August 2023 was a thrilling month for coaster enthusiasts and amusement park lovers alike, as it marked the unveiling of an impressive array of new roller coasters. From gravity-defying twists to heart-pounding drops and family-centered thrills, these upcoming roller coasters promise to deliver an unforgettable experience.
Let’s look at all the new coasters announced in August that are set to open in 2024.
1. Good Gravy at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari announced that a new family coaster called Good Gravy would be opening in 2024. The name Good Gravy may sound peculiar, but this innovative ride promises an experience like no other. It will be the world’s first gravy-themed roller coaster and will call the Thanksgiving area of the park home. The coaster is part of a new expansion to the land called Stuffing Springs. The area will include a play area, benches, and plenty of shade.
Good Gravy, designed by manufacturer Vekoma, promises to deliver family-friendly thrills. Once onboard, riders find themselves seated in large gravy boats complete with ornate artwork just like you would find on Grandma’s kitchen table.
The trains are lifted back up a reverse lift hill before they take off back through the station and zoom through thrilling twists that simulate the exhilarating frenzy of cooking in a kitchen. The coaster will reach speeds of 37mph and weave through massive kitchen utensils such as a rolling pin, whisk, a big box of stuffing, and more. Then riders will climb a 77-foot-tall spike before falling back and doing the whole course backward. It is a perfect coaster for those riders who want a bit more thrill but aren’t quite ready to take on The Voyage.
2. Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers at Kings Island
Snoopy's Soap Box Racers is a Vekoma family boomerang coaster very similar to Good Gravy. It will be Kings Island’s 5th family coaster. Inspired by the beloved Peanuts characters, this ride offers a whimsical take on soapbox derby racing.
Kids and adults alike can hop into soapbox cars and zip down a winding track filled with twists and turns. After being lifted a 70 ft hill in reverse, riders will zip back down through the station and through a series of turns up and over the station before heading up a spike and heading back through the track backward. The coaster is going to be part of a new area of the park called Camp Snoopy.
3. Ultra Surf Coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia announced that a one-of-a-kind coaster would be making its debut next year. This Ultra Surf Coaster which is yet to be named, looks quite similar to Aquaman: Power Wave which opened this year at Six Flags Over Texas and was designed by Mack Rides. However, this model, designed by Intamin takes the thrill level up a notch.
While the track is nearly identical, the Ultra Surf coaster features trains that resemble a surfboard and include two spinning cars. The train is launched forward and backward along the track, reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, and ends with a major splashdown. These free-spinning cars add a completely new element to the coaster and ensure each ride will be a different experience.
4. Iron Menace at Dorney Park
Iron Menace is set to make a thrilling debut at Dorney Park next year. Announced in August 2023, this coaster is already generating excitement from parkgoers. It marks the first new roller coaster at Dorney Park since the now-defunct boomerang coaster, Stinger opened in 2012. In fact, Iron Menace will sit where Stinger once stood.
Iron Menace is a Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster. It is poised to become a highlight of Dorney Park, promising an adrenaline-fueled experience. With a top speed of 64 miles per hour, a 152 ft beyond vertical drop, and four inversions it's bound to deliver heart-pounding thrills. The coaster will deliver excitement, although the layout does seem a bit short. It is still great to see a park that hasn’t had a new coaster in over a decade finally get a thrilling addition.
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