Top Ten Roller Coasters Opening in 2017 in US

As 2016 comes to a close it’s time to look ahead to next year. Here’s our list of the top ten roller coasters opening in 2017 in the US that you need to ride next year.

10. Rollin’ Thunder at OWA

Location: Foley, Alabama
Manufacturer: Zamperla
Height: 114.8 ft
Length: 2,234.3 ft
Inversions: 4

Owa, meaning “big water” in the Muscogee Creek language, is the name of a multi-use development in Foley, Alabama containing a brand new amusement park that will open in 2017.  The amusement park will have a unique name that will be released at a later date. Rollin’ Thunder is expected to be a clone of Thunderbolt at Luna Park, which you can see in the video below, but will have a new restraint design.

9. Kersplash at Edaville USA

Location: Carver, Massachusetts
Manufacturer: E&F Miler Industries
Inversions: 0

Kersplash is a water coaster that ran at the Washington State Fair. The unique ride features two lift hills and two splash downs. It will open at Edaville USA in 2017.

8. Joker at Six Flags Over Texas/Six Flags Great America/Six Flags New England

Location: Arlington, Texas / Gurnee, Illinois / Agawam, Massachusetts
Manufacturer: S&S Worldwide
Height:120 ft
Length:1019 ft

Joker is S&S’s 4D free fly coaster, the first of which opened at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and greatly improved upon Intamin’s ZacSpin design. Rocky Mountain Construction is the manufacturer of the I-beam style steel rails to help make a super smooth ride experience.

7. Merlin’s Mayhem at Dutch Wonderland

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Manufacturer: S&S Worldwide
Height: 60 ft
Length: 1300 ft

A family inverted coaster from S&S that will have onboard audio and with a 39-inch height requirement, Dutch Wonderland hopes the coaster can be enjoyed by “young and old alike.” Merlin’s Mayhem will be manufacturer S&S Worldwide’s first foray into inverted/suspended coasters.

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6. Unnamed Euro-fighter at Casino Pier

Location: Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Manufacturer: Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH
Height: 72 ft
Length: 1050 ft
Inversions: 3

Casino Pier’s 2017 coaster is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter model which has a 72-foot vertical lift and beyond-vertical drop. Passengers will glide along overlooking the Atlantic Ocean near the 1,050-foot coaster track which includes a vertical loop, an Immelman turn and a heartline roll during its course.

5. GaleForce at Playland’s Castaway Cove

Location: Ocean City, New Jersey
Manufacturer: S&S Worldwide
Height: 125 ft
Length: 1269 ft

GaleForce at Playland’s Castaway Cove was originally supposed to open in 2016 but track alignment issues forced the park to delay the official public opening until 2017 after a new piece of track could be manufactured. The 12 passenger car will finally be able to launch back and forth until it reaches 64 mph where it will ascend the 125 foot tall top hat before plunging into a beyond ninety-degree drop.

4. InvadR at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Manufacturer: Great Coasters International
Height: 74 ft
Inversions: 0

Busch Garden Williamsburg’s first wood coaster will actually utilize a steel support structure. InvadR is being touted as the “world’s first crowdsourced ride, inviting consumers to ‘decide the ride’ and become co-creators with the park team for this unique new attraction.”

3. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster at SeaWorld San Antonio

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Manufacturer: Intamin
Height: 61 ft
Length: 2,600 ft
Inversions: 0

The unique jet ski-style car design is the first such coaster design in North America and engages riders in a straddled seating position. The design will allow riders to lean into a series of banked and serpentine turns, and grip the handle bars as they race over hills designed for maximum airtime, and a pair of high acceleration launches. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster marks the return of Intamin to the United States. Intamin’s last new U.S. Coaster was Skyrush at Hersheypark, which opened in 2012. This is not Intamin’s first experience with SeaWorld Parks, as they were the company behind Cheetah Hunt, which opened at Busch Gardens Tampa in 2011.

2. Unnamed Gravity Group upside-down wooden coaster at Fun Spot America

Location: Kissimmee, Florida
Manufacturer: The Gravity Group
Height: 82ft
Length: 2256 ft
Inversions: 1

Fun Spot America amusement park (the Kissimmee, Florida, location), has announced plans to build an inverting wooden roller coaster. The Gravity Group coaster is expected to open summer 2017. The design team are still determining the wooden coaster’s theme, name and “sponsorship opportunities.”

1. Mystic Timbers Kings Island

Location: Mason, Ohio
Manufacturer: Great Coasters International
Height: 109 ft
Length: 3265 ft
Inversions: 0

Kings Island is known for having one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world in the Beast. Now they come with another thrilling wood coaster trip through the woods. Mystic Timbers will stand 109 feet tall with a 97-foot-tall drop, reaching a top speed of 53 mph during its 3,265-foot-long course. And the park has been teasing a surprise ending #whatsintheshed. It’s the longest ride on this list.

Wildcard: Mean Streak at Cedar Point

Location: Sandusky, Ohio
Manufacturer: Rocky Mountain Construction
Height: Unknown
Length: Unknown
Inversions: Unknown
The biggest unannounced project that could open in 2017 is the Mean Streak transformation at Cedar Point. We pretty much know that Mean Streak is currently undergoing a conversion from wood to steel by the hottest company in the amusement industry, Rocky Mountain Construction. The question remains if it will open in 2017 or 2018. If this is a 2017 project then it is no doubt the number one most anticipated roller coaster opening in 2017 in the US.

Final Thoughts on the Top Ten Coasters for 2017 in America

Overall, 2017 is not looking like a real strong year for new coasters in the United States. The longest track is only 3,265, with most under 2,600 ft. But it’s good to see the return of Intamin as well as American companies Gravity Group and GCI building coasters in America again.

Do you agree with our list of the top ten most anticipated roller coasters opening in 2017 in the US? Do you think 2017 will go down as one of the best or worst classes of new coasters?