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Five Roller Coasters We're Looking Forward To During 2014

January 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

FireChaser Express…

We’re already sick of the winter weather and associated activities, so now it’s time to start looking forward to theme park season. Of course the fried food, corn dogs, and other treats will be on the menu; however, we’re most interested in the new roller coasters that will be arriving. Here’s five of the ones that we’re most excited to check out during 2014:

FireChaser Express – Dollywood

This steel coaster will do its thing at speeds of around 35mph, but don’t let that top speed fool you—this coaster sounds like it will still pack a punch. It’s a launch coaster so you’ll get up to speed in just seconds, as you twist and turn through a little less than a half a mile of track. FireChaser Express pays tribute through its theme to the volunteer fire departments that did their thing in and around the Great Smoky Mountains a couple generations ago, so it even has a backstory to go with it when it opens in March.

Thunderbolt – Luna Park at Coney Island

It’s not every year that Coney Island scores a big and bad roller coaster, but in 2014 Thunderbolt is set to make its debut once the warm weather returns to Luna Park. Coaster company Zamperla is the one behind the coaster, and it sounds like it’ll be costing around $10 million. Expect a steel coaster with a vertical loop, a corkscrew, and plenty of other dips and distractions. Things will run around 2,000-feet in length, race up to 65mph, and will rise to around 125-feet into the sky.

Banshee…

Banshee – Kings Island

You only have a couple more months to wait, as it sounds like Banshee will be making its debut as soon as April of this year. For those in the know about roller coaster stuff—this one is already on the to-do list—as this thing will be the world's longest inverted roller coaster. The first drop of Banshee will send riders 150-feet down towards the ground, and after that there’s over 4,000-feet more of track to survive. Top speeds should reach close to 70mph, and there will be vertical loops, dive loops, and a zero-g roll all before you arrive back in the station.

Goliath…

Goliath – Six Flags Great America

We have a special place in our hearts for the wooden roller coasters, as there’s just something great about the moving and shaking of the track as you barrel down its course. Thankfully Goliath is on its way, and along with it will be some new world records for a wooden coaster. When complete later this year it will feature the longest drop, the steepest drop, and the highest speed—it should get you to 72mph. You’ll spend around 90 seconds twisting and turning through its 3,100-feet of track, and that’s just enough time to decide that you’ll need to get back in the line and ride again.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Magic Kingdom

Okay so this one isn’t the biggest and baddest on the list, but when the Magic Kingdom scores a new ride we just have to share. It’s aimed towards families and those with kiddos, but we’d certainly enjoy hopping aboard for a ride through the world of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The steel coaster will head both indoors and outdoors, and it will feature zero inversions—haha. Things are currently being tested over at Walt Disney World, and it sounds like things are on schedule to open up as soon as February.

[Photos/Renderings: Official Sites>Kevin Stuart]

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