The Coaster Critic Heads West

The Most Extreme Theme Park on the PlanetI’m taking my first coaster trip to the left coast. California’s known for Disneyland, but it’s also home to what’s possibly the most extreme theme park anywhere, Six Flags Magic Mountain. Magic Mountain boasts 15 roller coasters with an another one, Terminator, coming in 2009. Just a few years ago, the SoCal park had more coasters t...[Read More]

Darien Lake & Waldameer Park Trip

Darien Lake & Waldameer Park Trip I'll be visiting Darien Lake this Thursday and Waldameer Park on Sunday. I'm looking forward to re-visiting Darien Lake now that PARC Management runs the park. I've heard good things and I'm anxious to see how different it is post-Six Flags. I'll also get to ride the coasters that I missed last time as well as the new Orange County Choppers...[Read More]

New York Times Quotes The Coaster Critic

NY Times Article Reviews Pennsylvania Woodies, Quotes The Coaster CriticThe New York Times Travel section featured an article last Friday on the wooden roller coasters of Pennsylvania. Writer Cindy Price made a trek acroos Pennsylvania riding the Keystone State's notable wooden coasters. Her account includes rides (or mentions) of the Phoenix and Twister at Knoebels, Thunderbolt at Kennyw...[Read More]

Boomerang Coaster Coming to Carowinds

Relocated Boomerang Coaster Coming to Carowinds in 2009ScreamScape has pretty much confirmed the rumors that Carowinds will be getting a relocated Vekoma Boomerng next year. The coaster is shuttle coaster that was formerly Head Spin at Geauga Lake. As with several other Geauga coasters, Head Spin will find a new home at another Cedar Fair park. Someone came across a construction company’s jo...[Read More]

Six Flags Over Georgia Trip

Quick Trip Through the SouthSo I’m taking a trip to Six Flags Over Georgia tomorrow. My main reason for the trip is to get a cheap season pass that I can use for my Six Flags Magic Mountain trip later this year. I haven’t been since 2002 so I’ll get to take a spin on the B&M hyper coaster Goliath for the first time. Also, if I’m feeling adventurous I may squeeze in a qu...[Read More]

Hard Rock Park Media Preview

Hard Rock Media Preview TripI’m back from my trip to Hard Rock Park for the Media Preview Event. I’ll have plenty of posts on this new park including an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Maximum RPM, a review of the Led Zeppelin coaster, tons of images, and a full park review. The park was impressive. The team behind HRP did an excellent job incorporating rock music into every aspect...[Read More]

Hard Rock Park Trip

Hard Rock Park Trip | Myrtle Beach, SCI’ll be making my first trip of the season next week when I attend Hard Rock Park’s Media Preview Day. I’ll be there next Tuesday and Wednesday which are the final days of Hard Rock’s soft opening or ‘Sound Check’. I’m looking forward to an inside look at the park and hope to interview a few park officials. Of course I...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic’s Blog Turns 2

The Coaster Critic’s Blog Turns 2Thanks to all of the visitors who have stopped by over the last two years, the RSS feed subscribers, and anyone who’s joined the discussion by leaving comments. It’s been fun covering the latest theme park news and reviewing my favorite and least favorite coasters. The best part is getting feedback and comments from theme park fans all over the wo...[Read More]

2008 Theme Park Season

Welcome to a New Season of The Coaster Critic’s Blog The majority of the parks in the U.S. (aside from the parks in California and Florida) will be opening for the season this month. March also marks the return of several of my special features. The Return of Top 3 Thursdays On Thursdays expect a short countdown of anything that involves the theme park industry. Topics in the past have inclu...[Read More]

New Look for The Coaster Critic’s Blog

The Coaster Critic’s Blog 2.0I figured it was time to give the blog a new look. The redesign is not 100% complete, but at least it’s functional. It took a while to find a template that I really liked. Blogger’s a great blog platform, but doesn’t have the variety of templates of WordPress. Anyway, there’s more to come… What do you think of the new template? Leave...[Read More]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then enjoy the day off and those post-Christmas Day sales tomorrow. In Canada and the UK tomorrow’s Boxing Day, great day for sales. (Thanks Wikipedia!) Anyway, as a gift to my readers, I’m announcing the official launch date of one of my new web sites. Again, my hope is to bring Web 2.0 to the theme park community. The afore...[Read More]

Theme Park Blog Gets New Official AddressYou may have noticed I’ve been posting less often. During the off season I’m working on Projects X and Y as well as making enhancements to the blog. One enhancement was to change my official domain to using Blogger’s custom domain feature. I’ve owned the domain name for a while, but it just redirected to the blog...[Read More]

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