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/

Leviathan in the 2012 GTAs CoasterPoll

The Golden Ticket Awards, or GTAs for short, are a little bit infamous regarding their selection of coasters to be in their famed “Top 10 Steel Coasters” list. Currently the ride that owns the title of “#1 Steel Coaster is Intamin’s first giga coaster Millennium Force, but is it possible that B&M’s first giga coaster will match it on this scale?

Can this…..

….compete with this?

In the 2011 GTAs Top Steel Coasters, Intamin’s Millennium Force and Bizarro take the top two spots, but right behind them, sit Nitro and Goliath, (SFOG,) also B&M Mega coasters. Can B&M’s first giga match these four amazing coasters?  How do you think Leviathan will place in the GTAs this year?

If you haven’t gotten a chance to ride Leviathan, check out this POV:

Leviathan Previews

Canada’s Wonderland’s newest coaster Leviathan held its previews on Friday April 27th, and the folks from PureCoaster were there to check it out! With the addition of Leviathan, Canada’s Wonderland is now that much better of a park.

Leviathan dominates the park, especially the entrance. The hammerhead turn takes up that whole little park in front of the entrance. Plus, the lift hill is visible from anywhere, and when you’re driving to the park, it’s the first thing you’ll see on the horizon.

The trains do in fact feature those cool zero car add-ons with snake head theming like on Diamondback, and it should be noted that this coaster is using classic style four across cars instead of stadium seating like on Behemoth.

As for theming, I’m glad Wonderland continued the Medieval theming, and not only on the station, but in the former Cyber Central arcade building. It used to look really out of place with a large futuristic metal facade, but in the off season, the completely redid it, and in the photo on the right, you can see everything fits together seamlessly.

My thoughts on Leviathan:

Leviathan is an absolutely fantastic ride. You pull amazing g’s on the drop, and you maintain high speeds throughout the ride. The high speed curve is surprisingly fun, and yes you do pull a little airtime on it! Each element is executed with speed and elegance, Leviathan is a coaster that should be on an enthusiast’s bucket list! if you ever have a chance to come up to Canada’s Wonderland,  take it!

And if you’re just dying to ride this thing, but sadly you can’t make it to the park, CWMania shot a great POV of the ride on preview night!

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April 2012 Recap

The month of April has come and gone, and as we progress into the year 2012, the attractions the public anticipates finally open their gates. As for the rest, they are all checking the last things off their check-lists, and getting ready for openings in the near future. Lets take a look at what happened at theme parks this month;

Leviathan Preview

Canada’s Wonderland unveiled their beast-of-a-coaster Leviathan at the end of April, and the folks from PureCoaster were there!!!! I’ll have a full photo update on the site real soon, (sorry for the delay.)

Oziris Opening

B&M inverts have become coaster classics, and Oziris looks like it can live up to the legacy left by coasters like Nemesis and Katun. Sporting Egyptian theming, and Montu style track and trains, this looks like a winner.

www.rollercoasterevolution.eu

Nemesis Sub-Terra

“Your worst nightmare underground,” opened at Alton Towers and just by the fact that this is the only attraction to ever get an an age rating by the British Board of Film Classification, this is not for the easily frightened!

www.themeparktourist.com

Phalanx members

Disney Dreams Premiere

Now this is a show that lives up to the name “night-time spectacular!” Disneyland Paris’ Disney Dreams is  a castle show, and with water fountains, digital projection, lasers, and plenty of pyro, Disney Dreams has to be seen to be believed!

www.insidethemagic.net

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories Previews

Disney Dreams isn’t the only new night-time show for 2012, Universal has begun showing their new night-time show that features numerous water effects, and of course fireworks.

www.attractionsmagazine.com

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Transformers Sneak Peek

Even though it’s not set to open for another month, Transformers is already in “Technical Rehearsals!” After all the hype this attraction has received since the announcement, this is looking REALLY good.

www.micechat.com

TurtleTrek Opening

Dubbed as the first 360 degree 3D attraction, TurtleTrek’s opening is the first of one of three attractions SeaWorld has planned for the next two years.

www.attractionsmagazine.com

Windseekers Openings

Continuing on the success from last year’s four Windseekers, Cedar Fair opened another two incarnations of this 301ft tower swing at Kings Dominion and Carowinds.

Carowinds @ www.thecoastercritic.com

Kings Dominion @ www.behindthethrills.com

Stinger Opening

Even though this is Dorney Park’s second relocated shuttle coaster, there’s something about this ride that makes me happy to see it open. Brought in from the almost sold California’s Great America, it’s a great fit at Dorney Park.

www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

X-Flight Testing

The remaining “New for 2012” B&M wing coaster began testing this month. Think about it, it will only be a few weeks until we’ll be able to ride this epic coaster!

Shambhala Testing

Leviathan and Skyrush aren’t the only mega coasters opening this year, Shambhala has not only completed it’s track this month, but it’s begun testing as well!

www.park-logic.com

Verbolten Testing

We’re all one step closer to “Braving the Black Forest,” as Verbotlen is testing as well!

Mammoth Testing

Holiday World has beaten their own record for World’s Longest Water Coaster with Mammoth. Sitting next to it’s predecessor Wildebeest, Mammoth not only looks like a great ride, but it fits in with the Splashin’ Safari theme too!

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Apocalypse Track Completion

After virtually no updates from the park, Six Flags America’s hand me down Apocalypse has completed it’s track this month. Additionally, they have started re-painting the supports to match this coaster’s hot new black and orange paint job.

www.themeparkreview.com

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Divertical Track Completion

Mirabilandia’s Intamin Hypersplash/coaster combo with multiple splash-downs and coaster segments has it’s circuit complete. We can expect to see water dummy testing soon!

www.coastercommunity.altervista.org

Sky Screamers Topped Off

Even though Cedar Fair has beaten Six Flags on getting their tower swings running, Six Flags’ Sky Screamers were all topped off this month.

SFGAd @ www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

SGFT @ www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

La Ronde @ Facebook

And please, if I have missed anything, comment it!

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.

Leviathan: Yay or Nay

When Wonderland opened for the 2011 season, a fence appeared near Speed City Raceway, and immediately the speculation on what Wonderland had up their sleeve began. But in August, it was released that in 2012, a new B&M Giga would be premiering at the park.

Featuring a whopper 306ft lift hill, a top speed of 148km/h, and a bunch of classic elements, it is quite the coaster.

If you want to see a little more check out the official site, and my recent Leviathan Update

Now I will admit, I wasn’t thrilled when the ride was announced back in August. I was actually a little upset, (I really wanted a B&M floorless,) but as I’ve seen it rise, now I’m really looking forward to riding it, and personally I think it is an excellent addition to the park.

So what do you think?

Leviathan Update: Feb 26

Leviathan’s track is finally complete, and I went up to that park yesterday and I took so many photos that if I posted them all in this post, it would run on for a ridiculously long length. So, I’ve posted the highlights here, and you can see the whole gallery on the PureCoaster’s new Flickr account.

To be honest, this is one of those rides where photos don’t do it justice, personally, I can’t wait to see it action.

Leviathan Construction Update: January 24

Today Canada’s Wonderland added a few more construction pictures showing the world their impressive new B&M giga coaster, Leviathan. It looks like the intense hammerhead is done, and they are on to the second high speed curve on the return to the station, and with the brake run complete, it is only a bit longer until the track installation is complete!

Additionally, in the blog post, they draw attention to the fact that a lot of the technical work in the station, such as the pneumatic lines and electrical work.  I don’t want to jinx it, but this looks like it might be ready for opening day, unlike last year’s Green Lantern First Flight@Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Check out the full construction gallery right here.

Leviathan and Wonderland from Above

As construction proceeds, we can finally start to see what the whole ride will look like when it’s complete, and additionally how massive it is! And what better way to see the scale of things then from above! A friend of mine who owns a plane flew by Wonderland and got a photo of the park from the south. (It’s also in the gallery.) Plus, he also got a video while circling the park and let me say, because of the way it thwarts that corner of the park, the statement saying, “this is my park now,” is sort of true!

Also, if you zoom in on Leviathan, you really get a sense for how tall the camel-backs are on this ride. You can barely make out Dragon Fire, it looks tiny!