Joel

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

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What If…You Could Choose a Theme for a Theme Park

For this edition of What If… You’ve been hired to design a theme park and your specific role is to provide the theming concept for the park. You can create something completely new and original or work with an exciting brand and base it on a well-known movie, TV show, video game, etc. Here’s what I’d do: Asian-themed Amusement Park I’m a long-time fan of the Busch Gardens park. I love how well the...

Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Roller Coaster Coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced their new Wonder Woman Golden Lasso roller coaster for the 2018 season. The ride will have the distinction as the World’s first single rail roller coaster thanks to the new Rocky Mountain Construction raptor track design. Wonder Woman Golden Lasso will be 113 feet tall, with a top speed of 52 mph. It will feature a 100 foot tall 90-degree drop and three inver...

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...

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