Story Land coaster makes CNN Top 10

by Tony on April 25, 2014

A new dinosaur themed roller coaster at a popular children’s theme park in Glen is one of 10 coasters recognized by CNN as one of the “most insane new roller coasters in the U.S.”

Jack Mahany, asst. general manager at Story Land, says the selection was completely unexpected because the other coasters are huge. He says the design of his coaster is unique in that it’s only 40 feet high but features 12 moments of “air time.”

Founded in 1954 by Bob and Ruth Morrell and run for decades by their family – Story Land is now owned by Palace Entertainment of Newport Beach, Calif.

The park celebrates its 60th anniversary this summer with the rollout of the wooden Roar-O-Saurus roller coaster – that features a dinosaur at the front – that will reach speeds of 35 miles per hour on just more than 1,200 feet of track.

Mahany says the new coaster increases the park’s demographic to now include 13 and 14-year-olds, while the previous targeted park visitors were kids from 2 to 12.

The park’s most recent adventure ride is the popular Splash Battle Pharaoh’s Reign, where spectators can shoot water cannons at riders along a 300 foot long waterway.

Mahany hopes the new coaster will be ready to ride when Story Land opens for the summer season Memorial Day weekend.