Reviews of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

UPDATE – July, 12th – Verbolten is open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Read my full review: Review of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Survivors have returned from the Black Forest with reviews of Verbolten, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new launch roller coaster. Here’s a few early reviews of the ride: If what they did for Verbolten is the new starting line for theme...[Read More]

Rave Reviews of X-Flight, Now Open at Six Flags Great America

X-Flight opened last week and from the footage I’ve been seeing, the ride looks incredible. Just as the animated videos and images showed, X-Flight is packed with inversions and great looking near-misses. I’m still feeling pretty good about picking it as my most anticipated roller coaster of 2012. Here’s a sample of some of the rave reviews that X-Flight has been receiving: I got...[Read More]

Journey to Atlantis @ SeaWorld Orlando | Coaster Reviews

On my recent trip to SeaWorld Orlando I got a fresh (and extra wet) ride on Journey to Atlantis. Water roller coasters are a fairly recent development. They merge the chute the shoot water ride with roller coaster elements. There are three Journey to Atlantis water roller coasters at the three SeaWorld parks. After boarding the ride’s boats, I shoved off into the world of Atlantis, the mythi...[Read More]

Cedar Point to Remove WildCat – Classic or Clunker?

Cedar Point announced today that the WildCat roller coaster is going to be removed before opening day. As is often the case in ride removals, the park cites “low ridership and increased maintenance costs” as reasons for its demolition. WildCat is a small Anton Schwarzkopf-designed roller coaster. It has been at Cedar Point since 1979. Here’s the official statement from the park: ...[Read More]

Whoa! Check Out Wodan

Europa Park’s Wodan – Timburcoaster has to be one of the best-themed wooden roller coasters I’ve ever seen. The queue looks amazing with plenty of detail bringing the Norse world to this German park. One image I came across referenced “bifrost”. If you saw the Thor movie, then you might remember that was the name of the rainbow bridge from Earth to Asgard. Anyway, Eur...[Read More]

A Review of WindSeeker at Carowinds (Video)

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be one of the first to ride Carowinds’ new 2012 attraction WindSeeker. Similar to the four that opened at other Cedar Fair parks last year, WindSeeker is a towering flat ride that lifts riders to a lofty 301 feet and spins them at 30 mph. It’s been described by the park as a family ride that’s also a thrill ride. Even though I typically stick to r...[Read More]

Wild Eagle Opens – Early Reviews & Videos

America’s first wing roller coaster, Wild Eagle, opened this weekend and there were of course some theme park fans in attendance. Overall, reviews seemed very positive. The only even slightly negative thing I came across was a mention of “slight discomfort from the restraints”. Here’s a brief overview of what I’ve been reading. Where you sit on Wild Eagle seems to rea...[Read More]

Leviathan POV & Off-RideTest Videos

Two test videos of Canada’s Wonderland’s Leviathan have recently surfaced. The monstrous ride has an equally monstrous roar. Here’s a POV test video of Leviathanfrom Canada’s Wonderland: And here’s an off-ride test run video: Read more about Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. What’s Your Take? That’s some pretty good test footage. How does Leviathan l...[Read More]

Top 11 New Roller Coasters of 2012 – Part 2

It’s time for the conclusion of my Top New Roller Coasters of 2012 list. In case you missed it, I gave picks 11 to 7 in Part 1. Here’s the rest of the list including my most anticipated new roller coaster of 2012. [divider] 6 Manta at SeaWorld San Diego (San Diego, California) SeaWorld San Diego will be unveiling a highly-themed launch roller coaster in Manta. Riders will board manta r...[Read More]

Theme Park Geekly Issue 5 – Top Dark Rides, New Coaster Game, & More

Theme Park Geekly’s 5th Issue | Geekly-Ness Reaches New Levels Have you read Issue 5 of Theme Park Geekly? If you haven’t here’s a recap of this issue’s articles: Fun with Roller Coaster Data Nick (Coaster101) wrote an article comparing the key stats of roller coasters he’s ridden. He uncovered a neat take-away by analyzing the height, length, and speed of different t...[Read More]

Top 11 New Roller Coasters of 2012 – Part 1

It’s time for my annual list of the most anticipated new roller coasters of the year. I’ve had to be clear recently and make it known that these are the coasters that I am either most eager to ride or just look the best to me. Since I do not have a time machine, I have not actually ridden any of them yet. Thanks to the large number of new coasters opening in this part of the World, thi...[Read More]

Seasoned Pros List Show – Our Top Ten Dark Rides

Episode 2 of the Seasoned Pros List Show Podcast – Our Top Ten Favorite Dark Rides For Episode 2, Doug, Arthur, & Joel are joined by Robert Niles the man behind Theme Park Insider as they discuss their ten favorite dark rides. The discussion is expanded to also include story-based, themed rides and limited to North America. Their picks cover a wide range of the best indoor themed rides f...[Read More]

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