Have You Ever Been Stuck on a Roller Coaster?

If you’ve ridden roller coasters quite a bit, then at one time or another you’ve likely found your ride suddenly put on pause. I know that I have. From an incident almost ten years ago on Predator’s peak to just this past weekend on Great America’s Viper, getting stuck is not unusual. In my experience, a ride op has always trekked out to my location to inform me and the oth...[Read More]

Do You Like Riding Roller Coasters Backwards?

Long before the Six Flags roller coaster makeover era (with its fire effects and on-board audio), amusement parks have needed an inexpensive way to give their stale rides a fresh, new spin. I’m not sure when it started, but someone decided it would be a good idea to simply turn the trains around to provide a new experience. It’s been going on for years. Just a few months ago, Six Flags...[Read More]

Would You Be Excited About a 100 Foot Tall Coaster?

As the adage goes, “Be careful what you wish for.” Another thrill machine has opened and there are again reports of grey outs and others of uncomfortable ride experiences like bruised thighs. I’m no doctor and I’m not as concerned about our health as much as I am about the experiences these rides are providing and the satisfaction or disappointment of the riders. I’m ...[Read More]

Should Wooden Roller Coasters Have Loops?

Wooden roller coasters haven’t evolved and spawned off as many sub-genres and types as steel coasters have in the past few decades. But in recent years, elements like 90-degree banking and smooth steel-like rides have started to change the story. Nothing would be as genre bending as another new looping wooden coaster, but should woodies have loops or just stay in their proverbial lane? This ...[Read More]

What’s Your Trusty Theme Park Gear?

How Do You Suit Up for Theme Park Trips? Are there things that you always have with you when you embark on a theme park trip? I thought about it and there are a few things that I always have with me. My Kodak digital camera has been through a lot. I have to say it’s held up well. I got it for Christmas 2002. It still works, but we have much better cameras now. And, if I don’t think I&#...[Read More]

POLL – What Should Cedar Point’s 2013 Roller Coaster Be?

Gatekeeper – Cedar Point’s 2013 Roller Coaster UPDATE 8/13 – Cedar Point is scheduled to announce their new roller coaster today. See images and read about Cedar Point’s 2013 wing coaster Gatekeeper. [divider] UPDATE 5/30 – News of Cedar Point’s planned wing roller coaster broke today. The ride will cost $25 million and it’ll be the largest of it’s k...[Read More]

Top 6 New Roller Coaster Classes

Last fall I joined thousands of other theme park fans as exciting new rides and roller coasters were announced one after another and also in large waves like Six Flags big announcement day. Our jaws dropped as some rumors proved to be true and other rides came completely out of left field. Many commented that 2012’s lineup of new rides could be the best in recent memory. I thought I’d ...[Read More]

Fun With Roller Coaster Data

We’re still in the off-season here in the Midwestern United States (though spring is thankfully right around the corner) and I have to keep myself entertained somehow. I wrote a post awhile ago on Coaster101 about how I had created my own track record using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet complete with stats from the Roller Coaster Database. Well, I used those stats and compared the height, sp...[Read More]

Cedar Fair’s 2012 Infrastructure Upgrades

Leviathan, Dinosaurs Alive, and a few Windseekers are the more thrilling additions coming to Cedar Fair parks across North America. 2012 will be a relatively quiet year for Cedar Fair parks, with Leviathan being the only brand new roller coaster opening across the entire chain. However, many parks are gearing up for major infrastructural improvements as well as a few minor adjustments to their cur...[Read More]

How to Handle the Off-Season Blues

The winter blues have us all in a funk. Well, at least those of us who don’t live in a warm climate year round. Up here in Ohio, winter can be brutal and leave you feeling depressed and blah. From November to May, unless you live near an indoor family fun center, you have to travel quite a ways to get your airtime fix! While YouTube is quite the source of POV (Point of view) videos and constructio...[Read More]

The Themed Entertainment Association’s Thea Awards

It’s that time of year again. Time to buy your wife a new dress, put on the tuxedo, rent the limousine, and head on over to…Disneyland! No, I’m not talking about the park, but rather the Disneyland Hotel. On March 17, the Themed Entertainment Association will be hosting the 18th annual Thea Awards. Now, if you’re fairly new to the behind-the-scenes side of the themed entertainmen...[Read More]

Ride Sims Game Review

Ride Sims is a new website created by Theme Park Nerd where you can be the operator of virtual rides. Moving people through the ride is a bit tricky sometimes because, in many of the simulations, you also control the preshow along with the actual elements in the ride. The site started out with ten simulations to choose from and has since grown to fourteen.

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