Phoenix @ Knoebels | Roller Coaster Reviews

Phoenix – A Reborn Classic WoodieWooden Coaster Rises from the Ashes of the Rocket to Thrill Riders from All Over the Globe Knoebels is small amusement park located in the middle of Pennsylvania. It’s a homey park with a very traditional feel. In a past life, Phoenix was the Rocket at Playland Park in San Antonio. After lying dormant for five years, Knoebels bought and moved the coaste...[Read More]

Griffon @ Busch Gardens Europe | Roller Coaster Reviews

Busch Gardens Europe’s Griffon Soars Busch Gardens Europe has unveiled their first new roller coaster since 1999. The long-awaited addition, introduces America’s second dive coaster. With SheiKra, at sister park Busch Gardens Africa, being the first. I rode SheiKra not long after it opened in 2005 and I was a little underwhelmed. So, I was nervous when my favorite park announced it was...[Read More]

Great American Scream Machine | Coaster Reviews

Great American Scream Machine @ Six Flags Great AdventureGreat American Scream Machine is an aging, old steel coaster at the New Jersey Six Flags. Not to be confused with the wooden coaster by the same name at Six Flags Over Georgia. Don’t get me started on how bad of a name ‘Great American Scream Machine’ is or how dumb Six Flags is using it for two different roller coasters. I ...[Read More]

Nitro @ Six Flags Great Adventure | Coaster Reviews

Take a Spin on Six Flag’s Most Acclaimed Roller Coaster Nitro is a popular hyper coaster that completes Six Flags Great Adventure’s trinity of top-notch roller coasters. Kingda Ka, El Toro, and Nitro make Great Adventure a must visit destination for coaster enthusiasts. Nitro has received the most praise of just about any roller coaster Six Flags has in their arsenal. In 2006, Nitro wa...[Read More]

Great Bear @ Hersheypark | Roller Coaster Reviews

Great Bear at Hersheypark I rode the Great Bear for the first time about 4 years ago. I hadn’t been on a a lot of B&M inverted roller coasters and I’m sure I was comparing it to its big brother Alpengeist. I rode it at night and the wait was ridiculously long. For some reason, I didn’t really enjoy it. Anyway, on a return trip I was excited to give it another go and see if my...[Read More]

Steel Phantom @ Kennywood | Defunct Roller Coasters

Kennywood Offered a Unique Hyper Coaster in Steel PhantomPhantom’s Revenge was originally known as Steel Phantom. It was Kennywood’s entry in the Coaster Arms Race of the 1990’s. Theme parks around the world were trying to one-up each other in boasting the tallest roller coaster in the world. Coaster designer Arrow had a large part to play in the Race. In most cases they were bro...[Read More]

Bizarro (Superman) @ Six Flags New England

Bizarro (Formerly Superman: Ride of Steel) at Six Flags New England A Heroic Hyper Coaster That Lives Up to Its Lofty Reputation I don’t give out a lot of 10’s. But this ladies and gentlemen, deserves a 10. It’s reputation was huge and I figured it would be better than the other coasters by the same name, I just didn’t know it was going to be THAT good. Thanks to the unimag...[Read More]

Flight of Fear @ Kings Dominion | Coaster Reviews

Flight of Fear Launched Riders& Industry into a New FrontierYou can’t tell what you’re in for as you walk up to the Area 54-esque military testing facility that houses Flight of Fear. For Flight of Fear Kings Dominion took a stab at theming for a change. A considerable amount of theming. The station and ride itself are all enclosed in a building designed to look like a UFO governm...[Read More]

Shockwave @ Kings Dominion | Coaster Reviews

Ever wonder why there aren’t more stand-up roller coasters?Shockwave probably should’ve been scrapped long ago. It’s got a decent first half, but I don’t think park-goers would shed any tears if it was removed. After the death of a rider in 1999, the ride was repainted, but not removed. Apparently, the rider freed himself of the restraints while he was aboard and fell to hi...[Read More]

Anaconda @ Kings Dominion | Coaster Reviews

Quadruple Looping Steel Coaster Loves WaterDoes a 14-story drop to an underwater tunnel sound like fun? The Anaconda at Kings Dominion is a steel coaster with some pretty unique elements. It rises high above a pond (that used to be the much larger Lake Charles) before dropping 144 feet into an underwater tunnel. It’s one of the few roller coasters in the world with an underwater tunnel. Anac...[Read More]

Thunderhead @ Dollywood | Coaster Reviews

World-Class Woodie Puts Dollywood on the MapBy some random chain of events my family decided to take a summer vacation in Tennessee. This gave me the opportunity to stop at Dollywood on our way back home. I had heard a lot about Thunderhead, the 2004 GCI wooden coaster that topped many enthusiast’s Top 10 lists. Also, Thunderhead had been awarded the Golden Ticket Award for the best Wooden C...[Read More]

Storm Runner @ Hersheypark | Coaster Reviews

Hershey’s Launch Coaster, Short but Memorable As a big steel coaster fan, I was curious to see how good Storm Runner really was. Since it wasn’t there the last time I went to the park I figured a 2 hour trip to re-visit Hersheypark wouldn’t be a bad idea. On this Intamin Accelerator Coaster, riders are launched from 0 to 72 mph in 2 seconds. The launch has a great viewing area wh...[Read More]

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