2020 – Preview (North America Edition)

It’s about this time of year I start composing all sorts of lists of the places I’d like to visit. Plans are typically influenced by a variety of factors ranging from checking off things off a bucket list, to visiting old favorites all influenced by travel deals. One of the primary things that I look at is what are the new theme parks and attractions that are opening in the coming year. In this article, I go through that list with you.

Iron Gwazi Construction from November 2019

Things certainly are not slowing down in 2020 in the theme park world. This year there is so much happening in the US alone, that we’ll split our preview into multiple articles leaving the rest of the world for later. In no particular order, here’s what we have to look forward to next year:

LEGOLAND New York

The US is getting a brand new theme park in 2020!. Planned to open on the 4th of July, LEGOLAND New York will be the third park of its kind in North America. The park will be built on the largest plot of land for a LEGOLAND park ever, leading to nearly endless possibilities for future expansion. At opening, the park will be anchored by the unique LEGO Factory Adventure trackless dark ride as well as familiar LEGOLAND staples including the Dragon coaster, Ninjago: The Ride, Driving and Boating Schools as well as our personal favorite: Miniland.

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2019 – Year in Review

2019 is over and a new decade is upon us. It’s time for us to take a step back and review the new attractions that we covered this past year. Yes, there were indeed a lot of them! Without more introduction, here’s a brief rundown of what we got a chance to experience this past year.

Copperhead Strike at Carowinds

Copperhead Strike is a Mack launched coaster that is the first of its kind to arrive in the US, following up Time Traveler (Silver Dollar City) and Mako (Sea World San Diego). The ride is clearly influenced by Icon (Blackpool Pleasure Beach). The ride is non-stop fun starting with a roll out of the station, to a themed pre-launch building, to two launches and 5 inversions through its custom layout. The ride sets itself apart being a trendsetter for featuring a launched airtime hill. Check out more photos of Copperhead Strike here. Copperhead Strike is a Mack launched coaster that is the first of its kind to arrive in the US, following up Time Traveler (Silver Dollar City) and Mako (Sea World San Diego). The ride is clearly influenced by Icon (Blackpool Pleasure Beach). The ride is non-stop fun starting with a roll out of the station, to a themed pre-launch building, to two launches and 5 inversions through its custom layout. The ride sets itself apart being a trendsetter for featuring a launched airtime hill. Check out more photos of Copperhead Strike here.

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Cedar Point announces first rider opportunities for Steel Vengeance

Leading up to the release of Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point has announced two different preview events that all guests can take part in.

The Steel Vengeance First Rider Benefit will take place on April 27th from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Tickets to the event are $250 to be on the very first public train and $75 to attend.  All proceeds go to the LeBron James Family Foundation.  Tickets go on sale March 19, 2018 in the afternoon.  This event allows unlimited rides of Steel Vengeance.

The Passholder FrontierTown Hoedown will take place on April 30th – May 2nd.  Cedar Point Passholders and Cedar Fair Platinum Passholders can participate in this event for FREE!  The event will last each day from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM.  Passholders must preregister (starting April 10th).  Admittance will be allowed only on one day (out of three) per person.  This event allows for ONE ride of Steel Vengeance.

It’s great to see Cedar Point offer these events leading up to the season.  All tickets can be obtained from http://www.cedarpoint.com

Cedar Point announces Steel Vengeance

Rocky Mountain Construction will transform the former Mean Streak into its tallest, longest, wildest project to date.  Steel Vengeance will feature a 200 foot drop and four inversions.  It claims to be the world’s first hyper-hybrid coaster.

 

Top 10 Launched Roller Coasters

Roller coasters these days are not always propelled by a lift hill.  Launches can provide a more thrilling way to start a ride.  They provide differentiation for the parks that have them.  Launches come in all different methods from using magnets (LIM or LSM) to hydraulic launch, to more primitive methods such as a winch, weight drop, or tires.

These are the launched roller coasters that we believe are the best in the business today:

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