Joel

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

Review: Vortex at Carowinds

Vortex represents an era of roller coaster history. The Bolliger & Mabillard-designed ride opened in 1992 back when the novelty of riding a roller coaster while standing was still relatively new. Today, the number of surviving stand-up roller coasters is shrinking as many of them have been removed, converted to sit-down rides, and as parks have preferred to build other types of rides. Today, V...

Review: Carolina Goldrusher at Carowinds

Located in the Carolina Boardwalk area, Carolina Goldrusher is a steel mine train roller coaster that debuted during the park’s opening year in 1973. As you’d find on any mine train coaster, it features locomotive-themed trains that ride steel rails on a wooden support structure. It’s a family-friendly coaster that has no loops, relatively low speeds, and modest heights. Gold Min...

Review: Hurler at Carowinds & Kings Dominion

In 1994, the Paramount-owned Kings Dominion and Carowinds opened two wooden roller coasters dubbed, Hurler. The ride’s original theme was connected to the 1992 movie and Saturday Night Live skit, Wayne’s World. Back when it opened the sparse warehouse-like station had a few exterior touches to make it look more like a Hollywood studio building. The most overt tie-in was the video of Wa...

Review: Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds

Carolina Cyclone opened in 1980. I’m not sure if it opened with a lot of fanfare, but it deserved it. It was a real record-setter as the World’s first roller coaster to feature four inversions, surpassing Cedar Point’s Corkscrew which had three. It’s located in the Carolina Boardwalk section of Carowinds not far from Ricochet and Hurler. Expect Turbulence Ahead Carolina Cyc...

Electric Eel Coming to SeaWorld San Diego in 2018

In 2018, SeaWorld San Diego will open a new launched looping roller coaster called Electric Eel. It’ll be a 150 foot tall and reach speeds of 60 mph. While it’ll have a small footprint, at only 863 feet in length, guests will be challenged by the launches, the rare non-inverting loop, and an in-line twist high above the park. Electric Eel will be SeaWorld San Diego’s third roller...

Defunct Coasters We Wish We Could Have Ridden

Defunct Roller Coasters That Were Gone Too Soon Over the years there have been some great-looking roller coasters that we just never got a chance to ride. Some of them have become legendary within the coaster enthusiast community. Some had record-setting or one-of-a-kind elements. And some were just roller coasters that we kick ourselves for not riding, because they’re gone and now we’...

CoasterCritics’ Picks: Our 15 Worst Roller Coaster Experiences

Our Most Regrettable Roller Coaster Experiences Like other hobbies, riding roller coasters has its mountaintop experiences. Those unforgettable, glorious, mind-blowing rides that make other rides pale in comparison. As a group, we came up with our picks for these rides. In case you missed it, see what we consider the 10 best roller coasters in America. What makes those rides so special is that we ...

New Wooden Coaster, Oscar’s Wacky Taxi is Coming to Sesame Place

Sesame Place (Langhorne, PA) announced a new wooden roller coaster for 2018 called Oscar’s Wacky Taxi. Designed by Gravity Group, the ride will feature yellow, taxi cab-inspired trains with Oscar the Grouch at the head of the train. My Take – Wacky Taxi Should Be An Excellent Wooden Coaster for Sesame Place The majority of the wooden roller coasters that people encounter at amusement p...

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Carowinds

After entering the main gates, continue straight over a small bridge. Have fun walking along the state border. You can technically leave your kids in “another state” and still feel like a good parent. My kids like shaking hands across the border. Go left after you walk down from the bridge. There may be Scarowinds props and decorations in this busy “main street” area. Try to just hurry...

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...

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