Monday, July 20, 2015

Pirate Island Boat Ride

TheColumbus Zoo have revamped their boat ride into Pirate Island. Check it out by watching the video below:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A new and interesting look at roller coaster history

50 Groundbreaking Roller Coasters is a comprehensive list of the most influential scream machines that drove the evolution of the modern roller coaster. It's a new and interesting look at roller coaster history. What makes a majority of the roller coasters listed in this book even more impressive is the fact that they were designed using pencil and paper rather than computers.

book about roller coaster history

The groundbreaking scream machines that shaped the evolution of the roller coaster made this list because they were the first of their kind, crossed a threshold that had never been broken before, or have some other historical or cultural significance, such as: 

  • The first floorless coaster. 
  • The first to use lap bar restraints. 
  • The first to use Linear Induction Motors. 
  • The first to have two hills over 100 feet. 
  • The first modern wooden coaster built in China.
  •  The first steel inverting coaster. 
  • The first to break 100mph. 
  • The biggest wooden coaster ever built. 
  • And much more! 

Trace the evolution of white knuckle rides through these 50 Groundbreaking Roller Coasters. If you're looking for a book about roller coaster history, this is for you!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Need help with new coaster book title

I need deciding on the title for my new book about roller coaster history. Please take this short, one question survey to help me out:


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Map 2015

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Below are a few pictures and a resort map. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built

unique roller coastersTired of the same old, rickety wooden roller coasters? Crave more thrills than the typical vertical loops and camelback hills found at every local amusement park? Fortunately, roller coasters come in a mind-blowing profusion of styles, shapes, and sizes. From innovative track designs to unusual seating configurations, from ridiculous locations to bizarre theming, the experience never gets old.

In The 50 Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built you’ll explore a roller coaster… 

  • powered by people. 
  • inspired a popular computer game. 
  • uses a Ferris wheel as a lift. 
  • requires an on-board brakeman. 
  • where the louder you scream the faster you go. 
  • built on top of a skyscraper. 
  • known as the “dog fart” coaster (yes, you read that right!). 

The 50 Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built is a list comprised of unusual, rare, and hard to find scream machines. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wonder Mountain’s Guardian Review

Knott’s Berry Farm recently announced the addition of a new dark ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef, and I couldn’t be more excited because last month I got to experience its predecessor, Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada's Wonderland. I got to ride Guardian twice, once with the standard version and once with the zombie overlay - pretty cool how they can instantly change the media. The roller coaster portion is pretty weak, the vehicles don’t track well at all, lots of side to side vibration, but that's not the reason for riding, the game is. The shooting part is much better than your average Sally shooter. It’s like a video game in that if you kill all the bad guys in a scene it automatically generates more of them for you to shoot at. You load the vehicles sitting forwards or backwards. The frontwards side is way better because once you enter the dark portion the seats rotate to face either side of the track but on one side the screens are continuous (though there’s no shooting during the curved screens). The cars are propelled by drive tires down the straighaways and gravity in the curves.

Overall, I am really impressed by Guardian but I hope they improve upon it in future iterations. In one of the articles about Knott’s ride they said “The ride vehicles will rotate, change speed and even briefly pause as they move between video screens separated by three-dimensional themed sets.” The 3 dimensional sets part has me intrigued because Guardian has none, it's all screens. Two other improvements:
the clarity of the images and the ride length (though I think the limiting factor on the ride time is battery capacity for the guns).

Anyone else rode Guardian? What did you think?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

20 Terrifying Roller Coasters

The world’s coaster count is rapidly approaching three- thousand operating rides. Coaster enthusiasts strap themselves into these scream machines simply because they love being scared in a safe environment. What factors make a ride terrifying? Height, speed, inversions, backwards segments, unique track elements, darkness, and unexpected surprises all contribute to making your head spin and your knees tremble.

See 20 Terrifying Roller Coasters in my new presentations shared on Slideshare: