KINGS DOMINION REVIEW: It’s Kings Island, Except Not At All

I spent much of my childhood visiting Kings Island in Mason, Ohio with my family every summer despite living 4.5 hours away in Nashville. The park was just down the road from my grandparents’ house in Springboro, so it was an easy weekend trip for us. Kings Island is truly my second home. I loveContinue reading “KINGS DOMINION REVIEW: It’s Kings Island, Except Not At All”

STEEL VENGEANCE REVIEW: The World’s Greatest Roller Coaster?

I feel like pipe dreams of all sorts are pretty common with coaster fans. What if this park built this coaster from this manufacturer? What if this coaster was renovated/retracked etc. I definitely have my wishlist of things I’d like to see done in the theme park world. Occasionally though, a wish comes along thatContinue reading “STEEL VENGEANCE REVIEW: The World’s Greatest Roller Coaster?”

MILLENNIUM FORCE REVIEW: The most successfully executed modern roller coaster

Happy Holidays everyone! Apologies for not posting at all these past few months. I’ve been working a ton at my job with not a lot of days off so I’ve been exhausted. That being said I was working on this post a little bit at a time, and I finally got it done. I’m hopingContinue reading “MILLENNIUM FORCE REVIEW: The most successfully executed modern roller coaster”

MYSTIC TIMBERS REVIEW: Kings Island’s wood coaster legacy continues with this modern, twisty Out-&-Back

Wooden coasters are a big part of Kings Island‘s history. It all started with The Racer in 1972, which ignited a brand new interest among amusement parks for building large-scale thrill coasters. Then in 1979, The Beast came along, earning a legendary status of being the “biggest, baddest, longest wooden coaster in the world.” ThenContinue reading “MYSTIC TIMBERS REVIEW: Kings Island’s wood coaster legacy continues with this modern, twisty Out-&-Back”

COASTERSTOCK 2017 AT KINGS ISLAND: Trip Report

Drove in my driveway last night from a very exhausting but amazing weekend trip to Mason, OH, the home of Kings Island amusement park, where I met up with my friends Matt and Alex for Coasterstock 2017. Coasterstock is an annual roller coaster enthusiast event put on Kings Island, and it includes behind-the-scenes tours, presentations,Continue reading “COASTERSTOCK 2017 AT KINGS ISLAND: Trip Report”

THE BEAST REVIEW: Still the most radically unique wooden coaster to ever exist

It’s 1978, and a young and ambitious Kings Island is still riding the waves of a roller coaster renaissance that started with its own Racer in 1972. New coasters are popping up all over the country, and height and speed records are being broken left and right. The wood coaster to beat at the time?Continue reading “THE BEAST REVIEW: Still the most radically unique wooden coaster to ever exist”

LIGHTNING ROD REVIEW: The world’s fastest wood coaster speeding its way through the Smokies.

Rocky Mountain Construction. If you call yourself a roller coaster enthusiast, you should be familiar with these three words. If not, I’ll fill you in with the basics. Rocky Mountain Construction, or RMC, is the latest and greatest roller coaster design firm to hit the industry. They specialize in creating ground-breaking wood and steel coastersContinue reading “LIGHTNING ROD REVIEW: The world’s fastest wood coaster speeding its way through the Smokies.”

DOLLYWOOD APRIL 2016: Video / Trip Report / Park Review

My theme park season started with this cool, beautiful spring trip to the best park in Tennessee, Dollywood! Crowds were nonexistent, with wait times for rides never over 10 minutes. Dollywood’s Festival of Nations was in full swing, so the park was decked out with lots of different world culture activities and shows. Lightning Rod,Continue reading “DOLLYWOOD APRIL 2016: Video / Trip Report / Park Review”

VOYAGE REVIEW: a 10-year analysis of Holiday World’s record-breaking wood coaster

When I first saw the announcement for this roller coaster in 2005, I knew it would be special. The ride rendering looked like one of those fantasy roller coasters some crazy enthusiast would dream up in No Limits. Except this one was being built for real… The late Will Koch, park president at the timeContinue reading “VOYAGE REVIEW: a 10-year analysis of Holiday World’s record-breaking wood coaster”