Featured Photo #22 – Coaster People

Recently, I was asked about the highlights of my 5 years of blogging. Getting to talk to the people behind our favorite theme parks and roller coasters has to be one of the biggest thrills of this adventure. Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to speak with Louis Alfieri who was one of the designers behind Rip Ride Rockit. It was unbelievably cool to hear specifics behind the design process of a n...[Read More]

2009 Theme Park Year in Review

Happy New Year! It’s time once again to recap the biggest theme park news stories of 2009. The Roller Coaster Class of 2009 The two huge roller coasters that opened in Orlando had very different fates. SeaWorld’s Manta opened early to rave reviews while Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit opened several months late with mixed reviews. To be fair, Rockit is a one-of-a-kind ride with several techn...[Read More]

The Tallest Steel Coaster in South Central Montana!

A Look at Silly Roller Coaster Records and Weak Distinctions To wrap up “Record Breaking Roller Coasters Week”, I wanted to discuss marketing hype with regards to records. Theme Parks looking to make a splash with a new attraction love to tout that their new ride has a distinction tied to some record. For example, over the past few years we’ve had: The Steepest Roller Coaster in ...[Read More]

2009 Golden Ticket Awards | Best Roller Coasters

2009 Golden Ticket Awards: Best Roller Coasters of 2009 Once again, Amusement Today has announced the winners of their annual Golden Ticket Awards. Here are the lists of the top wooden and steel coasters based on the votes received by the industry publication. Golden Ticket Awards – Top Wooden Coasters of 2009 There’s not usually a whole lot of movement in the annual top ten. But, this...[Read More]

Ring°Racer Opens: New World’s Fastest Roller Coaster

Today, the roller coaster speed crown passes from New Jersey to Nürburg as Ring°Racer is set to officially open at Nürburgring, Germany. The former record holder Six Flags Great Adventure’s Kingda Ka, tops out at a blistering 128 mph. Ring°Racer will push the envelope even further with a top speed of 134 mph (217 km/h). The world’s new fastest coaster will have an appropriate home. According to wi...[Read More]

Song List for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Released

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s bright red track has changed the skyline of the Universal Studios Orlando with it’s 167 foot vertical lift and one-of-a-kind non-inverting loop. Aside from the roller coaster’s unique layout, riders will be able to choose their own soundtrack for their ride, and afterwards, cut their own personalized music video of their ride. Today, Universal Studios ...[Read More]

Cliffhanger Open at Ghost Town in the Sky

Mountain Coaster Reopens With A New Look & New Train Ghost Town in the Sky is a western-themed amusement park on the top of a mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. The park just reopened their steel looper now dubbed Cliff Hanger. It has been renovated, repainted, and best of all given an all new train that touts a lap bar instead of an over the shoulder restraint (w...[Read More]

Superman Ride of Steel Goes Bizarro at Six Flags New England

I’ve been nervous to even write about the new Bizarro at Six Flags New England. Obviously, the revamped Intamin hyper coaster isn’t really new. It’s another in a line of renovated roller coasters in Six Flags’ new era of roller coaster makeovers. Why would I be nervous? Superman Ride of Steel is my #1 ranked roller coaster and I consider it the best roller coaster I’v...[Read More]

Bizarro @ Six Flags Great Adventure

From Medusa to Bizarro at Six Flags Great Adventure: The World’s First Floorless Roller Coaster Takes a Bizarre Twist Back when new CEO Mark Shapiro took over Six Flags he was interviewed at Six Flags Over Georgia. He pointed at the brand new 20-story hyper coaster Goliath and stated “No more of those.” Now, after 2008’s X2 at Magic Mountainand this year’s Bizarro-the...[Read More]

Manta @ SeaWorld Orlando | Roller Coaster Review

After the eight hour drive down to Orlando for the Manta Grand Opening and Media Day, I was hoping to not be disappointed and thankfully I wasn’t. It was my first time to SeaWorld...

Interview: Designer of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Louis Alfieri

While I was in Orlando last week, I was lucky enough to be able to interview Universal Studio’s Creative Director Louis Alfieri. He’s one of the minds behind their new ground-breaking roller coaster Hollywood: Rip Ride Rockit. I was eager to learn more about the new roller coaster that combines state-of-the-art audio and visual technology with a unique ride. Lights Camera Action!  R...[Read More]

Terminator Salvation Coaster Construction

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Terminator Salvation coaster is coming along well. The track work appears to be about complete. The LA Times Funland Blog has a first look at the ride’s trains. And ThemeParkReview has construction photos. Also, the LA Times announced details on the roller coaster’s $1 million in theming which will include a pre-show starring Common and Moon Bloodgood. ...[Read More]

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