The History of the Santa Monica Pier

dea8e19f993d8eeee9779e16d51019eeHere at California Coaster Kings, we tend to lean more towards the coverage of the larger amusement and theme parks in our home state, focusing on the here and now of the major players in the amusement industry. For this article however, we’re going to narrow our focus and turn back the clocks as we take a look at the fascinating history of the famous Los Angeles landmark, yet often forgotten destination among enthusiasts, the Santa Monica Pier. Continue reading “The History of the Santa Monica Pier”

Holiday in the Park Opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain – 2016

gleampunk007-largeSix Flags Magic Mountain opened their huge Holiday in the Park event for the season and this year we find two new themed areas, a new show and an awesome Virtual Reality experience on The New Revolution. The Holiday event features one of the West Coast’s largest light shows, millions of lights, limited-time-only food, characters, and all your favorite coasters, of course.  Continue reading “Holiday in the Park Opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain – 2016”

Special Events Coming to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

untitledThe Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will be hosting a variety of special events in the coming months as they often do around this time of year. Santa Cruz locals enjoyed Hot Rods at the Beach and the Sea Glass and Open Art Festival, and can look forward to Holiday Train Rides, and the Boardwalk Holiday Bash.  These events will be taking place during limited operation, with operation of major rides and attractions on weekends only. Continue reading “Special Events Coming to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk”

California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part 5 (TOP 10)

TOP 50 TNail001 YESWe’ve rated and reviewed many coasters and rides over the last few years, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, and that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 10-1 (TOP 10!) in the California TOP 50 of 2016! Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part 5 (TOP 10)”

Knott’s Merry Farm Returns on November 19th!

merry-farm-snow-and-glow-hero-shot-with-family-largeStarting November 19, Knott’s Berry Farm celebrates the merriest of seasons as it transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm with thousands of twinkling lights and cheerful holiday décor throughout the park. Spend the most wonderful time of the year at Knott’s Merry Farm relishing the Christmas season with thrilling attractions, festive new live entertainment, a Christmas crafts fair, delectable holiday food, cheerful carolers performing seasonal classics and nightly snow falling on the lively streets of Calico. Continue reading “Knott’s Merry Farm Returns on November 19th!”

Knott’s Berry Farm To Add New Top Scan Attraction In 2017

sol-spin_logo_4c-largeKnott’s Berry Farm just released more information regarding their 2017 season, which doesn’t only include the huge Knott’s Soak City expansion, but also the extension of the Boysenberry Festival, the return of Ghost Town Alive!, a new restaurant, and a brand new one-of-a-kind (in California) Top Scan attraction named “Sol Spin”.  Continue reading “Knott’s Berry Farm To Add New Top Scan Attraction In 2017”