Earlier this fall, I made the trek to my home park, Dollywood. Even though I went on a Saturday, the lines were fairly short and I was able to get in a decent number of rides.
A couple weeks ago, I took a much anticipated trip to Cedar Point, the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” While at the park, I was able to ride the new Rougarou and many of the park’s other world-famous coasters.
New for the 2015 season, Cedar Point transformed their notoriously painful stand-up coaster, Mantis, into a floorless experience. Named Rougarou, the finished product was themed after a werewolf from French folklore. During my trip to Cedar Point last week, I was eager to try out the supposedly much smoother coaster.
Ever since Carowinds announced their record-breaking Giga Coaster last fall, I’ve been tracking the ride’s construction, comparing it to other coasters, and anticipating its opening. After all, Fury 325 is the world’s tallest non-launching roller coaster. Finally, I made it to the park last week to check it out. Believe me, I “felt the sting.”
During a trip to the Carolinas, I found myself so close to Carowinds that I couldn’t pass up a visit. The humid, hundred degree Carolina weather made for a hot day, but Carowinds did a great job at trying to keep their guests hydrated. While at the park, I squeezed in 20 rides, including the brand new Giga Coaster, Fury 325. Needless to say, it fulfilled all my expectations and found a spot on my top ten.