Top 3 All-Time Favorite Roller Coaster Rides

Reader DC suggested I write the antithesis of Top 3 Worst Roller Coaster Experiences, my all-time favorite roller coaster rides. I’ve ridden over 200 roller coasters and had probably over a thousand actual rides. Of those rides these are the three that stand out the most. 3 – A Train of Our Own On Raging Wolf Bobs at Geauga Lake (Fall 2005) I do a lot of solo trips, so it was fun visit...[Read More]

Lake Arrowhead Amusement Park Is Haunted

She was abandoned and alone. As she scanned the large, dimly lit, room eerie figures surrounded her. If it wasn’t for the moonlight filtering through cracks in the old building it would be pitch black. She couldn’t decide if she’d be better off not seeing anything, or if the grotesque mannequins and mechanized ghouls were, in a strange way, comforting. “See. Everything here...[Read More]

5 Most Missed Defunct Roller Coasters

I hope that you have some tissues nearby. This post could be a real tear jerker if you’re still missing a rollercoasterthat’s no longer with us. I invite you to let go. A good cry could help you move on. A recent comment on the Drachen Fire post inspired me to take a look at some of the most missed defunct roller coasters of the past decade or so. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ...[Read More]

Roller Coaster Museum Comes to Texas

Plainview, Texas is Home to the Roller Coaster Museum On a recent edition of the Season Pass Podcast I learned about the new roller coaster museum in Texas. When I heard that it was in Plainview, which is 7 hours from the closest major theme park (Six Flags Over Texas) I was a bit puzzled. I always thought that an amusement park filled state like Pennsylvania would be perfect for the museum. But, ...[Read More]

Big Bad Wolf: A Legend Reaches Its Expiration Date

More Insight Into Big Bad Wolf’s Closing: “Service Life” Defined Yesterday, the Big Bad Wolf made its final run. While on the Busch Garden’s Roller Coaster Tour over the weekend, the tour guide Zach Gray admitted he was sad to see Big Bad Wolf go just like everyone else. Like many locals his age, it was his first roller coaster. He explained that the ride was closing becaus...[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]

Busch Gardens to Close Big Bad Wolf in September

Busch Gardens Williamsburg submitted a press release today stating what many coaster enthusiasts had feared. Big Bad Wolf will be no more after this season. In fact, they gave Monday, September 7th (Labor Day) as the last day of operation for the classic coaster. ‘Wolf is arguably, the most popular suspended roller coaster in the World and it will be missed. I imagine that quite a few enthus...[Read More]

What is a Stand-Up Roller Coaster?

What is a Stand-Up Roller Coaster? Stand-up roller coasters are steel roller coasters designed so that the riders stand during the course of the ride. Riders straddle a bicycle-like seat that adjusts for the riders height and are restrained by over-the-shoulder restraints. They are very similar to seated looping coasters and some roller coasters designed for sit-down trains have also added stand-u...[Read More]

Cyclone @ Six Flags New England | Coaster Reviews

Cyclone @ SFNE | Keep Your Chiropractor on Speed Dial Cyclone takes the cake. My first and hopefully last ‘1’. Six Flags New England has the honor of being home to what many consider the Best Coaster on the Planet. On the other end of the spectrum, Cyclone is there too. Unfortunately, I really can’t think of ANY positives for this ride. I got off this monstrosity holding my lower...[Read More]

Roller Coaster Removals & Relocations

Chiller, Jack Rabbit, and Deja Vu Go Bye-ByeBatman & Robin: The Chiller is now completely gone from Six Flags Great Adventure. As I reported in October, it’s on its way to a ride dealer in Europe. Flyin’ Phill has aerial photos showing the absence of the dueling launch coaster. Check them out here. Deja Vu roller coasters are quickly becoming extinct. As of now, they’re at le...[Read More]

Drachen Fire @ Busch Gardens | Defunct Roller Coasters

A Look Back at the Legendary Drachen Fire at Busch Gardens Drachen Fire was an infamous roller coaster that lived in the Rhineland, Germany section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 1992 to 1998. While it had a short run, it’s easily one of the most well-known defunct coasters in past years. I will relay the background story I’ve seen several times on the coaster enthusiast circuit. I...[Read More]

Hercules @ Dorney Park | Defunct Roller Coasters

Hercules at Dorney Park | Defunct Roller CoastersHercules reigned over Dorney Park in Allentown, PA from 1989 to 2003. It was a massive wooden roller coaster. When it debuted it had the longest drop of any wooden coaster in the world. It was a big draw for Dorney before it had Steel Force and Talon to bring in the masses. By the time I rode it in 2003, Hercules was on its last legs. It had such a ...[Read More]

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