Disney Parks are known for being ostentatious; it’s practically a calling card of the world’s most famous theme parks. Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, some of the most beautiful, well executed rides in existence, in all of their many iterations, and that says nothing of all of the other amazingly themed areas and rides contained in the Disney Parks. Yet, Rock ‘n’...[Read More]
Over thirty years since it was built, the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens has to be one of the most beloved Arrow creations on the planet. Its signature interlocking loops next to the Rhine River have been a landmark of Busch Gardens Williamsburg for many years. As a kid I remember seeing commercials that featured the two trains lit up with lights, running at night, and looping simultaneously. ...[Read More]
Fresh out of shipping containers from Intamin, Cheetah Hunt’s trains arrived at Busch Gardens Tampa last week. The multi-launched roller coaster looks amazing and I chose it as my top pick for what I think will be 2011’s best new ride. Read my Top New 2011 Coasters list to see why. Here’s a slideshow and description of their arrival from the park: [portfolio_slideshow] The five t...[Read More]
Scream Zone to Bring Two Thrill Rides to Coney Island Last year Italian coaster design company Zamperla opened Luna Park at Coney Island. It seems like a no-brainer that a new amusement park would do well at Coney, but with Astroland closing down a few years ago maybe the right company had to move in start over. This Spring the park will expand with two compact roller coasters in a new area called...[Read More]
Anyone who’s ridden Mind Eraser or one of its many clones knows the rough head banging and ear boxing ride it subjects you to. At least I got a pretty good picture of it on this visit to Six Flags America years ago. Mind Eraser’s not a bad looking coaster with its compact layout and arsenal of ‘should be fun’ elements, but as the saying goes you can’t judge a book by ...[Read More]
A Preview of the Most Anticipated New Roller Coasters of 2011 Here’s the conclusion of my annual Top 10 New Roller Coasters list including my top pick. Also see roller coasters 10 through 6, in Part 1. 5 – Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta, Georgia) Make/Model: Custom Gerstlauer EuroFighter Type: Steel Looping Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Georgia’s New Diving Lo...[Read More]
SeaWorld San Diego’s Manta – Mack Launch Roller Coaster SeaWorld San Diego has announced details about their planned 2012 roller coaster. The park has confirmed that it will be opening its own Manta roller coaster. Like SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta, the attraction will combine a marine life exhibit with the roller coaster experience. My first impressions are that San Diego’s Ma...[Read More]
It’s time to preview my picks for the best new roller coasters opening in 2011. I wouldn’t call it a particularly strong year for new roller coasters, but there are a few potential show stoppers coming soon to a theme park near you. 10 Zippin Pippin – Bay Beach Amusement Park (Green Bay, Wisconsin) Make: Designed by John A. Miller, Built by The Gravity Group Type: Wooden Roller C...[Read More]
For my first Photo of the Week, I thought I'd share my personal favorite roller coaster photo from all of my years of theme park trips. After riding, and loving, Storm Runner at Hersheypark I took this photo from a walking path beneath the ride.
Kings Dominion's Marketing Manager, John Pagel recently shared the park's plans on the Intimidator 305 construction that has had enthusiasts scratching their heads.
I should have named this post: “The Best Roller Coaster I’ll Probably Never Ride”. Great Coasters International has finally released videos of their Knight Valley terrain coaster. It looks incredible! The still unnamed ride won’t likely be open for 2010 (thanks for messing up my Top 10 New Coasters of 2010 List Knight Valley!) at the new Knight Valley amusement park in Shen...[Read More]
Six Flags New Orleans | Abandoned Amusement Parks It’s always sad to see abandoned amusement parks. And other times it’s also downright creepy. The defunct Six Flags New Orleans falls into the latter category. WebUrbanist has a ton of really creepy images from inside the park. The thing that makes the images so disturbing is how the park was so abruptly abandoned. Usually defunct parks...[Read More]