Showdown and Rant: Goliath v. Stinger

Never a fan of Vekoma boomerangs, some of which I found torturous, I rode two that I actually enjoyed so thought that it would be interesting to compare them.  I was planning to post this sometime next month but just got word that one of them (Stinger) is being removed from its park so posting this now is more timely. Layout Goliath is a giant inverted boomerang – one of only half a dozen currentl...[Read More]

CoasterCritics’ Picks: Our 15 Worst Roller Coaster Experiences

Our Most Regrettable Roller Coaster Experiences Like other hobbies, riding roller coasters has its mountaintop experiences. Those unforgettable, glorious, mind-blowing rides that make other rides pale in comparison. As a group, we came up with our picks for these rides. In case you missed it, see what we consider the 10 best roller coasters in America. What makes those rides so special is that we ...[Read More]

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]

Superman vs Hulk in Final Round of Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament

It’s all come down to this. We’ve reached the final round in the Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament. Round 4 Recap: Decisive Wins Round 4 did not have the close match-ups of previous rounds. Both of the winning roller coasters won by significant margins. Here are all of the results from the last round. Superman The Ride (Six Flags New England Hyper) 79% over Batman The Ride (Inverte...[Read More]

Comic Book Roller Coasters – Round 4

We’ve reached the final four in the Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament. Before moving on, let’s look back at Round 3 which saw yet another super close showdown. Round 3 Recap: Superman Escape From Krypton Slips Past Mr Freeze Mr Freeze Reverse Blast faced yet another tight match-up. This time it fell short of what would have been a major upset as the record-breaking Superman Escape ...[Read More]

Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament – Round 3

It’s time for Round 3 of the Comic Book Roller Coasters Tournament. There was a particular showdown in Round 2 that created a tie for days. With the tie finally broken, let’s move on to the next round. There are now eight roller coasters left. First, let’s take a look back at Round 2. Round 2 Recap: Super Close Showdown & 4D Coasters Crushed Mr Freeze Reverse Blast passed Superman ...[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]

Top 9 New Roller Coasters for 2017 – Part 1

It’s time take a look at the new roller coasters opening in 2017. It’s a bit of a quieter year for new roller coasters in North America as RCDB lists 21 compared to 46 in 2015 and 38 in 2016. Given that, I decided to keep it to a Top 9. As usual, I’ll rank them by least to most anticipated. Make sure to let us know how you’d rank them in the comments. Here’s Part 1 of...[Read More]

POV Video | Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England

Without a doubt, Wicked Cyclone is one of the best looking new roller coasters of 2015. It’s been open for a while now and it looks like an enormous improvement over the painful Cyclone. It looks to be glass smooth like the similarly designed New Texas Giant. Check out this POV video of Wicked Cyclone:Note – This video was shot by professionals. For safety reasons, please DO NOT film w...[Read More]

Could Wicked Cyclone Go From Worst to First at Six Flags New England?

Six Flags New England is giving its rough, old wooden coaster a steel overhaul. This year, Cyclone will be reborn as Wicked Cyclone. If similar projects are any indication, guests can expect a super-smooth and exciting ride that’ll be nothing like what they experienced on this ride’s previous incarnation. To see what I mean, watch this POV video of Wicked Cyclone: Could Cyclone Go From...[Read More]

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015 The giga coaster in my backyard has drawn me out of my “retirement”. While I’m back, I thought I’d take a look at the new roller coasters opening this year. I’ve essentially been “living under a rock” and have been completely out of the theme park world since I stopped posting last May. So, this will be an interesting first ...[Read More]

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