Top 3 Greenest Roller Coasters

In honor of Earth Day, this week’s edition of Top 3 Thursdays will list the greenest roller coasters on Earth. Well, at least the greenest coasters I could find. 3 – The Heege Freizeittechnik Butterfly at Various Parks – Europe Butterfly is the model name of a very small family shuttle roller coaster. It looks like it could fit in your backyard! They are “self-service”...[Read More]

Top 3 Official Theme Park Blogs

It’s time to kick off the third season of Top 3 Thursdays.  This week I’ll countdown the Top 3 Official Theme Park Blogs. Since the increase in popularity of blogs, a number of theme parks have started utilizing them as a way to communicate to their hard core fans and potential visitors. Today, companies have to realize that they’re already a part of Web 2.0, it’s just up t...[Read More]

Top 3 Top 3 Thursdays Lists

The Best of Top 3 ThursdaysFor this week’s Top 3 Thursday I’m doing a ‘Best of’ post. I’m recapping my favorite Top 3’s and their number 1’s. Top 3 Most Annoying Things at an Amusement ParkI ranted about the most annoying things I find at my favorite places to be. Number 1 was line cutters.Line CuttersThere’s nothing worse than waiting in a long line...[Read More]

Top 3 Australian Roller Coasters

Counting Down The Best Roller Coasters From Down Under For the triumphant return of Top 3 Thursdays, I figured I would countdown the top three roller coasters in Australia. As I’ve never ridden a coaster outside of the U.S., I invited an Aussie, Ash from Theme Park News Direct, to provide this week’s Top 3. I did some metric system conversions for my U.S. readers. 3 – Tower Of Te...[Read More]

Top 3 Disney Roller Coasters

Top 3 Disney Roller Coasters Disney’s not known for its roller coasters. Disney theme parks are more centered around the atmosphere, theming, and the whole “Disney experience.” They’re packed with flat rides, kiddie rides, family attractions, shows, but they’re not so well-known for their roller coasters. At least not among hardcore enthusiasts. This is why I write ve...[Read More]

Top 3 Family Roller Coasters

Top 3 Family Roller CoastersThis week’s Top 3 is fun for all ages. Not all roller coasters push the limits of human g-force tolerance like Kingda Ka. Family roller coasters are crowd-pleasers that are usually pretty tame. Italian Job Stunt Coaster at Kings IslandSeveral former Paramount parks (Kings Island, Kings Dominion and Canada’s Wonderland) are home to launch coasters with Mini C...[Read More]

Top 3 Roller Coasters in the UK

Due to my vast international coaster experience, I’m more than qualified to countdown the Top 3 Roller Coasters in the UK. Just kidding. I’ve been out of the U.S., but not to any theme parks. This week’s countdown is based on Mitch Hawker’s Poll,, general buzz on the ‘Net, and my keen sense of quality roller coasters. 3 – Speed: No Limits at Oak...[Read More]

Top 3 Most Annoying Things at Amusement Parks

Top 3 Most Annoying Things at Amusement ParksThis week’s topic is pretty self-explanatory. I love visiting theme parks, but here are the least enjoyable things about my visits. 3 – Coaster MisinformationI can’t count the number of times that I’ve been in line and overheard the most insane, unrealistic, and impossible things about the coaster I’m in line for. They are ...[Read More]

Top 3 Beach Amusement Parks

Top 3 Beach Amusement ParksCan’t decide whether to take your next trip to the beach or to an amusement park? Why not do both. This Thursday I’m counting down my Top 3 Beach Amusement Parks. Pacific Park – Santa Monica Pier, CaliforniaThis world famous beach amusement park has been featured in a number of movies including Cellular and the most recent season of 24. Its lone roller ...[Read More]

Top 3 Theme Park News Sites

Top 3 Theme Park News SitesTheme park news sites offer the latest coaster-related news. On these sites you’ll find announcements and updates on new attractions, forums buzzing with rumor even video game downloads for theme park games like Roller Coaster Tycoon. Most of them aim to be a one-stop-shop for theme park information. Below, you’ll find links to the best Theme Park News Sites on the Web. ...[Read More]

Top 3 Small Amusement Parks

Everyone’s been to a Six Flags, Paramount, or Disney theme park. But what about the smaller amusement parks. This Thursday I’m counting down my top 3 small amusement parks. My three amusement parks are off the beaten path, have only three major roller coasters, and have a rich history. Lake Compounce – Bristol, CTLake Compounce is home to Boulder Dash, an amazing wooden coaster t...[Read More]

Top 3 Extreme Airtime Roller Coasters

Ever get lifted out of your seat on a roller coaster? This is a result of the negative g-forces that are experienced on roller coasters. It’s a large part of the perceived danger that makes roller coasters fun and thrilling. This Thursday I’m listing my Top 3 Airtime Roller Coasters. Cyclops at Mt. Olympus Wisconsin Dells, WI You have to be 18 or older to ride in the back seat of the C...[Read More]

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