Orkanen at Farup Sommerland © Farup Sommerland
Vekoma Rides Manufacturing created one of the best suspended family coaster for the Danish amusement park Fårup sommerland. “Orkanen”, which has successfully completed its initial test runs, is sure to ‘take riders by storm’.
New in 2013: Gold Striker © California's Great America
California’s fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster – these unique attributes make everyone who likes roller coasters listen. The exceptional woodie called “Gold Striker” manufactured by Great Coasters International (GCI) hits the start this May in California’s Great America.
Sky Spin at Skyline Park
Visitors to Skyline Park may look forward to an exciting season 2013. Besides the Slackline Park and a new show, the popular amusement park in the Bavarian spa town of Bad Wörishofen will be launching the spinning roller coaster Sky Spin in time for the upcoming season.
Model of Karacho
Karacho is the name of the catapult coaster at the Swabian theme park Erlebnispark Tripsdrill that will be opened in late May of the upcoming season. At a press conference on 4th February 2013, that also included a site inspection, we learned further details on the new coaster that we do not want to withhold from you …
The Smiler © Alton Towers
Merlin Entertainment comes up again and again with inventive publicity. The latest idea of publishing a new ride for 2013 at Alton Towers called attention across the UK and caused a great deal of confusion. The British Island is known for its friendly people, but a creepy smiling face marked on sheep and projected on major London landmarks is quite something to remember.
Logo of Huracan © Bellewaerde Park
Nearly 30 years after presenting the last coaster, a Vekoma Boomerang, to the park’s portfolio, Bellewaerde Park in Belgium is about to add a new one in the next season. And this one is meant to give home to one of the most powerful Mayan gods: Huracan.
New for 2013: Juvelen © Djurs Sommerland
Djurs Sommerland in Denmark finally announced a new hit for the upcoming season. After introducing the Intamin Mega-Lite Coaster “Piraten” (“The Pirate”) in 2008 and the Mack Water Coaster “Skatteøen” (“The Treasure Island”), folks at Djurs Sommerland are back in the coaster news again with a new adventure taking place at the park’s Mexican themed area in 2013: “Juvelen”.
Hades 360° © Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park
When the god of the underworld first showed up at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park Resorts in 2005, his legend brought one of the best adventures on a wooden coaster to the amusement park anyone was able to find in the world at this time. The anything other than ancient ride has several specialities to feature: Its supporting structure is completely made of steel while a traditional wooden coaster track is used. But that is not the most striking feature so far.
Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land © Nagashima Spa Land
Since last time the focus was on the European record holder in matter of length – “The Ultimate” at Lightwater Valley – , this time Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land, the longest roller coaster of the whole wide world, shall be spotlighted. Even though the ride on the European record holder lasts longer, the red dragon in Japan holds the record since its opening in 2000 with a track of 2,479 metres.
The Ultimate @ Lightwater Valley © Martin Lewison
Records attract the masses. Amusement parks have been chasing one another for the fastest and highest roller coaster in the last years and with eleven inversions, “Journey to the Stars” at Jinling Happy World, China, is going to set a new record next year. But one type of record is untouched for many years: the length.