The Coaster Critic’s Blog 4.0 Now Live!

Welcome to The Coaster Critic’s Blog 4.0 As the blog enters it’s fourth year, I figured I’d give it a facelift. Welcome to The Coaster Critic’s Blog 4.0! I spend my winters (the theme park off-season) launching new projects like Theme Park Syndicate and on redesigns like this one. The changes to the site aren’t as big as the last redesign a year ago, but there are a f...[Read More]

Santas on Manta & A Christmas Gift to My Readers

Santa’s New Sleigh Thirty-two Santas boarded SeaWorld Orlando’s new flying coaster, Manta last week. SeaWorld Orlando sent me a pic and a link to the video below. I got to give them credit. With the recent Google Street View feature and the company name change, they know how to stay in the news. A Gift to My Readers Also, since it’s Christmas, I thought I’d give my readers ...[Read More]

Theme Park Travel Odyssey 2009 Edition

2009 Theme Park Travel Odyssey Time to recap my 2009 theme park trips. This was a busy year with a number of interviews, media days, and fun theme park trips. I’m even going to include a lost trip that I don’t think I’ve referenced on the blog. From the warm tropic atmosphere of Orlando to the mean streets of Manhattan, my travels took me to 10 theme parks. But, it all started ba...[Read More]

General Site & Web Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post about some general site and Web updates. On In the Loop Podcast for Intimidator Talk After Carowinds announced Intimidator for 2010, I was invited to join the In the Loop Podcast to discuss the new ride with the hosts and Danielle Swords, Public Relations Manager from Carowinds. I had fun doing it even though it was hard to know when to talk bec...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Trip: Farewell Big Bad Wolf & Roller Coaster Tour

Busch Gardens Trip: Farewell Big Bad Wolf & the Roller Coaster Tour For my final trip of the season I’ll be returning to one of my favorite theme parks on the planet: Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I’ll get to take Big Bad Wolf for one more spin in its last days. If you want to ride it before it closes, you have until Monday night (Labor Day) to say goodbye. I’m sad to see it go...[Read More]

Elvis, Madonna, & Roller Coasters?

Happy National Roller Coaster Day Every year on August 16th, Elvis Presley is remembered, Madonna is mentioned for becoming another year older, and I celebrate my birthday. A few years ago I found out that this day is also National Roller Coaster Day. Now, I can blame fate when my friends and family ask me why I have such a strange hobby. On August 16th, 1898 Edwin Prescott submitted a patent for ...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic Meets The Cyclone – NYC Trip

This year for my birthday trip, I’m headed to New York City to ride the legendary Coney Island Cyclone. While I’m in the area I’m also checking out Rye Playland. In true Coaster Critic fashion I’m going to cram it all into one day. Hopefully my subway, train, and city bus research pays off. This trip is really more about the experience than the number of new coasters. For r...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic Returns to Space

I finally got around to refreshing my other site, Coaster Portal. It’s a new take on the old school link directory that includes web site profiles, user ratings and reviews, general theme park web site news, all in a space themed package. I really want the site to be more Web 2.0 and interactive than link sites of the past. There are several places for people to submit sites, submit news abo...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic’s Blog Turns 2

The Coaster Critic’s Blog Turns 2Thanks to all of the visitors who have stopped by over the last two years, the RSS feed subscribers, and anyone who’s joined the discussion by leaving comments. It’s been fun covering the latest theme park news and reviewing my favorite and least favorite coasters. The best part is getting feedback and comments from theme park fans all over the wo...[Read More]

2008 Theme Park Season

Welcome to a New Season of The Coaster Critic’s Blog The majority of the parks in the U.S. (aside from the parks in California and Florida) will be opening for the season this month. March also marks the return of several of my special features. The Return of Top 3 Thursdays On Thursdays expect a short countdown of anything that involves the theme park industry. Topics in the past have inclu...[Read More]

New Look for The Coaster Critic’s Blog

The Coaster Critic’s Blog 2.0I figured it was time to give the blog a new look. The redesign is not 100% complete, but at least it’s functional. It took a while to find a template that I really liked. Blogger’s a great blog platform, but doesn’t have the variety of templates of WordPress. Anyway, there’s more to come… What do you think of the new template? Leave...[Read More]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then enjoy the day off and those post-Christmas Day sales tomorrow. In Canada and the UK tomorrow’s Boxing Day, great day for sales. (Thanks Wikipedia!) Anyway, as a gift to my readers, I’m announcing the official launch date of one of my new web sites. Again, my hope is to bring Web 2.0 to the theme park community. The afore...[Read More]

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