POV Monday – Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa

For the site’s final POV Monday, I thought it’d be fitting to finish with Kumba. While many taller, faster, and more twisted roller coasters have come along since Kumba opened, it is still my all-time favorite looping roller coasters. Designers Bolliger & Mabillard really created a masterpiece from a pacing standpoint and Busch Gardens Tampa supplied a picturesque tropical backdro...[Read More]

The Fastest Roller Coasters in the World

What are the fastest roller coasters in the World? The table below lists the 10 fastest roller coasters starting with the current record holder, Formula Rossa at Ferrari World. The 10 Fastest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Fastest Roller Coasters in the World? I’ve ridden three of the roller coasters that made this list. They are Kingda Ka, Millennium Force, and Inti...[Read More]

POV Monday – Manta at SeaWorld Orlando Video

This week’s featured roller coaster video is a flying roller coaster with a show-stopping, jaw-dropping finale. Manta at SeaWorld Orlando boasts a unique water element where the ride’s flying (face-down) trains come within a few feet of the water’s surface. Video Highlight While diving to the water is a highlight both for riders and on-lookers, the sharp turn that follows was als...[Read More]

Bolliger & Mabillard vs Intamin | Roller Coaster Showdowns

Bolliger & Mabillard and Intamin are responsible for creating many of the most popular and successful steel roller coasters of the past two decades. Bolliger & Mabillard: Creating Innovative Crowd-Pleasers for the Masses Bolliger & Mabillard are known for their fun, crowd-pleasers that appeal to a wide range of theme park-goers. Riders often remark on their creations’ smoothness ...[Read More]

The Tallest Roller Coasters in the World

What are the tallest roller coasters in the World? I’m kicking off Superlative Sundays with one of the most popular roller coaster records, height. The table below lists the 10 tallest roller coasters in the World from tallest to shortest. The 10 Tallest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Tallest Roller Coasters in the World? I’m lucky enough to live in the United ...[Read More]

Wordless Wednesday – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Today, I’m starting a new series of Wordless Wednesday posts. Other than this intro for the first one, these posts will have no text. The titles and the photos will have to speak for themselves. All of the photos were taken by me and I’ve also included a rating scale below the photos. I thought I’d mix it up and have some fun with the site coming to a close soon. Let me know what...[Read More]

Plans for Carowinds' 300 Foot Tall Giga Roller Coaster Surface

Earlier this week, a Charlotte Business Journal article revealed details of a closed session between Carowinds and the local government. The Charlotte, NC area theme park is seeking about $922,000 in incentives for its planned expansion. We knew the expansion included a three year $53 million dollar investment by parent company Cedar Fair. We learned two weeks ago that 2014’s plans include t...[Read More]

Happy National Roller Coaster Day 2013

Happy National Roller Coaster Day Hopefully, you’ll find yourself at an amusement park today because it’s National Roller Coaster Day. On this day, August 16th, back in 1898 Edwin Prescott patented a looping roller coaster. Contrary to popular belief this wasn’t the first roller coaster or even the first looping roller coaster either. However this day was chosen to be Roller Coas...[Read More]

The Loop Gap Roller Coaster: YouTube Geek Week Commercial

I was at a wedding recently and people were asking me about two things. The Texas Giant accident and the roller coaster with a gap in its loop from the YouTube commercial running on TV. In case you missed it, YouTube’s been promoting their Geek Week with the commercial above. FreddieW’s “Roller Coaster Tycoons” – Fun with Special Effects After some research I found th...[Read More]

Banshee Roller Coaster Coming to Kings Island in 2014

Kings Island Announces Banshee for 2014 Tonight Kings Island officially announced Banshee, their record-setting 2014 roller coaster. Boasting 4,124 feet of track, it will be the World’s longest inverted roller coaster. Riders will face seven inversions along the journey including: a Dive Loop, a Loop wrapped around the lift hill, a Zero-G-Roll, a Batwing (2 inversions), an Outside Loop, and ...[Read More]

Great GateKeeper Documentary – 3 Things I Learned

From Dreams to Screams: GateKeeper at Cedar Point Documentary Devin Olson (creator of Coaster-Net) is back with another impressive roller coaster documentary. This time he gives us a great look at Cedar Point’s $25 million dollar wing roller coaster GateKeeper. Cedar Point Wanted to Open Up the Park’s Shore Line At 1:37 – GateKeeper’s preferred location on the beach was a s...[Read More]

Wildfire at Silver Dollar City | Roller Coaster Review

Silver Dollar City is located in the mountain’s of Southern Missouri. Aside from a few of the tallest ride’s lift hills poking out above the treeline, it’s tough to see the rides until your about to get on them. This was also the case as Daryl and Kendra (my tour guides for the day) led me towards Wildfire. I’d studied images of the brown B&M looping coaster for years, but they didn’t prepare...[Read More]

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