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Coasters-101: Escape from Gringotts Secrets Revealed

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride recently opened at Universal Studios Florida to massive praise, frequent breakdowns, and seven hour plus wait times. The completely immersive experience seamlessly combines giant physical sets with massive projection screens. Edge blending techniques...

Coasters-101: Lift Hills

How do roller coasters reach their highest point? The chain lift is the traditional method of pulling a coaster car to the top of the tallest hill. A catch on the bottom of the train, called a “chain dog”, engages...

Coasters-101: Wheel Design

A typical wheel used on a roller coaster is constructed by taking an aluminum hub and bonding a polyurethane tire to the hub’s outside diameter. This entire “wheel assembly” is then connected to the axle through a bearing. There are...

Coasters-101: Foundations

Welcome to another addition of Coasters-101. Today we’re going to discuss one of the most important and perhaps most overlooked components of a roller coaster-the foundations! It’s an exciting time when you go to your nearest amusement park and see...

Coasters101: Curves and Banking

Welcome to another session of Coasters101! Today, we’re going to continue looking at some of the math and engineering that goes into designing a roller coaster. Earlier, we looked at some physics calculations in regard to the lift hill and...

Coasters101: Coaster Physics Calculations

Welcome to another session of Coasters101! Have you always wondered what type of  calculations and mathematics engineers must do to design a roller coaster? Today, we are going to talk about the physics of roller coasters and run a few...