Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas was the first installation, earlier this spring.)Railblazer is now running at California's Great America in Santa Clara — the first west coast installation of Rocky Mountain Construction's new single-rail Raptor track. (
Our invitation to the media day must have gotten lost in the mail, so I can't review this one yet, but CGA has posted an official POV video so we at least can enjoy it online.
Railblazer's trains feature a unique single-file layout on that one rail. Having nothing on either side of you as you ride seems like it would really amplify the lateral forces on the coaster, since you're on the exposed edge either way here. There's a couple of nifty headchopper moments on Railblazer, too, further emphasizing a feeling of exposure, in all directions. While I regret not being able to go to the media day, Railblazer piques my curiosity enough to make me plan a trip up north sometime this summer for a ride.
This spring has brought some great new coasters for fans here in the United States. So far, I have had the privilege to ride Cedar Point's Steel Vengeance as well as Knott's Berry Farm's HangTime and SeaWorld San Diego's Electric Eel. In addition, Russell Meyer rode Kings Dominion's Twisted Timbers and James Rao covered Silver Dollar City's Time Traveler for us here on Theme Park Insider.
But before I give my opinion on these new coasters, I would love to hear from you. Based on what you've heard and the on-ride videos we've brought you (follow the links in the paragraph above), as well as anything you've had the opportunity to ride so far, what do you think is the class of this year's new coasters?Tweet
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