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]

Alpengeist @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Coaster Reviews

Alpengeist: The F-22 of Roller CoastersFrom the first time I saw the ominous white lift high above the surrounding trees while on Loch Ness, I knew it would be a ride to remember. In my opinion, this is the king of the inverted roller coasters not just because of its height and speed, but because it delivers thrills with every ride. On inverted coasters riders are situated below the track in ski-l...[Read More]

Loch Ness Monster @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Coaster Reviews

A Classic Steel Coaster That’s An Ageless Wonder For a steel coaster from the 70’s Loch Ness is amazing and still rocks in 2006! Busch Gardens Williamsburg does it again. Even the park’s ‘dinosaur’ so to speak has some pretty cool elements. A steep 11-story drop to the Rhine River and the world’s first set of interlocking loops. You really have to give Busch and...[Read More]

Boulder Dash @ Lake Compounce | Coaster Reviews

Famed Mountain Coaster Doesn’t Disappoint The hype for this ride was huge. Almost too huge. But after three rides on this baby I was able to form an opinion. While I’m not the biggest wooden coaster fan, I am a huge fan of terrain coasters (and mountains for that matter). So, I was itching to get up to Connecticut and check this coaster out. While overall it didn’t disappoint, it...[Read More]

Millennium Force @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

A great example of bigger not always being better. I had a short 20 minute or so wait on a rainy, dreary day in May. I was looking forward to my trip to the ‘Coaster Capital’ (Cedar Point) for a number of reasons, including riding my 100th new coaster. As I arrived at Cedar Point I was drawn to Millennium Force like a magnet. It was to be number 100. The ultra-steep lift hill was very ...[Read More]

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