Arrow’s 700-Foot-Tall Fish-Hook Roller Coaster

Arrow’s 700-Foot-Tall Fish-Hook Roller Coaster I was recently contacted by a television production company doing research on roller coasters. They wanted to know if there were any strata coasters currently being built. Strata coasters are over 400′ tall and currently there are only two in the World in that lofty category. Kingda Ka & Top Thrill Dragster. I told the producer that th...[Read More]

Big Bad Wolf: A Legend Reaches Its Expiration Date

More Insight Into Big Bad Wolf’s Closing: “Service Life” Defined Yesterday, the Big Bad Wolf made its final run. While on the Busch Garden’s Roller Coaster Tour over the weekend, the tour guide Zach Gray admitted he was sad to see Big Bad Wolf go just like everyone else. Like many locals his age, it was his first roller coaster. He explained that the ride was closing becaus...[Read More]

Busch Gardens to Close Big Bad Wolf in September

Busch Gardens Williamsburg submitted a press release today stating what many coaster enthusiasts had feared. Big Bad Wolf will be no more after this season. In fact, they gave Monday, September 7th (Labor Day) as the last day of operation for the classic coaster. ‘Wolf is arguably, the most popular suspended roller coaster in the World and it will be missed. I imagine that quite a few enthus...[Read More]

Big Bad Wolf to be Removed?

Big Bad Wolf is a world-class suspended roller coaster at Busch Gardens Europe. It’s unique layout uses the terrain of the hilly, wooded, park giving you an experience that would be nearly impossible to find anywhere else. It’s a suspended terrain coaster that flies you through a Bavarian village then plummets you to a river. Also, Big Bad Wolf is a classic Arrow suspended coaster. The...[Read More]

Knoebels Removes High Speed Thrill Coaster, Adds New Ride

Knoebels is a Central Pennsylvania park that’s small, but beloved by enthusiasts for its old school traditional feel. This winter, the park removed the ironically-named High Speed Thrill Coaster. I skipped the coaster when I was at the park, but from the looks of it, it wouldn’t be a high speed thrill for my two year old. I know that parks need kiddie and family attractions, I just thi...[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]

Hercules @ Dorney Park | Defunct Roller Coasters

Hercules at Dorney Park | Defunct Roller CoastersHercules reigned over Dorney Park in Allentown, PA from 1989 to 2003. It was a massive wooden roller coaster. When it debuted it had the longest drop of any wooden coaster in the world. It was a big draw for Dorney before it had Steel Force and Talon to bring in the masses. By the time I rode it in 2003, Hercules was on its last legs. It had such a ...[Read More]

Great American Scream Machine | Coaster Reviews

Great American Scream Machine @ Six Flags Great AdventureGreat American Scream Machine is an aging, old steel coaster at the New Jersey Six Flags. Not to be confused with the wooden coaster by the same name at Six Flags Over Georgia. Don’t get me started on how bad of a name ‘Great American Scream Machine’ is or how dumb Six Flags is using it for two different roller coasters. I ...[Read More]

Steel Phantom @ Kennywood | Defunct Roller Coasters

Kennywood Offered a Unique Hyper Coaster in Steel PhantomPhantom’s Revenge was originally known as Steel Phantom. It was Kennywood’s entry in the Coaster Arms Race of the 1990’s. Theme parks around the world were trying to one-up each other in boasting the tallest roller coaster in the world. Coaster designer Arrow had a large part to play in the Race. In most cases they were bro...[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]

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