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A Gallery Of Roller Coaster Camera Trolls

A Gallery Of Roller Coaster Camera Trolls Sep 27th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Roller coasters race up and down tracks at county fairs and theme parks around the world, bringing hair-raising thrills to children of all ages. Sometimes called "scream machines," roller coasters have been the main attraction wherever they are for more than a century. The coasters of today are taller, faster and wilder than ever before, causing operators to offer photos that capture the...

Best Roller Coasters Featured On New Travel Channel Show

Best Roller Coasters Featured On New Travel Channel Show Jul 8th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Roller coasters are the highlight of any amusement or theme park for many visitors. High-speed thrills, twists and turns make for good times and have coaster enthusiasts claiming their favorites around the United States. Now, a new show starting Sunday on the Travel Channel decides which coasters are the best, as voted by viewers. "Insane Coaster Wars" debuts Sunday, July 8, 2012, and...

What Does Disney's Space Mountain Look Like With The Lights On?

What Does Disney's Space Mountain Look Like With The Lights On? May 5th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Ever wondered what Disney's famous Space Mountain roller coaster looks like when the lights are on? If so, you're in luck because the video below was posted to The Disney Blog a few days back and it gives us all a behind-the-curtain look at one of the most iconic rides in all of the Disney parks. The first Space Mountain opened at Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, in 1975 and became an instant...

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces Verbolten for 2012

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces Verbolten for 2012 Sep 20th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Last weekend, Busch Gardens Williamsburg confirmed their new 2012 roller coaster Verbolten. The multi-launch steel roller coaster will be built on the former site of the Big Bad Wolf. And, like that classic coaster, Verbolten will use the park's beautiful and hilly terrain. During its 2,835-foot course, the ride will dive to the Rhine River. The Zierer-designed roller coaster will include two...

Canada's Wonderland gets a giga roller coaster for 2012 in Leviathan

Canada's Wonderland gets a giga roller coaster for 2012 in Leviathan Sep 9th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Since Canada's Wonderland opened hyper coaster Behemoth in 2008, it has boasted the country's largest roller coaster. Next year, the Toronto area park will also be able to boast one of the tallest roller coasters in the World in the $28 milllion Leviathan. The massive steel roller coaster will be a lofty 30-stories (306 feet) tall. After what's likely to be an impressive view on the lift...

Six Flags Great America announces X-Flight for 2012

Sep 7th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Earlier this year rumors surfaced that Chicago area theme park, Six Flags Great America, was going to remove their stand up roller coaster Iron Wolf. Some fans were sad to see the long running coaster go as the ride has been a fixture at the park for more than two decades. Iron Wolf was also the first roller coaster from World renowned roller coaster designers, Bolliger & Mabillard....

Takabisha captivates the World with steepest roller coaster drop

Takabisha captivates the World with steepest roller coaster drop Jul 22nd, 2011 at 10:00AM: For weeks now Fuji Q Highlands' new roller coaster, Takabisha, has made international headlines. The steel Gerstlauer roller coaster has pushed the steepness envelope by setting a World record setting 121-degree drop. As I documented in my article, Five ways roller coasters have changed since you were a kid, roller coasters with beyond 90-degree drops are nothing new. Hersheypark's Fahrenheit...

Extreme thrills on America's most intense roller coasters

Extreme thrills on America's most intense roller coasters Jun 24th, 2011 at 7:00AM: Based on my experiences and the general opinions and buzz from other roller coaster enthusiasts, here's a list of what I consider to be America's most intense roller coasters. The Voyage at Holiday World Holiday World's The Voyage is one of the largest and fastest wooden roller coasters in the World. The out and back terrain coaster provides an intense 2 minute and 45 second marathon of...

The Dania Beach Hurricane may be demolished

May 22nd, 2011 at 11:00AM: Last month Boomers in Dania Beach, Florida closed their wooden roller coaster known as the Dania Beach Hurricane. The ride could be seen from Interstate 95 just south of Ft. Lauderdale. It could also be seen from the Ft. Lauderdale airport as I found out a few years ago. I thought I was seeing a mirage when I landed there for a connecting flight as I wasn't aware of the coaster at the time. ...

A review of the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas

A review of the New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas Apr 29th, 2011 at 7:00AM: Six Flags Over Texas is celebrating their 50th anniversary in a big way. The park spent $10 million remodeling their massive wooden roller coaster Texas Giant. The twenty-one year old coaster had gotten rough over the years. So, Six Flags brought in Rocky Mountain Construction for a first-ever transformation that involved replacing the ride's wooden track with steel track. The new track not...

Five ways roller coasters have changed since you were a kid

Five ways roller coasters have changed since you were a kid Mar 18th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Roller coasters have evolved immensely since they were patented in 1898. Advances in technology in recent history have also triggered a number of exciting changes in the way we enjoy today's thrill rides. In the past two decades roller coasters have reached greater heights and speeds than ever. In 1991, the looping coaster boom was winding down. Throughout the 1980's amusement parks...

Fast & furious roller coasters: 6 coolest race car themed rides

Fast & furious roller coasters: 6 coolest race car themed rides Feb 24th, 2011 at 7:00AM: After watching the Daytona 500, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at race car themed roller coasters. Although there have been many over the years, for me, these six really stand out. They emphasize speed as they include some of the fastest roller coasters in the World. And, the coasters that I feel deliver the best race car-like experience, also offer intense acceleration and...

Top five new roller coasters opening in 2011

Feb 15th, 2011 at 7:00AM: With theme parks around the country set to open soon, here's my take on the most anticipated new roller coasters opening in the United States this year. I'll start with my top pick. Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa (Tampa, Florida) Busch Gardens Tampa's Cheetah Hunt is by far my most anticipated new roller coaster. The multi-launch coaster looks to be an adventure that will rocket...

All I want for Christmas is a backyard roller coaster

Dec 24th, 2010 at 12:00PM: I've traveled to theme parks all over the country. In my ongoing quest to experience new parks and conquer famous and infamous roller coasters, I've used numerous forms of transportation. At one time or another I've traveled by subway, car, train, monorail, bus, plane, and taxi cab. While traveling is part of the fun, having a roller coaster in my own backyard would be ideal. What roller coaster...

Holiday World offers exclusive roller coaster photos online

Holiday World offers exclusive roller coaster photos online Dec 13th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Holiday World is known for its roller coasters, including The Voyage, which has been named the world's top wooden roller coaster for the past four years. The holiday-themed park plays host to thousands of coaster enthusiasts each year, and many of them like to capture photos of the coasters from different angles. In fact, park officials say, some coaster enthusiasts beg for a behind-the-scenes...

Six Flags Magic Mountain to add two roller coasters, bringing total to globe-topping 18

Six Flags Magic Mountain to add two roller coasters, bringing total to globe-topping 18 Oct 20th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Six Flags Magic Mountain will add two roller coasters and alter an existing coaster in 2011, bringing the park's total to 18. That gives the Valencia, California, theme park the most roller coasters of any theme park in the world, dethroning Ohio's Cedar Point, which has 17. The first addition is the Green Lantern, is a spinning coaster on a vertical track. It's the first of its kind in the...

Woman dies after falling out of roller coaster in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Woman dies after falling out of roller coaster in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Jul 12th, 2010 at 10:00AM: A 21-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, woman has died after an accident at Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge. Witnesses said Lindsay Zeno fell about 30 feet from the Xtreme roller coaster at the park late Sunday afternoon. State fire officials, who are charged with regulating the park, have said that there were no obvious mechanical failures on the ride. The ride passed its last state...

It's roller coaster season: Ride the Beast

May 23rd, 2009 at 12:30PM: The Beast at King's Island in Mason, Ohio not far from Cincinnati is by far my favorite roller coaster. It's a body rattling thrill that has two major drops. Halfway through the 4 1/2 minute ride which makes it the longest wooden roller coaster in the world, the cars take a step climb upwards and a speedy, spine tingling, stomach dropping ride groundwards. This video was made by placing a camera...

Six Flags New England: A Day Out

Six Flags New England: A Day Out Jul 9th, 2007 at 10:27AM: Here are a few things I discovered about Six Flags New England in Springfield, Massachusetts. If you leave 13 towels and assorted other belongings piled together on two chairs in Hurricaine Harbor water park and forget that the water park closes at 7:00 PM, the park people collect all belongings and bring them to the Lost and Found near the park's main gate. But, what ends up at Lost and Found is...

5 Bizarre Theme Park and Carnival Ride Accidents

5 Bizarre Theme Park and Carnival Ride Accidents Jun 5th, 2007 at 11:57AM: While reading Jamie's post on roller coaster accidents, I began to wonder that with the number of theme parks, carnivals, and fun fares around the world, ride accidents have to happen all the time! I remember going to carnivals as a kid and wondering why my parents were so protective when it came to riding the rides. As I grew older, I noticed that many of the contraptions that once seemed...

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