With 2014 approaching very quickly, I’m going to recap over the new additions we have to look forward to. This is my list of additions that I’m most excited about. Several are truly ground breaking.
First of all, a new park is opening. I guess its actually a reopening. Kentucky Kingdom, LLLP will reopen for 2014. Once a Six Flags park, Kentucky Kingdom will relaunch with a new water slide, a drop tower, and a brand new Morgan-built hyper-lite called Lightning Run. It’s going to feature a steep 80 degree first drop and should prove to be an airtime machine. Kentucky isn’t a far drive. I’ll probably make it up there in the next year or so.
Magic Kingdom will be opening the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Let’s face it, in current pop culture, the only dwarfs we care about are the guys from the Hobbit, and Snow White is pretty old, but still. It’s a big deal when Disney World opens a new coaster. I expect this to make for a great experience, not a great ride.
Of course, Banshee will be the long awaited new inverted coaster at Kings Island. Kings Island may have some unkind folk working in their PR department but at least they are adding a nice looking coaster. Full article and video here.
If all works out well, Busch Gardens Tampa should open the most disgustingly terrifying ride of all time, Falcon’s Fury. Just in case you don’t remember, I’ve added a thrill category to my scale in anticipation to this ride. Full article and video here.
Dollywood is building a unique Gerstlauer family coaster which has nice theming, an exciting, yet small layout, and an awful teaser video. The official ride POV video was much better so here it is:
And more of my thoughts and the awful teaser can be seen here.
Six Flags Great America is currently putting up Goliath. Six Flags has only recycled that name about 23 times now but none the less the ride itself looks pretty good. You can’t really ever go wrong with a Rocky Mountain coaster.
And finally, the last really big addition for 2014 is Six Flags Over Georgia’s massive full scale water park addition, Hurricane Harbor. I never shared my thoughts on it but it looks fun. I’m not die hard for water parks but I prefer having this than a worthless (worthless for a theme park enthusiast) music venue in the back of the park.
Overall, 2014 looks very solid. I’ve renewed my Six Flags season pass and I’m looking at a possible Virginia trip. Can’t wait. I hope all of you enjoy coastering in 2014 and of course, Merry Christmas!