Holiday World Debuts Thunderbird! Nations First Launch Wing Coaster

Posted by  r0llerc0ast3r / 25 Jul : 00:16
Holiday World has announced their newest attraction, Thunderbird! This all new steel creation will be the first "Launched Wing Coaster in the Nation"! Featuring large inversions, high speeds and near misses... The new and monstrous attraction will debut Spring of 2015! Thunderbird will be the parks first steel coaster as well as their first coaster that will take riders upside down! What do you think?!

Official Press Release

SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA — The nation’s first launched wing coaster will take flight over Holiday World in 2015.

Named Thunderbird, Holiday World’s first major steel roller coaster will feature a zero-to-60 miles-per-hour launch in 3.5 seconds, followed by multiple inversions – including a 14-story Immelmann loop, Zero-g roll, barrel roll, and loop.

Continuing Holiday World’s tradition of sending roller coasters through its thickly wooded and hilly terrain, Thunderbird will at first soar and loop high in the air and then hug the ground, surprising riders with rapid-fire “near misses” such as keyholes, themed elements, other rides, trees, and even the ground.

“A wing coaster creates a feeling of incredible freedom – you ride beside the coaster track with nothing above or below you,” says Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “Thunderbird is the first launched wing coaster in the nation – we can’t wait to ride it!”

Eckert calls Thunderbird’s manufacturer, Bolliger & Mabillard, the “Cadillac of roller coasters, known for their safety, quality and reliability. We’ve dreamed of adding a B&M steel coaster for many years and are excited that Thunderbird will be B&M’s first launched coaster.”

Thunderbird’s $22 million price tag is more than twice the amount of any other single-ride investment at
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in the park’s 68-year history.

Thunderbird will be located in the park’s Thanksgiving section. Construction is already underway and may be viewed live on Holiday World’s ConstructionCam. Thunderbird will open next spring.

Additional information, videos and photos can be found here:
Holiday World 2015

Casino Pier Ridding Themselves of Antique Carousel

Posted by  r0llerc0ast3r / 14 Jul : 14:59
After a devastating storm in 1962 and the most recent, Hurricane Sandy... Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey is looking to rid themselves of a "Classic Jersey Shore Icon"! Plans for the removal of the antique carousel are underway, whether it's piece by piece or as one. The handcrafted wooden rotating sculpture will be no more as of the of this summer season... It is the last piece of what locals here at the Jersey Shore remember from the "original" boardwalk!


SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - Since I was a little kid, the "original" Seaside Heights boardwalk was a major staple in my life. I spent majority of my summers there, whether it was for work or play... The sandy beaches and wooden planks were my home. However, almost two years ago, a monster of a storm swept through and removed anything and almost everything from my childhood including my parents and theirs. It was a devastating time for the boardwalk and the business' that have called it home since my grandparents were teenagers. Many were left in ruins while others coped with hard work towards rebuilding to an uncertain future.

It has never been the same since then and it never will be. It has a different look, feel, smell and I know this will sound weird, but sound!

Why the sentimental history lesson? Well I want to give you a background of how important I place this slab of wood to my heart. Cause I personally can't stand when someone posts a blog write up with no emotional attachment to the subject at hand.

Today, Monday July 14, 2014 Casino Pier of Seaside Heights, New Jersey has announced plans for the removal of the LAST piece of my childhood memory.

Locals, shore boys and shore girls of all ages will find this frustrating, upsetting and downright outrageous... Casino Pier is auctioning off the classic Antique Carousel that has rotated on the pier summer after summer since 1932. The auction will take place at the end of the summer season as a "one item" or "piece by piece" purchase.

So the first question that comes to mind is... WHY? I thought after all that it has survived the carousel would remain the last remaining staple of what Seaside Heights was before Hurricane Sandy. Well officials of Casino Pier plan on using the space for new attractions and announced the carousel was a burden financially due to maintenance costs.

Why is this such a big deal? Well read on, and I'll explain!

The antique carousel opened in 1910 at Burlington Island Park, in Burlington, New Jersey. Unlike the many carousels of today, this one had been handcrafted from wood displaying its nostalgia. In fact the New York Times deems this carousel as an "Authentic antique featuring hand carved animals that rotate around a 90-year-old Wurlitzer military band organ." This is no lie... The carousel is an antique and is the oldest ride still operating along the Jersey Shore!

During its stay at Burlington Island Park it survived two major fires and upon the closing of the park it was re-located to Casino Pier in 1932.

At the Jersey Shore, it quickly became a landmark and captured the hearts of thousands each summer. However, its troubled life was far from over...

The antique carousel also survived two powerful and major storms that struck along the coast. The first was the Great Storm of 1962 and then of course Hurricane Sandy. Due to the powerful storm surge of Sandy the basement housing the electrical equipment was destroyed leaving the carousel in a damp, dark and cold environment for two months. The wooden figures were in danger of ice damage and the future of the carousel was uncertain.

We were on site nearly four months after the event and spoke with officials who stated that the carousel might have suffered severe ice and water damage which would prevent it from opening ever again. However, through all the ice, snow, rain and wind this antique carousel would re-open for the summer of 2013!

Unfortunately the carousel located at the neighboring Funtown Pier was destroyed by a tragic fire, bringing Seaside Heights to a "one carousel boardwalk".

Now... After all it has been through... The ups and the downs, Casino Pier has announced plans to remove the antique carousel!

I do not know about the rest of you, but I personally cannot let this happen. It is a boardwalk staple! A Jersey Shore icon... It has survived through so much... It has kept rotating year after year. It is a symbol of how strong those who call the Jersey Shore home are. It is the last piece of history of what Seaside was and always will be in the hearts and minds of many along the Jersey Shore.

Those who are outraged, angry and upset with this news please click the following link to an official Facebook Page started by myself to help preserve this Jersey Shore Landmark. Please tweet and recommend this page to anyone who has visited the Jersey Shore in their lifetime, we must stand together and remain "JERSEY STRONG"!

Facebook Page:
Save The Carousel Page

Terra Mitica: Teenager Killed After Being Thrown From Coaster

Posted by  r0llerc0ast3r / 08 Jul : 23:34
A teenager has been killed after his harness failed to stay remain closed while riding "Hell" at Terra Mitica Theme Park in Benidorm, Spain. The 18-year old boy who was on holiday with his family and a friend received numerous injuries including fractures and head wounds. No official word on the reason for the harness failure has been given. The ride is closed indefinitely while an investigation is underway. The family of the young man has made no statement at this time.

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