Thursday, May 24, 2012

Going on vacation? Like wild rides? Here’s some new ‘screamers’

        Good Day Humboldt County!

 With summer looming and schools letting out, many people’s thought’s are turning to entertainment parks.

Thrill-seekers are in for a treat with a coaster crop of six new rides designed to make make them scream like they never screamed before! 

From outstretched wings to water elements, ride designers and theme park operators are upping the thrill factor through design and technology rather than vying for new records for height or speed.

Manta (above), at SeaWorld San Diego, opens May 26, features 20-seat, manta ray-shaped trains that skim the water. This launch coaster won’t be the tallest (highest drop: 54 feet) or fastest (top speed: 43 mph) ride when it opens on May 26 but it may be the most unusual. Sitting in 20-seat, ray-shaped trains, riders are launched out of a tunnel enhanced with oversized projections of rays and put through more than a dozen turns, including one in which the train’s wings skim through the water. “It doesn’t have a big vertical span,” said Slade, “but when you’re that close to the ground, it can really heighten the sense of speed.”

You can check out the other five rides here.

Time for me to head on down the road….


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