POV Monday – The Smiler at Alton Towers

The Smiler at Alton Towers opened in 2013 boasting the most loops of any roller coaster on the planet, with an insane 14 inversions. Video Highlights While I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy being flipped upside-down 14 times, I think that the head-chopper moments look like fun. At a few moments during the ride, it looks like you come within feet of that large marmaliser structure. For mo...[Read More]

Flying Turns Finally Opens | POV Video & Reviews

After more than 7 years of construction, Knoebels opened Flying Turns earlier this month. I’m sure the queue (pictured to the right) was quite a beautiful sight for the many that have waited for this ride’s opening.The roller coaster is a throwback to the wooden bobsled coasters and was inspired by similar coasters by the same name from the 1930’s. Flying Turns was built in-house...[Read More]

Interview with Silver Dollar City's Brad Thomas

While I was at Silver Dollar City, I had the chance to interview Brad Thomas. He’s the General Manager of the Branson, Missouri park. I wanted to learn more about Silver Dollar City and also gain insight into how Outlaw Run came to be. It was great to get the chance to sit down with him. Here’s part 1 of our interview including background on Silver Dollar City and the research process ...[Read More]

Reviews of The Smiler: Roller Coaster with Most Loops

The Smiler at Alton Towers: The Roller Coaster with the Most Loops Reviews for Alton Towers world-record setting roller coaster, The Smiler have been largely positive. The ride boasts the most inversions (loops) of any coaster in the World at an insane 14! Reviews of Alton Towers’ The Smiler Here are some reviews of The Smiler that I’ve compiled: A visual spectacle, the ride experience...[Read More]

Great Reviews Great America's Gold Striker

Positive Reviews for Great America’s Gold Striker California’s Great America’s new wooden coaster Gold Striker has been open for a while now and the reviews have been very positive. It sounds like this exciting GCI woodie was just what the park needed. It’s always good to see a new wooden coaster as they’re less common. Here are a few reviews that I’ve found: A ...[Read More]

Full Throttle Reviews | Magic Mountain's New Coaster is Here

Reviews of Full Throttle are popping up all over the Web now that the ride has opened at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Here’s a sample of what roller coaster fans are saying: …I love how it feels like you’re going to be ejected from the train when the brakes start to grab as you’re just coming over the top of the loop. It was a very nice surprise. – The Coaster Guy I must admit I had...[Read More]

Hades 360 Looks Awesome! | Early Reviews

The Gravity Group has posted a new video of Hades 360 in action. The original Hades opened at Mt. Olympus in 2005 with the World’s longest underground tunnel. It was Gravity Group’s first roller coaster and a world-class ride that was in many top 10 lists; including mine. For 2013, the ride was re-tracked (70% to 90%), given Gravity Group’s own Timberliner trains and most notably...[Read More]

Fun Spot's White Lightning & Freedom Flyer Now Open

New Roller Coasters Now Open in Orlando at Fun Spot America GCI wooden coaster White Lightning and inverted coaster Freedom Flyer are now open at Fun Spot America. Located in Orlando, not far from Universal, this park’s 2013 expansion brought many enhancements. A rare wooden roller coaster in Florida, White Lightning should be a welcomed good old-fashioned, addition to the state packed with ...[Read More]

Early Reviews of Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

I picked Iron Rattler as the best-looking new roller coaster for 2013, so I’m really curious to see what people are saying. Here’s what I’ve gathered: For people who love roller coasters (that’d be me, and since you are reading my review, I’d imagine that’d be you as well), intense in a good way is a good thing, and Iron Rattler is loaded with intense, very good...[Read More]

Early Reviews of GateKeeper at Cedar Point

Cedar Point’s GateKeeper has opened. And it’s time to see what everyone thinks of this highly anticipated new ride. Here’s a video of GateKeeper at Cedar Point via Robb Alvey of Theme Park Review: I appreciated the Ghostbuster references. Also, watch a complete GateKeeper POV video. Note – For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster without permission from...[Read More]

Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City | Full Review

I found myself drawn to Missouri for this year’s long-distance theme park trip. While there were two amusement parks there for me to check out, Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run really ignited my interest and was pretty much the deciding factor in why I chose this trip over the others I was considering. Awe, No They Didn’t! I still remember sitting there, awe-struck staring at the ...[Read More]

Video – GateKeeper Takes Flight Above Cedar Point

Cedar Point’s GateKeeper is now taking test flights. Cedar Point posted a video that includes footage of the new wing roller coaster in action including views of the wide trains passing through the awesome keyhole cut-out structures. Check out this great test video of GateKeeper at Cedar Point: Those are some lucky water dummies. This looks like a great ride and should at least be on par wit...[Read More]

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