Cedar Point’s New Valravn Dive Roller Coaster

Cedar Point announced their 18th roller coaster in Valravn yesterday. Many of the details were already known, but here they are in cased you missed it. With a layout similar to popular dive coasters, Griffon and SheiKra, Valravn will start with a climb to a 200+ foot height (223 feet). Then riders will creep up to the 90-degree drop and will be held at the edge for four seconds. They’ll take...[Read More]

Man Dies After Being Hit by Roller Coaster at Cedar Point

On Thursday evening a man died after he was struck by a roller coaster at Cedar Point. After riding the Raptor, James Young, jumped over a fence to retrieve his cell phone. Here are details from the park and police, via CNN: Young, a 45-year-old special-education teacher, had been at the park with friends when he hopped on the Raptor around 5 p.m., Sandusky Assistant Police Chief Phil Frost told r...[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]

Cedar Point vs Six Flags Magic Mountain | Roller Coaster Showdown

Cedar Fair and Six Flags are two of the largest theme park chains in the World. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio) has been known as The Coaster Capital for years as it boasted the most roller coasters and most record breaking roller coasters. But, in more recent years, Six Flags Magic Mountain (near Los Angeles) has taken the coaster count crown surpassing Cedar Point ...[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 | Maverick at Cedar Point

Cedar Point’s Maverick is high on my most wanted roller coasters list. While I’ve been to the park, it was years before Maverick was built. Video Highlight The second launch looks like it would be quite exhilarating. Blasting back out into daylight and back into the madness of Maverick’s twisted course is probably a lot of fun. Guest reviewer, Aric, thought very highly of the rid...[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]

The Best Non-Disney Theme Parks for Kids

Since I’ve been a parent, I’ve had a much greater appreciation for the kids areas at the theme parks that I’ve visited. Even when I’ve taken solo trips without the family, I’ve noted the good and not-so-good kids areas that I’ve encountered. The Golden Ticket Awards has two categories related to the best theme parks for kids and best areas for children. Out of t...[Read More]

2013 Theme Park Year in Review

Here’s a wrap up of 2013 including the state of roller coasters and some of the biggest news stories of the year. The Year of the Wooden Coaster Comeback If 2012 was the year of the wing roller coasters, then 2013 was definitely the year that wooden roller coasters made a comeback. We saw genre-bending roller coasters with wooden coaster characteristics, but elements like loops and other inv...[Read More]

Thoughts on Cedar Point's New Rides for 2014

After a World-record setting wing coaster in GateKeeper, it’s only natural that Cedar Point’s going to focus on families for 2014. The park will be adding two new flat rides in Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles. They’ll also be relocating and re-theming a few kiddie rides. Appropriately, Cedar Point had the Faile family announce the 2014 plans: A Coaster-ish Flat Ride Pipe Scream ...[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]

Accident at Cedar Point; Shoot the Rapids Ride Flipped Over

Seven people were injured in an accident at Cedar Point on Friday evening. A boat on the Shoot the Rapids water ride came back down the lift hill and flipped over. Several people jumped into the water to help the riders. Here’s a video with WKYC’s coverage of the accident: Shoot the Rapids is a log flume ride that opened in 2010. Guests ride flat bottom, 10-passenger fiberglass boats t...[Read More]

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