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206 coasters and counting!

2017 has been a great year.  I have now ridden my 206th coaster!  I rode Mystic Timbers at Kings island in Mason, Ohio on April 21st.  And four more coasters, including Dragon Challenge and Incredible Hulk, at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida on August 8th


My top coasters ever...

#1 - Fury 325 - Carowinds - Charlotte, North Carolina

#2 - Millennium Force - Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio

#3 - Bizarro - Six Flags New England - Agawam, Massachusetts

#4 - Behemoth - Canada's Wonderland - Toronto, Ontario

#5 - Diamondback - Kings Island - Mason, Ohio

#6 - Banshee - Kings Island - Mason, Ohio

#7 - Top Gun-The Jet Coaster - Carowinds - Charlotte, North Carolina

#8 - Top Thrill Dragster - Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio

#9 - Dominator - Geauga Lake - Aurora, Ohio


Best wooden coasters...

#1 - Boulder Bash - Lake Compounce - Bristol, Connecticut

#2 - Shivering Timbers - Michigan's Adventure - Muskegon, Michigan

#3 - Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer - Erie, Pennsylvania

#4 - The Beast - Kings Island - Mason, Ohio

#5 - Mystic Timbers - Kings Island - Mason, Ohio

Cedar Point

My first visit to the roller coaster capital of the world was in 1977.  At that time, with just five coasters, CP didn't make that claim.  They were "The Amazement Park".  I was there with my mom, step-dad Jeff and my brother Joey.  Putting it mildly, I wasn't a big coaster fan on that day.  When looking back on that day, Jeff has a hard time believing that I have become such a huge coaster fanatic.  How things change!


Disaster Transport Disaster Transport

Avalanche Run/Disaster Transport

I have ridden this coaster in both of it's incarnations.  It's not the greatest coaster in the world, but I think it's better than a lot of people give it credit for.  I like it much better in it's latest theming.

Blue Streak Blue Streak

Blue Streak

The perfect woodie.  Great airtime.  A lot of wooden coasters are too big or have too many twists and turns.  Not Blue Steak.  Perfect.

Cedar Creek Mine Ride Cedar Creek Mine Ride

Cedar Creek Mine Ride

Not the biggest, tallest or the fastest.  But I always make sure I take a ride each time I visit CP.  Every time ...going back all the way to the 1970's.

Corkscrew Corkscrew

Corkscrew

My first looping coaster.  A must ride each time I return at Cedar Point.

GateKeeper GateKeeper

GateKeeper

My first winged coaster.  The inversion at the top of the lift and the keyholes are like nothing else.  It is smooth and forceful.  You can feel the difference in the ride from right to left sides and from the front to back rows.

Gemini Gemini

Gemini

I have always said that the first drop on Gemini is the best first hill of any coaster.  And now over twenty years later I still almost believe it.  The seat belts that have been added take a bit away from it.  Blue side is the best train to ride to get the full effect of the "head-chopper".

Iron Dragon Iron Dragon

Iron Dragon

Not the mega ride it was intended to be.  It has become a great family coaster.  It's a great feeling swinging through the tree tops.  I especially like the high-G's through the mist.

Jr. Gemini Jr. Gemini

Jr. Gemini

For years I wasn't able to ride this kiddie coaster because I didn't have a kid to ride with me.  Finally, in 2010 I rode with Xander to get my credit.

Magnum XL-200 Magnum XL-200

Magnum XL-200

Love it!  Love it!  I used to hate the bunny hops that make up all of the second half of the ride.  As I ride Magnum more and more I'm beginning to enjoy the entire ride much more.  Hey CP ...can we loose the trim breaks?

Mantis Mantis

Mantis

Just like Magnum, I love the first half of Mantis.  The rest is a Headbanger's Ball.  The only B&M that isn't just pure perfection.

Maverick Maverick

Maverick

Like nothing else I've ever ridden.  Variety of elements and quick transitions.  Maybe too quick.  CP needs to re-time the water cannons.  I didn't get a drop on me.  Not one.

Mean Streak Mean Streak

Mean Streak

I have a love/hate relationship with Mean Streak.  If I'm in the mood to be beaten up, I love it.  If not ...well you know the rest.

Millennium Force Millennium Force

Millennium Force

Absolutely one of the best roller coasters on the planet!  Love the first drop.  The third hill has the best airtime.  Lightning fast, right up to the end.  Love the magnetic breaks.  Even the ride up the lift hill is thrilling.

Raptor Raptor

Raptor

My first ride on this great inverted B&M was 1994, the year it opened.  This was the first time I had ever seen or ridden an inverted coaster.  During my first ride, the train was stopped at the mid-course brake run for over ten minutes.  When we finally returned to the station we were allowed to get back into the front of the line and ride again.  Two for one sale, I guess.

Rougarou Rougarou

Rougarou

This new coaster experience debuted in 2015 as Mantis was transformed from a standup coaster to a floorless coaster.  The new floorless trains with the original tracks give a great coaster ride.  This is a much improved and new ride experience.

Top Thrill Dragster Top Thrill Dragster

Top Thrill Dragster

What a rush!  Seventeen seconds of WOW!  I first rode Top Thrill Dragster when it had the original wheels, engine and wing theming, back in the first half of 2003.

Valravn Valravn

Valravn

A great dive coaster.  Great big elements, a great view of the park, good G-forces and a good layout.  More B&M fun.

Wicked Twister Wicked Twister

Wicked Twister

Great acceleration. Zero G's.  Such short lines for such a great ride.

Wildcat Wildcat

Wildcat

This is a coaster that I first rode in the 1980's.  But then I avoided it for years and years, thinking it was too small or too boring.  When I took Sarah to Cedar Point for the first time in May of 2006 and I fell in love all over again.  Smooth.  Fast turns.  Great dips.

Woodstock Express Woodstock Express

Woodstock Express

A surprisingly thrilling family coaster.  I first rode this coaster in 2006 with Sarah.  Be sure to watch for the breaks at the end.

Kings Island

In 1975 my dad took my brother Joey and I on our first trip to an amusement park.  Kings Island was in just it's fourth season and had only three coasters.  We rode them all.  Little did anyone know what a crazed fan I would become.


Adventure Express Adventure Express

Adventure Express

The best mine ride of them all.  Terrain coaster!  Great theming and a long ride (two lifts).

Banshee Banshee

Banshee

Big elements and big thrills.  This ride packs lots of sustained G-force, especially in the second half.  The forces only let up for a brief moment as the coaster dives into the valley and once again while it rotates through the barrel-roll before pushing you back into your seat for the final helix.  The best B&M invert ever!

Bat Bat

Bat

I'm glad to say that I was one of those people to have been able to ride Bat before it's premature end.  No dips or airtime, but plenty of twists and turns.  I remember just when I had though I had become accustomed to the turns and began to relax suddenly there was unexpected turn.  Fun!

Bavarian Beetle Bavarian Beetle

Bavarian Beetle

I only rode this coaster once and I don't remember much about it.  What I do remember is the smooth, fast helix.  I'm sure I was scared to death.  But I think deep down inside I loved it.

Diamondback Diamondback

Diamondback

Without question, the best coaster at Kings Island.  B&M perfection that combines lots of airtime hills into a terrain coaster through the woods.

Face Off/Invertigo Face Off/Invertigo

Face Off/Invertigo

It's a new twist on the standard Vekoma boomerang.  But it still doesn't answer the lingering question ...is it three or six inversions?

Flight of Fear Flight of Fear

Flight of Fear

Great theming plus a dark ride plus a launch equals a truly great ride.  It's a blast.  I even enjoy the que.  Love that UFO.

Great Pumpkin Coaster Great Pumpkin Coaster

Great Pumpkin Coaster

For years I wasn't able to ride this kiddie coaster because I didn't have a kid to ride with me.  Finally, in 2013 I rode with Xander to get my credit.

Italian Job Stunt Track/Backlot Stunt Coaster Italian Job Stunt Track/Backlot Stunt Coaster

Italian Job Stunt Track/Backlot Stunt Coaster

This is a great themed ride.  Unique.  Fast.  I like it.

King Cobra King Cobra

King Cobra

The first time I had ever ridden a standup coaster I kept thinking that I should have tightened my show laces more.  The loop was a no-brainer, every standup has to have one.  The high banked helix and lean-over were great elements.  I miss King Cobra.

Mystic Timbers Mystic Timbers

Mystic Timbers

This GCI coaster is the perfect woodie addition to the park.  Twists, turns, trick-track and lots of quick pops of airtime.  I would have never imagined that they could have fit any coaster in and around White Water Canyon like they have.  The perfect GCI.

Racer Racer

Racer

Racer was my first wooden coaster.  A rough ride that I'm trying to love more and more.  The white monster is a beauty.

Rugrats Runaway Reptar Rugrats Runaway Reptar

Rugrats Runaway Reptar

A fun family coaster.

Scooby Doo/Beastie/Fairly Odd Coaster Scooby Doo/Beastie/Fairly Odd Coaster

Scooby Doo/Beastie/Fairly Odd Coaster

I have riden this coaster in all three of it's personifications.  Good family coaster.  Nice layout.

Scooby's Ghoster Coaster Scooby's Ghoster Coaster

Scooby's Ghoster Coaster

This coaster is had the most gentle ride ever.  Too gentle.  One long downhill slope with a few sweeping turns.  It's not hard to see why they removed it.

Screamin' Demon Screamin' Demon

Screamin' Demon

This was my first shuttle coaster.  I remember it being a lot higher that it appears in the photos.  Too bad it's not around any longer for me to ride again and see for myself.

Son of Beast Son of Beast

Son of Beast

Very rough.  This is the only coaster to ever give me a headache.  And now that they have replaced the trains and removed the loop, I have ridden it again and I like it a bit more.  Although it is still the roughest coaster I have even been on.

The Beast The Beast

The Beast

This is the coaster that made me fall in love with all coasters.  It scared the crap out of me.  So much so, that the first time I was on it I didn't realize there was a turn at the bottom of the first hill.  So the second time I rode I had another surprise.  I've fallen back in love with this coaster again and again.

Top Gun/Flight Deck/The Bat Top Gun/Flight Deck/The Bat

Top Gun/Flight Deck/The Bat

The very best suspended coaster.  Fast.  Good drops.  Good G-forces.

Vortex Vortex

Vortex

The largest Arrow coaster I've ever been on.  Fast and six inversions.  If I remember correctly, Vortex was the first coaster I saw that offered on-ride photo.  Every single black & white picture was printed and them places on clipboards.  Can you say global warming?

Geauga Lake

June 9th 2004 was my first visit to this grand park with over a hundred years of tradition.  2007 was very likely my final visit, now that the rides have been removed and the park has become exclusively a water park.  Most of the coasters were walk-ons or had very short lines every time I visited.  When you consider the price of admission, number of coasters and the short lines, I think Geauga Lake was the very best value in amusement parks.


Beaver Land Mine Ride Beaver Land Mine Ride

Beaver Land Mine Ride

This is a nice family coaster with a double figure eight payout.  It's a good coaster for first-timers.  Plus you get to do two laps.  Yay!

Big Dipper Big Dipper

Big Dipper

This wooden classic - the oldest roller coaster in Ohio - has a simple out and back layout.  For a medium sized woodie it's a bit on the rough side.  I love the classic trains though.

Dominator Dominator

Dominator

My fifth favorite roller coaster also has my favorite loop.  It seems like forever reaching the top of that loop.  Great airtime.  Dominator was also my first floorless coaster.  A must ride!

Double Loop Double Loop

Double Loop

This Arrow coaster has a straight forward design ...drop, hill, two consecutive loops and a helix.  A fun ride.  This was Sarah's very first coaster.

Head Spin Head Spin

Head Spin

Three inversions you get twice.  Once forward and once in reverse.  With a little roughness thrown in just for good measure.

Raging Wolf Bobs Raging Wolf Bobs

Raging Wolf Bobs

Twisted design, lots of great turns, rough and fun.

Steel Venom Steel Venom

Steel Venom

Launch coasters are always an adrenaline rush.  Steel Venom didn't disappoint.  I actually prefer it's rear spike with it's breaks over Wicked Twister's twisting spike.  I'm sorry to see it go.

Thunderhawk Thunderhawk

Thunderhawk

Lots of action in a small space.  A thrilling drop, five inversions, banked turns and great G-forces.  Thunderhawk was my first Vekoma coaster.

Villian Villian

Villian

This is the first coaster I've seen with a wooden track and a steel stucture.  Villian is big, fast and rough.  It has only the second lean-over I've seen.  It happens so fast it's actually very rough.

X-Flight X-Flight

X-Flight

My first flying coaster was a blast!  It's like nothing else I've ever ridden.  What is my favorite element?  Horseshoe.  Dual in-line twists.  Helix.  I'm not sure.  My only request would be ...more flying and less lying.

Kennywood

Some friends, Sarah and I visited this traditional park on August 3rd 2004.  This old classic park is filled with beautiful fountains, green trees and great rides.  The park is a truly timeless and enduring.


Exterminator Exterminator

Exterminator

A classic dark-ride on steroids!  And as if this weren't enough ...spinning cars too!  Very original theming.  A power plant over-run with rats.

Jack Rabbit Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit

This smooth woodie has a simple oval layout with a great double-down.  A fun ride for all.  It's oldest coaster I've ever ridden (1921).

Phantom's Revenge Phantom's Revenge

Phantom's Revenge

The first drop is huge.  The second drop is ...well, huger.  This is a great twisting Arrow hyper coaster.  In spite of all the great things this coaster has and it's impressive size, for some reason it just doesn't seem to be bigger than Magnum at CP.

Racer Racer

Racer

Great ride and great design.  A fun ride and not very rough at all.  Am I the only person that knows the meaning of the word 'Mobius'?

Sky Rocket Sky Rocket

Sky Rocket

Great launch, great airtime, great elements and two great cliffhangers.  This ride is so quiet.  I do see how some say the second half is boring, but I still like it.

Thunderbolt Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt

I had my eyes closed for the entire ride.  Not because I was scared or anything like that.  But because of the pounding rain that hit just as we left the station.  So now I don't have much of an opinion on this coaster.  I get the feeling it's a great ride.  And I don't seem to remember that it was too rough.  I'll give it a thumbs up anyway.

Silver Dollar City/Dollywood

I visited Silver Dollar City with my family in 1981.  Located just outside the Smokey Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee this family-friendly park featured many arts and crafts, shows as well as a good collection of rides.


Thirty-three years later on June 25, 2014 I returned to the park, now known as Dollywood.  This time I traveled with Sarah.  The park has nearly doubled in size and added several world-class roller coasters.


Blazing Fury Blazing Fury

Blazing Fury

What at first appears to be a scenic ride through several animatronic scenes is actually a long electrically powered incline.  This is then followed by a series of three drops with powered sections in between.  The first drop is quite a surprise as you plunge through a burning covered bridge as it collapses.  The remaining drops are equally thrilling.  The theming of this ride is outstanding!

FireChaser Express FireChaser Express

FireChaser Express

A great family launch coster.  Two launches (one in reverse) and a lift hill.  It has great theming and a good layout on the sides of the mountian.

Mystery Mine Mystery Mine

Mystery Mine

A ton of theming and surprises.  Dollyood has put a lot of details into the coaster.  Two enclosed vertical lifts adds to the theme and the ride finishes with two inversions.

Tennessee Tornado Tennessee Tornado

Tennessee Tornado

This is the best Arrow looper ever.  But is seems as if the ride is missing it's second half.

Thunderhead Thunderhead

Thunderhead

This ride is just wide, crazy and out-of-control fun.  Wow, what a ride!

Wild Eagle Wild Eagle

Wild Eagle

Four inversions of B&M perfection on a mountain top.  It's a great ride, but it feels as if it is a great beginning for a coaster that is twice as long.

Six Flags Marine World

A friend and I spent July 14th 2005 in the summer heat of Vallejo, California.  This animal and marine park has a nice collection of coasters.  This was my first fisit to a Six Flags park.  It is always a plus when you can squeeze in a few coasters on any vacation.


Boomerang Boomerang

Boomerang

A standard Vekoma looping shuttle.  Always a fun ride.  Is it three or six inversions?

Kong Kong

Kong

Five quick inversions in a compact design.  Ya gotta love it!

Medusa Medusa

Medusa

Fantastic B&M floorless coaster.  Thrilling first drop and huge inversions.  How about busting up that old parking lot below and putting down some sod?  Wake up and lose the asphalt.

Roar Roar

Roar

This is the most twisted wooden coaster I've ever been on.  Twists, turns, hills, dives in every direction.  All this and it's still amazingly smooth for a woodie.  Obviously, millennium flyer trains are the way to go.

Vertical Velocity Vertical Velocity

Vertical Velocity

It's the most unusual impulse coaster I've seen.  The 45 degree spike is one of a kind.  And I can't help but love those launches.  Great fun.

Dorney Park

On June 26th 2006 I took Sarah to Allentown, Pennsylvania for a day of rides, fun and coasters.  Dorney is a beautiful park with grand old tradition and great new rides.  A great setting and short lines too!


Hydra: The Revenge Hydra: The Revenge

Hydra: The Revenge

The low speed heartline roll right out of the station is a blast!  Totally original.   Great inversions, great elements and great airtime.  The best coaster in the park.

Laser Laser

Laser

A very good compact double-looper.  Twists.  Turns.  Breaks!

Steel Force Steel Force

Steel Force

inspired by CP's Magnum.  The first drop isn't as thrilling, but I do perfer it's helix turn-around over Magnum's pretzel turn.  The double-up is a great change up in the bunny hops.

Stinger Stinger

Stinger

It's a clone of KI's Invertigo.  It's another great Vekoma inverted boomerang.  Is it three or six inversions?.

Talon Talon

Talon

A smooth, fast, thrilling ride, like all B&M inverted coasters.  Non-stop excitement thanks mostly due to the absence of a mid-course break run.  Great G-forces.  It leaves you wanting more (e.i.- it could stand to be a little longer).

Thunderhawk Thunderhawk

Thunderhawk

A great classic woodie.  Rough and fun.

Wild Mouse Wild Mouse

Wild Mouse

This was my first ever wild mouse.  It really did seem as if you'd fly right off the track in the turns.  Breaks!

Kings Dominion

Sarah and I had two consecutive days of fun and coasters in Virginia.  We had great weather on June 4 & 5, 2007 for our extended road trip.  Great park ...great rides, lots of trees, good design and layout, great themed areas and a great water park too.  Tomb Raider: Firefall was a truly great surprise!  Flames bursting up through pools of water!  It is as much fun to watch as it is to ride.


Anaconda Anaconda

Anaconda

What a great first drop into the underwater tunnel.  Multiple inversions and a variety of elements... gotta love all that.  There was a surprisingly rough spot in the middle of the spaghetti bowl that caught me off guard.  I could ride it again and again.

Avalanche Avalanche

Avalanche

A fun ride.  Only my second bobsled coaster ever.  Theming is OK.

Flight of Fear Flight of Fear

Flight of Fear

Great theming plus a dark ride plus a launch equals a truly great ride.  It's a blast.  I even enjoy the que.  Love that UFO.

Grizzly Grizzly

Grizzly

The great wooded setting was reminiscent of The Beast at Kings Island.  Although it is a good ride, it lacks the thrills and speed of The Beast.  It does rival The Beast with it's roughness.

Hurler Hurler

Hurler

Theming sucks.  The high-speed, high-banked turns were surprisingly not as rough as I thought it might be.  Different design.  Fun ride.

Hypersonic XLC Hypersonic XLC

Hypersonic XLC

Great launch and first hill!  The rest of the short ride was bouncing side to side.  I was really looking forward to a great smooth ride on the pneumatic wheels.  This is the only coaster in America that I know of that has them.  Apparently it was only a good idea on paper and not in the real world.

Intimidator 305 Intimidator 305

Intimidator 305

Great theme, lift hill and first drop!  The second hill did not produce the air time I was dreaming it might.  The rest of the ride is pure speed.  Twists and changes in direction along with the less-than-perfect over-the-shoulder restaints make for a lot of handbanging.

Italian Job Turbo Coaster/Backlot Stunt Coaster Italian Job Turbo Coaster/Backlot Stunt Coaster

Italian Job Turbo Coaster/Backlot Stunt Coaster

It has a great launch, theme, effects and pyro just like the ones at Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland.

Rebel Yell Rebel Yell

Rebel Yell

Fast.  Good airtime.  Not too rough.

Ricochet Ricochet

Ricochet

Yet another wild mouse.  These coasters all seem to be about the same.  But I would have to say this is the best.  Only because of it's unusual layout.  Not like all the other wild mice I've been on.

Scooby-Doo's Ghoster Coaster Scooby-Doo's Ghoster Coaster

Scooby-Doo's Ghoster Coaster

John Allen's family coasters are always fun.  What more can I say?

Shockwave Shockwave

Shockwave

I was really looking forward to this ride.  Hoping to relive my memories of King Cobra at Kings Island.  It didn't disappoint.  Although it is missing the "lean-over" maneuver.  Breaks!

Volano, The Blast Coaster Volano, The Blast Coaster

Volano, The Blast Coaster

Fast with great inversions.  The blast out of the top of the volcano is fantastic.  Very unique layout and heavily themed which adds to the ride.  Two thumbs up!

Carowinds

On June 6 & 7th, 2007 Sarah and I continued our coaster marathon.  The North Carolina - South Carolina state lines runs through the center of this great park.  We returned June 13 & 14th, 2010 to ride the new Intimidator.  Great fun in the deep south.


BORG Assimilator/Nighthawk BORG Assimilator/Nighthawk

BORG Assimilator/Nighthawk

Love flying coasters.  Assimilator felt a good bit roughter than X-Flight at Geauga Lake and definately had longer load times with it's single loading platform.  I still had a great flight.

Carolina Cyclone Carolina Cyclone

Carolina Cyclone

A good arrow looper.  But like so many of these from the 1980's, not long enough.

Carolina Goldrusher Carolina Goldrusher

Carolina Goldrusher

Good theming, but seemed as if it was all lifts and very little ride time.

Fairly Odd Coaster/Woodstock Express Fairly Odd Coaster/Woodstock Express

Fairly Odd Coaster/Woodstock Express

Just like the family woodies at Kings Island and Kings Dominion.

Flying Super Saturator Flying Super Saturator

Flying Super Saturator

Major fun!  Dropping water on the people below, while being hit with water cannons, water guns and waterfalls.  I'm surprised that there aren't more of thses coasters around.  Either at amusement parks or at water parks.

Fury 325 Fury 325

Fury 325

This was my first B&M Gigacoaster.  Big, fast, smooth, great elements, twists, turns and my new number one coaster!  Non-stop thrills right up to the very end.

Hurler Hurler

Hurler

Just like it's twin I rode the day before at Kings Dominion in Virginia.

Intimidator Intimidator

Intimidator

Another winner from B&M.  Fast.  Smooth.  Tons of airtime.

Ricochet Ricochet

Ricochet

What can I say?  Another wild mouse coaster.

Rugrats Runaway Reptar/Flying Ace Aerial Chase Rugrats Runaway Reptar/Flying Ace Aerial Chase

Rugrats Runaway Reptar/Flying Ace Aerial Chase

A fun family coaster.

Thunder Road Thunder Road

Thunder Road

Good airtime.  Fast.  Not too rough.

Top Gun - The Jet Coaster/Afterburn Top Gun - The Jet Coaster/Afterburn

Top Gun - The Jet Coaster/ Afterburn

The third best coaster I've ever been on.  Smooth.  Fast.  G-forces.  Great elements.  Tunnel.  Mist.  No mid-course break run.  Great fun.

Vortex Vortex

Vortex

Possibly the best standup coaster I've been on.  Vortex doesn't try to over do it with too many twists or crazy elements.  Very long load time.  The Intamin standup seats are not as good as B&M's.

Michigan's Adventure

Sarah and I spent June 9th and 10th 2008 at this small park in Muskegon, Michigan.  We had cool temperatures, small crowds and big fun.  Almost all of the rides were walk-on and often didn't run a full-load.  Michigan's Adventure is definitely an amusement park and not a theme park.  The park is clean, well designed and has a lot of potential for the future.


Big Dipper Big Dipper

Big Dipper

A kiddie coaster.  But I still had to ride it.

Corkscrew Corkscrew

Corkscrew

A good arrow looper.  A simple double corkscrew.  But like so many of these from the 1980's, not long enough.

Mad Mouse Mad Mouse

Mad Mouse

I've said it before.  Every park should have a wild mouse coaster.

Shivering Timbers Shivering Timbers

Shivering Timbers

A truly great wooden coaster.  It has great airtime.  Hill after hill after hill.  A double-up hill.  And finishes with a high-G helix.  I love this coaster.

Wolverine Wildcat Wolverine Wildcat

Wolverine Wildcat

This is truly great wooden coaster.  It's the first coaster I've riden that has a double-up/double-down hill.  Unique.  I love it.

Zach's Zoomer Zach's Zoomer

Zach's Zoomer

What else can I say?  The same layout as several other wooden family coasters that I have been on.

Canada's Wonderland

On June 11 & 12th, 2008 Sarah and I continued our quest for more coasters.  Located in Toronto, Ontario, this beautiful theme park has a great collection of rides.  Only Cedar Point has more roller coasters.  Great fun in the great white north.


Backlot Stunt Coaster Backlot Stunt Coaster

Backlot Stunt Coaster

It has a great launch, theme, effects and pyro.  But it could use a better name though.

Bat Bat

Bat

Yet another Vekoma shuttle.  Still fun to ride.

Behemoth Behemoth

Behemoth

The second best coaster I have ever been on.  A great first drop, a ton of perfect airtime hills, very fast and so very smooth.  I Love it.  It alone is worth the price of admission.

Dragon Fire Dragon Fire

Dragon Fire

It has the same elements as Carolina Cyclone (double loop, double corkscrew and helix), but it just seems like a much better ride.

Flight Deck Flight Deck

Flight Deck

It's the best themed inverted Vekoma I've ridden.  A better name would do wonders too.

Fly Fly

Fly

A good wild mouse ride, just like Ricohet at Kings Dominion.  This one has a beautiful setting amongst the trees.

Mighty Canadian Minebuster Mighty Canadian Minebuster

Mighty Canadian Minebuster

The best woodie in the park.  Good layout and airtime.  The G-forces aren't out of control, the helix is good and it's not too rough.

Scooby's Gasping Ghoster Coaster Scooby's Gasping Ghoster Coaster

Scooby's Gasping Ghoster Coaster

A copy of the family wood coaster I've ridden at several other parks.  Always a fun ride.

Silver Streak Silver Streak

Silver Streak

A fun family inverted coaster.

Skyrider Skyrider

Skyrider

I was looking forward to riding this coaster because it is an exact copy of the now defunct King Cobra at Kings Island.  It was fun reliving those old memories of my first standup coaster.

Thunder Run Thunder Run

Thunder Run

A good surprise.  A family coaster built mostly inside a manmade mountain.  It was my first powered coaster ever.  The twists and turn in the darkened tunnels with flashing lights really make the most of this small coaster making it a fun and unique experience.

Time Warp Time Warp

Time Warp

It has a unique loading station and spiral lift.  But that's about the only good things I can say about this coaster.  I don't like the restraint system and the ride is rough and way too short.

Vortex Vortex

Vortex

This coaster has the same design as Flight Deck at Kings Island, but has a more beautiful setting.  The green grass, the pond and Wonder Mountain.  Great ride as well.  High-G's and good speed.

Wild Beast Wild Beast

Wild Beast

The same design as Grizzly at Kings Dominion.  And just as rough too.  It's an OK ride.

Holiday World

Sarah and I spent June 10th 2009 at this beautiful theme park in Santa Claus, Indiana.  We had a great time in the clean and friendly park with it's free soft drinks and sunscreen.  Great fun in the southern Indiana.


Howler Howler

Howler

It's a cool family coaster featuring the park's mascot "Holidog".

Legend Legend

Legend

A wild helix, lost of changes in direction and plenty of twists and turns.

Raven Raven

Raven

It's a fantastic ride throught the trees and over the lake.  I only wish it was longer.

Thunderbird Thunderbird

Thunderbird

Another great B&M.  As far as I know its the world's first launched B&M winged coaster. It isn't the largest B&M, by far, but it is a perfect fit for the park and has some really great themeing.

Voyage Voyage

Voyage

A great ride through the woods on the most intense wooden coaster I've ever been on.  Fast, non-stop action and 90 degree banking.  This was my first coaster designed by The Gavity Group.

Indiana Beach

On June 12th, 2009 Sarah and I added five more coasters to our lists.  Located on the shores of Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana, this compact park with lots of retro charm, a nice collection of rides and a great boardwalk.


Cornball Express Cornball Express

Cornball Express

This twisting wooden coaster packs quite a wallop for it's size.  Built entirely above the midway and kiddie rides, this thrill ride has a great helix near the end.

Galaxi Galaxi

Galaxi

This coaster has some amazing airtime, especially in the back seats.  I was really looking forward to riding this coaster because it is an exact copy of Bavarian Beetle that was once at Kings Island.  Great fun.

Hoosier Hurricane Hoosier Hurricane

Hoosier Hurricane

The coaster travels nearly the length of this small park, has a lot of great airtime, a smooth ride and is beautiful to look at too.

Steel Hawg Steel Hawg

Steel Hawg

This conpact steel S&S coaster has some great elemnts, including a 111 degree drop and a drive loop with great hang time.

Tig'rr Tig'rr

Tig'rr

This was the first coaster I've ever been on that features in-line seating.  Quick, high speed turns and a smooth ride.

Stricker's Grove

Sarah and I traveled to Ross, Ohio northwest of Cincinnati to this family owned private amusement park on August 9th 2009.  This clean, friendly and quaint park can be rented out to businesses, churches and other groups for company picnics, weddings, family reunions and other events.  We were there on just one of the four days the park was open to the public in 2009.


Teddy Bear Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear

A small wooden kiddie coaster.  It is possibly the smallest woodie I've been on.

Tornado Tornado

Tornado

This red and white wooden coaster sits along the road at the front of the park and is a blast.  Great fun.

Waldameer

On August 27th 2009 Sarah and I continued our quest for more coasters at Waldameer in Erie, Pennsylvania.  This clean, and old-fashion park sits on the shores of Lake Erie and is filled with old trees and great rides.


Comet Comet

Comet

A small wooden family coaster.  Built in 1951 this coaster is completely engulfed with old trees and is still operated with hand brakes.

Ravine Flyer II Ravine Flyer II

Ravine Flyer II

This coaster in the highlight of the park.  This fast and twisting coaster crosses over a state highway and back and is designed by The Gravity Group.  It's a complete blast to ride.  One of the best wooden coasters in the world.

Ravine Flyer 3 Ravine Flyer 3

Ravine Flyer 3

A small kiddie coaster.  The unique feature of this ride is that it is completely over water.

Steel Dragon Steel Dragon

Steel Dragon

This twisting steel monster spins too.  Great fun.

Camden Park

Sarah and I traveled to Huntington, West Virginia to visit Camden Park on August 6th 2010.  This small park was founded in 1903 overlooking the Ohio River.


Big Dipper Big Dipper

Big Dipper

The reputation of this classic coaster precedes itself.  The coaster has a simple layout and nostalgic trains.

Little Dipper Little Dipper

Little Dipper

A small kiddie coaster has a metal structure and wood track.  The unique train cars have one row each.

Luna Park at Coney Island

Sarah and I traveled to New York City to visit Luna Park on June 10, 2011.  This small park in Brooklyn operates the world famous Cyclone at the ajoining former Astroland site.


Cyclone Cyclone

Cyclone

This classic coaster was on my bucket list for a long time.  The iconic coaster with unique trains was a joy to ride.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

On June 22, 2011 Sarah and I traveled to Virginia to conquer five more coasters.  I can see how this park has won the award for the most beautiful park in the world.


Alpengeist Alpengeist

Alpengeist

This was the first B&M inverted coaster that I've ridden that is also a terrain coaster.  Thrilling elements, beautiful setting and a great layout.

Apollo's Chariot Apollo's Chariot

Apollo's Chariot

Another great B&M airtime monster.  Good use of the terrain and water.

Griffon Griffon

Griffon

This was my first ever ride on a dive machine.  Great thrills, but it could stand to be a little longer.

Grover's Alpine Express Grover's Alpine Express

Grover's Alpine Express

We had fun on this steel family coaster.  It's located in the park's Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

Loch Ness Monster Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster

This classic Arrow coaster is the epitome of terrain coasters.  It's first of its kind interlocking loops is one of the most photographed coaster elements ever.

Six Flags America

While vacationing in the Washington, DC area Sarah and I claimed 6 more coasters on June 5, 2012.  This was our first visit to this park and Sarah's first trip to a Six Flags park.


Batwing Batwing

Batwing

More fun on a flying coaster.  It has a different (and better) mechanism to raise and lower the trains in the station than Firehawk and Nighthawk.

Joker's Jinx Joker's Jinx

Joker's Jinx

This is a clone of Flight of Fear (without any walls).  And I think it is a better ride and maybe smoother too.

Mind Eraser Mind Eraser

Mind Eraser

This is the fourth copy of this coaster I've ridden.  And I think it may be the smoothest of the four.

Roar Roar

Roar

This twisting woodie isn't was smooth as its counterpart in California.  Obviously this is because of the difffert trains that are used on the two coasters.

Superman - Ride of Steel Superman - Ride of Steel

Superman - Ride of Steel

This speed monster is the best in the park.  It opened in 1999 and is the precursor to Millennium Force.

Wild One Wild One

Wild One

This classic woodie was built in 1917 at Paragon Park in Hull, Massachusetts.  It was relocated here for the start of the 1986 season.  A long course for a older coaster and lots of airtime.

Six Flags New England

I was making a solo trip throughout New England and made a stop at this great park on August 7, 2012.  This was my first visit to this park in Agawam, Massachusetts.


Batman - The Dark Knight Batman - The Dark Knight

Batman - The Dark Knight

This is a great B&M floorless coaster with a quick series of inversions.  I love B&M.

Bizarro Bizarro

Bizarro

This coaster has a better layout than Millennium Force with more twists, turns, airtime hills and theming.  But the trains are not as comfortable making the ride less enjoyable.  Otherwise, this would have become my new number one coaster.

Cyclone Cyclone

Cyclone

This 1983 new classic wooden coaster is fast, rough and fun.

Flashback Flashback

Flashback

This is the fourth Vekoma boomerage I've ridden.  Three fun inversions.  Or is it six?.

Gotham City Gauntlet Gotham City Gauntlet

Gotham City Gauntlet

At it's heart this coaster is a wild mouse.  But there is so much more to it.  The coaster is themed at Gotham City Transit.   Each coaster car is painted as different villians from the Batman universe.

Mind Eraser Mind Eraser

Mind Eraser

This is the fifth copy of this coaster I've ridden.  Another Vekoma clone.  Five quick inversions.

Pandemonium Pandemonium

Pandemonium

A great spinning coaster with a great and aggressive layout.  Dizzy fun.

Thunderbolt Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt

A classic woodie with a great double-down.  Great fun.

Lake Compounce

I continued my trip through New England and made a stop at this great traditional park on August 9, 2012.  This was my first visit to this beautiful park in Bristol, Connecticut.


Boulder Bash Boulder Bash

Boulder Bash

This has instantly become my new favorite wooden roller coaster of all.  This terrain coaster is built on the side of a mountain and blazes it's way past trees, cliffs and boulders.  Insane speed and so smooth.

Zoomerang Zoomerang

Zoomerang

Yet another Vekoma boomerang.  Still a fun ride.  And great color changing paint on the trains.

Quassy Amusement Park

My trip through New England continued with a a stop at this small family park on August 9, 2012.  This was my first visit to this lakeside park in Middlebury, Connecticut.


Wooden Warrior Wooden Warrior

Wooden Warrior

A great family coaster designed by The Gravity Group.  It's the first coaster I've ridden with the new Timberliner trains from Gravitykraft.  I can't wait to see these new trains operate on a full-size roller coaster.

Hersheypark

Sarah and I visited this beautiful park for the first time on June 4th and 5th 2013.  This traditional amusement park is located Hershey, Pennsylvania.


Comet Comet

Comet

This traditional 1946 woodie has a good layout with a good number of hills and turns.  To some degree this is a terrain coaster.

Fahrenheit Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit

I believe this is the first coaster I've been on that has a verticle lift.  This is the best coaster in the park.  This was my first time riding a norwegian loop.  This coaster goes through it's six inversions quickly and ends with two high G turns and a quick pop of ejector air.  This is my favorite coaster at Hershey Park.

Great Bear Great Bear

Great Bear

This B&M invert is build in and around other rides and the terrain.  Great elements and inversions.  And B&M butter smooth.  But it could stand to be a little longer.

Lightning Racer Lightning Racer

Lightning Racer

This was my first dueling wooden coaster.  Both the Thunder and Lightning sides are great, wild, twisting and high speed fun.  I enjoyed both sides equally.

Sidewinder Sidewinder

Sidewinder

Yet another Vekoma boomerang.  Still fun to ride.

Skyrush Skyrush

Skyrush

This much hyped ride is a G-force and airtime machine.  It can also be a pain machine.  The pops of air can yank your thighs against the restaints and the quick changes in direction can whip you around in unpleasant ways.  It's a good ride, but it also earns its nickname, Thigh Crush.

Sooper Dooper Looper Sooper Dooper Looper

Sooper Dooper Looper

A first generation looping coaster.  With its tunnel and layout along the hillside and creek, it seems to be a cross between a mine ride and a looper.  This Schwarzkopf is smoother then most any Arrow coaster.  Great fun.

Storm Runner Storm Runner

Storm Runner

The first Intamin hydraulic launch coaster with inversions.  This is a good ride.  But at times it feels as if the different elements were simply pasted together to fit the terrain and space available.

Trailblazer Trailblazer

Trailblazer

A classic mine ride set in the woods.  It hides in the trees and hugs the terrain.  Sometimes I think I could touch the tree limbs and even the grass.

Wild Mouse Wild Mouse

Wild Mouse

Another wild mouse coaster.  This one has no trims through the first half of the ride.

Wildcat Wildcat

Wildcat

This is a good twisting woodie.  Fast and rough.  Even with millennium flyer trains it's rough.

Magic Kingdom

Sarah and I visited one of the most famous parks in the world for the first time on June 4, 2014.  This visit was part of Sarah's high school marching band trip to Orlando, Florida.


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

This is the smoothest mine ride I've everbeen on.  And definitly the most heavily themed, as you would expect from Disney.

Space Mountain Space Mountain

Space Mountain

This coaster exceeded my expectations.  This twisting ride through the stars packed more punch that I anticipated.  A good ride.

Univeral Studios Florida

Sarah and I made our first visit to this park on June 5, 2014.  The movie studio setting and themeing are great.


Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit

Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit

This coaster has an onboard sound system that allows each rider to chose their own sound track to play during the ride.  It's full of twists, turns, inversions and surprises.  Just a tad rough, for a steel coaster.

Revenge of the Mummy Revenge of the Mummy

Revenge of the Mummy

This is the best indoor coaster.  It has lots of action, effects and themeing.  Reversing is great.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Sarah and I continued our quest with a visit to this park on June 6, 2014.  The movie studio setting and themeing are great.


Expedition Everest Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest

This has to be the most heavily themed coaster ever.  It's no wonder it cost one-hundred-million dollars.  It is the best Disney coaster.

Primeval Whirl Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl

A pair of spinning mouse coasters with a time travel theme.  Another mouse, but with a lot of themeing.  Fun.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sarah and I made our visit to this park on June 6, 2014.  It's Disney magic in a movie studio setting.


Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Sarah said it best, Flight of Fear with Aerosmith.  Oh, it's better than Flight of Fear.  Smoother and better themeing.

Worlds of Fun

I visited this beautiful park for the first time on July 13th and 14th 2015.  This park themed as a trip around the world and is located in Kansas City, Missouri.


Boomerang Boomerang

Boomerang

This is the seventh Vekoma boomerage I've ridden.  Three fun inversions.  Or is it six?.

Mamba Mamba

Mamba

This is the best of the three Chance hyper coasters than were built for Cedar Fair in the mid-1990's.  I love the high-G helix.  Two hundred and five feet of coaster heaven.

Patriot Patriot

Patriot

This B&M invert is build in and around other rides and the terrain.  Great elements and inversions.  And B&M butter smooth.  But it could stand to be a little longer.

Prowler Prowler

Prowler

Great Coasters International designed this wooden masterpiece and it's awaesome.  It's great layout and location surrounded with trees fantastic.  I can't help but love Millennium Flyer trains.

Spinning Dargons Spinning Dargons

Spinning Dargons

A great spinning coaster.  It's probably the best spinner I've been on.  A great fun ride.

Timber Wolf Timber Wolf

Timber Wolf

Rough.  Very rough.  I'm fine if I never ride this coaster ever again.

Valleyfair

I visited this park located just outside of Minneapolis for the first time on July 15th and 16th 2015.  This small amusement park boasts a fine collection of rides and coasters.


Corkscrew Corkscrew

Corkscrew

This Arrow is another classic looper.  A must for any park.  A good layout inspite of being very similar to other Arrow loopers   It has a great location over the lake at the center of the park.

Excalibar Excalibar

Excalibar

This Arrow coaster tries too hard.  Big heights and a short layout combine to make a rough ride.  It's a good ride, just not a great ride that it could be otherwise.

High Roller High Roller

High Rollerr

Clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caligenous junk.  One might say.

Mad Mouse Mad Mouse

Mad Mouse

You can't visit the park without taking a lap on a classic wild mouse.  This one is a Arrow model.  Fun.

Renegade Renegade

Renegade

A fantastic wooden twister from Great Coasters International.  The twisting first drop is unique.  A very good ride.  The station fry-by is a great feature.  Oh, I love Millennium Flyer trains.

Steel Venom Steel Venom

Steel Venom

A great Intamin impulse coaster.  This version has one twister spike and one straight one with brakes.  I think I like the brakes better than a second twisting spike.  Great fun.

Wild Thing Wild Thing

Wild Thing

This hyper is a lot of fun.  But it's not as good as its kin hypers at Worlds of Fun and Dorney Park.

Disneyland Paris

Jenny, Sarah and I vistited with park with the Ohio University Marching 110 on May 6th 2016.  This park is made up of Walt Disney Studios Park and Disneyland Park.


Crush's Coaster Crush's Coaster

Crush's Coaster

Indoor spinning coaster meets dark ride.  It begins as a dark ride with a quick peek outside of the building.  Next is some roller coaster action, followed by a spinning trip down the EAC (East Australian Current).  This ride was a lot of fun.

Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril

Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril

This is a compact mine coaster with one loop.  A lot of fun.  It's a good ride, just not as well themed as most other Disney rides.

Space Mountain: Mission 2 Space Mountain: Mission 2

Space Mountain: Mission 2

I like this version of Space Mountain much more than the one in Florida.  It has better themeing, begins with a launch and has three inversions.

Kentucky Kingdom

I visited this park in Louisville, Kentucky on June 11th and 12th, 2016.  The park was in it's third year of rebirth after being closed by Six Flags and then laying dormant for three years.


Lightning Run Lightning Run

Lightning Run

A new generation of Chance coaster.  The transitions are very fast.  Maybe too fast.  Being whipped around like that was not fun.  But at least it was smooth.

Storm Chaser Storm Chaser

Storm Chaser

I didn't like my first rideon this coaster.  But then I learned to ride defensively and I loved it.

T3 T3

T3

Another clone of the Vekoma inverted coaster.  This is the roughest of them all, then with the new restaints.

Thunder Run Thunder Run

Thunder Run

This woodie is very rough.  Rough.

Beech Bend Park

I made my way to this small park in southern Kentucky on July 12, 2016.  Much of the park has the feel of a county fairgrounds.


Kentucky Rumbler Kentucky Rumbler

Kentucky Rumbler

A great coaster from the folks at Great Coasters International.  The lift passes over the loading station and then the coaster flies past the staton three times.  It is a great twisting coaster.

Spinning Out Spinning Out

Spinning Out

A small spinning coaster with an extended figure-eight layout.  Not as much fun as I was hoping for.

Wild Mouse Wild Mouse

Wild Mouse

A spinning mouse coaster.  Fun for the whole family.

Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

With the imminent closure of Dragon Challenge at hand, I raced to Orlando for a quick one-day visit to the park on August 8, 2017.  This heavily themed park is full of fun and adventure.


Dragon Challenge - Chinese Fireball Dragon Challenge - Chinese Fireball

Dragon Challenge - Chinese Fireball

A great B&M invert and it's companion coaster.  It was all the fun and thrills is was expecting.  And good themeing too.

Dragon Challenge - Hungarian Horntail Dragon Challenge - Hungarian Horntail

Dragon Challenge - Hungarian Horntail

B&M did a great job twisting these two coasters together.  I only regret not experiencing these coasters when they were dueling.

Flight of the Hippogriff Flight of the Hippogriff

Flight of the Hippogriff

This family coaster is also themed to the world of Harry Potter.  A fun little ride.

Incredible Hulk Incredible Hulk

Incredible Hulk

The best coaster in the park.  The one of a kind launch hill is a thrill ride of it's own.

Copyright James Whitmore