Joel

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

Announcing CoasterCritics’ Picks: Our Top 10 Roller Coasters List

Given the growing team and community here at CoasterCritic, I thought it’d be fun to launch a critic-driven Top 10 that would become the site’s official list of the top roller coasters. In order to incorporate new rides, the list will be refreshed annually. Our first annual Top 10 Roller Coasters List combines the lists from the writers for CoasterCritic (Joel, John, Bobbie, and Jon), ...

Twisted Cylcone Coming to Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia just announced Twisted Cyclone, a new roller coaster for 2018. The new attraction will replace the park’s wooden roller coaster, Georgia Cyclone. Rather than a full demolition or removal of the Georgia Cyclone, Six Flags will be using much of the current ride’s structure, but will incorporate exciting new elements thanks to Twisted Cyclone’s steel rails. In...

Carowinds to Add New Kids Rides With Camp Snoopy

In 2018, Carowinds will be transforming Planet Snoopy to Camp Snoopy. Aside from a new theme, the childrens’ area will be getting six new kids rides and new amenities. Here’s a video providing an overview of the new rides and updated area: After Fury 325, Carowinds is Shifting Their Focus to Families After making a huge splash with a mammoth roller coaster in 2015 thanks to Fury 325 (r...

HangTime Roller Coaster Dropping into Knott’s in 2018

In 2018, Knott’s Berry Farm will open the West Coast’s first dive roller coaster in HangTime. After being pulled up 90-degree vertical lift hill, to a height of 150 feet, riders will plummet down a beyond-vertical 96-degree drop. Next, HangTime will twists riders upside-down via a number of loops, five in all. An animated video hasn’t been released, but this video of ride that...

RailBlazer Roller Coaster Coming to California’s Great America

Yesterday, California’s Great America (Santa Clara, CA) announced their new 2018 roller coaster in RailBlazer. It’ll be a very rare single rail roller coaster with a 90-degree drop and three loops (dive loop, cutback, corkscrew). In addition to the loops and a similar layout to the 2018 roller coaster, Wonder Woman, RailBlazer will also feature an off-road adventure theme complete with...

Cedar Point’s New Steel Vengeance Roller Coaster

Today, Cedar Point finally released details around their new long-awaited 2018 roller coaster. Steel Vengeance will be a record-breaker in many ways for the type of hybrid roller coaster that it will be. Riders will be blown away by the ride’s loops, speed, extreme angles and steepness. It will be replacing their massive wooden coaster Mean Streak, that has been slowly undergoing a transform...

Twisted Timbers Coming to Kings Dominion

Today, Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia) officially announced details of their 2018 roller coaster. The revamped Hurler roller coaster will become Twisted Timbers. The project involves re-fitting the coaster with new steel track, re-profiling the ride’s structure, and changing its layout. The ride will begin with a taller and wilder drop that’ll include a barrel roll loop. Hurler was ...

Silver Dollar City Announces Time Traveler Roller Coaster

Today, Silver Dollar City announced their 2018 roller coaster, Time Traveler, the world’s tallest, fastest, and steepest spinning roller coaster. Time Traveler will have an unusual beginning, starting with a massive drop right out of the station. As the ride begins, riders will plummet down a 90-degree 100 foot tall drop, traverse through a three loops (vertical loop, dive loop, zero-g roll)...

2018 Roller Coasters

We'll be posting information about all of the new 2018 roller coasters here including stats, images, POV videos, and more. Check back for updates as we get closer to the 2018 season. 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year in the theme park world!

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What If…You Could Choose a Theme for a Theme Park

For this edition of What If… You’ve been hired to design a theme park and your specific role is to provide the theming concept for the park. You can create something completely new and original or work with an exciting brand and base it on a well-known movie, TV show, video game, etc. Here’s what I’d do: Asian-themed Amusement Park I’m a long-time fan of the Busch Gardens park. I love how well the...

Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Roller Coaster Coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced their new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso roller coaster for the 2018 season. The ride will have the distinction as the World’s first single rail roller coaster thanks to the new Rocky Mountain Construction raptor track design. Wonder Woman Golden Lasso will be 113 feet tall, with a top speed of 52 mph. It will feature a 100 foot tall 90-degree drop and three inver...

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