If you’ve been keeping up to date with us lately, you’ll know that we’ve been taking you on a tour of the major theme parks in Denmark and all of their latest developments. Not only has Denmark had the blessing of an epic development like a brand new Vekoma, called Fønix, just on the other coastline you can find a brand new development, called Dinosaurland, which has recently opened up its doors to the public. We checked out Dinosaurland on the opening weekend at Djurs Sommerland. We were also very lucky to have an exclusive meeting with the park’s CEO! So expect all the interesting updates in this article!Continue reading “Roaring into a new world of Dinosaurs at Djurs Sommerland”
Tivoli Gardens is one of those parks which changes upon the seasons. The park can look completely different depending on whether you visit in spring, summer, autumn or winter. Tivoli has recently reopened for the 2022 season and the park couldn’t look more decked out for spring. There are beautiful flower beds all over the park and the cherry blossom is looking more vibrant than ever before. Fountains dance on the lakes and the crowds are out in full in the spring sunshine. Today we will take a look at the latest additions to the park and everything that caught my eye during my day at Tivoli.
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After 2 years of cancellations due to the pandemic, the spring funfair and festival in Cologne has come back and the event couldn’t be more popular with the public. Not only is it a perfect location for meeting friends and getting together for a drink, it’s also filled with food stalls, game stalls- and most importantly for us- rides and attractions! There’s even a brand new ride which is making its world premiere as well as a rollercoaster! So join me as I take you through the details of the exciting event this year and if you’re feeling extra adventurous- why not visit yourself? You’ve got until 1st May!
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There are many top places to visit in the UK with beautiful beaches and fantastic funfairs and plenty of doughnuts! Many of these places have a variety of rollercoasters, flat rides, dark rides and amongst these are hidden gems! Here we talk about my first ever trip to Skegness in the UK and take a look at what Fantasy Island has to offer.Continue reading “Fantasy Island Park Report – Skegness, UK.”
In the Midwest and eastern U.S. we are always excited for the reopening of our seasonal parks and the start of another coaster season. Among the parks with the earliest season opening is Carowinds. So on March 11th my friend Pete and I made the trek from central Ohio to this unique Cedar Fair Park. We arrived very late on Friday night and went to bed with visions of Fury 325 in our dreams.Continue reading “Carowinds Opening Weekend”
2022 is so far proving to be a pretty strong year across Europe, with some major new hardware opening up in the coming months. Above all, Denmark is opening up a major new Vekoma coaster as well as a Mack family coaster, both of which we will we be heading to check out next month. Furthermore, UK has got plans for two major rollercoasters coming at Thorpe Park and Chessington over the coming years. However, for this year, a brand new family rollercoaster, called The Farmyard Flyer, will be opening on the 1st April at Paultons Park.Continue reading “Flying into 2022 with the Farmyard Flyer”
This past summer Alex, Sean, and Sven recorded an episode of Coaster Kings Radio discussing attractions they consider the weakest link at many major theme parks. Inspired by this episode we’ve decided to expand the concept to more parks starting with the Cedar Fair chain. Do note that we’ve decided to exclude kiddie coasters/rides while they might not be the best attractions, they do serve an important role at most parks.Continue reading “Weakest Links of The Cedar Fair Chain”
In the wake of the highly-anticipated opening of Iron Gwazi we decided it was time to finally do a ranking of North America’s RMC Iron Horse coasters. We’ve wanted to do it for a while – but of course we had to wait until our local purple crocodile was ready to perform!Continue reading “All RMC Iron Horse Coasters – Ranked”
Here’s the hottest take we’ve got:
We think Rougarou is the best Floorless coaster in the USA and possibly the World.
Is it? That’s irrelevant – there’s no true way to measure that figure anyway. This article, like all “best/worst” statements, are always subjective and merely an opinion. But to say we, personally, enjoy this more than any other Floorless coaster, is a fact – and here’s why:Continue reading “In Defense of Rougarou”
Paris’ Indiana Jones gets a bad rap. For pretty much its entire existence, the ride has been overlooked because of bigger coasters and better Indy-themed rides – but we think this odd little ride deserves more credit.Continue reading “In Defense of Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril”
It’s that time a year again! Welcome to Coaster Kings’ 3rd annual Twenty Year Top 20, where we count down our picks for the twenty best coasters turning 20 in 2021!Continue reading “Twenty-Year Top 20: The Best Coasters of 2001”
After a shorter day at Worlds of Fun, Pete and I had come to our final day and park of the Missouri Triangle. Six Flags St. Louis opened in 1971 as the third and final Six Flags park developed under the vision of Angus Wynne – before expansion switched from new park development to acquisition. It is apparent that the concept had been streamlined by the third try. While the six flag-themed areas remained, far less emphasis was placed on nation specific theming. By the 70s it was obvious rides are why people went to Six Flags and the park opened with multiple of what made the Six Flags concept work: two Arrow log flumes, two Arrow mine trains, and two Arrow car rides. While the park has undergone some dramatic changes through the years, it benefits from this simplified formula, and, despite the changes, the park feels cohesive. What was it about this “lower-tier” Six Flags park that made it a highlight of our trip?Continue reading “The Missouri Triangle: Part 3 – Six Flags St. Louis”
In part one of this series my friend Pete and I started our Missouri trip with an amazing Thursday at Silver Dollar City. Friday’s park was one of Cedar Fair’s mid-tier parks, Worlds of Fun. Worlds of Fun opened in 1973 at the height of the regional park boom. Despite some dramatic changes since the park’s 1995 sale to Cedar Fair, Worlds of Fun still very much feels like a product of the 70s. Loosely themed to Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, the park is divided into various international regions such as Europa, Africa, and the Orient. These areas are more distinguished than I expected and are united by a streamlined 70s aesthetic. For coaster enthusiasts World of Fun features some impressive coasters including the tallest full-circuit coaster in the state, Mamba and the well regarded GCI woodie, Prowler. The biggest question for the two of us was how did this Cedar Fair property compare to it’s Ohio siblings.Continue reading “The Missouri Triangle: Part 2 – Worlds of Fun”
There is lots of debate over what state in the US has the best coaster collection. Most conversation centers on California, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, but there’s one state that usually overlooked. With three major theme parks and a significant collection of World class coasters, Missouri is one of the most underrated coaster destinations in America. With the end of seasonal park season on the horizon, my friend Pete and I decided to make the trek from Ohio to visit these three major parks which I’m dubbing “The Missouri Triangle.”Continue reading “The Missouri Triangle: Part 1 – Silver Doller City”
Just outside of Paris is one of Europe’s biggest regional parks: Parc Astérix! While the destination comes from an ambition to build a major park in Paris before Disney could come in and do it, the 1989 theme park is very much different than Disney and offers some fun alternative themes and experiences. Do you still want to go for a resort visit? Parc Astérix has you covered with several onsite resort hotels!Continue reading “Paris’ Regional Destination: Parc Astérix!”
For us enthusiasts living in areas affected by seasons, the spring is always an exciting time to look forward to. This year I launched the coaster season with a whirlwind trip to Pennsylvania to check out some of the world’s best coasters. Accompanied by my patient boyfriend Andrew and our friend Pete, we embarked on a two day, one night trip from Columbus, Ohio to Knoebels in Elysburg, Pennsylvania and Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania.Continue reading “Pennsylvania Weekend: Part 1 – Knoebels”
We’re back with a follow-up to our Janfusun FancyWorld Throwback, featuring a relatively obscure park that boasts an impressive variety of Intamin rides: Leofoo Village!Continue reading “Throwback Series: Leofoo Village”
In this series of articles the Coaster Kings teams look to share some advice that will help our readers plan their travel. This week Ian outlines the steps to prepare for a trip to a theme park in the United States. This article is specifically geared towards American theme parks in general. Look for articles on the Disney and Universal resorts in the future!Continue reading “How To – U.S.A. Parks”
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”
Today we’ll continue our series about the Spanish Theme Park History with the fourth article. Every two weeks we’re publishing one of eight articles about the history of thirteen Spanish amusement and theme parks. Some of them no longer exist, but some others are still operating and receiving guests nowadays. In this series, we travel in time through 168 years in theme park history, starting in 1853, to our days in 2021. In this article we’ll focus on Parque de Atracciones de Madrid, a park with lots of history, an interesting variety of rides and attractions, that is constantly evolving to offer the best experiences to its guests.Continue reading “Spanish Theme Park History – Part 4: Parque de Atracciones de Madrid”