Thirteen’s Creepy Blipvert TV Ads

Alton Towers has the hype machine going at full speed as the opening for their much anticipated new roller coaster draws near. Not much is known about Thirteen other than that it’s supposed to be so scary that there will be a controversial age limit. There was also talk of a limit to the times per day one could ride, but I would have to imagine that both of these restrictions will be lifted....[Read More]

Augmented Reality Preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Augmented Reality Preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter USA Today & Universal have teamed up to provide a pretty interesting preview of the highly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Set to open in Spring 2010, the multi-million dollar section of Islands of Adventure has Potter fans and theme park fans anxious to see details of this new ‘theme park within a theme park&#...[Read More]

2009 Theme Park Year in Review

Happy New Year! It’s time once again to recap the biggest theme park news stories of 2009. The Roller Coaster Class of 2009 The two huge roller coasters that opened in Orlando had very different fates. SeaWorld’s Manta opened early to rave reviews while Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit opened several months late with mixed reviews. To be fair, Rockit is a one-of-a-kind ride with several techn...[Read More]

Spongebob vs Snoopy – What’s Your Take?

Several Cedar Fair Theme Parks Are Switching from Nickelodeon to Peanuts Themed Areas in 2010 In 2010, the former Paramount Parks now run by Cedar Fair, will be getting re-branded kids areas and attractions. California’s Great America, Kings Dominion, Kings Island, Carowinds, and Canada’s Wonderland will be dropping their Nickelodeon-themed areas for a nod to everyone’s favorite ...[Read More]

Wild Adventures Stars in Zombieland & 2010 Plans

Wild Adventures 2010 Roller Coaster & Plans Recently, Wild Adventures announced their plans for 2010 which include 3 new rides.  Wild Adventures will be recieving Scrambler, a flying scooter attraction, and a family roller coaster all from Celebration City which closed last year. Herschend, the park’s owner, is moving the Jack Rabbit (pictures). Also, the park has announced extended hour...[Read More]

BrainRush: Game Show on a Roller Coaster

BrainRush: Game Show on a Roller Coaster This Summer on Cartoon Network you can watch unsuspecting park guests get thrown into an impromptu game show while riding a roller coaster. The concept is a lot like Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab, only instead of being driven around the busy streets of New York City, contestants are being flipped upside-down, launched from zero to 80 mph, and subjected...[Read More]

The Best Roller Coasters Near Charlotte NC

Queen City Coasters: A List of the Best Roller Coasters within Driving Distance of Charlotte, NC Charlotteans are lucky to have not only Carowinds here in town, but also several other parks within a 5 or 6 hour drive. To coincide with my interview tonight on Fox Charlotte, here is a list of my favorite roller coasters at the parks nearest to Charlotte.   Afterburn at Carowinds – Charlot...[Read More]

FOX Charlotte News Interview

I’m going to be interviewed on FOX Charlotte News tomorrow. I’ll be talking about the best roller coasters within driving distance of Charlotte. It’s going to be taped at Carowinds so there may be some great background shots of Carolina Cobra, Flight Deck (formerly Top Gun), or Nighthawk (formerly BORG Assimilator). If you live in the area, check it out. It will be airing on the ...[Read More]

Adventureland Movie Stars Kennywood

The new comedy Adventureland opens this Friday. The movie’s cast includes Ryan Reynolds (much to my wife’s excitement), Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, as well as Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig from SNL. The movie also stars one of the best amusement parks in the country, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania’s very own Kennywood. Phantom’s Revenge can be seen in several shots from the...[Read More]

Questionable Alltel Roller Coaster Commercial

Alltel might want to rethink their new commercial. It features the typical cell phone using family struggling with their current cell phone plan. This time the poor customers are waiting under a roller coaster hoping to catch falling change so that they can afford their plans. On the surface it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when you consider the two high-profile accidents last year inclu...[Read More]

Saw Ride Opens at Thorpe Park

Brits Brace for a Horrifically Steep New Roller Coaster SAW – The Ride opened at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England last week. It opened appropriately on Friday the 13th. Apparently, the country is in quite a buzz. Multiple on-ride fan and BBC news videos have surfaced. Aside from the Saw horror movie theming, riders seem most fearful of the 100 degree drop.       Check out this B...[Read More]

Saw: The Ride Coming to Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park Announces Saw: The Ride for 2009 Thorpe Park recently announced the name and theme of its 2009 Gerstlauer Eurofighter. It will be themed after the popular horror movie series, Saw. The ride will feature a 100′ climb and a beyond vertical drop of 100 degrees. Saw may be in the same vein as Dollywood’s Mystery Mine which was also a custom Eurofighter. I didn’t know that...[Read More]

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