MSNBC’s 10 Gut-Churning Attractions

MSNBC.com’s 10 Gut-Churning Attractions – Amusement Park Rides For the Emetically Immune Recently, I was interviewed by MSNBC.com for an article about extreme thrill rides and roller coasters. I came up with a list, but the writer only chose a few of them. He also chose a few rides from Robb Alvey of Theme Park Review and Robert Niles of Theme Park Insider That’s some great compa...[Read More]

Maverick @ Cedar Point | Roller Coaster Reviews

Cedar Point has never been a den of mediocrity. Though recent history points towards skyline shifters like Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force, perhaps even Arrow’s penultimate creation in the venerable Magnum XL-200, it is easy to forget that Cedar Point has been the home to several other record breakers. At its debut, Gemini, Cedar Point’s lone racing coaster, was the tallest roller coaster...[Read More]

Bert the Conqueror Takes on Roller Coasters

Last Summer, we had the game show Brain Rush where contestants were asked questions while riding Knotts Berry Farms’ roller coasters. This year, the Travel Channel has launched Bert the Conqueror. Here’s a description: Thrill-seeker Bert Kreischer takes viewers to the legendary events, competitions and adrenaline rushes that celebrate local culture. He experiences the most hilariously ...[Read More]

Top 3 Amusement Park Resorts

This Thursday I’m going to take a look at the best amusement park resorts in the U.S. I’ve been to quite a few parks over the years, but I’ve only stayed a one resort; Walt Disney World when I was 8. So, how could I do a top 3 list? I can’t, but the travel experts over at the Hospitality Management Schools Blog can. They recently sent me their list of the 10 Best Amusement ...[Read More]

Music & Special Events at Theme Parks

Austin, a theme park fan and writer at Theme Park Syndicate is today’s guest blogger. Ah, the classic amusement park image: great rides, irresistible food, addicting midway games, and that genuine one-of-a-kind atmosphere of non-stop fun. Not much else a person could think of to compose a perfect day at the park. But there is one element which I feel is often overlooked: the special events w...[Read More]

Disaster Transport @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

Disaster Transport: Not a Complete Disaster Even with Dated Theming & A Short Ride Disaster Transport is an indoor bobsled coaster at Cedar Point. It’s one of the parks few, if not only, large indoor rides. It opened as Avalanche Run in 1985. Then, in 1990, it was transformed to an indoor attraction and renamed Disaster Transport. I’m assuming Cedar Point did this to add a dark att...[Read More]

Most Overrated Roller Coasters

Most Overrated Roller Coasters: Which Roller Coasters Can’t Live Up to the Hype? There are roller coasters that are very highly regarded. Some of these rides deserve their status, while others are way over hyped or overrated in my opinion. “Overrated” lists will always be controversial as everyone has their own take on which rides are good and even which rides are as good as adve...[Read More]

Top 3 Roughest Steel Coasters

If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ve noticed how often I point out the rougher wooden coasters. Rides like the Cyclone at Six Flags New England and Wildcat at Hershey Park are abusive and terribly uncomfortable. This week, we’ll look at some of the roughest steel roller coasters around. This is a tough Top 3 to pull together. There are rides that have some pretty rough momen...[Read More]

Cedar Point & Holiday World Add Water Rides for 2010

Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids Yesterday, Cedar Point announced “Shoot The Rapids” their new water ride for 2010. The park’s many hints and clues via their OnPoint blog and social media sites seemed to hint to a roller coaster. But as with Holiday World’s 2009 Pilgrim Plunge, it seems like parks are starting to hype up and tease even non-roller coasters these days. I ...[Read More]

Cedar Point’s 2010 Attraction

UPDATE 9/4 – Cedar Point announced yesterday that the new ride is a water ride called Shoot the Rapids. I guess my prediction was wrong. Here’s a new post where everyone can discuss the Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids. Is Cedar Point Teasing Their 18th Roller Coaster for 2010? The Center of the Coaster Universe appears to be expanding. Cedar Point has been teasing a new 2010 attra...[Read More]

Theme Park News Round Up

I don’t typically do general news updates, but there’s been a lot of developments in the past few weeks that I haven’t written about due to all the traveling. Here’s a brief theme park news round up. Cedar Point Teases 2010 Attraction – Possible 18th Roller Coaster On the Way Somehow Cedar Point has found some room for another attraction on their crowded peninsula on ...[Read More]

Accident @ Cedar Point | Wildcat Injures Nine

Accident on Cedar Point’s Wildcat, Nine Treated for Minor Injuries Cedar Point’s off to a bit of a rocky start with the first roller coaster accident of the season. A car on the Wildcat rolled back into the station as it was ascending the lift hill. IT slammed into several cars in the station. Thankfully, injuries were minor. Nine people were treated for bruises and sprains at the park...[Read More]

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