Eric

I've ridden 200+ coasters in my lifetime, including those at 8 different Six Flags parks and 7 different Cedar Fair properties. I'm a huge fan of airtime on old wooden behemoths, while dark ride shooters and drop towers are also personal favorites. The Voyage is the best coaster I've ever ridden!

Review: Monster at Adventureland

When I planned a quick weekend trip to see a Minor League baseball game and visit Iowa’s premier amusement park in early June, this ride was at the very top of my radar. It’s 1 of 2 steel roller coasters at Adventureland, located just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. Monster debuted in 2016 and replaced the park’s venerable log flume. Although some may miss the water ride, it’s hard to argue that what...

“Maxx Force” coming to Six Flags Great America in 2019

Just announced today, my hometown park of SFGAm in the northern Illinois suburb of Gurnee, will be adding a brand-new (and truly record-breaking) launched coaster for the 2019 season….MAXX FORCE. With the Pictorium theater building removed, a giant land clearing was made available between the wooden coaster Viper and the front of the park. Many wondered if they’d add a big flat ride or...

B&M Dive Machine coming to Canada’s Wonderland in 2019

Following on the heels of posts from Joel about speculation regarding Carowinds’ 2019 mystery project (as well as the recent announcement of Steel Curtain posted by Jon), I decided to write up some interesting facts about what’s coming to the Cedar Fair park north of the border. (photo courtesy of Eric S) Dark brown track was spotted nearly 6 months ago that’s almost identical in...

Is It A Coaster? (part 1)

This is the first in a series of posts that will focus on what it truly means to be considered a “roller coaster”. Over the next several posts, I’ll analyze rides like Zamperla’s Disk-O, Intamin’s Half Pipe, and a few others (such as those powered rides built in-house). 1st stop: Larson Loops. Hang on folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy (and slightly nauseating) ride. ...

Review: Viper at Six Flags Great America

For as many trips as I’ve logged on this roller coaster, I feel like it’s time someone paid kudos to this unassuming, often overlooked ride. It’s 1 of 4 wooden coasters at Chicago’s Six Flags. Viper debuted in 1995 as part of Great America’s expansion into a new themed land and was later officially added to Southwest Territory in 1996. It’s the only coaster ever built directly by the Six Flags cor...

Review: Hydra the Revenge at Dorney Park

In May of 2016 I visited New York with my parents for the purposes of seeing the Yankees take on my Chicago White Sox in the Bronx. I insisted that on this visit, we make the 2-hour drive west to Allentown, Pennsylvania and log some coaster credits at Dorney, another Cedar Fair property. Though it was a wet and rainy morning, by afternoon the skies cleared and I was able to nab multiple rides on a...

Why Not Go Floorless?

If you enjoy the feeling of having your feet dangling freely, but don’t care for the reduced visibility of overhead track on inverted rides, perhaps floorless coasters like Rougarou are the thing for you. These models are exclusively produced by B&M and can be seen all over the world; though the ride stats vary from tall + long + fast (Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando) to shorter + slower (Hyd...

Remembering ShockWave at Six Flags Great America

While most posts on Coaster Critic focus on “what’s new” in the world of theme parks, I wanted to take a moment to highlight something we seldom think about—defunct rides. Whether it’s the short-lived rush of Hypersonic XLC or the existence of the mysterious Tomb Raider: The Ride, these thrill machines may be removed from park maps, but they’ll always live on in our collective hearts. My original ...

Review: Blue Hawk at Six Flags Over Georgia

AQUA MARINE This compact Vekoma roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia is astoundingly intense and is one of their better custom models installed in the US, thanks to its striking setting and some recent remodeling. Stats Breakdown A top speed of 52mph sends the trains through a quintet of inversions – a highly unique “butterfly” element, sidewinder, and consecutive double cork...

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