Glen, New Hampshire – Roar-O-Saurus, a new junior roller coaster built by the Gravity Group is preparing to roll as Story Land, located in Glen, NH opens for its 60th Anniversary year on May 24, 2014. The coaster sports Timberliner trains with the first cars in the 12-passenger trains cleverly designed to look like the head of a green triceratops with the other cars making up the dinosaur’s body.
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The roller coaster has already made a big “roar” since it has been included on a “prestigious” list of crazy new coasters for 2014 by CNN. Even the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) have given the coaster its stamp of approval…all this even before it opens! This is because, according to CNN, the airtime the coaster will provide to riders will be pretty extreme, especially to Story Land’s typical guests, which are children 12 years old and younger.
Story Land includes other rides and an additional roller coaster called the Polar Coaster, which is a steel Morgan terrain coaster themed to walruses and penguins. CNN and ACE report that these two coasters are perfect for providing children with their first roller coaster experiences. Roar-O-Saurus, in particular, is intended to draw the attention of children up to their early teens, expanding the park’s demographic. But the roller coaster experts have reported that it will also please parents and the true coaster enthusiasts as well. “What we tried to do is make it so the whole family is involved,” said Jack Mahany, Assistant General Manager of Story Land.
Even though it was a challenging winter, Roar-O-Saurus’s structure is complete. Trains are ready, electronics will be installed and finalized, and the testing procedures will continue until the safety inspections are completed. Mahany has stated that brand new wooden roller coasters are smoother than older ones. However, Roar-O-Saurus, which has been compared to Quassy’s Wooden Warrior, will have some of that “rocky” feeling that “people really love.”
Some of the roller coaster specifications:
The Polar Coaster requires a child rider to be 36 inches tall. Steel Morgan Hopkins terrain coaster built in 1987.
Roar-O-Saurus riders are required to be 42 inches tall.
Roar-O-Saurus is 1,242 feet long, 40 feet high and attains speeds of 35 miles per hour. Roar-O-Saurus offers 12 moments of airtime which is where riders feel like they are lifted out of their seats.
Mahany said the park named the coaster “Roar-O-Saurus” because of a story they came up with about Rory, the little dinosaur who learned to roar on the coaster. There is a tunnel on the coaster. When the train goes through the tunnel, riders will hear Rory “roar”.