Below you’ll find information on the major roller coasters set to debut in 2009. Check back here for all of the latest updates on this year’s best new coasters.
Manta | SeaWorld Orlando – Orlando, Florida
Manta will be a Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster reaching heights of 140′ and speeds up to 60 mph that will open in Summer 2009. The splash effects seen in previous concept art will be achieved… Continue reading about SeaWorld’s Manta.
Diamondback | Kings Island – Kings Mill, Ohio
Diamondback will be a Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster that will offer a high-speed ride with many drops and lots of airtime. Unlike earlier reports that described the new coaster as being 4,200 feet long, Diamondback will be massive at 5,280 feet long (a mile long). Read more about Diamondback.
Hyper Coaster Rumored for Kings Island
Kings Island Teases New Coaster
Diamondback Construction Photos
Diamondback Test Video & Train Image
Diamondback Opens! – Coverage Including Tons of Images & Early Reviews
Terminator | Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, California
Terminator: The Coaster will be a Great Coasters International twister woodie. Twisters offer lots of banked turns and speed. The ride will also feature a station fly-through like the acclaimed Thunderhead at Dollywood. Also, like Thunderhead, Terminator will feature GCI’s Millennium Flyer trains. That’s about where the similarities end… Continue reading aboutTerminator at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Terminator Construction Photos
More Construction Photos & A First Look at the Trains
Terminator Opens to Positive Early Reviews (Photo & Video)
Hollywood – Rip Ride Rockit | Universal Studios Florida – Orlando, Florida
Universal will embrace the “YouTube Culture” as 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. Continue reading the Rip Ride Rockit announcement.
Ring°Racer | Nurburgring, Germany Ring°Racer at Nurburgring will shatter the current record in 2009. 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). More on Ring°Racer.
Carolina Cobra | Carowinds – Charlotte, North Carolina
The roller coaster, formerly Head Spin at Geauga Lake, will be called Carolina Cobra. For a theme park dead center in the middle of the Carolinas, it’s not a bad name. Vekoma Boomerangs are shuttle coasters that are a dime a dozen, but at least the Carolina Cobra will have unique trains. Continue reading about Carolina Cobra.
Saw: The Ride | Thorpe Park – Great Britain
Thorpe Park’s new roller coaster will be a Gerstlauer Eurofighter themed after the popular horror movie series, Saw. The ride will feature a 100′ climb and a beyond vertical drop of 100 degrees. Saw may be in the same vein as Dollywood’s Mystery Mine which was also a custom Eurofighter. Read more and check out some photos of Saw: The Ride at Thorpe Park.
SAW: The Ride Opens, BBC Video
Prowler | Worlds of Fun – Kansas City, Missouri
Worlds of Fun will unleash a wooden terrain roller coaster in 2009. Prowler will kick off with an 85-foot drop into a ravine. The rest of the ride will closely hug the terrain as it reaches speeds in excess of 50 mph. Read more about Worlds of Fun’s new Prowler.
Both Six Flags New England’s Superman Ride of Steel and Six Flags Great Adventure’s Medusa are getting renovations that include on-board audio, new paint, new trains and possibly new names. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is opening a completely new kids section centered around a kiddie coaster called Grover’s Alpine Express. Mumbo Jumbo improves on Steel Hawg’s design by setting a new drop record with a 110 degree drop. Gravity Group designed China’s first wooden coaster, Fireball at Happy Valley. Ghost Town in the Sky looks to finally reopen their Cliffhanger looping coaster with new lap bar trains. And Six Flags will show their Mexico park some love with a Dark Knight coaster clone similar to the installations that popped up at three U.S. parks in 2008.
Keep checking back for updates through out the year. More News to Come…