Kentucky Kingdom unveiled plans for its fifth roller coaster on Monday, a behemoth that will stand 100 feet tall at its highest point and incorporate parts of a former coaster, Twisted Twins, that has sat dormant at the Louisville amusement park for years.
The $15 million Storm Chaser, with a track length of 2,744 feet and a maximum velocity of 52 mph, will make its debut in spring 2016, according to a news release.
It will be the fifth roller coaster at the park and the second new roller coaster at Kentucky Kingdom since it reopened last year after a five-year absence. The other new coaster, Lightning Run, is a steel “hyper coaster” introduced in 2014.
Storm Chaser also joins wooden coaster Thunder Run; T3, a revamped suspended looping coaster; and the Roller Skater, a family coaster that appeals to numerous ages.
“What makes Storm Chaser so special is that it will have RMC’s unique and patented iBox track, which will rest on wood, creating the “feel” of a wooden coaster, but will be supported by a steel superstructure,” John Mulcahy, director of marketing and communications for Kentucky Kingdom, said in the news release. “This yields a ride that’s smooth as glass, yet also very fast and intense. The iBox track also allows for the addition of exciting elements not normally associated with traditional wooden coasters.”