With Spring around the corner, it’s time for Knott’s Berry Farm’s annual Boysenberry Festival! Coaster Kings were invited to the media preview night where we got to sample tons of Boysenberry inspired food and drinks and you can read all our thoughts below!Continue reading “Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival 2022 Media Preview Night ￼”
Halloween Horror Nights has returned to Universal Studios Hollywood and they have returned with a clear goal in mind – to scare the living daylights out of us! But how is this event holding up after last year’s absence? With many old mazes and a few new, explore the frights with us as we delve into this year’s haunt!Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Review”
Welcome back to part two of our culinary journey across Europe. We really hoped you enjoyed part one and are ready to find our some more of our favourite places! Myself (Emma) and James have been busy writing this article over the last month as there really is so much to chose from. Having to whittle places down means we could not mention them all, but if we’ve missed your favourite place or you want to let us know about a highlight, please leave a comment or find us on social media!Continue reading “Our Favourite European Theme Park Food – Part Two”
Paramount Park’s 13 year foray into the theme park business resulted in a significant number of successes and industry oddities. The application of Paramount theming in existing regional parks gave us two significant B&M Top Gun inverts and the world’s first major linear induction motor launch coaster, Flight of Fear. However their tendency to experiment and take additions in different directions also resulted in a string of failures and disappointments. Kings Dominion opened the late Volcano, The Blast Coaster in 1998, a prototype Intamin inverted catapult coaster that never seemed to run reliably throughout its 20 years at the park, and the ill-fated prototype air launch coaster Hypersonic XLC in 2001. Carowinds opened a Setpoint suspended water coaster in 2000 called Flying Super Saturator which lasted less than 10 years. Canada’s Wonderland still has an odd collection of mid-size coasters for the world’s most popular regional park including 1995’s SLC Top Gun and 2004’s Zamperla flyer Tomb Raider, The Ride. The chain’s flagship, Kings Island, received one of the most notorious failures of them all, 2000’s wooden hyper coaster, Son of Beast. That same year the chain would add a unique prototype to Great America, the world’s first major flying coaster, Stealth.Continue reading “Lost Coasters of California – Part 9: Stealth”
Boysenberry Festival is in full swing at Knott’s Berry Farm through May 2 and it is a sanitized finger lickin’ good time!Continue reading “Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival – March 2021”
With new details out on signature coaster for the ambitious Saudi Arabian entertainment development, we decided it was time to compile what we know about this lofty and exciting projectContinue reading “Six Flags Qiddiya and Falcon’s Flight Detail Round-up”
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?”
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:
Alexander: Beginning with resort-saving Space Mountain de la Terre a la Lune in 1995, Disney was the unlikely champion of the modern launch coaster; before Premier Rides, Intamin, and other industry juggernauts had their hand at next-generation launchers, Disney partnered with Vekoma to create the first new catapult-propelled coaster in over a decade (one that, unlike its predecessors, would run multiple trains on a circular track.
Alex: The French park Futuroscope is finally getting its first coaster this 2020 season. Check out the details and what’s new this season on this article!
Alexander: It’s time to check up on (perhaps) the most anticipated 2020 project, Busch Gardens Tampa’s Iron Gwazi (plus bonus Polar Vortex construction at Adventure Island!
Preston: This past Saturday, we had the opportunity to attend Magic Mountain’s media event for Holiday in the Park. We were able to sample some of the new foods and treats they have available during the season for their holiday food festival. And, we took a lap around the park to take in all the beautiful Holiday decorations. And as a special Christmas present, we have some photos of West Coast Racers testing! Let’s dive in and check out all the offerings this year!
Preston: It’s Christmas time! The holidays have returned to Disneyland, and we returned to the resort on the inaugural day of the season. Here’s a look at some of the Holiday cheer that has been spread around both parks.
Alexander: Let’s get festive! Busch Gardens Tampa is all decked out in holiday cheer for their Christmas Town even! Let’s take a look!
Alexander: Day 2 of IAAPA is upon us! Time for more booth visits and more exciting details for 2020 and beyond!
Derrion: I hope everyone is enjoying summer! The park’s peak season is in full swing and it could not have been a better time to visit, although it was extremely hot. There were not many changes this time around, but we were able to capture some new additions to West Coast Racers. Lets take a look! Continue reading “Six Flags Magic Mountain Park Update – July 26th, 2019”
Alexander: Welcome all to our first-ever Ohio Coasters Top 10 article! We’ll be counting our way down to our pick for the state’s best coaster; make your guesses now!
Alexander: It’s a real pleasure to be back in our old home park. Six months since our move to Orlando and Magic Mountain feels more special than ever.
Alexander: Who’s ready for an epic coaster countdown!?
Preston: Another week, another Universal Studios Hollywood update! Today, we have Jurassic World construction, Secret Life of Pets, as well as some small around the park updates. Ready? Let’s go!