Friday, January 06, 2006

Ride Roundup for May 2005

Copied from my LJ-5/24/05
I'm a big fan of many websites devoted to roller coasters and the amusement industry, but sometimes the wealth of information they offer is overwhelming. I wish there were a site where I could see the big news, reviews, photos and videos of the latest rides without searching through a laundry list of construction updates, track sightings, and unconfirmed rumors to find them. Today it occurred to me that I might start a such a feature on my blog. With that, I give you:

Ride Roundup - May 2005

Six Flags New England (Agawam, MA) debuted Mr. Six's Pandemonium, a Reverchon spinning coaster, last month. In case you're wondering, Mr. Six is that creepy new Six Flags mascot in all your nightmares.

This week Legoland California will premiere Knights’ Tournament, a robocoaster. Two coaster seats are mounted on a massive robotic arm that can fling rapidly in any direction and put you through maneuvers no coaster is capable of (yet). The ride is fully programmable and riders select an intensity level from 1 to 5.

Italian amusement park Gardaland has opened a new type of coaster. The Sequoia Adventure is the first S&S Screaming Squirrel in operation.

Busch Gardens Tampa is experiencing lines over four hours long for its new ride SheiKra, the first dive coaster in the US and the first ever with two 90 degree drops.

Pennsylvania's Dorney Park has begun testing on a new floorless coaster called Hyrda: The Revenge (video link halfway down on the right). It has some nicely twisted elements, including a tight inversion called a JoJo roll.

Kingda Ka of Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ) claimed its throne last Friday as the tallest, fastest coaster on earth, with a peak 456 feet high and a top speed of 128 mph.

Last month Busch Gardens Williamsburg (VA) debuted Curse of
, an innovative 3D motion simulator ride that is getting raves.

Paramount's Kings Island (Cincinnati, OH) just introduced their new
Italian Job Stunt Track coaster. Extensive photo tour of opening day here.

Cedar Point's (Sandusky, OH) new ride for 2005 is maXair, a Huss Giant Frisbee.

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