Off the heels of Knott’s successful new “Taste” experiences, Knott’s Berry Farm is excited to announce a new seasonal food and retail event, this time celebrating the merriest season of all, with Knott’s Taste of Merry Farm. While the theme park remains closed, Christmas spirit still shines bright this year with holiday charm brimming out of every corner of the park, as Knott’s wondrously transforms with enchanted décor, thousands of twinkling lights, miles of festive garland, and a variety of picturesque holiday settings, all serving as a backdrop to the tastiest holiday foods around. Continue reading “Knott’s Taste of Merry Farm”
Another week, another exciting update on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in the summer of 2021! While projects at Walt Disney World down the street seem to be delayed or pushed back. Universal’s coaster is looking more ready by the day! Join us for this new construction update! Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – October 26, 2020”
We’re back with another exciting TRON Lightcycle / Run Update from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. In today’s update we’ll touch on some of the rumors and delays expected for this project, as well as the work that is continuing at this time! Continue reading “TRON Lightcycle / Run Update – Magic Kingdom – October 26, 2020”
After quite some time, we finally got out to Walibi Belgium again to take a look at the finished layout of their well-known new Intamin mega coaster coming in 2021. We got some shots of work being done in its new area and some amazing views of the completed track.
After launching our Coaster Line last week, we’re now adding five new pieces to form the Coasters and Landmarks Line. These new pieces take us across the globe to some of the most iconic landmarks in the themed entertainment industry. Carefully chosen and designed based on our love for these remarkable icons, this week’s wonderous landmark designs can’t be missed: Continue reading “SHOP – 5 New Landmark Designs”
In today’s episode of our official podcast, Sean and Alex continue their conversation about the world’s biggest manufacturers and their highlight coasters. This follow-up episode includes Rocky Mountain Construction, B&M and Vekoma along with a dozen additional manufacturers! Continue reading “Coaster Kings Radio – Manufacturer Talk pt. 2!”
I visit Parc Astérix very often as it is quite near from Paris and I have changed my mind quite a lot about which is the best rollercoaster at the park. Dragging 2.3M guests in 2019, it is one of the top european park that you must visit if you’re an enthusiast. Here is our ranking of the 7 coasters present at the park:
After months on top of months of waiting, California theme parks finally received reopening guidelines yesterday during the state’s weekly COVID-19 briefing. Governor Gavin Newsom along with other high-level representatives from the Golden State have decided to split up theme parks into “larger theme parks” and “smaller theme parks”. The placement of a theme park is based on its capacity. The state says it will allow smaller theme parks to reopen at 25% capacity (or 500 people, whichever is fewer) once the county the park resides in is placed into the orange tier. Reservations will be required, all park guests must live in the same county the park is in, and only outdoor attractions will be allowed to operate. For larger theme parks, the restrictions are even more suffocating, with the guidelines stating that the county the park resides in must be in the yellow tier in order to reopen. Like the smaller parks, reservations will also be required and the park capacity will have to be 25%. Continue reading “California Theme Parks – Where Do We Go From Here?”
Another week, another update! This time we’re getting to the exciting phase in which Universal Orlando Resort’s new launch coaster comes to life. In this update we’ve got landscaping, infrastructure, reveals, and much more! Enjoy this photo update of Jurassic World: VelociCoaster! Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Late October 2020”
UPDATED: October 2020
We’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel to all Disney parks in the world, twice! Along with that, we’ve also been passholders for 8 out of the 12 parks! We’re critics – and thus can’t help but compare every experience at each Disney park. We’ve reasoned back and forth and have taken the changes over the past couple of years in account to create this list ranking all Disney parks in the World. (Please note that this article has been completely rewritten from our January 2019 edition). Continue reading “All Disney Parks in the World – Ranked”
Airtime, a solid mix of forces, stellar inversions, launches, drops, etc. There are so many ways to really make a good coaster. What makes an overall good experience, however, often depends on the surrounding infrastructure. In this article we’re highlighting some of the best coaster queues in the world that really elevate the overall experience of the attraction.
Shop Coaster Kings launched a week ago, and we’re excited to introduce some new pieces in time for the holidays! Over the course of the next six weeks, Shop Coaster Kings will launch five pieces weekly! This week, we’re excited to share our first merchandise of the new Coaster Line, inspired by some of your favorite coasters in the Southeast of the United States. Continue reading “SHOP – Launch of Coaster Line – 5 New Designs”
Back in October 2012 the UK heard about plans to build a huge park on the outskirts of London. Now eight years later we have a new update, possible ride manufacturers, and a possible opening year! Being built by London Resort Company Holdings, here’s what we know:
We just released a highly detailed and exciting discussion of Phantasialand’s newest area and world-class rollercoaster! Join us to Rookburgh and experience F.L.Y. in our newest Coaster Kings Radio episode with team members Sven and Nadja, and guest host Jan from Brake Section! Continue reading “Special Episode: Rookburgh & F.L.Y. at Phantasialand – Coaster Kings Radio”
It’s been a few weeks since we provided you with a TRON Lightcycle / Run Update from Magic Kingdom. As the project is trucking right along, we get more excited each day. Let’s take a quick look: Continue reading “Magic Kingdom and TRON Lightcycle / Run Update – October 13th 2020”
Haunted events look and feel a bit different all across the country this year, and Howl-O-Scream is no exception. This year’s event focuses solely on outdoor scares, with a whopping 10 scare zones throughout the park. Even though there aren’t any traditional haunted houses, the event still delivers plenty of scares, and of course some of Florida’s best roller coasters! Read on for our full review of this year’s event!
Even though we are the Coaster Kings, we like to talk about other theme park related things from time to time. Today I wanted to talk about what is one of the most well-known attractions in the world. It’s called Talocan– and it’s located in Phantasialand in Brühl, Germany.
The Coaster Kings Shop is open for business! By now you’ve probably seen some of our various styles and designs, but did you know you can customize Coaster Kings swag with your own personal touch? The possibilities are endless:
You might have heard of this new ride that recently started its soft-opening at Phantasialand! Yes, the new generation Vekoma Flying coaster might be high on your list. But because of Covid-19, you might not be able to book a trip right away. Here you can have a slight teaser with only some visual spoilers! Plus, we give you some good advice for a first visit. Continue reading “F.L.Y. and Rookburgh – An Almost Spoiler Free Teaser”
Coaster Kings (thecoasterkings.com) has presented their new branding today. After more than seven years of reporting on theme park experiences worldwide, the brand released a brand-new crown-inspired logo representing both the “Coaster” and “Kings” part of their industry-wide known name. The logo can now be found on all their social media platforms, including region specific pages for California, Europe and Florida. Continue reading “Coaster Kings Launches New Webshop Alongside Reimagined Logo”
Here’s a recap of the latest news at theme parks around Europe! Dino’s, Halloween and a brand new ride you want in your local theme park! Continue reading “What’s Next? – European Theme Park News – Week ending October 11th”
So you might have noticed on our European Coaster Kings Instagram channel that at the end of September, we did a small theme park trip. After 3 German parks (Holiday Park, Europa-Park and Tripsdrill), we stopped by at a regional French park which we had heard good things about: Fraispertuis City. If you are unfamiliar with the park, now’s the time to discover why you should pay a visit! Continue reading “Fraispertuis City – Last weekend of the Season – September 2020”
This month we present a new Coaster Kings Radio podcast episode EVERY WEEK! This week, check out a special episode from our European crew in UK’s Hot or Not! Continue reading “Coaster Kings Radio – SPECIAL – UK’s Hot or Not”
When your home park invites you to come and see what they have in store for Halloween, then we can’t say no! The cozy and adorable Bellewaerde Park in Belgium has got everything ready to celebrate Halloween from October 10th until November 8th! A coronaproof event for the family you’d want to see! Continue reading “Halloween Sneak Peek at Bellewaerde Park!”
Due to the current circumstances, Walibi Belgium decided to organize a different kind of event at the end of their season. As the music industry struggles, Walibi helps out by organizing “Walibi On Stage”: 8 days of music with more than 150 artists, including Eurovision contestants Loic Nottet and Blanche!
UPDATE: Due to the recent number of increased Covid-19 cases in Belgium, the event got unfortunately cancelled. Please follow the rules and stay safe!
The United States remains one of the most important countries for roller coaster and theme park enthusiasts around the world. A country the size of the United Sates can be overwhelming for visitors trying to decide which parks to go to. This list seeks to focus in on 10 American parks I think are essential for international visitors to experience. Note that this isn’t intended as a ranking of the best parks in the U.S., rather it is a list of parks that encapsulate the landscape of the American amusement industry.
You might have heard of this park called Europa-Park. We already wrote several times about this incredible park, which also blooms as a resort more and more. Last year, they proved that even more with the addition of Rulantica, a heavily-themed indoor waterpark and basically their second gate. We’ll guide you through, discovering this special place and how you need to prepare yourself for a visit! Continue reading “A Guide to Visiting Rulantica, Europa-Park’s Water Park”
Our newest podcast episode is now available for your enjoyment! In this episode of Coaster Kings Radio, Sean and Alex discuss major coaster manufacturers from around the world and take a look at some of their best and most unique products. Is your favorite coaster highlighted? Continue reading “Coaster Kings Radio – Manufacturer Talk (Part One)”
One of the most underrated parks in the UK has to be Chessington, its fusion between a Zoo and Theme Park experience is a relatively unique experience that creates a very interesting atmosphere. With most of its hardware constructed in the 80s and 90s and updated to the modern-day we visit this unique park to not only explore its classics but also to take a peek into its future.
We recently visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach, winning 11 awards this year in the theme park awards it’s rated as one of the UK’s top attractions. Having such a large amount of rides in one small park provides something for everyone. Today we are going to rank our favorite coasters! Continue reading “Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Top 10 Rollercoasters”
Disney is truly in a league of their own when it comes to themed areas. Our recent podcast covered this in great detail, but we wanted to produce a follow-up article to make a couple changes and reiterate some of our key points.
A quick trip to Magic Kingdom was even shorter than we anticipated due to the larger crowds. With one side of Space Mountain down, we ended up waiting over an hour and decided to just get some TRON shots and leave. Enjoy this quick TRON/ Magic Kingdom update: Continue reading “TRON: Lightcycle / Run – Magic Kingdom Update – Late-September 2020”
Another few days have passed since our previous update of the Jurassic World coaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This week we’re seeing the track pull-through, development of queue infrastructure, touches of theming, and changes to the supports for potential netting being added. That and more in today’s update! Continue reading “Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Jurassic World Coaster Update – Mid-September 2020”
We recently visited Europa Park, one of the most famous theme parks in the world. The park is considered the best theme park in the world by some enthusiasts. This report will focus on a collection of the best things to do and see at this diverse park. Of course, we will go into detail on the coasters they have on offer too!
Holiday Park, located in Germany is a sister park to Plopsaland in Belgium and is renowned for its world-class Intamin megacoaster: Expedition GeForce. There’s a lot more to see and do in the park, but a trip to this smaller sized park, is worth it for a ride on the coaster itself.
With the opening of Corkscrew in 1975 Arrow Development not only introduced the first modern looping roller coaster it also introduced the first inverting coaster element that wasn’t a vertical loop. Though people complain about Arrow’s use of “cookie cutter” elements on its looping coasters we still see almost every element Arrow introduced being used today. For over 20 years these “cookie cutter” inversions were what it meant to ride a looping coaster and I think Arrow loopers continue to be the first “upside down” ride for many people. In celebration of 45 years of the modern looping roller coaster enjoy this ranking of five classic Arrow inverting elements.
Here’s a recap of the latest news at theme parks around Europe! Ready for some Halloween events or do you prefer a New Orleans style celebration first? Continue reading “What’s Next? – European Theme Park News – Week ending September 20th”
In our brand new podcast episode we discuss Disney’s best themed areas from around the world! Are your favorites on the list? Continue reading “Coaster Kings Radio – Disney Themed Areas Top 10”
Though we had originally made a reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios for today, we ended up switching that to Magic Kingdom. Why? – Well, Rise of the Resistance is running with just one elevator, and with the chances of that being a smooth process being very slim, a trip to Magic Kingdom suddenly was much more appealing to us. Of course we captured TRON: Lightcycle Run construction pictures to share with you! Continue reading “TRON: Lightcycle Run Construction Update – Magic Kingdom – Mid September 2020”
PortAventura World, the main Southern Europe theme park resort, will build a brand new park dedicated to La Liga, the Spanish football league.
We got quite some news this week from parks around the US, including seasonal events, food festivals, and combinations of both! Continue reading “Special Events News – United States Theme Parks – Week Ending September 13, 2020”
According to a Belgian news site, Merlin looks into building a theme park near Charleroi Airport. The former industrial site could transform into a world of Lego with attractions, restaurants and even hotels. Could this be the first new Legoland opening in Europe? Continue reading “Legoland Coming to Belgium?”
I would visit Efteling any day. Yet, on a sunny day right after the summer, the park really blossoms. On top of that, during these special times, the Dutch parks are probably the only ones that don’t require you to wear a mask in Europe. Time for a walk through the park! Continue reading “Efteling – A Mask Free Day at a Theme Park – September 2020”
Today we spent the day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The day turned out to again be quiet and relaxing, allowing for rerides on some of our favorite rides. The highlight, however, was observing the active construction site of TRON: Lightcycle Run. Join us for a construction update of this highly anticipated new coaster: Continue reading “TRON: Lightcycle Run Construction Update – Magic Kingdom – Early September 2020”
Another few days have gone by and now we have more raptors around the ride, finished track work, and a new bridge connecting Jurassic Park with the Lost Continent. Today’s update highlights all that and we’ve got a ton of pictures for you. Continue reading “Jurassic World Coaster Construction Update – Universal Orlando Resort – Early September 2020”
Though we’ve had the quietest summer Orlando has had in years, this Labor Day Weekend brought relatively solid crowds. Universal Orlando Resort’s three parks all reached capacity early in the day. Let’s take a look at the wait times around the resort! Continue reading “All Universal Orlando Resort Parks at Capacity – Labor Day Weekend”
A new environmental study has been published for the Intamin75 project at Parc Astérix, under the form of a 416 pages PDF ! It revealed several facts about the coaster, the area and more. Let’s dive into the details of spectacular coaster for France! Continue reading “Details on New Intamin Blitz Coaster for Parc Astérix!”
We’re on the second episode of the new season! After a quick conversation about the Jurassic World coaster and Waldameer, we discuss two highly popular Cedar Fair parks and how they compare. This time we based our discussions on Instagram polls and the results. Let’s see if we agree with our followers! Continue reading “Coaster Kings Radio – Cedar Point vs. Kings Island”
We couldn’t stay away from our favorite operating Cedar Fair park! Along with a visit to Cedar Point, we returned to Kings Island to enjoy some more rides on Orion and other favorites. This time we braved a 70-minute line to enter the Eiffel Tower, so we have a collection of great Kings Island shots ahead! Continue reading “Kings Island from Above”
With theme park visits feeling especially therapeutic these days, any chance to hit a new park feels like a very special opportunity. The timing was right to finally visit Waldameer – during an ACE event, no less – and we had a great time! Continue reading “Waldameer – Our First Visit”