Joel

Founder of CoasterCritic.com. My favorite coasters are B&M hypers and gigas. I'm also a huge fan of terrain roller coasters.

What’s in a Name?

Early coaster names were often named after animals or weather events like the Wild Cat and the Twister. I’m sure originality was a problem back in the Golden Era of roller coasters. At one time in the first half of the 20th century there were around 1500 coasters operating in the U.S. (In comparison, today there are only about 600.) So you had the Coney Island Cyclone and the Riverside Cyclo...

Coaster Reviews & How I Rate Coasters

Okay, so I take ratings and reviews way too seriously. I admit it. I read reviews on Amazon.com, Rottentomatoes.com, Consumer Reports, Car and Driver and Richard Roeper. I can’t help it. Maybe I’m a review addict. Add that to the fact that I’ve always been into numbers and my love of coasters and with that you have: The Coaster Critic’s Coaster Review Scale10.0 – Supe...

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