Top 3 Ideas for New Theme Park Websites

There are a lot of great theme park websites out there, but it seems like there’s not a lot of innovation. Theme park sites could definitely borrow some fresh ideas from the rest of the Web. For this special Saturday edition of Top 3 Thursdays (see, it’s not really late it’s just a special edition) I’m going to list three types of theme park fan sites that I’d like to...[Read More]

Theme Park (You)Reports

This is not a theme park news site. Of course I write about theme park news stories from time to time, but that’s not the goal of The Coaster Critic’s Blog, by design and by necessity. In 2011, the salary for a roller coaster critic isn’t enough to support myself let alone my family. So, I’ve got a full-time day job and when I’m home I love spending time with my famil...[Read More]

Contribute to My New Book & Photo of the Week

Starting this week and every week of this year, I’ll be posting my 52 favorite theme park photos. I’m no expert or even exceptional photographer, but I’ve accumulated a large collection of images from my travels. Photos will range from my favorite coaster shots to general theme park views to travel photos to quirky photos from almost ten years of theme park trips. Each week IR...[Read More]

The New Coaster Critic’s Blog is Live

Version 5 of the Coaster Critic’s Blog is now live! Happy New Year! As I’ve done every winter the past four years, I’ve given the blog a new look. I’ll be making small tweaks and adjustments over the next few weeks and before the end of the month, I’ll launch some exciting new features that’ll allow you to interact with the site like never before. A Focus on Con...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic Joins Gadling + Recent Theme Park News

Recently, I became a blogger at AOL’s popular travel blog, Gadling. I hope to add more general theme park and roller coaster news to the site’s already very rich content. Because Gadling has such a wide audience the posts there may be a little more general while my posts here will be a bit more for the enthusiasts. For example, I’ll probably save the geeking out about Texas Giant...[Read More]

Kings Dominion Trip & My 200th Coaster

For my next and probably last trip of the season I’ll be headed back to my home state and former home park. Kings Dominion is where it all began for me. I had only ridden a few smaller roller coasters until I was coerced into riding Grizzly. Next thing I knew I was hooked. I’ve been to Kings Dominion dozens of times over the years, but my last visit was in 2004. So, I haven’t bee...[Read More]

Four Years Strong: New Additions & Changes on the Way

I’m officially back from my longest hiatus to date. The family’s doing great and I was able to write a few posts and work on some projects that I’d been meaning to get to. Thanks again to the guest bloggers that supplied some great posts from Europe, Australia, the West Coast, Midwest, & East Coast of the U.S. While I was out: Author Aric Davis, Ashley from Theme Park News Di...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic Goes on Hiatus

I’ve decided to go on hiatus from The Coaster Critic’s Blog for a while. I’ve been busy at home with the arrival of our new daughter. And (as usual) I’ve got some things in the works that will be easier to piece together if I’m not trying to grind out my next post at the same time. Thankfully, I won’t be leaving you without anything new to read. It will be just ...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic’s Blog 4.0 Now Live!

Welcome to The Coaster Critic’s Blog 4.0 As the blog enters it’s fourth year, I figured I’d give it a facelift. Welcome to The Coaster Critic’s Blog 4.0! I spend my winters (the theme park off-season) launching new projects like Theme Park Syndicate and on redesigns like this one. The changes to the site aren’t as big as the last redesign a year ago, but there are a f...[Read More]

Santas on Manta & A Christmas Gift to My Readers

Santa’s New Sleigh Thirty-two Santas boarded SeaWorld Orlando’s new flying coaster, Manta last week. SeaWorld Orlando sent me a pic and a link to the video below. I got to give them credit. With the recent Google Street View feature and the company name change, they know how to stay in the news. A Gift to My Readers Also, since it’s Christmas, I thought I’d give my readers ...[Read More]

Theme Park Travel Odyssey 2009 Edition

2009 Theme Park Travel Odyssey Time to recap my 2009 theme park trips. This was a busy year with a number of interviews, media days, and fun theme park trips. I’m even going to include a lost trip that I don’t think I’ve referenced on the blog. From the warm tropic atmosphere of Orlando to the mean streets of Manhattan, my travels took me to 10 theme parks. But, it all started ba...[Read More]

General Site & Web Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post about some general site and Web updates. On In the Loop Podcast for Intimidator Talk After Carowinds announced Intimidator for 2010, I was invited to join the In the Loop Podcast to discuss the new ride with the hosts and Danielle Swords, Public Relations Manager from Carowinds. I had fun doing it even though it was hard to know when to talk bec...[Read More]

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