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Kentucky Kingdom Announces Storm Chaser, New RMC Roller Coaster

Kentucky Kingdom’s rebirth rolls on with yesterday’s announcement of their 2016 roller coaster, Storm Chaser. The Rocky Mountain Construction roller coaster will use the steel supports left by the defunct Twisted Twins dueling woodie. It’ll be just a bit on the small side for an RMC coaster (2,744 feet long, 100 feet tall), but will have a lineup of exciting elements. The most no...

Dollywood’s Cookin’ Up a Big Roller Coaster for 2016

Fans following Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN), have been seeing signs that they’ll be adding a major attraction in 2016. While there hasn’t been too much stated by the park, they have dropped a few hints. Last year, there was a hint from the park that they’ll be adding the biggest attraction in their 30-year history in 2016. The park’s great wing coaster, Wild Eagle had a $20...

POV Video | Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England

Without a doubt, Wicked Cyclone is one of the best looking new roller coasters of 2015. It’s been open for a while now and it looks like an enormous improvement over the painful Cyclone. It looks to be glass smooth like the similarly designed New Texas Giant. Check out this POV video of Wicked Cyclone:Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film w...

Kings Dominion to Close Shockwave

Kings Dominion has announced that they’ll be removing the Shockwave, their stand-up roller coaster. Your last chance to ride it will be August 9th. More at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. While it’s one of the weakest roller coasters in Kings Dominion’s lineup, it has been a fixture at the park since it opened in 1986. I’m sure some will miss it.I haven’t been the bigges...

Top 7 Water Rides on The Seasoned Pros List Show

Recently, I reunited with my fellow theme park geeks (Doug from The Season Pass Podcast & Arthur from About Theme Parks)¬†for another edition of The Seasoned Pros List Show. This time we listed our favorite water rides. Also, we were joined by a special guest, Brady MacDonald from the LA Times Funland Blog. As you’ll hear, I don’t have a lot of experience with water rides. I general...

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What is a Giga Coaster?

With all of the buzz around Fury 325, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the World’s Tallest and Fastest Giga Coaster. Many have asked exactly what the “giga” refers to. What is a giga coaster? A giga coaster is a roller coaster that’s between 300 and 399 feet tall and completes a full circuit. The first giga coaster was Millennium Force which opened at Cedar ...

The Disneyland Book of Lists Review

Fans of Disneyland will enjoy Chris Strodder’s impressive Disneyland Book of Lists. It includes almost 250 lists about the park from every topic imaginable. There’s enough information in this book to create several seasons of a Disneyland trivia show. I was provided a copy of the book for this review. It’s safe to say if there’s anything you’d want to know about the p...

POV Video Monday | Twisted Colossus at Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s highly anticipated roller coaster, Twisted Colossus, is now open. Check out this POV video of Twisted Colossus:Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film while riding a roller coaster without permission from the park. Twisted Colossus Video Highlights As expected, the dueling moments look awesome! This is exactly the t...

Carowinds to Close Thunder Road in July

Yesterday, Carowinds announced that they will be closing Thunder Road. It is one of the few remaining wooden twin track racing roller coasters. After 39 wonderful years and nearly 40 million scream-filled rides, Thunder Road will give its last race on July 26. The ride is being retired to make room for future family-fun attractions. Please join us this summer as we say good-bye to this iconic coas...

Fury 325 at Carowinds | Review & Rating

I was fortunate enough to be among the first to ride Fury 325 at Carowinds. Billed as: The World’s Tallest and Fastest Giga Coaster, the massive roller coaster has gained national attention thanks to its ridiculously tall lift hill (325 feet) and unnervingly steep drop (81 degrees). For now, I’ve included a mini-review and overall rating. I’ll be posting a full, more detailed rev...

Test Video of the Ultra-Steep Cannibal at Lagoon

Farmington, Utah amusement park, Lagoon is building a new roller coaster called Cannibal. The $22,000,000 roller coaster will be the park’s biggest yet with a vertical lift enclosed in a building, followed by a shocking 116-degree (beyond vertical) drop. Last week Lagoon posted this video of Cannibal testing:   Post by Lagoon Amusement Park.   Cannibal looks like it’ll be a l...

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