Vote of the Week: Which New Coaster Excites You Most?
Bolliger & Mabillard's tallest-ever hyper coaster, Fury 325, opens to reporters next Wednesday at Carowinds, so we're just about ready to start welcoming this year's crop of new roller coasters. But which of this year' new coasters are you most looking forward to ride?
Fury 325 concept art from Carowinds
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.
Batman: The Ride: VIDEO Fury 325: VIDEO Rougarou: VIDEO Thunderbird: VIDEO Twisted Colossus: VIDEO
Update: By popular demand, we're offering a second vote, featuring Cannibal, Impulse, Laff Trakk, Tempesto, and Wicked Cyclone. Vote now! You Might Also Like:
I voted for the one I may be visiting in June: Thunderbird. But if I was being honest, Twisted Colossus peaks my interest the most.
Wicked Cyclone. But it's not on the poll...
I would have voted for Wicked Cyclone (SFNE) if it had been included on the list. Being absent, I voted for Thundebird.
Twisted Colossus, primarily because it's at one of my local parks and based on my previous experience with RMC I expect it to become the new best ride at SFMM, plus it's the only one I know I'll ride. If I had a realistic shot at getting to all of these, however, I'd pick Fury 325. For the rest of the major US installations for 2015, I'd rank them as follows (most interested to least interested):
I am visiting Efteling in early June and according to their website Baron 1898 does not open until the summer. So looks like I will miss out unless I catch a soft opening. But at the least I can provide some ride construction photos.
Who the heck cares about Batman The Ride?
Wicked Cyclone even though it's not on the list
How is Batman getting so many votes? Sure, it's neat looking, but I have a feeling this will be a ride more fun to look at than to ride. It's the same concept as the Green Lantern Coaster in California which isn't particularly highly rated. It looks like the kind of coaster designed to take up minimal real estate. It doesn't look like the put through rate will be very high either, so expect long waits.
Let's change this to which park are you visiting? Anyhow, voting on Twisted Colossus. By the way, Rougaro is just Mantis as a floorless sit down coaster and a fresh coat of paint. Nice try Cedar Point!
I guess by how Batman the ride is winning, gimmicks can at least build excitement.... But come on people!!! A launching wing coaster!!! Can't go wrong with that. Either that or fury 325
FWIW, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is campaigning with a link to the poll on its Facebook and social media pages. Other parks always are welcomed to campaign, too.
My vote is for Thunderbird. It looks smooth, and the slow roll at the end really looks good!
Robert, when you say "We will be at Carowinds next Wednesday" and later Holiday World, who is WE? I figured that someone associated with TPI who's closer to Charlotte than I am would cover it but am extremely frustrated by Carowinds' lack of response to my request to be added to their distribution list for media events. I was going to ask for permission to cover Thunderbird for TPI but someone beat me to it. At least I now know to stop looking for cheap airfares to Evansville. Fury 325 looks more exciting to me and fares from Philly to Charlotte are reasonable so I'll go to Carowinds maybe at the end of May, when the frenzy over Fury's opening will have subsided.
Where is impulse how come thats not on the list
Since I live 30 minutes from Carowinds, I'd have to say Fury 325. As far as which ride looks the best, I'd say Wicked Cyclone, but that's not on the list.
The new ride that excites me the most is the world's first 4D free-fly coaster, I voted for Batman, The Ride!
Woot woot.can't wait to check these new rides out
Batman the Ride....Why??? Because it's going to be short, sweet, and insane. I can't wait to visit Six Flags Fiesta Texas in SA, TX
We been waiting for Batman: TheRide since we first heard about it. Waiting patiently! Looks like it's going to be a "twisted" ride!
Why so many people hateing on batman the ride. Let me say it's going to be one of the best coaster out their and the only one of its kind. I say don't judge it till u try it. I know it's going to be a great ride. Six flags fiesta Texas is a great park.
OK, part two of this poll is coming later today!
Omg can't wait for the batman ride at fiesta Texas
I can't wait to get to San Antonio Sixflags to ride the new batman ride. I've been discussing with my family our plans for this summer and when I saw the video advertising the first 4D Ride it blew my mind. We are anticipating this July regardless free or not we will ride this ride. Cant wait for the adrenal rush/stress relief.
I can't really get excited about Batman the ride, because we already have a couple of rides like that at Magic Mountain, with X2 leading the way. Honestly that ride reminds me mostly of Green Lantern at Magic Mountain...but I suppose I'm biased...TWISTED
Wicked Cyclone Six Flags New England! Why isn;t it on here??!?!?!
It's in the
What about Cannibal at Lagoon? It looks sick!
I am looking forward to riding Twisted Colossus. Another new coaster I can't wait to ride is 'Cannibal' coming to Lagoon amusement park in Utah this spring. It isn't on the poll, but I have to mention it because Lagoon is basically my home amusement park. Cannibal is noteworthy because it will have a 208 foot beyond vertical first drop at 116 degrees, (steepest drop in the states) and three or four inversions.
Fury 325. Mantis' new hair do isn't fooling anybody.
Batman the ride is the best!!!
I can't wait to go on twistedcolossus.
I want to ride all new rides
It was hard to decide between Batman because I've never been on anything like that and Twisted Colossus. Yes, Six Flags Over Texas has a link to this poll wanting to show Texas pride for Batman. Both Over Texas and Fiesta Texas do not have a ride similar to Batman while both parks have a wooden/steel combination rollercoaster similar to Colossus minus the double train and twists. However, I am not sure why so many are upset that Batman has a high amount of votes. It is a very different type of coaster compared to the others and will peak the interest of those who have never been on that type of coaster.
Batman the ride six flags fiesta Texas
I prefer s-l-o-w rides.
Batman the ride, as I will be riding it
I can't figure out why Colossus has so many votes. It looks pretty much like IRON Rattler minus the length and double train. Hybrids are starting to because a cookie cutter coaster with a couple of new things added to each one.
Batman: The Ride! I've NEVER seen anything like that!
I will choose Batman the ride because it looks cool seems like its going to be a very awesome ride can't wait to wear it
Batman ride is what I can't wait for,,,, it's a thriller ride!
We can't wait to try the new Barman ride in San Antonio!!!
Boycotting this vote. Most looking forward to Turbulence at Adventureland!!!
I vote for the Batman ride it looks insane!
Danuh nuhnuh nuhnuh nuhnuh BATMAN!
Batman looks a lot like The Green Lantern ride as Six Flags Magic Mountain. Just a little more that's all.
Batman the Ride @ Six Flags Fiesta Texas!!!
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