The middle of winter is here and what better time to start daydreaming of the fun times of summer? Roller coaster enthusiasts always find winter solace in the exciting news of a new coaster opening, and every winter amusement parks everywhere aim to please with big announcements of new construction. New roller coasters of all kinds are popping up everywhere, and here's a preview of the new rides at Six Flags parks around the country:
Six Flags Magic Mountain - Full Throttle
Six Flags Magic Mountain near Valencia California is already a record breaker when it comes to roller coasters. Eeking out the top spot for number of coasters over long-time leader Cedar Point, the park will be adding its 18th this summer with Full Throttle. When it opens, the ride will be the world's tallest and fastest looping coaster.
The ride is a unique, three-launch coaster with a record-breaking 160 foot loop, zero to 70 mile per hour acceleration, a special effects tunnel and plenty of other thrilling effects. Preview this monster ride here.
Six Flags Great America - Gold Striker
Six Flags Great America, located in Chicago is bringing an all new woodie to its assortment of thrill rides. Gold Striker looks like a wild one, with a 103 foot double down spiraling first drop, speeds of up to 53 miles per hour and 80 degree banking. Check this one out right here.
Six Flags, St. Louis - Boomerang
Six Flags St. Louis will be adding Boomerang to its lineup in 2013. The new ride, the park's 9th, is one of the many, pretzel-type coasters found in many theme parks across the country, and is always a daunting machine to ride. Passengers begin their journey in the station and slowly move backwards and upwards to the top of a 125 foot tall lift hill before careening back down into thrilling twists and turns.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Iron Rattler
An all-new, record breaking hybrid coaster is coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas this year, and it's a doozy! Iron Rattler is a uniquely designed roller coaster that combines a wooden structure with a steel track, making for a very smooth ride. The monster will include four "over-banked" turns (a record!), and will be "the first to deliver an inverted barrel roll for an awe inspiring adventure in and around the surrounding 100-foot quarry wall setting. The first, 81-degree drop comes from a height of 171 feet, top speeds of about 70 miles per hour, and those innovative 'over-banked' turns."
These new rides are all exciting for thrill seekers looking for newer, and more intense, thrills to fill up their summer days. Stay tuned for more new roller coasters coming to theme parks near you.