5th Annual List of the Most Anticipated New Roller Coasters of the Year
Here’s the conclusion of this year’s top new roller coasters list including my top pick. Again, these are the coasters that I’d like to ride most based on how they look. In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 with coasters 5 through 8.
4 Hades 360 at Mt Olympus (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin)
Hades is already a note-worthy roller coaster. Back in 2005, it was beloved coaster designers, The Gravity Group’s, first roller coaster. It brought us things we hadn’t seen like a World record-setting 800-foot long tunnel, extreme banking, and lots of speed. I loved it and I rated it among the best woodies I’ve ridden, but it sounds like it’s gotten rougher in recent years. This year, Hades is undergoing a mind-blowing upgrade as this fully wooden roller coaster will be re-tracked and given a corkscrew inversion.
Why You Should Be Excited – The Gravity Group could simultaneously push the envelope even further in the wooden coaster world. In a Lazarus-like move, bring Hades back to its world-class status. Here’s hoping that the Gravity Group’s Timberliner trains deliver on their revolutionary promise.
3 Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, California)
Full Throttle will be Six Flags Magic Mountain’s next weapon in the wars for coaster supremacy. Though it doesn’t seem to have the Coaster Capital reputation that Cedar Point has developed, in terms of number of coasters, Magic Mountain certainly holds the crown. 2013′s Full Throttle will bring the park’s coaster total to 18.
More than just another new ride, Full Throttle will be a multi-launch roller coaster with a record-setting loop. After a blistering 70 mph launch, riders will experience a giant 160-foot tall vertical loop, followed by a disorienting dive loop into a tunnel. There, they’ll hit a rare set of reverse-launch magnets only to be propelled once again forward through and out of the tunnel.
Why You Should Be Excited – While some have remarked that at 2,200 feet long, Full Throttle may be a bit short, I think it will seem a lot longer. From the tunnel, massive loop, and launches, there will likely be several memorable moments as it looks to be a very, very eventful 2,200 feet. Riders should get off of Full Throttle with a lot to talk about.
2 Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City (Branson, Missouri)
Silver Dollar City is opening a potential landmark roller coaster in Outlaw Run. Designed by Rocky Mountain Construction, Outlaw Run will be a hybrid roller coaster. Blurring the lines of categorization, the ride will have steel topper track sitting on wooden support track. Regardless of what it’s called, this looks to be a fantastic ride. Riders are taken down a steep 81-degree drop, and then through unique turns and elements we’ve yet to experience on a mostly wooden roller coaster. The highlight, and complete showstopper when it was announced, looks to be the double-barrel roll.
Why You Should Be Excited – Thanks to Rocky Mountain Construction’s steel topper track, Outlaw Run has some very exciting elements including that barrel roll. This element not only ignited the coaster enthusiast crowd last winter, but it will also likely draw the attention of the general public as most know that wooden coasters don’t usually perform tight loops like that. After I picked my jaw up off of the floor after seeing that first barrel roll image, I’ve been following this ride’s developments all off-season. Thanks to Outlaw Run, Silver Dollar City is at the top of the list of parks that I’m looking to visit in 2013.
1 Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, Texas)
Much like 2011′s Texas Giant, Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Rattler is getting a $6 Million Dollar Man-like upgrade. The ride’s 20-year old wooden track will be replaced with Rocky Mountain Construction’s steel track, transitioning the ride to a steel coaster. The Iron Rattler will still take advantage of Fiesta Texas’ beautiful rocky terrain as it will dive off of and also through a rocky cliff wall. The ride will offer a number of over-banked turns where riders may feel like they’re about to be dumped out of the train. And, if all that wasn’t enough, Iron Rattler will also boast a barrel roll inversion.
Why You Should Be Excited – The reborn New Texas Giant is easily one of the very best roller coasters I’ve ever ridden and Iron Rattler may top it. When I rode The Rattler in 2011, I noted how it had so much potential, but fell short due it’s roughness. Now, with RMC’s steel track and wild elements, it should be a much improved ride. I’m also a huge fan of terrain roller coasters as they not only add to the scenery, but also offer unique experiences. I also love a good tunnel and Iron Rattler’s is basically a cave! I’m all in on Iron Rattler, I just wish that I hadn’t just been to San Antonio in 2011.
Also, here’s a teaser video for Iron Rattler:
Iron Rattler and Outlaw Run were pretty much tied. Both of these rides look amazing. I gave it to Iron Rattler because of the tunnel and its use of the cliff wall. Some have asked why I put GateKeeper at 5th in Part 1. My answer is simple. I really liked the wing coasters I rode last year, but now that I’ve experienced them, I’m more intrigued by these rides. If I could pick any of these to ride next, I’d ride these four ahead of GateKeeper. My list might be different if I hadn’t already been on Wild Eagle and X-Flight.
Other noteworthy North American rides that didn’t make the list include: Coast Rider at Knott’s Berry Farm, Undertow at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Freedom Fighter at Fun Spot Action Park, Twist N Shout at Family Kingdom and Joker at Six Flags Mexico.
And again, I didn’t forget great rides from other countries like Alton Tower’s Smiler. Stay tuned for my Top New Eurasian Roller Coasters List where I’ll cover the best-looking rides opening in the rest of the World.
What’s Your Take?
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