Carowinds is reopening in November with a new limited-time event, Carowinds Taste of the Season: An Outdoor Holiday Experience. The holiday celebration will feature dozens of sweet and savory tastings, festive themed areas, live shows, and popular rides throughout the park. The event will be open on select dates between November 21 and December 20. Continue reading “Carowinds Reopens with Taste of the Season Food Event”
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”
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?”
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”
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”
Never content with leaving “good enough” alone, we’re back in Ohio for more quality time at Cedar Point and Kings Island! Continue reading “Cedar Point – Trip Report Late August 2020”
Greetings, all! Fresh on the heels of our latest Ohio adventure (and with another one impending to cap our 2020 regional park season), we decided it was time to publish our 2nd annual ranking of Ohio’s coasters!
Unfortunately, Canada’s Wonderland has been closed since last season and due to covid-19. However, that reminded me that we had a never published article about the park from my visit last year, including a review on Yukon Striker! And why is the European guy writing this? Well, it was summer and that meant going places (at that time). I didn’t do any specific theme park trips that year. But what would traveling for an enthusiast be without at least one theme park? So yeah, I went to Canada’s biggest to ride their newest coaster: Yukon Striker!
Knott’s Berry Farm reopened their hotel, and Randy from the FUNnelcake Blog was there to check it out!
“Stay where you play.” The Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel has always been a favorite place to spend the night. Back in March, the hotel closed for what we all thought would be just a few weeks. Well, five months later, guests are finally being welcomed back into the 320-room facility, just steps away from Knott’s front gate. Continue reading “Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel Reopens – Take a Look Inside!”
We’re fortunate enough to have ridden all traditional Giga coasters in the world (that means lift-hill followed by several additional elements). We figured we may as well create a ranking of them all! We know our opinion can be a bit shocking at times, thus we asked Instagram followers on @thecoasterkings to guide is in creating this list. Some of the poll responses we just couldn’t agree with, but thank you readers for making the ranking process fun. Continue reading “All Traditional Giga Coasters in the World – RANKED”
Sean: 2020 may have thrown all of our international plans out the window, but that does allow for more time to revisit our favorite parks (if operating) throughout the United States! We were honestly afraid that after the recent removal of our favorite, Vortex, Kings Island wouldn’t feel the same, but we had a great time. Continue reading “Kings Island – Early August 2020”
Alexander: With 2020 being as stressful as it is, we figured a Platinum Pass and a trip to Ohio would be a nice way to help cope. Our Cedar Point visit wasn’t perfect, but we’re grateful to have been able to go at all.
While Knott’s Berry Farm theme park remains closed, Knott’s Ghost Town is the setting for the all-new, limited time outdoor food and retail experience, Knott’s Taste of Calico. During this specially ticketed outdoor event, guests will be able to take a nostalgic stroll through the streets of Calico, sample unique Knott’s culinary creations including boysenberry specialties, visit local crafters and shop at our unique stores. Continue reading “Knott’s Taste of Calico”
Alexander: Everyone that knows us knows we live for a good Arrow coaster – especially their loopers. We love nothing more than getting rattled around on some of Arrow’s rowdier concoctions, which brings us to this fairly-exhaustive list of our favorites (though we’re still missing some cool ones, like Fantasia Special and HotWheels Sidewinder). Continue reading “The 5 Best Arrow Loopers”
Sean: The unique collection of Cedar Fair parks are home to some of the world’s greatest and biggest coasters. While all parks are currently closed due to COVID-19, now’s a good time to discuss the company’s best coasters: Continue reading “The 5 Best Cedar Fair Coasters”
Southern California’s original theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm, will commemorate its 100th anniversary with its largest celebration ever, all paying tribute to the Knott family’s rich history and legacy of family fun for all. Kicking off May 15 through August 30, “A Knott’s Family Reunion,” will bring together old classics with new favorites, which includes the return of the beloved Bear-y Tales story in an all-new 4-D interactive dark ride, bringing to life a continuation of the classic attraction initially commissioned by the Knott Family and created in 1975 by the legendary attraction designer Rolly Crump. Continue reading “Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair – New for 2020!”
Andrew: For a total of five seasons, I have had the pleasure of working for Cedar Fair in the Ride Operations Department. I was lucky enough to work world class attractions such as Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, Gatekeeper, Magnum XL 200 and much more! Throughout the seasons, my crew and I learned fascinating things about the public.
Preston: To continue our Halloween haunt coverage in SoCal, today we’re going to discuss all things Knotts Scary Farm. We had the privilege of attending this year’s media event and it was a fantastic time! So let’s jump into some maze reviews! Continue reading “Knott’s Scary Farm 2019 Review”
Derrion: Wow! In all my years living in Southern California, I finally was able to get to California’s Great America. This was my second Cedar Fair park, behind Knott’s Berry Farm, and I could not have been more blown away! Lets take a look at some of the highlights from my first visit.
Nick: After months of speculation and leaks, Kings Island has finally unveiled the official details of their 2020 coaster, Orion! The ride will stand 287 feet tall, feature a 300 foot drop, and reach speeds of 91 miles per hour along its 5,321 feet of track! It will be the centerpiece attraction of the new Area 72, a re-theme of the current X-Base section of the park. Read on for all the details!
Alexander: Welcome to our comprehensive countdown of Cedar Fair parks! Before we begin, let’s talk about the two Cedar Fair parks that are not featured on this list, and why:
Sean: Obviously we like Vekoma’s products, and though admittedly some can be a bit rough or intense to the point where most modern riders find them uncomfortable, not all Vekoma coasters are created equally. Vekoma’s newest products have taken the world by storm and are considered some of the best thrill rides ever created, none however, are located in the United States. Let’s take a look at what the 5 Best Vekoma coasters are in the US, leaving out obvious Disney-fan favorites this time. Continue reading “The 5 Best (Non-Disney) Vekomas in the US!”
Sean: Kings Island is one of our favorite Cedar Fair parks, even though we adore most parks in the chain. The atmosphere and landscaping are on-point! Let’s take a look at what makes Kings Island so great, even after the departure of Firehawk! Continue reading “What Makes Kings Island So Great? – Trip Report”
Sean: Good morning from a park we’ve always wanted to visit, for the strange reason that no one really talks about the park besides their lack of new attractions. Let’s head in to the Michigan’s largest theme park, and find out what we think of the aesthetic and attractions!
Alexander: Welcome to a very special Coaster Kings update: our first official visit to Cedar Point (I visited in 2003, 2012, but this was Sean’s first time). We had mixed expectations for the park, but we ended up having an excellent time!
Derrion: It may be a surprise to some but an adventurous new excursion opened at Knott’s Berry Farm May 18th. Calico River Rapids is an all new thematic take on the classic Big Foot Rapids. Lets take a look at the new changes and effects that can be found on the newly themed rapids attraction. Continue reading “Calico River Rapids Media Preview”
Alexander: We’ve hit a different regional park every week this April. After Silver Dollar City the previous week (and Six Flags Over Georgia the week before), our next stop is Carowinds!
Get ready for an episode full of reviews! This includes Time Traveler, Copperhead Strike, Tigris, Popcorn Revenge and Wilderness! In that area, RMC Hybrid Untamed will open soon and we talked to park director Mascha Van Till! After that, we spin the Manufacturer Wheel of Fortune and speak out about our favorite coasters from the manufacturer that pops up. Enjoy!
Hi Readers! Check out this amazing art piece by our friend Jeff Lee!
“Cordelia and Walter”
Boysenberries and white acrylic paint on canvas, 2019
18″ x 24″
I guess I was mainly inspired by Knott’s Berry Farm’s impressive ability to add boysenberry to pretty much anything. I wanted to find a way to incorporate actual berries as artistic materials. The hardest part of the whole process was finding boysenberries in February. I was about to give up and use blackberries instead when I found frozen boysenberries at Mother’s Market. Continue reading ““Cordelia and Walter” a Boysenberry Art by Jeff Lee”
Derrion: The Boysenberry Festival is back at Knott’s Berry Farm and what an amazing day it was! With so many treats, wines, beers, and rides, there is nothing not to love about the famed seasonal event. Lets take a look at what you will find this year.
The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is an annual food-inspired event that celebrates the park’s historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry. This year’s newly-expanded festival will feature over 75 unique boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by the Knott’s culinary team. Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tantalizing line up of dishes ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to one-of-a-kind specialty desserts and drinks that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm during this time of the year. In addition to the numerous food and drink offerings, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of local crafters, live music, musical stage shows and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. This year’s Boysenberry Festival runs 31 days starting March 29, operating daily through April 28, 2019. Continue reading “The Newly Expanded Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Offers a Month of Daily Boysenberry Goodness March 29 – April 28”
Alexander: It’s great to be back in California for a little bit! Our 3-day visit included visits to all of our LA-area favs, starting with Knott’s Berry Farm! It’s been about 4 months since our last visit, and we’re seeing a lot of positive changes!
Derrion: The Peanuts Celebrations is back at Knott’s Berry Farm and what an amazing time it was . There were many fun activities for all ages and the atmosphere was superb. This was my first time experiencing the Peanuts Celebration and I enjoy that the park takes the time to pay homage to the late Charles Schultz. Lets see what is in store for this year’s celebration and also some quick park updates.
Sean: Every year we rank the coasters in the state of California – based on how they’re running that year as well as their significance among other coasters in the state –while also taking in account newcomers! This year’s Top 10 features some new additions and some surprise coasters! Continue reading “California Top 10 Coasters – 2018”
Sean: One of Knott’s Berry Farm’s weaker themed attractions has always been Bigfoot Rapids. It has always been missing that Knott’s ‘spark’. As you likely know, Knott’s Berry Farm is bringing big changes to the classic water ride in 2019 with the opening of Calico River Rapids. Let’s find out what’s in store and what we think of the changes coming!
The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm! With special fireworks, live entertainment, and extended hours, plus Knott’s signature rides and attractions, Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the place to experience an unforgettable night. Continue reading “KNOTT’S BERRY FARM LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT WITH A SPECTACULAR FIREWORK DISPLAY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR”
Sean: After the departure of Boomerang at Knott’s Berry Farm last year, people started wondering where the brightly-colored roller coaster would be located next. Many guessed at a Cedar Fair park, some guessed an Asian park. Thanks to Belgian Plopsa Fans, we now have an answer as to where Boomerang is reopening.
Derrion: What a great way to kick-off the holiday season with Knott’s Merry Farm. I was so excited to attend this years’ event because not only was it my first time covering this event as media, but it also was the first time I experienced the “Merry”-ness as a guests. Knotts Merry Farm provides the warmth and love inside that we need in the world. This update will focus on the shows and attractions you will experience at this years event.
Starting November 16 through January 6, guests can experience Knott’s Merry Farm’s largest Christmas display ever, with a full park transformation including all-new seasonal décor. A classic winter wonderland awaits park goers with a landscape of thousands of twinkling lights, miles of themed garland, oversized snowflakes and a variety of picturesque holiday settings, all created as a backdrop to capture timeless holiday memories. Continue reading “Holiday Spirit Shines even Brighter at Knott’s Merry Farm this Year”
Sean: Since we had a few days off we decided to hang out at some of SoCal’s parks this week. We were certainly in the mood for Montezooma’s Revenge and some fries at Knott’s Berry Farm, the park we hung out at first! In today’s Knott’s Berry Farm Update we take a look at our time at the park and the detailed Big Foot Rapids refurbishment, rumored to be the new Knott’s attraction! Continue reading “Knott’s Berry Farm Update – October 30th 2018”
Derrion: We had a blast attending this years media night for Knott’s Scary Farm! I’m always excited for the park at this time of year because they have one of the oldest running horror themed events for an amusement park. Knott’s Scary Farm holds a special place in my heart because I grew up attending the event with my family. This update will focus on a review of all the mazes and other additions to this years Knott’s Scary Farm .
Alexander: Summer is almost over, but we still managed to squeeze in a late summer Knott’s visit ahead of this year’s Knott’s Scary Farm preparations!
The nightmare-filled world of Knott’s Scary Farm returns for its 46th season with a completely transformed park that brings terror to life as the largest immersive Halloween experience in Southern California. Every inch of the park becomes covered with hidden frights, prowling creatures, new spine-chilling scares and terrifying twists. This year guests will come face-to-face with fear as they brave through the park’s 14 haunted attractions including mazes and frightful scare zones, each eager to welcome new and unsuspecting victims. Knott’s Scary Farm is back for 25 horrifying nights from September 20 – October 31. Continue reading “Knott’s Scary Farm 2018!”
Nick: After months of teasing, Carowinds has finally revealed their 2019 additions, and the headlining attraction is Copperhead Strike, a Mack Rides Double Launch coaster! Let’s launch into all the details!
Knott’s Scary Farm, the first and largest Halloween event in Southern California has revealed exclusive and frightening new details for the return of its 46th season during a special appearance at the fan-favorite event Midsummer Scream in Long Beach. The Knott’s entertainment team held an exclusive panel for fans featuring a few of the Scary Farm masterminds including maze and set designers, producers along with costuming and makeup to share insight on what’s lurking in the fog for 2018. Continue reading “Knott’s Scary Farm 2018 – Midsummer Scream Scare Zone Reveal”
Alexander: Following our…interesting…time at Six Flags America, we were excited to spend two days at Kings Dominion, one of the country’s nicest regional parks. As big fans of Kings Island, our expectations were high: how would the kindred KECO park compare??
McLaren: Typically, people start their day with a cup of coffee to get their energy levels up to an adequate day-starting level. Last week, however, the coffee wasn’t needed until much later in the day as California’s Great America provided an ever more effective way to wake up… RailBlazer. Continue reading “RailBlazer- Now Open at California’s Great America”
Alexander: On the last day of Passholder Preview for Railblazer, Sean and I made the journey to California’s Great America to see what all the fuss is about and to do a general update on the park. Continue reading “California’s Great America Update – June 13, 2018”
Sean: This week we ventured to yet another few parks around the country. On some quick layovers we hit up two Cedar Fair parks. Valleyfair! was a new park for me, as where Carowinds was a much appreciated re-visit. Both visits took place within 24 hrs of each other, so why not create one report?