Thrill seekers have been going to theme parks for years, there’s something about hopping on some sort of ride and having yourself scared to within an inch of your life that makes people keep returning to the parks, while it’s never been my biggest addiction it’s still fun every once in a while. (findthebest) With this being one of the biggest options for drawing people into the parks, different companies have been on a search for the latest and greatest thing, looking for the biggest and baddest ride on the planet in order to get people through the gates. (worldsoffun) With rides like Sheikra, Kingda Ka, and X2 around, you may think that there’s no way to get any more thrilling than these massive roller coasters, but that hasn’t stopped parks from trying to find a way to do the nearly impossible feat of going one step higher. (travelandleisure) When rides are being announced there’s one thing that you typically don’t like to hear, although there’s a chance it could give the ride some “cred” in relation to danger so it may not be a total loss, and that’s when a park has to delay the opening of said ride in the name of safety. (kansascity)
There are a couple thrill rides that are getting ready open in the near future, interesting enough the trio that come to mind immediately are all currently in that potentially dreaded delayed status. (kake) Two such rides are in the same area of Kansas City and while the first one isn’t too terribly bad as SteelHawk as the claim is the weather just won’t allow the ride to open currently, on the other hand The Verruckt has been postponed because of concerns that people going down the water slide may not be safe and some rumors that test dummies have been sent airborne from the ride. (kptv) On a more local note Busch Gardens has been working on a new ride as well, getting ready to unveil Falcon’s Fury to the world, a drop tower that raises people 335 feet into the air, turns their seats facing the ground, then drops then at 60 miles per hour. (wikipedia) The ride that was getting ready to open has been delayed because the park and the manufacturers haven’t been able to complete the lengthy test process required for getting the ride open to the public. (myfoxtampabay) While there are people who will take things like this as a “badge of courage” in relation to tackling these rides, it’s a red flag to someone like myself. Hopefully they get them all up and running safely, and one day maybe I’ll try them out, but for now I’ll pass, in the name of safety.