Reviews of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

UPDATE – July, 12th¬†– Verbolten is open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Read my full review: Review of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Survivors have returned from the Black Forest with reviews of Verbolten, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new launch roller coaster. Here’s a few early reviews of the ride: If what they did for Verbolten is the new starting line for theme...[Read More]

Rave Reviews of X-Flight, Now Open at Six Flags Great America

X-Flight opened last week and from the footage I’ve been seeing, the ride looks incredible. Just as the animated videos and images showed, X-Flight is packed with inversions and great looking near-misses. I’m still feeling pretty good about picking it as my most anticipated roller coaster of 2012. Here’s a sample of some of the rave reviews that X-Flight has been receiving: I got...[Read More]

Skyrush Test Videos Produce G-Forces & OMGs

Hersheypark’s been putting its new roller coaster, Skyrush, through the paces. Sporting Intamin’s new 4-across seating and floorless outer seats, Skyrush can be seen zooming through its yellow track in these two videos. Skyrush’s First Test Run: A Keystone Milestone The first video is described as Skyrush’s first ever test run, but I’m not sure how enthusiasts would k...[Read More]

See a Verbolten ‘Test Drive’ Video

One of my favorite theme park fan site’s BGWFans posted a great video of numerous Verbolten test runs. In it, we get to see the ride’s different trains take that dive to the Rhine River that Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s coasters seem to love to do. Check out this test video of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Verbolten’s trains look great! And, it’s nice to se...[Read More]

Early Reviews of Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland

The highly anticipated B&M giga coaster is here. Leviathan has been unleashed at Canada’s Wonderland and some early reviews are starting to trickle in. Once again, Crave Coasters was there with great coverage of that monster. During a benefit, a few lucky riders were the first to face it’s sky-scrapping 300-plus foot peak. Leviathan’s Lair – New Tunnel Added The preview...[Read More]

Six Flags Reverses Mr. Freeze Roller Coasters

Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast Coasters Are Coming to Six Flags The Six Flags Makeover Era continues as the Mr. Freeze launch roller coasters are being revamped for 2012. The Mr. Freeze coasters at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis will now be known as Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast. Now, riders will be launched backwards, much like the Superman Escape from Krypton makeover at Six Flags Magic Mount...[Read More]

Talking Wing Coasters with Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics wrote an article about the wing rider revolution that’s reaching our shores this summer. Okay, so two roller coasters doesn’t really count as a revolution, but it’s definitely a trend. The article also covers Hersheypark’s Skyrush. Not to be left out, the Intamin hyper coaster has wing-ish trains. Well, they’re really more like¬†Apollo’s Chariot...[Read More]

X-Flight’s ‘Test Flight’ Video

Six Flags Great America has posted a test video of X-Flight. My pick for the most anticipated new roller coaster is looking pretty good. It’ll be cool to see how this ride all comes together once the flight tower, fog, and water canons have been integrated. It looks a little slow, but larger trains often look a lot slower than they are. Also, those inversions don’t need a lot of speed ...[Read More]

7 Best New Roller Coasters Opening in Eurasia

With this The Coaster Critic’s Blog, I try to straddle the line a bit. I’m hoping it’s both a resource for the average theme park-goer as well as a place for the die hard theme park geeks. When I decided to simplify my annual top new coasters list (Part 1 & Part 2) and only focus on North America, I had no idea how many of the geeks out there would be expecting the worldly co...[Read More]

Wild Eagle Opens – Early Reviews & Videos

America’s first wing roller coaster, Wild Eagle, opened this weekend and there were of course some theme park fans in attendance. Overall, reviews seemed very positive. The only even slightly negative thing I came across was a mention of “slight discomfort from the restraints”. Here’s a brief overview of what I’ve been reading. Where you sit on Wild Eagle seems to rea...[Read More]

X-Flight Prepares for Takeoff

Six Flags Great America’s new wing coaster X-Flight has taken shape. As you can see from the picture below, the track work is complete. While the layout does look a little compact, we can expect a lot of events and exciting moments during the ride’s course. News Plus Notes recently took a hard hat tour and came back with some great photos. From their photos, it’s clear to see jus...[Read More]

Leviathan POV & Off-RideTest Videos

Two test videos of Canada’s Wonderland’s Leviathan have recently surfaced. The monstrous ride has an equally monstrous roar. Here’s a POV test video of Leviathanfrom Canada’s Wonderland: And here’s an off-ride test run video: Read more about Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. What’s Your Take? That’s some pretty good test footage. How does Leviathan l...[Read More]

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