Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster

Darien Lake’s MotoCoaster Gets a New NameDarien Lake, near Buffalo, NY, is building the first Zamperla MotoCoaster. This week, the park announced a new name for its first new coaster in nine years. Named after the popular reality show, the ride will be known as the Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster. The partnership makes sense. Especially when you consider that the show is based in Orange C...[Read More]

Six Flags New Orleans May Reopen

Six Flags News Orleans May Reopen in 2009Six Flags New Orleans (formerly Jazzland) has been flooded ever since Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged Louisiana in 2005. An amusement group is interested in reopening the park. Since the flood, Six Flags has done very little. Last winter, they were able to salvage one of the coasters. Batman – The Ride was relocated and re-branded as Goliath at Six ...[Read More]

Strangest Theme Park Stories

For April Fool’s Day I thought I’d recap some of the strangest stories that I’ve covered since I began this blog. Looking at some of these headlines you would think that they were prank headlines for April Fools, but they’re all true stories.Scattered Ashes Found on Disneyland RidesHuman Remains Found on Disneyland RidesSo it’s a slow news week in the coaster world, b...[Read More]

Most Visited Theme Parks of 2007

Most Visited Theme Parks in North AmericaHave you ever wondered which parks have the highest attendance? Recently, the Themed Entertainment Association and Economics Research Associates released their Attraction Attendance Report for 2007. The majority of the most visited parks are in warmer climates and as such, they are open year round. The first seasonal park was Canada’s Wonderland which...[Read More]

SpongeBob SquarePants Coaster Test Video

SpongeBob Rock Bottom Plunge | Nick Universe The park formerly known as Camp Snoopy located in the Mall of America is now Nickelodeon Universe. The re-branding is being accompanied by two new Nick-themed coasters including the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge and Avatar Airbender. Check out this test video of the Spongebob coaster below: SpongeBob is a compact looping coaster made by Gersl...[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]

Busch Opens Mega Theme Park in Dubai

Busch to Open New Theme Park in DubaiThis week Busch announced that they’ll be building a new mega theme park in Dubai. That city is literally growing overnight into a metropolis. I reported last month that Sega’s also adding a theme park in Dubai. It will be at the base of the building that will become that tallest in the world. Busch’s new park will include SeaWorld, Busch Gard...[Read More]

Racecoaster to be World’s Fastest Roller Coaster

Racecoaster: World’s Fastest Coaster to Be Built in Germany Germany may soon be home to the World’s fastest roller coaster as Racecoaster at Nurburgring will shatter the current record in 2009. While Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka tops out at a blistering 128 mph, Racecoaster will push the envelope even further with a top speed of 134 mph (217 km/h). Unlike Kingda Ka’...[Read More]

What is a Wild Mouse Roller Coaster?

Wild Mouse Coasters Are Fun For All Ages At first glance wild mouse roller coasters look like boring ‘kiddie’ rides. They’re typically no taller than 40 or 50 feet with mild speeds that top out at about 30 mph. Unlike most roller coasters that use trains with several cars, wild mouse coasters run single cars that seat four riders (two in front and two in back). Wild mouse coaster...[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]

Transformers Dark Ride | Theme Park News

Transformers Could Be Rolling into a Theme ParkLike The World of Harry Potter and The Batman Dark Knight Coasters, the Transformers may be making the move from the big screen to the theme park world. There are rumors that Paramount is planning a theme park attraction based on everyone’s favorite robots in disguise. The Transformers attraction is said to be a dark ride and will allegedly open...[Read More]

Sega to Open Theme Parks in Middle East

Video Game Company Looks to Expand Theme Park BusinessSega has plans to open an indoor theme park in Dubai according to an article from GamesIndustry. It will be similar to Sega’s Joypolis centers in Japan. The park will be part of the 76,000 square foot Dubai Mall and also the site of the world’s tallest tower, the amazing Burj Dubai. On a side not, check out this diagram of the world...[Read More]

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