Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast is one of my favorite coasters. It is located at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri. In 2012, Mr. Freeze transformed into a new ride when the trains were flipped backwards. Also, this ride is a shuttle coaster, which means the train is launched through the layout to a high point where gravity takes over and the train falls backward through the course. The difference with Mr. Freeze, however, is the train is launched backwards and the return leg is taken going forwards.
With only about 50 days until most parks open for the 2014 season, opening days are not that far away. Most parks will be opening in either April or early May. Many coaster enthusiasts kick off the new season by attending an opening day and riding as many coasters as they can.
During President's Day weekend, I headed out to Colorado for a skiing trip. Skiing doesn't technically fall into the "roller coaster" category, but it does provide some good thrills in the off-season and ended up being a great trip.
This week, I will review my eighth favorite coaster, Gatekeeper. Cedar Point is home to this majestic creation which is silky smooth. Gatekeeper is a B&M-built winged coaster, which means riders are placed on the side of the track with nothing above or below them.
If you're like me, a hardcore coaster enthusiast, the winter can sometimes be irritating because most amusement parks aren't open. There are some things I do in the off season to get my coaster fix. If you need some ideas on how to tide you over until you can ride coasters again, take a look at my pointers.
A special treat for you while we wait for the parks in the cold weather climates to open... some photos of Elitch Gardens in Denver. I stopped by the park because there were rumors of construction going on and I wanted to check it out first hand.
This week's review will be of my ninth favorite coaster, Intimidator 305 at King's Dominion. This coaster made my top ten despite only having visited this park during a heat wave, where the heat index hit 120 degrees. They say coasters run in top form during the heat, I'd say it's true.
A new year, a new set of coasters. In the off season, coaster enthusiasts get excited for these new rides and spend time watching the construction webcams. There is not much we can do in winter except get excited for opening day. Here's a look at the new coasters for 2014.
Today I will start my new Top Ten Coasters Review Series. I plan to post a review of my top ten roller coasters every Friday, counting down to my favorite. Today's review features my tenth favorite coaster, Bizarro.
Banshee, the world's longest inverted coaster, just received its first train. This train came all the way from Switzerland where the train was manufactured. These trains are different from the traditional inverted coaster train as they feature the new state of the art wing coaster harnesses. This harness eliminates the back and forth jostling of the head that many people complain of when riding an inverted coaster with the traditional restraints. The new restraints won't even come into contact with your head.
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.