2017 Nashville Wine and Food Festival

Get ready for the Nashville Wine and Food Festival!

Corkdorks Wine, Spirits, Beer will present this year’s festival will be located at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in the area behind the Nashville Farmers’ Market. It will run from Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20. You can enjoy more than 150 wines from 30 wineries around the country, and food from some of the area’s top restaurants. Chefs and wine makers also will present demonstrations. There will be live music, a beer garden, cigar lounge, cocktail lounge, local vendors, and much more!

Since 2014, the annual Nashville Wine and Food Festival has brought the community together around local artisanal products and world-class wineries, all with a goal to benefit the Nashville Symphony. In addition to great wines and food, this festival also seeks to educate attendees and will feature food demonstrations from local chefs and wine seminars by winemakers from all over the country. The event will serve as a more intimate affair where consumers can interact with chefs, wine makers and food artisans.

Tickets are now on sale. General admission tickets can be purchased for $85. For more information on the 2017 Nashville Wine and Food Festival and to buy tickets, visit http://www.thenashvillewineandfoodfestival.com.

Efteling July trip report

In July 2016 we began a mini European trip consisting of Efteling, Movie Park Germany, Dusseldorf Rheinkirmes, Phantasialand, Walibi Holland and Toverland!

First on our list of travels was Efteling in the Netherlands! We drove to Efteling from Eindhoven, it was about a 30 – 40 minute drive to the park which greets you with this amazing entrance structure!

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Inside this thatched set of three spires is the park’s main entrance, ticket kiosks, and other miscellaneous services. We picked up our tickets and made our way inside the park. (Efteling also has one of the most intricately themed ATM’s i’ve ever seen!)

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Efteling is described as a fantasy themed amusement park and the attractions are based on elements from ancient myths, legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore. The whole park follows this consistent background theme but also splits off into separate areas. From the entrance, the park has a large central pathway that leads into the centre of the park. on the left-hand side is the Marerijk area which consists of a winding labyrinth of paths with models of famous folklore tales, with several of them being animated.

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We continued to the end and turned right which led us past a lake home to a scenic two boat ride and found ourselves at the park’s newest thrill machine: Baron 1898, which would be our first ride of the day!

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Baron 1898 is a Bolliger & Mabillard Dive Coaster that opened in 2015 at a cost of 18,000,000 EUR. The ride’s backstory is as follows (Thanks to Wikipedia):

 

In 1898, the wealthy baron Gustave Hooghmoed (whose last name is a variation on the Dutch word Hoogmoed, which loosely translated means haughty or overconfident) is led to discover a nearby cave that is rich in gold deposits by a spirit known as the Witte Wieven (“Wise women”, “Dames Blanches” or “White ladies”); however, this spirit gives Hooghmoed the admonition that if he disturbs the gold in any way, he will suffer terrible consequences for the remainder of his life. In an attempt to circumvent the spirit’s threat, Hoogmoed presses the destitute locals into working in his newly opened gold mine, where many of the workers suffer catastrophic accidents or are chased out of the cave by the “Witte Wieven” and her supernatural cohorts.

After the Baron is called out of his office to tend to an emergency in the mine shaft, mine overseer Laars will help guests into his specially designed mine elevator vehicles that are capable of traveling both vertically and horizontally. After the guests board the special mine cars, Laars and the machine shop are suddenly attacked by vengeful spirits of miners who have previously vanished under the influence of the “Witte Wieven”. Before Laars’s office apparently explodes, he sends the miners out of the mine; as the car ascends, a giant fireball bursts from the opening of the machine shop and almost reaches the rear car of the train. As the train is about to leave the mine, it stops as the “Witte Wieven” can be heard singing from the pit, from which smoke pours and lights can be seen. After a few seconds, the “Witte Wieven” scream, “You shall not evade my curse! Prepare to forfeit your lives!” as the miners plunge down the exit of the mine.[10]

 

We queued around 45 minutes to 1 hour and finally entered the main building in order to experience the first of several preshow rooms. I won’t spoil what happens but it does contain some pretty clever projection techniques. The coaster’s layout is rather simple by way of the lift, vertical drop, Immelman, inline twist, helix and finally into the break run. It’s a very fun ride but unfortunately very short. Fun fact: This is the only B&M Dive coaster that does not turn at the top of the lift before the drop.

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A short walk from Baron is De Vliegender Hollander (translates to The Flying Dutchman). This actually ended up being my favourite ride at the park. It is a water coaster built by KumBak Coasters. It’s also my favourite type of water coaster, one that you don’t get wet on!

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The rides queue starts outside and on this day took about 45 minutes. You make your way into the front of the building and through a series of intricately themed queue rooms all leading up to the main station area. The stations theming is stunning. It’s one of my favourite themed stations i’ve ever seen. From the soundtrack to the faux night sky above, the atmosphere and style are just perfected.

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You board your boat which seats up to 14 people per boat and away you go. The ride has a sort of “Pirates of the Caribbean” vibe to start but then turns rather dark. Before you know it a huge ghost ship looms over you and you climb the lift. A couple of surprises later and you find yourself crusing the outdoor coaster part of the circuit before heading to the final splashdown into the lake for all to see. I really enjoyed this ride and highly highly reccommend it!efteling-neil-35

Up next we decided to check out the two racing GCI (Great Coasters International) wooden coasters – Joris en de Draak (George and the Dragon). This ride opened in 2010 and replaced the aging Pegasus wooden roller coaster that occupied the same spot. To me, this ride felt slightly underwhelming compared to other GCI coasters I have ridden. This is not to say the ride is bad by any means as it was very fun, just that you should treat it as a smaller woodie that the whole family can enjoy together. The highlight of it was the racing aspect. It’s always run as a racing coaster and they make a competition out of it by cheering on the winners and booing the loosers as the trains reenter the station after each ride. The winners station also has winning flags dropped down at this point as well. It’s a really nice touch!

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In the centre of the ride stands the mighty dragon. It’s an audio animatronic that breathes fire and also slaps its tail in the water sending up a fountain of water that it timed to wet the riders on the “Water” side of the coaster. Talking of side, the sides are named “Fire” and “Water” and you get to choose what side you wish to ride just before you climb the stairs to the platforms. I personally preferred the Fire side. It’s full of typical GCI airtime goodness and is a very very fun ride to ride. Riding three times I thought I would have had a good chance of being on the winning train at least once but luck wasn’t on my side this trip as we lost all three times!

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Next to try out was Python. Python is a Vekoma corkscrew coaster with two loops and two corkscrews. The wait was a long one due to single train operation on that day. It was nice to see it was running new trains with Vekoma’s new vest style restraint but it did not seem to help the ride experience. It was pretty rough in parts but on a positive side the ride visually looks great nestled in with De Vliegender Hollander and Joris en de Draak.efteling-neil-43 efteling-neil-44 efteling-neil-45

After a coffee and a snack from a nearby outlet we continued our exploration around the park, taking in some of the sights and the superbly landscaped gardens.

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We found ourselves facing Vogel Rok. I had no clue what type of ride it was, apart from knowing it was a roller coaster of some sort. The queue looked very inconspicuous from the outside but once inside you get to the top of a set of stairs and “Wow! that’s a lot of people!”.

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The ride is a non inverting indoor coaster that simulates the flight of the Vogel bird. It was a nice fun family ride and rode silky smooth as well. After Vogel Rok we located Villa Volta. Villa Volta had always intregued me so I was excited to finally get to try it. The preshow seemed to go on for ages but that might have been due to not knowing the language! What surprised me here was how light it was inside the main ride. Most of these “Mad-house” style rides are pretty dark and dingy but this was was bright and well lit. It made for a nice variation but other than that was a standard mad house affair.

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We made our way through some lovely landscaped areas around this side of the park which housed many childrens rides, over to our next ride: Droomvlucht. This is the parks signature dark ride. You can tell that it is one of the park’s older rides but it’s still very well done. The name translates to Dreamflight and it describes the experience pretty well. It opened in 1993 after failing to open in the same year as Disneyland Paris in 1992. The ride vehicles are pretty basic theme wise but can be described as suspended versions of Disney’s Haunted Mansion Doom Buggies.

The ride takes you past various scenes of fairies, castles, forests and other fairy-tale creatures with a backdrop of fairytale music. The ride’s finale is a huge downward spiral around the edge of a forest. You do seem to pretty much coast the entire way, but no, it’s not a coaster!

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After riding Droomvlucht we continued our tour around the edge of the park by ending up in the centre pretty much back where we started. This area will be the site of next years brand new dark ride: Symbolica. Not much is know about it but I can be pretty much sure it will be a ride not to be missed!

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We knew that we still had the final remaining coaster to ride so we headed off to locate it in a wooded area. Bob is an Intamin Bobsled and one of the older coasters that Efteling has. This ride, like other Intamin bobsleds has the weird drifting sensation as you speed round the corners. It can make you feel a bit nervous when the back end of the car drifts out when your not expecting it, especially if you’ve ridden any of the Mack bobsleds as those do not do that.

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To the right hand side of the park entrance is Fata Morgana. This is a tow boat ride based around 1001 Arabian Nights. It’s quite a long ride, coming in at 8 minutes long. It’s home to a wide variety of animatronic figures and I enjoyed the use of opening and closing curtains over the boats course to hide the upcoming scenes. The ride has a pretty cool musical soundtrack too.

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After Fata Morgana, we headed back into the heart of the park and came across Efteling’s Spooky Castle called Spookslot. I had entirely no idea what this was and by the end there was no way I could have even guessed! It was weird but strangely fun. I think the best thing to do is just watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9KGLtcUa2Y

After the quirkiness of Spookslot we just wandered around the park and decided to ride Pagode. This is a type of ride called a Flying Island, it’s made by Intamin and there are not a huge number of them around so they are fun to ride when you get the chance. The overall experience is pretty similar to a normal observation tower apart from this one as the cabin mounted on one end of a giant arm which rotates up taking you with it. Also, you are not stuck behind a sheet of plexi-glass either! From up the top you get some stunning vies of Efteling and the surrounding area, plus a small sneak peak of the awaiting parts of Symbolica.

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A wander back over to the main coaster area of Efteling and a few more rides on De Vliegende Hollander and Joris en de Draak before we made our way to the main entrance as it was nearing the parks 8pm closing time.

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The park did have an amazing music, fountain and fire display over the lake which put a nice finale to everyone’s day. After the show we made our way out to return to our hotel and off for more fun at Movie Park Germany which is coming up next time!efteling-neil-93

 

Nashville Whiskey Festival

Presented by Midtown Corkdorks, the 5th annual Nashville Whiskey Festival showcases the talents of more than 60 distilleries and provides guests with the opportunity to sample a wide range of fine whiskeys. Enthusiasts can also learn more about the craft by attending educational panels run by industry experts.

In addition to the many samples to try, there will be gourmet food to enjoy and local live musicians will provide a soundtrack to the entire event.

With distilleries from all over the world pouring from their finest barrels, it’s no wonder that spirits enthusiasts will be traveling from all over the country to attend the 2016 Nashville Whiskey Festival.

The Nashville Whiskey Festival will be held on October 1, 2016 from 6:30pm-10:00pm. VIP admission is from 5:30pm-10pm.

All attendees and ticket buyers must be 21 and over.

For additional details please visit www.nashvillewhiskeyfestival.com

Valleyfair Announces a New 230 Foot Star Flyer!

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Valleyfair made the announcement yesterday morning:

“Thrill seekers, get ready to reach for the stars as Valleyfair announces plans for a 230-foot-tall Starflyer ride in 2017.

North Star – named to celebrate the region’s affinity to being “up north” and the great outdoors – is a 230-foot-tall tower that will spin riders more than 20 stories above the ground. Seated in two-person chain-link swings that will allow their feet to dangle, riders will slowly begin rotating in a circular motion reaching speeds of up to 40 mph as the swings ascend and descend the tower.

“The annual trip to Valleyfair has always been a family tradition in Minnesota,” says DaveVF2017CloseUp Frazier, Vice President and General Manager of Valleyfair. “The addition of North Star certainly adds to the continued commitment to provide lasting family memories for our guests.”

By comparison, North Star will rank as the second tallest ride in the park next to the 275-foot Power Tower and will occupy the spot soon-to-be vacated by Enterprise, which will be retired later this month. The location positions North Star at the front of the park where, living up to its name, it will serve as a beacon to guide and greet guests on their journey to the park. North Star is the only ride of this type in the upper Midwest.

North Star is manufactured by Austrian-based Funtime. Construction on North Star will begin this month and be complete by early to mid-December. The ride will open to guests in the spring of 2017.

The best way to experience the new North Star is with a 2017 Gold Season Pass, on sale now at the lowest price of the season. Season Pass holders enjoy unlimited visits all season long, including Soak City Waterpark and Valleyscare, free parking, in-park discounts, exclusive offers and events and so much more.”

 

California’s Great America Announces 2017 Additions!

 

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California’s Great America just announced their plans for 2017!

“Today California’s Great America announced that for the 2017 season, it will introduce Patriot, the first floorless coaster in the park’s 41-year history. Patriot will emerge from the soon to be retired Vortex coaster, the oldest stand up roller coaster in the United States. Season Passes for the 2017 season also go on sale today at the lowest price of the season, offering unlimited admission for the rest of 2016 and all of 2017.

Patriot will take riders to a 91-foot height before plummeting them into a 360-degree loop at 45 miles per hour. Patriot’s position in the park makes it a dynamic visual from three different sections of Great America.

The inspiration for the coaster’s name was taken from the fact that the ride is nestled adjacent to All American Corners within a park whose name celebrates America.

The transition from a stand up to floorless ride will include state-of-the-art blue and white trains positioning guests with their feet dangling above the blue and white track.

“With the track visible beneath their fee, Patriot will create unique and exciting new perspectives throughout the ride,” said California’s Great America Vice President and General Manager Raul Rehnborg.

Guests can take their “Last Stand” on Vortex through September 5. Then work will begin to ready Patriot for the 2017 season.

Great America’s season continues weekend operations through Oct. 30, with Halloween Haunt running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 24-Oct. 30.

WinterFest debuts and takes center stage Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 25-Dec. 30, with daily operations Dec. 19-23 and 26-30. Guests can ice skate in front of the iconic Carousel Columbia, admire magnificent displays of lights and décor, view spectacular live holiday shows, experience 18 rides, see Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and enjoy scrumptious holiday foods around the park.”

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NAME OF DOLLY PARTON’S NEWEST PIGEON FORGE DINNER SHOW REVEALED

Dolly Parton today announced the name of her newest dinner show set to launch this May in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show features a captivating storyline, a cast of talented performers and family entertainment only Parton can deliver. 
  
 “I’m truly excited to be working on a new show for families to enjoy while they are in town,” Parton said. “We did a lot of work to come up with the name of the new show and I think we found the perfect fit. My creative team has been working to produce an exciting show which will showcase the amazing competitive skills of our cast. We have a few surprises that will certainly make this an ‘adventure’ for every member of the family.”
Jim Rule, Chief Executive Officer of World Choice Investments, LLC, noted construction on Lumberjack Adventure’s facility is on schedule.
“Facility construction is well underway and we are extremely pleased with the progress to this point,” Rule said. “We currently have a number of renovations planned for both the interior and exterior of the facility.”
Plans also are in place to remove the former Regency Inn to provide additional parking and to make the dinner attraction more visible from the Parkway, the major thoroughfare in Pigeon Forge.
Much like the fabulous meals at Parton’s other dinner attractions, guests will be served a hearty meal truly fit for a lumberjack. Numerous new meal items currently are being tested to create an entirely new menu.
“This completely new and unique production will reflect the same quality, attention to detail and overall entertainment value as our other dinner attractions around the country,” added Rule.
                Follow the progress at www.lumberjackadventure.com

A world’s first, Derren Brown has reinvented the Ghost Train for the 21st Century only at THORPE PARK Resort.

NEW for Spring 2016, a WORLD’S FIRST one-of-a-kind experience like you have never seen before arrives at THORPE PARK Resort.

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Re-invented for the 21st century, this ghost train will blow your mind. Crafted by the master of mind control, Derren Brown, this one-of-a-kind 13-minute theme park experience will be the world’s only fully immersive psychological attraction designed to manipulate the human mind. At the heart of the island you discover a disused warehouse. As you enter a seemingly innocent Victorian train carriage, it soon becomes clear as sights and sounds fill your senses, that you will come face-to-face with what lies at the end of the line. Prepare to derail your mind on a ghost train re-invented for the 21st century that will leave you questioning where perception ends and reality begins.

At the heart of the island you discover a disused warehouse. As you enter a seemingly innocent Victorian train carriage, it soon becomes clear as sights and sounds fill your senses, that you will come face-to-face with what lies at the end of the line. Prepare to derail your mind on a ghost train re-invented for the 21st century that will leave you questioning where perception ends and reality begins.

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ALTON TOWERS RESORT TO LAUNCH WORLD’S FIRST ROLLERCOASTER FULLY DEDICATED TO VIRTUAL REALITY

In a groundbreaking move set to revolutionise the world of theme parks, Alton Towers Resort announces today it is launching a rollercoaster entirely dedicated to virtual reality, a sensational world first.

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Set to open in April 2016, Galactica is the world’s first rollercoaster entirely customised for the full virtual reality experience, transforming riders into astronauts and plunging them into outer space with a G-force more powerful than a real rocket launch.

The exhilarating new ride experience uniquely combines the physical exertion and adrenaline rush of Alton Towers Resort’s iconic flying rollercoaster, with the breathtaking emotive experience of travelling through space. Cutting edge technology launches riders in a different world, complete with virtual space suits, stunning visuals and an exciting space adventure. The visuals have been perfectly synchronised to the thrilling twists, turns and loops of the rollercoaster to recreate the sensation of hurtling through space. Visitors will ride in a prone position along the 840-metre long
(2,760 ft) track, to recreate the feeling of flying.

Galactica’s epic space theme is set to be hugely popular following Tim Peake’s maiden voyage into space in December 2015. Its stunning, high-quality visuals deliver an immersive experience that feels breathtakingly realistic. Space exploration will continue to dominate the news agenda in 2016 with a NASA mission to Mars and a spacecraft landing on Jupiter, a journey that has taken five years.

Each rider wears a specialist VR headset. Through this, an onboard artificial intelligence guides them from the launch pad up into space, flying and looping beyond the stars, banking through wormholes and speeding across undiscovered galaxies, revealing the wonders of the cosmos in stunning clarity.

Speaking of the new attraction, Gill Riley, Marketing Director at Alton Towers Resort said: “Galactica uses ground breaking technology to give riders a breathtaking and completely unique rollercoaster experience. Tim Peake captured the imagination of millions of Brits last year when he set off on his mission to the International Space Station – and now our visitors can become astronauts too.

“There is nowhere else in the world that people can experience the feeling of a flying rollercoaster combined with soaring through the universe. For two minutes, our guests will be transported into space and we believe Galactica showcases the future for theme parks around the world – it’s a complete game changer!”

Galactica will be located in the Forbidden Valley area of the theme park and is set to open in April 2016. The launch follows earlier news of its Rollercoaster Restaurant, which opens in May.

Bye Bye 2015 Operating Season – By Jason Slone

Well coaster friends….. The end of the 2015 season is upon us.  Unless you are lucky enough to live in warmer climate areas with parks they stay open longer, right now you are trying to figure out how to make it through the next 5 or 6 months till your favorite park opens back up for business for the 2016 season.  To make matters worse the parks continue to torment us with photos of rides being taken apart for their off season overhauls.  Why must they do this to us?

 

 

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So after you have seen the 50 pictures that show up daily in your feed that you try so hard to ignore,  you bring yourself for the reality it is indeed the end of the season and YOU are going to need to find something to do constructively for the next several months.  Maybe you reintroduce yourself to your family, because you were on the road so much during the summer going from park to park they forgot who you were and what you looked like? Maybe you take up a new hobby? Knitting?  Board Games?  Card Games?  Maybe catch up on those sitcom reruns that have been on the DVR that you have not bothered to watch because you were never home, and your wife is nagging you because the DVR is almost full because of it?!  (Not that I am speaking from experience or anything 😉).

So what do I do in the off season?????  I lace these bad boys up and RUN!!!!  I participate in several spring races and use the winter off season to train for them.  It’s something that makes the off season go much faster and I really enjoy it.  It’s also great exercise and after a season of amusement park food we all know we could use all that we can get, if you know what I mean 😱😳.

 

So what do you do till your favorite park opens in the spring other than mark your calendar with the number of days to opening day and cross them off with each passing day.   Let us know how you cope with the winter park blues.  

 

Photos via Cedar Point and Kings Island Facebook Pages.

 

 

What Rides We Are Looking Forward To The Most In 2016

2016 is shaping up to be a great year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans! Several big theme parks and smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.

Here’s our list of the most anticipated rides for 2016, in no particular order:

1)  Lightning Rod

Dollywood’s newest ride is going to be the world’s first launched wooden coaster and the world’s fastest wooden coaster.

The hot rod themed Lightning Rod coaster, built by Rocky Mountain Construction, will feature 12 airtime hills, taking advantage of the eastern Tennessee theme park’s terrain.

 

2) GaleForce

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The GaleForce triple-launch coaster, coming to Playland’s Castaway Cove in New Jersey, starts with a launch sequence to get the 12-person ride vehicle up to 64 mph.

The 125-foot-tall S&S Worldwide ride features a 100-degree beyond-vertical drop and multiple inversions, including a corked roll and a raven dive.

3) The Joker

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Coming to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, The Joker is the second DC Comics-themed attraction at the park. The villainous character’s personality is evident in the coaster’s chaotic twists and turns, including a first ever “step-up under-flip inverted roll” that takes riders horizontal. The Joker ride also features the ultimate “fake-out” with a unique breaking wave turn, the only one of its kind on the West Coast.

 

 

4) Storm Chaser

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Kentucky Kingdom will convert their existing Twisted Twins dueling coaster into a hybrid ride with multiple inversions with the help of Rocky Mountain Construction. Storm Chaser will be the second new coaster built at Kentucky Kingdom in the last two years. It will feature a patented “iBox track,” which is currently in use on just five coasters across the country. The track recreates the feel of a wooden coaster, while being supported by a steel superstructure.

The track will allow the 100-foot tall coaster to feature a 78-degree barrel roll drop from its highest point, plus a stall dive, corkscrew, and a twisted airtime drop.

 

5) Valravn

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Cedar Point will open the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster. Riders on Valravn are carried more than 20 stories up to the top of the coaster’s 223-foot-tall first hill.  Once there, the train is held perilously over the edge of the first drop for approximately four seconds, giving anxious guests unparalleled views of the park before free-falling a record 214 feet at a completely vertical, 90-degree angle, reaching a top speed of 75 mph!

 

6) Mako

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SeaWorld Orlando will debut a shark-inspired roller coaster named Mako next summer that will have a top speed of 73 mph and a drop from 200 feet — the fastest, tallest, longest thrill ride in Central Florida.

The coaster’s track will be 4,760 feet long and its path will skirt the park’s central lake and form a loop in front of the Shark Encounter attraction, creating a new shipwreck-themed area within the park to be called Sharks Realm.

 

7) Cobra’s Curse

The former King Tut’s Tomb walk-through attraction will be reused as the queue for the new Mack Rides spinning coaster.

8) The Monster

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The Monster coaster, coming to Adventureland Park Iowa, will feature a vertical lift hill, a 101-degree beyond-vertical first drop, and five inversions, including an Immelmann and a pair of dive loops.

The new Gerstlauer Infinity steel coaster will replace the amusement park’s existing log ride.

9) Skull Island: Reign of Kong

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The Skull Island: Reign of Kong dark ride at the Universal Studios Orlando Islands of Adventure theme park will combine massive 3-D screens, larger-than-life physical sets and huge animatronic figures.

As you journey deep into a mysterious island, your 1930s expedition is swarmed by enormous prehistoric predators. Your only hope is the most colossal ape ever to walk the earth. As the gargantuan beasts fight for dominance, you will just fight to survive.

10) Phobia Phear

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The vertically-oriented Phobia Phear triple-launch coaster, coming to Connecticut’s Lake Compounce, will sit on a compact footprint but pack a sizable punch.

Identical versions of the Premier Rides SkyRocket II coaster can be found at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Tempesto) and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Superman Ultimate Flight).

 

11) Total Mayhem

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Guests coming to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey will experience Total Mayhem next year. After being lifted straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, this 4-D, free-fly coaster will wreak havoc as riders flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless journey. Thrill seekers will experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane, along with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next. The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience all of this chaos with no track above or below – just the sky, ground and adjacent Great Lake churning around them.

12) Delirium

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Kings Dominion will add the Delirium thrill ride to the Candy Apple Grove area of the Virginia park, in place of the Shockwave stand-up roller coaster.

The Mondial Revolution pendulum swing ride will propel riders 115 feet into the air at a 120-degree angle.

13) Skyhawk

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The Skyhawk thrill ride, coming to Canada’s Wonderland, will lift riders 135 feet in the air aboard single-seat gondolas at the end of a cantilevered arm rotating around a central tower.

Riders control the wings of the Gerstlauer Sky Fly ride with their hands — choosing to simply sit and enjoy the ride, or manipulate the wings to wildly rotate like a plane’s propeller.