American amusement parks are taking a bit of a breather this year. They don’t have any record-breaking, holy-moly, you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me, crazy-big coasters rolling out in 2017.
That’s not to say that there won’t be any new thrill machines. There will. That’s also not to say that the ones that are debuting won’t turn your knuckles white and quicken your pulse. They will. It’s just that America’s coaster class of 2017 won’t reach the heights, speeds, or sheer audacity of some of the valedictorians from the past few years. Let’s run down nine of this season’s most promising prospects.
Mystic Timbers at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
For its 15th entry, coaster-crazy Kings Island will unleash a traditional wooden ride. Mystic Timbers won’t be as fast or nearly as long as the park’s classic woodie, The Beast. But the 53-mph ride will include loads of airtime and one decidedly non-traditional element: Towards the end of the course, it will come to a stop inside a darkened building. Something will happen in there (likely, a special effects-enhanced scene), but for now the park is keeping it a mystery and teasing fans with the hashtag #WhatsInTheShed.
Mine Blower at Fun Spot America in Kissimmee, Fla.
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