Joel

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

Top Wooden Coasters of 2006

Thunderhead Edges Out The Voyage for Second Straight GTA TitleThunderhead won top honors at Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for the second year in a row. But the real surprise, to me at least, is that The Voyage shot all the way to the second spot nearly taking first in its very first year in existence. That’s impressive, and it must mean that a lot of those well-traveled enthus...

Cedar Point Announces Maverick Coaster

The Park Announces Details of Its 17th CoasterCedar Point, the self-proclaimed Coaster Capital of the World, has been working on a new coaster for 2007. The park has a track record of erecting jaw-dropping, record breakers. It’s been home to the speed and height world record holders four times. In 1989 with Magnum XL-200, in 1991 with Mean Streak, in 2000 with Millennium Force, and again in ...

Smaller Parks Popular Among Enthusiasts

Smaller Parks Getting PropsAs I looked at the Golden Ticket Awards, I was surprised to see the smaller parks scoring so well. I was especially surprised to see Knoebels ranking third overall. Of course Knoebels will never surpass Cedar Point, but it is getting more votes every year. The smaller parks like Knoebels and Holiday World also won other categories. I think this reiterates that the survey...

2006 Golden Ticket Awards Announced

The 2006 Golden Ticket Awards were held August 27th at Holiday World. Hosted by Amusement Today, it’s basically the Academy Awards of the amusement industry. With all of the great new coasters opening this year and last year I was curious to see what changes might have taken place. The winners are based on surveys sent to well-traveled enthusiasts around the world. The interesting thing abou...

Top Theme Park Blog

Earlier this week my blog was selected as ‘Blog of the Week’ over at That One Blog. Long time blogger, Thatoneguy, decided to compare Theme Park Blogs. He compared and rated About.com’s Theme Park Blog, A Disney Blog, Theme Park Experience, and the Coaster Critic’s Blog. In the end, he chose my blog as the Blog of the Week. Thanks for the kudos. Check out That One Blog. The...

Coaster Critic Headed to Windy City

For my last major trip of the summer of ’06 I’m headed to Chicago for Six Flags Great America. I’m looking forward to riding another B&M hyper coaster (Raging Bull). Great America also boasts the Viper which was modeled after the Coney Island Cyclone. Since I won’t be able to make it to the real Cyclone maybe the Viper will do. While I’m in the area, I’m hop...

Busch Releases Griffon Coaster Details

Busch Gardens Europe (formerly Busch Gardens Williamsburg) located in Williamsburg, VA, has finally released details about its newest coaster. The coaster enthusiast community has been eagerly waiting for the details on the park’s first coaster in eight years. Busch Gardens Europe has a reputation of installing world-class coasters and some of the best-themed attractions for a seasonal park....

Six Flags Sells Six Parks

It’s official. Rumors had already been growing about exactly which parks Six Flags was planning to sell. Now the nation’s largest theme park chain has officially named the six parks that are on the chopping block. According to the Washington Post the parks are: Magic Mountain near Los Angeles, Wild Waves & Enchanted Village near Seattle, Elitch Gardens in Denver, SplashTown near Ho...

Boulder Dash @ Lake Compounce | Coaster Reviews

Famed Mountain Coaster Doesn’t Disappoint The hype for this ride was huge. Almost too huge. But after three rides on this baby I was able to form an opinion. While I’m not the biggest wooden coaster fan, I am a huge fan of terrain coasters (and mountains for that matter). So, I was itching to get up to Connecticut and check this coaster out. While overall it didn’t disappoint, it...

Millennium Force @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

A great example of bigger not always being better. I had a short 20 minute or so wait on a rainy, dreary day in May. I was looking forward to my trip to the ‘Coaster Capital’ (Cedar Point) for a number of reasons, including riding my 100th new coaster. As I arrived at Cedar Point I was drawn to Millennium Force like a magnet. It was to be number 100. The ultra-steep lift hill was very ...

Army Shoots Down Military Theme Park Proposal

According to the Washington Post, the Army is not interested in adding a theme park to their plans for a history museum. The proposed museum and entertainment complex will be located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Army officials approached Universal Studios for strategies to make the museum more attractive to today’s audiences. Early reports referenced a proposal...

For Sale: Six Flags Elitch Gardens

And so it begins… On the heels of last week’s announcement that Six Flags is still in the red, comes news this week that Elitch Gardens is being sold for $170 million. Located in Denver, Elitch Gardens was acquired by Six Flags in 1999. From a coaster enthusiast’s stand point, the closing of this park isn’t that devastating. It’s not home to any monuments to coaster h...

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