We will be at Carowinds next Wednesday for the Fury 325 premiere, and we'll be in Southern Indiana next month for the "launch" of B&M's first launched wing coaster, Thunderbird, at Holiday World. We're also looking forward to the debut of Southern California's first hybrid coaster, Twisted Colossus, which we are expecting to open at Six Flags Magic Mountain in late spring. We will be bringing you detailed coverage, including our reviews and on-ride video, from all of these events. But these aren't the only coasters opening this year.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is opening Batman: The Ride, an S&S Free Fly coaster. And Cedar Point has converted its old Mantis stand-up coaster into Rougarou, a B&M floorless.
Hersheypark also has a new coaster coming this spring, Laff Traxx, but that tribute to old-fashioned fun houses is as much a dark ride as a roller coaster. And outside the United States, Efteling will be opening Baron 1898 this spring, a B&M dive coaster with an unprecedented level of theming for that model. So we will leave those two attractions for other polls.
We'd love to hear what you're thinking about these new coasters in the United States, as you wait for their arrivals. Let's take a few virtual or test rides to get ready.
Update: By popular demand, we're offering a second vote, featuring Cannibal, Impulse, Laff Trakk, Tempesto, and Wicked Cyclone. Vote now!
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-Batman: The Ride
Personally, I don't consider Rougarou a new coaster.
Sorry about the Wicked Cyclone exclusion. (We could use some help from readers in New England to help us expand coverage of SFNE.)
Thanks for explaining the Batman campaign, Robert. I watched about 20 seconds of that video and it was all I needed to see to know I'd be sick and throwing up upon exiting that ride. I love Batman, but have no interest whatsoever in Batman: The Ride.
And, Bobbie, Russell is going to Carowinds, and I am going to Holiday World. We needed to do some lobbying to get responses from various parks around the country for events this year. As always, I ask our front-pagers to email me if you know the date of a media event and need help getting approval from the park to attend. I can't always swing it (some parks like to work only with local media), but I try my best to get in so we can bring coverage to all of our readers.
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