Best of the Blog 2011 – Coaster Poll Results

Best of the Blog 2011 – Poll Results This is the continuation of the Best of the Blog 2011 series. This post will look at poll results from last year. The polls with the most responses were first impression polls where I asked you to give your first impression of new roller coasters that had just been announced. The possible responses were: Amazing, Pretty Good, Just Okay, or Boring. Here ar...[Read More]

2 New Interactive Features for 2012

While there won’t be a full face-lift of the site like I typically do in the off-season, I have added two interactive features that should be fun. Ask Me Anything I’ve received a lot of questions over the years. Everything from the obvious favorite theme park and favorite coaster questions to questions about setting up websites. I found myself answering the same questions over and over...[Read More]

Best of the Blog 2011 – The Crowd Pleasers

Recapping 2011 – The Most Read & Discussed Posts I thought it’d be interesting to look back at my posts and polls from 2011 in a new three part series. In Part 1 I’m going to review the blog’s most read and most commented posts. Most Read Post Busch Gardens’ Verbolten Plans Leaked Runner Up: Top 10 New Roller Coasters for 2011 Part 2 Most Discussed Post Dollywood&...[Read More]

Help Me With My New Rating System

I’m not only a roller coaster geek, but also a big fan of ratings and reviews of any kind. And, I’m always looking for ways to improve my rating system. One thing that came to mind was adding additional subcategories to my ratings. For example, I gave Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia a 9 out of 10 which is an ‘Excellent’ on my rating scale. I also gave Intimidator 305 a 9 ...[Read More]

It’s Been A Long Time. I Shouldn’t Have Left You…

Hi readers. I’m back from what’s likely my longest hiatus in 5+ years. It was an unplanned one created by the Thanksgiving holiday, work, Theme Park Geekly, and my usual off-season plotting and scheming of the next project. I hope that you checked out last week’s partly Thanksgiving-themed edition of Geekly. It includes this great image (pictured to the left) created by a theme p...[Read More]

Theme Park Geekly Returns With Joel from

Issue 2 of Theme Park Geekly is Live This issue features an in-depth interview with Joel Rogers from Joel shares his experiences running the site that now has more than 3,000 roller coaster photos. Also, since he’s a pilot, I asked him to compare flying to riding roller coasters. The Debut of the Seasoned Pros List Show I’ll be joining Doug, creator of The Season Pa...[Read More]

Six Flags Engineer & New Texas Giant Creator Featured in Wall Street Journal

Six Flags Chief Engineer, Larry Chickola was recently featured in an article on the Wall Street Journal’s website. The article gives us a look into Mr. Chickola’s education and career which might be of interest if you’re an aspiring roller coaster designer. It also details some of his projects including his work on Superman Escape from Krypton and the New Texas Giant. It was inte...[Read More]

Theme Park Geekly Launches with Lance from Screamscape & the Best Halloween Haunts

I’m sure that you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posted on the blog in quite some time. Tonight, you can finally see what I’ve been up to. My new theme park community magazine, Theme Park Geekly, is now live! It sounds weird to call it mine. While I created it, organized it, and edited the articles it has been my biggest joint project ever. The site is truly a community pro...[Read More]

Six Flags Over Georgia Trip – Pick My Next Reviews

I’m headed down to Atlanta this weekend. As part of the trip we’ll be hitting up Six Flags Over Georgia. So, I’ll finally get to ride and eventually review the new Gerstlauer coaster, Dare Devil Dive. I’ll also get some fresh rides on Goliath, currently ranked 9th on my Top Steel Coasters List as well as the classic Schwarzkopf looper Mindbender. I might even brave the roug...[Read More]

This Fall, The Geeks Cometh….

Coming This Fall – Theme Park Geekly: Community Magazine Site As I was developing the idea for Theme Park Hype earlier this year, another idea was born during a Twitter discussion with Jake from Coasterdom. In another effort to provide something fresh and new, I’m going to launch an online community magazine for theme park fans called Theme Park Geekly. A Magazine Like actual print mag...[Read More]

And The T-Shirt Winner Is…

It’s time to announce the winner of the “Eat Sleep Ride” T-shirt. My daughter was happy to do the honors. She picked the winner using a random drawing software. The winner is Trent. While it was random, it was nice that the winner was an active member of Theme Park Hype and this blog. As a side note, Trent blogs as Coasterguy at the Coasterblog. He’s submitted some interest...[Read More]

Carowinds Announces WindSeeker for 2012

Carowinds Announces WindSeeker Yesterday, Carowinds made their 2012 announcement as they unveiled WindSeeker. It will basically be a super-sized version of the old school amusement park swing rides. With a height of 301 feet, Carowinds has dubbed it “The Tallest Ride at Carowinds”. Park vice president, Bart Kinzel noted how cool it will be to be able to look down at Intimidator. He als...[Read More]

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