Prowler at Worlds of Fun | Roller Coaster Review

Prowler at Worlds of Fun – “Intensely Fun & Action-Packed” Don’t let this Prowler’s modest stats fool you. This mean cat has a chip on its shoulder. Packed with airtime (moments of weightlessness where you float out of your seat) and lateral g-forces (where you’re thrown to the side), this Great Coasters International woodie is among the best I’ve ridd...[Read More]

Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis

Ninja is a steel looping roller coaster that opened in 1989 at Six Flags St. Louis. I was hoping that it didn’t live up to its nickname of “The Black Belt of Roller Coasters”. That tagline only reminded me of the beating I received on Six Flags Over Georgia’s Ninja and I was expecting a similar experience on the Missouri version. Interestingly, while they’re both cons...[Read More]

Early Outlaw Run Reviews

Silver Dollar City opened Outlaw Run opened recently and some early reviews are popping up all over the web. I’ve been following this ride’s developments for months so I was eager to here how it’s being¬†received.¬† A reader of the blog, Daryl, was lucky enough to be on the very first train carrying public riders. He sent in this great review and a photo. Me and my daughter Kendra ...[Read More]

Boss @ Six Flags St. Louis | Roller Coaster Review

Boss at Six Flags St. Louis It was about time for me to head back to the airport and catch my flight home. I was lucky enough to ride all of the park’s roller coasters while experiencing some great weather. But first, I had to settle a burning question: Which was the real Boss? Was it the punishing brute that looked fun, but nearly rattled my fillings out? Or, was it a rough, but ride-able g...[Read More]

Tennessee Tornado at Dollywood | Roller Coaster Reviews

I don’t think Dollywood’s Tennesee Tornado is very well-known even in some enthusiast circles. Maybe it’s because it has a relatively short track length. Maybe it’s because it only has three loops and not five or six. Or, maybe it’s because it was designed by Arrow. Once, a leading designer of steel roller coasters, Arrow was a fixture in the amusement industry. They ...[Read More]

Mr. Freeze at Six Flags Over Texas & St. Louis | Coaster Review

Mr. Freeze, is a launched shuttle coaster at both Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over Texas. Riders typically experience shuttle coasters with a forward trip followed by a backward trip back to the station. The Mr. Freeze coasters begin with an exhilarating magnet powered launch that propels the trains to a blistering 70 mph. For, 2012 Six Flags turned the trains around to add a new a wrinkle t...[Read More]

Mystery Mine at Dollywood | Roller Coaster Reviews

Mystery Mine opened in 2007, the year after my first trip to Dollywood. So, I was eager to get back to the park and check it out. I’d either forgotten or never really knew exactly what happened on this partially indoor roller coaster and I’m glad that I did. When it opened, it was the first Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster in the ‘States. Basically, these are steel looping ...[Read More]

Screamin’ Eagle at Six Flags St. Louis | Coaster Reviews

It seems like every amusement park has the requisite white wooden roller coaster with blue and red accents. You know, the one that was built in the 1970’s and has a rather pedestrian “American theme”. They usually aren’t a star in their respective park’s lineups, but Screamin’ Eagle may be an exception. Located at the back of the hilly Six Flags St. Louis, you&#...[Read More]

Wild Eagle @ Dollywood | Coaster Reviews

Ever since Dollywood announced Wild Eagle, America’s first wing roller coaster, I was looking forward to what looked to be a great ride. It not only boasts a eagle-themed trains that place riders to the left and right of the track with nothing above or below riders, Wild Eagle also has a layout in a wooded area. I’m a big fan of terrain roller coasters and you couldn’t ask for be...[Read More]

Whizzer @ Six Flags Great America | Coaster Reviews

After hundreds of roller coasters and dozens of amusement parks, the thing that keeps me going is my desire for new experiences. Not necessarily more intense thrills. As such, Whizzer was a highlight of my trip to Six Flags Great America as it definitely provided a new and unique experience. I’d been told that Whizzer was a must ride and I can see why. The 1976 Schwarzkopf Jumbo Jet coaster ...[Read More]

X-Flight @ Six Flags Great America | Roller Coaster Review

Fans of Six Flags Great America have been waiting nearly a decade for another large roller coaster to join the Chicago-area park’s lineup. Would the saying, Good things come to those who wait apply? Or, would the $15 million X-Flight be another over-hyped attraction that doesn’t live up to expectations? I had to fly out to the Midwest to find out. Especially, after I (contributing to t...[Read More]

Verbolten @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Coaster Reviews

I’m going to review Verbolten on its own merits and refrain from Big Bad Wolf comparisons (for now). It’s only fair to rate it as-is, removing any history around its origins. For years, many will experience this ride without knowledge of our beloved ‘Wolfie’. So, as best I can, I’m going to keep it from affecting my review.[divider] I visited Busch Gardens Williamsbur...[Read More]

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