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POV Monday – Banshee at Kings Island

Kings Island’s highly anticipated new roller coaster, Banshee, is now open. Check out this POV video of Banshee at Kings Island: Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film while riding a roller coaster without permission from the park. Banshee Video Highlights I love that B&M is using the more open restraints that we’ve seen on their ...

Matterhorn Bobsleds @ Disneyland | Roller Coaster Review

I didn’t think I’d find myself in Disneyland this year, but my wife was invited to the park. So, we decided to make it a family trip. One of the rides that I was most excited to ride was Matterhorn Bobsleds. I knew it was an important roller coaster as it was the World’s first tubular steel track roller coaster when it opened in 1959. I’ve ridden classic wooden coasters, bu...

Cedar Point vs Six Flags Magic Mountain | Roller Coaster Showdown

Cedar Fair and Six Flags are two of the largest theme park chains in the World. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) has been known as The Coaster Capital for years as it boasted the most roller coasters and most record breaking roller coasters. But, in more recent years, Six Flags Magic Mountain (near Los Angeles) has taken the coaster count crown surpassing Cedar Point ...

Koch Family Buys Former Alabama Adventure

Last month, Koch Family Parks, purchased Splash Adventure and its former amusement park area Alabama Adventure. Dan Koch referenced 5 year plans that include saving one of my all-time favorite woodies Rampage. Dan Koch, president of Splash Adventure, said in an interview today he wants to bring back the Rampage wooden rollercoaster that was once the focal point of the park and garnered national ac...

POV Monday – Helix at Liseberg

Swedish park Liseberg just opened a massive terrain looper called Helix, and it looks awesome! The Mack-designed coaster features seven loops including two corkscrews, a Norwegian loop, a zero-g roll, a top hat – inside, and an in-line twist. There are also two launches throughout the ride’s hilly course and even what look to be an airtime hill or two. Watch a POV video of Helix at Lis...

Top 8 New Roller Coasters of 2014 – Part 2

The Best-Looking New Roller Coasters for 2014 I couldn’t close out my coaster critiquing career without one more roller coaster preview list. As I’ve done in years past, I’ll list which new roller coasters opening this year look the best based on what I know about them, the preview videos, and my past experiences with similar rides. Here’s part 2 of the best-looking new rol...

Wordless Wednesday | That Guy in the Front Seat Looks Blue

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POV Monday – Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa

For the site’s final POV Monday, I thought it’d be fitting to finish with Kumba. While many taller, faster, and more twisted roller coasters have come along since Kumba opened, it is still my all-time favorite looping roller coasters. Designers Bolliger & Mabillard really created a masterpiece from a pacing standpoint and Busch Gardens Tampa supplied a picturesque tropical backdro...

Top 8 New Roller Coasters of 2014 – Part 1

The Best-Looking New Roller Coasters for 2014 I couldn’t close out my coaster critiquing career without one more roller coaster preview list. As I’ve done in years past, I’ll list which new roller coasters opening this year look the best based on what I know about them, the preview videos, and my past experiences with similar rides. One more time, here are the best-looking new ro...

POV Monday – The Smiler at Alton Towers

The Smiler at Alton Towers opened in 2013 boasting the most loops of any roller coaster on the planet, with an insane 14 inversions. Video Highlights While I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy being flipped upside-down 14 times, I think that the head-chopper moments look like fun. At a few moments during the ride, it looks like you come within feet of that large marmaliser structure. For mo...

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POV Monday | Blue Fire Megacoaster at Europa Park

Blue Fire Megacoaster at Europa Park looks like one of Europe’s most exciting roller coasters. The Mack launch coaster has a top speed of 62 mph and 4 inversions. It’s pretty high on my list of European roller coasters that I’d like to ride someday. Video Highlight I like how Blue Fire has all of those faux-rock tunnels and surfaces. They give the ride a terrain-like layout to so...

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