Five of the Best Parks in America for Relocated Roller Coasters
You can’t build new old coasters – any park could conceivably build a new ride from scratch, but there’s something about a relocated coaster that feels unique. A ride on its 2nd or 3rd location is also on its 2nd or 3rd lease on life, or even its 2nd or 3rd identity. Parks with multiple relocated coasters dedicate themselves to continuing the stories of these rides – many of which whose narratives were thought to have already ended.
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What’s to do in the winter in the tri-state area? Theme park wise, not much. However, the new American Dream mall in New Jersey offers a wonderful day out with an ice skating rink, shopping, (some) dining, a DreamWorks water park, and the Nickelodeon Universe theme park. Join us for a review of the largest indoor amusement park in the United States!
Continue reading “American Dream – Nickelodeon Universe”
Following the launch of our Twenty-Year Top 20: The Best Coasters of 1999, we immediately decided to make it an annual thing – Here’s what we think are the 20 best coasters that turned 20 in 2020!
Continue reading “Twenty-Year Top 20: The Best Coasters of 2000”
Hello everyone! We hope you’re enjoying the penultimate month of 2020 to the best of your ability.
After the launch of our Ohio Coasters TOP 10 article in August, we teased a follow-up article where we similarly scrutinize the coasters of Pennsylvania to compose a similar list. Then we forgot about it. Then, in the wake of regional-park-off-season, we remembered again! So, without further ado, we bring you our Pennsylvania Coasters TOP 10:
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With the second wave of Covid-19, theme parks in Belgium had to close last week. Before that, we had one last visit to one of the smaller parks in the country: Plopsa Coo. Although it might not have the most spectacular rides, you’d be surprised what this cozy park has to offer! Continue reading “Plopsa Coo – October 2020”
What happens in Vegas has been the subject of many an article here at Coaster Kings – from the soft pink coziness of The Adventuredome to the compellingly apocalyptic Primm Nevada resorts that Desperado calls home. In the heart of the action is the oft-overlooked NYNY Hotel and its star attraction, but with Nevada’s roller coaster bell curve dropping as quickly as it arose, the Big Apple Coaster continues to accrue value.
Continue reading “The Final Togo: A Look at U.S.A.’s Last Remaining Japanese Coaster”
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 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”
Alexander: For many, one of the highest-anticipated coasters of 2020 is Hersheypark’s Candymonium B&M Hyper. Eager to check it out for ourselves, we raced over to Hersheypark shortly after they reopened to the public in early July.
Continue reading “Hersheypark 2020 – Chocolate Town, Candymonium & More”
Alexander: Our second new park of the week (for us) is Arkansas’ regional park, Magic Springs! There’s a great collection of oddball coasters here and we can’t wait to check them out!
Continue reading “Magic Springs & Crystal Falls: First Impressions”
Alexander: Greetings! Who’s ready for another Coaster Kings Top 5? This time we’re looking at one of B&M’s most enduring product lines, the Flying Coaster!
Continue reading “The 5 Best B&M Flying Coasters”
Sean: We’re back with another list! This time we’re looking at a smaller company than the past few lists, but with tremendous value nonetheless. Herschend Family Entertainment operates three theme parks in the US: Wild Adventures, Silver Dollar City and Dollywood. Let’s find out what their 5 best coasters are! Continue reading “The 5 Best Herschend Family Entertainment Coasters”
It’s time for an episode all about Herschend Family Entertainment: America’s Theme Park Sweatheart. But mostly Silver Dollar City and Dollywood.
Continue reading “Coaster Kings Radio Episode 9: Silver Dolly Adventures”
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: Last week we made a quick trip to Texas, just in time before major attractions around the country started closing. Our trip to Texas featured 5 parks, 3 of which were considered small. These Small Parks of Texas all have their own major coaster: Continue reading “Small Parks of Texas: Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston Pleasure Pier, and ZDT’s Amusement Park”
Sean: I know we’re already approaching the end of 2019, but we’re flashing back to 2018 when we traveled across the world to some memorable and not-so-memorable parks. Below we have listed some of the biggest surprises of 2018, both local and international coasters. Continue reading “FLASHBACK – The 5 Most Surprising Coasters We Rode in 2018”
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: Alex and I trekked from Orlando to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia with our Nighthawk Vekoma shirts on in anticipation of the four new Vekoma credits we’d be getting that day! – Join us as we explore the third Herschend Entertainment theme park! Continue reading “Wild Adventures at Wild Adventures”
Hello All! Jeff here again. After a lovely morning at the Kaleidoscape media event (see that report here), I returned the next day, Saturday April 13 for the first day of a Passholder Preview weekend before the park opened to the general public on Saturday, April 20. Continue reading “Elitch Gardens Passholder Preview – Mid April”
Jeff: Hey all, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Jeff, and I’m super excited to be providing some guest coverage for Coaster Kings, one of my favorite theme park sites. A little about myself: I’m an artist and painting instructor. I also work as a Scenic Artist at Knott’s Berry Farm. If you’ve been to Haunt in the last two years, you’ve probably seen my work in the mazes. If you want to see more, I’m @artbyjefflee on IG
I’m also a huge theme park fan. My favorite park is Knoebels and my favorite coaster
is was Volcano the Blast Coaster at Kings Dominion.
I drove out from California to Elitch Gardens in Denver for the opening of “Kaleidoscape” the new dark ride by Meow Wolf, an artist collective based in Santa Fe. For those not familiar with Meow Wolf, this passage from their website explains things better than I could:
Continue reading “Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscape – Now at Elitch Gardens”