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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...

Is it Time to Replace the Looney Tunes at Six Flags?

When my family and I went to Six Flags Over Georgia last year, my kids enjoyed the park’s kids section. There’s a good variety of kids rides (albeit on a bit of a steep hill not the best for strollers) that you’d typically find at your regional theme park. There’s also a good junior steel coaster called Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster that I highly recommend. It’s more ...

Cotton Candy vs Funnel Cake | Theme Park Treat Showdown

One thing we love to do at amusement parks is eat treats. There are foods that we don’t normally encounter in our normal day-to-day that are forever tied to amusement parks. Two of the most popular theme park treats have to be cotton candy and funnel cake (also known as fried dough). I don’t think these two need much of an introduction. I could list the nutritional value of each for yo...

A Wheelchair on Roller Coaster Tracks!

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POV Monday – The “High Five” Dueling Wooden Roller Coaster

If you ever find yourself in Wuhan, China make sure you stop by the Happy Valley amusement park there. There, you’ll find a ride they’ve dubbed “Dauling Dragon” which is a racing/dueling roller coaster with a unique element. At the crest of a hill, both trains are banked 90 degrees and turned toward each other. Riders with their hands in the air experience a near high five ...

The Fastest Roller Coasters in the World

What are the fastest roller coasters in the World? The table below lists the 10 fastest roller coasters starting with the current record holder, Formula Rossa at Ferrari World. The 10 Fastest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Fastest Roller Coasters in the World? I’ve ridden three of the roller coasters that made this list. They are Kingda Ka, Millennium Force, and Inti...

Log Flume vs Shoot the Chute | Water Ride Showdown

After hours of walking around an amusement park on a hot summer day, who doesn’t like to cool off? Water rides like log flumes and shoot the chutes are rides that appeal to a wide range of guests. [one_half]Log Flume Rides Once staples of the amusement parks everywhere, these rides have become more and more rare (See Where Have All the Log Flumes Gone?). On these rides, passengers sit in hol...

What Did Boy Bands Ever Do to You?

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POV Monday – Underwater Roller Coaster at Cosmoworld

This week’s featured POV roller coaster video comes from Japan. Kings Dominion’s Anaconda isn’t the only roller coaster in the World with an underwater tunnel. Cosmoworld’s Diving Roller Coaster Vanish in Yokohama, Japan has one as well. It’s tunnel is accented by fountains that fire when the coaster dives in. Check out this POV video of Diving Roller Coaster Vanish a...

Disneyland – The Final Trip for The Coaster Critic

I’ve asked you where you’ll be headed in 2014 and now I’ll share my plans. My wife, MommyB Knows Best was invited to a special event at Disneyland Resort so we’ll be visiting both Disneyland and California’s Adventure with the family. My daughters are excited to meet their favorite Disney princesses and Disney Junior characters. They’ll also get to fly across co...

Six Flags vs Cedar Fair | Theme Park Showdown

Six Flags and Cedar Fair are the two largest theme park chains in North America in terms of the number of parks they operate. For easy reference, I’ve included lists of the parks in the two chains: [one_half]Six Flags[/one_half][one_half_last]Cedar Fair[/one_half_last] Which of these theme park chains do you prefer? Six Flags or Cedar Fair? Vote below by clicking on one of the images and you...

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