UPDATED – From Dreams to Screams Documentary: Fury 325 at Carowinds

Devin Olson, creator of Coaster-Net has created another From Dreams to Screams documentary. A few years ago, I was blown away by his work on an excellent Outlaw Run documentary. This time Olson focused on the most talked about roller coaster of the year, Fury 325 at Carowinds. UPDATED: Here’s the full documentary: I always love hearing about the creation process involved with building a new ...[Read More]

Debating the Top Wooden Roller Coasters on The Season Pass Podcast

I joined Doug Barnes of The Season Pass Podcast and Arthur from The About.com Theme Park Guide for a new edition of The Seasoned Pros List Show. This time, we discuss (and debate!) our Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters. Our special guest for this episode was Robert Coker author of the popular book Roller Coasters: A Thrill Seeker’s Guide to the Ultimate Scream Machines and of ThrillRide.com.Our ...[Read More]

The Loop Gap Roller Coaster: YouTube Geek Week Commercial

I was at a wedding recently and people were asking me about two things. The Texas Giant accident and the roller coaster with a gap in its loop from the YouTube commercial running on TV. In case you missed it, YouTube’s been promoting their Geek Week with the commercial above. FreddieW’s “Roller Coaster Tycoons” – Fun with Special Effects After some research I found th...[Read More]

Two New Projects Coming in June

I’ve been posting a little less often in the past couple of weeks because I’ve been working feverishly in the lab on a few new projects. I’m excited to say that they’re both nearing completion. I won’t give exact announcement dates or break out the good old countdown timer, but I may be announcing one of them within the next week or so. If you’re a long-time rea...[Read More]

Theme Park Geekly Issue 5 – Top Dark Rides, New Coaster Game, & More

Theme Park Geekly’s 5th Issue | Geekly-Ness Reaches New Levels Have you read Issue 5 of Theme Park Geekly? If you haven’t here’s a recap of this issue’s articles: Fun with Roller Coaster Data Nick (Coaster101) wrote an article comparing the key stats of roller coasters he’s ridden. He uncovered a neat take-away by analyzing the height, length, and speed of different t...[Read More]

Theme Park Geekly Returns With Joel from CoasterGallery.com

Issue 2 of Theme Park Geekly is Live This issue features an in-depth interview with Joel Rogers from CoasterGallery.com. Joel shares his experiences running the site that now has more than 3,000 roller coaster photos. Also, since he’s a pilot, I asked him to compare flying to riding roller coasters. The Debut of the Seasoned Pros List Show I’ll be joining Doug, creator of The Season Pa...[Read More]

Theme Park Geekly Launches with Lance from Screamscape & the Best Halloween Haunts

I’m sure that you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posted on the blog in quite some time. Tonight, you can finally see what I’ve been up to. My new theme park community magazine, Theme Park Geekly, is now live! It sounds weird to call it mine. While I created it, organized it, and edited the articles it has been my biggest joint project ever. The site is truly a community pro...[Read More]

This Fall, The Geeks Cometh….

Coming This Fall – Theme Park Geekly: Community Magazine Site As I was developing the idea for Theme Park Hype earlier this year, another idea was born during a Twitter discussion with Jake from Coasterdom. In another effort to provide something fresh and new, I’m going to launch an online community magazine for theme park fans called Theme Park Geekly. A Magazine Like actual print mag...[Read More]

Theme Park Hype is Live!

Theme Park Hype – Social Link & News Sharing for Theme Park Fans My new website Theme Park Hype has officially launched. If you’ve missed all of the hype that I’ve created around the project here’s a synopsis. Actually, I’m in such a silly, sleep deprived mood that I’m going to quote myself here: … it will be a social link sharing site (known as social...[Read More]

Theme Park Hype Is Coming to a Browser Near You

Theme Park Hype – Social Link & News Sharing for Theme Park Fans Today I’m announcing the details of my new site, Theme Park Hype. When it launches next month it will be a social link sharing site (known as social bookmarking) like digg or reddit. It’ll be an online community where you’ll be able to discover, share, discuss, and vote on theme park-related links. Not Jus...[Read More]

Mega Announcement Next Week!

UPDATE – The announcement has been made. Read all about Theme Park Hype Next week, look out for a massive announcement that I’m going to share on the blog. Like I said back in my 5 Year post, my upcoming projects won’t be shrouded in mystery and subterfuge like they have in the past. That’s mostly true as next week all (most everything) will be revealed. And in the coming w...[Read More]

5 Years of Theme Park Blogging & 5 Tips for New Bloggers

This weekend, The Coaster Critic’s Blog turns 5. I never would have thought that my little place on the Web for “One Enthusiast’s Opinions and Experiences” would have grown so much. Five years probably equates to 55 years in the blogging World as many websites  and blogs die off after only a short time.  Rather than just puff my chest out and list the site’s accomplis...[Read More]

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