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New Roller Coaster at Story Land Garners National Headlines

Riders feeling thrills on dinosaur-led coaster

Story by: Nick Spinetto, News Reporter, WMUR, New Hampshire

GLEN, N.H. —Call it the tale of two New Hampshires. Some Granite Staters are still hitting the snow-capped slopes, while others are focused on spring and getting ready for the influx of summer visitors.

The latter is true for Glen's Story Land, dubbed one of the most insane new U.S. roller coasters by CNN.

“Springtime means we're opening and entertain thousands of guests and create memories like we do everywhere. I will be very happy to see this winter end,” said Eric Dziedzic, the general manager of Story Land.

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With winter's end, the amusement park celebrates its storied history with a new ride called the Roar-o-Saurus, setting a contemporary chapter for its 60th anniversary.

The unique build of the roller coaster is getting the park national attention. It's built in a small space, but it packs a punch.

"(It moves) about 37 miles an hour. It's 40 feet tall. The first drop is 38 and half feet ... (It is) 1,272 feet long," said Dziedzic.

The ride tells the story of Rory, who lost his roar, but as the coaster twists and turns, Rory gets its roar back.

They hope to have the ride ready by opening day on May 24.

While Story Land is preparing for spring and summer, up the road at Wildcat Mountain, winter is still in high gear.

"We've been one of the last ski areas open in New Hampshire. Again this is the eighth season in a row that we are the last and only ski area operating in the area," said Thomas Prindle of Wildcat Mountain.

Over the weekend, they got nearly five inches of snow, allowing people to cling to winter sports, and if conditions are right next weekend, the mountain will open again one more time.

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