornate gates, guests find themselves in the mansion's well-tended gardens and courtyards. The queuing path leads guests past a pet cemetery, a mausoleum with pun names, and a white carriage hearse led by an invisible horse. The path leads guests onto the porch, where they are led into the mansion's foyer by somber house servants.
The guests are then ushered into an octagonal portrait gallery and encouraged by the staff to move into the "dead center" of the room. As the wall behind them slides closed, the Ghost Host (voiced by Paul Frees) introduces himself with an eerie voice:
“Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. I am your
This article is about the wooden roller coaster at Valleyfair. For the former steel roller coaster of the same name at the Stratosphere Tower, see High Roller (Stratosphere). For other uses, see High roller (disambiguation).
High Roller is a wooden roller coaster located at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota. High Roller is Valleyfair's oldest roller coaster, being built in 1976 when the park opened. It is an out-and-back type coaster, and is 70 feet (21 m) at the highest peak with a top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h).
It is a common misperception that High Roller is really the Cyclone from nearby Excelsior Amusement Park, which closed a few years before Valleyfair opened. However, this is not the case. While High Roller bears some similarities to Cyclone, it was a brand new ride in 1976, and Cyclone was demolished when the Excelsior park closed.
The High Roller (also known as the Let it Ride High Roller), was a steel roller coaster constructed on top of a building 909 feet (277 m) over the Las Vegas Strip. It was the highest roller coaster in the world when compared to the surrounding terrain. It was located on top of the Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas, Nevada, which is the tallest free-standing observation tower in the United States. The coaster was manufactured by S&MC GmbH Structures and Machines.
The ride opened on April 29, 1996, in a special VIP gala opening, one day before the ride and casino opened to the general public. High Roller was one of the first two amusement rides to open on the Stratosphere tower at the casino opening (the other being Big Shot). Even initially, Stratosphere guests exhibited considerably greater excitement over the Big Shot gravity drop tower than they did over High Roller.
As with the other rides at the Stratosphere Las Vegas, admission to the High Roller was typically charged per ride, as opposed to a single pass that allowed for unlimited rides as is typically the case in most United States amusement parks. The cost to ride the High Roller was $5 per rider in 2001 (barring residency and
The Star Flyer (Danish: Himmelskibet) is a Carousel-meets-watchtower style amusement ride manufactured by Funtime located in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. At 80 metres (260 ft), it is one of the world's tallest swing ride and affords sweeping views of the city's historical centre. It opened in May 2006.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is a steel roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida. With a height of 167 feet (51 m), a length of 3,800 feet (1,200 m), and a top speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h), it is the largest X-Coaster ever built by German manufacture Maurer Söhne. It was announced on March 19, 2008 and officially opened on August 19, 2009 though originally planned to open in the spring of that year. Some of the special features of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is that riders are recorded during the entire 1 minute and 37 second ride and can chose one out of thirty songs to listen to during the experience.
During the second week of January 2008, Universal Parks & Resorts filed a Notice of Commencement with Orange County, Florida indicating that they were to construct a ride system that they had code-named "Project Rumble." The notice also stated that the contractor was "Maurer Rides GmbH," located in Munich, Germany.
After months of rumours, the new attraction was announced by Universal officials on March 19, 2008. Unlike usually announcements, officials did not reveal the specifications of the entire roller coaster. In the original press release, it stated
Hoosier Hurricane is a wooden roller coaster at Indiana Beach in Monticello, Indiana. The ride was designed by Dennis McNulty and Larry Bill of Custom Coasters International. It opened on May 27, 1994 as the park's largest wooden roller coaster and the first wooden roller coaster built in Indiana in fifty years. The ride was Custom Coasters International's third roller coaster designed and the first modern wooden coaster built with a steel support structure, which would eventually become a trend on many wooden coasters designed by them.
Hoosier Hurricane, like other coasters in the park, was 'shoehorned' into the park. The ride hugs the shores of Lake Shafer, parallels most of the boardwalk, and suddenly turns near the Giant Gondola Wheel. Hurricane's structure is shared with nearby Cornball Express for a small portion of the ride (the S-turn before the drop).
Hydra the Revenge (also known as Hydra) is a steel floorless roller coaster at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania (USA). It was built where the wooden roller coaster Hercules stood, which was closed for demolition at the end of the park's 2003 season. Its name is actually in honor of the coaster that stood in Hydra's spot: Hercules battled the Hydra in Greek Mythology.
Hydra is the second roller coaster in the United States with an inversion before the lift hill, after Red Devil - now named Cliff Hanger - at Ghost Town in the Sky. This inversion is a heartline roll, and is popularly known as the "Jojo roll".
Hydra is also noted as being one of the first Bolliger & Mabillard coasters (along with Nitro) to not feature a pre-drop after the lift hill, a small drop before the main hill to help relieve tension on the chain in the lift hill. Rather, the train goes immediately into the main drop.
Hydra is also the first roller coaster to take an on-ride photo while its passengers are upside down. Riders are photographed while upside down in an inversion during the jojo roll. Riders are photographed a second time (not upside down) immediately before
Tango Ice Blast (formerly Ice Blast and PlayStation: The Ride!), is an S&S Worldwide Space Shot ride located at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Blackpool, England. It is named after the drink of the same name.
Prior to 1997, Blackpool Pleasure Beach decided to build a Launched Freefall ride in the park. When Sony approached the park as a sponsor for the ride, it was decided that the ride would tie in with the current success from the marketing of Sony PlayStation products. Shortly after being built, the tower was painted white, with the interior structure painted red and the platform grey, black and amber, the colours associated with PlayStation. Banners advertising PlayStation were placed on the car and the top of the tower also sported the such logo. Naturally, the ride was named PlayStation: The Ride. The ride opened in the Pleasure Beach in 1997, it was the first Tower ride in the UK. In 2002, the ride was renamed Ice Blast following a new sponsor and in 2004 was named Tango Ice Blast, in conjunction with the drink of the same name. The ride is notably similar to the Lucozade Space Shot that was located in Southport Pleasureland.
Riders are restrained using over the shoulder
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril (French for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril) is a roller coaster attraction at Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris. It opened on July 30, 1993. Based on the Indiana Jones films, guests are taken on an adventure riding in a mining train through a lost temple. The attraction was sponsored by Esso.
Years before Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril opened on July 30, 1993, an Indiana Jones themed attraction had been on the drawing boards, but due to Euro Disney Resort's ongoing financial difficulties, the attraction was retooled.
Originally, guests would have been able to experience a full-scale Indiana Jones land-within-a-land, featuring a huge mine cart roller coaster based on the famous sequence from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The ride would have taken guests through wild jungles, around the lost temple and inside a large showbuilding for the mine chase scenes. Rumours often circulate of other attractions to have been included in the area, such as Disneyland's EMV (enhanced motion vehicle) Indiana Jones Adventure and a new Jungle Exploration attraction based on the classic Jungle Cruise.
Ultimately, the constrained budgets and
Infusion (stylized as inFUSION) is an inverted steel roller coaster at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. It is the first inverted coaster to be suspended entirely over water. The ride is constructed by Vekoma and runs two trains, each with eight cars and a capacity of up to 16 passengers. The ride has adopted the tagline 'Immerse your senses., in the style of the Tizer slogan of the time of the ride's existence. Similar models of the suspended coaster are situated around the world.
Infusion is a roller coaster now operating at Pleasure Beach Blackpool. The ride opened at the park in 2007, but had been operated by the Pleasure Beach company since 1999, as Traumatizer at sister park Pleasureland Southport. At Pleasureland, the ride was sponsored by the soft drinks firm A.G. Barr (makers of Tizer, hence the name), and operated without any water effects (it was actually suspended over a basic landscaped garden). When Pleasureland was closed in 2006, the ride could then be dismantled and relocated to Blackpool. At Blackpool, the ride was placed between the Big Dipper and the Pepsi Max Big One on the former site of the log flume near the Tom Sawyer bridge and
Innoventions is a museum at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Florida. It focuses on technological advancements and their practical applications in everyday life. Innoventions is a portmanteau of the words "innovation" and "invention".
Innoventions first opened in 1994 which prominently displayed Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Sega CD, and Sega Pico games in an arcade style. There were some "virtual reality" displays (which was basically more advanced video games at the time). Innoventions in Epcot replaced the original tenant of its two semi-circular buildings, CommuniCore. Epcot's version is divided into two buildings known as Innoventions East and Innoventions West. In 1999, Innoventions had a major renovation for the park's Millennium Celebration, and added the subtitle "The Road to Tomorrow". In 2007-2008 Innoventions underwent another major renovation, dropped the subtitle "Road to Tomorrow," and changed its general aesthetic again while also launching the companion website http://innoventions.disney.com/site/
Epcot's Innoventions' mascot for 2000-2007 was a small Audio-Animatronic character named Tom Morrow 2.0, the former host of Disney Channel's "Imagineer That!" shorts. He was
Innoventions is an attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It opened on July 3, 1998 as part of the New Tomorrowland, and focuses on near-futuristic technologies. It occupies the Carousel Theater, a round two-story building in which the outer half of the first floor rotates. A similar attraction of the same name exists in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.
From 1967 to 1973, the building housed the Carousel of Progress. This attraction was moved from Disneyland to its current location in Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in 1973, at the request of its sponsor, GE. America Sings occupied the building from the following year until 1988. Audio-Animatronics from the show were used in Disneyland's Splash Mountain. The building was unused until Innoventions opened ten years later.
The first floor currently hosts the Dream Home in alliance with Microsoft, HP, and Taylor Morrison. Keeping with Walt Disney's vision of bringing cutting-edge, inspiring ideas to Tomorrowland, the Innoventions Dream Home introduces Disneyland guests to newly available technology from the participating companies that will enhance their lives today, while providing them a
Stinger is an inverted shuttle roller coaster currently under construction at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Manufactured by Vekoma, the ride will open in time for the park's 2012 season.
Stinger was originally located at California's Great America from 1998 until 2010 where it was known as Invertigo. Invertigo was painted yellow and with royal blue supports.
On August 10, 2009, at 12:15pm PST, the Invertigo roller coaster experienced a mechanical failure, trapping 24 people 80 feet (24 m) in the air in 90 degree weather. The park requested police and firefigher assistance. After the last rider was brought to safety at 5:45pm PST the riders were given pizza and soft drinks, free of charge. This was the third known major mechanical failure of this ride in 10 years. Invertigo reopened on July 24, 2010.
On January 27, 2011, California's Great America announced that Invertigo would be removed from the theme park and relocated to a different amusement park. Cedar Fair stated that a new attraction would be placed at the former location of Invertigo. California's Great America also announced Invertigo will be going to a new home in a different Cedar Fair Park.
Invertigo was removed and
Invertigo is a type of shuttle roller coaster manufactured by Dutch company, Vekoma. It is a variation on their traditional Boomerang design.
The first installation of an Invertigo roller coaster occurred at Liseberg in 1997. HangOver was originally scheduled to open in 1996 as a launched roller coaster, however, the technology at the time prevented this from occurring and forced the opening back by a year. On March 21, 1998, California's Great America opened a ride known simply as Invertigo. On April 17, 1999, Face/Off opened at Kings Island. It was originally themed after the 1997 Paramount Pictures film of the same name. On May 8, 1999, Two Face: The Flip Side opened at Six Flags America. It was themed after D.C. Comics' Batman rival, Harvey Dent A.K.A. Two Face.
In 2002, HangOver at Liseberg closed and was relocated to Allou Fun Park the following year. The ride, however, was never set up there and was relocated to Sommerland Syd where it operated under the name Tornado from July 2, 2005.
In 2008, Face/Off at Kings Island was renamed to Invertigo following the park's initiative to remove Paramount themes from the park after being sold to Cedar Fair two years prior.
Jaguar! is a themed steel kiddie roller coaster located at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, built by Zierer GmBH.
Riders must be 48" or taller to ride. Casts must be two weeks or older to ride.
Riders approach the ride through the temple in the Fiesta Village section of the park. Many Aztec-style drawings and paintings can be seen on the walls throughout the entire temple. The bottom queue is the most themed part. On one side, you can see prisoners that were imprisoned in the temple that are now just skeletons. On another side, riders see a giant Aztec idol with skulls on the side of him. The bottom walls are painted to show Aztec gatherings with prisoners and others. The queue winds through a series of rooms and tunnels. As you walk up the next ramp, you can see more skulls into the temple. Straight ahead, there is giant stone tablet of some more Aztec Jaguar Warriors with the head of a jaguar. To the left of that, there is another Aztec idol head. You can sometimes hear the roaring of the Jaguar, activated when the train enters the helix located at the end of the coaster. Tribal drums and other Aztec sound effects and also be heard. The queue rises in elevation to
Jet Star is a roller coaster located at Särkänniemi in Tampere. This Jet Star is the last Jet Star roller coaster ever built, although the model belongs to the first production model group. This is possible because the roller coaster was built from spareparts remaining in the factory. So while there had been newer models of Jet Star in production, and the production of all models had been stopped, it was possible to construct one more original model.
Journey to the Center of the Earth is an attraction at Tokyo DisneySea, based on Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
The attraction uses similar technology to Epcot's Test Track.
The volcano of Mysterious Island, Mount Prometheus, has become Captain Nemo's base. After traveling through its caverns, guests board "Terravators" (elevators) to the facility's base station one half mile below. In this base station is a communication center which is currently giving warnings of increased volcanic activity, but the scientist who mans it is currently away on a tea break.
Riders then board steam-powered mine vehicles that travel through pre-drilled tunnels into the heart of the Earth. The ride begins through a cavern of colorful glowing crystals, before entering a giant Mushroom Forest, which is inhabited by strange insect and amphibian-like life forms. Before the car can proceed further, an earthquake causes a cave-in of the tunnel ahead, forcing the car off its planned route and down a side branch filled with giant egg-like sacks. The car emerges on the shore of the Subterranean Sea, and is nearly struck by a lightning from the electrified gas clouds. The finale comes when
The Jungle Cruise is an attraction located in Adventureland at many Disney Parks, including Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland. At Hong Kong Disneyland, the attraction is named Jungle River Cruise. Disneyland Paris is the only Magic Kingdom-style Disney park that does not have the Jungle Cruise in its attraction roster.
The attraction simulates a riverboat cruise down several major rivers of Asia, Africa and South America. Park guests board replica tramp steamers and are taken on a voyage past many different Audio-Animatronic jungle animals. The tour is led by a live Disney cast member delivering a humorous scripted narration.
Sources of inspiration for the attraction include a 1955 True-Life Adventure about a pride of lions, and the movie “The African Queen”. Imagineer Harper Goff referenced the African Queen frequently in his ideas; even his designs of the ride vehicles were inspired by the steamer used in the film. The project was placed on the schedule to open with the July 17, 1955 debut of Disneyland.
When plans began to develop, Bill Evans, the Imagineer responsible for landscaping Disneyland and most of Walt Disney World, faced the daunting task of creating a
Kanonen ("the cannon") is a steel roller coaster located at Liseberg in Sweden. The ride, built by Intamin, features a hydraulic launch and opened in 2005. The tightly packed layout is a result of the lack of space available to build upon at Liseberg.
In 2002, Liseberg's only looping roller coaster HangOver, a Vekoma Invertigo model, was removed. The park contacted several roller coaster manufacturers with the aim of introducing a new looping ride, with the winning bid coming from Swiss company Intamin. Lars-Erik Hedin, technical director of Liseberg cited "good experiences with Balder, also made by Intamin, as one of the reasons the product was chosen.
After departing the station, Kanonen's 16-person trains are accelerated to 72 km/h straight into a 24 metres (78.7 ft) high top hat element. This is immediately followed by an air time hill and a 20 metres (65.6 ft) high vertical loop, the first inversion of the ride. After a highly banked turnaround, the trains pass through a heartline roll before entering the brake run, bringing the ride to an end.
As with many launched roller coasters, Kanonen is susceptible to rollbacks when the train does not gain enough momentum on the launch
King Arthur Carrousel is the carousel in Fantasyland at Disneyland which was featured in the telecast of Disneyland's 1955 opening day.
Inspired by the Griffith Park carousel, Walt Disney wanted something similar for his new theme park: a carousel consisting of all jumpers. A park model Menagerie Carousel was purchased and moved to Disneyland in 1954. The carousel was built by William Dentzel in 1875 and had been operated at Sunnyside Beach Park in Toronto, Ontario, since 1922; it had three courses of horses and other animals on a platform 72 feet (22 m) in diameter.
The attraction was refurbished and significantly altered in preparation for opening day. It was widened to four courses to increase guest capacity. Of the carousel's 71 horses and one mule, most were carved in the Dentzel factory in the late 19th and early 20th century. To add the outermost course, several carved wooden horses were acquired from a Stein and Goldstein carousel, others from Coney Island's Looff carousel, and more carved horses from various other carousels from around North America. Many horses arrived with crude repairs, such as newspaper-stuffed papier-mâché legs. Standers on the original three rows
Kirnu (Finnish for Butter churn) is a steel roller coaster located at the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki, Finland. Kirnu is Intamin's first ball coaster.
The ride starts as riders climb the curved lift hill and do a quick pre-drop and immediately do a sharp half loop and then go through another half loop and finally another half loop before being slowed back down by near-vertical brakes and doing a final quarter and returning to the station.
AS Intamin's first ball coaster, it changed the way Finnish rollercoasters were viewed.
On May 16, 2007 a man injured his leg on Kirnu and its brakes were renewed.
Kitchen Kabaret was a 13-minute audio-animatronic show at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, USA located in The Land pavilion. Kitchen Kabaret was present on EPCOT's opening day, October 1, 1982.
The host, Bonnie Appetite, introduces the acts in a musical review and comedy format that advocated healthy eating and provided a primer on the four food groups: meat, dairy, cereal, and fruits/vegetables.
The show was replaced in 1994 by Food Rocks.
"Meal Time Blues" by Bonnie Appetite
Bonnie sings this at the start of the show. She looks a bit tired. She has cookbooks and her hair wrapped in a bun. The lights turn off, and the next performance comes.
"Chase Those (Meal Time) Blues Away" by Bonnie Appetite and the Kitchen Krackpots
The Kitchen Krackpots band (containers of ketchup, mayonnaise, a spinning jar of mustard, etc.) play a boisterous ragtime intro, as Bonnie reappears, now in showgirl attire, to "Thank you all for coming to (her) kitchen." The Kitchen Krackpots come out of the floor and reappear in the ending of the show. These animatronics were the first food products to come. The only figure that did not feature atriculated facial features was the mustard jar.
"The Stars of the
Kong is a steel Suspended Looping Coaster, made by Vekoma, located at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.
Kong was previously located at the now-defunct Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee where it was known as The Hangman. Opened in May 1995, the ride was notably the last major attraction to be added to Opryland before the park closed at the end of the 1997 season.
The Hangman was located in the American West area of the park, in an area formerly occupied by the Tin Lizzies antique car ride. Upon Opryland's closure, The Hangman was disassembled and sold to Premier Parks. Soon afterwards it was relocated and rebuilt at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as Kong after Premier Parks acquired the Six Flags chain.
Kong debuted at The New Marine World Theme Park, later Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, on Memorial Day Weekend of 1998. At that time Kong became the tallest and longest inverted roller coaster in Northern California, missing the speed record by .3 miles per hour (0.48 km/h) and achieving the length record by only 6 inches (15 cm). Today, V2: Vertical Velocity and Medusa, hold the height and speed records in Discovery Kingdom and Northern California.
Laser (formerly known as Colossus) is a portable steel roller coaster that was located at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the United States.
Laser was formerly at Playcenter São Paulo in Brazil it was actually built in the 70s. It was sold in 1985. It opened to the public in Dorney Park in 1986 and opened as "Colossus", renamed to Laser due to a Six Flags operator claimed a trademark under the name "Colossus"
The trains on Laser have single lap bars and seat belts to secure riders. This design worked because the forces from both loops and helices press riders in their seats, a common feature with Schwarzkopf looping coasters. Riders occasionally were also known to experience "blackouts" for a small number of seconds, as a result of the intense forces of the double loops.
Unlike the other major roller coasters in the park, there was no loose article storages on the ride platform, so guests had to take everything with them or put them on the floor. Also, during normal operations, guests often have trouble choosing seats on the train.
The ride closed at the end of the 2008 season and was sold to Germany and this coaster is now renamed to Teststrecke,
Le Monstre (The Monster) is a wooden roller coaster at La Ronde amusement park in Montreal, Canada. Le Monstre is the largest wooden roller coaster in Canada and is also the tallest two-track wooden roller coaster in the world.
Being only 39.9 meters (130.9 ft) tall, it does not surpass the height of one of the newest attraction at La Ronde, The Goliath, but is still taller than all of their other roller coasters. Le Monstre includes a hard first drop, a helix, and airtime hills, and has a top speed of 59.7 miles per hour (96.1 km/h).
The first track of the ride opened in 1985, but a second track was built for the 1986 season. This newer track does not run parallel to the first, and instead gives a different ride experience. La Ronde once replaced the seats for new seats with safety belts, but were removed to classic bars at the request of riders. The seats have one lapbar for each row, as well as an individual seatbelt that attaches to the seat divider instead of the seat. This allows riders to "float" during airtime because the seatbelt does not come down to the seat even when fully tightened.
Riders must be over 1.32 m (52 in) to ride the coaster. Riders are seated 2 across in 2
The Time Machine is a steel roller coaster that stands at Freestyle Music Park (formerly Hard Rock Park) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The ride, manufactured by the Swiss company Bolliger & Mabillard, opened to the public on April 15, 2008 as Led Zeppelin - The Ride during Hard Rock Park's "Sound Check" soft opening. The ride officially opened with the park on May 9, 2008. The ride was temporarily closed after its inaugural season due to financial issues at Hard Rock Park. The ride reopened in 2009 as The Time Machine, but was closed yet again after its second season due to financial issues at Freestyle Music Park. It is uncertain whether The Time Machine will reopen at a different location or if Freestyle Music Park will reopen. The ride was the tallest roller coaster in the Carolinas until being surpassed in height by Intimidator at Carowinds in 2010.
The Time Machine features six inversions: a vertical loop, a cobra roll, a zero-g roll, another vertical loop and a corkscrew after the block brake.
As the train travels the course, riders are able to listen to five different sound tracks via built-in speakers. The front of the trains were designed to resemble the shape of a
Linnunrata is a roller coaster located at Linnanmäki in Helsinki. It was known as Space Express during 2000-2003 seasons, but when Linnanmäki started a new naming policy in 2004, using only Finnish names for its rides, the ride was renamed Linnunrata. Linnunrata means Milky Way in Finnish.
When inside, to get to the rollercoaster, you first walk through some space station -styled rooms. The actual ride has an outer space style, starting by flashing bright LED lights.
The roller coaster is built inside an old water reservoir, and for the time being is the only indoor roller coaster ride in Finland.
The Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain is a wooden roller coaster at Indiana Beach in Monticello, Indiana themed to that of a mine shaft. It was the last coaster Custom Coasters International (CCI) finished (they had also started work on New Mexico Rattler at Cliff's Amusement Park but went bankrupt before they could finish it). The ride is unusual as it has an elevator to raise the cars to the top of the track as opposed to the more traditional lift-hill. CCI constructed new cage-enclosed cars due to the proximity between riders and the themed 'mountain' sections of the ride. Eight people may ride in a two-car train simultaneously. Two face forward and two backward, opposite each other in each car.
The ride enters an enclosed 'mountain' area several times throughout the ride. The imitation mountain was originally used for a previous dark ride. This dark ride went through the mountain and lights would illuminate scenes of various animals in the mountain.
The Lost Coaster is a moderate ride and does not have big drops. Part of the thrill is the alarming shake generated by the unusual track design.
The Gravity Group, which is ran by the former CCI designers, stated that Lost
Mad Mouse is a Wild Mouse roller coaster located at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota. It was manufactured by Arrow Dynamics in 1999, as a replacement for the similar coaster Wild Rails which was moved to Jolly Roger Amusement park, Maryland in 1998 . It is 50 feet (15 m) tall with a top speed 30 mph (48 km/h).
Mad Tea Party is a spinning tea cup ride at all five Disneyland-style theme parks around the world. The ride theme is inspired by the Unbirthday Party scene in Disney's Alice In Wonderland. The ride has gained infamy over the years for the number of guests who get motion sickness as a result of the spinning component to the ride.
The attraction is called Mad Tea Party at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. It is known as Alice's Tea Party at Tokyo Disneyland, Mad Hatter's Tea Cups at Disneyland Paris, and Mad Hatter Tea Cups at Hong Kong Disneyland.
All five versions of the attraction are located in Fantasyland, and all except the Tokyo version were opening day attractions at their respective parks. The Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland versions do not have a big teapot in the center of the ride platform.
Like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Disneyland and its Hong Kong counterpart have a replica of one of the teacups located outside of the attraction to be used by guests for better photo opportunities.
The concept for the Mad Tea Party was originally much more outrageous, with early 1950s plans calling for the Mad Hatter's dinner table to be featured in the centre of
Magnum XL-200 is a steel roller coaster built by Arrow Dynamics at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. When built in 1989, it was the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in the world as well as the first roller coaster to exceed 200 feet (61 m) in height. It is considered to have started the roller coaster wars, in which amusement parks competed to build the highest and fastest roller coasters.
Magnum XL-200 won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Steel Roller Coaster for three consecutive years from 1998-2000. In 2001, Millennium Force, the first roller coaster to exceed 300 feet (91 m), took over the top spot for Best Steel Roller Coaster. Magnum has never been ranked lower than 10th on the Top 10 list. Most recently, in 2012, it was ranked 8th.
Magnum XL-200 was announced on August 16, 1988. Former Cedar Fair CEO Dick Kinzel has been quoted as saying he was one of the first few to ride Magnum XL-200, boarding the train after only one test cycle. It officially opened to the public on May 6, 1989. It was officially measured for the Guinness Book of World Records on June 2.
Magnum was awarded the ACE Coaster Landmark on June 21, 2004. Over its entire history, Magnum
The Roller Coaster (previously Manhattan Express) is the name of the roller coaster at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The ride's trains are themed to New York taxicabs.
The ride begins with a 180-foot (55 m) lift and a 76-foot (23 m) drop, followed by a hill and a 144-foot (44 m) drop. The train then traverses two inversions, a standard vertical loop and a dive loop (twist and dive element), where the train performs a 180 degree spiral and then performs a half-loop maneuver. This element is found on one other coaster: the "Mega Coaster" at Hamanako Pal Pal Park in Japan RCDB link. The rest of the ride is executed on the roof of the casino, and features small hills and a helix. The ride's station is themed to a New York subway station. Built by TOGO, it had a reputation in the past for being a rough, even painful roller coaster. Some riders have gotten bruised on the shoulders from the old trains due to the roughness of the ride and negative G-force.
In 2004 Premier Rides installed magnetic brakes on the ride. In August 2006, Premier also installed new trains to replace the original TOGO trains. Since the Premier train installation, the ride has been
The Mark Twain Riverboat is an attraction, located at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, on which passengers embark on a scenic, 12-minute journey around the Rivers of America. Originally named the Mark Twain Steamboat when the park opened in 1955, the stately, 5/8-scale stern-wheeler was the first functional riverboat to be built in the United States for fifty years. Other Disney riverboat attractions now appear at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
Passengers wait for the 150-ton, 28-foot-high (8.5 m), 105-foot-long (32 m) riverboat, which departs every 25 minutes, inside a sheltered area located in the Frontierland section of the park. The waiting area is made to resemble a real riverboat loading area, with cargo deliveries sharing space on the dock. Historic United States flags are displayed at the attraction's entrance.
Upon boarding Mark Twain, passengers are free to move about her three levels. The lower deck's bow has chairs, the only seating on board. The upper deck provides a vantage point for viewing landmarks throughout the voyage.
The wheelhouse, where Mark Twain's pilot is stationed, is also located on the upper deck. The lower
The Matterhorn Bobsleds or the Matterhorn is an attraction composed of two intertwining steel roller coasters, which opened in 1959 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It is modeled after the Matterhorn, a mountain in the Swiss Alps. It is the first tubular steel continuous track roller coaster ever constructed and thus an ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts) Coaster Landmark.
Located on the border between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland (see below), it employs forced perspective to seem more impressively large. Throughout the day, climbers dressed in Swiss mountain-climbing garb may be seen scaling the peak, often accompanied by Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Goofy.
During the construction of the park, dirt from the excavation of Sleeping Beauty Castle's moat was piled in an area between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. When the park opened, the area, dubbed Holiday Hill (and later Lookout Mountain), was improved with benches and pathways to encourage its use as a picnic area. After the opening of the Disneyland Skyway in 1956, Walt Disney conceived the idea of a toboggan ride on the mountain with real snow but the logistics caused vehement objections by Disneyland
Maverick is a steel roller coaster built by Intamin at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. It was the seventeenth roller coaster built at the park since the Blue Streak in 1964. It is notable as being the 500th roller coaster designed by German engineer Werner Stengel and the first roller coaster featuring a Twisted Horseshoe Roll. Maverick's US$21-million price tag makes it Cedar Point's third most expensive roller coaster. The 4,450-foot (1,360 m) course makes it the fourth longest roller coaster at Cedar Point.
Maverick was scheduled to open on May 12, 2007, but opening was delayed until May 26, 2007 after testing revealed the heartline roll element to be too intense. Continued use of the element would have put excessive stress on trains. At a drop angle of 95 degrees, Maverick is Cedar Point's steepest roller coaster. The ride's tagline is "The Old West Was Never This Wild."
Maverick sits on the former site of White Water Landing. After White Water Landing closed on October 31, 2005, construction on Maverick began. On January 24, 2006, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company filed a trademark for the name Maverick. The project became known officially and colloquially as
Medusa is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.
Medusa opened in 2000 as the first floorless roller coaster on the west coast. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, the coaster features a 150-foot (46 m)-tall lift hill with a 150-foot (46 m) drop, and the first Sea serpent roll element ever built on a B&M coaster. The ride is the longest coaster in Northern California at 3,937 feet (1,200 m) long and is notable as having one of the largest vertical loops in the world at 128 ft. It also shares the height record in Northern California with another ride in the same park, V2: Vertical Velocity, at 150 feet high. It features the following seven inversions:
The ride starts with a large left-hand turnaround out of the station and onto the lift hill. At the top is a B&M pre-drop followed by a right turn. After that is the large 150' drop which achieves the same height as the lift hill despite the B&M Pre-Drop by dipping below ground level into a pit. The drop is followed by a 128' vertical loop. Medusa then features a dive loop to the left and a zero-G roll. The ride then enters a Sea Serpent roll. After a very quick breather during the mid-course
Men in Black: Alien Attack is a spinning, laser-shooting dark ride located at Universal Studios Florida themed to the 1997 film, Men in Black. The building housing the ride was made to resemble a pavilion at the 1964 New York World Expo (similar to the World's Fair but is fictional) while the towers resemble their real life counterpart.
The ride uses the same technology as The Cat in the Hat at neighboring Universal's Islands of Adventure, but a more intense, fast-paced, and variable version of the vehicle's capabilities.
Guests approach the building under the guise of visiting an exhibit called The Universe & You - Are We Alone? which has been transplanted from the 1964 New York World's Fair. The exterior queue is flanked by posters advertising extraterrestrial activity and microphones giving "updates" on the fair.
Guests are then ushered into the building and into the retro-themed exhibit. The 1960s narration, however, is cut short by a MIB agent terminating the false program and issuing the "recruits" into Men in Black Headquarters. One of the walls of the exhibit splits, opening up into an elevator, which travels deep into the Earth. Guests who have an express pass and use it
Mick Doohan's Motocoaster is a 605-metre (1,985 ft) long motorcycle roller coaster at Dreamworld on Queensland's Gold Coast. The A$10 million ride, constructed by Intamin and opened to the public in September 2007, is associated with Australian motorcyclist Mick Doohan. It is the first motorcycle coaster in Australia, the first Intamin MotorBike Launch Coaster worldwide, and the first to feature life-size replicas of 500 cc racing bikes. The ride was heavily advertised, and has proven to perform well at the park. It is also the first motorbike launch coaster in Australia and the first Intamin motorbike launch coaster worldwide.
In its debut year, the coaster was "narrowly beaten by a 1989 Vekoma ride for the title of world's worst steel roller coaster": the coaster ranked 356th out of the 357 coasters in the Best Steel Roller Coaster Poll. The ride was rated higher in 2008, coming in at number 278 of 392.
The coaster was constructed in the Rivertown section of the park, on the site of the Avis Vintage Cars ride, requiring their relocation to the Australian Wildlife Experience section of the park. The ride is the first constructed at Dreamworld in three years.
The coaster ran its
Mickey's Toontown Fair is one of the "Themed Lands" at the Magic Kingdom. Similar in concept to Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, it is themed as the vacation home of the characters. It is scheduled to be demolished as part of a planned expansion of Fantasyland at the park.
Mickey's Toontown Fair began in 1988 as Mickey's Birthdayland, in honor of Mickey Mouse's 60th birthday. The theme land, the smallest in the park, was originally meant to be temporary, but proved so popular that it was made permanent.
Roger Rabbit was recognized as a lucrative character by Disney after the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and an ambitious set of attractions based on the movie was developed for Disney theme parks. Roger Rabbit was even set to be the star of his own land, behind Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, called Hollywoodland. Meanwhile, over at the Magic Kingdom, a new land behind Fantasyland was being developed in honor of Mickey Mouse's sixtieth birthday, aptly named Mickey's Birthdayland. There were also set to be attractions based on Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom and Baby Herman opening in a major expansion at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tokyo Disneyland, but
Millennium Force is a steel roller coaster built by Intamin at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, United States. It was the fourteenth roller coaster built at the park since the Blue Streak in 1964. When built in 2000, it was the first roller coaster to exceed 300 feet (91 m) in height, and was briefly the tallest closed circuit roller coaster in the world, before being surpassed by Steel Dragon 2000 in August 2000. Also, it is the second longest roller coaster in North America after The Beast at Kings Island. It is also the first roller coaster to utilize a cable lift system, rather than a traditional chain lift.
Millennium Force has been voted the number one steel roller coaster in the world in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards seven times since the year 2001, and has never been ranked lower than number two since it opened in 2000. Millennium Force has switched the top position with Bizarro at Six Flags New England, a megacoaster of very similar construction, five times in the last ten years.
Millennium Force's tagline is "The future is riding on it."
On July 2, 1999, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company filed a trademark for the name Millennium Force. Millennium Force was later
The Giant Dipper, also known as the Mission Beach Roller Coaster, is a wooden roller coaster, built in 1925. The Giant Dipper is in Belmont Park, right on Mission Beach in San Diego. The coaster along with its near twin at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk are the only remaining coasters on the West Coast built by noted coaster builders Prior and Church.
Originally the idea of John D. Spreckels, the original coaster was built by a crew of 100 to 150 people in two weeks as the centerpiece of the Mission Beach Amusement Center (now known as Belmont Park). It reportedly cost $50,000 to build including the two 18 passenger trains and featured 2,600 feet of track. It opened for business on July 4, 1925. The coaster became very popular in the 1940s and '50s but by the late '60s it had fallen into disrepair. It closed in 1976.
In the early 1980s, people began calling for the demolition of the coaster, as it had been in disrepair and became a home for local transients. A date for the demolition was set, but a group of citizens calling themselves the "Save the Coaster Committee" headed by Tim Cole intervened and had the Giant Dipper designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987 (National
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor is an attraction within the Magic Kingdom, a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on April 2, 2007 within the park's Tomorrowland section, where it replaced the Circle-Vision attraction The Timekeeper.
The main theater is equipped with 400 seats and utilizes digital puppetry technology similar to Epcot's voice-directed Turtle Talk with Crush. Live actors perform voices behind a large digital screen, while computer-rendered monsters appear with the actors' voices.
This attraction is set after the events of the Disney/Pixar animated film Monsters, Inc. Monstropolis is running on safe, clean "laugh power," but even now it still needs more laughs to provide for the needs of the monster world. To that end, Mike Wazowski suggests opening up Monstropolis' first comedy club.
Humans will temporarily enter the monster world via a door the monsters have placed in Tomorrowland. During their visit, guests will be entertained by Monsters, Inc.'s top comedians, where their laughs will be collected and converted to electricity.
The Laugh Floor only features two characters from the original movie, Mike Wazowski and Roz. Here, Mike is the "monster of
Montaña Infinitum is a roller coaster at La Feria Chapultepec Magico in Mexico City, Mexico. It was the World's first roller coaster with 3 vertical loops.
Manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf, it was originally purchased by showman Rudolf Barth in 1984 who operated it as "Dreier Looping" for 12 years on the German fair circuit.
After this, it was the main attraction in three major theme parks: first spending 2 years in Sunway Lagoon as Triple Loop Coaster, next it spent 5 years in Flamingo Land as Magnum Force, and finally at its current location at La Feria Chapultepec Magico, as Montaña Infinitum.
The MotoCoaster is a Zamperla MotoCoaster installed at Darien Lake. It is Darien Lake's first launch coaster, and it is Zamperla's first motorbike roller coaster to be installed in the United States, though the Pony Express, a similar type of coaster with horse themed trains, was constructed around the same time and is currently operating at Knott's Berry Farm.
Darien Lake partnered with Orange County Choppers for naming rights for the coaster, along with a promotional giveaway of a custom painted OCC motorcycle, and a custom built bike to remain at the park.
The coaster installed at Darien Lake is actually the prototype coaster that was used for tuning and testing at Zamperla's factory in Italy.
The coaster was originally named the Orange County Choppers Motocoaster (OCC Motocoaster) in 2008. In 2010, the name was changed to just the Motocoaster.
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is a dark ride at Disneyland Park. It is one of the few remaining attractions that was operational on the park's opening day in 1955. The ride's story is based on Disney's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, one of the two segments of the film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. It was once an attraction at the Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World, but despite a long protest against its closure, the ride was put to an end in 1998 and replaced the following year with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. However, a statue of Mr. Toad can be seen with many others at a pet cemetery outside the Haunted Mansion. Corey Burton does every voice at the attraction, except for the usage of audio from the film. Both parks now sell two shirts representing Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, with the shirts at Walt Disney World made for the 1971 Collections set.
Guests enter a recreation of Toad Hall, passing by artistic works commemorating characters from "The Wind in the Willows". A large mural shows the adventures of Toad and his motorcar, foreshadowing various scenes in the ride. Guests hop aboard miniature, early 1900s (decade)-era, multicolored motorcars. The name of one
Mystery Mine is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster at Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The ride is heavily themed as a haunted mining operation from the 19th century, with sections taking place outdoors and within a large building that features special effects. At a cost of $17.5 million to construct, Mystery Mine was Dollywood's largest single-attraction investment. It was the first Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter installation in the United States, and, at the time of its opening, had the steepest drop of any coaster in North America, until Steel Hawg at Indiana Beach came on the scene.
The ride's story and themes are introduced in the queue as the guests enter. As the visitors pass old newspaper articles and signs condemning the old abandoned mine shaft, the queue winds around a rocky area before climbing two flights of stairs to arrive in the boarding area. In the queue, you might hear a quote to remember, "If the canary ain't tweetin'...you'll be sleepin'!" Once guests arrive inside, they walk through a short twisted queue themed with quick paced banjo music and a good spirited miner singing tunes about the mine's sketchy reputation for strange
Olympia Looping is a portable steel roller coaster built by Anton Schwarzkopf. It is the largest portable roller coaster in the world, and the only one with 5 loops. It appears at many carnivals in Germany, most notably the Oktoberfest. It is named for its 5 vertical loops, which resemble the Olympic rings. Although they are clothoid-shaped, their shape is closer to circular than the loops on most other roller coasters, so they exert unusually high g-forces on the passengers (up to 5.2 g). The entire structure weighs 900 tons and requires a space 85 meters wide by 36 meters deep.
On September 27, 2008, a driving motor failed on the ride, stranding over 20 Oktoberfest attendees at the top of the first hill. They were freed with the help of the Munich fire department.
The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is a walkway next to Kilimanjaro Safaris at the Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, from which you can see African animals. It is about three-eighths of a mile in length. There are "research students" positioned at most locations to give information about the animals and answer questions.
The attraction was originally known as Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail but the name was changed in August 1998.
Log Chute is a log flume attraction located in Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America. It has been open since the Mall of America debuted in 1992. The majority of the ride takes place inside a landscaped cave/mine. It has two lift hills and two drops. The vehicles of this flume are designed to spray water away from the boats, only misting the riders, as the attraction is indoors. It is one of the most popular rides at the park. During the re-theming of the park, Nickelodeon decided against re-theming the ride.
The ride is based on the story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, as well as on the general theme of American colonialism and logging. It begins in a large cave in which the first lift hill is located. After ascending the hill, the logs float through alternating short open-air and tunnel sections. The logs then re-enter the main cave, dropping out of it in the first drop shortly after. The riders then enter a large cave with huge, animated statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, before ascending to the ride's highest point (one of the highest spots in the park) and dropping down the larger of the two drops.
At various points throughout the ride a theme song can be
Pegasus was a wooden roller coaster in the Dutch amusement park Efteling.
In order to get the wooden coaster open before the opening of Disneyland Paris, the total project was completed in 7 months. Curtis D. Summers designed the ride and Charles Dinn was contracted to build it; Dinn also provided the wood, Southern Yellow Pine from the United States. During construction, workers from the Dinn Corp. went on strike and the project was taken over and completed by Intamin.
The ride had two trains with five cars per train. Each car had a capacity of four passengers, two per row. At the time of opening it was the only wooden roller coaster in the Netherlands.
After leaving the station the train made a 180 degrees turn to be transported by the chain lift to a height of 20 meters. The train then fell slowly into a drop, after which a 220 degrees right-hand turnaround followed, then another drop, followed by a double-up. Next was a 220 degrees turn left-hand turnaround, which was followed by a double-down. A 180 degrees left-hand turnaround took the train into the wooden ride construction. A small climb back up followed, and then down again into one bunny hill, after which the train
The Python is a D.P.V. Rides designed Galaxi steel roller coaster. It operated from 1996 to 1999 at Splash Zone Water Park, but was relocated to Coney Island at the end of the 1999 season.
On May 26, 2008 the Pepsi Python rollercoaster slightly derailed at the top of its first drop, leaving its lone passenger stranded just over the edge of the drop. There were no injuries. It was closed after the incident. The ride reopened on May 28, 2008.
Pepsi Orange Streak (formerly known as Pepsi Ripsaw) is a custom Zierer roller coaster located in Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America. It is located in the west side of the park, and debuted with the park in August 1992. The track color is green with cream colored pylons and orange fiberglass trains.
Some of its features include two (2) lift hills, a tunnel through the Log Chute, and three (3) large helices, twisting its way through the park. The Pepsi Orange Streak's station shares space with the Rugrats Reptarmobiles in a blue building with designs similar to the front of many Pepsi bottles and cans. The ride is sponsored by Pepsi-Cola (Mall of America's official soft drink) and Nickelodeon.
Peter Pan's Flight is a suspended dark ride at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) theme parks. Located in Fantasyland, it is one of the few remaining attractions that was operational on Disneyland's opening day in 1955. The ride's story, music, staging and artwork are based on Walt Disney's Peter Pan, the animated film version of the classic Peter Pan story by J. M. Barrie.
The original intent of the attraction was for guests to fly through the ride as if they were Peter Pan. Audiences did not quite grasp this concept and were left wondering why Peter Pan was not in the Peter Pan attraction. The Walt Disney World version of the ride, which opened in 1971, expanded on the original Disneyland attraction. While the overall theme and format of the ride was consistent with the original in California, the Magic Kingdom ride, as with the other dark rides, would feature its characters in Audio-Animatronic style.
In 1983, Disneyland's Fantasyland was in a phase of major overhaul. Some of Fantasyland's rides were relocated to make way for expanded versions of existing dark rides, as well as the addition of a new one. The posh redo of Fantasyland now
Pirates of the Caribbean is a Disney-made log flume themed dark ride at Disneyland Park, Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. This was the last attraction which Walt Disney himself participated in designing; it opened three months after his death, in the spring of 1967. It was originally envisioned to be a walk-through wax museum attraction. It is located within the New Orleans Square portion of Disneyland, its facade evoking antebellum era New Orleans, topped by a 31-star United States flag (which would indicate the 1850s). The ornate initials of Walt Disney and Roy Disney (W.D. and R.D.) can be seen entwined in the wrought iron railings above the attraction's entrance at Disneyland. An overhead sign at the boat dock names it for the famous pirate Jean Lafitte (although his name is misspelled Laffite), who fought alongside the U.S. Army at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. The second floor of the facade was originally designed to be a private Disney family apartment. Instead it later opened as an art-related retail/museum space called the Disney Gallery until late 2007 when it was replaced by the Disneyland Dream Suite.
Powder Keg: A Blast Into The Wilderness (commonly referred to as the Powder Keg) is a steel roller coaster at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. It was built in 2004 and opened in 2005. It is also the longest ride in Silver Dollar City.
To save on construction costs, elements of the former Buzz Saw Falls attraction which was replaced by Powderkeg were used for the new ride; namely the lift hill structure. Other tributes to the former ride can be found in the thematic elements surrounding the queue line, such as an old Buzzsaw Falls car stuck in the roof of the first queue building, and a piece of old Buzzsaw track sticking out of the queue building's roof.
Before the train launches, a short audio track plays. A man with a deep voice says three lines.
The train moves forward out of the nitro shed and a siren goes off and the stop lights go red-yellow-yellow-green and flames would shoot out of the nitro shed. Soon after, the train launches using compressed air, and the ride starts.
In 2006 the audio track was modified on the second line where "Don't touch that nitro!" was replaced by "You're too close to that nitro!".
In 2007 one more modification to the pre-launch sequence was
Power Tower is a thrill ride located at two Cedar Fair parks. The attractions are powered by air in large cylinders in which an aircraft steel cable, connected to the internal piston, travels and is also connected to the external rider car. Hydraulic cylinders at the base of the tower provide an extra measure of safety in case of a ride malfunction. Both rides were designed and manufactured by S&S Worldwide of Logan, Utah.
Power Tower at Cedar Point is a multi-tower attraction featuring a pair of Space Shot rides and a pair of Turbo Drop rides, arranged in a square-footprint with a crowning marquee and pyramid joining the four rides at their peaks. Power Tower is the only four-towered drop tower ride in the world, devoting two towers to each drop cycle. New LED lights were installed on Power Tower for the 2012 season.
Power Tower at Valleyfair is a multi-tower attraction featuring a pair of Turbo Drop rides and a single Space Shot ride, arranged in a triangular-footprint with a crowning marquee joining the three rides at their peaks.
Power Tower is the tallest ride in Minnesota. The ride was originally intended to be 300 feet (91 m) tall, but the Federal Aviation Administration
Saw: The Ride is the name of a custom Euro-Fighter roller coaster in the Canada Creek area of Thorpe Park, a UK theme park. It is themed and based around the Saw horror film franchise. The roller coaster is similar in style to Speed, located at Oakwood Theme Park which was opened on 13 April 2006, and Mystery Mine at Dollywood. The codename 'Project Dylan' was used during construction (Dylan being the name of the project director's cat), the real name and details of the ride were announced on 13 October 2008. The ride opened to the public on Saturday 14 March 2009, however competition winners and annual pass holders were allowed to preview the ride on the 13 March 2009; one day earlier than the public.
The ride starts with an indoor section, where riders pass Jigsaw's equipment and a Billy doll on his tricycle, who laughs at you as the train passes by (although if you are on the second dispatched car, the vehicle will stop while Billy gives a speech). Riders then come across two swinging blades which appear to get closer, before a previously unseen nearly vertical drop saves the riders from hitting them, but plunges them directly into a pit of spikes which are narrowly avoided. The
Prowler is a wooden roller coaster at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri. It was built by Great Coasters International and opened May 2, 2009 at an estimated cost of 8 million USD.
Prowler is the second wooden roller coaster to be built at Worlds of Fun with the first one being Timber Wolf. The ride reaches an unspecified height of 85 feet, into a spiral drop which swoops into a ravine and through the woods at the top speed of 51 MPH. The ride is located in the Africa section of the park behind the Zulu Ride. Prowler has an estimated capacity of 850 riders per hour. It is the third ride to occupy that current spot at the park that the ride is operating in; originally home to the Safari Adventure, and the Python Plunge (later renamed The Plunge). The lot was vacant from the Plunge's close in 1999 to the Prowler's opening in 2009. The ride's layout (darting in and out of the woods) and promotional material (logo and tagline) makes reference to the famous wooden coaster The Beast at Kings Island, another Cedar Fair park near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Two "Millennium Flyer trains" with 12 cars per train. Riders are arranged two across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per
Python is a double-loop Corkscrew roller coaster in the Efteling amusement park in the Netherlands. When it started operation, it was the largest steel roller coaster on the European mainland.
With Python, Efteling started the implementation of a new strategy: development from a fairy-tale forest into an all-round amusement park. This change led to many problems with the local community. Environmentalists tried to get the building permit withdrawn, and the park's neighbors feared more problems arising from growing visitor numbers. Because of the likely noise pollution, the highest court of public justice ordered the construction to be stopped. After some time, construction could recommence, but legal problems continued for several more years.
In 1995, when operating hours were extended until 10 pm, the coaster's 45-decibel noise level became a problem once more. Plans were submitted to the local municipality, describing an extension and complete renovation of the coaster, which would reduce the noise substantially. Due to the high cost, the funds were allocated to the construction of a new enclosed (to reduce noise problems for the park's surroundings) roller coaster, Bird
Rage is a Gerstlauer Euro fighter roller coaster situated at Adventure Island in Southend On Sea, United Kingdom. It opened on 10 February 2007. It is one of the biggest investments the park has ever made. It features three inversions: a Vertical loop, Immelmann and a Zero-G roll.
Raging Wolf Bobs was a wooden roller coaster at Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora, Ohio. The coaster was originally based on the famous coaster The Bobs at Riverview Park in Chicago, Illinois.
On June 16, 2007, the last car of one of the trains on Raging Wolf Bobs derailed. This caused major damage to the track and the train but no one was injured. It was closed for the rest of the season.
On September 21, 2007, Cedar Fair announced that Geauga Lake would no longer operate as a traditional amusement park, and instead become solely a waterpark, Wildwater Kingdom.
On June 17, 2008, Raging Wolf Bobs was sold for $2,500. The ride started to be demolished in 2011 and was finished in July 2012.
Ravine Flyer II is a hybrid wooden roller coaster that is located at Waldameer Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. It was ranked as the best new ride of 2008 by Amusement Today Magazine. The Ravine Flyer II took place of the park's old Ravine Flyer, which was removed in 1938 due to a tragedy resulting in a man's death. Initial concepts for the replacement ride were developed by Custom Coasters International in the early 1990s, further developed by Dennis McNulty several years later, then finalized and constructed by The Gravity Group with Jeff Mason overseeing construction. It currently holds the record for the tallest drop on a wooden roller coaster (120 feet) in Pennsylvania and the 9th largest drop on a wooden roller coaster in North America.
The roller coaster traverses State Route 832 along its course, emulating the course of the Ravine Flyer.
Created by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, the passengers are secured by a seatbelt and a lapbar. There are two six-car trains (red and a blue), both of which carry 24 passengers.
Ravine Flyer II won best new ride at the 2008 Golden Ticket Awards and was voted 11th best wooden roller coaster at the same awards.
Rebel Yell is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. It opened with the park in 1975.
Rebel Yell is a racing roller coaster featuring two individual tracks that parallel each other. Its design was inspired by the Racer, another wooden racing coaster at Kings Dominion's sister park, Kings Island, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In turn, Rebel Yell's design was the basis for Thunder Road, at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina.
There is one red and one blue train on each side. When only running one train on each side, an effort is made to run one train of each color. There are often fun spirited arguments on the lift hill about which train is better.
The Rebel Yell received the ACE Coaster Landmark award on June 20, 2003.
Revenge of the Mummy is an indoor steel/dark ride roller coaster featured at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. The roller coaster is based upon the popular Mummy movie franchise directed by Stephen Sommers and Rob Cohen. The ride opened on June 25, 2004 and was built by Premier Rides. The roller coaster has a height restriction of 48 inches. Revenge of the Mummy uses Linear Induction Motors (LIM), a technology used to launch riders. The roller coaster lasts approximately 2 minutes and is housed in the building of the former attraction, the E.T. Adventure.
The ride features warrior mummies, treasures and tombs, a sudden launch, a scarab beetle attack, forwards and backwards motion and surround sound speakers inside the vehicles. Hollywood's coaster was built in the former E.T. Adventure building. Some support beams for the coaster were built by digging downward to accommodate space. The warrior mummies and treasures are replicated film props from The Mummy film series while some are actual props.
Set in 1944, the queue, which provides riders with a brief backstory of Imhotep and the ride in general, ends in an Ancient Egyptian themed loading platform, complete with
Rhino Rally is a safari-themed attraction located at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay an African-themed park located in Tampa, Florida. The ride was opened on May 23, 2001 in the Nairobi section of the park. The ride is a Vekoma Safari Adventure and is the only one ever made. The pretense is that guests are going on a normal safari ride which turns into a search for a lost driver named Scooter Roberts.
Guests enter the queue and learn they are going on a popular safari tour, known as the Rhino Rally, which holds an annual racing event where the safari trucks must race against each other with passengers on board to make it to the finish line. As guests walk through the queue, they hear news reporters and rally drivers discussing the disappearance of a lost rally driver on the course named Scooter Roberts and their attempts to find him as well as the voice over of Scooter himself calling for help. Guests also pass a vehicle which has won the 10th Rhino Rally race, as well as a map showing their path on the course.
As guests board the vehicle, the safari driver welcomes them and picks one of them to be their navigator, whom they tell to look out for green and black poles which show them where
Ricochet is a wild mouse roller coaster at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. It's built by Mack Rides. It opened in 2002 along with Triple Spin in the Grove section of the park.
The compact ride is painted in high-contrast blue and sunglow orange, and the track layout consists of several high hairpin switchbacks followed by a pair of steep drops.
Ricochet is a wild mouse roller coaster located at Carowinds and Kings Dominion amusement parks. It is located in the Carolina Boardwalk section at Carowinds and The Grove section at Kings Dominion. Both opened for the 2002 season.
Ricochet at Carowinds is a Compact park model.
Riders exit the station before taking a sharp turn and up a 46 ft (14 m) chain lift. and taking turn followed by a small brake run and repeating that three times. Then, the riders go up a small hill and another brake run, take a sharp turn and go down the biggest drop of the ride, where the rider's photo is taken. After that, the riders go up a hill before a brake run and 2 bunny hills and that is the conclusion of the ride.
Ricochet at Kings Dominion is a Large park model.
The ride is painted in high-contrast blue and sunglow orange, and the track layout consists of several high hairpin switchbacks followed by a pair of steep drops.
This page is for a roller coaster at Darien Lake known as Ride Of Steel. For the similar coaster called Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England, see Superman - Ride of Steel (Six Flags New England). For the identical coaster called Superman: Ride of Steel found at Six Flags America, see Superman - Ride of Steel.
Ride Of Steel is a steel hyper roller coaster that exists at Darien Lake. An identical rollercoaster known as Superman - Ride of Steel exists at Six Flags America. The two rides feature identical layouts which includes two large helices, multiple airtime hills, and a long straight segment. After Six Flags sold Darien Lake in 2006, the new owners dropped the "Superman" name for just "Ride of Steel". However, Darien Lake's version is still functionally the same, only without the Superman name and theming. In addition, a similar rollercoaster, also called Superman - Ride of Steel operates at Six Flags New England. The other two opened in 2000, while this one opened in 1999.
Nickelodeon Streak is a wooden out-and-back roller coaster at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, Blackpool, England. It was built in 1933 by Charles Paige and uses the lift hill and other parts of the former Velvet Coaster, which was removed in 1932. From 1933 to 2010 it was known simply as Roller Coaster however after Nickelodeon Land was announced the coaster was renamed and rethemed to Nickelodeon Streak. Now removed, a train from the Velvet Coaster used to be preserved on show in the station of Roller Coaster. It is currently the second tallest wooden coaster out of the five wooden coasters at Pleasure Beach Blackpool.
Nickelodeon Streak has 4 cars per train, seating 8 people per car; 32 people per train. Before 2006, the trains had no restraints, however the newer trains currently used on the ride, taken from the Big Dipper have lap-bars.
On 27 July 2010, Pleasure Beach Blackpool unveiled plans for the creation of Nickelodeon Land which will open in time for 2011 season. Roller Coaster has been "extensively re-themed" and now operates full time as the "Nickelodeon Streak". As well as the major re-theme and modernisation, it has been repainted orange to fit the new Nickleodeon Land
Roller Soaker is a suspended roller coaster at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was manufactured by Setpoint USA, and was the first interactive ride built in the park. It is located in the Boardwalk at Hersheypark, behind Tidal Force. It was the second roller coaster of this type to be built after Flying Super Saturator was built at Carowinds in 2000.
The nine cars are capable of holding four riders total: two riders facing forward, and two riders facing backwards. Cars are moved in and out of the ride in groups of three. The course is filled with gentle slopes and turns.
Roller Soaker is unique because each rider is given 4 US gallons (15 L) of water which totals 16 US gallons (61 L) of water for each car. The water can be dropped from the car toward park guests waiting in line or over Intercoastal Waterway lazy river. There are also several water cannons which can be fired at riders from individuals on the ground, and several places where guests are guaranteed to get wet by traveling under a waterfall. For guests of the park who do not wish to get soaked, a "dry path" is marked, which is achieved by covering the path with a wide margin to allow for splash.
Rolling Thunder is a racing wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Rolling Thunder is the park's first wooden coaster, and debuted in 1979 during the park's fifth anniversary season. The line for the ride begins at an adjoining entrance and has separate queues for each track. The queue to the right of the entrance leads to the Coaster 1 track and Coaster 2 can be reached by the queue on the left. Guests who are not tall enough for 54-inch (137 cm) height-requiring coasters can ride Rolling Thunder as it has a 44-inch (112 cm) height requirement.
The structure and track is mostly built from 850,000 feet (259,080 m) of Douglas Fir. In the past, the Douglas Fir had been treated with pesticides which are not considered environmentally friendly and the track and supports are slowly being replaced with southern yellow pine.
The track is made by bolting seven layers of wood. In most places on the ride, there are two layers of southern yellow pine, which sit atop five layers of Douglas-Fir. Older sections of track still have 7 layers of Douglas-Fir (mostly on the lift) and there are refurbished sections of track with seven layers of southern pine. A 7-inch-wide
The Runaway Mine Train is a powered steel roller coaster made by MACK Rides of Germany. The ride is located in the Katanga Canyon area of Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England.
The train normally makes two circuits for each ride. On quiet days, however, it has been known to run for three or more circuits. The ride runs alongside the Congo River Rapids. Passengers must be at least 36 inches tall to ride with an adult, and over 42 inches tall to ride separately.
On 20 July 2006 the failure of a coupling on the train split it into two sections, which then collided in the tunnel. 20 people were injured, 6 of whom were taken to hospital; 4 of the 6 were sent home, and 2 were kept in overnight.
On 6 April 2007 the Runaway Mine Train reopened after being closed for over 8 months. However the train was not returned to its full length until the end of June 2007, as some of the carriages were still undergoing refurbishment at MACK Rides.
As of 2011 it is the park's oldest operating coaster as The Beastie has been standing but not operating (SBNO) since the end of the 2010 season.
Salama (English: Lightning) is a steel roller coaster located at Linnanmäki in Helsinki, Finland. It was constructed for the 2008 season. It is built on top of Hurjakuru, a river rafting ride.
Salama got its name from Kalevala, the national epic of Finland.
Samurai is a flat ride currently located at Thorpe Park in the UK, but originally installed at nearby Chessington World of Adventures.
The song on the ride is Burly Brawl by Juno Reactor, from The Matrix Reloaded.
Ride Type: Mondial Top-Scan
Height: 60 ft (18 m)
Length: Approximately 2 minutes (Setting Dependent)
Height Restrictions: 1.4 m(55 in.)
On-Ride Photo: No
Status: Out of action for the 2012 season
Capacity: 30 seats per ride, 500 riders per hour
Samurai is a Top Scan ride from the Dutch company Mondial. The ride was originally installed at Chessington World Of Adventures in 1999 as part of the Mystic East section of the park, and replaced the original plan of installing a Huss Flic Flac on the site. The ride was the first of its kind in a UK amusement park, though a travelling version, "Top Buzz" debuted on the UK fair circuit the previous year.
Samurai stayed at Chessington until the end of the 2003 season when it was closed, dismantled and moved to Thorpe Park. Reasons for the ride's move are largely speculative. Most enthusiasts generally regard the decision to be part of Tussaud's (the company which owned Thorpe Park and Chessington at the time) plans to
Ghoster Coaster (formerly Scooby's Gasping Ghoster Coaster), is a junior wooden coaster located at Canada's Wonderland whose name was shortened to just "Ghoster Coaster" for the 2010 season, as part of the transition to Planet Snoopy.
Ghoster Coaster opened, along with the entire park, on May 23, 1981. It was one of the four original roller coasters to open with the park. The other three were Dragon Fire, the Wild Beast, and the Mighty Canadian Minebuster. All three wooden coasters were designed by Curtis D. Summers and built in-house by the Taft Broadcasting Company. Some sources claim Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) built these coasters, but PTC stopped building coasters in 1979.
Ghoster Coaster was awarded ACE Coaster Classic status, but that status has since been rescinded as a result of recent changes to the coaster.
The Screamin' Eagle is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags St. Louis. When it opened in 1976 for America's Bicentennial celebration, Guinness World Records listed it as the largest coaster at 110 feet (34 m) high and as the fastest coaster at 62 mph (100 km/h). The ride is a modified 'L'-Shaped Out And Back. The Screamin' Eagle was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters and was the last coaster designed by the renowned John Allen, who was a historic designer of roller coasters. Allen believed a coaster should inspire awe, not only from a ride full of thrills, but also from its magnificent beauty. Originally Allen wanted to design a coaster to replace the Comet at Chain of Rocks Amusement Park, but lack of funds prevented him from doing such. The Screamin' Eagle is reminiscent of the Comet, mirroring its L-shape, but to a much larger scale.
In 1990, the trains were replaced, and from 2003-2006 the Screamin’ Eagle received significant repairs such as painting, re-tracking, and replacing of the control panel. Although those renovations have been made, The Screamin' Eagle still retains its original "shaking", adding to the thrill of the ride and making it feel much more
Sea Dragon is a junior wooden roller coaster located at Jungle Jack's Landing in Powell, Ohio.
The coaster was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (PTC) and began operating in 1956. John C. Allen designed three junior wooden coasters shortly after becoming president of PTC in 1954. Those first three junior coasters were based on earlier PTC junior wooden coasters that had been designed by Herbert Schmeck. All three coasters, Flyer at Hunt's Pier, Valley Volcano at Angela Park and Jet Flyer at what was then the Gooding Zoo, opened in 1956. Jet Flyer was changed to Sea Dragon around 1984, when the park changed its name from Gooding Zoo Park to Wyandot Lake.
The other two coasters were destroyed in the 1980s: Flyer coaster at Hunt's Pier in 1988 and Valley Volcano at Angela Park in 1989, making Sea Dragon the oldest John Allen-designed coaster in operation.
The coaster has one four-car train. Riders are seated two across with two rows per car, giving the coaster a capacity of 16 riders. Station brakes are manually operated using hand-controlled levers.
The Sea Serpent is a steel roller coaster located at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey. It is a boomerang roller coaster built by Vekoma.
Opened in 1984, the Sea Serpent was the first boomerang-style coaster built in the United States and is located on Morey's Mariner's Landing Pier.
The Sea Serpent consists of a single train with seven cars, capable of carrying 28 passengers. The ride begins when the train is pulled backwards from the station and up the first lift hill by a catchcar. After being released, the train passes through the station, enters a Cobra Roll track element, and then travels through a vertical loop. After being pulled up a second lift hill, the train is released to head backwards through each inversion once more, making the total amount of inversions per ride six.
In August 1996 the Sea Serpent got a new and safer train which responds to the ride faster.
On June 26, 1998 a wheel came off a rear axle,of the Sea Serpent, causing the coaster to jerk to a stop as it was looping its red and yellow cars backward along the track midway through the ride causing minor injuries.
Shivering Timbers is a wooden roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon County, Michigan. It was developed and built by Custom Coasters International. Opened in May 1998, Shivering Timbers debuted for the park's 30th year in operation and was a success. Construction for the ride began in 1997. The trains were made by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters. The ride's out and back layout is 5383 feet long, making it the 6th longest wooden roller coaster in the world.
The ride starts with a left turn out of the station and on to the 122 ft (37.2 m) lift hill. At the base of the lift hill, the train reaches its maximum speed of 57 mph (91.7 km/h). Following the lift hill are two camelback hills, the first being 100 ft (30.5 m) tall, and the second being 95 ft (29 m) tall. In these hills, riders experience "ejector air-time." The train then jumps a bunny hop and another camelback hill and a double-up hill, before turning around for the second half of its course. After the turnaround, the train hits another bunny hop and another double-up hill. After the double-up hill is a unique element known as a "trick track," in which the track banks from side to side, on an otherwise flat
Shock Wave Super Looper roller coaster is a compact roller coaster at Brean Leisure Park in Brean, Somerset, England. The ride, which was manufactured by Italian company Pinfari, features a loop, sharp turns and near support misses.
After exiting the station, the train travels up a chain lift hill. It gently trundles around a curve at the top of the hill. The train then violently dips downwards. A ratchet that is in place to prevent roll backs precedes a short straight section. After this straight section, there is another smaller dip. The train takes another trundle round a corner, then travels gently downwards; the train picks up speed before hitting a banked corner. The train then travels through a loop, this is followed by a sharp corner. The train then rolls up and the brakes are only slightly applied. The train travels around more corners, followed by a small bump, then up and into the brake run at the end of the ride.
Shockwave was originally at Flamingo Land and also had time at Pleasure Island Family Theme Park, Cleethorpes (where it was known as Crazy Loop), before subsequently being transferred to Brean in 2004. It is now a popular attraction at the park.
Shockwave is an Intamin stand-up roller coaster at Drayton Manor Theme Park. It was opened in 1994, and is the only stand-up coaster in Europe. It is also the only stand-up roller coaster with a zero-g roll ever made.
The ride, designed by Werner Stengel, was created as part of a two year, £4m project in 1993-94. The project also involved the building of Splash Canyon. The Shock Wave's station is located directly above Splash Canyon's station area, in the 'Action Park' area next to G Force.
Shockwave, which reaches 53 mph (85 km/h) and delivers up to 4 g, features a lift to 120 ft (37 m), then an 80 ft (24 m) drop into a loop followed by a zero-gravity roll, and finishes with two corkscrews and a bend around back to the station. Originally, the track was white with brown supports, but in 2004 it was repainted to have a light blue track and turquoise supports.
In 1994, the ride opened along with two other roller coasters in the UK; the Pepsi Max Big One at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, and Nemesis at Alton Towers (which opened one week before Shockwave). In 1994, after the completion of the ride, local residents complained that the final bend was too close to the edge of the property.
Sierra Sidewinder is a steel spinning roller coaster located in the Camp Snoopy section of Knott's Berry Farm. It is the first ever roller coaster to feature multiple free spinning cars on a train, rather than several individual spinning cars. The only other spinning train coaster is Euro-Mir at Europa-Park in Germany, however the spinning of the trains is controlled throughout the ride. It is also one of the first roller coasters to feature on-ride video recordings, as opposed to the traditional still on-ride photograph.
Sierra Sidewinder features two trains with four cars with two rows each, seating two per row back-to-back. The Ride structure is unique because the train storage is beneath the ride as opposed to being next to the ride. The on-ride video recording that was present on the trains when opened have been removed as of the 2011 season. Small holes on the fronts and rears of each car indicate where the video cameras were once mounted.
Silver Bullet is a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster located at Knott's Berry Farm, an amusement park in Buena Park, California. Currently, it is the longest inverted coaster on the west coast with 3,125 ft (953 m) of track. The ride lasts 2 minutes and 9 seconds. It features 6 inversions including a vertical loop, cobra roll, zero-g roll, and two wingovers just before the final helix. It is the first B&M inverted rollercoaster to feature an overbanked curve. Unlike many other B&M coasters, Silver Bullet's track and supports are filled with sand, making it very quiet; in contrast, other B&M coasters are known for their distinct loud roar. Silver Bullet was also the first Inverted roller coaster to implement magnetic braking. The ride also has a rare B&M maintenance orb car that allows for track inspection over Reflection Lake.
The ride features "6 and 1/2 inversions" according to the ride operators, but truly only features 6 points in which riders are inverted.
The ride begins with a 90-degree right turn before the train climbs up to the 150-foot (46 m) peak of the lift hill. Following this is the signature Bolliger and Mabillard pre-drop and a 180-degree
Silver Comet is a wooden roller coaster with a hybrid steel frame at Martin's Fantasy Island in Grand Island, New York.
A short drop is encountered immediately after leaving the station, quickly followed by a slight turn to the left. There is a short, straight section of track that is then followed by a u-turn to the left, leading to the 82-foot (25-metre) lift hill. The largest drop on the ride comes immediately after the train reaches the top of the lift hill, which is then followed by a slight turn to the left. Two small hills are encountered, before a large ascent that is followed by a wide banked turn to the left and a small drop. There is a slight turn to the right followed by a large drop. There is another ascent that leads into a large u-turn to the right. There is another drop and ascent, followed by another turn to the right. A third grouping of a drop and ascent is encountered, followed this time by a turn to the left. A large drop is followed by a series of small hills, which lead into a rough turn to the left that includes changes in elevation. There is another series of drops and rises, followed by a slight turn to the right and the brake run, parallel to the lift
Silver Star is a roller coaster located at Europa-Park, a theme park in Rust, Germany. With a height of 239 ft (73 m), placing it in the hyper coaster category. Although is one of Bolliger & Mabillard's tallest coasters, it was surpassed as the tallest in Europe by Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya at PortAventura in 2012 (shortly afterward, both were surpassed by Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland, which is the tallest coaster Bolliger and Mabillard has ever built to date). Signs in the queuing area claim a maximum speed of 130 km/h with a maximum of 4G vertical forces. Silver Star has 3 trains which seat 36 people each, giving an hourly capacity of 1,750 passengers. This hypercoaster is situated in the French quarter of Europa Park and is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.
Silver Star features no inversions but many hills and helixes. After the first drop, the train travels leftwards and up onto the first camel back, and then a second. The train performs a 180 degree return in a hammerhead element, then continues onto another camel back followed by a mid-run brake segment. A 270 degree upwards helix brings the train back under the lifthill and onto one last camel back. A banked S-bend
Skyliner is the name of a wooden roller coaster located at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It originally opened in 1960 at New York's Roseland Park, and was John C. Allen's first full-size coaster design. Roseland closed in 1985, and following the success Knoebels had in moving a wooden coaster, the Phoenix, Lakemont quickly followed suit, and the Skyliner reopened at its new home in 1987. The Skyliner operates a single train, with three cars, which have room for up to 18 adults. The ride's train uses Buzz bars. The Skyliner's train is painted with the Minor League baseball team Altoona Curve's team logo and colors. The phrase "GO CURVE" is also on the train. The Altoona Curve's baseball stadium is adjacent to Lakemont Park, with right field situated up against Skyliner. It is an ACE Coaster Classic.
Son of Beast was a record-breaking wooden hyper roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. Built and designed by the now defunct Roller Coaster Corporation of America, it was themed as a sequel to one of the park's signature attractions, The Beast. The sign, once located at the entrance to the ride, featured a large wooden box covered with chains, rope, and metal straps. The front was ripped open with the name "Son of Beast" centered inside the box.
Son of Beast is known for two major incidents that resulted in non-fatal injuries. It was closed permanently following a riding accident in 2009. All references to the ride were later removed from the park. On July 27, 2012, Kings Island announced that the roller coaster would be dismantled and removed from the park.
Son of Beast was announced on May 11, 1999. As part of a marketing campaign for the ride before its debut, a box was placed next to a footpath in the park. Beastly growling and snarling noises came from inside the box as it shook violently. During the announcement, the box was revealed to the audience along with a model of the roller coaster and a list of seven world records that would be broken when it came
Sounds Dangerous! was an audio show at Echo Lake inside Disney's Hollywood Studios starring comedian Drew Carey. The presentation took place inside an ABC soundstage with theater-style seating. Guests were told that the show is an ABC test pilot called Undercover Live. Guests wore headphones and were in the dark for the majority of the show, however visuals were also utilized on a projection screen in front of the guests. Drew Carey played an undercover detective named Foster. In early 2009, it was announced that this attraction would operate seasonally. The image of Drew Carey along with the attraction's name was removed from the entrance's marquee and the screen was turned off, indicating the closure of the attraction.
Disney closed the attraction on May 18, 2012, renaming it as ABC Sound Studio, and redressing it as the temporary "Carbon Freeze Me" attraction for the park's annual Star Wars Weekends event.
It has been rumored that a more elaborate and extended version of the Jedi Training Academy show, which is currently located next to Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, will replace Sounds Dangerous! due to its declining attendance. The rumored version of the Jedi Training
Astro Storm is an enclosed, sit down roller coaster at Brean Leisure Park in Brean, England. It was formerly located at Pleasure Beach Blackpool in Blackpool, England as Space Invader 2.
Space Invader opened on August 21, 1984, and was Blackpool Pleasure Beach's fourth steel roller coaster. The ride itself was constructed by Zierer, a German ride manufacturer. The original ride was similar to the ride as it is today, although it was known to be a much rougher ride. It was refurbished in 2003 by KumbaK Coasters and reopened in 2004 as "Space Invader 2". In September 2008, the ride closed following a failed evacuation during operating hours. They closed the ride due to the cost it needed to reopen. The ride was removed in June 2010.
It was announced in July 2010 that Blackpool Pleasure Beach had sold Space Invader to Brean Leisure Park. The ride had been standing but not operating (SBNO) for over 18 months, but now the ride’s life has been restored and it was renamed Astro Storm and opened 2011.
After leaving the station, cars make a 90° turn to the right and are carried to the top of a chain-lift hill; the cars then descend a 59 ft drop in the dark, at an incline angle of 36°. The
Space Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland opened with the park on April 15, 1983. It was the first version of Space Mountain to open concurrently with the park. As with the other Space Mountains, this version is also highly popular with young adults and roller coaster fans. Along with its Walt Disney World counterpart, it is currently one of the only Space Mountains without an on-board soundtrack.
From its opening in 1983 and until late 2006, Tokyo Disneyland's Space Mountain was an almost exact clone of Disneyland's Space Mountain as it had opened in 1977. Apart from some outside architectural elements (absence of the Space Stage and Peoplemover track) with the exception of both having the same shape and dimensions, the interior was the same, although there were some different effects (the tractor beam light on the second lift hill changed during the climb, and the re-entry effect was a blue hexagonal pattern). The track layouts, rocket designs, and original special effects and elements were the same as its Californian counterpart.
The new Space Mountain has a more sci-fi futuristic look to it, there are new effects, new station which features a futuristic space ship hanging from the
Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong is the fifth version of the outer space-themed enclosed roller coaster in Disney parks. The newest Space Mountain (not counting the four recent refurbishments of the Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Magic Kingdom) is based on the refurbished Space Mountain at Disneyland, with a similar soundtrack and the same layout. It also features new show elements not presented in the refurbished California version (i.e. a "hyperspeed" tunnel). It will not feature the Rockin' Space Mountain configuration that was featured in Disneyland's Space Mountain in 2007.
Unlike most Space Mountains, the boarding area for the attraction is quite small. Not present is a Space Station of its two most similar counterparts at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. Instead a dark queue featuring neon earth-tone colored planets along with star patterns decorate the area. Lining the walls of the station are colored neon light bars that are used for lighting and decoration.
It is the only Space Mountain to feature Single-Rider alongside its regular standby and FASTPASS lines.
As part of Hong Kong Disneyland's Haunted Halloween event in 2007, Space
Space Mountain is an indoor outer space-themed steel roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It opened on January 15, 1975 and is the original version of the iconic attraction that is included in all five of the Disney theme parks worldwide. With the closure of Cypress Gardens in 2009, Space Mountain is the oldest operating roller coaster in the state of Florida.
Space Mountain was closed for refurbishment on April 19, 2009. The newly updated version of the attraction was officially re-opened to the public on November 22, 2009..
The Space Mountain concept was a descendant of the first Disney "mountain" attraction, the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland, which opened in 1959. The Matterhorn's success had convinced Walt Disney that thrilling rides did have a place in his park.
In 1964, Walt first approached designer John Hench with his idea for a new attraction that would be the focal point of a renovated Tomorrowland planned for 1967. His "Space Port" would include a roller-coaster-style ride in the dark, with lighting and other special effects. Originally called "Space Voyage" with concept artwork by John Hench,
Space Mountain is an indoor steel roller coaster attraction in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. After the success of the Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain, the Imagineers made plans to build another on the United States West Coast. The ride opened on May 27, 1977, ten years after the original plans were made, and after Walt Disney's death. Originally, Space Mountain did not have a Synchronized On-Board Audio Track (SOBAT), but after the completion and success of Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune at Disneyland Paris, a soundtrack arranged by Dick Dale was added to the ride in 1996.
Space Mountain was closed suddenly on April 10, 2003 for a complete refurbishment, including replacing the entire roller coaster track. The ride reopened July 15, 2005, just two days before the park's fiftieth anniversary.
Space Mountain opened in 1977, invigorating a decade-old Tomorrowland as Disneyland's second roller coaster. The idea for Anaheim's ride originated in the mid 1960s, during Walt Disney's lifetime, as a way to energize the aging Tomorrowland. The project was shelved until the success of Space Mountain in Florida. After two years of construction, the $20 million complex
Space Mountain: Mission 2 is a steel roller coaster-type attraction in Discoveryland at Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris themed around a journey into space. The attraction opened on June 1, 1995, three years after the opening of the park, as a revival of interest to draw more guests to the financially unstable European resort. Paris' Space Mountain was the first roller coaster to feature a Synchronized On-Board Audio Track (SOBAT) and was originally themed around Jules Verne's classic 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon. The audio track was written by Steven Bramson and was in keeping with the Victorian theme. Unlike other Space Mountains found around the world, this version has a grander and more detailed appearance, with a huge dominating Columbiad Cannon and a plate and rivet exterior, in keeping with Discoveryland's retro-futuristic theme. It is the only Space Mountain to feature inversions and a section of the ride outside the mountain, that being the station and cannon.
The original version of the ride, De la Terre à la Lune, closed in January 2005 and the theme was changed to Mission 2, planned as a continuation rather than replacement of Verne's classic, where the
Space Shuttle America (also known as Space Shuttle America - The Next Century) was a motion simulator ride at the Six Flags Great America theme park in Gurnee, Illinois, that opened in 1994. The ride's main feature was a full-scale replica of an American Space Shuttle orbiter. It closed permanently after the 2007 season and was removed in December 2009.
The storyline of the ride was that riders have boarded a new Space Shuttle called America, which is capable of transporting passengers to the fictional Armstrong City using the LRVM (Lunar Run Velocity Management) Warp. Armstrong City is located a short distance from the site of the first manned moon landing.
Guests entered a building that has a small replica of Launch Control at Cape Canaveral. Several TV screens display fake NASA TV recordings about the shuttle and security cam views of the fictional facility that attendees are supposedly touring. Shortly before boarding there is a notice about a meteor that is coming near Earth.
In the movie, the shuttle takes off horizontally and the Pas-Com (Passenger Compartment) rises out of the cargo bay so you can do some orbital sightseeing. The shuttle passes Space Shuttle Destiny, which
Speed is a roller coaster at Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire, UK. It is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter and contains a 90° chain lift hill and a 97° first drop. The ride uses four trains, each consisting of two rows, each with four across seating and can carry eight people per train. The trains use standard Euro-Fighter over-the-shoulder restraints. The ride begins with a 115 foot vertical 90° chain lift hill, this is followed by a 110 foot beyond vertical 97° first drop. Cars then reach a speed of 59 miles per hour at the base of this drop, pulling 4.5 G, cars then crest over an airtime hill, pulling -1.3 G. This is followed by an overbanked turn at an angle of 110° and a vertical loop, cars then rise up into a set of brakes. Cars then descend a small dip, into a zero-G-roll and the ride ends with a double helix into the final brake run, cars then return to the station. The ride is painted orange and green and its lift hill and first drop tower can be seen from a distance away. It is the tallest, fastest and steepest roller coaster in Wales.
Speed Monster is a launched roller coaster located at the Norwegian theme park, TusenFryd. Built by Swiss manufacturer Intamin, the ride opened in 2006 and features a unique element known as a "Norwegian Loop".
The ride was announced on July 7, 2005 and was revealed to be TusenFryd's biggest investment in its history, at a cost of 60 million kroner (about €7.5 million). It was also announced that the ride would feature a hydraulic launch and three inversions.
Due to the park's unique topography, the ride is partially located upon a 20 metre high rock slope and weaves its way through trees. The harsh climate and rocky location made construction difficult, with areas of soft earth requiring deeper foundations. Construction was completed in December 2005 in icy conditions. Soon after completion, heavy snowfall left drifts of 1 metre in the area, which would have held up construction had the ride not been complete.
Since its opening, Speed Monster has been sponsored by Mazda, tying in with the race car theming present throughout the ride.
Each of the two racing car themed trains consists of three cars, each with four seats for a capacity of 12 riders per train. Upon leaving the
Speed – The Ride was a roller coaster located on the Las Vegas Strip at the now-defunct Sahara Hotel and Casino. The coaster operated from April 28, 2000 to May 1, 2011.
Speed – The Ride was introduced in the Sahara's 1999 remodeling, as part of the Nascar Café.
As of August 2008, the ride was shut down with no information from the venue. However, the ride reopened in February 2009, then closed again in May 2011 because of the closure of the Sahara. Dismantling of the coaster began in April 2012.
According to the contractor dismantling the ride, Speed will be reinstalled at Akita Plaza, a small shopping center across the street from Mandalay Bay, which also plans to add new restaurants and a concert venue.
The ride started with a launch from the inside of the NASCAR Cafe going from 5–45 mph (8.0–72 km/h) in three seconds. Riders are in a drop going under ground in front of the hotel and then through a 92-foot (28 m) vertical loop. There is then another launch this time from 45–70 mph (72–110 km/h) in three seconds. After a quick snaking turn, riders are shot up a huge vertical drop tower before the train falls back and runs through the entire track backwards. This time the second
Splash Mountain is a themed log flume attraction at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, based on the characters, stories, and songs from the 1946 Disney film Song of the South. Although there are variations in the story and features between the three locations, each installation begins with a peaceful outdoor float-through that leads to indoor dark ride segments, with a climactic steep drop into a "briar patch" followed by an indoor finale. The drop is 53 feet.
The different versions of Splash Mountain feature similar stories, albeit with small differences. Each ride presents scenes taken from the animated segments of Song of the South. It tells the story of the adventures of Br'er Rabbit, a mischievous rabbit that leaves his home in the briar patch to look for his "laughing place." Unfortunately for him, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear, the antagonists of this story, are determined to catch and eat him.
The idea for Splash Mountain was originally conceived in the summer of 1983 by Imagineer Tony Baxter while stuck in rush hour traffic on his way to work. He wanted to attract guests to the often-empty Bear Country land and make use of the
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge is a loop and corkscrew Euro-Fighter roller coaster located at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota. It is the shortest Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster to date, standing only 67 feet tall; yet it has a 97 degree drop. It is the first roller coaster themed to SpongeBob SquarePants, and opened with the Nickelodeon Universe grand opening on March 15, 2008. The ride features a loop, cutback element, and rollover inversion.
Stampida is a racing, wooden roller coaster built by Custom Coasters International at PortAventura. It is a very rickety roller coaster with many drops and 2 tunnels. It features two parallel tracks with blue and red cars each one, but then they run separately for a while. Finally, they come parallel again to the end of the ride. It shares a part of its route with a kiddie wooden roller coaster named Tomahawk.
- FireballWorld Coaster of the Year 2011.
Star Tours is a motion simulator attraction currently operating at Disneyland Paris. The ride is based on the successful Star Wars film series created by George Lucas; it was the first Disney attraction based on a non-Disney produced film.
The first incarnation of the ride appeared in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in 1987, replacing the previous attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space. Star Tours at Disneyland closed on July 27, 2010 to allow for the conversion to Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Disney's Hollywood Studios closed its attraction on September 7, 2010 in anticipation of the same conversion which was completed on May 20, 2011. Tokyo Disneyland's Star Tours closed on April 2, 2012, to make way for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue which will open in Spring 2013. No announcement has been made regarding the future of the attraction in France.
The ride that became Star Tours first saw light as a proposal for an attraction based on the 1979 Disney live-action film The Black Hole. It would have been an interactive ride-simulator attraction where guests would have had the ability to choose the s route. However, after preliminary planning the Black Hole attraction was
Starcade is a video arcade located in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Positioned near the exit for Space Mountain, the arcade offers popular arcade games, most notably from Namco. It is also the location of a Mario Kart Arcade GP system.
Steel Dragon 2000 (スチールドラゴン2000, Suchiiru Doragon Nisen) is a roller coaster at Nagashima Spa Land amusement park in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Built by Morgan Manufacturing, this coaster opened, appropriately, in 2000—"The Year of the Dragon" in Asia. It debuted only months after Millennium Force at Cedar Point, and surpassed that as the world's tallest complete-circuit coaster. It lost these records in height in 2003 when Top Thrill Dragster opened at Cedar Point. It also took the record for the longest track length—8,133 feet 2 inches (2,478.99 m)—which it currently holds.
On October 19, 2003, a sheared axle caused one of the trains to lose a wheel. Evan Donovan, a guest in the water park, suffered a broken hip as a result. The ride was "Standing But Not Operating" (SBNO) for almost three years.
Making its debut in 1999, the Steel Eel is a custom roller coaster built by D. H. Morgan Manufacturing. At a height of 150 feet, Steel Eel is the tallest roller coaster at not only SeaWorld San Antonio, but at any Sea World park. It was the second coaster built by SeaWorld, following The Great White (1997), after new management felt the park needed to offer more thrilling rides. Steel Eel had to be custom built to fit along the slim area beside the lake and utilizes a simple lapbar and seatbelt restraint system. Key elements of Steel Eel include two hills after the lift hill with a small valley between the two and a diving dogleg turn and triple humpback hills after its mid-course brake run. With a paint scheme consisting of bright yellow track and teal-green supports, it has become a permanent staple in the park's skyline. It is first Morgan coaster to deviate from a general cookiecutter design embodied by Cedar Fair for their three out and back hypercoasters: Wild Thing, Mamba, and Steel Force. Superman: El Ultimo Escape at Six Flags Mexico, built a couple seasons after Steel Eel, shares more design cues with Steel Eel than any other Morgan coaster.
Storybook Land Canal Boats is an attraction located at the Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) theme parks. Passengers embark on a leisurely-paced outdoor boat ride through a winding canal featuring settings from Disney animated films recreated in miniature. The Disneyland version was one of the original attractions when the park opened on July 17, 1955, although the miniature buildings and landscaping were not added until the following year. The version in Disneyland Park, Disneyland Paris, is named Le Pays des Contes de Fées and opened in the spring of 1994.
The ride's concept dates back to Walt Disney's plans for a small park across the street from his Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. This modestly scaled, never-built amusement park was to include a gravity flow canal boat ride among its attractions.
When plans for the much grander Disneyland were being made, there was to be a "Lilliputianland", inspired by Madurodam, a miniature city in the Netherlands that Disney once visited. However, the technology did not yet exist for creating the miniature animated figures that were to inhabit the "Lilliputian" village, so the canal ride opened under the name Canal Boats of
The Submarine Voyage was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
The attraction, which featured ride vehicles designed to look like Navy nuclear submarines, opened on June 14, 1959 as the Submarine Voyage (one of the first rides to require an E ticket). Part of a major expansion of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, which also included the Matterhorn Bobsleds roller coaster, an expanded version of Autopia, the Disneyland Monorail, and the Motor Boat Cruise, the attraction was originally planned to feature glass-bottom boats. It closed on September 9, 1998, with then-Disneyland president Paul Pressler promising that a new attraction would open in 2003 (purportedly based on Disney’s 2001 animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire, a box-office failure); it never did. The attraction reopened in June 2007 with a Finding Nemo theme, and now operates as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
This is the captain speaking. Welcome aboard. We are underway and proceeding on a course that will take us on a voyage through liquid space. En route, we will pass below the polar ice cap, and then probe depths seldom seen by man. Make yourself comfortable, but please remain seated at all times. And
Mickey's Fun Wheel is a 160-foot (48.8 m) tall Ferris wheel at Disney California Adventure, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The ride was inspired by Coney Island's 1927 Wonder Wheel at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. Both attractions feature swinging and stationary gondolas while Mickey's Fun Wheel has a large Mickey Mouse face in the center. The attraction was formerly known as the Sun Wheel (February 8, 2001 - October 14, 2008). Mickey's Fun Wheel was expected to open April 24, 2009, but due to delays the attraction opened May 4, 2009. This renovation is a part of the new Paradise Pier placemaking including the Silly Symphony Swings, World of Color, Goofy's Sky School, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Games of the Boardwalk retheming, the removal of Maliboomer, and enhancements on California Screamin'.
Mickey's Fun Wheel is an eccentric wheel, differing from conventional Ferris wheels in that 16 of its 24 gondolas ride on interior rails so that they slide inward and outward as the wheel rotates. This results in a more intense experience, and motion sickness bags are provided in each gondola due to the disorienting nature of the ride. The other
Superman Escape is an Intamin Accelerator Coaster at Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The ride opened on Boxing Day (26 December), 2005. It is the fourth roller coaster in the theme park. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in two seconds.
By June 2005, construction was well under-way for Superman Escape with the area cleared ready for the ride. The ride caused the removal of the Movie Magic Special Effects Show and the Looney Tunes Musical Revue (the latter of which was relocated to the Show Stage). By August 2005, the launch track was constructed in addition to supports for the ride's first element, a top hat. At this time 43 pieces of track still remained to be constructed. During August the top hat was constructed as well as the first of two camel humps. By mid September the second camel hump was constructed. With the roller coaster's construction completed in October, the focus turned to theming and landscaping before the ride's official opening on 26 December 2005.
During construction the ride was heavily marketed in print, television, radio, online, in-park and outdoor advertising. Warner Bros. Movie World launched teaser
Superman: Krypton Coaster is a Floorless roller coaster located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, TX. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, it is one of four floorless coasters to open in the year 2000 (the other three were Medusa at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Dominator at Geauga Lake (now located at Kings Dominion), and Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando).
The coaster stands 168 feet (51 m) tall, with its lift hill and helical drop extending over a bordering cliff. It also features the largest 360-degree vertical loop in the world at 145 feet (44 m) It has a track length of 4,025 feet (1,227 m) and top speed of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h)—the fastest of any B&M floorless coaster, and it will be tied with Iron Rattler as the fastest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. It has six inversions. Superman: Krypton Coaster is the largest floorless roller coaster in the Southwestern United States.
On March 6, 2010 Fiesta Texas hosted the 10th anniversary for Superman: Krypton Coaster.
Superman: La Atracción de Acero is a steel floorless roller coaster at Parque Warner Madrid in Spain. It was built by Bolliger and Mallibard and opened in 2002. It features 7 inversions: a Vertical Loop, an Immelmann, a Zero-G Roll, a Cobra Roll and two Interlocking Corkscrews. It has the signature B&M pre-drop before going down a straight drop, instead of a swooping drop like on most B&M looping coasters.
Superman: Escape from Krypton is a launched steel shuttle roller coaster located in the Samurai Summit area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California that opened in 1997. It is similar to Tower of Terror II, which opened two months prior in Dreamworld, Australia. These two coasters were the first to utilize Linear Synchronous Motors (LSM) technology to propel vehicles to top speed. The ride closed throughout the latter half of 2010 to aid in a major redevelopment and transformation into "Superman: Escape from Krypton" from "Superman: The Escape". The refurbished ride opened on March 19, 2011.
Originally known as Superman: The Escape, the ride was intended to open in 1996. However, due to a range of problems Superman: The Escape opened on March 15, 1997. At the end of July 4 weekend of 2010 Superman: The Escape ceased operations with no reason given. A sign posted in front of the ride indicated that it would reopen during the 2011 season, with hints indicating that there would be improvements made to the ride experience. A Los Angeles Times report on August 3, 2010, announced the plans for Superman: The Escape to undergo a major refurbishment before the 2011 season. After
Temple of the Night Hawk is a enclosed roller coaster located at Phantasialand. Founded in 1988 after 18 months of construction, the ride was originally called ‘'Space Center'’. The ride led passengers past models of rockets and emulated asteroids and the darkened hall was dimly lit with thousands of tiny spots of light to resemble stars. Due to the construction of the neighbouring Wurze Town in 2001, the roller coaster was redeveloped with a fantasy jungle theme and was renamed as the Temple of the Night Hawk. The roller coaster is now completely dark. Until 2006 there were some green moving lights and strobe lights in the first lifthill, still present today, but not operational. In 2008 the Lights on the coaster trains were turned off or broke down and have never been repaired since then. Till 2010 there was a green laser projection with the outlines of a flying hawk and until June 2012, there were some red strobe-lights at the final brakerun. In 2011, the park installed new strobe lights in the first lifthill, which broke down after about two months, and were never repaired since then. The ride has four trains and one spare train for repairs each with seven cars. Each car has
The Tennessee Tornado is a roller coaster at Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the United States. It debuted April 17, 1999, and was Dollywood's first major coaster expansion as well as one of Arrow Dynamics' last major coasters. The ride opened in a valley location previously occupied by Thunder Express, an Arrow Dynamics Runaway Mine Train roller coaster relocated from Six Flags St. Louis in 1989 and opened in 2002 at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls.
Tennessee Tornado has several unique features not found on other Arrow Dynamics looping coasters. At the time of the coaster's construction it had been several years since the company had last built a sit-down looping coaster, so the designers created new elements and track designs for the ride, including two overbanked curves and a 110-foot-tall (34 m) "Spiro loop", the largest inversion on any Arrow Dynamics coaster.
Tennessee Tornado is also unique in that it uses a tubular steel beam support structure similar to that of Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters, rather than the more typical Arrow Dynamics scaffolding-style supports found on rides such as Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds. This kind of support structure was first
"The Dragon" is a steel roller coaster with a maximum speed of 77 km/h with 842 metres of track. The ride lasts approximately 2.5 minutes. It is the longest roller coaster in Hong Kong, on the top of "The Mine Train" in Ocean Park (where "The Dragon" is located as well) and "Space Mountain" in Hong Kong Disneyland.
1st Car: 1 row, Other Cars: 2 rows, 2 people of each row seated side by side.
Making its debut in 1997, The Great White was the first inverted roller coaster in Texas and the first roller coaster to be built at a SeaWorld park.
Despite its shortened track length, The Great White follows a identical ride layout as the Batman the Ride coasters at numerous Six Flags parks albeit being "mirrored." At 2,562 feet, the coaster doesn't allow riders as much time to "recuperate" between inversions, consequently offering an extreme, forceful ride experience. Furthermore, The Great White sits lower to the ground, often deceiving its riders with elements such as "foot-choppers" as there are many trees and shrubs surrounding the coaster's track. The Great White is sometimes considered to be more intense than its Six Flags' cousin because of its added 8th row (Goliath has only seven rows per train). Its layout consists of the following inversions:
When The Great White opened, its queue line wrapped around a large-scale shark aquarium, similar to the manta aquariums found in the newly constructed Manta at SeaWorld Orlando. This was later removed, however, as the only people able to view the sharks were those waiting in line for the ride (Manta offers separate entrances for
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is a ride in Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World. It is based on the 1992 film, Aladdin. It is similar to the ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant, in that riders in the front rows control how high their carpets fly, and the ride lasts about 90 seconds. There is Aladdin's magic lamp at the top, rather than Timothy Mouse. At the entrance, there is a camel that squirts people as they walk by, much like the Stitch figurine outside World of Disney shop, also in Walt Disney World. Guests who have visited Adventureland before may notice that this land has a new special look. The different shops look like the marketplace buildings from Disney's Aladdin. Different characters from Aladdin are in some of the buildings to do meet & greets and sign autographs.
The attraction also opened at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris on 16 March 2002 under the title Flying Carpets Over Agrabah. The attraction is set against a large "movie set" backdrop of Agrabah, with guests playing as the extras in Genie's directorial debut.
A third version of the attraction opened at Tokyo DisneySea in Tokyo Disney Resort on July 18, 2011 under the title Jasmine's Flying Carpets. The
The Mind Eraser is a steel inverted roller coaster at four different Six Flags and PARC theme parks. Built by Vekoma, they are of the most common and standard Suspended Looping Coaster model that is found in many theme parks; at least fifteen other parks around the world have exactly the same ride under other names. The Mind Eraser was introduced in 1995 and was one of the first suspended looping coasters built in the world.
The train climbs the 115-foot (35 m) lift hill, before dropping down a steep, curved drop. The train then enters the roll over, followed by a hill with a banked turn to the left. At the bottom of the hill comes a sidewinder (similar to an Immelman loop), followed by a 270 degree turn to the right. Next comes two inline twists. A turn to the left is then entered, followed by some banked rises and descents and the brake run.
Pony Express is a steel motorbike roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. It features sweeping turns and sudden drops in an "out-and-back" configuration. This coaster, the Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster at Darien Lake near Buffalo, New York and the Steeplechase Coaster at Luna Park, Coney Island, NY are the only Zamperla Motocoasters installed in the United States.
It opened on May 22, 2008. The ride uses a flywheel launch system, similar to the mechanism used to launch one of the park's oldest coasters, Montezooma's Revenge. It features two 16-passenger trains; the seats are designed be straddled to make the overall experience reminiscent of a horseback ride. The 'horses' use a tastefully-designed restraint system to assure rider safety while not adversely affecting the ride experience.
The ride is themed to the "Ghost Town" area of the park, and the rider is a messenger on the famed Pony Express of the Old West. The ride begins near the entrance of Bigfoot Rapids, runs in a northeasterly direction alongside the train tracks to the area near Boot Hill, then returns along the same route. Like Jaguar!, the ride is gentler than some of the park's flagship
Riddler’s Revenge is a Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up roller coaster located at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Opened on April 4, 1998, Riddler's Revenge set stand-up coaster records for height 156 feet (48 m), drop (146 feet (45 m)), speed (65 miles per hour (105 km/h)), track length (4,370 feet (1,330 m)), largest vertical loop (124 feet (38 m)), and the most inversions on a stand-up coaster [six]. All five of these records eclipsed those of Chang, which opened at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom the year before. Chang was relocated to Six Flags Great Adventure in 2011.
As the Riddler was an archenemy of Batman, The Riddler’s Revenge is located appropriately adjacent to Batman: The Ride, in the back of the park. The Riddler's signature question mark is featured on the coaster's logo. The area around the ride itself is modeled largely around the Riddler's lair in Batman Forever, including a gigantic model of the NygmaTech "box."
The Riddler's Revenge is one of only two Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters to feature a vertical loop that wraps around the lift hill, with the other being Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
The techno music that played on the loading
The Simpsons Ride is a simulator ride featured at the Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood theme parks. The ride is based on the animated television series The Simpsons. It was first announced in 2007 and replaced the Back to the Future: The Ride at both locations. The ride at Universal Studios Florida soft opened on April 23, 2008, and the official ceremonies took place on May 15. The ride at Universal Studios Hollywood opened on May 19, 2008. The Simpsons Ride was collaborated on by the producers of The Simpsons, and uses computer generated 3D animation, which was provided by Blur Studio and Reel FX. 2D animation was provided by Film Roman. The ride uses state of the art technology, including a new projection system and new hydraulics.
The ride itself is four and a half minutes long but original footage for the ride can be seen in the queue, and there is also a pre-show video. In the ride, patrons are introduced to a cartoon theme park called Krustyland built by Krusty the Clown. Sideshow Bob, however, is loose from prison to get revenge on Krusty and the Simpson family. At least 24 regular characters from the series make an appearance, all voiced by their
Le Vampire (English: The Vampire) is an inverted roller coaster at La Ronde amusement park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, designed by the Swiss firm Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M). It is a mirror image of Batman: The Ride, however since this is not a branded Six Flags park, Six Flags' licensing agreement with Warner Bros. and DC Comics is not valid. As a result, the roller coaster has no association to the Batman media franchise and was given an unrelated name and a slightly different cosmetic appearance. The track is 823 metres in length and reaches a height of nearly 32 metres. Riders sit with their legs dangling such as on a ski chairlift and reach speeds of up to 80.5 km/hour and loop head-over-heels five times. The Vampire can carry up to 1,400 riders per hour.
It was announced in January 2009 that Six Flags will be commencing the Warner Bros. and DC Comics license in La Ronde, however it is unknown if this will impact Le Vampire.
The ride was closed due to an accident on July 6, 2012. It opened for the first time since the incident on August 13, 2012.
The Voyage is a wooden roller coaster at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA. It was designed and built beginning in 2005 by The Gravity Group, with the help of designers Mike Graham, Korey Kiepert, Larry Bill, Chad Miller, and former park President Will Koch; it opened on May 6, 2006. The Voyage is themed after the voyage the Pilgrims made to America in 1620. The Voyage holds several records, including most air-time of any wooden roller coaster at 24.3 seconds, among others. In 2006, The Voyage won the award for Best New Ride at the Golden Ticket Awards, which are presented annually by Amusement Today magazine. The Voyage was also ranked as the Best Wooden Roller Coaster by the Golden Ticket Awards from 2007 through 2011. As of 2012, the Golden Ticket Awards have ranked The Voyage as the second best wooden roller coaster in the world - a title it also held in 2006.
To celebrate Holiday World's sixtieth anniversary, park President Will Koch made plans for a new holiday that was to be added to the park. The new holiday, Thanksgiving, would also feature a new wooden roller coaster, The Voyage. Koch contacted The Gravity Group (Custom Coasters International,
Thunder Run is a wooden roller coaster at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky. This is a custom designed roller coaster that was originally intended to be used at LeSourdsville Lake (Americana Park). It has 70 degree banked turns. Much of the thrill of Thunder Run comes from the force and roughness of the ride. Kings Dominion and Carowinds have mirror image clones of this coaster installed caller Hurler, and themed after the movie and Saturday Night Live sketch, Wayne's World.
Thunderation is an outdoor steel roller coaster at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. The third and fifth cars of the roller coaster used to point backwards. This has since been changed.
The train (the front part of the roller coaster looks like the front car of a train) leaves the station, takes a 90 degree right turn, goes straight forward, and makes a 90 degree left turn. The train enters a right turn helix, followed by a tunnel. Next, the train takes a 270 degree left turn. After going straight the train takes another 90 degree right turn drops into a short tunnel. The train goes up the lift hill, out of the tunnel. There is a 270 degree left turn. Finally, the train goes down the drop, and turns right 90 degrees into the station.
On some ride signs, the name is spelled as "ThuNderaTion." It is supposed to be a code on how the trains are propelled.
The Thunderbolt was a wooden roller coaster located at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. It operated from 1925 until 1982 and was finally demolished in autumn 2000. It was designed by John Miller.
It was featured briefly in Woody Allen's 1977 film Annie Hall as the boyhood home of Alvy Singer (Allen's character). The house was a real residence, built in 1895 as the Kensington Hotel. (The coaster was constructed atop this building.)
The indie rock/slowcore band Red House Painters 1993 album, Red House Painters (Rollercoaster) features a sepia toned photograph of the Thunderbolt as its cover art.
The Thunderbolt is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Originally built by John A. Miller in 1924, the ride's name was Pippin until 1967, when it changed to Thunderbolt beginning with the 1968 season, coinciding with an expansion of the track headed up by Andy Vettel. The all-wood coaster follows the surrounding terrain with a track length of 2,887 feet (880 m). Its maximum height is 70 feet (21 m), but because of the track layout and the natural ravines on which the ride is set, the maximum drop is 95 feet (29 m). Reaching a maximum speed of 55 mph (88.5 km/h), the ride takes 108 seconds to complete its circuit.
An interesting feature of the Thunderbolt is that after departing from the station, the train does not immediately go up the lift hill as on most other coasters. Instead, the lift hill is in the middle of the ride.
Most of the ride was left intact except for the double dip, station, and station turn-around to the first hill which were removed in 1968 for the addition of the new front helix hills necessary for the transformation of The Pippin into the new Thunderbolt roller coaster. The four drops down a ravine
For the wooden roller coaster of the same name at Dorney Park, see Thunderhawk (Dorney Park). For other uses, see Thunderhawk.
Thunderhawk (Formerly Serial Thriller) is an inverted steel roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure amusement park in Muskegon, Michigan, United States designed by Vekoma of The Netherlands. It is the first suspended looping roller coaster to ever be built in Michigan. Thunderhawk has a maximum height limit of eighty inches (80"), equivalent to six-foot-eight (6'8). The ride is built on top of man-made land that is right on Adventure Lake.
Thunderhawk opened in 1998 at the pre-Six Flags Geauga Lake amusement park under the name Serial Thriller and had an on-ride photo camera. The ride was constructed over what was previously marshland along the shores of Geauga Lake and sits on a small man-made island. To keep this small island dry, a pump was built near the ride's entrance. Much of the track and supports were built right over the water.
The Serial Thriller was kept through the Six Flags era until Cedar Fair Entertainment Company purchased Geauga Lake in 2004. The ride's name was changed to Thunderhawk and the on-ride photo camera was removed. In 2007,
Timber Wolf is a wooden roller coaster at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri. Timber Wolf was designed by Curtis D. Summers and was built by the Dinn Corporation and opened in 1989.
Timber Wolf is one of two wooden roller coasters at Worlds of Fun but is Worlds of Fun's first wooden roller coaster. Its highest point is 100 feet and its largest drop is 95 feet, at which point it reaches speeds of 45 mph and incurs g-forces of 2.8. It also includes an unusual 560-degree upward-spiraling helix. Timber Wolf has a sign at its entrance saying "Extreme vibrations and roughness are a nature of this ride. Do not be alarmed."
After World's of Fun's purchase by Cedar Fair in 1995, trim brakes were added to the Timber Wolf's first drop, slowing the ride considerably.
Inside the ride's station, there is a "chicken exit" for riders who chicken out in line. It is marked by the sign once used by Orient Express, which was demolished in 2003.
The ride's acclaim is featured in the "History of Roller Coasters" in the Wildcat (roller coaster) at Frontier City in Oklahoma City.
2 trains with 6 cars per train built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a
Pandemonium is the name of multiple Gerstlauer steel spinning roller coasters that are located at several Six Flags theme parks including Six Flags New England, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Over Texas, and previously at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom which was relocated to Six Flags México as The Joker. Its design consists of several cars holding four riders each. While the cars traverse the track, they spin around according to the angle of the track and the shifts in the riders' weight.
The original Pandemonium opened at Six Flags New England on April 14, 2005 as Mr. Six's Pandemonium (Six Flags dropped the "Mr. Six's" prefix one year later). It was the only Gerstlauer spinning roller coaster at a Six Flags park until 2007 and 2008 when Six Flags opened another 4 spinning roller coasters — all named Tony Hawk's Big Spin. The rides were originally billed as the "total Tony Hawk experience" and were designed to have the look and feel of giant red-and-black skateparks.
They offered a full "extreme sports" experience, with monitors in the queue lines displaying highlights of the history of action sports and a large spinning Tony Hawk figure crowning the rides.
Flight Deck is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 1995 under the name Top Gun until it was renamed in 2008 to Flight Deck. It is based on the 1986 film Top Gun, and the ride is meant to simulate the feeling of riding in an F-14 fighter jet. The ride is themed heavily after the movie with various props alongside the line-up including models of the F-14 aircraft, hangars, radar installations, army trucks, and informational posters about the making of the movie. Since its early inception, the ride has been known as the flagship ride in the park, finally losing that distinction to Behemoth in 2008.
The ride was built where "Zumba Flume" (a water log ride) was once located. The "Top Gun" movie theme was a shift in the design of the park. The ride no longer was themed to match the "land" in which it was situated. The ride has had many breakdowns which include seats and chain lift failure. There have been a couple of accounts where the train has been stuck on the lift hill with people on the ride.
First, the trains of Flight Deck go up to the top of the lift hill which is almost 100 feet (30 m) tall. Then, the trains go
Twist n' Shout was a steel looping roller coaster located at Loudoun Castle Theme Park in Galston, south-west Scotland. It opened in 2003 as a part of the new rides line-up brought in by new owner Henk Bembom. Twist n' Shout remained one of the most popular rides in the park until its closure in 2010. For the 2007 season, the trains were given a "mine train" theme.
The ride was previously located at Camelot Theme Park and Dreamland Margate, both of whom rented it from Loudoun Castle's owner. The ride was designed by Anton Schwarzkopf as one of his Silverarrow model looping coasters. Only three of these exist today: Twist n' Shout, Scorpion at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in America, and the other is said to be in a travelling carnival in Africa. The ride closed at the end of the 2010 season.
Twist n' Shout has a fairly simple and twisted layout involving a single vertical loop as the signature element. After the train is carried 60 feet into the air, riders twist down a drop and pass through the single vertical loop element. Following the loop, the train goes through a pretzel turnaround and threads the vertical loop. The train circles around a 900° helix and enters the brake run. Twist
Ultra Twister was a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great Adventure from 1986 to 1990 and then at Six Flags AstroWorld from 1991 until that park was closed and demolished by the Six Flags Corporation in 2005. The ultratwister-design is that of a pipeline roller coaster, created by a Japanese company TOGO.
Ultra Twister was previously located at Six Flags Great Adventure under the same name. It was built in 1985 and located at Six Flags Great Adventure's "Frontier Adventures" section along a path going from Rolling Thunder down to Runaway Mine Train. When it opened in 1986, it was the first heartline roll coaster in the world as well as the coaster with the steepest ascent. Although the coaster itself was a rough ride due to the restraints needed to be in use, it was still a relatively popular coaster among guests. In 1989, the Great American Scream Machine opened at the park, bringing it up to six coasters. At that time, pictures and descriptions of this coaster-along with nine other coasters in the Six Flags Chain-were displayed on mini-billboards along the queue area. Ultra Twister was closed in the middle of the 1989 season and dismantled due to Six Flags's ride
Vampire is an Arrow suspended swinging roller coaster at Chessington World of Adventures theme park in London, England. It opened in 1990 in the new Transylvania area, and was designed by John Wardley. It originally featured bat-themed trains, which were later replaced with floor less models. The trains hang from the track, and swing freely as the roller coaster completes the course. It has two lift hills, featuring many dives and turns throughout. Towards the end, the ride has a sudden drop into a sharp banked curve through a tunnel before entering the break run.
The ride station is heavily themed as a very gothic abbey, using dim lighting and dramatic music. The queueline takes riders through a graveyard, before heading through a crypt and dark corridor which leads to the loading platform. Of particular note is the animatronic organist within the station which 'plays' a large pipe organ along to the theme music close to entering the grave yard themed area.
As Vampire started to age, it suffered from numerous breakdowns and maintenance problems. The manufacturer, Arrow Dynamics, had gone bankrupt since the ride had been built, meaning little could be done to rectify these issues.
Villain was a wooden roller coaster at the Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora, Ohio. It was manufactured by the now-defunct Custom Coasters International (CCI). The ride opened as a part of the four-coaster expansion Six Flags brought to Geauga Lake between 1999 and 2000. It is a wooden hybrid, which means it has steel supports but has wood track. When it originally opened, the ride was moderately smooth, but by 2001 it deteriorated and was re-tracked during the off-season.
Currently, the Villain's trains are at Kings Island, another Cedar Fair park in Mason, OH. It is unknown what they will be used for.
On June 17, 2008, The Villain was sold for scrap to Cleveland Scrap for $2,500. The ride has since been demolished.
In September 2007, Geauga Lake shut down and only the water park, Wildwater Kingdom, remains open. Most of its rides have been moved to other amusement parks, but only the wooden coasters and the steel coaster Double Loop have not been saved.
In July 2000 when the amusement park was Six Flags Ohio, forty-four-year-old Terri Wang of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was injured while riding Villain. While on the ride Wang was struck with several objects that were believed to be
Possessed is a launched steel Inverted roller coaster located at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It previously was located at Geauga Lake from 2000-2006. The coaster has endured four name changes in nine years, operating as Superman: Ultimate Escape (2000—2003) Steel Venom (2004—2006), Voodoo (2007—2008), and Possessed (2009—present).
The ride was originally built by Six Flags in 2000 where it opened at what had been known as Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure in Aurora, Ohio and was known as Superman: Ultimate Escape. When Six Flags sold Worlds Of Adventure to Cedar Fair, the park reverted to its original name, Geauga Lake. Due to the fact that Six Flags had exclusive rights to the name Superman, the coaster had to be renamed and it became known as Steel Venom. Steel Venom, while receiving new signage featuring a black background with a silver and purple snake, retained its original blue, red, and yellow track.
The coaster was disassembled at the end of the 2006 season. At that point, rumors began to surface that Geauga Lake was going to cut back their offerings and maybe even close. At the end of the 2007season, it was decided that Geauga Lake would close
Vortex is a KMG Afterburner at Thorpe Park, an amusement park in Chertsey, Surrey, England. It was installed in the Lost City area of the park in 2001. It opened on 25 May, seven weeks after the opening of the 2001 season.
Riders sit in seats arranged in a circle facing inwards, there are eight gondolas with four seats on each. After the over-the-shoulder restraints have been lowered and checked, the platform lowers. The seats then begin to rotate, and after approximately one rotation the ride begins to swing. The ride swings back and forth, swinging up to a maximum height of 20 metres and angle of 120 degrees at 15rpm. After several full height swings, the ride then begins to slow before coming to a halt, the platform is then raised and riders exit.
Fastrack is available on Vortex, but single rider is not.
Vuoristorata is a roller coaster in the Finnish amusement park Linnanmäki. It opened on July 13, 1951 and was designed as a temporary attraction for the Linnanmäki park, opened in 1950. One of the main reasons for its construction was to attract tourists of the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Since then, its temporary status was renewed for extended periods, until eventually it was regarded as a permanent structure. It is the most legendary amusement ride in Finland, and a symbol of the Linnanmäki park; even the old park logo has a shape representing the lifts of Vuoristorata. "Vuoristorata" is simply "roller coaster" in Finnish (literally: vuoristo = mountain range, rata = track; mountain range track). Vuoristorata has never had a name differing from the general word used for roller coaster rides.
Vuoristorata is also notable for its features. It is actually a copy of another roller coaster, Rutschebanen opened in 1932, in Dyrehavsbakken, Denmark. Valdemar Lebeck, the man who designed both of these tracks (and a few others), simply took the original blueprints of Rutschebanen, which had been downscaled due to changes in location, and designed Vuoristorata. Back in the 1950s,
Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular is an attraction based on the 1995 film Waterworld found at Universal Studios Hollywood (1995), Universal Studios Japan (2001) and Universal Studios Singapore (2010). The original attraction opened at the same time as the film. Although the film was considered by many to be a disappointment, the show was highly praised, winning a 1996 THEA award from the Themed Entertainment Association. The attraction remains highly rated by park guests.
Adapted by Ben Hurst. The attraction's story occurs after the events of the movie, beginning with Helen's return from "Dryland" to get her friends from the "Atoll", and includes the characters Helen, the Deacon, and the Mariner as well as several "Atollers" and "Smokers". The show is 16 minutes long and includes stunts on water, land, and overhead, supported by many pyrotechnic, flame, water, and other special effects, including the explosive crash landing of the seaplane (referred to as a "Skyboat" by the Deacon). The stunt-show's unique soundtrack was crafted from snips from the movie score.
The seating is in three sections of arena seating. The front seats are the "Soak Zones", which are the target of
Whizzer is the name of two identical roller coasters built for the Marriott Corporation for each of their “Great America” parks at their debut in 1976. One was built in Gurnee, Illinois, at Six Flags Great America and the other in Santa Clara, California, at what is now California's Great America. Marriott continued to operate both parks until selling them in 1984. Manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf of Germany, the two rides were the last “Speedracer” models ever built. The Whizzer at California's Great America was dismantled in 1988 while the Whizzer in Illinois continues to operate at Six Flags Great America, one of only two Speedracers still in existence worldwide (the other operating as Broca at Parque Nacional Del Café in Montenegro, Colombia).
Originally named “Willard’s Whizzer” in honor of J. Willard Marriott, founder of the Marriott Corporation, this family-friendly roller coaster navigates through a deeply wooded area behind the Hometown Square section of the park. An electric motor beneath each car powers the four-car trains to the top of a unique spiral lift hill, where gravity then takes control and delights riders with a series of swooping dives and ground-hugging
Wicked is a launched steel roller coaster located at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah. It opened on June 1, 2007. It is currently the tallest roller coaster at Lagoon.
It is noticeable for being located at the front-side of the park and is easily seen from I-15. It has a green track with mostly silver supports with the only exception being bright yellow supports on the launch tower.
Elements: overbanked turn, zero-G roll, two tunnels, LSM vertical launch
Wicked is a launched roller coaster designed by Lagoon and built by Zierer, featuring many elements of a new modern roller coaster, which is unique for Zierer. The ride is thrilling due to the fact the ride is launched, pulls 4.885 gs, features a unique lap-bar restraint, and features overbanked turns and a zero-g roll. It was rumored to be named by the daughter of Dal Freeman (a designer/engineer of Magnum-XL-200) as "Wicked," after the famous musical and book, or after the fact that the design looked "Wicked" to her.
Riders start by turning in a dark tunnel with a siren and a loud boom, before shooting straight up the 110 ft vertical launch hill at 40MPH, cresting, and then going down the other side of the tower, also
The Wild Mouse is a Wooden roller coaster located at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool in Blackpool. Opened in 1958, it's one of only 5 remaining wooden Wild Mouse coasters left in the world and is held in very high regard as one of the finest and most extreme examples of Wild Mouse coasters.
Begun in 1955, both the design and construction of the Wild Mouse was done entirely in-house by the Pleasure Beach. Designed by Frank Wright and opened in 1958 it was the first major ride to be built at the Pleasure Beach since WWII.
The ride was subsequently modified in 1960s by the Velare Brothers (the originators of Sky Wheels and Space Wheels). The top circuit preceding the switchbacks, containing a big drop and a shallower dip, was added making the ride about 1/3 longer. Apparently this change was inspired by a similar alteration of the Velare's Wild Mouse at Nu-Pike in Long Beach, CA, USA.
The Wild Mouse is by far the smallest of the "adult" coasters at the pleasure beach. The ride itself is packed into more-or-less a cube, bar one turn which pops out over the (rarely used) queue pen. Unlike most versions of this type of ride, passengers sit one in front of the other, in tandem.
Wild Mouse is the name of a roller coaster at Idlewild and Soak Zone in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. It is the one of two coasters in the park, along with the small classic wooden Rollo Coaster, and its only steel roller coaster.
The Wild Mouse was originally designed for Wiener Prater in Vienna, Austria where it operated as Speedy Gonzalez from 1985-1987. Built by Vekoma, it is thus far the only wild mouse coaster designed by this corporation. It was later moved to Alton Towers, an amusement park in Staffordshire, England. When it opened there in 1987, its name was the Alton Mouse. The ride featured a covered lift hill there, which was used to conceal the treacherous curves at the top of the hill from patrons until they reached the top. The lift hill was also tilted, which suggests that the cover was a rotating tunnel, which with the tilting track, created the effect of going upside-down. The Alton Mouse was closed in 1992, partly because the harsh curve and braking system had diminished its popularity, but mainly because the area of the park it was located in was small and the ride was popular, causing congestion. Local residents also complained of the noise levels, so when the Alton
WildCat was a steel roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio that closed at the end of the 2011 season. It was an Anton Schwarzkopf Wildcat model where small cars (each holding four passengers) take many tight turns and small hills that produce negative g-forces as well as strong lateral forces. Riders must be at least 48" tall and be able to climb down vertical ladders in the case of an emergency evacuation. Riders were secured by a seatbelt and lapbar. At the end of the ride, riders were given a visual signal by the operator to extend their arms and hold on, as the train stops extremely quickly. WildCat was the second coaster to bear that name at Cedar Point, following the previous Wildcat, which was moved to Valleyfair in 1978. On May 2, 2012 Cedar Point management announced that the WildCat would be removed to allow for expansion of the Celebration Plaza, citing that the coaster was reaching the end of its useful life. WildCat was disassembled prior to opening day 2012 and scrapped.
WildCat opened at Cedar Point in 1979. It was the second Cedar Point ride to use the WildCat name following the 1970 installation, Wildcat.
WildCat is the only roller coaster in Cedar
Wildcat is the name of a wooden roller coaster located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. It was built in 1927 and is the park's centerpiece. It is one of the world's oldest operating roller coasters (in operation at the same location). With a first drop of only 73 feet, it's not too intense making it popular with younger guests. The entire structure was rebuilt with new wood in 1985, and the last bunny hills were retracked in 2004. The Wildcat went down for refurbishment on September 17, 2006 and reopened for the 2007 operating season. During its refurbishment, the brake runs were completely removed and rebuilt with new magnetic brakes. The station also received air gates in the queue line and individual seat belts were added to each seat. The Wildcat's trains were built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Before the Wildcat was built, the Green Dragon Coaster used to stand in its place. It bears a striking resemblance to the now-defunct Wildcat roller coaster that used to reside at Elitch Gardens in Denver.
Wildfire is a roller coaster located at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. The ride was built by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard and is the tallest and fastest ride at Silver Dollar City. Wildfire features five inversions: an Immelmann loop, a loop, a cobra roll and a corkscrew.
The theme of the ride is based on the story of an old Ozark inventor, Dr. Horatio Harris. Dr. Horatio Harris has an obsession to create a powered flying contraption for flight across the Ozark Mountains. Wildfire is the fuel the Doctor developed for his flying machine.
There are eight cars, sitting four abreast with ratcheting harnesses. The seats are elevated off of the floor to an extent where the riders' legs hang, making the cars seem floorless, even though they are actually not. The riders are cautioned about loose-fitting shoes because they will most likely fall off during the ride. The cars are also designed with seats that lean back slightly more compared to other B&M sit-down designs. These cars are designed to take on huge inversions and drops, while giving the rider a surprise feeling different than any other roller coaster to date.
The train leaves the station, takes a 180 degree
The Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch is a transport ride that takes guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom from Harambe, Africa to Rafiki's Planet Watch. On the ride, guests get the chance to see a little of the Animal Kingdom backlot, including animal holding buildings for rhinos and elephants, among other animals. It takes about seven minutes to go from Harambe railway station, Africa to Rafiki's Planet Watch and an additional five to return. The full journey is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) round-trip.
The railway is part of the fictional Eastern Star Railway, running from Lusaka to Nairobi and Kisangani.
There are three diesel-hydraulic, steam outline locomotives, built by Severn Lamb of Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom in 1997 before the park's opening the following year. They have a wheel configuration of 2-4-2 and are based on John Aspinall's 2-4-2T engines built for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway of England in 1898 at Horwich locomotive works, Lancashire. However, the builder's plates of the locomotives tell a different story, saying that the engines were built in 1926 by Beyer Peacock of Gorton Foundry, Manchester. Their numbers are 02594, 04982 and 00174, the former
The Wolverine Wildcat is a wooden roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure, an amusement park near Muskegon, Michigan. It first opened in 1988 before Cedar Fair purchased the park. It is located in Timbertown, near the Timbertown Railway Station. It was the commonly referred to as the most thrilling ride at Michigan's Adventure until Shivering Timbers was built in 1998. The ride has a double out and back layout that is loosely based on Phoenix at Knoebels' Amusement Resort. Wolverine Wildcat celebrated its 20th year at Michigan's Adventure in 2008, which was also Shivering Timbers' 10th anniversary and Thunderhawk's opening year.
Although various amusement rides and other coasters had been added to the park, the introduction of this coaster signaled a move into the big leagues along with a name change from Deer Park Funland to Michigan's Adventure. The coaster was designed by Curtis D. Summers and built by the Dinn Corporation. It was the first new project for the duo Dinn & Summers, who would go on to build an additional nine coasters over the next four years.
Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster is an attraction at Universal Studios Florida. It is the park's first roller coaster and the first roller coaster constructed at Universal Orlando Resort. The coaster was built in 1999, between the outside queue area for E.T. Adventure and the former 1990 Hard Rock Cafe building. The pretense is that guests are going on a wild ride through Woody Woodpecker's own Nut Factory.
You enter Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse factory and take a wild tour.
As guests queue, they pass Woody Woodpecker's insignia, along with certain bells which make various noises which guests may pull. They also pass a sign argued with by Splinter and Knot Head about who was first to sign it. Guests then enter the factory, where they line up in rows, and soon enter the ride vehicles.
After guests are seated, Woody's assistants have pushed down their lap bars, a bell rings, and the ride train leaves the station and starts to climb a lift. As it nears the top, riders have a full view of Kidzone. At the top, a sign reads "Ready or nut...Here we go!" and Woody can be heard saying "Guess who?", and then doing his famous laugh. The vehicle goes down a winding drop and goes up a hill
Xpress is a steel roller coaster at Walibi Holland in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands. It was launched as Superman The Ride in April 2000. The name was changed to Xpress in the season of 2005. It is the first LSM-coaster in Europe.
After the train has been locked and checked, it slowly advances out of the station to the launch area. The train goes through a tunnel, where the passenger waits until the countdown starts. After the countdown, the trains, which exist out of 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train, are accelerated from 0 - 55.9 mph in 2.8 seconds, after which, the ride follows. It first climbs into a roll over loop which is actually 2 inversions. You begin by climbing into a half loop, followed by a half corkscrew, another half corkscrew and ending with a half loop. Then the train plunges into numerous turns and helixes and the 3rd inversion, a 360 degree corkscrew. The train than passes in through a mid course break run, makes a few turns then travels into the final break run and re-enters the station.
The Xpress / Superman was initially to be called "Riddler's Revenge" and was painted green at the factory. Shortly before the ride was installed, it was decided
Zach's Zoomer is a wooden roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan. Zach's Zoomer was manufactured by Custom Coasters International. It opened in 1994 and is targeted toward younger audiences. Zach's Zoomer was named after Roger Jourden's grandson, and current General Manager Camille Jourden-Mark's son, Zach Mark.
The roller coaster is a family coaster and is designed to be the first step to the larger coasters. It doesn't have sudden drops or high speeds. It is one of three wooden roller coasters in the park and is an ACE Coaster Classic.
The layout is the same as the old John Allen-designed kiddie wooden coasters like Woodstock Express at sister park Kings Island.
Zoomerang is the name of a steel roller coaster located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. It uses the boomerang design. Zoomerang is one of the forty-five functioning boomerang style roller coasters in the world. They all feature a cobra roll and a loop, but the Lake Compounce Boomerang was the first boomerang to receive a Vekoma designed train. Early models used trains designed by Arrow Dynamics. After the coaster finishes its cycle, it runs in reverse. In September 2007, the ride was repainted with a new color scheme. The track was painted purple and the supports were painted teal.
On June 14, 2001, just a day after an employee was decapitated while weed-cutting under the coaster Boulder Dash, investigators determined that the mishap on the Zoomerang roller coaster at Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut was caused by a sensor malfunction. The sensor failed to communicate properly with the rides automatic braking system, allowing the train of cars to continue on its own energy until it came to rest in a section of track 60 feet in the air, in the low point of the rides Cobra Roll. Twenty-six passengers were left stranded in their seats until firefighters