Trump Spares Amusement Park, For Now

Steel Pier Gets a Brief ReprieveSteel Pier, located in Atlantic City opposite The Boardwalk from Trump Taj Mahal, has been given a Trump had planned to demolish the park during this off-season so that he could begin work on some new condos. Now it seems that Steel Pier will get at least one more summer to operate. According to Wikipedia, the Steel Pier has some historical significance.“It wa...[Read More]

Son of Beast Loses Loop & Title

The World’s Only LoopingWooden Coaster Will Be No MoreAfter the accident on the Son of Beast last year that injured dozens of people, new Kings Island owner Cedar Fair has decided to remove the Son of Beast’s sole vertical loop. For King’s Island fans this is still much better than the complete removal of the coaster. But, Son of Beast will loose it’s title as the worldR...[Read More]

What is a Flying Coaster?

What is a Flying Coaster? Wilbur and Orville Wright had the right idea, but if you really want to experience flight first-hand look no further than one of the ten flying coasters in the U.S. Flying coasters are steel roller coasters where riders are secured in a face down flying position with the track overhead. There are several different designers and the loading is done in a variety of ways. Cu...[Read More]

What is an Inverted Coaster?

What is an Inverted Coaster? Throughout the 80’s and into the 90’s, steel coasters and loops (also known as inversions) were all the rage. Coaster designers were busy trying to find new ways turn riders upside-down. In 1992, genius Swiss designers Bolliger and Mabillard shocked the industry with the world’s first inverted coaster, Batman The Ride at Six Flags Great America. On in...[Read More]

Mitch Hawker’s Roller Coaster Poll

A Non-biased Coaster Poll, Not for the Faint-Hearted Fan BoyDuring the off-season every year, die hard coaster fans fill out Mitch Hawker’s Roller Coaster Polls. The polls are lengthy and complicated enough that Robb Alvey from created an Idiot’s Guide. Hopefully, the amount of time and effort it takes will weed out the blind homers and fan boys that just want to vo...[Read More]

What is a Hyper Coaster?

Back in 1989, Cedar Point opened Magnum XL-200. It was the tallest coaster in the world at 205′. More important than setting a new height record, it started a whole new trend in coaster design. Up to that point steel coasters were solely looping coasters. The oneupmanship between parks was to build the coaster with the most loops. Magnum had no loops, just enormous hills and drops that offer...[Read More]

NASA’s Coaster Escape System

Ares Program Will Use An Interesting Escape SystemNASA has announced that it will use a rollercoaster-like escape system for it’s new Ares space program. In the next few years NASA will retire its shuttle program and begin the new Ares rocket program. It will take the best of what NASA has learned from the Apollo and shuttle programs and will take man back to the Moon and eventually to Mars....[Read More]

2006 – 2007 Theme Park Shuffle Part 1

During the off-season, several parks will be preparing to open or reopen in 2007. Ghost Town in the Sky, located in Western North Carolina, has been closed since 2002. After literally being a ‘ghost town’ for four years the park is expected to reopen in 2007. The park’s largest coaster is Red Devil a steel looping coaster made by Hopkins. The location in the mountains looks gorge...[Read More]

Eat Roach & Skip Lines @ Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas Serving Up Some Bad Theme Park FoodChalk this one up as one of the strangest park promotions ever. Dallas/Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram reports that park-goers can skip lines at Six Flags Over Texas by eating a roach. Not just any roach, but a 3-inch long Madagascar hissing cockroach. Down one of these crunchy babies and you get a Flash Pass for the rest of the day. I loved...[Read More]

Six Flags Sells Six Parks

It’s official. Rumors had already been growing about exactly which parks Six Flags was planning to sell. Now the nation’s largest theme park chain has officially named the six parks that are on the chopping block. According to the Washington Post the parks are: Magic Mountain near Los Angeles, Wild Waves & Enchanted Village near Seattle, Elitch Gardens in Denver, SplashTown near Ho...[Read More]

Army Shoots Down Military Theme Park Proposal

According to the Washington Post, the Army is not interested in adding a theme park to their plans for a history museum. The proposed museum and entertainment complex will be located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Army officials approached Universal Studios for strategies to make the museum more attractive to today’s audiences. Early reports referenced a proposal...[Read More]

For Sale: Six Flags Elitch Gardens

And so it begins… On the heels of last week’s announcement that Six Flags is still in the red, comes news this week that Elitch Gardens is being sold for $170 million. Located in Denver, Elitch Gardens was acquired by Six Flags in 1999. From a coaster enthusiast’s stand point, the closing of this park isn’t that devastating. It’s not home to any monuments to coaster h...[Read More]

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