Europa-Park in Germany will open a MACK Rides Big Dipper-style roller coaster next year, and we now know more about the ride’s story. The new coaster will be located in the park’s brand-new Croatian section, which will open at the same time as the new ride.Continue reading “Story Behind Europa-Park’s 2023 Coaster”
Human Riders on TRON: Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom
TRON: Lightcycle Run, a highly anticipated new attraction at Magic Kingdom, has been testing practically nonstop for weeks. The new Vekoma coaster has undergone numerous test cycles, but so far we have only observed empty vehicles and those with test dummies. Nonetheless, we now have footage of actual riders. Hopefully this signifies that the ride will open sooner rather than later.Continue reading “Human Riders on TRON: Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom”
The 5 Best Disney Launch Coasters
Beginning with resort-saving Space Mountain de la Terre a la Lune in 1995, Disney was the unlikely champion of the modern launch coaster. Before Premier Rides, Intamin, and other industry juggernauts had their hand at next-generation launchers, Disney partnered with Vekoma to create the first new catapult-propelled coaster in over a decade (one that, unlike its predecessors, would run multiple trains on a full circuit).Continue reading “The 5 Best Disney Launch Coasters”
New Scares for Knott’s Scary Farm 2022!
The most immersive Halloween experience in Southern California, Knott’s Scary Farm, returns with unimaginable new scares and terrifying twists for its 49th frightful year. Every inch of the park transforms into everyone’s worst nightmare as the most horrendous monsters await around every corner ready to turn you into their next victim. This year, guests will come face to face with their most horrifying fears as they brave through the park’s 17 haunted experiences, including five spine-chilling scare zones, nine monstrous mazes, and three sinister shows. Knott’s Scary Farm is back for 26 terrifying nights from September 22 – October 31.Continue reading “New Scares for Knott’s Scary Farm 2022!”
Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces Fright Fest Line-up for 2022!
Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 29th season of Fright Fest is back with 23 terrifying nights of monsters, ghouls, and creepy characters ready to strike fear in any one who crosses their path. The bone-chilling lineup of attractions features a daunting new haunted house, two new spine-tingling scare zones, an ominous new show, and a new haunted happy hour. Six Flags Magic Mountain leaves no tombstone unturned to deliver what guests want most—an all-out terrifying experience, on select nights September 10 through October 31.Continue reading “Six Flags Magic Mountain Announces Fright Fest Line-up for 2022!”
In Defense of Avengers Assemble: Flight Force
It’s only been a couple months since Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opened at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT, but Disney Imagineering has already unveiled their next Marvel-themed attraction: Avengers Assemble: Flight Force. Though expectations were (probably) modest, the “new” coaster didn’t perform as desired for some folks – what went wrong?Continue reading “In Defense of Avengers Assemble: Flight Force”
Cedar Fair 2023 Additions and Announcements
This week Cedar Fair announced exciting additions and improvements for six of its twelve amusement parks! The 2023 additions mark some of the largest chain-wide investment we’ve seen since Covid-19 put a damper on the amusement industry. We’re excited to see Cedar Fair continue to invest in their parks and look forward to experiencing many of these offerings next year.
All verbiage and images are courtesy of their respective parks unless otherwise noted.Continue reading “Cedar Fair 2023 Additions and Announcements”
Pleasurewood Hills – Park visit 2022
Here in the UK we are blessed to have so many beautiful parks, some surrounded by countryside and others amongst beautiful seaside destinations. Today we are going to talk about our day trip to the lovely Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft in the UK.Continue reading “Pleasurewood Hills – Park visit 2022”
All Disney Coasters – Ranked
UPDATED – August 2022
We didn’t plan on riding Rex’s Racer on our 2019 visit to Shanghai Disneyland . The new credit was tempting, but we assumed the line would be too long to be a good use of time – after all, we already had the Paris and Hong Kong ones.
On Shanghai Disneyland day the crowds were light, and when we checked out the new Toy Story Land, we noticed Rex’s Racer going out with empty seats. “Eh, why not” we said. After riding, it occurred to us that we’d now ridden every coaster Disney has ever built – but not for long. Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleds will open at Hong Kong Disneyland before we know it, and with no plans for a Hong Kong Disney visit in our near future, we know our every-Disney-coaster-ridden claim had an expiration date.
Naturally we decided to write an article ranking all operating Disney coasters – it may have taken years for us to get around to it, but we’ve finally put it together. We’re also pleased to include both Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Avengers Assemble: Flight Force in our latest revision!Continue reading “All Disney Coasters – Ranked”
Dorney Park – 2022
Dorney Park holds the distinction of the first park Cedar Fair acquired outside of the 2 parks that are the company’s namesake. With roots back to 1860, Dorney Park is one of numerous examples of the American trolley park, parks developed by trolley companies to help drive weekend traffic. While it has an impressive collection of roller coasters, Dorney is known for being one of Cedar Fairs lesser parks with their newest coaster addition being the relocated Vekoma inverted boomerang Stinger which was removed from Dorney in 2017. However, like most Ohio enthusiasts, me and my friend Pete have Cedar Fair platinum passes, and it seemed a no-brainer to see what this historic Pennsylvania park has to offer.Continue reading “Dorney Park – 2022”
Texas Twister at Kinderpretpark JulianaToren!
How about the brand new rollercoaster Texas Twister in the Netherlands? Besides all the major parks in Europe, you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the smaller local parks. Our team got invited to Kinderpretpark JulianaToren in the Netherlands to ride the new coaster and the different fun rides! Join us to discover this cute park where we also celebrated the birthday of the park mascot Jul!Continue reading “Texas Twister at Kinderpretpark JulianaToren!”
Family Park Opens a Brand New Water Ride!
Family Park in Austria has just celebrated the launch of their brand new Intamin log flume for 2022- Biberburg (Beaver Lodge in English). We were so thrilled to be invited to the grand opening of this exciting new attraction at Austria’s largest theme park and therefore we thought we’d share all the details with you!Continue reading “Family Park Opens a Brand New Water Ride!”
Everything Wonder Woman: Flight of Courage at Six Flags Magic Mountain!
Six Flags Magic Mountain is home to the longest and tallest single-rail roller coaster in the world. Join us as we explore everything this record-breaking roller coaster has to offer!Continue reading “Everything Wonder Woman: Flight of Courage at Six Flags Magic Mountain!”
SeaWorld San Diego Wild Arctic Coaster Track Pieces on Site
SeaWorld San Diego closed the original Wild Arctic simulator on January 10, 2020 to make room for a new attraction. This new attraction was originally going to debut in 2021, however, was significantly delayed because of the pandemic. A few ride designs later, track has now appeared on site and land clearing is under way for the park’s newest roller coaster!Continue reading “SeaWorld San Diego Wild Arctic Coaster Track Pieces on Site”
Parque Warner’s 2023 New Coaster Goes Vertical
UPDATES: Sept 5, Sept 7, Sept 22
Spain parks are in full motion for the 2023 season! PortAventura is working on a yet unknown project (rumours can be heard about an enclosed spinning coaster) and Parque Warner is developing maybe their biggest project in 20 years. Construction is already visible at the studio based theme park, so let’s take a quick look!Continue reading “Parque Warner’s 2023 New Coaster Goes Vertical”
Our Coasters from A through Z
Rollercoasters from A through Z! For those who have been listening to our minisode podcast episodes, you know that we went through the alphabet discussing 26 coasters from A through Z. Here you can find the full list of episodes to have a look at the history of many rollercoasters around the world. Have you ridden them all?
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 2022
A lot of time has passed since our last Six Flags Discovery Kingdom visit. One major ride has come and gone (the epic flop that was Skyline Attraction’s SkyWarp), and two new coasters have opened! Let’s take a look:Continue reading “Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 2022”
Tibidabo Announces New Thrill Ride for 2024
Following the removal of Hurakan (Top Spin), the emblematic amusement park of Barcelona has recently announced the addition of a new thrill ride for 2024. The park is also developing a new plan for specific attractions in order to maintain and renew its socio-tourist appeal providing new sensations and experiences to its guests, while maintaining the essence of historic attractions.Continue reading “Tibidabo Announces New Thrill Ride for 2024”
California’s Great America to Close at the End of the Decade
Cedar Fair Capitalizes on Opportunity to Sell Its Land at California’s Great America Amusement ParkContinue reading “California’s Great America to Close at the End of the Decade”
20 Best Disney Rides in the World – 2022 Edition
About this time in 2017, we dropped a Disney Rides Top 20 to celebrate the opening of Shanghai Disneyland. Five years and two revisions later, we’re back with the 3rd Edition of our Global Disney Top 20. We’re proud to bring an increasingly comprehensive countdown of Disney’s top rides from around the world – each one pushing the limits of storytelling entertainment and illustrating for the visionary artwork of Walt Disney Imagineering.Continue reading “20 Best Disney Rides in the World – 2022 Edition”