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Top 10 New Coasters for 2013

February 14, 2013

Every year in February, I post a list of my top ten most anticipated new coasters for the year. So far, 2013 look like it’ll be great with tons of new rides opening around the world. Here are my picks:

10: Flying Over the Rainforest at Ocean Kingdom

Flying Over the Rainforest would probably be higher on the list if  more information was known or if it were closer to America. It’s a B&M Wingrider and includes three inversions, a Dive Drop, a Zero-G Roll, and a Heartline Roll.

9: White Lightening at Fun Spot Action Park

Fun Spot Action Park is a go-cart park in Orlando. This year however, it will open two coasters. One family ride and White Lightening, a woody. Built by GCI, it’ll be a smaller coaster that should provide lots of airtime.

8: Hades 360 at Mount Olympus

If this had been a completely new coaster it would rank near the top of my list. However, Hades has already been open for eight years. Mount Olympus is just adding a Zero-G Roll. That’s right their modifying a wooden coaster to go upside down. Woodies with inversions seem to be a trend this year (like Wingriders last year.)

7: Storm at Etnaland

This is one of those rides that hasn’t gotten much attention yet looks like it’ll be fun. In its relatively short layout, it manages to include at least five airtime moments, a heartline roll, and a helix.

6: Gold Striker at California’s Great America

Gold Striker will be a wooden twister coaster. California’s Great America has gone since 2000 without a new coaster so it is long overdue.

5: Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain has more roller coasters than any other park on the planet. Full Throttle is the park’s eighteenth coaster! It’s also includes some unique elements including an odd diving inversion, a backwards launch, and an airtime hill over the world’s largest vertical loop.

4: Smiler at Alton Towers

We’ve known about Smiler for a while. It’s been over a year since the blueprints were leaked. Overall, it looks like an excellent ride. The track will contain eight inversions, two lift hills, and lots of turns. There will also be a special element that will allow more inversions.

3: Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Iron Rattler is a Rock Mountain Iron Horse coaster. This type of ride has wooden supports and steel track. It’s only the second of these rides ever to be built and the first to include an inversion. The ride will also have four overbanked turns and loads of airtime.

2: Gatekeeper at Cedar Point

Because Cedar Point is a very famous park, Gatekeeper is by far the most famous coaster opening this year. Like Flying Over the Rainforest, it is a B&M Wingrider. However, Gatekeeper is much larger. It’s elements include the world’s tallest inversion, five other inversions, two keyhole elements, and a helix.

1: Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City

Outlaw Run is without a doubt my most anticipated new coaster for 2013. Somehow they managed to fit a ton of exiting elements into the layout, here are some of the best:

  • World’s second fastest woodie
  • World’s steepest wooden drop
  • World’s first Outside Banked Turn
  • World’s only inverting woodie
  • World’s first wooden overbanked turn
  • Nine airtime moments
  • Double Barrel Roll

Another entry for Rocky Mountain Coasters, Outlaw Run is the ride to watch this year. Here’s an incomplete POV

So that’s my list, what do you think? What are your top picks?

Check out my most anticipated rides for 2012 here.

What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂



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  1. Matt P permalink

    Personally I think Gatekeeper and Iron Rattler look alot more exciting than Outlaw run. Outlaw run has 3 inversions and some turns. Iron Rattler has one inversion, steeply banked overbanked turns, a dive through a quarry wall, etc. And Gatekeeper, well, has dive drop and immelman, corkscrew, airtime hill, keyhole twist, dive loop, non keyhole twist, etc. Outlaw run looks fun, but there’s no way I’d put it before Gatekeeper and Iron Rattler. I am also wondering if those twists will be painful on a wooden coaster.

    • Well, it may turn out that Gatekeeper and Iron Rattler are the two best rides this year. However, I am more exited about Outlaw Run because it is something that has never been done before. Son of Beast came close but was ultimately a failure. Yea Iron Rattler looks cool but Outlaw Run took more risks and I’m exited to see if it lives up to expectations!

  2. I think that GateKeeper looks like a better ride that Outlaw run.

  3. Reblogged this on SERENDIPITY and commented:
    For all my friends who share a love of roller coasters, here are some new ones to dream about.

  4. Very impressive!! But I think my roller coaster days are over. The last sunset with the Cyclone did me in.

  5. Eric permalink

    SFFT’s Iron Rattler looks very nice. Six Flags is becoming a trailblazer with the RMC iron horse hybrid coasters… SFOT’s Texas Giant was first, followed by Iron Rattler… next year (2014), SFM’s Medusa is set to become an iron horse coaster.

    Current Six Flags wood coasters that I believe could be next in line to get RMC iron horse re-track… SFSTL’s The Boss… SFMM’s Colossus… and SFOG’s Georgia Cyclone. The Boss’ transformation would likely take 8-9 months to complete… same length of time it took for Iron Rattler… and I’m assuming Medusa too. Colossus and Georgia Cyclone’s transformations would likely take 18 months to complete… same length of time it took for Texas Giant.

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