The Loop Gap Roller Coaster: YouTube Geek Week Commercial

I was at a wedding recently and people were asking me about two things. The Texas Giant accident and the roller coaster with a gap in its loop from the YouTube commercial running on TV. In case you missed it, YouTube’s been promoting their Geek Week with the commercial above. FreddieW’s “Roller Coaster Tycoons” – Fun with Special Effects After some research I found th...[Read More]

Insane Coaster Wars World Domination Teaser & Name That Coaster!

Season 2 of Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination This time it’s international. Insane Coaster Wars is returning to The Travel Channel and this year, their really hitting the road. Or should I say the skies? For the show’s second season the roller coaster showdowns will feature some of the most highly regarded rides on the planet. Robb Alvey of Theme Park Review was involved in the sho...[Read More]

Cadillac CTS-V Measures G-Forces

Cadillac CTS-V Sports Car Measures G-Forces When talking to non-coaster fans (like friends, reporters, and TV producers) I’ve compared the forces you encounter while riding in a car to help describe some of the sensations you experience on roller coasters. My five year-old daughter, already a student of Coasterology, recently noted a brief moment of air time while riding in our Honda Odyssey...[Read More]

Toyota Turns a Prius into a Roller Coaster

You’ve probably seen the Toyota commercial by now that features an interesting ‘What If’. It pontificates: “What if the energy generated from a braking roller coaster was used to power something?” The commercial features the Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain by the way. Even though I skipped the Arrow looper while I was at the park I identified it right away. Anyway, ...[Read More]

Bert the Conqueror Season 2 Episode Recaps

Bert the Conqueror is back with a new season at 8 PM Eastern/Pacific on the Travel Channel.  Once again, comedian Bert Kreischer will be our tour guide to some of the coolest and most unique adrenaline producing adventures anywhere. Bert will try to conquer everything from theme park rides and roller coasters to wacky local traditions and home-grown thrills. Check back here every Monday for episod...[Read More]

Bert’s Back! Bert the Conqueror Season 2 Preview

Bert the Conqueror Season 2 is Coming to the Travel Channel in April Popular Travel Channel TV show, Bert the Conqueror, will return next month with another season of comedian Bert Kreischer tackling thrill rides and roller coasters all over the country. Last season, Bert jumped off of Las Vegas’ Stratosphere, conquered Cedar Point’s Fearsome Foursome and rides at Busch Gardens Tampa, ...[Read More]

Nickelodeon Universe’s Super Bowl Commercial

Allegedly there was a Nickelodeon Universe commercial during the Super Bowl tonight. I say allegedly because I didn’t see it. I was playing catch up all night on my DVR. Watching live sports isn’t usually an option with my two young kids. Anyway, I had to fast-forward my way through a few commercial breaks so I must’ve missed this commercial that Prof. BAM submitted via my new (Y...[Read More]

A Michael Jackson Theme Park & Elvis’ Favorite Coaster to Reopen

The King and The King of Pop are still making the news. Albeit, theme park news this time. Elvis’ Favorite Roller Coaster – Zippin Pippin to Reopen in WI Allegedly, Zippin Pippin was at the top of Elvis’ Top 10 Coasters List. The Gravity Group, acclaimed designers of The Voyage & Ravine Flyer II are helping Bay Beach Amusement park in Green Bay Wisconsin re-build the Zippin P...[Read More]

Bert the Conqueror Episode Recaps & Poll

Bert the Conqueror is a new show on the Travel Channel where comedian Bert Kreischer faces all kinds of extreme challenges from crazy home-grown thrills and local traditions to modern thrill machines at the Nation’s largest and smallest amusement parks. We enthusiasts get a taste of roller coasters every summer on a cable channel or two. But usually it’s via some kind of 1 hour program...[Read More]

Roller Coaster Tycoon Movie On the Way

This news is just big enough for me to briefly pause my hiatus. Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to make a Roller Coaster Tycoon movie. More from Reuters: Sony Pictures Animation has pre-emptively picked up rights to the Atari video game “Rollercoaster Tycoon,” and is developing the project as a live-action/CGI hybrid. The “Tycoon” franchise, created by Chris Sawyer, i...[Read More]

Kennywood Couldn’t Save Adventureland Movie

When I saw trailers for Adventureland last year I was interested as soon as I saw that it was filmed at Kennywood. The amusement park in the movie is referred to by the fictional name “Adventureland”, but long shots with Phantom’s Revenge looming in the background are dead giveaways. I got my wife to buy in when I told her that her favorite actor Ryan Reynolds was in it. It looke...[Read More]

Harry Potter’s Wizarding World & Forbidden Journey Update

Universal has been promoting the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter like crazy. A few months ago there was the augmented reality map that went out in an issue of a USA Today. I thought it was the coolest marketing idea I’d heard of in a long time. Unfortunately, the execution left something to be desired. Augmented Reality Map After holding the map in front of my web cam for tens of minutes...[Read More]

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