Stinger Gone From Dorney and For Sale

It became known sometime in December that Dorney Park was going to get rid of its Vekoma shuttle coaster, Stinger.  (See my post of December 17, 2017, Showdown and Rant: Goliath vs. Stinger.) Since then it’s been confirmed that Stinger has left Dorney.   And the park didn’t waste any time disposing of it.  Amid speculation as to whether the coaster would be scrapped or relocated, I discovered that...[Read More]

Showdown and Rant: Goliath v. Stinger

Never a fan of Vekoma boomerangs, some of which I found torturous, I rode two that I actually enjoyed so thought that it would be interesting to compare them.  I was planning to post this sometime next month but just got word that one of them (Stinger) is being removed from its park so posting this now is more timely. Layout Goliath is a giant inverted boomerang – one of only half a dozen currentl...[Read More]

Why Not Take a Flight?

Firehawk at Kings Kings Island is one of three of Vekoma’s Flying Dutchman roller coasters in the U.S.  Originally painted green and black and named X-Flight, this flying coaster once lived in northeast Ohio at the now defunct Six Flags Worlds of Adventure (or that park’s more familiar name, Geauga Lake).  Now in southwest Ohio, Firehawk still provides plenty of white-knuckle rides. Wh...[Read More]

Review: Blue Hawk at Six Flags Over Georgia

AQUA MARINE This compact Vekoma roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia is astoundingly intense and is one of their better custom models installed in the US, thanks to its striking setting and some recent remodeling. Stats Breakdown A top speed of 52mph sends the trains through a quintet of inversions – a highly unique “butterfly” element, sidewinder, and consecutive double cork...[Read More]

Fun Spot's White Lightning & Freedom Flyer Now Open

New Roller Coasters Now Open in Orlando at Fun Spot America GCI wooden coaster White Lightning and inverted coaster Freedom Flyer are now open at Fun Spot America. Located in Orlando, not far from Universal, this park’s 2013 expansion brought many enhancements. A rare wooden roller coaster in Florida, White Lightning should be a welcomed good old-fashioned, addition to the state packed with ...[Read More]

Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis

Ninja is a steel looping roller coaster that opened in 1989 at Six Flags St. Louis. I was hoping that it didn’t live up to its nickname of “The Black Belt of Roller Coasters”. That tagline only reminded me of the beating I received on Six Flags Over Georgia’s Ninja and I was expecting a similar experience on the Missouri version. Interestingly, while they’re both cons...[Read More]

Six Flags St. Louis to Get Boomerang Roller Coaster for 2013

Wrapping up Six Flags’ new roller coasters for 2013 is Six Flags St. Louis’ Boomerang. It’s one of the many Vekoma looping shuttle roller coasters (known as boomerangs). These coasters feature a cobra roll and a vertical loop that riders experience forwards and then backwards. Six Flags St. Louis’ Boomerang was formerly Flashback at sister park, Six Flags Over Texas. It wil...[Read More]

Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom | Guest Review

Have you ever imagined yourself as the owner of a theme park? I have. I’ve never fiddled with that “No Limits” game all the kids seem to enjoy, but I have had a bit of fun with every iteration of the Roller Coaster Tycoon series. Does that make me think I could run a theme park, design roller coasters, or even make sure there were enough hot dog stands? Of course not, but when one looks at the num...[Read More]

Top 11 New Roller Coasters of 2012 – Part 1

It’s time for my annual list of the most anticipated new roller coasters of the year. I’ve had to be clear recently and make it known that these are the coasters that I am either most eager to ride or just look the best to me. Since I do not have a time machine, I have not actually ridden any of them yet. Thanks to the large number of new coasters opening in this part of the World, thi...[Read More]

Ninja at Six Flags Over Georgia | Roller Coaster Reviews

Ninja Skillfully & Deceptively Punishes Riders Ninja wasn’t one of the roller coasters picked by the readers for me to review. I just felt it was my civic duty to warn the masses about this ride. I’m sure that many are drawn to this coaster because it looks really cool. Ninja’s twisted mess of red steel sitts on top of a pond towards the back of Six Flags Over Georgia. The Ve...[Read More]

Stinger to Debut at Dorney in 2012

Dorney Park Announces Stinger for 2012 Last week, Dorney Park confirmed the rumors of their new coaster for 2012 with the announcement of Stinger. The Allentown, PA park will be receiving California Great America’s Invertigo. It’s an inverted Vekoma shuttle coaster providing three inversions that riders will experience forward and then backward. The train’s seats are turned aroun...[Read More]

Six Flags New England Announces Goliath for 2012

Six Flags New England Announces Goliath Roller Coaster for 2012 Six Flags New England will debut its 11th roller coaster in 2012 with Goliath. The ride will be a large inverted shuttle coaster where guests will ride the coaster’s 1204-foot steel track both forward and backward. Goliath joins the park’s other roller coasters which include: Bizarro (largely considered the best steel coas...[Read More]

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