January 25, 2013, 12:25 PM ·
I honestly thought that 2013 was going to be the year of the barrel roll on a wooden roller coaster.
But after really looking into it, it turns out that these are not true wooden coaster barrel rolls. The Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City are both wooden frames with steel tracks, making them hybrid coasters more than pure woodies. Another hybrid, Hades at Mt. Olympus, (it has a steel frame and a wooden track) is also getting a barrel roll.
So…that being said…this is NOT the year of the wooden coaster barrel roll. But if we fish around a bit, we find another trend in roller coasters for 2013.
Six Flags Magic Mountain's new Full Throttle will run backward for a bit, as well as forward
It seems like the maintenance people who work on roller coasters can’t seem to figure out which way the seats go on and have built Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Great America backwards. The roller coaster is still going to roll forward but the confused maintenance crew has the seats facing backwards. This cycle has been repeated for Hollywood Dream at Universal Studios Japan, but only for one train. The maintenance crews at Thorpe Park are a little bit less confused than the previous two and have only put the back two rows of The Swarm on backwards. [And let's not forget the backward launch on the new Full Throttle, coming this year to Six Flags Magic Mountain. -- Robert]
This is following a trend of Superman: Escape from Krypton at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast at both Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis where the trains ran backwards. I would guess that these must have been popular if they are continuing the trend. If you have been on any of these, please give your thoughts below.
Does this idea intrigue you? Are you more likely to go on one of these rides facing backwards? Would you be more willing to visit a park that had a backwards coaster?
Please vote below and let us know in the talkback your thoughts on this matter.