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2013 Theme Park Year in Review

Here’s a wrap up of 2013 including the state of roller coasters and some of the biggest news stories of the year. The Year of the Wooden Coaster Comeback If 2012 was the year of the wing roller coasters, then 2013 was definitely the year that wooden roller coasters made a comeback. We saw genre-bending roller coasters with wooden coaster characteristics, but elements like loops and other inv...[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]

World's Tallest Swing Ride Opens at Six Flags Over Texas

SkyScreamer, The Tallest Swing Ride in the World Opens at Six Flags Over Texas Down in the Lone Star State, where everything is bigger, Six Flags Over Texas just opened the World’s Tallest Swing Ride with the opening of Texas SkyScreamer. Texas SkyScreamer is Six Flags’ seventh towering swing ride. Setting a World record, it surpasses the Great Adventures and Georgia’s SkyScreame...[Read More]

Mr. Freeze at Six Flags Over Texas & St. Louis | Coaster Review

Mr. Freeze, is a launched shuttle coaster at both Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over Texas. Riders typically experience shuttle coasters with a forward trip followed by a backward trip back to the station. The Mr. Freeze coasters begin with an exhilarating magnet powered launch that propels the trains to a blistering 70 mph. For, 2012 Six Flags turned the trains around to add a new a wrinkle t...[Read More]

Do You Like Riding Roller Coasters Backwards?

Long before the Six Flags roller coaster makeover era (with its fire effects and on-board audio), amusement parks have needed an inexpensive way to give their stale rides a fresh, new spin. I’m not sure when it started, but someone decided it would be a good idea to simply turn the trains around to provide a new experience. It’s been going on for years. Just a few months ago, Six Flags...[Read More]

Six Flags Reverses Mr. Freeze Roller Coasters

Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast Coasters Are Coming to Six Flags The Six Flags Makeover Era continues as the Mr. Freeze launch roller coasters are being revamped for 2012. The Mr. Freeze coasters at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis will now be known as Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast. Now, riders will be launched backwards, much like the Superman Escape from Krypton makeover at Six Flags Magic Mount...[Read More]

Six Flags Engineer & New Texas Giant Creator Featured in Wall Street Journal

Six Flags Chief Engineer, Larry Chickola was recently featured in an article on the Wall Street Journal’s website. The article gives us a look into Mr. Chickola’s education and career which might be of interest if you’re an aspiring roller coaster designer. It also details some of his projects including his work on Superman Escape from Krypton and the New Texas Giant. It was inte...[Read More]

Titan at Six Flags Over Texas | Roller Coaster Reviews

I was overcome by euphoria. For a moment, there was just so much joy that I was speechless. All of that emotion/thoughts and Titan had only begun. To be fair, Six Flags Over Texas’ hyper coaster Titan was only partially responsible for me state of nirvana. As I climbed the orange skyscraper’s 245′ lift hill, I had an excellent view of the surround area including the beautiful Cow...[Read More]

New Texas Giant @ Six Flags Over Texas | Roller Coaster Reviews

Texas Giant Accident For information on the July 19th accident at Six Flags Over Texas involving a woman falling from the New Texas Giant go here: Woman Dies While Riding New Texas Giant [divider_line] For my first ever theme park trip to Texas, I had my sights set on the newly reborn Texas Giant. I hadn’t ridden theoriginal, but from what I’d heard it had become yet another rough, agi...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic Tackles Texas

This week, I’m headed out to Texas to visit the state’s three largest theme parks. I’ll be visiting San Antonio for Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld. Then, I’ll be going to Dallas for Six Flags Over Texas and the newly re-opened Texas Giant that received some very positive reviews during a commercial shoot. It’s also my second most anticipated new coaster of 2011. ...[Read More]

2011 Theme Park Trips – Where Are You Headed?

Florida vs. Texas I had been looking to go back to Florida for my most anticipated roller coaster of 2011, Cheetah Hunt. But, while the trip would have had some high quality rides like my all-time favorite Kumba, Rip Ride Rockit, the Wizarding World, and re-rides on great coasters like Mummy, Montu, etc., the number of new rides would have been very low. Meanwhile, Texas will be packed with rides ...[Read More]

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