Announcing CoasterCritics’ Picks: Our Top 10 Roller Coasters List

Given the growing team and community here at CoasterCritic, I thought it’d be fun to launch a critic-driven Top 10 that would become the site’s official list of the top roller coasters. In order to incorporate new rides, the list will be refreshed annually. Our first annual Top 10 Roller Coasters List combines the lists from the writers for CoasterCritic (Joel, John, Bobbie, and Jon), ...[Read More]

Review: Mystic Timbers at Kings Island

Mystic Timbers was my first modern wooden roller coaster. Prior to that, the most recently built wooden coaster I’d ridden was Cedar Point’s Mean Streak which, I can attest to, was never a great ride even when it was brand new in 1991. Within a couple years it had become fairly rough. I remember very clearly riding Mean Streak its last summer before it received the trim brakes on the first hill. I...[Read More]

Kings Island Trip Report & Future Speculation

Visiting Kings Island had been a bucket list item of mine for many years. I can’t say whether it was effective advertising that I’d absorbed watching Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoons or whether it was due to my early research on roller coasters as a kid on a database such as ProQuest in the public library. I remember looking for the record-breaking coasters that existed at the time, a quest...[Read More]

Kyle Lindner’s Otherworldly Roller Coaster Artwork

Kyle Lindner writes at Coaster101 and is also a graphic designer and photographer. He’s put a neat twist on roller coaster and theme park photography with his chromoskedasic prints. As you’ll see the pictures have a really unique look with a style that goes way beyond your typical roller coaster photos. Kyle explained to me how these prints are made: They’re called chromoskedasic...[Read More]

Top 9 New Roller Coasters for 2017 – Part 2

Here are my top picks for the best new roller coasters opening in 2017. As I stated in Part 1, I decided to focus on North America. Again, let us know how you’d rank them in the comments. 5 – GaleForce at Playland’s Castaway Cove In Ocean City, New Jersey beach-goers will have more than just the waves and warm sun to look forward to. Playland’s Castaway Cove is set to open a comp...[Read More]

Mystic Timbers is Kings Island’s Mysterious New Roller Coaster

Mystic Timbers Opening at Kings Island in 2017 This Spring, Kings Island will be opening a new roller coaster called Mystic Timbers. It’ll be the park’s 15th roller coaster and 4th wooden roller coaster. Mystic Timbers will be 109 feet tall and reach speeds of 53 mph along a course of 3,265 feet featuring 16 airtime hills. It will be located in the Rivertown section of the park near hy...[Read More]

POV Monday – Banshee at Kings Island

Kings Island’s highly anticipated new roller coaster, Banshee, is now open. Check out this POV video of Banshee at Kings Island: Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film while riding a roller coaster without permission from the park. Banshee Video Highlights I love that B&M is using the more open restraints that we’ve seen on their ...[Read More]

Top 8 New Roller Coasters of 2014 – Part 2

The Best-Looking New Roller Coasters for 2014 I couldn’t close out my coaster critiquing career without one more roller coaster preview list. As I’ve done in years past, I’ll list which new roller coasters opening this year look the best based on what I know about them, the preview videos, and my past experiences with similar rides. Here’s part 2 of the best-looking new rol...[Read More]

The Longest Roller Coasters in the World

The 10 Longest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Longest Roller Coasters in the World? This list of record-holders is among the most diverse from a geographic stand-point. Europe, Asia, and North America are all represented in this list of lengthy rides. I’ve ridden Fury 325, The Beast, Millennium Force, and The Voyage. All four were excellent rides; not just long for t...[Read More]

The Best Non-Disney Theme Parks for Kids

Since I’ve been a parent, I’ve had a much greater appreciation for the kids areas at the theme parks that I’ve visited. Even when I’ve taken solo trips without the family, I’ve noted the good and not-so-good kids areas that I’ve encountered. The Golden Ticket Awards has two categories related to the best theme parks for kids and best areas for children. Out of t...[Read More]

TPS Report – The Smiler Accident, The Bat, & More News

Theme Park News Update – Late October/Early November I’ve been away from the blog for quite some time. So, I thought that I’d share some of the biggest news stories of the past couple of weeks. In a good old TPS Report (TPS = Theme Park Syndicate), here’s what’s been happening in the theme park world: Accident on The Smiler: Riders Hit By Debris (Guide Wheels) In what...[Read More]

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]

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