Trip Report: Six Flags Great Adventure, 11/20

A few days ago out of the blue, I got a Facebook message from one of my friends whom I had met the previous year during the Disney College Program. She was meeting up with several other mutual Disney friends from the tri-state area, she said, and maybe going to Six Flags, and would I like to…

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Counting Down My Top 10 Roller Coasters: 2016 Edition

I’ve been a fan of roller coasters for a long time: those hulking behemoths of scream, coursing their way over and under the skies in a monument to our everlasting quest to find thrills in the weirdest, strangest ways. And if that quest takes literally tons of steel and iron, assembled in a way that…

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Trip Report: Disneyland Resort, 10/28

A little bit of background first. I’m a Disney geek (in addition to everything else I am a geek about), and I had just returned from an eight-month internship at Walt Disney World in Florida, where I had the pleasure of having four of the world’s top theme parks literally on my doorstep. So I…

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Counting Down My Top 10 Roller Coasters

Anyone who’s spent even a sliver of time hanging around with me would know that I am, perhaps to an unhealthy degree, obsessed over roller coasters – those sleek, silvery marvels of engineering with just one purpose in life: to take people really, really high and drop them very fast. By my count, I’ve ridden 92…

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The Disney Diaries: The Land vs. The World (Part 2)

Last time, we talked about duplicate attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and about how just because the names were the same didn’t mean the ride experiences were the same, either. In fact, most of them are not – there’s usually a clear delineation between the West Coast and the East Coast. In the…

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The Disney Diaries: The Land vs. The World (Part 1)

I’m about halfway through my Disney College Program experience, and it has been keeping me away from something that I’ve sorely missed over the past couple of months: writing. Down my drain went my ambitious plans to update my blog once a week, at least; nowadays, it’s a blessing if even the thought of posting something…

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Twisted Colossus coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain!

When I was growing up, one of my favorite places to spend a weekend was at Six Flags Magic Mountain, a theme park located a few miles north of Los Angeles. It boasts the largest collection of thrill rides and roller coasters in the world, and I have it to thank for my love of…

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Roller Coaster of the Day: Atlantis Adventure – Lotte World

Name: Atlantis Adventure Location: Lotte World, Seoul, South Korea Operating Year: 2003 – Present Built By: Intamin AG Top Speed: 46.6 mph Height: 72 feet Look at that. Just look at it. Sure, it may not be the tallest … nor the fastest … nor the wildest … but this baby’s got it where it…

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Life In Korea: Lotte World (롯데월드)

Where to begin? Lotte World is a massive complex that includes one of the world’s biggest shopping centers, several museums, a four-star hotel, an indoor water park, a cinema, a bowling alley, and some of Korea’s finest restaurants. What we theme park enthusiasts commonly refer to as “LotteWorld” is actually called “Adventure”, and is just…

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Roller Coaster of the Day: Tatsu – Six Flags Magic Mountain

Name: Tatsu Location: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA Operating Year: 2006 – Present Built By: Bolliger & Mabillard Top Speed: 62 mph Height: 170 feet Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M for short) is one of the most prolific roller coaster manufacturers in the business, and has come up with several unique concepts that have always…

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Roller Coaster of the Day: Standard Boomerang – Worldwide

Name: Varies Location: Around the World Operating Year: N/A Built By: Vekoma Top Speed: 47 mph Height: 116 feet Not every roller coaster in the world is unique. Some parks prefer “off-the-shelf” models – a standard roller coaster model that a roller coaster company sells for a significantly cheaper price than a custom-designed model. These…

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Roller Coaster of the Day: Big Bad Wolf – Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Name: Big Bad Wolf Location: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, PA Operating Year: 1984 – 2009 Built By: Arrow Dynamics Top Speed: 48 mph Height: 100 feet     The Big Bad Wolf was the world’s first successful suspended coaster – a roller coaster where the vehicles, instead of sitting on the rails, are suspended beneath…

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