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5 New Roller Coasters to Visit During Summer Vacation

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | May 11, 2015

5 New Roller Coasters to Visit During Summer Vacation

Planning a summer vacation can be difficult for anyone, but for those looking to visit an amusement park during their time away from school or work, the new crop of roller coasters should have thrillseekers jumping for joy.

As the peak 2015 vacation season approaches, here are the top five new roller coasters to visit during summer break.

1. Fury 325 at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina

For some roller coaster enthusiasts, bigger is always better. If that's your line of thinking, you will instantly fall in love with the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325 at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A giga coaster is a unique ride that has a height or drop between 300 feet and 399 feet. The Fury 325 sits as the tallest in the class, and the fifth tallest overall roller coaster in the world today.

Visitors who feel like they want to test their mental strength will hop in one of the cars and climb up a 325 foot tall lift hill before dropping down at an incredible 81 degree slope. The ride reaches a mind-numbing 95 miles per hour.

Luckily for travelers looking to take a trip on Fury 325, Carowinds has special deals to make a stop in North Carolina worth the time. If you want to ride on the biggest and the scariest, look no further than the Fury 325 giga coaster.

2. Thunderbird at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana

Santa Claus, Indiana, is not the first place people think of when talking about top roller coasters, but Holiday World is looking to change that perception with the addition of an incredibly unique roller coaster called Thunderbird.

Thunderbird is the only "launched wing" roller coaster in the United States, and features passengers being seated on both sides of the rail with their feet dangling. Instead of a lift hill, riders are launched zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds.

After the initial launch, the ride will take thrill-seekers through a 14-story Immelmann loop, a zero-g roll, a barrel roll, the tallest vertical loop on any wing coaster, and several “near-miss” points.

Add in frequent Santa Claus sightings and several ways to save money on tickets, and adding Holiday World’s Thunderbird roller coaster to the itinerary is a must for any true winged-coaster enthusiast.

3. Impulse at Knoebels Amusement in Park, Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Another roller coaster that must be on everyone’s summer agenda is Impulse at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Tucked in the hills of northern Penn., this free park is the home of one of the most anticipated rides of 2015.

Opened in April, Impulse takes eight passengers to a maximum height of 98 feet. While that doesn’t sound overwhelming, riders are dropped from the peak point of the ride down toward the ground at 90 degrees at a top speed of 55 miles per hour.

With four inversions including a cobra roll, standard loop and an in-line twist, this is a unique experience hidden in the middle of the woods. The affordable ride prices at Knoebels always help make the journey easier on the wallet of families.

4. Cannibal at Lagoon Park in Farmington, Utah

While it hasn’t been opened to the public yet, Lagoon Park in Farmington, Utah, fully expects one of its newest attractions, the Cannibal roller coaster to be debut this season. When it does open, thrillseekers will come out in droves.

The unique ride takes passengers to a maximum height of 208 feet before dropping the cars over a cliff, resulting in a stunning beyond-vertical drop of 116 degrees and reaching a top speed of 70 miles per hour pulling as much as 4.2 Gs.

The ride is still going through testing by park officials and inspectors, but the longer the ride stays unopened, the more the anticipation builds. When Cannibal is finally unleashed on America, roller coaster enthusiasts will be lined ready to experience the ride.

5. Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California

Another ride that hasn’t opened yet, but is already making serious waves among roller coaster fans is Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. Thrill-seekers remember the original Colossus, but Six Flags is turning the classic into a modern behemoth.

Expected to be open in Spring of 2015, Twisted Colossus combines the nostalgia of a wooden roller coaster with the versatility of using steel. With two trains of cars running next to each other throughout the ride, the excitement surrounding the hybrid coaster is rising.

The coaster features a “Top Gun” element — an inversion where the train slows down upside down—the western hemisphere’s first “High Five” element, an 80-degree drop of 116 feet and a zero-g roll.

Add in the fact that the length of the ride is almost 5,000 feet and it lasts four minutes, and a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain when Twisted Colossus finally opens to the public should be on every thrill-seeker’s agenda.

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