Joel

Final Destination 3

My wife and I must have a thing for bad horror movies. We just seem to end up at more of them than we probably should and we usually aren’t rewarded with a scary experience. Nothing different when we caught Final Destination 3. But, I have to admit I was curious to see how Hollywood would do the doomed coaster thing. From some of the images I’d seen and the trailers I was pretty sure t...

Mr. Six Headed to Retirement Home

As the coaster season is already underway and theme parks begin their heavy marketing and promotions, don’t expect to see that creepy, old geezer dancing to techno. And, if you happen to live in New England, you may notice a coaster mysteriously change names. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who recently took over control of Six Flags, has decided to axe the Mr. Six character and his po...

Predator @ Darien Lake | Coaster Reviews

Darien Lake & Predator offer that New York charm On a trip to my wife’s home park in Western NY, I got to experience what Darien Lake had to offer. The Predator was definitely a memorable ride. It’s a wooden coaster located in the back of the park near one of the lakes and Superman: Ride of Steel. The layout looks interesting at first glance, so at first I was pretty excited. While...

Cedar Point: Coaster Heaven or Coaster Hype

I’m a quality over quantity guy so I’m not impressed with Cedar Point’s 16, count ’em, 16 coasters. More doesn’t impress me, better does. And living in Virginia, I’m not exactly a stone’s through from Sandusky, OH (an hour from Cleveland). So through the years as my coaster odyssey has continued I’ve conquered the parks nearer to me. But no matter ho...

What’s in a Name?

Early coaster names were often named after animals or weather events like the Wild Cat and the Twister. I’m sure originality was a problem back in the Golden Era of roller coasters. At one time in the first half of the 20th century there were around 1500 coasters operating in the U.S. (In comparison, today there are only about 600.) So you had the Coney Island Cyclone and the Riverside Cyclo...

Coaster Reviews & How I Rate Coasters

Okay, so I take ratings and reviews way too seriously. I admit it. I read reviews on Amazon.com, Rottentomatoes.com, Consumer Reports, Car and Driver and Richard Roeper. I can’t help it. Maybe I’m a review addict. Add that to the fact that I’ve always been into numbers and my love of coasters and with that you have: The Coaster Critic’s Coaster Review Scale10.0 – Supe...

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