B&M Mega Coaster Train Design

Way back when Apollo’s Chariot made it’s debut,
it featured the original 4 across B&M mega coaster train design, and for the longest
time, that’s the way things were. It wasn’t until 2008, when Canada’s Wonderland opened Behemoth, was there an alternative design. The new design featured staggered “stadium seating.” Giving each seat a more open air feel, and in turn, due to the longer more spread out cars, each train is longer, resulting in varied experiences depending on whether you sit at the front or back.

Something else that changed with the seating layout, is the zero car. As you can probably tell from the pictures, the original design, used on Leviathan, has a sunk in triangle pointed out, and in the new staggered layout, it has more rounded design, with a raised, rounded point in the middle. This change may be purely aesthetic, as the zero car design has varied on staggered trains on all B&M megas with them, as Diamondback, and Intimidator have unique designs.

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Rank the 2012 Mega Coasters

Now that they’re all had the chance to open, I think it’s about time that we put 2012’s literally biggest coasters up together in a CoasterPoll. Yes you heard me right, I’m talking about the MEGA coasters. Now this year, we saw not one, or two, but three new mega coasters open to the world. Now, I’ve heard nothing but good things about all of these coasters, but I think it’s nessecary to talk about all of them.

First, we have Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. Now, this is a coaster that we at PureCoaster have consistently covered. In short, it’s speed, speed, speed! Every element is executed with speed and grace. To read about the world’s fourth giga coaster, check out our previous post: https://purecoaster.wordpress.com

Next up, Skyrush at Hershey Park. Now based on Hershey Park’s history with Intamin, it’s no surprise that Intamin built this coaster instead of B&M. The layout for this ride is spectacular, and many are calling it the successor to i305. Airtime, high speed/high g curves, this coaster has a bit of everything!

Finally Shambhala, B&M’s second mega coaster for 2012.

Another instant classic B&M Hyper, and it has plenty of airtime, a cool splashdown element and that unique turn-around element, (I don’t know what else to call it.)

2nd Photo Credit http://allamericanthrills.com/, 3rd Photo Credit http://rcdb.com/

May 2012 Recap

We’re almost half-way through 2012 and the theme park news shows no signs of slowing down. Over the course of the last month, we’ve seen openings, testing, announcements, and even new construction for next season!!! Let’s take a look at what happened in theme parks this month;

X-Flight Opening

The third B&M wing coaster for 2012 finally opened, in the form of the highly appraised X-Flight, at Six Flags Great America. Also, the park surprised us with a few water and fog effects to complement this cool coaster.

T0 see more photos from media day, check out http://sfgamworld.com/

Aquatica San Antonio Opening

SeaWorld’s second Aquatica waterpark opened in San Antonio this month. This one features the same tropical theme, with some new slides. I really think SeaWorld has a winner with this concept!

A full report can be found at http://behindthethrills.com/

Mr Freeze Reverse Blast Opening

Both Mr Freeze launch coasters have completed their train reversal and are now running backwards trains under the name of Mr Freeze Reverse Blast.

Read more about this chilling relaunch at http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca/

Shambhala Opening

What might just be Leviathan’s biggest competitor this year is Port Adventura’s Shambhala, which features a mid-course splash-down, and the new staggered seating trains from B&M. Can B&M make a BAD hyper?

The guys from http://www.themeparkreview.com/

Verbolten Opening

Busch Gardens’ themed launch coaster Verbolten made it’s debut recently, and I’ve really got to applaud the park for the amazing theming and backstory to this ride. The whole “Gunther and Gerta” characters, and the pitch black indoor section with the vertical drop section, makes this ride VERY unique.

A good review and gallery can both be found at http://www.adventuresbydaddy.com\

Transformers Opening

The highly anticipated Transformers: The Ride 3D is finally open, and based on what everyone else is saying, this ride doesn’t disappoint.

Read a full review at http://www.insidethemagic.net/

Manta Opening

SeaWorld’s second interpretation on the Manta concept opened in San Diego as a MACK launch coaster.

Skyrush Opening

What is this, the year of the mega coaster? The third new mega coaster to open for 2012 is Skyrush at HersheyPark. As the park’s 12th coaster, it joins amazing rides like Great Bear, Stormrunner, and the classic Comet.

http://allamericanthrills.com/

Goliath Opening

Deja Vu reopend in it’s new home as Goliath this month, and despite the normal technical difficulties, I think it’s better suited at Six Flags New England than it was in California. Now if only they’d remove Flashback………

http://sfneonline.org/

Harry Potter @ USJ Announced

The third Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been announced, and it is destined for Japan. Universal Studios Japan will be building another incarnation of the highly appraised land, the famed Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and presumably more for a 2014 opening date.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/has the full scoop.

Divertical Testing

Intamin’s new half aquatrax-half hyper splash has begun testing, and we should see Divertical open sometime soon.

Apocalypse Testing

The reworked and relocated Iron Wolf has begun testing at Six Flags America.

http://www.washingtonpost.com

Wildcat Closing

Cedar Point’s announced that WildCat would be removed this season, hopefully this means we’ll see some extra awesome rides next year!

Read all about is in my post here: https://purecoaster.wordpress.com/

The Storm Construction

Etnaland has already started construction of their new for 2013 coaster the Storm, the park must be aiming for a really early opening!

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Cedar Point’s Wildcat Closing for Celebration Plaza Expansion

As mentioned in PureCoaster’s previous post “When will Cedar Point Build a New Coaster”, Cedar Fair’s flagship park hasn’t built a new coaster since Maverick in 2007, but today they announced that they would be removing the classic WildCat roller coaster from the park’s Celebration Plaza. You can read more at Coasterblog

A while back, Screamscape posted photos of the mysterious green wing coaster track at B&M’s Ohio plant, is this track destined for Cedar Point on Place of WildCat?

Is the removal of this…..

….leading to this?

Leviathan Update: March 19

Things are really looking good for Leviathan as Canada’s Wonderland continues to check things off of Leviathan’s to-do list. Today, the park released a POV of a Leviathan test run. As things continue to show up online, I’m getting more and more pumped for the opening of this monster coaster. Additionally, if you look closely in the video, during the airtime hills you can clearly see the water dummies rise up against the restraints! Behemoth has some serious competition.

In addition to the video, Leviathan’s official blog has a new entry and the main gallery has a bunch of new photos of the trains and station building.