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]

Have Amusement Parks Gone Too Far in Imposing Restrictions for Ride Safety?

The Importance of Ride Safety Ride safety is obviously a top priority for amusement/theme parks.  There have been numerous instances of loose articles on rides hitting riders and causing personal injury, with cell phones being the primary culprits.   Although I’ve never seen anyone get hurt I’ve witnessed several incidents during which unsecured items came flying off El Toro and seen the paraphern...[Read More]

The 10 Most Intense Roller Coasters I’ve Ridden

Although my coaster count is quite modest compared with Joel’s, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the 10 most intense coasters I’ve ridden and explain why I found them unusually forceful.   I’ve ridden a number of incredible coasters so this was a challenge involving some tough choices.   The top 2 picks were givens and didn’t require any thought but the others had me pondering over m...[Read More]

Review: Drop of Doom VR at Six Flags Great Adventure

OK, so Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom at Six Flags Great Adventure is not a roller coaster but it’s connected to one and Zumanjaro is in lockdown mode while Kingda Ka is operating and vice versa. For a limited time Drop of Doom VR, with Samsung headgear powered by Oculus, will be available from 3 PM to park closing time. While VR (Virtual Reality) has been available on a number of roller coasters, mainly...[Read More]

Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament – Round 2

Ready for Round 2 of the Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament? Now that the play in round is over, we’ve got our Top 16 squaring off in eight super-powered showdowns. will be the play in round as these 8 roller coasters will battle it out for spots in the top 16. First, let’s take a look back at Round 1. Round 1 Results – Bizarro Crushes The Dark Knight! In a floorless coaster b...[Read More]

Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament – Round 1

I thought it would be fun to combine two things that I really enjoy, roller coasters and comic book characters. And there are so many super hero and super villian-themed roller coasters that it seemed like a good idea to put them in a March Madness-style tournament and have you pick the winners. The Set Up In order to make the list of entrants manageable, here are a few conditions: The tournament ...[Read More]

Six Flags Great Adventure’s Total Mayhem Roller Coaster

Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, New Jersey) announced their 13th roller coaster a few days ago. In 2016, Total Mayhem will open offering one of the wildest rides on the east coast. This 4th dimension roller coaster will spin riders 360 degrees while they traverse a course including: “two beyond 90-degree raven drops and at least six weightless flips.” The ride looks to be identical...[Read More]

The Fastest Roller Coasters in the World (Updated)

What are the fastest roller coasters in the World? I’ve updated the table below lists the 10 fastest roller coasters starting with the current record holder, Formula Rossa at Ferrari World. The 10 Fastest Roller Coasters in the World Updated October 2017 Have You Ridden One of the Fastest Roller Coasters in the World? I’ve ridden only two of the roller coasters that made the list. They...[Read More]

The Tallest Roller Coasters in the World

What are the tallest roller coasters in the World? I’m kicking off Superlative Sundays with one of the most popular roller coaster records, height. The table below lists the 10 tallest roller coasters in the World from tallest to shortest. The 10 Tallest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Tallest Roller Coasters in the World? I’m lucky enough to live in the United ...[Read More]

Six Flags Great Adventure to Boast World's Tallest Drop Ride

Last week, Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, New Jersey) announced that they will be building the World’s tallest drop ride in Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. Zumanjaro will be attached to towering roller coaster Kingda Ka, much like sister park Magic Mountain attached Lex Luthor Drop of Doom to their Superman coaster a few years back. Zumanjaro will utilize the structure of the tallest roller co...[Read More]

Poll: Great Adventure Removes Rolling Thunder – Classic or Clunker?

Six Flags Great Adventure to Remove Rolling Thunder I’m still getting caught up with all of the Six Flags announcements. In the Zumanjaro Drop of Doom announcement, I noticed the mention of Rolling Thunder’s removal: To make room for the newest addition to Six Flags Great Adventure, we must bid farewell to a classic. Rolling Thunder, our classic wooden coaster, will close to the public...[Read More]

Six Flags Great Adventure Coaster Removal & Drop Tower Rumors

Last month, ScreamScape shared a rumor involving Rolling Thunder, a mega drop ride, and Kingda Ka. Rolling Thunder’s Demise & An East Coast Mega Drop Tower? Rolling Thunder is Great Adventure’s 1979 racing wooden roller coaster. It’s got to be in my top 20 roughest woodies. So, I’m not shocked to hear about it’s possible removal. Lance from ScreamScape has noted t...[Read More]

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