Roller Coaster Videos
Roller Coaster Videos
Our collection of photos is great and all – some might even say the best around (smile), but sometimes you just want to see a coaster in action. We hear you! This is where you come to see exactly what these machines can do in all their glory. These are usually fully edited roller coaster videos with original music that I do myself. Basically, if you enjoy theme parks, roller coasters and coasterimage.com, then these park and coaster videos won’t disappoint.
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Afterburner was one of only a handful of Launched Loop coasters made by Arrow left in operation. The trip to Fun Spot would have been worth it just to experience this. However, Fun Spot closed in 2009.
The ride basically consists of two elevated platforms at either end of the ride and a loop in the middle at ground level. A moderate launch (by today’s standards) sends you on your way. At the other end the process is reversed. Pretty simple stuff.
This Afterburner video is a single shot of one circuit.
Beast and Son Of Beast
What can I say about these two coasters that you probably don’t already know? For one park to contain such a dubious duo of wooden monsters is quite a thing.
The Beast was built in 1979 and still holds the world record for the longest wooden coaster. It is a legendary coaster covering 35 acres of land and whipping through the trees at speeds of 65 miles per hour.
Son Of Beast was built 21 years later and is the only wooden coaster in the world to feature a vertical loop. It is also the tallest and fastest wooden coaster on the planet. In fact, it holds the current records in speed, length, height and drop for wooden coasters worldwide.
This Beast and Son Of Beast video shows both coasters in action and consists of mostly shots taken from areas that are not normally accessible by park visitors.
Here’s your chance to see what goes on in the woods behind Kings Island – the screams are real! As a bonus, there is additional footage of the park’s new for 2006 ride, Avatar, included in this video.
In July 2006, just a few weeks after this video was taken there was an incident on Son Of Beast which caused the ride to be closed for the remainder of the season. The park has since decided to remove the loop. This video remains one of the last of the ride in action with the loop still in place. Son Of Beast operated without the loop starting in 2007 but discontinued operations again in 2009. It is still standing but not operating.
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
I had been wanting to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg for a long time – like since before I really got into the whole roller coaster thing. It just never seemed to happen. Cut to spring of 2003 and me being sick of the cold and anticipating the warmer spring weather just around the corner for us in eastern Pennsylvania. What better way to get a jump on the weather and kick start spring (in my mind at least) than a trip a few hundred miles south to Busch Gardens? For opening day even!
The park lived up to it’s reputation delivering great atmosphere and food that was just as good. Park employees were friendly and spirited about starting the new season. All was right in Williamsburg that day. This video is an attempt to catch just a fraction of that for all to enjoy. The video features 4 of Busch’s then 5 coasters (no Big Bad Wolf, but the now relocated Wild Maus is in there) and a few flats and water rides thrown in too. Also some footage from Das Festhaus and the ‘fraulein’ doing their thing. Busch Gardens has a good thing going, check out the Busch Gardens Williamsburg video then get your butt to Virginia and see it firsthand!
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Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Become a junior space ranger and join Buzz Lightyear in a battle against the evil Emperor Zurg!
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is a neat video game inspired attraction at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World that’s been entertaining guests since 1998. Board your XP-37 Space Cruiser for an interactive ride though 10 different scenes where you use your light blaster to hit targets and score points while helping stop Emperor Zurg from stealing batteries from helpless toys to power his weapon of ultimate destruction. When it’s all over with, you’re even assigned a rank based on your performance during the ride.
This Buzz Lightyear’s Spaceranger Spin video shows a quick bit of the queue and entrance and the ride in its entirety.
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Capt. Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial
Join Captain Jack Sparrow and his faithful shipmate Mack as they teach a few lucky children (and the audience) the ways of the salty, sword wielding pirate.
This show takes place daily near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Adventureland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It’s a great little show that’s full of humor and it draws quite a crowd. Included in this Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial video is the bulk of the show – all that has been excluded is a short intro and the choosing of the children to participate.
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Cedar Point 1996
Here’s some old video I had laying around from Cedar Point. This is from a trip we took to the Point in July of 1996. Don’t expect anything great in terms of quality, this was thrown together from a couple hours of footage taken 4 camcorders ago. Lots of difference for those of you who’ve only recently been to Cedar Point:
The skyline is radically different with no Power Tower, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster or Wicked Twister filling the sky. Mantis still had it’s old entrance and Wildcat and Iron Dragon still had their old Paint jobs. Chaos, the Swan Boats, Camp Snoopy and Mantis’ trim brake haven’t been added yet, the Giant Wheel is still over by the CP&LE railroad and Hotel Breakers was a few years away from adding the tower. Keep an open eye and you’ll catch way too many changes to begin listing here. Have fun taking a trip back to Cedar Point’s 126th season.
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Cedar Point 2006
Fair warning – this video is a little bit different than most of the other videos I have available. You just have to see it to understand. Be sure to stick with it and watch from beginning to end and it all comes together nicely.
What you get in this one is some great advice (40’s style) and lots of nifty footage of Cedar Point’s coasters set to some of the hardest, most abravise music I’ve put together yet for these videos.
Not much else to add. I really love this video and I hope you guys do too. I’d certainly dig doing more vids like this in the future if the opportunity presents itself. Enjoy!
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You begin in the heart of the jungle passing mysterious ruins and debris of past, failed expeditions. You soon feel an uneasy sense of doom as you discover an ancient mechanical artifact. Against your better judgement, you strap yourself aboard the massive stone and steel altar. Soon you’re on an epic journey full of dizzying twists and disorienting turns. You’ll fly through the air suspended over steam, water geysers and a sea of fire. By the time it’s over you’ll have survived nine inversions and heights of six stories – all while being repeatedly thrown towards the earth and the lifted back to the skies.
The Crypt was added to Kings Dominion’s ride line-up in 2005. They took the experience of a suspended top spin and amplified it with water and fire effects and a menacing soundtrack to set the mood. This Crypt video shows one full ride cycle.
In 2001 Six Flags built three of Vekoma’s new “Giant Inverted Boomerang” coasters at different parks throughout the chain – one each at Magic Mountain, Great America and Six Flags Over Georgia.
Initially the rides were plagued with problems and to this day many people swear they’ve yet to get a chance to ride one, but I personally have seen all three running every time I’ve visted one of the respective parks.
The coaster in this video is the ride at Great America. It really is a unique and intense experience with both forward and backward vertical lifts and three inversions taken in both directions as well.
As of 2005 only 4 of these coasters were built – the trio of “Deja Vu” coasters at Six Flags parks and another in Spain.
In 2008, two of the Six Flags coaster were removed. The one in this video was relocated from Six Flags Great America to Silverwood Theme Park where it gives rides under the name, Aftershock.
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That pretty much sums it up. As far as flat rides go, Delirium is one of the best. Essentially it’s a pendulum on steroids. You can see from the screenshots just how far this thing swings and the circle of seats at the end of the pendulum arm spins while the arm is swinging. (137 feet up at 8 revolutions per minute) The ride is a Giant Frisbee by Huss. If you can find one of these it’s definitely worth a ride. Kings Island has a real winner on their hands with this one. Enjoy this Delirium video.
In 2009 the skyline at Kings Island changed forever when they added Diamondback – the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the park’s history. Standing 230 feet tall and reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour, Kings Island billed Diamondback as “the tallest, fastest and meanest roller coaster ever.”
Diamondback was the first B&M roller coaster in the USA to use the open-air stadium style seating and the layout features 10 drops, two helixes, a hammerhead turn and a splashdown finale all packed into a mile of track. Diamondback covers 10 acres of land, cost $22 million to build and is the Kings Island’s 15th roller coaster.
Ever want to be dropped 26 stories from 315 feet up at speed in excess of 60 miles per hour? Drop Zone gives you just that opportunity. On the way up you’ll get spectacular views from the rotatation of the vehicle as it rises skyward. At the top you’ll have several moments to ponder that view (or nervously twitch in anticipation). In a matter of seconds you’re back on the ground – white knuckled, short of breath with adreneline rushing. This video captures one complete ride cycle.
Note – This ride is currently known as Drop Tower
Dueling Dragons is just one of those rides that is so unique, so different, so fun that you just have to love it. Islands Of Adventure is known for impeccable, awe inspiring, almost “over the top” theming and if you had to choose just one ride at the park to personify that – it’d probably be Dueling Dragons.
From the queue that takes you through a dragon ravaged castle to the dragon themed trains, to the well thought out story that backs the ride, to the actual dueling of the ride itself – it’s all there. It doesn’t hurt that both of these rides would probably stand quite nicely on their own, but when paired up you have a truly one of a kind experience. This video shows both the fire and ice dragons and all of their near miss moments (some even in slow motion). The coasters themselves can be a bit hard to get multiple views of, but are covered quite nicely in this video clip. Download this one and be better informed when it comes time to ‘Choose Thy Fate’.
In 2010, the ride was renamed/rethemed as Dragon Challenge to better match the park’s new Wizarding World Of Harry Potter.
New for 2008 at Hersheypark was the Fahrenheit roller coaster. Featuring a 121 foot tall vertical lift hill and a steeper-than-vertical first drop at 97 degrees, it’s a ride that caught the attention of coaster fans everywhere.
But get beyond that intital lift and drop combo and you’ll find that this isn’t a one-trick pony. The ride is 2700 feet long, reaches speeds of almost 60 miles per hour and features 6 inversions including the first (and currently only) ‘norwegian loop’ in the United States. Certainly a thrill by just about any definition of the word.
Take a look at our Fahrenheit video and see the roller coaster in action.
Fireball is a great ride at a great park. Make your way to the deepest, dead-end areas of Celebration City in Branson, Missouri and you’ll find yourself face-to-face with this machine. Seriously intense in its delivery (riders feel forces as high as 4 G’s), this ride will leave you disoriented, queasy and wanting more.
Unfortunately, Celebration City closed in 2008. This Fireball video shows one ride cycle from start to finish.
Flying Super Saturator
In September of 2008, Carowinds announced a new coaster for 2009 – Carolina Cobra. Exciting news to be sure, but the new coaster was going to be taking the place of the park’s Flying Super Saturator coaster.
The Flying Super Saturator was a first-of-its-kind coaster from Setpoint. Added to the Carowinds lineup in 2000, the riders glide along suspended from the track above while being bombarded by various interactive water elements controlled by onlookers around the ride. As retaliation, each 4-seat car is capable of dropping a payload of water on guests below. The whole thing made for an enjoyable experience for all involved.
Dismantling of the coaster began in August of 2008 and the ride was soon listed for sale. Flying Super Saturator was one of only two suspended water coasters in the world.
Enjoy a look back in this Flying Super Saturator video that shows the coaster as it stood just a month before its removal.
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On September 21, 2007 Cedar Fair issued a press release announcing that Geauga Lake would become exclusively a water park attraction beginning with the 2008 season. All other operations in the park (namely the rides) would no longer be a part of the park’s future.
This came as a great blow to many in the enthusiast community as it was a bit of a surprise to see a park with such a long operating history essentially being shut down.
This video consists entirely of footage gathered at Geauga Lake on opening day of the 2007 season – what would turn out to be the park’s final year as a full-blown amusement park. No fancy editing. No music added. Just 8+ minutes of coasters and rides from that day.
Great Movie Ride
The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is an attraction that celebrates Hollywood and the history of film.
Enter a full-scale reproduction of Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and check out the authentic movie props as you make your way through the lobby. Soon you’ll enter a 1930’s era Hollywood soundstage and board an open, theatre-style ride vehicle to be transported into the world of the movies.
The ride uses live action, film footage, special effects and more than 50 audio-animatronics to recreate some of the most famous movie scenes of all time and you’re in the middle of them all. This Great Movie Ride video shows the entire attraction.
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Think you know the Great Nor’Easter? Think again! New for 2008 – Freedom Flight Seats!
Great Nor’Easter is a custom designed Vekoma SLC (Suspended Looping Coaster). Admittedly, these coasters don’t have the best reputation among coaster enthusiasts. They tend to give a shakey ride that when combined with a questionable train design leave the rider a little banged up. (enthusiasts often use the term “Hang & Bang” to describe SLC rides)
Morey’s updated their SLC in 2008 with a newer seat design that reduces most of the ‘bang’ associated with this style of coaster. Couple that with the fact that they also added a killer lighting scheme to the ride a few years back and you end up with quite a sight at night on the Jersey shore.
This Great Nor’Easter video features the ride in action at night.
Hades was new for 2005 at Mt. Olympus Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells. There was much interest in this coaster as it was being built. Designed by The Gravity Group (many former CCI employees) was enough to pique the enthusiast community’s interest, but when early photos popped up showing the ride with an extended underground section it became the talk of the off-season. Then shortly before the 2005 season began a few photos of what went down in that underground part essentially made this the ‘must-ride’ wooden coaster of 2005. These shots showed a wide turn banked at a full 90 degrees. Hell, I’m no different than anyone else and Hades became part of our 2005 plans.
I’m glad to say this ride lives up to all the hype and while this video doesn’t include footage of the pitch black underground portion of the ride (it’d just be black anyways) – it does give a good idea of the insanity this coaster delivers. As a bonus I tacked some additional Mt. Olympus footage onto the end. Enjoy!
Happy Jack’s Toy Factory
A tour of the infamous Happy Jack’s Toy Factory haunt at Cedar Point with a ton of ‘behind the screams’ information about the Halloweekends attraction courtesy of Dan in Live Entertainment.
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Hershey’s Chocolate Ride
For roller coaster enthusiasts a trip to Hershey means roller coasters and thrills, but for a vast majority of visitors it’s all about the chocolate. There are seemingly a million things to do in Hershey, PA all revolving around the theme of chocolate and the Hershey’s company itself. One of the ‘must do’ things during a visit to Hershey is a stop at Chocolate World. Full of shops, tours and attractions (and just adjacent to Hersheypark’s front gate) – it’s a good, easy to do, additional stop. Quite possibly, the highlight of Hershey’s Chocolate World is The Chocolate Ride.
Hershey’s Chocolate Ride was has since undergone major changes – this is what the ride looked like prior to April 1, 2006
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Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour
For roller coaster enthusiasts a trip to Hershey means roller coasters and thrills, but for a vast majority of visitors it’s all about the chocolate. There are seemingly a million things to do in Hershey, PA all revolving around the theme of chocolate and the Hershey’s company itself. One of the ‘must do’ things during a visit to Hershey is a stop at Chocolate World. Full of shops, tours and attractions (and just adjacent to Hersheypark’s front gate) – it’s a good, easy to do, additional stop. One of the highlights of a visit to Chocolate World is a ride on Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour.
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Holiday World is an outstanding little park located in Santa Claus, Indiana. Known for it’s world class wooden coasters and extremely friendly atmosphere, it is a favorite among coaster enthusiasts and amusement park fans.
This Holiday World video is a collection of pretty random footage from a fall day at the park in 2007. It shows several rides and includes brief clips of all three wooden coasters in action.
Hydra The Revenge
In 2003 Dorney Park announced the closing of their Hercules wooden coaster. We were given teasers as to what was to come. The park came up with an elaborate story behind the removal of the Hercules coaster and the arrival of its replacement, Hydra: The Revenge. The story has Hydra rising and extracting its revenge on Hercules.
Hydra is a really unique ride and I can honestly say I’ve never been on a coaster quite like it. It has it’s own style and pacing that makes it tough to compare to other rides. Even after several rides I find it tough to characterize or classify. Take a look for yourself with our Hydra The Revenge video.
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In 2010, Kings Dominion debuted Intimidator 305 – the tallest and fastest gravity driven roller coaster on the East Coast.
Standing over 300 feet tall, reaching speeds of more than 90 miles per hour and inspired by one of stock car racing’s most beloved and tenacious drivers, Intimidator 305 celebrates the speed and intensity of the legendary career of Dale Earnhardt. The ride starts with a quick climb to 305 feet before being dropped to the earth at an 85 degree angle. What follows is a series of sharp twists, high-speed, ground-level turns and airtime hills delivering a ride that will leave you feeling like you’ve just run a lap with The Intimidator himself.
At $25 million, Intimidator 305 represents the largest single investment in Kings Dominion history. The steel Giga-Coaster is nearly a full mile long, covers 5 acres and features trains fashioned after Dale Earnhardt’s signature black car.
Note – In 2011 the first turn of Intimidator 305 was reprofiled and now rises as it turns rather than remaining close to the ground for the duration of the turn.
Italian Job Stunt Track
New for 2005 at Paramount’s Kings Island was Italian Job Stunt Track – based on the movie “The Italian Job.” The idea is that you’re filming a scene based loosely on the events of the movie’s finale.
The ride begins with a lauch from 0-40 mph followed by a triple helix up a parking garage. From there you swerve your way through a roadblock, do a 180 on an overbanked turn, speed along the highway and make a quick left into the metrorail. Soon after you run into the dreaded black helicopter and as it shoots a couple gazillion rounds your way, things explode all around. Finally you make your escape through a long underground section and pop out right through an Italian Job sign and right under the feet of waiting riders before slowing to a stop as the director yells, “Cut!”
Italian Job is a really great little ride that makes up for thrills with more than enough fun. Definitely worth a ride.
Note – this ride currently goes by the name Backlot Stunt Coaster all references to the Italian Job have been removed.
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Kennywood just keeps getting better every time I visit. I’ve always liked the park, but it just keeps growing on me more and more with each passing year. They use the tagline “America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park” and I think it fits perfectly. This video is mostly dedicated to the coasters at the park. You’ll find shots of Phantom’s Revenge, Thunderbolt, Racer, Jackrabbit and even Lil’ Phantom. There are a few other park/ride scenes thrown in the mix too. Enjoy this short clip of the park taken on Mother’s Day 2004.
Kings Island 2005
A cool little video of Kings Island from the 2005 season.
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Kings Island 2009
Here’s a five minute Kings Island video featuring general footage of the park from 2009 including many scenes of the rides and roller coasters in action. Eperience a day at the park with coasterimage.
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Laser is a classic Schwarzkopf-designed coaster that has been at Dorney Park since 1986. It was originally known as Colossus before being renamed Laser a few years later. Before it found a home at Dorney Park the coaster thrilled riders at a park in Brazil.
Laser is a cool little coaster with some very powerful forces – especially in the loop and the trains feature just a lapbar restraint.
This video shows one complete lap of the ride from lifthill to the final brakes.
Dorney Park removed Laser after the 2008 season. Let this video serve as a peek into history.
New for 2007 at Cedar Point is the western-themed Maverick. This steel airtime monster now occupies the space at the back of the park where White Water Landing once was.
I’d be hard pressed to name more than a handful of coasters that just don’t let up from the time you leave the station right up until you hit the final brake run, but Maverick is among that rare group. The layout is deceiving with inversions and oddly twisted track, but this ride delivers airtime in abundance throughout the course. It’s simply fun to ride.
This video shows some of what Maverick does and if you’re interested in coasters at all, I suggest you head to Sandusky and give this one a try – I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Pipeline Express is a crazy little coaster and for that I put together a crazy little video. According to the Roller Coaster Database there were only 5 Bailey Auto Sled coasters ever built. As of 2004 only two remained in operation. Pipeline Express at Wild Water & Wheels in Perterborough, Ontario is one of those two.
Basically, the ride is a sled on a track. A flimsy conveyer belt type contraption takes the sleds from the end of the run to the top. You climb approximately 15 million kabillion zillion stairs to the top to board. Snap the seatbelt across your lap and the ride-op gives you a shove. Wheeee!
The general speed of the ride seems to depend solely on two things – your weight and how hard the ride-op pushed you. So if you’re heavy and the ride-op on duty is juiced up – you’re in.
Pirates Of The Caribbean
Drop down a 14-foot waterfall and into the pirate caves before passing through a town where the pirates pillage and Capt. Jack Sparrow hides.
You land right in the middle of a pirate battle, see Captain Barbosa demand the capture of Jack Sparrow, pass through a craibbean town being plundered by pirates all searching for the treasure,meet even more pirates as they sing their jaunty theme, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life For Me”
You’ll meet wily wenches and salty marauders and find out in the end who gets treasure.
I’m not sure this ride entirely translates to video – it’s pretty dark throughout much of the ride. first minute or two is mostly dark with sound because, well, the ride is mostly dark for the first two minutes. Still a good video and nice HD look at the ride.
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Santa’s Land in Cherokee, North Carolina is the kind of place where you can find the Christmas spirit the entire year. On our trip in July we picked up some Christmas memorabilia, saw some elves, met Santa and took a few laps on the world-famous Rudicoaster.
The red nosed reindeer himself leads the way on this powered coaster that offers fun for the whole family. This Rudicoaster video shows the coaster in action on that warm July day.
I chose to add this video to the site as the Screamin’ Swing was a relatively new ride in 2005. Many parks were announcing the Screamin’ Swing as future additions and I’d seen a lot of people curious about the ride. It still holds up as a great experience.
The video is one ride cycle done in one shot. It’s nothing special, just a chance to catch a glimpse of what the ride does.
The ride in this video an 8 seat model at Dorney Park.
Shivering Timbers opened in 1998 as essentially the mother of all out and back, airtime wooden coasters. It was immediately a hit with coaster enthusiasts everywhere and still today ranks among the best wooden coasters in the world according to most polls.
The layout is hill after hill after hill for over a mile. The support structure only adds to the massive look of the whole ride and it sits right along the parking lot / entrance to the park so it makes a huge first impression to incoming guests.
This video is a simple one, showing a lap on the ride. The only thing missing is a shot of the helix that finishes things off. Take a look.
Sky Princess was the first installation by the now defunct Custom Coasters International. Sky Princess is often thought of as a ‘family’ coaster and it may indeed be a bit on the tame side, but it’s still very high in the fun factor. A great little coaster that gives a very smooth ride. It’s a shame that CCI is no longer around, their designs are among the best wooden coasters out there.
These days this coaster features a blue color scheme and goes by the name of Kingdom Coaster.
NOTE – This video is just a short clip of most of the ride taken from one position with no editing.
Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy
Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy is a live show that takes place daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
Children are selected from the audience to become one of 25 Padawans invited to don a brown robe and pledge the Jedi oath. Under the tutelage of the Jedi master the young Padawans begin to learn to use their lightsabers.
But there is a disturbance in the force and soon Stormtroopers appear and secure the area. Just when it seems the worst is over Darth Vader himself appears and the youngsters in training must use their newly learned skills against him and resist the dark side.
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New for 2004 at Waldameer Park in Erie, PA was a great little spinning coaster dubbed “Steel Dragon.” It was only the third of its kind in the USA and makes a great addition to the park. Not too intense to turn off potential riders, and not too tame to be considered lame, it truly personifies the family coaster. Check the video and take a look at Steel Dragon in action, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to sample it yourself.
I’m not sure Steel Force gets the credit it deserves. It really is a solid ride. There’s nothing outstanding about it anymore, but every piece is solid. A 205 foot drop into a tunnel, some big hills, the helix turnaround, the series of airtime hills to return to the station – all the pieces are there and all do exactly what they were intended to.
I have to admit to having a special fondness for Steel Force (and Dorney Park in general) after living so close for two years.
Steel Force was my daughter’s 50th coaster and her first hyper. Being less than 5 miles from the park, we were able to visit often and many times that meant being there on particularly empty nights. Dorney always seems to run 2 trains on their coasters regardless of the crowds. I have good memories of warm summer nights just power riding Steel Force with my 5 year old. Getting off, checking our on ride photo for silly faces and hurrying back around to do it again…and again…and again. Sometimes personal things can make you enjoy a ride more than you really should and perhaps this is my case, but I certainly feel Steel Force is one of the more underrated rides in terms of it’s place in coaster history and I hope this Steel Force video shows off the coaster a bit.
While looking through some old video tapes, I stumbled across this clip from the local news. It aired a few days prior to the grand opening of the Steel Phantom. The clip originally aired on KDKA in Pittsburgh in May of 1991. I think it’s a pretty entertaining look at the ride from an early 90′s perspective. Includes ride stats, industry stats, on-ride footage, and lots of other great little bits. Definitely check this one out!
In 2004 Hersheypark added the third “rocket coaster” installation in the world. Their offering is known as Storm Runner. It features a slightly more complex layout than the previous two built and includes inversions. Having the luck to have ridden all three rocket coasters, I feel I can say with little hesitation that Storm Runner was far and away my favorite.
Short but sweet – leaving you wanting more. A launch that jets you from 0 to 72 mph in 2 seconds. A great top hat with a vertical drop. A funky looking “cobra loop”. A barrel roll/snake dive combo that delivers solid airtime beginning to end. A funky “s” shaped double-up ending that’s banked for maximum thrill. The ride is good fun from start to finish. Check out the video and capture just an ounce of that fun!
Stricker’s Grove is a cute little park that consists of basically one small midway punctuated by two wooden coasters. Here’s the kicker – the park is only open to the public two days a year. They generally operate as a park available for private functions, but open their gates to the public on the fourth of July and the second Sunday in August (Family Day).
This video includes a little bit of everything – both coasters, some flats, some atmosphere and more. The idea is just to show some of what this small park in southwestern Ohio has to offer. Take a look and see if it’s somewhere you might be interested in visiting.
Superman Ultimate Flight
On a cold April day we made our way to Six Flags Great Adventure to check out the debut of Superman: Ultimate Flight. We had been on the same ride at Six Flags Over Georgia six months earlier and wanted to see how New Jersey’s stacked up.
The day before we had visited Six Flags America and saw temperatures hanging in the high 80’s. A few hours north and 24 hours later and things had changed. The temperature hung in the low 40’s all day and the winds were ridiculously high. God only knows exactly what the wind chill was that day. The plus side was that crowds were low the entire day and rerides without even getting off of the coasters were plentiful, the negative side was that…well it was f’n cold! You’ll see in the video that riders are wearing heavy coats, scarfs and gloves – all the winter essentials. I stuck out the wind and cold while the rest of the gang stayed toasty inside Nathan’s munching hot dogs and snagged the footage for this video clip. If there are any shaky parts, it’s either the wind or my shivering.
One thing to notice is just how slow the ride appears to be running in the cold. It almost seems silly slow. All in all it’s a pretty cool video that shows exactly what the ride does.
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What can I tell you about Talon? It currently resides in my top 10 and is still my favorite B&M inverted coaster. I don’t know what it is – I just really like this ride. One of those coasters where the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. I personally recommend riding in the back three rows contrary to what many think about the better view from the front of the train. In this case you’ll get the better ride in the back and a cool little bit of floaty air on the drop into the on-ride photo section. I also prefer the left side as you get the outside swing on the first drop and the wider spin on the zero-g roll. Just some personal preferences for potential riders to consider. This video covers the whole ride – check it out.
Just a quick video showing one complete ride cycle of Geauga Lake’s Texas Twister.
After Geauga Lake’s closing in 2007 this ride was moved to California’s Great America where it debuted in 2008 as FireFall
When Timberland Twister was added to Camp Snoopy it was the first new coaster installation at the park in 9 years. It was the first Gerstlauer spinning coaster to open and the twisted layout lent itself perfectly to the limited space available at Camp Snoopy.
Timberland Twister is a great ride for all types of riders, somehow delivering enough thrills for the thrillseekers, yet at the same time being laid back enough for the more timid. Either way you slice it, it’s still a very fun ride.
Check out some of the footage of unbalanced cars just spinning wildly as they zip around the layout and you’ll get an idea of how over-the-top this coaster can be under the right conditions.
If you haven’t been to the Mall Of America in a while, then be sure to give this one a try next time out.
NOTE – this coaster is now known as the Fairly Odd Coaster and the park is using the name Nickelodeon Universe
Tomb Raider The Ride
Tomb Raider The Ride was new for 2004 at Paramount’s Canada’s Wonderland. It’s a newer breed of flying coaster that lets you ride in a ‘flying’ position, yet shares many of the traits of smaller ‘wild mouse’ coasters. The ride features sharp turns, a small footprint and single cars holding 4 riders at a time.
A couple of these have popped up at various parks to mixed reviews. They seem to be a big hit with casual parkgoers (as evidenced buy the 1 hour+ long line at Canada’s Wonderland), but more seasoned enthusiasts seem to be less…well, enthusiastic about them. Take a few moments to check this one out, it might just be something you’d like to ride!
NOTE – as of 2008 this roller coaster is now known as Time Warp
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Top Thrill Dragster
Top Thrill Dragster. It debuted in 2003 as the world’s tallest and fastest coaster achieving speeds of 120 miles per hour and a height of 420 feet.
Top Thrill Dragster is one hell of an experience. It’s like the roller coaster equivalent of crack. It’s over so quick, but still so cool, that you have to get more. Next thing you know, you’re selling all of your furniture to get Cedar Point tickets. It’ll ruin your life, I’m telling ya! Seriously though, there’s not much I can say about this coaster that you haven’t heard a million times before. Just download the video and check out this thing in action (with the train theme still intact even).
As a cute little side note, this Top Thrill Dragster video was taken the very day of the “wheel incident” – however we left before it all went down. Which, I suppose, means that this is one of the last videos to show the trains with all the dragster theme still attached.
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Turtle Talk With Crush
Explore Epcot’s “The Seas with Nemo & Friends” pavillion and one of the attractions you’ll find is Turtle Talk with Crush. Children take seats in the front on the sea grass carpet while adults find seating on coral benches in front of the window to the ocean world. Soon Crush himself shows up and interacts in real time with the audience for a fun filled experience that’s sure to be unique each time.
Turtle Talk with Crush uses state-of-the-art, 3D, voice activated computer animation that is rendered on the fly to achieve a truly entertaining experience.
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New for 2008 at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom was Voodoo – an impulse coaster launching riders at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. The coaster resembles an elongated ‘U’ shape with each end being a tower that the coaster travels up before gravity takes over and it free falls back down. The front spike twists and the back spike uses a holding brake that holds you vertical while facing the ground for a brief moment on your final ascent up the rear spike.
An interesting aspect of this coaster is its history. It was originally built in the year 2000 by Six Flags at their Ohio park and known as Superman Ultimate Escape. Four years later when ownership of the park changed and it became Geauga Lake again, the coaster was called Steel Venom. After the 2007 season Geauga Lake removed all of their rides and the coaster made it’s way to Allentown and found a home at Dorney Park where it’s known as Voodoo.
UPDATE – the history gets even more interesting. In 2009 the park changed the name of this coaster to Possessed – giving it its fourth identity in a decade.
Vortex has been a staple of the Kings Island lineup since 1987 when it debuted as both the tallest looping coaster and the first coaster to feature 6 inversions. Quite a feat in its day. This clip captures the ride in action. It includes footage of all the major elements from various angles. Download this one and take a look at what the cutting edge had to offer in the coaster industry in the mid to late 80’s.
Walt Disney World (2009)
Various shots from our 2009 visit to Walt Disney World that weren’t used for other videos. Completely random bits and pieces. This 20 minute collection is available on the 2009 Coasterimage DVD, but I wanted to offer it in full HD resolution as well. Completely random and oddly entertaining.
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Walt Disney World Fireworks
This is a clip from an older home video tape I stumbled across. I believe this video was taken in November 2000 and was never inteneded to be added to the site (heck, it was before coasterimage). Nothing here but shakey home video of the finale of Disney’s Fantasy In The Sky. They were filming for something, but I have no idea what – apparently an X-mas something or other. No idea who the girls onstage are either. Basically, just enjoy this old, pre-coasterimage video from Disney World.
Walt Disney World FireworksVideo
Wildfire might not look too unique beyond it’s hillside location at first glance, but what makes it a little special (to me, at least) is the fact that it’s one of just 5 standard sit-down multi-looper roller coasters built by Bolliger and Mabillard.
It is somewhat on the short side in terms of ride length, but it’s packed full of excitement, gives a great ride and, as I mentioned earlier, has a great location. Sounds like all the ingedients for a must-ride coaster to me.
On top of that it has a great station/theme based on an 1880’s inventor and the fuel he created for his flying machine – Wildfire.
Video showing a cycle of the Zipper at Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, Maryland.
To the best of my knowledge (as of 2010), this is the only Zipper in the world that has a permanent home and does not travel from location to location.
Zyklon (sometimes spelled Zyclon in the park) is a Pinfari made coaster. This model is often seen at fairs and festivals as a portable coaster and in fact, this coaster did travel until Fun Spot gave it a permanent home.
Nothing too special here – the video is a single shot of the ride in action. An excellent ride for first-timers or families.