Viper and Vekoma MK1212 Trains

Sean: As you may have read in our brand new Six Flags Over Georgia report, we were huge fans of Blue Hawk at the Southeast Six Flags park. Blue Hawk went through life as Kamikaze for two years before opening as Ninja at Six Flags Over Georgia in 1991. For the 2016 season the ride has received a makeover with brand new MK1212 trains from Vekoma. The ride is now one of the best loopers we’ve ridden. We believe that Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain can benefit from these trains, to assure amazing ride experiences for years to come! Continue reading “Viper and Vekoma MK1212 Trains”

From Southwest to Southeast: Six Flags Over Georgia

Sean: After visiting two of the country’s best parks, that have been in the spotlight a lot recently, it was time to check out another new park in the South. The most Southern of them all… Six Flags Over Georgia! One thing I may have learned on this trip is: if it’s another Six Flags park, expect another Six Flags experience. Let’s find out what this park in the chain has to offer with its near-perfect lineup of attractions. Continue reading “From Southwest to Southeast: Six Flags Over Georgia”

From Southwest to Southeast: Dollywood <3

Sean: We all know Dollywood, the Dolly Parton theme park. Known for good food, better shows, and some highlight roller coasters that make the park a heaven for pretty much any theme park enthusiast. It was finally time to leave some of the usual California attractions behind and visit the, arguably, best wooden coaster on the planet! Let’s take a look at all that Dollywood has to offer and some highlights during our trip to the Tennessee park. Most importantly, how does it compare to some of our beloved California attractions? Continue reading “From Southwest to Southeast: Dollywood <3”

Raphael’s Banshee-filled Kings Island Adventure!

Our Brazilian friend Raphael’s back with the fourth report of his 2016 travels to the US! Let’s hit up… KINGS ISLAND!

You know that your day is going to be special when you arrive at one of the best-known theme parks ever and the music that is playing is “Don’t Stop Believing” by the Glee Cast (which happens to be my favorite TV series of all time). That is how Kings Island welcomed me. I felt a lot more excited than I thought I would be, and Invertigo doing its thing next to me gave me the energy to run through the gates, grab my FastLane Plus and go to Banshee, my first coaster of the day. Continue reading “Raphael’s Banshee-filled Kings Island Adventure!”

2016: Final Thoughts

We took a small break after a year of constant construction updates, attraction openings, backstage tours, park updates, trip reports, out of state trips, and of course Halloween and Holiday events. We’ll be back like never before in the new year and are sharing our final thoughts of 2016 with you right now! Continue reading “2016: Final Thoughts”

The History of the Santa Monica Pier

dea8e19f993d8eeee9779e16d51019eeHere at California Coaster Kings, we tend to lean more towards the coverage of the larger amusement and theme parks in our home state, focusing on the here and now of the major players in the amusement industry. For this article however, we’re going to narrow our focus and turn back the clocks as we take a look at the fascinating history of the famous Los Angeles landmark, yet often forgotten destination among enthusiasts, the Santa Monica Pier. Continue reading “The History of the Santa Monica Pier”

California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part 5 (TOP 10)

TOP 50 TNail001 YESWe’ve rated and reviewed many coasters and rides over the last few years, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, and that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 10-1 (TOP 10!) in the California TOP 50 of 2016! Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2016 – Part 5 (TOP 10)”