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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – CCK & CCCK Take NorCal Pt.3
Alexander: Hey peeps!
I know it’s been a while since Pt. 1 of this series (we wanted to get our California’s Great America report live while it was still topical), but the rest of our NorCal adventure should be going live here this week!
Let’s continue with a visit to this years Golden Ticket Award winner for best Seaside Park: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – CCK & CCCK Take NorCal Pt. 2
Sean: In this mix of our Northeast trip reports of some of the continent’s best theme parks and our NorCal trip to hit every coaster in the state of California, we now launch our report of our Six Flags Discovery Kingdom late-summer visit a few days back! The park was a bit of a struggle in the past season or two, but we had a wonderful time!
California’s Great America – CCK & CCCK Take NorCal Pt. 1
Alexander: Here at CCK & CCCK, we spend a lot of time focusing on Southern California. This year we’ve expanded our focus to include parks across the country and around the world – but this week we return to our roots for bring you an update from, not Southern California, but the road-slightly-less-traveled-as-of-late, Northern California.
Canada’s Wonderland – CCK & CCCK Take the Northeast – Pt. 9
Alexander: We’ve got a BIG one today, folks. One of the world’s largest regional parks is our oyster today: it’s Canada’s Wonderland!
It’s a Saturday, but we have guidance from locals and FastLanePlus! Let’s see how this 15-credit-saga unfolds.
Darien Lake & Fantasy Island – CCK & CCCK Take the Northeast – Pt.7 & 8
Alexander: It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the parks of Buffalo, NY.
(Just kidding. No it doesn’t)
With oddball regional parks, you roll the dice. Sometimes you win (Seabreeze), sometimes you lose (Dorney Park), and sometimes the dice spontaneously catch fire and explode (Buffalo Parks).
Seabreeze – CCK & CCCK Take the Northeast – Pt. 6
Alexander: The adventures continue with state #3 of the trip: up-state New York, in the lovely northern tip of Rochester, home to Seabreeze Amusement Park!
This classic coaster gem is a must-see for any coaster historian. Half of their roller coasters sport very unique and significant historic designations!
Dutch Wonderland – CCK & CCCK Take the Northeast – Pt. 5
Alexander: Welcome back, peeps!
Everyone knows the East PA Big Three (we sincerely hope you enjoyed Sean’s coverage of these amazing major parks), but there’s more to East PA than KnoeDornShey.
Today we’re taking a look at an often overlooked but totally wonderful little park, Dutch Wonderland!
Hersheypark – CCK & CCCK Take the Northeast – Pt. 4
Sean: Time for park 4 on our trip around the Northeast! Perhaps my favorite regional park I’ve ever visited, though it may very well be considered a destination park… HERSHEYPARK! I had expectations, quite a few of them, and they were all exceeded. What a fun park with an abnormally solid lineup of coasters that are all unique in their own way! Let’s venture to the ‘sweetest place on earth’!
Dorney Park – CCK & CCCK Take the Northeast – Pt. 3
Sean: The third park on our 10-park tour was the Cedar Fair property with three inverted coasters! (Sadly Possessed was closed all day). This regional amusement park was nothing to write home about… but it DOES have a very fun collection of rides we hold very dear, including Stinger and Demon Drop! Let’s find out what else makes this park so unique!
Knoebels – CCK & CCCK Take the Northeast – Pt. 2
Sean: The second park on our 10-park tour was the classic Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania! This hidden pay-per-ride park has some of the world’s best classic rides and wooden roller coasters, including the infamous Flying Turns!
Adventure Park U.S.A. – CCK & CCCK Take the Northeast – Pt. 1
Welcome to California Coaster Kings & Cabin Crew Coaster Kings‘ latest adventure: An American Northeast trip through Maryland, East Pennsylvania, Up-state New York, and Ontario, Canada!
We’ve got 10 parks and 60+ coasters to enjoy, so let’s get started with Adventure Park U.S.A.!
Let’s Dillydally at Valleyfair!
Who has flair that’s beyond compare?
Who has some areas that are… a little bit bare?
(and be that as it may, I don’t really care)
It’s Valleyfair in Shakopee Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis / St. Paul!
Carousel Gardens, New Orleans
This time, work roulette has landed me in one of the county’s most notable cultural centers: New Orleans! While this vibrant city once played host to an amazing major amusement park or two, these days a charming kiddie park is what makes up NOLA’s roller coaster presence.
Coaster Con XL Hangover (Part IV) — Six Flags Over Texas
Alexander: A week after Coaster Con XL concluded, I was still craving some Texas thrills!
I didn’t have time to visit Texas’s cardinal theme park on my con visit, but shortly after going back to work I decided to make some time and run down to Dallas for a visit!
Coaster Con XL — Part III — Sea World San Antonio
Sea World is technically the 2nd park of Con, but since we hit ZDT’s early, it’s the third of three parks in our report.
Let’s get wet, shall we?
Coaster Con XL — Part II — ZDT’s
Alexander: Welcome to our next host park for Coaster Con XL: ZDT’s Amusement Park!
Technically this is the 3rd and final park of the tour, but a lot of ACErs went a little early to get some extra time with the park.
You see, ZDT’s is very small. With 450 people in attendance, there’s no telling how long the line might get for the park’s signature attraction, Switchback, during ERT! So naturally, lots of ACErs hopped over to ZDT before and after the official ACE visit to make sure they got plenty of rides on this amazing coaster!
Coaster Con XL — Part I — Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Alexander: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
The dog days of summer are here!
And nothing says “summer” like the annual ACE Coaster Con! It’s a big one this year, too: Coaster Con XL! (Coaster Con 40). Since everything’s bigger in Texas, what better place to play host than one of North America’s most bustling regional entertainment playgrounds: San Antonio!
A Roller Coaster in Russia
(that means “hello” in Russian)
Welcome to my 24-hour whirlwind tour of Moscow!
Here at Cabin Crew Coaster Kings, we often find ourselves unlikely and interesting places. Sometimes, completely out of the blue, we end up somewhere truly amazing.
Dollywood — Lightning Rod Run
Alexander: It’s always a good day when you’re at Dollywood, even when Lightning Rod is closed or threatens to be closed.
The event may be “Lightning Rod Run”, but whether Lighting Rod runs or not, this is one of the most beloved ACE regional events of the year.
Six Flags Over Georgia — ACE Preservation Conference 2017
Alexander: Our Preservation Conference continued to the final host park, Six Flags Over Georgia, and with it came more than a little rainfall. It was simply too wet to have the camera out until after dinner, which took place in the picnic grove behind Blue Hawk.
Lake Winnie — ACE Preservation Conference 2017
Alexander: The American Southeast is full of amusement park gems.
From Alabama Splash Adventure we jump to Lake Winnepesaukah near Chattanooga (but technically in Georgia) to enjoy some really special vintage rides and a few modern ones!
Alabama Splash Adventure — ACE Preservation Conference 2017
Our journey begins at Alabama Splash Adventure, a small park consisting of a water park, a kiddie area, and a great wooden coaster.
In 2010 the “dry side” of the park closed and a majority of the rides were removed, leaving just the tiny water park.
La Feria Chapultepec Mágico + Perimágico — ACE South of the Border
Alexander: Today is the last day of the ACE South of the Border tour.
But we still have an amazing last day of Mexicoasters!
We have our highly-anticipated day at La Feria Chapultepec Mágico with a bonus visit to a surprisingly great indoor kiddie park, Perimágico!
Six Flags Mexico — ACE South of the Border
(consider carefully before answering)
Today we’re visiting what was — for a lot of ACE South of the Border attendees — the sole remaining SixFlags park to check off their lists: Six Flags Mexico. Continue Reading…
Teotihuacán + La Feria Chapultepec Mágico — ACE South of the Border
Not ready for the Mexican merriment to end? You’ve come to the right place!
Selva Mágica — ACE South of the Border
Alexander: ¡Buenos Dias!
Welcome back to CCCK’s ACE South of the Border coverage!
Today things kick into high-gear with one of Mexico’s most sought-after roller coaster destinations: Guadalajara’s Selva Mágica!
Parque Plaza Sesamo — ACE South of the Border
“On my way to where the air is sweet!”
“Can you tell me how to get – how to get to Sesame Street?!”
Alexander: As it turns out, Sesame Street is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Bosque Mágico! Our next park on the ACE South of the Border tour is Parque Plaza Sesamo! Continue Reading…
Bosque Mágico — ACE South of the Border
Alexander: Welcome to Cabin Crew Coaster King’s maiden voyage! The American Coaster Enthusiast’s South of the Border Tour!
I have been a member of ACE since 2000. With their help (and the help of my enabling family) I’ve racked up over 750 coasters since I first began riding in 1994.
Many of CCCK’s adventures will be with the amazing people I’ve met through ACE, and in the case of our first adventure, over 100 ACErs are here to party in Mexico! Continue Reading…
Beyond Trip Reports
Worldwide Walt Disney Attractions Top 20
Alexander: Disney is the largely-undisputed theme park king of the planet. The cornerstone of Walt Disney Theme Park success is an ever growing, envelope pushing, industry leading, storytelling (the most important part) attraction lexicon that far outmatches the likes of its competitors. Six unique Disney Resorts play host to a sizable chunk of the world’s greatest, most significant, and/or most successful theme park rides, each playing a specific role within one of the many thematic stories that weave their way through each park’s atmospheric tapestry. Continue reading…
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