Guess who got Gold Striker construction pics? WE DID!
A PureCoaster reader sent us a set of construction pics showing off the latest on this new GCI beauty.
Now, as someone who finds trip reports of twister coasters VERY confusing, especially if it’s at a park I’ve never been to, so I’ve made a chart that hopefully helps to clear up exactly what the photos are showing.
Orange; dueling turns
Green; double overbanked turns
Red; showcase turn, (because it looks really showy)
Overlooking the park entrance from the Star Tower, with the new 49ers Standium in the back.
Flight Deck invert on the side, got to love the greenery in the park.
Onto Gold Striker!
An older image, with construction focussing on the now complete double overbanked turns.
The two overlapping turns appear to be finished, (view from behind)
The inside view of the double overlapping turns.
Work continues outwards.
More footers, maybe for the “showcase turn (labelled red)”
Well that’s it for Gold Striker construction pics, we hope to get some more pics soon to show you guys. Thanks again to CoasterMech for sending us the pics.
Great Coasters International has just unveiled a truly revolutionary wooden coaster design, the world’s first wooden shuttle coaster.
After looking this over, I’ve only got one thing to say about this; Why has nobody thought of this before?
Shuttle coasters have been in existence for decades, and I’m shocked this is the first we’ve heard of a wooden shuttle coaster. We’ve got like 4 different boomerang models, Intamin Impulse coasters, and so many more!
Hopefully some parks pick up on this, because this could REALLY catch on with smaller parks.
The order has been made, the shuttered wooden coaster Son of Beast at Kings Island is now set for removal. We’ve known this would probably be happening pretty much since the rides closure in 2009.
Before closure, the coaster was the first to ever wooden feature an inversion, a vertical loop about halfway through the layout, but due complications it was removed in 2006. But that wasn’t the end of SOB’s troubles, as in 2009 another injury causing incident occurred, and forced the closure of the coaster.
For 3 seasons now it has been SBNO, and many hoped to see a GCI or RMC rehab of the coaster, but the decision has finally been made to demolish the record breaking wooden coaster.
Over the past month or so, we’ve heard plenty of rumours of where we’ll see new coasters for next year. But some coasters that have become very evident are some new wooden coasters. Lets take a look at some of the new RMC and GCI projects for next season;
The first, and by far the most obvious one is the Rocky Mountain Coasters project at Silver Dollar City. The rumoured name for this coaster is the Outlaw, as hinted to in the attraction’s teaser site: http://silverdollarcity2013.com/ From what we can see so far, this ride looks like the New Texas Giant’s successor, with a super steep drop, intense banking, and the one thing that’s got everybody talking: the zero-g roll.
What was originally looking like an extreme over-banked curve, is now looking like the first inversion on a wooden roller coaster since Son of Beast’s loop! Plus, this particular inversion continues after inverting, because it has a pullout in the same rolling fashion!
I don’t know why the park doesn’t just announce the ride officially, because the gargantuan lift structure is visible from the nearby steam train. But, on the upside, it gives us websites easy access to construction photos! This coaster is definitely one to watch!
On a lesser note, when Cedar Fair opted out of selling California’s Great America, they promised, and we all knew that they would be adding new rides and roller coasters to replace the ones that were removed in the past decade. So, for the 2013 season, it looks like they’re finally pulling the trigger on the planned GCI wooden coaster! The planned coaster would be located at the park’s entrance, and wrap around the Star Tower observation ride. The layout sort of reminds me of the recent Wodan at Europa Park.
We’ve already seen land clearing for this ride, plus some rather obvious signs, so we can pretty much guarantee seeing this ride open next year!
Check out the leaked layout, and I think that the first drop curving around the observation tower will create some great photos in the future! (Image by Screamscape)
Finally, Six Flags recently announce that the Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas will be closing on August 5. Is this leading to a Iron Horse treatment to turn this ageing woody into the Rattler: Reborn? Hopefully this will reopen with a new track profile next year because the New Teas Giant transformation looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to see what RMC might have in store for the Rattler, especially with it’s unique terrain.
That’s all we know about wooden coasters for next year, so far. So far, which project sounds the most intriguing?