New roller coasters for 2013
Amusement parks never disappoint in offering up fresh thrills. Here are some top coasters new for this summer.
Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City (Branson, Mo.): Built for $10 million, it's the only wooden coaster in the world, the park says, boasting a double barrel roll. In addition to that 720-degree spin, Outlaw Run offers three inversions total.
Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., claims the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster: a 162-drop at 81 degrees.
Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., reaches a top speed of 68 miles per hour.
Undertow at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (Santa Cruz, Calif.): This Frankenride is part Tilt-a-whirl, part roller coaster that reaches speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Two pairs of people sit in each spinning car, ensuring a different view every time you ride.
A spinning roller coaster, Undertow at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif., features a sideways drop and lots of sharp turns.
Gold Striker at California's Great America (Santa Clara): This modern wooden coaster includes 3,197 feet of track and reaches speeds close to 54 miles per hour. (cagreatamerica.com)
Gold Striker at California's Great America in Santa Clara offers an initial drop of 103 feet and a total two minutes, 30 seconds of thrills.
GateKeeper at Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio): Claiming to be the longest, fastest winged coaster in the world, you won't miss GateKeeper, as it soars above the main entrance to the park.
Cedar Point park officials say the GateKeeper has set world records for a winged coaster including longest drop (164 feet), tallest inversion (170 feet) and most inversions (six). (April 4, 2013)
GateKeeper Cedar Point lasts two minutes, 20 seconds. (April 4, 2013)
Boomerang at Six Flags St. Louis: Riders are pulled backward before being launched along 1,650 feet of track and reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour.
Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta (San Antonio, Texas): A wooden coaster meets steel track and rails for thrills including a 171-foot drop at 81 degrees and a top speed of 70 miles per hour.
The Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta in Texas features one inverted barrel roll and four over-banked turns.
Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, Calif.) : Opening Saturday, Full Throttle features three launches, the first of which accelerates riders from zero to 70 miles per hour, hitting a 160-foot-tall loop -- a world record, according to park officials.
Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain reaches speeds up to 70 miles per hour.
Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., includes three separate launches and a tunnel.
Bootlegger's Run at Splish Splash in Calverton: Yes, it's a water ride, but using hydromagnetics, it's also a roller coaster that pulls riders along in a four-person raft. (June 2, 2013)
Bootlegger's Run at Splish Splash in Calverton, N.Y., reaches speeds of 30 miles per hour. (June 2, 2013)
Bootlergger's Run at Splish Splash in Calverton, N.Y, starts off with a climb of 235 feet. (June 2, 2013)
Coast Rider at Knotts Berry Farm (Buena Park, Calif.): You'll ascend 52 feet only to be pulled back down for more than 1,300 feet of tracks with spins and hairpin turns. It reaches speeds of 37 miles per hour.
White Lightning at Fun Spot America Orlando: Fun Spot says the 2,000-foot-high White Lightning is the only wood coaster in Orlando. And it's not the only new addition: A steel suspended coaster is also part of a $25 million park expansion.