Hades 360 Looks Awesome! | Early Reviews

The Gravity Group has posted a new video of Hades 360 in action. The original Hades opened at Mt. Olympus in 2005 with the World’s longest underground tunnel. It was Gravity Group’s first roller coaster and a world-class ride that was in many top 10 lists; including mine. For 2013, the ride was re-tracked (70% to 90%), given Gravity Group’s own Timberliner trains and most notably...[Read More]

Wildfire at Silver Dollar City | Roller Coaster Review

Silver Dollar City is located in the mountain’s of Southern Missouri. Aside from a few of the tallest ride’s lift hills poking out above the treeline, it’s tough to see the rides until your about to get on them. This was also the case as Daryl and Kendra (my tour guides for the day) led me towards Wildfire. I’d studied images of the brown B&M looping coaster for years, but they didn’t prepare...[Read More]

Early Reviews of Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

I picked Iron Rattler as the best-looking new roller coaster for 2013, so I’m really curious to see what people are saying. Here’s what I’ve gathered: For people who love roller coasters (that’d be me, and since you are reading my review, I’d imagine that’d be you as well), intense in a good way is a good thing, and Iron Rattler is loaded with intense, very good...[Read More]

Early Reviews of GateKeeper at Cedar Point

Cedar Point’s GateKeeper has opened. And it’s time to see what everyone thinks of this highly anticipated new ride. Here’s a video of GateKeeper at Cedar Point via Robb Alvey of Theme Park Review: I appreciated the Ghostbuster references. Also, watch a complete GateKeeper POV video. Note – For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster without permission from...[Read More]

Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City | Full Review

I found myself drawn to Missouri for this year’s long-distance theme park trip. While there were two amusement parks there for me to check out, Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run really ignited my interest and was pretty much the deciding factor in why I chose this trip over the others I was considering. Awe, No They Didn’t! I still remember sitting there, awe-struck staring at the ...[Read More]

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]

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