Theme Parks: What Can We Expect From the 2019 Class Of Coasters?
What’s the most anticipated new coaster for theme parks in 2019? There are so many on the horizon, and picking just one is near impossible. With theme park and amusement park locations such as Carowinds, Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Canada’s Wonderland, Busch Gardens Tampa, Silver Dollar City, and Kennywood and others all getting something massive, the only certainty is the coaster enthusiast is the real winner.
Look at 2018, the coaster community welcomed Steel Vengeance, Hangtime, Twisted Timbers, Time Traveler, Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth, Railblazer, and Twisted Cyclone. Enthusiasts were definitely spoiled with new coasters. As 2019 approaches, the feeling is that we could be getting another banner year for the thrill ride community.
I’m most excited for Copperhead Strike at Carowinds. The themeing of the coaster and indoor sections look amazing. While not the most intense coaster of 2019, this might be the best experience ride of all the new coaster additions.
As for most intense, you need to go with Six Flags Great America or Kennywood’s new coasters. The selling point of Great America’s, Maxx Force, is the launch. You’re going 70 mph in less than 2 seconds. That’s going to disorient a lot of people. Kennywood’s newest coaster, Steel Curtain, sends you through a record number of inversions. Good luck coming off either of these the same way you went on.
The coaster I’m least looking forward to is Tigris at Busch Gardens Tampa. There are already two Sky Rocket models at Bush-owned parks (Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Electric Eel at Sea World San Diego). Tigris is just another clone of those rides. While it’s going to fit nicely into the park’s lineup, there’s not much to get excited about.
In addition to the Busch Gardens Tampa addition, there’s also Batman at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. This coaster is simply another Joker 4D Free Spin clone we see at numerous other Six Flags parks. Don’t get me wrong, these are some great rides. Once you’ve done one, you’ve done them all. Although, Discovery Kingdom is collecting a lot of coasters at the park.
What’s going to be the underrated coaster of the 2019 theme park season? That will be Yukon Striker at Canada’s Wonderland. Many aren’t giving this coaster enough credit. The themeing will blend in well with the Yukon/Canadian Wilderness section of Canada’s Wonderland. Not to mention this breaks every dive coaster record in the books.
There’s also the Harry Potter coaster at Universal Studios Island’s of Adventure. This one seems to be in a league of its own. Not much is known about this coaster. We know the themeing will be immense and there will be multiple launches, backward sections, and a drop track. You can’t really compare this to the other 2019 coasters, as it’s truly in a league of its own.
2019 is primed to be a huge year for the theme park community and coaster enthusiast. While many are waiting for the huge year of 2020, we can’t sleep on what the next year will bring. Perhaps not on par with what 2018 gave us, there are still a lot of big rides for 2019. Who’s ready to hit up the newest coasters?