The new roller coasters for the upcoming 2013 season have pretty much all been announced, and many of them are already well under construction. I thought this would be a good time to do an overview of all the major roller coasters announced for 2013, at least in the USA.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Since my home park is Six Flags Magic Mountain, that’s where we are going to start. Their unprecedented 18th roller coaster will be called Full Throttle. Built by Premier Rides, they are billing it as the the world’s tallest and fastest looping coaster in the world. It starts by accelerating from zero to 70 MPH in the first of three launches, sending you through the inside of the world-record 160-foot tall loop. You’ll then enter into a high-banked curve to the right and then to the left as you approach the second inversion — a dive loop that rapidly drops you into a dark underground tunnel. After a brief stop, you’ll suddenly be launched backwards up to the high point of the dive loop where you’ll be dropped and magnetically launched a third time, out of the tunnel and through a high-G turn to the left. You’ll then shoot up and over the outside of the record-breaking loop, where you’ll experience significant air time and a breath-taking view of the park as you drop back down to Earth, rapidly decelerating and taking the final 180-degree turn to the left, returning you to the station.
One of the most anticipated roller coasters being built today is GateKeeper at Cedar Point. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, GateKeeper is a 170′ tall, 4,164′ long wing roller coaster. The ride layout is specially designed for Cedar Point, featuring a track that dramatically flies above the main entrance of the park, passing over arriving guests with rolling flyover maneuvers – twice, sliding by buildings and narrowly slotting through new front gate portals for near miss excitement. Built at a cost of $30M and consuming 3.5 acres of land, GateKeeper will surely command attention from anyone in the park.
Silver Dollar City
One of the most talked about coasters being built is Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City. This is the very first roller coaster completely designed and manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, which has exploded onto the roller coaster scene in the last couple of years. One of the most unique elements of Outlaw Run is that it will feature three inversions, the only wooden coaster to do so. The coaster will be 2,937′ long and 107′ tall. However, thanks to unique terrain, the first drop will be 162′ long at an 81° angle. Where’s my cowboy hat? I can’t wait to saddle up on this wild ride!
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Speaking of Rocky Mountain Construction, they really made their mark in the roller coaster industry through their innovative Iron Horse Track conversions of older wooden coasters. By replacing the laminated layers of wood that traditionally make up a wooden coaster track with a formed I-beam of steel called I-Box Track, Rocky Mountain is able to make wood coasters faster, smoother, and perform maneuvers that weren’t possible with a standard wood track. The first application of this new technology was on the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas, and it was an astounding success. Next up to receive the Iron Horse treatment is the Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The coaster will now be known as Iron Rattler, with the infusion of the new Iron Horse Track. The Iron Rattler will be 179′ tall, 3,266′ long, and feature an inversion in the form of a barrel roll.
California Great America
Originally planned for 2009, the Gold Striker wooden roller coaster at California Great America is finally under construction and will be open for the 2013 season. Built by Great Coasters International, the ride will stand 108′ tall with a first drop of 103′ at a 50° angle. The track will be 3,197′ long and reach speeds up to 54 miles per hour. The name of the ride was chosen to recognize the pioneering and adventurous spirit of the California gold-seekers who rushed the area in 1849. This will be the park’s eighth roller coaster.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Northern California’s only spinning roller coaster will be known as Undertow at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Manufactured by the German coaster firm Maurer Sohne, Undertow is 50′ tall, 1,410′ long, and will have seven 4-person cars. As a spinning coaster, every ride will be unique depending on the weight and balance of the cars.
Fun Spot Action Park
A small little park in Orlando, Florida is growing – a lot! Fun Spot Action Park is tripling in size, expanding from 5 to 15 acres. They will also be getting a new name, soon to be known as Fun Spot America. As part of the expansion, they are adding two new roller coasters, one wood and one steel. The steel coaster will be a Vekoma suspended family coaster called Freedom Fighter. It will be 64′ tall, 1,295′ long, and reach a maximum speed of 34 miles per hour. The wood coaster is being built by Great Coasters International and will be called White Lightning. It will be 75′ tall, 2,000′ long, and reach speeds up to 48 mile per hour. The new roller coasters should attract a lot of new visitors to this park.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Knott’s Berry Farm is sprucing up the Boardwalk for 2013, adding two new flat rides and a roller coaster. The coaster will be a Mack Rides Wild Mouse called Coast Rider. It will be 52′ tall and 1,339′ long. The adventure aboard the ride is supposed to give guests the feeling of riding the California coast. Once they reach the crest, it is a harrowing journey down the track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins.