Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park | Coaster Reviews

Ravine Flyer II: An Impressive World-Class Wooden CoasterI’d been excited for Ravine Flyer II since I learned about it last winter. It’s the product of 15 years of work, planning, and local politics. The Gravity Group designed hybrid woodie was my top pick for the new coasters opening in 2008. The New York Times even quoted me when I dubbed it the “Sleeper Hit of 2008”. So ...[Read More]

Darien Lake & Waldameer Park Trip

Darien Lake & Waldameer Park Trip I'll be visiting Darien Lake this Thursday and Waldameer Park on Sunday. I'm looking forward to re-visiting Darien Lake now that PARC Management runs the park. I've heard good things and I'm anxious to see how different it is post-Six Flags. I'll also get to ride the coasters that I missed last time as well as the new Orange County Choppers...[Read More]

2009 Roller Coaster News & Rumors

UPDATE – For the most up-to-date 2009 coaster news check out Top Ten Coasters for 2009 List. Confirmed Roller Coasters & Rumors for 2009 Kings Island will be getting a B&M hyper coaster for 2009. Construction has been pretty apparent even though no official announcement has been made. The layout which first appeared in First Drop magazine last November looks great. It will ride off i...[Read More]

Voyage’s Triple Down in the Dark

The Voyage’s Triple Down in the Dark | Coaster Moments After a rapid fire opening featuring hills, airtime, tunnels and a twisted turnaround, The Voyage like Happy Gilmore, has only just begun. The train slows considerably at the mid-course brake run and typically after brake runs most roller coasters can’t live up to the intensity of their first halves. That’s not the case with ...[Read More]

Waldameer’s Ravine Flyer II Video

Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park | On Ride VideoWaldameer’ Park’s Ravine Flyer II is my pick for the sleeper hit of 2008. It was designed by the Gravity Group. They’ve produced the 2007 Golden Ticket winner Voyage as well as the greatly underrated Hades at Mount Olympus. Ravine Flyer II will feature a 120 foot first drop, 10 moments of air time, 6 tunnels, 10 cross overs, a 90 de...[Read More]

The Hades Tunnel | Coaster Moments

Hades’ Subterranean Masterpiece | Memorable Coaster MomentsHades is a vastly underrated wooden coaster at Mt. Olympus Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The park boasts 7 Greek themed roller coasters, with Hades as the park’s signature ride. Hades definitely lives up to its namesake as the god of the underworld and its #4 on the my top 10 wooden coasters list. Hades starts with one of...[Read More]

Ravine Flyer II Construction Photos

Waldameer’s Ravine Flyer II Taking ShapeLoyal reader, Judy sent in these great photos of Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer Park in Erie, PA. Among other things, the wooden roller coaster designed by Gravity Group will have a 165 foot bridge over a four lane highway. Check out this slideshow of construction photos of Ravine Flyer II: Also, for more on Ravine Flyer including a video click here.What...[Read More]

World’s Best Wooden Roller Coasters

Mitch Hawker’s Wooden Coaster Poll ResultsThe best wooden roller coasters of 2007 look a lot like the best from 2006. Mitch Hawker’s Internet Coaster Poll is arguably the most accurate coaster poll around. The ballots take into account votes based on mutual rides. On the ballots riders must rank the coasters they have ridden and then their ballot is put up against someone else that has...[Read More]

Ravine Flyer II @ Waldameer Park | 2008 Coasters

Ravine Flyer II Could Be the Sleeper Hit of 2008I have to admit I’ve been sleepin’ on Waldameer’s 2008 addition. While it’s not breaking news, it is definitely newsworthy. Waldameer Park, located in Erie, Pennsylvania, is building a Gravity Group wooden terrain roller coaster called Ravine Flyer II. Gravity Group is my favorite wooden coaster company. They’ve produced...[Read More]

Top Wooden Roller Coasters of 2007

Voyage Takes Top Wooden Coaster at 2007 Golden Ticket Awards At the 2007 Golden Ticket Awards, Holiday World’s Voyage has over taken Dollywood’s Thunderhead in its second year in existence. This isn’t too surprising and is well deserved. Check out my full review of the insane and intense marathon that is The Voyage including an onride video. While I have my own Top 10 Wooden Coas...[Read More]

2007 Roller Coaster Preview

Last year the amusement industry was buzzing about Holiday World’s Voyage and Animal Kingdom’s Expedition Everest. More than 80 new roller coasters will open this year. With the 2007 season underway, it’s time to preview the most anticipated roller coasters that will debut this year. Maverick: The Coaster Capital Strikes Again Cedar Point, the self-proclaimed roller coaster capit...[Read More]

Boardwalk Bullet Aimed at Kemah Boardwalk

New Wooden Coaster Coming to Houston AreaThe Gravity Group will be bringing their magic to the Kemah Boardwalk (south east of Houston, TX). The Boardwalk Bullet will be one of the few wooden coasters joining the Class of 2007. While this will only be the Gravity Group’s third roller coaster their first two, Hades and Voyage, have made quite an impact in the industry. Voyage and Hades placed ...[Read More]

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