Monthly Archives: August 2011

Riding the World’s Steepest Coaster – Takabisha

Posted on August 11, 2011 in Reviews, Trip Reports by Malcolm

Recently I had the delight of riding the world’s steepest coaster – Takabisha (this apparently means ‘dominant’ in Japanese); a Gerstlauer Euro Fighter taken to the extreme at Fuji-Q highlands in Fujikyu Japan.

Firstly, Takabisha is an impressive looking coaster. Compared to the loopy colours of Dodonpa and Eejanaika, it’s a study in formal black, grey, white and red. And it works!

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Poll Results: Favorite Amusement Park Treat

Posted on August 10, 2011 in Polls by

The latest poll asked what was your favorite amusement park treat.  Options included a variety of classic amusement park sugar snacks including cotton candy, funnel cake, the corn dog, and ice cream. Emerging the victor with the most votes is the delicious but delicate funnel cake.  An amusement park staple, the funnel cake is a fried nest of batter that with powder...

UPDATE 8/18: Canada’s Wonderland 2012 mystery coaster

Posted on August 9, 2011 in Updates by

August is announcement month and while many parks have already had their plans leaked or revealed, 2012’s best kept secret (that we know of) is Canada’s Wonderland 2012 coaster.  With no rumors or hints of any sorts, earlier this Summer the park began construction on footers near the the employee parking lot and the area around Dragon Fire.  Footers continued...

“The Swarm” to invade Thorpe Park in 2012

Posted on August 8, 2011 in News by

In Spring 2012, Thorpe Park guests will prepare for complete annihilation when The Swarm hits the park.  The massive new 2012 coaster has officially been announced and construction has begun on the coaster’s new island behind Stealth.  Themed to an apocolyptic, war time alien invasion, Thorpe Park will continue to push the edge as one of the UK’s top thrill ride...

Iron Wolf to close at Six Flags Great America

Posted on August 5, 2011 in News by

Today Six Flags Great America announced that after 21-years of operation, the park will be removing Iron Wolf.  Fans of the classic coaster will have their last chance to ride on Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The ride’s removal has been rumored for a number of years and it’s time has finally come to be removed from the park.

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Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to add “Mammoth” in 2012

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Since it’s opening in 2010, Wildebeest instantly became the park’s most popular attraction drawing huge lines even in the smallest of crowds.  Built by ProSlide Technology Inc,Wildebeest used “HydroMAGNETIC” technology where magnetic pull propelled riders up hill before gravity brought them back down.  In 2012, Splashin’ Safari and ProSlide will blow riders away yet again with Mammoth, the world’s longest water...

Hersheypark announces “SkyRush” winged-hyper coaster for 2012

Posted on August 3, 2011 in News by

After months and months of a viral campaign, Hershey Park finally unveiled their plans for SKYRUSH in 2012.  At 200 ft tall, 3,600 ft long, and 75 mph, the Intamin hyper coaster featuring first-of-its-kind Winged seats.  Claiming the title as the park’s tallest, fastest, and longest coaster, SkyRush will feature 5 airtime hills, 4 highly banked turns, all surrounded by existing...