Recorded in February 2013, Jeff and Joel Rogers talk about the three looping wooden coasters that are being built this summer. The discussion begins with the failed Son of Beast, the first modern wooden coaster with a loop. SOB only lasted a few years before Kings Island removed the loop, and the whole ride was recently demolished… after only running less than 10 years.
Here are the three wooden coasters getting loops this summer: Hades at Mt. Olympus is being converted into Hades 360 with the addition of a 360-degree roll. Jeff and Joel agree that this is true wood coaster despite the fact that it has steel supports.
Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO is being built by Rocky Mountain Construction. It will feature two rolls! But since the top of the track has a larger piece of metal that most other wood coasters, it is a little debatable if it is a wood coaster or a steel coaster. Most people call it a woodie, but who really cares… it looks like a great ride no matter how you categorize it!
The Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas is being converted into the Iron Rattler for 2013. It will be getting the “Iron Horse” treatment from Rocky Mountain Construction. The layout will be greatly changed and a loop will be added. But since the track is being replaced by a steel I-beam, Jeff and Joel don’t really consider it a wooden coaster. But whatever you call it, it will be a huge improvement over the incredibly rough Rattler.
The Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas was the first coaster to get the “Iron Horse” conversion, and Joel loved that ride! He talks about how the ride was greatly improved.
So how will these new coasters be? Will they be a hit, or will they flop like Son of Beast? We will find out later this summer.
Joel moved onto listener comments about Son of Beast, although he probably butchered everyone’s name!
Joel talks about the new additions to CoasterGallery.com. He recently added Denmark’s Fårup Sommerland.
Joel ends with podcast with a photography assignment. He asks that you take a picture with a camera with an optical zoom. Start close to the subject and zoom out to a wide view. Take some steps back, and then zoom in to keep the subject the same size. So what is better? Being close with a wide angle lens, or being farther away with a zoom lens?
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