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PW-JAN20-34-37-Roller-Coasters.qxp_Feature 03/02/2020 16:19 Page 34


Rollercoasters www.parkworld-online.com


New coasters coming


Paul Ruben takes a look at what 2020 has in store for North America


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t’s when the iron restraining bar locks into place across your lap with ominous finality that you realise there’s no turning back. You can’t change your mind now. Second


thoughts, misgivings, or reservations are futile. You try to ignore the voice whispering, “You’ll be sorry!” in your ear. A young man in the control booth welcomes you with a warning to secure all loose items and keep your hands on


the bar at all times. Then, in the next breath, he advises you to enjoy your ride. You smile weakly at the irony. With a gust of compressed air, the brakes release and the train rolls out of the station. Ahead of you the track soars skyward. A chain belt eagerly grabs the train and pulls it relentlessly upward. As the ground drops ever farther away, you curse


the moment of madness when this al seemed like such a good idea. Knuckles whiten as the train tops the crown. The front car drops from view, pulling the rest of the train into a breathtaking free-fall plunge. The screaming begins. Screaming. It’s a primal reaction to a primitive ride, the


roller coaster. Coasters are such simple machines, if you think about it. Once the train drops off the lift hill you are propelled by gravity or momentum through the remainder of the course. No motors, no electricity, just creative falling.


New Woodie There will be plenty of new reasons to scream in 2020. According to the Roller Coaster Data Base, there are 124


West Coast Racers


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WINTER EDITION


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