The Story Behind Holiday World’s Thunderbird | From Idea to Opening Day

Holiday World’s Thunderbird was my top pick for the best-looking New Roller Coasters of 2015. So, I thought that it would be interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at how this launched winged coaster moved from idea to opening day. Thanks to Holiday World, I was able to interview two people who helped bring the ride to life. Here’s my interview with Park Directors and 4th generati...[Read More]

Fury 325 vs Intimidator 305 | Giga Coaster Showdown

With the opening of Fury 325 this year, comparisons to other giga coasters were going to be inevitable. This showdown might have even more interest than most as Carowinds and Kings Dominion are in bordering states (North Carolina and Virginia). So, there’s a better chance that more people have ridden both or plan to. First, let’s define a giga coaster as many have been asking due to Ca...[Read More]

POV Video | Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England

Without a doubt, Wicked Cyclone is one of the best looking new roller coasters of 2015. It’s been open for a while now and it looks like an enormous improvement over the painful Cyclone. It looks to be glass smooth like the similarly designed New Texas Giant. Check out this POV video of Wicked Cyclone:Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film w...[Read More]

POV Video Monday | Twisted Colossus at Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s highly anticipated roller coaster, Twisted Colossus, is now open. Check out this POV video of Twisted Colossus:Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film while riding a roller coaster without permission from the park. Twisted Colossus Video Highlights As expected, the dueling moments look awesome! This is exactly the t...[Read More]

Fury 325 at Carowinds | Review & Rating

I was fortunate enough to be among the first to ride Fury 325 at Carowinds. Billed as: The World’s Tallest and Fastest Giga Coaster, the massive roller coaster has gained national attention thanks to its ridiculously tall lift hill (325 feet) and unnervingly steep drop (81 degrees). For now, I’ve included a mini-review and overall rating. I’ll be posting a full, more detailed rev...[Read More]

Test Video of the Ultra-Steep Cannibal at Lagoon

Farmington, Utah amusement park, Lagoon is building a new roller coaster called Cannibal. The $22,000,000 roller coaster will be the park’s biggest yet with a vertical lift enclosed in a building, followed by a shocking 116-degree (beyond vertical) drop. Last week Lagoon posted this video of Cannibal testing:   Post by Lagoon Amusement Park.   Cannibal looks like it’ll be a l...[Read More]

Prepare to High Five! Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Colossus was a twin track racing wooden coaster that was built in 1978. For 2015, the ride is getting a a steel track makeover. As Twisted Colossus, this roller coaster will not only race, but also but will also include two loops and a high-five element where the trains are tilted at 90-degrees toward each other. With the riders’ hands in the air, they’ll get the sense that they can re...[Read More]

5 Reasons Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Tempesto Coaster Has Fans Scratching Their Heads

5 Reasons I’m Scratching My Head at the Tempesto Coaster I’ve been the biggest fan of both Busch Gardens park, but I’ve probably written the most about Busch Gardens Williamsburg than I have of any park. And, 90% or more has been positive. I love nearly everything about my European-themed park with its lush green terrain that its custom, world-class roller coasters take advantage...[Read More]

Could Wicked Cyclone Go From Worst to First at Six Flags New England?

Six Flags New England is giving its rough, old wooden coaster a steel overhaul. This year, Cyclone will be reborn as Wicked Cyclone. If similar projects are any indication, guests can expect a super-smooth and exciting ride that’ll be nothing like what they experienced on this ride’s previous incarnation. To see what I mean, watch this POV video of Wicked Cyclone: Could Cyclone Go From...[Read More]

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015 The giga coaster in my backyard has drawn me out of my “retirement”. While I’m back, I thought I’d take a look at the new roller coasters opening this year. I’ve essentially been “living under a rock” and have been completely out of the theme park world since I stopped posting last May. So, this will be an interesting first ...[Read More]

Fury 325 vs Intimidator: Differences & Similarities

Intimidator & Fury 325: Differences & Similarities Carowinds new roller coaster, Fury 325, will be immediately compared to the park’s former marquee ride, Intimidator. It’s a fair comparison as they have the same designer (Bolliger & Mabillard), similar train designs, and are both sky-scraping steel rides visible from miles around. While they are similar, the ride’s d...[Read More]

Knoebels Announces Impulse, New Roller Coaster for 2015

This week Knoebels (Elysburg, PA) announced a new roller coaster for 2015. Impulse will be a looping roller coaster designed by Zierer. RCDB has it listed with a 90-degree drop and four loops: cobra roll (2), vertical loop, and in-line twist. Its layout is reminiscent of the compact Gerstlauer Euro-fighters like Untamed and Iron Shark. According to Coaster101, the tease or announcement was made vi...[Read More]

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