Cyclone @ Six Flags New England | Coaster Reviews

Cyclone @ SFNE | Keep Your Chiropractor on Speed Dial Cyclone takes the cake. My first and hopefully last ‘1’. Six Flags New England has the honor of being home to what many consider the Best Coaster on the Planet. On the other end of the spectrum, Cyclone is there too. Unfortunately, I really can’t think of ANY positives for this ride. I got off this monstrosity holding my lower...[Read More]

Kumba @ Busch Gardens Africa | Coaster Reviews

Kumba @ Busch Gardens Africa | World’s Best Looping Coaster? Strap in for a ride on the best steel looper on the planet. I’ve reviewed the rest of my top ten, for my 300th post I figured it’d be fitting if I reviewed my favorite roller coaster. These days there’s nothing special about a roller coaster with seven loops. The way Kumba at Busch Gardens Africa (Tampa, FL) integ...[Read More]

Incredible Hulk Coaster @ Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure’s Hulk Coaster is IncredibleIslands of Adventure’s Incredible Hulk is one of the best looking coasters you’ll find anywhere. The twisted mess of bright green track is built partially over the park’s lake. Hulk’s enclosed lift hill and massive cobra roll and vertical loops dominate the skyline at Islands of Adventure. The layout is right on top of ...[Read More]

Batman Dark Knight @ Six Flags New England | Coaster Reviews

Batman: The Dark Knight @ Six Flags New EnglandNo, I don’t have a time machine (yet!). I rode the floorless roller coaster formerly known as Batman: The Dark Knight at Six Flags New England in 2005. This year, Six Flags renamed it Batman: The Ride so that they could add one of the three new Batman: The Dark Knight clones to the park. Make sense? Onto the review. Batman The Dark Knight was a ...[Read More]

Twister @ Knoebels | Roller Coaster Reviews

Twister at Knoebels | The Other Half of Knoebels’ 1-2 PunchThe aptly named Twister is the epitome of a twister roller coaster. It’s an action-packed wooden coaster with more lateral g-forces than you can shake a stick at. Twister’s exciting layout was actually borrowed from Mr. Twister, a roller coaster that operated at Elitch Gardens in Denver, CO from 1964 to 1994. Mr. Twister ...[Read More]

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Who Reads a Blog About Coasters? Using Google’s web analytics software Google Analytics, I’ve been able to track the usage of the The Coaster Critic’s Blog. By the way, if you have a web site or blog, I highly recommend GA. It’s easy to set up, has a ton of features, and it’s FREE. If you have any questions about it, feel free to drop me a line. A Little Name Dropping...[Read More]

Drachen Fire @ Busch Gardens | Defunct Roller Coasters

A Look Back at the Legendary Drachen Fire at Busch Gardens Drachen Fire was an infamous roller coaster that lived in the Rhineland, Germany section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 1992 to 1998. While it had a short run, it’s easily one of the most well-known defunct coasters in past years. I will relay the background story I’ve seen several times on the coaster enthusiast circuit. I...[Read More]

Chang @ Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom | Coaster Reviews

Chang @ Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom: A True Diamond in the Rough Chang is an exception in more ways than one. It’s a stand-up roller coaster at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. That should be two big strikes against it. Stand-up coasters have a history of being uncomfortable and rough. Mantis at Cedar Point and Shockwave at Kings Dominion are two examples. And Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom widely con...[Read More]

Wildcat @ Hersheypark | Roller Coaster Reviews

Wildcat @ Hersheypark | Roller Coaster Reviews Coaster enthusiasts often fall into two camps. Those who can excuse a rough ride on a wooden coaster and those who can’t. I’m in the latter camp. I don’t mind being thrown around a bit, but Wildcat just down right hurt. I rode it during my last trip to Hersheypark which kicked off my busy 2006 season. Wildcat is a wooden twister and ...[Read More]

Italian Job Stunt Track @ Kings Island | Coaster Reviews

Italian Job Stunt Track @ Kings Island | Coaster ReviewsThe most noteworthy thing about the Italian Job coasters are the Mini Cooper themed trains. They’re straight from the ride’s namesake, the 2003 movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. With the aforementioned movie theme and and en vogue Minis, right away Italian Job is the opposite of a timeless classic. But it’ll ...[Read More]

Superman: Ultimate Flight @ Six Flags Over Georgia

Superman: Ultimate Flight @ Six Flags Over Georgia | Coaster Reviews I rode the prototypical B&M flying coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia days after it opened in 2002. As it was one of the first flying coasters by Swiss geniuses Bolliger & Mabillard the layout was brief and to the point. Vekoma had already introduced flying roller coasters with Stealth at Great America in 2000. B&M too...[Read More]

Beast @ Kings Island | Roller Coaster Reviews

Beast at Kings Island | Roller Coaster ReviewsOnce again, I traveled westward for another much hyped woodie. This time I was in search of the Beast at Kings Island. For nearly three decades it’s been the longest wooden roller coaster in the world. I’ve been looking forward to riding it for a decade. Between expensive Cincinnati airfare and that fateful April day in ’05 when Kings...[Read More]

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