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! 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]
Theme Park Blog Gets New Official AddressYou may have noticed I’ve been posting less often. During the off season I’m working on Projects X and Y as well as making enhancements to the blog. One enhancement was to change my official domain to TheCoasterCritic.com using Blogger’s custom domain feature. I’ve owned the domain name for a while, but it just redirected to the blog...[Read More]
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]
The Coaster Critic’s Blog Voted Best Web BlogCoasterdom has announced the results of their Coaster Web Awards. The Coaster Critic’s Blog won the Best Blog award. Thanks to all of you who voted and visited the blog this past season. While it’s largely based on my opinions and experiences it wouldn’t be half as much fun without my readers and visitors who chime in with their ...[Read More]
For a while now I’ve been in the lab working on a few new projects. In my surveying of the theme park web site landscape I found just a lot of the usual suspects. News sites, image sites, park fan sites, etc. My hope is that my new projects will help bring Web 2.0 to the online theme park community in a whole new way. Other than the message boards, I don’t see a lot of interactivity ou...[Read More]
The Coaster Critic’s Blog has been nominated for a Coaster Web Award in the Best Blog category over at Coasterdom. There are other theme park site categories like Best Forums, Top Photography, Most Interactive, Best Podcast, and Best Site for Knowledge Based Content. Click here to vote!
Carowinds Trip Next WeekFor my final trip of the season I’m planning a return trip to Carowinds, my new home park here in Charlotte, NC. I went back in 2004 with my then fiancee. The park was full of clones and similar coasters so we skipped quite a few. Plus, BORG Assimilator had just opened and had an extremely long line. I’m looking forward to getting on the coasters we skipped: Hur...[Read More]
New Roller Coaster Reviews on the WayI’ve been neglecting roller coaster reviews lately. So I’ve decided to challenge myself to write and post five roller coaster reviews in five days. Starting tomorrow, check for my reviews of coasters from Hersheypark, Knoebels, Busch Gardens Africa, Kings Island, and Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Don’t forget, you can request reviews of coasters...[Read More]
Recently I was contacted by Schmap.com. They found one of my Flickr pictures and wanted to use it for their Buffalo Schmap Guide. I agreed and it’s been posted to their mini-review of Darien Lake. Check out the review here. I should probably let them know that Darien Lake is no longer a Six Flags park. Anyway, check out their site the next time you plan a vacation or trip to a new city.
The twilight trip to Kings Island was a success. I was able to ride Vortex, Racer (both backwards and forwards), Adventure Express, Italian Job Stunt Coaster, Top Gun, Face/Off, and Beast. Son of Beast, which recently reopened was down again. Both Flight of Fear and Firehawk had 45-minute waits and I’d been on exact clones at Kings Dominion and Six Flags America so I skipped them. The two ni...[Read More]
Meteorologists Don’t Fail Me NowI’m planning on making a return trip to Kings Island. Hopefully this time I’ll get into the park. On my attempted visit in April of ’05, a fluke snow storm caused the park to shut down. So I went to movie theater across the street and watched Kung Fu Hustle. Not a bad substitute, but not really what I expected. I’ve been itching to get ...[Read More]