Announcing CoasterCritics’ Picks: Our Top 10 Roller Coasters List

Given the growing team and community here at CoasterCritic, I thought it’d be fun to launch a critic-driven Top 10 that would become the site’s official list of the top roller coasters. In order to incorporate new rides, the list will be refreshed annually. Our first annual Top 10 Roller Coasters List combines the lists from the writers for CoasterCritic (Joel, John, Bobbie, and Jon), ...[Read More]

Carowinds to Add New Kids Rides With Camp Snoopy

In 2018, Carowinds will be transforming Planet Snoopy to Camp Snoopy. Aside from a new theme, the childrens’ area will be getting six new kids rides and new amenities. Here’s a video providing an overview of the new rides and updated area: After Fury 325, Carowinds is Shifting Their Focus to Families After making a huge splash with a mammoth roller coaster in 2015 thanks to Fury 325 (r...[Read More]

What If… You Could Add a Ride to Your Home Park

For this edition of What If… Imagine getting to call the shots, rather than just playing armchair theme park GM like we usually do. You’ve just won a contest where you get to choose the type of ride that your home park builds next. Here’s what I would do: Carowinds Could Use a Launch Coaster Back in 2009, when there was buzz about Carowinds’ new roller coaster, fans speculated about a regional tie...[Read More]

B&M Roller Coasters Are Not “Forceless”

In response to Bobbie’s recent post, 10 most intense roller coasters, someone remarked on Facebook that they were surprised Fury 325 was included in her list because the designer (Bolliger & Mabillard) is often criticized for creating “forceless” rides. Fury is a 325-foot tall giga coaster with a top speed of 95 mph. It’s one of the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coasters in ...[Read More]

The 10 Most Intense Roller Coasters I’ve Ridden

Although my coaster count is quite modest compared with Joel’s, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the 10 most intense coasters I’ve ridden and explain why I found them unusually forceful.   I’ve ridden a number of incredible coasters so this was a challenge involving some tough choices.   The top 2 picks were givens and didn’t require any thought but the others had me pondering over m...[Read More]

What Are Your Theme Park Travel Plans in 2017?

With most theme parks across the country opening in the Spring, a new theme park season is almost upon us. Where am I headed? I hope to return to my home park, Carowinds. They’re adding four new flat rides. They are also re-theming Carolina Cobra as The Flying Cobras. It’s easily the best Vekoma boomerang roller coaster I’ve experienced thanks to the open restraints reducing head...[Read More]

UPDATED – From Dreams to Screams Documentary: Fury 325 at Carowinds

Devin Olson, creator of Coaster-Net has created another From Dreams to Screams documentary. A few years ago, I was blown away by his work on an excellent Outlaw Run documentary. This time Olson focused on the most talked about roller coaster of the year, Fury 325 at Carowinds. UPDATED: Here’s the full documentary: I always love hearing about the creation process involved with building a new ...[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]

What is a Giga Coaster?

With all of the buzz around Fury 325, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the World’s Tallest and Fastest Giga Coaster. Many have asked exactly what the “giga” refers to. What is a giga coaster? A giga coaster is a roller coaster that’s between 300 and 399 feet tall and completes a full circuit. The first giga coaster was Millennium Force which opened at Cedar ...[Read More]

Carowinds to Close Thunder Road in July

Yesterday, Carowinds announced that they will be closing Thunder Road. It is one of the few remaining wooden twin track racing roller coasters. After 39 wonderful years and nearly 40 million scream-filled rides, Thunder Road will give its last race on July 26. The ride is being retired to make room for future family-fun attractions. Please join us this summer as we say good-bye to this iconic coas...[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]

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]

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