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”
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”
Alexander: As theme park food festivals rapidly become commonplace (even among regional parks), the gold standard is widely regarded to be Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. While it’s certainly the most famous, popular, and expensive theme park food festival, we’d like to argue against it being the best.
Enter: SeaWorld’s 7 Seas Food Festival.
Continue reading “SeaWorld’s 7 Seas Food Festival is Better than Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival”
Ready for 2019? As usual, we have lots of new coasters to look forward to. Check out our overview of the highlighted rides, with of course mostly coasters, for this year! The novelties are spread all over Europe with special reopening of two wooden coasters, interesting Infinity Coasters, two unique dark rides and many thrill rides. Continue reading “New in 2019 – Europe”
Sean: Today we attended a wonderful tour of the new-for-2019 Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando! The new themed land will not only be home to some great family rides, but also meet ‘n greets with your furry Sesame Street friends, and of course the brand new parade. Let’s take a look around the construction zone!
Continue reading “Sesame Street Construction Tour – SeaWorld Orlando – January 22nd, 2019”
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”
Sven: We just came back from the UK trip of 2018 for theme park fans: Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Alton Towers. These two big parks both opened a brand new coaster this year and so we could not resist paying them a visit. But which one of the two is the best according to us: Icon or Wicker Man? Continue reading “Icon – Blackpool Pleasure Beach VS Wicker Man – Alton Towers”
Sven: This week we paid a visit to the EAS in Amsterdam! It’s the event to see all types of companies related to theme parks and more! 570 exhibitors and almost 16 000 visitors. Discover what was there to see! Continue reading “IAAPA European Attraction Show 2018 in Amsterdam”
Sean: Six Flags Magic Mountain’s now relocated roller coasters Deja Vu was one of my all-time favorite coasters. The Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang, the particular type of coaster, was plagued with maintenance and operational downtime which led to the relocation of the ride from Six Flags Magic Mountain to Six Flags New England in 2011, where it opened as Goliath in for the 2012 season. – Fast forward to 2018, it was time for us to check out the last remaining Giant Inverted Boomerang in the United States to run the original Vekoma trains. Thus we made the pilgrimage to Silverwood in Idaho. Home to a Deja Vu named Aftershock. Continue reading “Silverwood – Home of Deja Vu: Aftershock”
Alex: The new scream park in Spain is coming along nicely! Thanks to pa-community.com we were invited to their press event to discover brand new things about the most interesting event this Halloween in Southern Europe.
Continue reading “Official Reveal of Horrorland”
Sven: Hey everyone, it’s our special holiday today and what better way to celebrate with some coasters? There are many facts and figures out there about rollercoasters, but do you know these 10? Our updated version now on CCK! Continue reading “10 European Coasters Facts for Rollercoaster Day!”
Sean: It is not often a summer nighttime event is overwhelmingly spectacular, and then there’s SeaWorld San Diego’s Electric Ocean. After dark the park turns into a light and sound filled wonderland with a ton of entertainment and scenery to admire. This year we finally got the chance to experience Electric Ocean. Join us to learn more about one of the nation’s best nighttime theme park events! Continue reading “Electric Ocean at SeaWorld San Diego”
Edward – Ride!: Guide to: July 4th Fest 2018 – Magic Mountain Starting June 30th through July 4th, guests will celebrate America as they experience July 4th Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain. This year’s event will be held for 5 days with an all new food festival, games, and firework laser spectacular taking place every night. Continue reading “What to Experience at Six Flags Magic Mountain July 4th Fest 2018!”
Alexander: Welcome all to Cabin Crew Coaster Kings’ coverage of the American Coaster Enthusiasts’ annual roller coaster convention, Coaster Con!
It’s ACE’s 40th Anniversary, so the convention is being hosted where the club began: Virginia (Six Flags America is also part of the itinerary, located in nearby Maryland).
After picking up our registration packets and reuniting with some of the hundreds of folks I’ve been riding coasters with the last several years, we set out for Six Flags America. Continue reading “Six Flags America – Coaster Con XLI”
Alexander: Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana is an iconic brand in the American theme park landscape, famous for its friendly staff, spotless midways, excellent value, enormous water park, and stellar collection of modern wooden coasters.
Holiday World’s reputation is often louder than the park itself; the moves they make at this point are often not as boisterous as the enthusiast communities’ response to them. Everything – from management conflict to new rides – has been hotly discussed over the last 15+ years or so, and whether one’s opinion is positive or negative, it goes without saying that opinions of Holiday World are often strong ones. Continue reading “LOLiday World”