Bobbie

Hi! I took up roller coasters late in life, 7 years ago at the age of 59 and am trying to make up for lost time. Most of my favorite coasters were made by Intamin and lately, Rocky Mountain Construction. I love Hersheypark not only because it's the sweetest place on earth but because the three major coasters are Intamins. In real life I work in the legal profession.

Roller Coaster Trivia – Fun Facts

Did you know that Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa was the first B&M (Bolliger & Mabillard) coaster with interlocking corkscrews?  It’s also one of only three coasters with a vertical loop encircling the lift hill.  How cool is that?  Can you name the other two?

Alton Towers Announces Wicker Man Wooden Coaster

It’s now official. Alton Towers has announced that their project named Secret Weapon 8 will be Wicker Man, a new ride from GCI (Great Coasters International) and the first wooden coaster to be built in the UK in over 20 years as well as the first wooden coaster ever to appear at Alton Towers. The ride will feature 2,028 feet of track with a drop of 46 feet and if that doesn’t sound exactly awe-ins...

Review: Wicked at Lagoon

Overview Wicked is a Zierer LSM launched steel coaster at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah.  Opened in 2007, it operates with six trains consisting of two rows seating four across for a total capacity of eight riders.  The restraint is a lap bar. The fact that the trains are only two rows long forces Lagoon to deviate from its standard policy.  Lagoon has a rather unusual policy in that s...

Review: Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Overview Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is by no means unique.  It’s the second installation of the Premier Rides Skyrocket II coaster.  The same model operates at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as Superman Ultimate Flight, at Lake Compounce as Phobia Phear and will open in 2018 as Electric Eel at Sea World San Diego.  Don’t like clones?  That could open up a whole new debate.  I have no obje...

Review: Jet Star 2 at Lagoon

Overview Jet Star 2 is a steel family coaster located at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah.  One of two Schwarzkopf coasters in the park (the other is Colossus The Fire Dragon), it initially operated at the 1974 World’s Fair in Spokane, WA before being relocated to Lagoon. Layout and Elements Jet Star 2 features an electric spiral lift and compact, multi-tiered track with a series of drops...

Review: Cannibal at Lagoon

Overview The idea of flying almost 2000 miles to ride a roller coaster struck me as pretty far-fetched but I found Cannibal so intriguing that I decided to do it.  When it comes to coasters, I’m impressed by novelty and extremeness.  Cannibal at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah offers both.  It looks like nothing I’ve ever seen, utilizes a unique (to coasters) lift and features one of the...

Showdown and Rant: Goliath v. Stinger

Never a fan of Vekoma boomerangs, some of which I found torturous, I rode two that I actually enjoyed so thought that it would be interesting to compare them.  I was planning to post this sometime next month but just got word that one of them (Stinger) is being removed from its park so posting this now is more timely. Layout Goliath is a giant inverted boomerang – one of only half a dozen currentl...

Flying Coasters – Prone or Supine?

Further to John’s post about flying coasters, I thought it appropriate to follow up with a piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago and was saving for later, but as John has already touched on the subject this seems to be as good a time as any to post my take, from a different angle. Custom Riding Positions Unconventional or “custom” riding positions offer a refreshing change from wha...

Custom Coaster Calendars

With a new year around the corner people are thinking calendars.  While prefabricated roller coaster calendars are readily available, there’s something infinitely more special about a custom calendar featuring photos that you yourself took.  It brings back fond memories because you were there and the images are therefore very personal.  Every year I create a custom coaster wall calendar through on...

Great Bear vs Talon | Roller Coaster Showdowns

Great Bear Anecdote When I came up with the idea of comparing Great Bear and Talon, I was reminded of something that happened in June of 2014 at Coasting For Kids, a fund-raising coaster marathon at Dorney Park during which I set a personal record of 36 rides in one day (12 on Steel Force, 16 on Talon and 8 on Hydra).  On one of my rides on Talon I found myself sitting next to a teenage boy who st...

Skyrush: But What About The Restraints?

Celestial Coaster As celestial a coaster as Intamin has ever produced, Skyrush holds the number 2 position on my list of the 10 most intense coasters I’ve ridden. (See my post of July 7, 2017).   Riders start screaming as soon as the train is dispatched and makes its swift ascent of the cable lift hill, in anticipation of what lies ahead.   What lies ahead is an astonishing ride that’s noteworthy ...

Dollywood Revisited

Dollywood Revisited So What’s New (relatively)? It had been five years since I visited Dollywood and during that time some significant changes had been made.  Two coasters had been added, including one which is revolutionary in design.  (The park also added a drop tower and drop line.)  The prospect of experiencing something new in such a gorgeous setting was more than enough incentive to revisit ...

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