Top 5 Cedar Point Ride Operator Pet Peeves

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.

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The 5 Best (Non-Disney) Vekomas in the US!

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!”

The 5 Best First Drops in California

Sean: What makes the best first impression on a coaster, and what makes the best last impression? That’s what we’re looking at this month. Last month we discussed the 5 Best Finales on Coasters in California, this time we’re taking a look at the best first drops around the state! Sadly some of our favorite first drops in the state, such as Perilous Plunge and Deja Vu, are no longer around, we have gained some incredible new first drops in the past few years that have made the list. Let’s look at a nice variety of drops that we find to be 5 of the best first drops in California! Continue reading “The 5 Best First Drops in California”

The 5 Best Coaster Finales in California

Sean: Some coasters have a very uneventful ending, some coasters have endings that perfectly compliment the ride experience, and then there are coasters that have an ending that simply stands out and adds a final sweet kiss to your ride experience. These coasters simply wouldn’t be as awesome if they didn’t have an awesome finale. Let’s look at the 5 best coaster finales in California!  Continue reading “The 5 Best Coaster Finales in California”

California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part FOUR (20-11)

TOP 50 TNail001 YESWe’ve rated and reviewed many coasters and rides over the last few years, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, and that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 20-11 in the California TOP 50 of 2016! Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part FOUR (20-11)”

California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part THREE (30-21)

TOP 50 TNail001 YESWe’ve rated and reviewed many coasters and rides over the last few years, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, and that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 30-21 in the California TOP 50 of 2016! Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part THREE (30-21)”

California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part ONE (50-41)

TOP 50 TNail001 YESWe’ve rated and reviewed many coasters over the last few years, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, and that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 50-41 in the California TOP 50 of 2016! Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part ONE (50-41)”

5 Underrated Coasters In California

DSC_0652 (Large)Coasters are often forgotten about by enthusiasts and the general public when they become rough or they stand in the shadow of newer coasters. Sometimes a ride never becomes well-known even though it truly deserves more recognition. Today we’ll be looking at five such coasters in California. Either they receive too much criticism in our eyes, or they simply don’t get recognized enough. Let’s take a look at 5 Underrated Coasters in California! Continue reading “5 Underrated Coasters In California”

5 of Our Personal Favorite Elements on Coasters in California

20160525_163552 (Medium)California is home to so many fantastic coasters, we are lucky to live in a state with such a wide variety of high quality attractions. Having the great collection that we do, there are bound to be a few elements or moments that strike a chord with each individual, and that is what we are here to talk about. Not necessarily the best coaster elements in the state, but rather those that Sean and Byron have the most affinity for personally. These elements deliver memorable and unique experiences for us, and thus are our personal favorite elements in the state. Continue reading “5 of Our Personal Favorite Elements on Coasters in California”

The 5 Best Coaster Color Schemes in California

20150327_110607 (Large)In California we have a myriad of beautiful looking coasters all across the state. The colors a coaster wears can solidify its identity as a ride, make it stand out among an otherwise busy skyline, or just make a coaster look gorgeous. Because we are so fortunate to have so many beautiful coasters, we thought it was a wonderful idea to highlight some of the best looking ones. Let’s take a look at the The 5 Best Coaster Color Schemes in California! Continue reading “The 5 Best Coaster Color Schemes in California”

The 5 Best Coasters in California to go Backwards

20160312_143435 (Large)California is home to a wide variety of different coasters, including about a dozen that feature some form of backwards motion. In the tradition of this series, we will be ranking the top five coasters with excellent backwards sections and elements, not just the coaster as a whole. As a result coasters with a brief or uneventful backwards section may not be included. With that in mind, let’s begin. Continue reading “The 5 Best Coasters in California to go Backwards”