Featured Photo #28 – Invertigos A No-Go

Six Flags America’s Two Face was one of the roller coasters that Six Flags added to Adventure World when it bought  the park. Along with launch coaster Joker’s Jinx, hyper coaster Superman: Ride of Steel and flying coaster Batwing, the park’s lineup of modern thrill rides boomed in only a few years. Two Face had a run of accidents before it was removed in 2008 and I’m baffl...[Read More]

Featured Photo #20 – The Coaster with a Cult Following

Wikipedia describes a cult following as: a term used to refer to a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a specific area of pop culture. It goes on to define it as a: small but very passionate fan base. I think the term accurately describes coaster enthusiasts love for Holiday World (and years ago) Raven in particular. Before The Voyage brought international attention to the Southern Indiana p...[Read More]

Intamin’s 12 Inversion Roller Coaster

It looks like Intamin has made a design for a roller coaster with 12 inversions. It appears to have some elements that are featured on their 10 inversion coasters, Fahrenheit, and the Mega-Lite coasters. The order of the inversions would be: Norwegian Loop Cobra Roll Vertical Loop Four Corkscrews Three Heartline Rolls There are also a few airtime hills mixed in. Supporting Link See more in this In...[Read More]

Featured Photo #8 – Time to Get Geeky

Deep within the bowels of the Loch Ness Monter’s lair I was able to snap this photo of one of the blueprints that lined the wall.  The few times I’ve been lucky enough to get behind-the-scenes roller coaster tours I’ve geeked out when I encountered blueprints. Of course I couldn’t tell you anything about what’s actually in this blueprint, it’s just cool to see. ...[Read More]

Coaster Stock 2010 Recap Pt. 4: Trivia, Videos, & Night ERT

This is the final part of my coverage of Coaster Stock 2010 at Carowinds. After the Intimidator Tour, there was another break. Again, attendants dispersed throughout the park. I headed for the above average Arrow looper, Carolina Cyclone only to get caught by a thunder storm. All rides were halted for fear of lightning strikes. I waited in the station hoping that the storm would pass quickly, but ...[Read More]

Coaster Stock 2010 Recap Pt. 2: Q&A with Bob Mampe of B&M

This is the continuation of my coverage of Coaster Stock 2010 at Carowinds. During lunch, we were treated to a Q&A session with Bob Mampe from Bolliger & Mabillard. I’ve paraphrased the questions and responses below. In hindsight, I should have video taped the session, but I think that I’ve been able to summarize the bulk of the Q&A session. The picnic area where the sessio...[Read More]

Coaster Stock 2010 Recap Pt. 1: Morning ERT & My Intro to Flyers

Coaster Stock Part 1: Morning ERT Carowinds’ roller coaster enthusiast event Coaster Stock kicked off with morning ERT (exclusive ride time). Hours before the park was open to the public, we had Afterburn, Woodstock Gliders, Lucy’s Crabby Cabbie & Flying Ace Aerial Chase all to ourselves. Are you wondering why three of the four rides are located in Planet Snoopy (the park’s childre...[Read More]

Carowinds Coaster Stock to Feature B&M Engineer

Aspiring roller coaster designers should take note. Not only will Carowinds’ roller coaster enthusiast event, Coaster Stock, feature plenty of ERT (Exclusive Ride Time), but the event will also feature a rare opportunity to talk with a roller coaster designer. Recently, the park announced that Bob Mampe from Bolliger & Mabillard will be on-hand to take questions. Here’s the full it...[Read More]

Roller Coaster Tycoon Movie On the Way

This news is just big enough for me to briefly pause my hiatus. Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to make a Roller Coaster Tycoon movie. More from Reuters: Sony Pictures Animation has pre-emptively picked up rights to the Atari video game “Rollercoaster Tycoon,” and is developing the project as a live-action/CGI hybrid. The “Tycoon” franchise, created by Chris Sawyer, i...[Read More]

Stuff Coaster Enthusiasts Like | Theme Park Website Spotlight

Normally I wouldn’t showcase a defunct website, but the eight posts on this short-lived blog are awesome. Stuff Coaster Enthusiasts Like is based on the popular blog Stuff White People Like that has inspired other sites and even books like Stuff Christians Like. They’re often written from a standpoint akin to a sociologist or someone studying the behavior of a group of people or a spec...[Read More]

A Coaster Enthusiast’s Resolutions

As represented by the sudden increase in attendance at my gym, January is the month to start New Year’s resolutions. It’s the chosen time to turn over a new leaf, start better habits, and end bad habits. I thought of a few ways that I could be a better roller coaster enthusiast in 2010. Learn About Coasters & Theme Parks of the World Of course many of us know and love our local par...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic on The Season Pass Podcast

Last week, I was invited to join The Season Pass Podcast to discuss my background, the blog, Coaster Portal, and my new site Theme Park Syndicate. Aside, from talking about the sites with host Doug Barnes and Rick West of Theme Park Adventure, we spent much of the show just geeking out over our favorite and least favorite roller coasters. It was a lot of fun. The coaster geek part of the conversat...[Read More]

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