There is only one way to mark National Roller Coaster Day. Visit an amusement park and ride the rails.
But you wouldn’t want to ride just any coaster, right? Fortunately, parks have introduced an especially strong lineup of new thrill machines to sample this year. Let’s run down some of the most noteworthy members of the coaster class of 2018.
Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio isn’t a completely new attraction, exactly. Formerly known as Mean Streak, the surgical specialists at the ride company, Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC), performed a track replacement by yanking out the traditional tracks of the tired, older wooden coaster and implanting its snazzy, patented steel IBox rails.
Old-timey Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, is sending guests back to an earlier era on its wildly innovative Time Traveler.
Wonder Woman: Golden Lasso Coaster
RMC built two new steel coasters in 2018 using its IBox track. But instead of a typical two-rail design, the ride innovators introduced a groundbreaking single-rail concept. First out of the station was Wonder Woman: Golden Lasso Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio.
Down the California coast in Buena Park, Knott’s Berry Farm opened the state’s first dive coaster, HangTime.
Twisted Cyclone at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell features a steep 75-foot drop, three inversions, and 10 airtime moments.