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12 most anticipated roller coasters of 2018

After a relatively quiet year in 2017, amusement parks will be blazing rails with a vengeance in 2018.


Visitors at Cedar Point have long railed against one of its thrill machines, Mean Streak, for its excessively rough ride. In 2018, however, the innovative ride designers at Rocky Mountain Construction will perform their latest transformation by converting the old wooden coaster into a wooden-steel hybrid that will be known as Steel Vengeance.  Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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A 90-degree, 200-foot drop will accelerate the trains to 74 mph, making it the tallest and fastest hybrid ride of its kind in the world. Coasters fans are drooling in anticipation.  Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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Instead of making over existing wooden coasters, Rocky Mountain Construction will be building two virtually identical steel coasters from the ground up, the first of which is Wonder Woman Golden Lasso at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.  Six Flags Entertainment

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The other is RailBlazer, at California's Great America.  Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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Instead of using a conventional pair of rails, the rides will be the first from the company to incorporate a single IBox track rail.   Six Flags Entertainment

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RMC says the unique monorail design will enable Wonder Woman and RailBlazer to perform especially quick twists and turns and deliver even smoother ride experiences than its gloriously smooth twin-rail IBox track coasters.  Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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Known as a dive coaster, HangTime at Knott's Berry Farm will climb 150 feet and dangle over the edge for a few agonizing moments before diving down a beyond-vertical, 96-degree drop.   Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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Knott's says that the coaster will include dramatic lights that will trace the progress of the trains at night and add to its curb appeal along the midway.  Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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Billed as the world's tallest, steepest, and fastest full-circuit spinning roller coaster, Time Traveler's trains will drop 100 feet straight down as soon as they leave the station at Silver Dollar City.  Herschend Family Entertainment

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The unique ride, which will have a steampunk aesthetic, will include two mid-course magnetic launches and three upside-down inversions. Through it all, the coaster's cars will spin.  Herschend Family Entertainment

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RMC will be converting two more past-their-prime wooden coasters into wooden-steel hybrids, including Twisted Timbers at King's Dominion...  Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

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Known as a "Euro-Fighter," Tantrum's 8-passenger single-car trains will climb straight up a 98-foot lift hill, plummet down a 97-degree drop, accelerate to 52 mph, and fly through a heels-over-head inversion. This will be Darien Lake's first new coaster in ten years.(Photo: Darien Lake Amusement Park)

After a relatively quiet year in 2017, amusement parks will be blazing rails with a vengeance in 2018. There will be plenty of new (and a few improved) roller coasters opening that will be filled with twists, hang time, and other wacky elements. Some of them will make riders feel like superheroes; others will travel back in time; all of them will elicit screams of joy (and a dash of terror). Let's run down the nation's most anticipated coasters debuting in this year.

Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point in Ohio
Visitors at the coaster-crazy park have long railed against one of its thrill machines, Mean Streak, for its excessively rough ride. In 2018, however, the innovative ride designers at Rocky Mountain Construction will perform their latest (and quite possibly, greatest) transformation by converting the old wooden coaster into a wooden-steel hybrid that will be known as Steel Vengeance.

It will feature the company's patented IBox steel track. Instead of the tubular tracks found on most steel coasters, IBox track is shaped like the letter "I." The trains' main wheels ride on the flat surface of the track, while their guide wheels fit snugly into the track's side channels. A 90-degree, 200-foot drop will accelerate the trains to 74 mph, making it the tallest and fastest hybrid ride of its kind in the world. Coasters fans are drooling in anticipation.

Wonder Woman Golden Lasso at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and RailBlazer at California's Great America
Instead of making over existing wooden coasters, Rocky Mountain Construction will be building two virtually identical steel coasters from the ground up. And instead of using a conventional pair of rails, the rides will be the first from the company to incorporate a single IBox track rail. RMC says the unique monorail design will enable Wonder Woman and RailBlazer to perform especially quick twists and turns and deliver even smoother ride experiences than its gloriously smooth twin-rail IBox track coasters.

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Six Flags will debut its Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster in Spring 2018. The coaster will open at the Fiesta Texas location in San Antonio. Six Flags

HangTime at Knott's Berry Farm in California
Known as a dive coaster, HangTime will climb 150 feet and dangle over the edge for a few agonizing moments before diving down a beyond-vertical, 96-degree drop. From there, the retro surfing-themed ride will navigate five topsy-turvy inversions. Knott's says that the coaster will include dramatic lights that will trace the progress of the trains at night and add to its curb appeal along the midway.

Thrill seekers will drool over this exclusive peek at Knott's Berry Farm's new HangTime coaster.

Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City in Missouri
Billed as the world's tallest, steepest, and fastest full-circuit spinning roller coaster, Time Traveler's trains will drop 100 feet straight down as soon as they leave the station. The unique ride, which will have a steampunk aesthetic, will include two mid-course magnetic launches and three upside-down inversions. Through it all, the coaster's cars will spin.

Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion in Virginia and Twisted Cyclone at Six Flags Over Georgia
RMC will be converting two more past-their-prime wooden coasters into wooden-steel hybrids. Neither will be as tall, fast, or attention-grabbing as Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point, but they should be significantly smoother and more fun than their previous incarnations. Both rides will feature three inversions (something traditional wooden coasters don't have). Twisted Timbers will offer 20 out-of-seat airtime moments, while Twisted Cyclone's 1960s-style sports car-themed trains will navigate a steep, 75-degree first drop.

Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California
The intriguing, first-of-its-kind ride will feature two sets of cars on a single train that will rev up and coast along a compact, single-rail track in the shape of a vertical figure eight. The cars will complete the circuit multiple times. During each run, they will soar upside down 62 feet in the air and fly past one another when they meet at the halfway point. Crazy!

Tantrum at Darien Lake in New York
Known as a "Euro-Fighter," Tantrum's 8-passenger single-car trains will climb straight up a 98-foot lift hill, plummet down a 97-degree drop, accelerate to 52 mph, and fly through a heels-over-head inversion. This will be Darien Lake's first new coaster in ten years.

Electric Eel at SeaWorld San Diego in California
Like "Sky Rocket" coasters found at other parks, Electric Eel will begin with three magnetic launches both forwards and backwards. The final launch will send its train soaring 62 mph up and over a huge 150-foot loop.

Oscar's Wacky Taxi at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania
The wooden coaster will only climb 40 feet and chug along at a moderate speed. That's not surprising, since Sesame Place is geared to young children. However, Oscar's Wacky Taxi is being designed and built by The Gravity Group, which has a reputation for crerating small coasters that pack a surprising punch. Expect a wacky ride experience.

Slinky Dog Dash at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida
Another toned-down family coaster, Slinky Dog Dash will be one of the rides debuting in the new Toy Story Land. Its trains will resemble the spring-powered dachshund from the Pixar movies.

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