The United States remains one of the most important countries for roller coaster and theme park enthusiasts around the world. A country the size of the United Sates can be overwhelming for visitors trying to decide which parks to go to. This list seeks to focus in on 10 American parks I think are essential for international visitors to experience. Note that this isn’t intended as a ranking of the best parks in the U.S., rather it is a list of parks that encapsulate the landscape of the American amusement industry.
You might have heard of this park called Europa-Park. We already wrote several times about this incredible park, which also blooms as a resort more and more. Last year, they proved that even more with the addition of Rulantica, a heavily-themed indoor waterpark and basically their second gate. We’ll guide you through, discovering this special place and how you need to prepare yourself for a visit! Continue reading “A Guide to Visiting Rulantica, Europa-Park’s Water Park”
Our newest podcast episode is now available for your enjoyment! In this episode of Coaster Kings Radio, Sean and Alex discuss major coaster manufacturers from around the world and take a look at some of their best and most unique products. Is your favorite coaster highlighted? Continue reading “Coaster Kings Radio – Manufacturer Talk (Part One)”
One of the most underrated parks in the UK has to be Chessington, its fusion between a Zoo and Theme Park experience is a relatively unique experience that creates a very interesting atmosphere. With most of its hardware constructed in the 80s and 90s and updated to the modern-day we visit this unique park to not only explore its classics but also to take a peek into its future.
We recently visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach, winning 11 awards this year in the theme park awards it’s rated as one of the UK’s top attractions. Having such a large amount of rides in one small park provides something for everyone. Today we are going to rank our favorite coasters! Continue reading “Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Top 10 Rollercoasters”
Disney is truly in a league of their own when it comes to themed areas. Our recent podcast covered this in great detail, but we wanted to produce a follow-up article to make a couple changes and reiterate some of our key points.
A quick trip to Magic Kingdom was even shorter than we anticipated due to the larger crowds. With one side of Space Mountain down, we ended up waiting over an hour and decided to just get some TRON shots and leave. Enjoy this quick TRON/ Magic Kingdom update: Continue reading “TRON: Lightcycle / Run – Magic Kingdom Update – Late-September 2020”
Another few days have passed since our previous update of the Jurassic World coaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This week we’re seeing the track pull-through, development of queue infrastructure, touches of theming, and changes to the supports for potential netting being added. That and more in today’s update! Continue reading “Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Jurassic World Coaster Update – Mid-September 2020”
We recently visited Europa Park, one of the most famous theme parks in the world. The park is considered the best theme park in the world by some enthusiasts. This report will focus on a collection of the best things to do and see at this diverse park. Of course, we will go into detail on the coasters they have on offer too!
Holiday Park, located in Germany is a sister park to Plopsaland in Belgium and is renowned for its world-class Intamin megacoaster: Expedition GeForce. There’s a lot more to see and do in the park, but a trip to this smaller sized park, is worth it for a ride on the coaster itself.
With the opening of Corkscrew in 1975 Arrow Development not only introduced the first modern looping roller coaster it also introduced the first inverting coaster element that wasn’t a vertical loop. Though people complain about Arrow’s use of “cookie cutter” elements on its looping coasters we still see almost every element Arrow introduced being used today. For over 20 years these “cookie cutter” inversions were what it meant to ride a looping coaster and I think Arrow loopers continue to be the first “upside down” ride for many people. In celebration of 45 years of the modern looping roller coaster enjoy this ranking of five classic Arrow inverting elements.
Here’s a recap of the latest news at theme parks around Europe! Ready for some Halloween events or do you prefer a New Orleans style celebration first? Continue reading “What’s Next? – European Theme Park News – Week ending September 20th”
In our brand new podcast episode we discuss Disney’s best themed areas from around the world! Are your favorites on the list? Continue reading “Coaster Kings Radio – Disney Themed Areas Top 10”
Though we had originally made a reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios for today, we ended up switching that to Magic Kingdom. Why? – Well, Rise of the Resistance is running with just one elevator, and with the chances of that being a smooth process being very slim, a trip to Magic Kingdom suddenly was much more appealing to us. Of course we captured TRON: Lightcycle Run construction pictures to share with you! Continue reading “TRON: Lightcycle Run Construction Update – Magic Kingdom – Mid September 2020”
PortAventura World, the main Southern Europe theme park resort, will build a brand new park dedicated to La Liga, the Spanish football league.