Saw – The Ride @ Thorpe Park | Roller Coaster Reviews

Reader James submitted this detailed review of one of the UK’s best looking rides. It’s always great to get a little international flavor on the blog. Saw – The Ride at Thorpe Park Thorpe Park is a medium-sized park just outside London. Around 10 years ago, there wasn’t much to be desired here, apart from a standard log flume and a couple of common flat rides. The park was only r...[Read More]

Thorpe Park Could Get a B&M Wingrider Coaster

Bolliger & Mabillard have made many ingenious roller coasters over the years. Their newest type of ride is a coaster that’s similar to a 4th Dimension coaster (see X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain). They made one at Gardaland in Italy called Raptor, although the seats don’t flip, there are rumors that B&M are testing real world data before they make a full 4D coaster. Thorpe Park...[Read More]

Top 10 New Roller Coasters of 2011 – Part 2

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]

Video of 2010’s Best New Coaster – GCI’s Knight Valley Coaster

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]

Theme Park Digital Airwaves: The Season Pass Podcast & More

The Coaster Critic Joins Podcasts Based on the East Coast, West Coast, & Europe I’ve been lucky enough to join a few different podcasts this season. I joined The Season Pass Podcast while they were broadcasting live from Kings Dominion during the last leg of Theme Park Review’s East Coast Bash. I was invited to be a guest on Theme Park Central‘s new podcast. And, earlier this...[Read More]

Most Wanted Roller Coasters: Expedition GeForce – World’s Best Coaster?

This edition of Most Wanted Roller Coasters takes us to Germany for the roller coaster some believe to be the Best in the World. Holiday Park’s Expedition GeForce has been battling it out with the United State’s Bizarro at Six Flags New England ( formerly Superman: Ride of Steel) for years. In the past five years of Mitch Hawker’s Internet Coaster Poll Expedition GeForce has tied...[Read More]

Superman Escape @ Warner Bros. Movie World | Coaster Reviews

Ashely Irvine is the creator of Theme Park News Direct, one of Australia’s largest theme park news sites. TPND for short, brings you unbiased and accurate news, as well as business reports, photos and blogs, from the amusement and leisure industry. It is also regularly published in mainstream and industry newspapers, magazines and websites. Superman Escape at Warner Bros. Movie World: Not Wi...[Read More]

Videos Reveal Thirteen’s Secret Weapon

Thirteen’s Secret Weapon Revealed! You might not want to read this post if you’re planning on visiting Alton Towers and you want to be completely surprised by Thirteen. British news shows GMTV and ITV were on location to film the first footage of Thirteen, Alton Towers highly anticipated new roller coaster. The park boasted that the ride was going to have a one-of-a-kind, World’s...[Read More]

Colossus | Most Wanted Roller Coasters

Thorpe Park’s Colossus opened in 2002 as the the first roller coaster to have ten loops. Today, it still holds the record as no roller coaster has went for eleven inversions yet. While I’m sure it’d be a dizzying ride I love looping roller coasters so I’d be fun to take the challenge someday. The Intamin-designed coaster has a vertical loop, cobra roll (2), double corkscrew...[Read More]

Thirteen’s Creepy Blipvert TV Ads

Alton Towers has the hype machine going at full speed as the opening for their much anticipated new roller coaster draws near. Not much is known about Thirteen other than that it’s supposed to be so scary that there will be a controversial age limit. There was also talk of a limit to the times per day one could ride, but I would have to imagine that both of these restrictions will be lifted....[Read More]

First Look at the Fiorano GT Challenge at Ferrari World

Here’s a first look at the new GT Coaster Challenge (now Fiorano GT Challenge) opening this year at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. The trains are themed after Ferrari F430 Spiders. Fittingly, the roller coaster will be a launch roller coaster. If the Roller Coaster Database listing is correct it’s being built by Maurer Sohne, the same company that built Hollywood: Rip, Ride, Rockit. It wi...[Read More]

Black Mamba | Most Wanted Roller Coasters

This Bolliger & Mabillard low flying inverted coaster looks like a fun ride. Located at Phantasialand in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the African-themed coaster dives below the ground a number of times. It’s subterranean sections are reminiscent of Montu’s Egyptian-themed trenches and Nemesis’s low flight path. It appears to spend even more time underground than those two...[Read More]

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