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]

Apollo’s Chariot @ Busch Gardens | Coaster Reviews

Apollo Should Have Been the Roman God of Airtime After having not ridden one of my top coasters for over three years I was excited to see that it still shined. All of the pluses that had made it one of favorite roller coasters were still there. Apollo’s Chariot was designed by the legendary Bolliger & Mabillard, it offers one of the airtime-packed rides anywhere, and it’s located a...[Read More]

Mr. Six’s Pandemonium | Coaster Reviews

Mr. Six’s Pandemonium @ Six Flags New EnglandMr. Six is much more than a wild mouse coaster with spinning cars like I thought it was going to be. I made the long haul to Mass. solo so I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of waiting in line for 45 minutes to ride with a bunch of strangers. Then, I noticed a single rider’s line with virtually no wait. So I walked onto the ride and w...[Read More]

Hypersonic XLC @ Kings Dominion | Coaster Reviews

More of a Thrill Ride than a Coaster, Too Bad the Thrills Are Short-LivedIn 2001, Kings Dominion already had more launch coasters than most parks in the world with Flight of Fear and Volcano The Blast Coaster. With the addition of a third launch coaster, Kings Dominion was a certified destination for coaster enthusiasts and thrill junkies. With a compressed air launch that takes riders from 0 to 8...[Read More]

Superman: Ride of Steel | Six Flags America

Superman: Ride of Mediocrity | Six Flags AmericaThis is by far the most ho-hum hyper coaster around. As coasters go, it’s not a complete failure, but compared to other hyper coasters it’s in the back of the class. The fact that this Superman at Six Flags America (near Washington D.C.) is even made by the same designers that built a masterpiece in another Superman: Ride of Steel located...[Read More]

Hades Coaster Review | Mt. Olympus Theme Park

Hades: A Trip to Hell and Back In Greek mythology, Hades was the god of the underworld. Hades, the roller coaster, more than lives up to it’s name. It boasts the single most impressive tunnel section I’ve ever experienced. The tunnel’s not only long, it’s a white knuckle journey through a terrifying pitch black abyss. Mt. Olympus, located in Wisconsin Dells, WI, is a smalle...[Read More]

El Toro @ Six Flags Great Adventure | Coaster Reviews

El Toro: A Landmark Roller Coaster Is Born Ladies and gentlemen, the future is here! Riding El Toro is something any coaster enthusiast, heck, any person with a pulse should do. Especially if you think you know what wooden coasters have to offer. El Toro is going to turn your world upside down. The Plaza Del Carnival section is appropriately themed with a Spanish flare. The look and feel is defini...[Read More]

Mantis @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

Mantis Preys on Riders, Gives an Uncomfortable RideI never thought I’d see the day I would give a Bolliger & Mabillard designed coaster such a low rating. I like, if not love, all of their installations. Their coasters offer the smoothest rides while still delivering thrilling and innovative manuevers. Well, now I have to say that I love “almost all” of their coasters. The M...[Read More]

Kingda Ka @ Six Flags Great Adventure | Coaster Reviews

The Coaster Critic v.s. The World Champ After my rainy trip to Cedar Point and the subsequent closing of Top Thrill Dragster, I was looking forward to getting to Six Flags Great Adventure. Not only does Great Adventure have the only other Strata Coaster on the planet, they boast the world record holder for height (456′) and speed (128 mph) in Kingda Ka. Loading was very slow going and the pa...[Read More]

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