Carolina Cobra Review & Media Day at Carowinds

It was a rainy day, but the Carolina Cobra media day had a positive feel and pointed to a bright future for Carowinds. The event was attended by the local media, park officials, live snakes, and some Nick characters. A local cover band played a few crowd-pleasers while Dora, Diego, and the Rugrats entertained guests. Next, the park addressed the media. Then, an official ribbon cutting was followed...[Read More]

AirCoaster 3D iPhone App Review

If you’re a roller coaster fan and an iPhone/iPod Touch user then your app has finally arrived.  AirCoaster 3D, formerly known as SkyCoaster 3D, is a 99 cent roller coaster ride simulator.  Upon entering the application you are presented with a settings screen.  Here you can control various aspects of your roller coaster including track height and length and the frequency of loop-the-loops, ...[Read More]

Roller Coaster Theming | Weekly Topic

Does Theming on a Coaster Matter? | Theme Park Round TableNews Plus Notes provided this week’s topic. NPN posed the question: “Does theming on a coaster matter?” I’m going to surprise even myself and say no. My answer is really more of a ‘yes, but…’. Let me explain. Theming on a coaster is something that I’m quick to give points for. It can take a ri...[Read More]

What’s In A Name? Part Two

The Name Game: The Latest Coaster Name Changes Happening in 2008 Former Paramount Parks Lose Movie Licensed Names, ThemingDon’t be surprised if you return to your park this summer and find that the names of a few attractions have changed. The five former Paramount Parks that have been purchased by Cedar Fair went into the final stage of their acquisition which meant the renaming of rides nam...[Read More]

Top Ten New Roller Coasters for 2008 Part 2

Top Ten New Roller Coasters for 2008 | The Top 5 And now for the conclusion of my top picks for the new roller coasters opening in 2008. 5 – Fahrenheit at Hersheypark Hershey’s New Steel Looper Goes Beyond Vertical Hershey’s new looping coaster will boast a 97-degree drop which is beyond straight down. Aside from the ultra-steep 12-story drop, Fahrenheit will reach a top speed of...[Read More]

Top 10 New Roller Coasters for 2008 Part 1

Predicting the Best Roller Coasters of the Class of 2008 With the 2008 season upon us I thought it was time for a countdown of the biggest and best roller coasters opening in 2008. I admit it’s impossible to rank coasters I’ve never ridden, but how can I turn down an opportunity to do another Top 10? 10 Flying Turns at Knoebels Knoebels to Resurrect an Extinct Type of Wooden Coaster Ke...[Read More]

Solo Trips to Theme Parks

Thinking of Going it Alone?Are you the type that doesn’t mind eating out alone? Ever go to a movie by yourself because you didn’t know anyone who wanted to see a movie? Then, you might be secure enough to reap the benefits of the Solo Amusement Park Trip. First, I’m assuming that your an enthusiast, or at least some one that’s itching to go to a theme park enough to conside...[Read More]

2007 Roller Coaster Preview

Last year the amusement industry was buzzing about Holiday World’s Voyage and Animal Kingdom’s Expedition Everest. More than 80 new roller coasters will open this year. With the 2007 season underway, it’s time to preview the most anticipated roller coasters that will debut this year. Maverick: The Coaster Capital Strikes Again Cedar Point, the self-proclaimed roller coaster capit...[Read More]

Cedar Point: Coaster Heaven or Coaster Hype

I’m a quality over quantity guy so I’m not impressed with Cedar Point’s 16, count ’em, 16 coasters. More doesn’t impress me, better does. And living in Virginia, I’m not exactly a stone’s through from Sandusky, OH (an hour from Cleveland). So through the years as my coaster odyssey has continued I’ve conquered the parks nearer to me. But no matter ho...[Read More]

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...[Read More]

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