400th Post & a Big Announcement

Milestone & A New Site Coming Real Soon Two and a half years ago I began this blog as an outlet for my love of roller coasters and writing. This post is my 400th post and it’s been a fun ride especially when my readers drop in and post comments. Some agree, some disagree, and others just share their experiences. Either way, The Coaster Critic’s Blog is at its best when the communit...[Read More]

Coaster Enthusiasts Unite to Lose Weight

Biggest Loser for Coaster Enthusiasts, So They Can Ride AgainIt goes without saying that safety’s important when riding roller coasters. If restraints like lap bars and over the shoulder harnesses do not fit correctly, riders would be in danger. Add the U.S.’s growing obesity rate and you have more and more theme park guests getting turned away just as their about to enjoy a great coas...[Read More]

Hard Rock Park Auctions First Ride on Zeppelin Coaster

Hard Rock Park Auctions First Ride on Led Zeppelin CoasterSimilar to Dollywood auctioning of Mystery Mine seats last year, Hard Rock Park is auctioning off seats on the first run of their new Led Zeppelin Coaster. Winners of the auction get a seat on the inaugural run of Led Zeppelin and a commemorative certificate. 100% of proceeds go to the Sara Goodwin Memorial Foundation. At this point, the au...[Read More]

Mitch Hawker’s 2007 Steel Coaster Poll

Mitch Hawker’s Coveted Internet Award Up for GrabsMitch Hawker has posted the ballot for his annual Steel Roller Coaster Poll for 2007. The Wooden Coaster Poll resulted in Holiday World’s Voyage at the top for the second straight year. Click here to see the rest of the results from wooden poll. Mitch’s coaster poll is lengthy and complicated enough that Robb Alvey from ThemeParkR...[Read More]

Coaster Radio Returns

A Review of the Return of Coaster RadioOn February 1st, Coaster Radio re-launched. The site and podcast had gone dormant for well over a year. When I reviewed a few theme park podcasts last year I found the Coaster Radio podcast to be pretty entertaining. I was late to the party though as they had decided to stop making shows. Anyway, on the 1st the new site launched with a blog as the main page. ...[Read More]

Most Popular Theme Park Web Sites

Most Popular Theme Park Web SitesAlexa is a web site that gathers the browsing behaviors of people who have installed the Alexa toolbar. It’s not the most accurate way of measuring the traffic, but unlike other panel-based traffic monitoring services like Hitwise and comScore, Alexa’s rankings are free. I entered five web sites that I figured were the most popular: ThemeParkReview, Thr...[Read More]

Holiday World Announces 2008 Plans on YouTube

Holiday World Announces 2008 Plans on YouTubeHoliday World, located in Santa Claus, Indiana, is home to the critically acclaimed Voyage wooden coaster. It’s a smaller park, but has made strides in the past decade to really make a mark on the industry. Earlier this week, the park made an announcement on YouTube. The real story here is the medium and not so much the message. It’s cool to...[Read More]

Most Popular Roller Coaster Reviews

Who Reads a Blog About Coasters? Using Google’s web analytics software Google Analytics, I’ve been able to track the usage of the The Coaster Critic’s Blog. By the way, if you have a web site or blog, I highly recommend GA. It’s easy to set up, has a ton of features, and it’s FREE. If you have any questions about it, feel free to drop me a line. A Little Name Dropping...[Read More]

The CCB Wins Best Web Blog Award

The Coaster Critic’s Blog Voted Best Web BlogCoasterdom has announced the results of their Coaster Web Awards. The Coaster Critic’s Blog won the Best Blog award. Thanks to all of you who voted and visited the blog this past season. While it’s largely based on my opinions and experiences it wouldn’t be half as much fun without my readers and visitors who chime in with their ...[Read More]

Mitch Hawker’s Wooden Coaster Poll

A Non-biased Coaster Poll, Not for the Faint-Hearted Fan BoyIt’s the time of the year again for Mitch Hawker’s Roller Coaster Polls. The polls are lengthy and complicated enough that Robb Alvey from ThemeParkReview.com created an Idiot’s Guide. Hopefully, the amount of time and effort it takes will weed out the blind homers and fan boys that just want to vote for their home park&...[Read More]

New Projects in the Works

For a while now I’ve been in the lab working on a few new projects. In my surveying of the theme park web site landscape I found just a lot of the usual suspects. News sites, image sites, park fan sites, etc. My hope is that my new projects will help bring Web 2.0 to the online theme park community in a whole new way. Other than the message boards, I don’t see a lot of interactivity ou...[Read More]

Coaster Web Awards Nomination

The Coaster Critic’s Blog has been nominated for a Coaster Web Award in the Best Blog category over at Coasterdom. There are other theme park site categories like Best Forums, Top Photography, Most Interactive, Best Podcast, and Best Site for Knowledge Based Content. Click here to vote!

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