Joel

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

Steel Force @ Dorney Park | Coaster Reviews

Does Steel Force Live up to its Lofty Reputation?Steel Force dominates the skyline at Dorney. Thunderhawk is just dwarfed by the 200 foot steel monster. It’s a visual testament to how far coasters have come. I stepped aboard the uninteresting Morgan trains and enjoyed the nice long ride up the peak. The first drop wasn’t as steep as I thought it would be and the tunnel was just so-so. ...

Voyage Delivers the Goods

I’ve returned and recuperated from my trip to Holiday World and Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Voyage was awesome as advertised and has pushed into my Top Coasters list. Holiday World was a nice, smaller park I can see why it has the reputation it does with the coaster enthusiast community. And while Kentucky Kingdom lived up to its dubious reputation, I’ve got a shot glass with “Ke...

Coaster-Net Sports New Look, New Quiz

Coaster-Net has launched it’s big redesign. And of course it’s a new month, so that means another tough new Coaster Quiz created by TheCoasterCritic. Test your coaster knowledge. Yes, I just referred to myself in the third person.

Countdown to Voyage

In less than a week my coaster odyssey will take me to arguably the most highly anticipated coaster of the season. Namely, Voyage at Holiday World. Holiday World? You ask. It’s a small-ish park in southern Indiana that had humble beginnings as Santa Claus Land. When it opened in 1946 it was a Christmas-themed park it was the first theme park in the world. Take that Disney! Over the years it ...

Big Summer for The Coaster Critic

2006 will prove to be a landmark year for a number of reasons. I’ve already crossed the century mark riding my 100th coaster and visited the most heralded park around (Cedar Point). During the rest of the season I will face the tallest, fastest, and most highly rated coasters in the world. Good thing they’re all near the East Coast! In July, I will ride what is arguably the most talked...

SuperCoasters | National Geographic

Next week, Wednesday June 14th catch one of the final airings of “SuperCoasters” on the National Geographic Channel. The show takes a look at the enginneering and physics that powers today’s modern thrill machines. I’ve missed it the last couple of airings. I’ll make sure I DVR it this time and I’ll write a review after it airs. More info.

Web 2.0 & Coaster Web Sites

I stumbled upon CoasterFanatic.com the other day. I must say it’s quite an impressive site. Other than just being large and comprehensive it offers some pretty neat tools like the “my CF Ride List & coaster count”. Not only can you add, rate, and keep track of your coaster count on the site, but you can ‘take these tools with you’. The CoasterFanatic.com also offe...

Magnum XL-200 @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

The Revolutionary Coaster that Started A New EraAfter being encouraged to make Magnum my 100th coaster, I went against the advice and just rushed to Millennium Force instead. I wish I would’ve listened to the advice because on my trip to Cedar Point, Magnum stole the show. The hype for the prototypical hyper coaster (coasters over 200 feet tall) was huge. I’d look at on-ride footage an...

June Coaster Quiz is Up

I’ve just posted the new June Coaster Quiz over at Coaster-net. Hopefully it will prove to be a tough one. Give it a try and see if your coaster knowledge is up to par! June Coaster Quiz

Backyard Coasters

DIY Movement in the Coaster WorldThe Blue Flash is quite an achivement. It’s not only a backyard, home-made steel coaster, but it has a loop. I don’t want to know how the testing went for that loop or how many times it didn’t work. The creator’s even working on Blue 2, his follow-up to the Blue Flash. Blue 2 will be a family coaster and it will seat four instead of just one...

Voyage at Holiday World

The Next Big ThingHoliday World near Evansville, IN has reputation of being a great family park as well as park that pleases the coaster enthusiast community. With renowned woodies like Raven and Legend, this small park has already made a mark. For 2006, Holiday World may make quite an impact with the addition of Voyage a massive woodie that looks to once again please both audiences. The stats are...

Cedar Fair Buys Paramount Parks

Breaking News…Paramount finally found a buyer for its five parks. Cedar Fair (current owner of Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farms, Dorney Park, Geauga Lake, Worlds of Fun, Valleyfair, & Michigan’s Adventures) has bought Paramount’s parks for $1.24 billion in cash. The five parks Cedar Fair will acquire are:Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto; Kings Island, near Cinci...

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