Thanks For a Great 8 Years

Coaster Critic Updates

Before my final post on Friday, I wanted to take the time to thank everyone that’s contributed, helped, or been a part of the site in any way.

The Readers

A special thanks to long-time reader and regular commenter Judy. From sending live updates, to pictures of bruises from rides, Judy’s been a friend and regular reader for years. Thanks to DRU, Matt, ukcoasterfan, surya, and the many who read but don’t comment. I’ve been told that this has been a fun, non-judgmental, coaster site where all are welcome. We’ve created that together and I thank you all. I look to do the same in my future sites.

My Theme Park Brethren

The Season Pass PodcastThe theme park community of website owners and writers is a pretty friendly and non-territorial bunch for the most part. It’s been a blast collaborating with guys like Doug, Art, and Rob Coker, for the special Seasoned Pros editions of The Season Pass Podcast. I look to continue joining them for those shows in the future even though they couldn’t be more wrong about The Beast. Listen to our Favorite Wooden Roller Coasters episode: Seasoned Pros List Show Favorite Wooden Coasters Lists

I’ve also enjoyed connecting with site owners like Lance (the man behind Screamscape, who I met in person at Carowinds) who I interviewed at Theme Park Geekly. Joel from CoasterGallery (whose parents have great taste in names) Clint from the Coaster Crew, Mike of Coaster Radio, the team at ThrillNetwork, Duane from RCDB, and Robb from Theme Park Review.

Thanks to Devin, who hired me as a Coaster Quiz creator for Coaster-net probably some 10 years ago. I’m sure that early web experience helped me as I decided to build this site. Thanks also to ThemeParkCritic.com. This was another site that had an influence on my creation of this site.

I’d like to send a quick shout out to my international mates. It’s been fun connecting with fans who could give insight into rides I won’t likely ever ride. Thanks to Ashley Irvine (AusParks) of Australia and Nick from ThemeParkTourist of England. Also, Jivo of BloggerCoaster.

Contributors & Collaborators

I want to thank Gonch from CoasterImage for allowing me to borrow images for the site for years. Check out his brand new photos of Kings Island’s Banshee.

Thanks to the contributors to the The Coaster Critic, Theme Park Geekly, and Theme Park Syndicate: Kurt from The Coaster Guy, Aric, Nate and Jacob from Coasterdom, Trent, Matt from ValleyFairZone, Joey from ThemeParkThoughts, Rick from ThemeParkAdventure, Daryl, Austin, and Dillon from ThemeParkRides. Over the years you’ve written some great opinion posts and guest reviews of rides like Maverick and Fahrenheit (found at the bottom of the Roller Coaster Reviews page).

Theme Park Public Relations

I also want to thank the theme park public relations people that I’ve worked with over the years. While the site isn’t CNN or TIME, I appreciated being treated as a legit news outlet that fans went to for information and reviews. Many of you “got it”, and the readers benefited from your openness and responsiveness whether it was help in setting up interviews or providing media passes to a new form of media. I want to especially thank

Paula Werne of Holiday World. Her work on social media and the long-running HoliBlog should be a case study for any company on how to engage customers on the Web.

Designers & Developers

Starting with my brother who helped me with my first site logo, I want to thank the many designers and developers that have made this site and the other sites look and work the way they have. I’m not a web designer by any means. Each step forward that the site took was thanks to these guys that made me look good. Thanks to

Industrial Themes, creators of a few of my themes. And the people behind the best blogging platform around, WordPress. If anyone has any questions about what I’ve used to create this or the other sites, feel free to contact me and I’ll share.

I tried to thank everyone, but if you’ve contributed anyway, at any point over the site’s history, I thank you!

Founder of CoasterCritic.com. My favorite coasters are B&M hypers and gigas. I'm also a huge fan of terrain roller coasters.

6 Comments

  1. Well, all I can say is: thank you for the time spent to bring us all those articles. Working on websites myself I know how time consuming that can be.

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  2. Thank you Joel! We will all miss you…

    I could use advice one last time…
    If anyone knows about a park I might not want to miss on an upcoming road trip.
    I have to drive from DC to Kansas city Mo. My plan is to hit up Kings island, Holiday World and Six flags St. Luis. Also a detour to Silver Dollar City while I’m there. I already hit up Kennywood so I’ll skip it this time.
    Thanks again,
    DRU

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  3. Hey, Dru! Last summer, I did Pittsburgh to King’s Island to Holiday World to 6 Flags St. Louis to World of Fun to Silver Dollar City to Beech Bend (storms in KY kept me from doing Beech Bend). I’d be glad to share info with you if you want. You can either post specific questions on here or contact me via email (jpolczy777@aol.com) or facebook (Judy Rhein Polczynski — friend me!) . Others can feel free to contact me, too. Enjoyed Worlds of Fun much more than 6 Flags St. Louis. The big thing I remember from this trip was the HEAT in Missouri. Silver Dollar City gives free evening admission when you purchase a ticket for the next day, I highly recommend using that time to trek to the bottom of the park hill and get multiple rides on Outlaw Run when everyone else is heading up the hill toward the exits,

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  4. Thanks so much Judy!
    This is why I love this site so much. Can you believe I did not even realize there is a Cedar Fair park in Kansas City!
    This is the same type of situation that got me hooked onto this site and turned me into a coaster enthusiasts. Thanks again Joel! I grew up going to Great Adventure once every year but lost interest in coasters during my 20’s living at Killington ski resort in VT.
    So in my late 30’s with the family we randomly hit up Kings Dominion and I realize coasters have changed much for the better… So for my daughter we do our first trip to Bush Gardens Williamsburg and was so impressed by the park, and intrigued by the old cement footers sitting in the water and the old loading house from the recently demolished Big Bad wolf. I had it in the back of my mind that I had missed something important. So sad I never got a ride on it 🙁 and I had driven by BGW repeatedly that last year planning and doing my wedding in the OBX. So I figured I would check out the park on the internet. Then to my dismay on this site I read all about how great BBW was and about how sick Alpengeist is, and I had skipped it because I was trying to be a nice husband. So having missed the best suspended coaster ever and coming to the important realization that clone looking rides can be vastly different sometimes we had to go back, and it all just snowballed from there.
    If it was not for how great this site is for important info, and how helpful Joel and many of the other posters are I don’t think I would have this strong new passion in my life. I had to quit doing the risky stuff in my life to avoid getting hurt, [again] and I had a very large adrenaline void in my life. I now feel whole again!
    Thanks again,
    DRU

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    • Thanks for the note DRU. I’m glad that in some way you’re interest in coasters has grown because of the site. Stay in touch on Facebook. I’d like to keep up with your theme park adventures. Take Care!

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  5. Look out, world … DRU and I are now friends on facebook!!!

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