Though no statistics for the coaster have been announced, what is initially being touted as one of the "longest roller coaster" rides in the United States will anchor a new theme park opening in the coastal Alabama town of Foley. The roller coaster will join 20 rides and two other "thrill rides" within 14 acres of a 520-acre development site, about nine miles from Alabama's beaches.
The yet-unnamed roller coaster is being compared with Thunderbolt, which opened at New York's Coney Island in 2014. Thunderbolt was designed and manufactured by the Italian-based Zamperla, which will also design the Foley roller coaster.
The amusement park is part of an overall project named "OWA," which means "Big Water" in the Muscogee Creek language. The language is spoken by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the only federally-recognized tribe in Alabama which owns and operates the three casinos in the state.
Also included in the initial $241 million phase of the development is a new 150-room hotel; 1,540,000 square feet of dining, retail and entertainment space; and a 14-acre lake with a 1.5-acre island. The island will include a 300-seat outdoor amphitheater and boathouse.
A May 2017 opening for the new amusement park is planned.