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How Will SeaWorld’s Mako Roller Coaster Measure Up?

Earlier this year, SeaWorld announced Mako, a new roller coaster that’ll open in 2016. It’ll be a 200-foot tall hyper coaster, reaching speeds of 75 mph. Mako’s stature and size will make it Orlando’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster. Here’s a POV video of Mako at SeaWorld: For me, there’s no question that this will be a solid roller coaster. Bolliger &...

The Story Behind Holiday World’s Thunderbird | From Idea to Opening Day

Holiday World’s Thunderbird was my top pick for the best-looking New Roller Coasters of 2015. So, I thought that it would be interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at how this launched winged coaster moved from idea to opening day. Thanks to Holiday World, I was able to interview two people who helped bring the ride to life. Here’s my interview with Park Directors and 4th generati...

What Are Your Theme Park Traditions?

It seems like most people have a theme park tradition of some sort. Each visit would be incomplete if they didn’t keep their ritual or streak involving a certain activity or ride or food. For me, no trip would be complete without grabbing some cotton candy for my wife. As I’ve said in the past, I’m expected to have cotton candy in hand when I return from my theme park trips. So, ...

Fury 325 vs Intimidator 305 | Giga Coaster Showdown

With the opening of Fury 325 this year, comparisons to other giga coasters were going to be inevitable. This showdown might have even more interest than most as Carowinds and Kings Dominion are in bordering states (North Carolina and Virginia). So, there’s a better chance that more people have ridden both or plan to. First, let’s define a giga coaster as many have been asking due to Ca...

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...

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