Joel

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

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...

Free? This Must Be a Trick

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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...

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