Joel

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

What If… You Could Add a Ride to Your Home Park

For this edition of What If… Imagine getting to call the shots, rather than just playing armchair theme park GM like we usually do. You’ve just won a contest where you get to choose the type of ride that your home park builds next. Here’s what I would do: Carowinds Could Use a Launch Coaster Back in 2009, when there was buzz about Carowinds’ new roller coaster, fans speculated about a regional tie...

B&M Roller Coasters Are Not “Forceless”

In response to Bobbie’s recent post, 10 most intense roller coasters, someone remarked on Facebook that they were surprised Fury 325 was included in her list because the designer (Bolliger & Mabillard) is often criticized for creating “forceless” rides. Fury is a 325-foot tall giga coaster with a top speed of 95 mph. It’s one of the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coasters in ...

The 10 Oldest Roller Coasters in America

For all of the modern thrill rides we’re spoiled with this days, there’s still something really enjoyable about riding the few classic, nearly century old roller coasters. They paved the way for our favorite rides today and give you a glimpse of what the biggest and baddest coasters were many, many years ago. Some still have traditional lap bars and are stopped with huge a game-show li...

The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition by Chris Strodder

Chris Strodder has written another must-have book for Disney fans. His third edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia has been updated with dozens of new entries and 300 new photos. The book covers the entire history of the park, from its opening in 1955 to the present day. Everything You’d Ever Want to Know About Disneyland In all, the book has 600 Disneyland topics, including lands, attracti...

Kyle Lindner’s Otherworldly Roller Coaster Artwork

Kyle Lindner writes at Coaster101 and is also a graphic designer and photographer. He’s put a neat twist on roller coaster and theme park photography with his chromoskedasic prints. As you’ll see the pictures have a really unique look with a style that goes way beyond your typical roller coaster photos. Kyle explained to me how these prints are made: They’re called chromoskedasic...

Looking for New CoasterCritics

In Search of CoasterCritics I’m looking for people that love roller coasters and want to share their experiences and thoughts on the industry. Do You Like Writing? Contributors must write well. If you have any content published elsewhere, please share it in the application or send it to me. While I’ll have writing standards, I’m also going to supply general guidelines. I’m ...

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Superman vs Hulk in Final Round of Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament

It’s all come down to this. We’ve reached the final round in the Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament. Round 4 Recap: Decisive Wins Round 4 did not have the close match-ups of previous rounds. Both of the winning roller coasters won by significant margins. Here are all of the results from the last round. Superman The Ride (Six Flags New England Hyper) 79% over Batman The Ride (Inverte...

SeaWorld Parks Are Teasing Something New

SeaWorld is teasing something new with these three posters. Each likely represents one of their parks, which are SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld Orlando, and SeaWorld San Diego. They also reference three websites which are digital versions of the teasers: Oceanradiance1.com Oceanradiance2.com Oceanradiance3.com SeaWorld is obviously promoting new attractions, but I’m not sure if they’re...

NPR Interview on the 200th Birthday of Roller Coasters

April 13th was considered the 200th anniversary of the first roller coaster. These very simple early roller coasters were inspired by the ice slides of Russia. It was “The Promenades-Aériennes” or “The Aerial Walk” in Paris. Passengers walked up a set of stairs to ride a bench down the 600-foot track at 40 mph. – NPR I joined NPR’s afternoon radio show All Thing...

Comic Book Roller Coasters – Round 4

We’ve reached the final four in the Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament. Before moving on, let’s look back at Round 3 which saw yet another super close showdown. Round 3 Recap: Superman Escape From Krypton Slips Past Mr Freeze Mr Freeze Reverse Blast faced yet another tight match-up. This time it fell short of what would have been a major upset as the record-breaking Superman Escape ...

Kings Dominion’s Hurler Getting an RMC Upgrade for 2018

UPDATE 8/16: Kings Dominion has announced details about the new roller coaster that will replace Hurler, read about the new Twisted Timbers roller coaster.   Kings Dominion’s wooden roller coaster Hurler has been closed since the end of the 2015 season. Now enthusiasts are seeing signs of a rebirth. In the Loop recently posted a video giving us a peek at the ride’s track removal a...

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