Dollywood Shows Off New Coaster “Lightning Rod”

Dollywood’s new coaster “Lightning Rod” is the world’s fastest wooden coaster according to Dollywood.

Lightening Rod has a drop of 165 feet and is almost a mile long.

“You will crest the hill; there is a false drop; you will come back up over a hill, and by the time you hit the bottom of a 165-foot drop on the other side of the ridge, you will be going 73 mph,” says Pete Owens, Dollywood’s director of communications. “That makes this the fastest wooden coaster in the world.”

Instead of a chain-lift mechanism for launching , Lightning Rod will use linear synchronous motors to propel cars up the first hill at 45 mph.K0012679233--76062

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“Massiv Monster Blaster” To Be Largest Water Coaster

Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston is set to open the attraction “Massiv” which will be the biggest water coaster in the world, with “water blasters’ propelling riders uphill. This looks like a great ride!

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith First Coaster in The USA to Feature Inversions

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster  at is an all time favourite and the first coaster in USA To feature inversions. With its massive indoor maze it features some pretty amazing turns and also audio output a la Aerosmith with  900 speakers.

42388_230-140x105Here are some specs:

  • Track Length: 3,403 feet, which is more than a half-mile of
    twists, turns, loops, corkscrews, hills and dips.
  • Inversions: Two roll-over loops and one corkscrew — Rock ‘n’
    Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is Disney’s first coaster in the
    United States to feature inversions.
  • “Limotrain” Capacity: 24 guests, about twice the number of
    passengers who fit in the average stretch limousine.
  • Maximum Speed: The attraction’s high-speed launch catapults
    each Limotrain to approximately 60 mph in 2.8 seconds — similar to
    the feeling of sitting in a supersonic jet as it blasts off from
    the deck of an aircraft carrier.
  • Exclusive Audio: Five specially recorded Aerosmith soundtracks.
    Each Limotrain features a different Aerosmith song, with lead
    singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry recording custom lyrics
    and riffs for each tune. Examples include “Love In A Roller
    Coaster” (“Love In An Elevator”) and “What Kind of Ride Are You
    On?” (“What Kind of Love Are You On?”).
  • A Rocking Good Time: Actual ride time for the roller coaster is
    1:22; the cycle time for each Limotrain is 3:12 (the exact running
    time of one of Aerosmith’s “Greatest Hits,” “Sweet Emotion”); and
    the attraction’s pre-show feature is approximately two
    minutes.
  • On-Board Audio: Each guest’s seat boasts two high-frequency
    tweeters, two mid-range speakers and one subwoofer (mounted under
    the seat). By comparison, most automobiles have a total of four
    speakers in the entire vehicle.
  • Total Speakers per Limotrain: 120.
  • Total Speakers in Attraction: 900.
  • Watts of Audio Amplifier Output Power: More than 32,000.
  • Height Restriction: 48 inches.
  • Attraction Entrance: On Sunset Boulevard, near The Twilight
    Zone Tower of Terror. At 40 feet tall, the
    larger-than-life electric guitar has a neck which morphs into a
    scale-model coaster track and extends 320 feet to the entrance
    arch.

– See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2006/03/15/rock-n-roller-coaster-starring-aerosmith-fast-facts/#sthash.8HglXmex.dpuf

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train A Great Intro to Coasters

We are looking forward to trying the Seven Dwarfs Mine train. After the largest expansion of the Magic kingdom it opened in May of 2014.

Featuring an innovative, first-of-its-kind ride system, guests boarding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train pivot back and forth during twists, turns, hills and drops. Guests are transported through magical mountain scenery and a glowing mine with scenes of the Dwarfs and frolicking forest creatures.

Music from the film classic accompanies the journey. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features spectacular Audio-Animatronics – with cars slowing down so guests can spot favorite characters making an appearance in different scenes.

At ride’s end, the cottage of the Dwarfs, replicated from the film to exacting detail by Walt Disney Imagineers, comes into view with a dancing Snow White visible through a window.

– See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2014/05/28/seven-dwarfs-mine-train-opens/#sthash.UBLegEyR.dpuf

A springtime opening is planned for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a rollicking family-style coaster and the crown jewel of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park. Walt Disney World Resort guests will be treated to an exciting, musical ride into the mine "where a million diamonds shine" as the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey comes to life. One feature will be first-of-its-kind ride vehicles mounted in cradle-like pivots that allow the vehicles to swing back and forth during the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by beloved music from the Disney film classic. On their adventure, riders pass by animated figures of Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters. The attraction will complete New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Walt Disney World Resort is in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

A springtime opening is planned for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a rollicking family-style coaster and the crown jewel of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park. Walt Disney World Resort guests will be treated to an exciting, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine” as the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey comes to life. One feature will be first-of-its-kind ride vehicles mounted in cradle-like pivots that allow the vehicles to swing back and forth during the ride. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by beloved music from the Disney film classic. On their adventure, riders pass by animated figures of Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters. The attraction will complete New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Walt Disney World Resort is in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

 

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PortAventura Coaster Tallest in Europe

PortAventura is a theme park and resort near Barcelona Spain. Barcelona is an awesome city and this is a great park to visit. The Park attracts around 4 million visitors per year making it the most visited theme park in Spain. The resort also includes Costa Caribe Aquatic Park and six hotels. It is the biggest resort in the south of Europe. It is owned and built by Anheuser-Busch the same company that brings you Busch Gardens.

This is an incredible video of the PortAventura Shambhala Coaster:

 

 

The ride is located in the park’s China themed area, and intersects with the Dragon Khan roller coaster, crossing it several times. Due to the ride’s length, it extends up to the Polynesia area. The ride goes past a lake with fountains, and a pedestrian pathway.

Following the first drop, the track curves upwards into a 190 feet (58 m) airtime hill before dropping again and racing through a sweeping high-speed ‘&’ shape helix. Following this comes some small-size camelbacks and a big splash after a drop and another tunnel. The track ends with 2 more camelbacks and a 180 degree turn into the station.

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Fast and Furious Ride Set for 2017

Universal Studios Florido is constructing an amazing ride called: “Fast and Furious Supercharged.” It features incredible ride technology with a  storyboard from the movies.Fast-and-Furious-featured-1170x731

You’ll get to check out some of the high-speed, supercharged cars you’ve seen on the big screen. You’ll be immersed in the underground racing world made famous in the films and explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team. Then, you’ll board specially-designed vehicles for an adrenaline-pumping ride with your favorite stars from the films.

To make way for Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Starring You! will be closed permanently starting September 8, 2015, with Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue closing later this year.- Universal Studios Blog

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Universal Studios Orlando: Construction on 4D Fallon Ride Continues

Universal Studies is removing Twister and Disaster and building the “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”. It will focus on celebrity races but also Universal Studios says:

You’ll rocket through the streets—and skies—of New York City, from the deepest subway tunnels to the tallest skyscrapers, encountering colorful characters, famous landmarks and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s mind—and “that is some weird, wild stuff,” to quote an iconic previous host.

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