FOX Charlotte News Interview

I’m going to be interviewed on FOX Charlotte News tomorrow. I’ll be talking about the best roller coasters within driving distance of Charlotte. It’s going to be taped at Carowinds so there may be some great background shots of Carolina Cobra, Flight Deck (formerly Top Gun), or Nighthawk (formerly BORG Assimilator). If you live in the area, check it out. It will be airing on the ...[Read More]

Montu @ Busch Gardens Tampa | Coaster Reviews

A World-Class Inverted Coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Busch Gardens Africa’s (Tampa, FL) Montu is a world-class roller coaster that’s deservingly found on many enthusiast’s top tens. It combines some of the best theming, pacing and timing of inversions, that you’ll find anywhere. A Terrain Loving Inverted Coaster I’m no historian when it comes to this Busch park, but it app...[Read More]

Bizarro @ Six Flags Great Adventure

From Medusa to Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure: The World’s First Floorless Roller Coaster Takes a Bizarre Twist Back when new CEO Mark Shapiro took over Six Flags he was interviewed at Six Flags Over Georgia. He pointed at the brand new 20-story hyper coaster Goliath and stated “No more of those.” Now, after 2008’s X2 at Magic Mountainand this year’s Bizarro-the...[Read More]

Manta @ SeaWorld Orlando | Roller Coaster Review

After the eight hour drive down to Orlando for the Manta Grand Opening and Media Day, I was hoping to not be disappointed and thankfully I wasn’t. It was my first time to SeaWorld...

Goliath @ Six Flags Magic Mountain | Coaster Reviews

Blacking out. I’ve heard coaster enthusiasts mention that they’d experienced such intense g-forces that they blacked out. I’ve ridden many coasters in my time, but I couldn’t recall ever blacking out (nor did I want to). Until I rode Goliath last summer. It had other plans. Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Goliath (not to be confused with Georgia’s Goliath) is one of the tallest roller coast...[Read More]

Carolina Cobra Review & Media Day at Carowinds

It was a rainy day, but the Carolina Cobra media day had a positive feel and pointed to a bright future for Carowinds. The event was attended by the local media, park officials, live snakes, and some Nick characters. A local cover band played a few crowd-pleasers while Dora, Diego, and the Rugrats entertained guests. Next, the park addressed the media. Then, an official ribbon cutting was followed...[Read More]

Phantom’s Revenge @ Kennywood | Coaster Reviews

Kennywood’s Phantom’s Revenge was originally the Steel Phantom. In its first incarnation, the Phantom was created in 1991 during the height of the ‘Coaster Arms Race’. That was back when amusement parks were vying to be the home of the World’s Tallest Roller Coaster. Steel Phantom couldn’t technically claim the title with regards to height, but the coaster’...[Read More]

Tatsu @ Six Flags Magic Mountain | Coaster Reviews

My trip out West to Los Angeles brought me to the state’s largest theme park, Six Flags Magic Mountain. While X2 was a big draw, the co-main event had to be Tatsu. I got off the world’s largest flying coaster in awe of another masterpiece from Bolliger & Mabillard. Located near the top of Samurai Summit stood Tatsu. The massive 170′ tall, 3,600 foot long red and yellow dragon...[Read More]

Goliath @ Six Flags Over Georgia | Coaster Reviews

Take A Spin on Goliath – The Jewel of the SouthEast  Goliath is a towering hyper coaster built at Six Flags Over Georgia in 2006. It may mark the end of an era for Six Flags. Newly appointed CEO Mark Shapiro pointed at the $20 million roller coaster in an interview and said “No more of those.” The year it was built Dan Snyder and Mark Shapiro assumed control of Six Flags. They pl...[Read More]

X2 @ Six Flags Magic Mountain | Coaster Reviews

The Coaster Critic Faces the Most Extreme Coaster on the Planet The main attraction of my first ever West coast coaster trip was the newly redesigned and much hyped X2. I was lucky enough to catch the ride when the 2 hour wait was only about 50 minutes. It was about 4 in the afternoon on a Thursday in mid-August. X2’s theming was better than expected. Six Flags took the ‘extreme’...[Read More]

Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park | Coaster Reviews

Ravine Flyer II: An Impressive World-Class Wooden CoasterI’d been excited for Ravine Flyer II since I learned about it last winter. It’s the product of 15 years of work, planning, and local politics. The Gravity Group designed hybrid woodie was my top pick for the new coasters opening in 2008. The New York Times even quoted me when I dubbed it the “Sleeper Hit of 2008”. So ...[Read More]

OCC MotoCoaster @ Darien Lake | Coaster Reviews

MotoCoaster Marks New Era for De-Flagged Darien Lake On my recent trip to Darien Lake, near Buffalo, NY, I was happy to see that the park is thriving post-Six Flags. PARC Management, the new operators, have the park hitting on all cylinders. They even invested in a first-of-its kind motorcycle-themed launch coaster in the Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster. Darien Lake did a great job tying in the...[Read More]

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