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]

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]

Six Flags vs Cedar Fair | Theme Park Showdown

Six Flags and Cedar Fair are the two largest theme park chains in North America in terms of the number of parks they operate. For easy reference, I’ve included lists of the parks in the two chains: [one_half]Six Flags[/one_half][one_half_last]Cedar Fair[/one_half_last] Which of these theme park chains do you prefer? Six Flags or Cedar Fair? Vote below by clicking on one of the images and you...[Read More]

The Peanuts vs The Looney Tunes | Theme Park Showdowns

Both Six Flags and Cedar Fair cater to their youngest guests with separate children’s areas offering kiddie rides and more gentle family rides. These areas have a Looney Tunes theme (Bugs Bunny, Tweetie, Daffy Duck, etc.) at the Six Flags parks and a Peanuts theme (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Woodstock, etc) at the Cedar Fair Parks. The rides carry names like Lucy’s Crabbie Cabbie and Road ...[Read More]

Valleyfair Adding Route 76 – A New Area & Family Ride

Valleyfair will be opening a new family area in 2014 called Route 76. It will be located near Steel Venom and it will incorporate a relocated rides like an Antique Autos car ride, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Scrambler. The signature ride of the area will be a new family ride called Northern Lights. Similar to Cedar Point’s Pipe Scream that was announced a few weeks ago, Northern Lights is a Zamperla f...[Read More]

Could Carowinds' $50 Million Investment Make it the 'Cedar Point of the South'?

Cedar Fair announced plans for a multi-year $50 million investment of Charlotte, NC park Carowinds that will include new rides, restaurants, and infrastructure upgrades. While Carowinds already boasts 13 roller coasters, we may start seeing what was meant by the “Cedar Point of the South” statement mentioned at an enthusiast event years ago. Here’s a statement from Cedar FairR...[Read More]

Cedar Fair's Coasting for Kids Fundraiser

Help Give Kids the World through Cedar Fair’s Coasting for Kids On June 9th, Cedar Fair will have their 5th Annual Coasting for Kids fundraiser. At each park, participants will get to exclusively ride one of the park’s roller coasters. Most importantly, they’ll be helping to raise money for a great cause, Give Kids the World. Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit re...[Read More]

Rumor – Cedar Fair Planning to Remove Arrow Looping Coasters

If an interesting rumor from Screamscape turns out to be true, that aging Arrow looper at the Cedar Fair park near you may be on the way out. Here’s what Lance posted last week: (11/6/12) According to an anonymous spy source, Cedar Fair is said to making plans to retire Vortex at Kings Island (1987) and Anaconda at Kings Dominion (1991) sometime in the next few years. Apparently they seem to...[Read More]

Cedar Fair Grounds All 6 Windseekers

Earlier this week, Cedar Fair decided to shut down all of its WindSeeker rides. Like an over-sized version of the traditional amusement park swing ride, the WindSeeker’s boast impressive views some 300-feet above the ground. Unfortunately, on several occassions this year, riders have been treated to those views for an extended period of time. Riders have been stuck on the ride for hours at s...[Read More]

Carowinds & Valleyfair to Add Dinosaurs Alive! for 2013

My home park, Carowinds, just announced that they’ll be adding Dinosaurs Alive! for 2013. For $5.00 guests can enter a section of the park where they’ll encounter dozens of life-sized animatronic and stationary dinosaurs. Dinosaurs Alive! is also at these other Cedar Fair parks: Kings Island, Dorney, Cedar Point, Canada’s Wonderland & Kings Dominion. Carowinds’ Dinosaur...[Read More]

New Wooden Roller Coaster Gold Striker Coming to CA Great America

Gold Striker Coming to California’s Great America in 2013 California’s Great America just announced their 2013 roller coaster Gold Striker. The new wooden roller coaster was designed by Great Coasters International (GCI). It will be located in the Celebration Plaza section of the park and it will wrap around the Star Tower. Gold Striker will be the park’s eighth roller coaster an...[Read More]

Kings Island to Remove Son of Beast

Yesterday Kings Island announced that it will be removing their troubled Son of Beast roller coaster. Built in 2000, it was the first modern wooden roller coaster with a loop. In July of 2006, an accident on the roller coaster sent two dozen people to local hospitals. During Cedar Fair’s ownership of the park, the loop was removed even though it was not thought to be the cause of the acciden...[Read More]

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