UPDATE - For the most up-to-date 2009 coaster news check out Top Ten Coasters for 2009 List.
Confirmed Roller Coasters & Rumors for 2009
Kings Island will be getting a B&M hyper coaster for 2009. Construction has been pretty apparent even though no official announcement has been made. The layout which first appeared in First Drop magazine last November looks great. It will ride off into the woods behind the Tomb Raider ride, much the way The Beast does.
There’s an area being cleared that looks like where the station and a water splash section will be built. The water splash will act to slow the trains down at the end of the ride like on Griffon and SheiKra. So far this new unnamed project is tied for my favorite ’09 coaster with Manta. More at ScreamScape. Image courtesy of ScreamScape.
California Gets Two New Woodies
California’s Great America in Santa Clara, CA announced a new wooden coaster for 2009 months ago. No details have surfaced. Rumors suggest it will be a GCI, but it is not known if it will be a clone of an existing ride or a custom installation.
A Terminator wooden coaster (?) was not officially announced, but alluded to at a conference by the Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro. More on the Terminator coaster…>>>
Holiday World Mysteriously Clearing Space
Last month on the HoliBlog, Holiday world teased fans with a picture of a clearing with survey stakes in it. Could there be a new coaster coming to the park? Maybe an entire new holiday-themed section like New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day or dare I say a Valentines Day. For now we’ll just have to wait.
Dollywood’s Up to Something
Dollywood’s been clearing land in the area behind the park known as the Wilderness Pass. The clearing can been seen from the train ride that winds its way around the Smoky Mountains that the park backs up to. Check out this video below of the clearing:
Orlando Offers Two Impressive New Attractions
Orlando will be the place to be in 2009. The new B&M flying coaster Manta will have riders flying face down over water. It was officially announced last month by SeaWorld Orlando. More on Manta…>>
Universal Studios’ Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s main distinction will be the on-board cameras that will allow riders to download a video of their ride and post it on the Web. HRRR will also feature a number of elements and inversions. More on Rip Ride Rockit…>>>
Record Breaking Coaster Coming to Germany
A new S&S launch coaster will be the speed king, for the moment. While Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka tops out at a blistering 128 mph, Ring°Racer will push the envelope even further with a top speed of 134 mph (217 km/h). This speed demon will be at Nürburgring a famous motor sports race track in Nürburg, Germany. More on Ring°Racer…>>>
China’s First Wooden Roller Coaster – Fireball
Fireball will be China’s first wooden coaster and it looks awesome. Designed by Gravity Group, Fireball will be on a peninsula at Happy Valley near Shanghai. (pictured right)
What do you think of these new coasters? Do you know of any 2009 rumors or confirmed coasters? Leave a comment below.