Bobbie Butterfield

In addition to being a coaster enthusiast, I'm a cat fancier, tennis player, film aficionado, baseball fan and former Scrabble champion. I work in the legal profession and do a lot of volunteer work for a local animal shelter. My first trip out of my immediate area to ride coasters was to Holiday World in 2011 and I got lost because I didn't know how to read a map. I learned pretty fast!

Have Amusement Parks Gone Too Far in Imposing Restrictions for Ride Safety?

The Importance of Ride Safety Ride safety is obviously a top priority for amusement/theme parks.  There have been numerous instances of loose articles on rides hitting riders and causing personal injury, with cell phones being the primary culprits.   Although I’ve never seen anyone get hurt I’ve witnessed several incidents during which unsecured items came flying off El Toro and seen the paraphern...

The 10 Most Intense Roller Coasters I’ve Ridden

Although my coaster count is quite modest compared with Joel’s, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the 10 most intense coasters I’ve ridden and explain why I found them unusually forceful.   I’ve ridden a number of incredible coasters so this was a challenge involving some tough choices.   The top 2 picks were givens and didn’t require any thought but the others had me pondering over m...

90 Years of the Coney Island Cyclone

The iconic Coney Island Cyclone will officially celebrate its 90th birthday on Sunday, June 25 with considerable fanfare, featuring a live performance by Brooklyn’s Fabolous, a deejay and an appearance by the Harlem Globetrotters. Opened on June 26, 1927, the Cyclone has certainly had its ups and downs. It was targeted for demolition, rescued by a vigorous campaign to save it, implicated in person...

Review: Drop of Doom VR at Six Flags Great Adventure

OK, so Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom at Six Flags Great Adventure is not a roller coaster but it’s connected to one and Zumanjaro is in lockdown mode while Kingda Ka is operating and vice versa. For a limited time Drop of Doom VR, with Samsung headgear powered by Oculus, will be available from 3 PM to park closing time. While VR (Virtual Reality) has been available on a number of roller coasters, mainly...

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