2014 Roller Coaster Preview: So Far

It’s time to start looking forward to next season. While we’re likely to have a number of official announcements from parks in the coming weeks, a few roller coasters have already been announced for 2014. Let’s recap them: Banshee at Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio) Kings Island will finally have a replacement for Son of Beast in Banshee. The record-setting inverted coaster will b...[Read More]

What's Your Favorite Non-Roller Coaster Ride?

This might seem like an unusual topic for an edition of Coaster Questions, but I probably don’t give flat rides and other non-roller coasters enough attention. Let’s face it, a theme park that had nothing but roller coasters wouldn’t be complete. Every park needs a nice supporting cast of smaller thrill and family rides. For me, drop rides have always been a favorite. They can re...[Read More]

2012 Best Single Ride Experience of the Year Series

To wrap up the year I’m joining a few other sites in writing about our favorite or most memorable single ride of the year. A year ago I would have thought that my ride on one of the new wing coasters, Wild Eagle or X-Flight would had to been my ride of the year. But, I love the adventure of visiting theme parks for new experiences. They can be surprisingly bad or, like in this year’s b...[Read More]

X-Flight vs. Wild Eagle | Roller Coaster Showdown

Which of These Roller Coasters Will be King of the Wing? I had a pretty busy year. Not as busy as some, but for me I got to travel a good bit. A highlight of my year was that I was able to ride both of the new B&M wing roller coasters that opened in America this year; Wild Eagle at Dollywood and X-Flight at Six Flags Great America. As I do for ever roller coaster showdown, I’ll pick a fe...[Read More]

Tennessee Tornado at Dollywood | Roller Coaster Reviews

I don’t think Dollywood’s Tennesee Tornado is very well-known even in some enthusiast circles. Maybe it’s because it has a relatively short track length. Maybe it’s because it only has three loops and not five or six. Or, maybe it’s because it was designed by Arrow. Once, a leading designer of steel roller coasters, Arrow was a fixture in the amusement industry. They ...[Read More]

Mystery Mine at Dollywood | Roller Coaster Reviews

Mystery Mine opened in 2007, the year after my first trip to Dollywood. So, I was eager to get back to the park and check it out. I’d either forgotten or never really knew exactly what happened on this partially indoor roller coaster and I’m glad that I did. When it opened, it was the first Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster in the ‘States. Basically, these are steel looping ...[Read More]

What’s Your Most Memorable Night Ride on a Roller Coaster?

Riding roller coasters at night can make for a very different experience. If you typically leave amusement parks before it gets dark or just haven’t found yourself on a roller coaster at night then I suggest you make an effort to make sure you ride your park’s best coaster after dark. I had what I’d consider an all-time top two or three coaster experience during a night ride on t...[Read More]

Wild Eagle @ Dollywood | Coaster Reviews

Ever since Dollywood announced Wild Eagle, America’s first wing roller coaster, I was looking forward to what looked to be a great ride. It not only boasts a eagle-themed trains that place riders to the left and right of the track with nothing above or below riders, Wild Eagle also has a layout in a wooded area. I’m a big fan of terrain roller coasters and you couldn’t ask for be...[Read More]

Joining The Season Pass Podcast at Dollywood

My last trip to Dollywood was back in 2006. I enjoyed GCI twister Thunderhead, terrain Arrow looper Tennesee Tornado, and the amphibious indoor coaster Blazing Fury. Since then, the park has added Gerstlauer looper Mystery Mine and America’s first wing coaster Wild Eagle. I’ll be returning to Dollywood tomorrow where I’ll be joining a taping of The Season Pass Podcast with host D...[Read More]

Talking Wing Coasters with Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics wrote an article about the wing rider revolution that’s reaching our shores this summer. Okay, so two roller coasters doesn’t really count as a revolution, but it’s definitely a trend. The article also covers Hersheypark’s Skyrush. Not to be left out, the Intamin hyper coaster has wing-ish trains. Well, they’re really more like Apollo’s Chariot...[Read More]

Wild Eagle Opens – Early Reviews & Videos

America’s first wing roller coaster, Wild Eagle, opened this weekend and there were of course some theme park fans in attendance. Overall, reviews seemed very positive. The only even slightly negative thing I came across was a mention of “slight discomfort from the restraints”. Here’s a brief overview of what I’ve been reading. Where you sit on Wild Eagle seems to rea...[Read More]

New Wild Eagle Construction Photos

Dollywood’s Wild Eagle Looks Awesome Dollywood recently posted new construction photos of their 2012 wing roller coaster, Wild Eagle. Here are some of the photos that they’ve posted on their Facebook page and on Dollywood2012.com. Wild Eagle looks incredible! The idea of flying out on the edge a wing coaster in this wooded mountainous terrain is the reason Wild Eagle is very close to t...[Read More]

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