Joel

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

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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...

Wordless Wednesday | Why Doesn’t Dollywood Tout This Record Breaker?

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POV Monday – Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer

Waldameer’s Ravine Flyer II is one fun, action-packed ride. The terrain coaster has a breath-taking view of Lake Erie that’s followed by a trip across a four lane highway and back. Video Highlight The TPR crew said it best. See if you can catch the point in the ride were Ravine Flyer goes “90 Degrees!”. For more, read my review of Waldameer’s Ravine Flyer II. Check ou...

Which Theme Parks Will You Visit in 2014?

March is here and many of the seasonal theme parks are getting ready to re-open. I’m sure many of have started planning your theme park trips for the year and it’s always fun to see where everyone’s headed. I’ll go into my plans in another post, but first let’s hear from you. Just as I’ve done in the past, I’d like to ask where you’re going this year...

Go Karts vs SkyCoasters | Up-charge Ride Showdown

Many theme parks offer attractions that have an additional cost on top of park admission. These are known as up-charge rides. The cost varies, but my local park Carowinds charges Skycoasters – 3, 2, 1, Fly! Skycoasters (called Xtreme Skyflyer at some Cedar Fair parks) are those tall steel arches that lift riders via a set of cables. Once they’ve reached the top, they pull the cord and ...

Wordless Wednesday | If They Ever Do This to Kumba, I’ll Cry

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POV Monday – Manta at SeaWorld Orlando Video

This week’s featured roller coaster video is a flying roller coaster with a show-stopping, jaw-dropping finale. Manta at SeaWorld Orlando boasts a unique water element where the ride’s flying (face-down) trains come within a few feet of the water’s surface. Video Highlight While diving to the water is a highlight both for riders and on-lookers, the sharp turn that follows was als...

The Longest Roller Coasters in the World

The 10 Longest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Longest Roller Coasters in the World? This list of record-holders is among the most diverse from a geographic stand-point. Europe, Asia, and North America are all represented in this list of lengthy rides. I’ve ridden Fury 325, The Beast, Millennium Force, and The Voyage. All four were excellent rides; not just long for t...

Sky Rides vs Trains | Theme Park Showdowns

Trains and sky rides have been moving guests around theme parks for years. For larger parks they make getting around much, much easier offering a break from all the walking while also providing spectacular views of the park. Sky rides are the two person benches or larger “buckets” that ride along a wire above the park. They have become less common, but a few parks that I know still hav...

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