Review: The Raven at Holiday World

The Raven is a classic wooden roller coaster at Holiday World in little Santa Claus, Indiana. This is a park well known for its wooden coasters, and it was The Raven that kicked off this reputation! It was the very first woodie they added, built by Custom Coasters International back in 1995 (which actually makes the ride surprisingly young). And as Holiday World will be the first to tell you, The ...[Read More]

Review: Thunderbird at Holiday World

Thunderbird’s initial reveal announcement is one of my favorite memories. The first steel roller coaster at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana was also the first launched wing coaster in the United States. I truly don’t know why, but the idea of such a record-breaking ride got my inner geek so excited I proclaimed “launched wing coaster” out loud… multiple times. Y...[Read More]

Announcing CoasterCritics’ Picks: Our Top 10 Roller Coasters List

Given the growing team and community here at CoasterCritic, I thought it’d be fun to launch a critic-driven Top 10 that would become the site’s official list of the top roller coasters. In order to incorporate new rides, the list will be refreshed annually. Our first annual Top 10 Roller Coasters List combines the lists from the writers for CoasterCritic (Joel, John, Bobbie, and Jon), ...[Read More]

The Story Behind Holiday World’s Thunderbird | From Idea to Opening Day

Holiday World’s Thunderbird was my top pick for the best-looking New Roller Coasters of 2015. So, I thought that it would be interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at how this launched winged coaster moved from idea to opening day. Thanks to Holiday World, I was able to interview two people who helped bring the ride to life. Here’s my interview with Park Directors and 4th generati...[Read More]

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015

Top New Roller Coasters of 2015 The giga coaster in my backyard has drawn me out of my “retirement”. While I’m back, I thought I’d take a look at the new roller coasters opening this year. I’ve essentially been “living under a rock” and have been completely out of the theme park world since I stopped posting last May. So, this will be an interesting first ...[Read More]

Koch Family Buys Former Alabama Adventure

Last month, Koch Family Parks, purchased Splash Adventure and its former amusement park area Alabama Adventure. Dan Koch referenced 5 year plans that include saving one of my all-time favorite woodies Rampage. Dan Koch, president of Splash Adventure, said in an interview today he wants to bring back the Rampage wooden rollercoaster that was once the focal point of the park and garnered national ac...[Read More]

The Longest Roller Coasters in the World

The 10 Longest Roller Coasters in the World Have You Ridden One of the Longest Roller Coasters in the World? This list of record-holders is among the most diverse from a geographic stand-point. Europe, Asia, and North America are all represented in this list of lengthy rides. I’ve ridden Fury 325, The Beast, Millennium Force, and The Voyage. All four were excellent rides; not just long for t...[Read More]

POV Monday – Video of The Voyage at Holiday World

The Voyage at Holiday World (Santa Claus, Indiana) is a massive, white-knuckle wooden roller coaster. It’s a relentless marathon of thrills from beginning to end that’s been consistently rated among the top wooden roller coasters in World. Outside of the coaster enthusiast community it may not be well-known, but it should be. Video Highlights The video below does a great job of showing...[Read More]

Check Out These Christmas-Themed Amusement Parks & Rides

Here’s a quick tour of some Christmas-themed amusement parks. This is by no means an exhaustive list and was mostly just compiled by searching the Roller Coaster Database for “Christmas” and “Santa”. It’s probably a good thing that “Jesus”, didn’t bring back any results, but with more than 6,500 roller coasters from the past and present from al...[Read More]

The Cleanest & Friendliest Theme Parks

Amusement Today’s 2013 Golden Ticket Awards were announced last month. If you’ve been following them for a few years, then you’ll already know most of the results. You may not know the winner, but you’ll likely know much of the top 5 for each category. Year after year most of the same theme parks and rides are chosen. They just shift in order a bit. Having said that, I̵...[Read More]

The Voyage vs. El Toro | Roller Coaster Showdowns

They’ve been battling it out on roller coaster polls and enthusiast’s top coaster lists for years. Now Holiday World’s The Voyage and El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure will go head-to-head in the latest installment of Roller Coaster Showdowns. Theme I like to include a ride’s theming in my showdowns because, at times, a ride’s theme can actually add a lot to the ov...[Read More]

Bluegrass Boardwalk Owners Tour Kentucky Kingdom (Video)

Recently, a reporter from a Louisville news show took a tour of Kentucky Kingdom. She toured the defunct park with two of the park’s new owners, Dan and Natalie Koch (also owners of Holiday World). Like we’ve seen with other abandoned parks, it doesn’t take long for nature to creep back in and take over. In the interview, you can see how plants have taken water slides and how wha...[Read More]

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