Is Iron Wolf Leaving Six Flags Great America for Six Flags America?

Iron Wolf Could Be Headed from Chi-Town to the Capital, Just Like the Pres. Arguably one of the most trusted news source in the industry, Screamscape, has reported that stand-up roller coaster Iron Wolf is leaving Six Flags Great America (Chicago). Built in 1990, RCDB lists Iron Wolf as Bolliger & Mabillard’s first roller coaster. Apparently Six Flags America (Washington D.C.) has been r...[Read More]

Dollywood’s 2012 B&M Roller Coaster

One of my favorite things about the theme park season is all of the speculation for the next theme park season’s roller coasters. Sure I enjoy trying out this year’s latest and greatest, but there’s just something exciting about the unknown and Dollywood’s 2012 roller coaster is a perfect example. I’d seen notes from ScreamScape about some land clearing for a while, b...[Read More]

Superman Krypton Coaster | Roller Coaster Reviews

I’d had my eye on Six Flags Fiesta Texas‘ floorless looper for years. Superman Krypton Coaster looked to have a pretty cool back drop thanks to the park’s rocky cliff walls and a different layout than the other floorless coasters. Plus, Krypton Coaster consistently ranked pretty well in the Internet Coaster Poll. Last month, I finally made it down to San Antonio to take the ride ...[Read More]

Featured Photo #19 – I Challenge You to a Duel!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inherited an awesome roller coaster in the re-themed, Dragon Challenge. Formerly, Dueling Dragons, the ride has to be one of the most awe-inspiring inverted coasters to watch. With three near-misses, on-lookers are frozen in their tracks as the trains pass within feet of each other. Unfortunately, from a rider’s perspective the near misses are pretty tough...[Read More]

Early Reviews & a POV Video – Green Lantern @ Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventure’s Green Lantern-theme Stand Up Coaster Opens Last week, Great Adventure fans got their first rides on the Green Lantern. Replacing the aging and rough Great American Scream Machine, the B&M stand up was a remarkable ride in its former life as Chang at Kentucky Kingdom. During its transformation the ride received new trains and a fresh, mostly green, paint job. I...[Read More]

Featured Photo #18 – A Cobra & 30 Horses

I thought this was an interesting snapshot of the clashing of two eras of amusement rides. I took this photo on my recent trip to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. It was a beautiful park and probably my favorite Six Flags park in terms of aesthetics. There was a surprising amount of greenery and some of the best theming I’d seen at a Six Flags. Over in the Rockville area that’s themed to look l...[Read More]

Featured Photo #16 – A Stand-Up Stand Out

This is a photo of one of the corkscrews towards the end of Chang at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. I took it on my visit to the park back in 2006.  A diamond in the rough, Chang was easily the highlight of my visit. It had everything you’d want in a steel looper: height, speed, smoothness, and cool looping elements like the inclined (bent over) loop. I’ve written a lot about Chang becaus...[Read More]

Featured Photo #11 – SeaWorld’s Showstopper

After being a fan of and covering roller coasters for so many years it became rare to see rides do new and unique things. Manta, a B&M flying roller coaster, was a great attraction for SeaWorld for a number of reasons. SeaWorld went above and beyond by incorporating a ray and manta exhibit and by adding this cool one-of-a-kind element. Manta’s coup de grâce is a short dive to a pond that puts ...[Read More]

Top 10 New Roller Coasters of 2011 – Part 2

A Preview of the Most Anticipated New Roller Coasters of 2011 Here’s the conclusion of my annual Top 10 New Roller Coasters list including my top pick. Also see roller coasters 10 through 6, in Part 1. 5 – Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta, Georgia) Make/Model: Custom Gerstlauer EuroFighter Type: Steel Looping Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Georgia’s New Diving Lo...[Read More]

Top 10 New Roller Coasters of 2011 – Part 1

It’s time to preview my picks for the best new roller coasters opening in 2011. I wouldn’t call it a particularly strong year for new roller coasters, but there are a few potential show stoppers coming soon to a theme park near you. 10 Zippin Pippin – Bay Beach Amusement Park (Green Bay, Wisconsin) Make: Designed by John A. Miller, Built by The Gravity Group Type: Wooden Roller C...[Read More]

Featured Photo #4 – The Best Currently Defunct Coaster on the Planet?

This great Bolliger & Mabillard looping roller coaster, formerly known as the Led Zeppelin Roller Coaster and The Time Machine, has to be one of the best defunct roller coasters anywhere. It was the marquee roller coaster at Hard Rock Park when it opened in 2008. It was a pretty photogenic coaster with its zeppelin shaped station and white steel track partially situated over a pond. I took thi...[Read More]

Intimidator vs. Intimidator 305 | Roller Coaster Showdowns

Intimidator vs. Intimidator 305 | Roller Coaster Showdowns In this edition of Roller Coaster Showdowns the two NASCAR-inspired Intimidator roller coasters do battle. We’ll look at Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion (Doswell, VA) and Intimidator at Carowinds (Charlotte, NC). Ever since the announcement of the two roller coasters with their similar themes and proximity (it’s about a 5 hou...[Read More]

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