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The Wildest Roller Coasters of 2018


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The Wildest Roller Coasters of 2018

By Mekado Murphy / The New York Times / July 25, 2018

“From steep spinning coasters to single-rail sensations, the most innovative thrill rides of the new season.

If you thought roller coaster design couldn’t get more innovative, 2018 has a little something to show you. From coasters that plunge you on a single rail to trains that spin while launching you uphill, this season’s coaster class offers surprisingly fresh and record-setting ways to ride. Here’s a look at four of the most thrilling, a few of which I sampled this season...

Steel Vengeance
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
If a mad scientist got his hands on some roller coaster track and started building it using every tool at his disposal, it probably still wouldn’t feel as crazy and intense as Steel Vengeance. It’s a bit of a Frankencoaster, with wood used from the old Cedar Point coaster Mean Streak and a steel track and layout that have been completely refashioned. The resulting hybrid comes from the same manufacturer as Golden Lasso, Rocky Mountain Construction. While that company has become quite the expert at coaster rehabilitation and reconstruction, it has reached new heights here, creating the world’s tallest hybrid at 205 feet (a hypercoaster), with a mind-blowing 90-degree first drop....”


The new hybrid roller coaster Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.
Photo Credit: Cedar Point