Author: John

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Rollglider: Where Roller Coaster Meets Zip Line

What happens when you cross a zip line with a roller coaster? You get the “Rollglider,” a new style of zip-line ride that is gaining popularity across the globe. According to the manufacturer, the Rollglider fuses the “thrill of free...

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Planet Coaster Game Teases Incredible New Tracks

The Planet Coaster computer game won’t be officially released until later this year, but those who have purchased the “alpha” preview of the game are already playing a limited version of the theme park simulator (myself included — stay tuned for a review)....

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Lightning Rod Soft Opens at Dollywood

Could the long wait for Dollywood’s record-breaking Lightning Rod coaster be over? After a lengthy delay due to “extended ride commissioning,” the coaster entered the technical rehearsal (or soft opening) phase today, according to Dollywood’s website and multiple guest reports. The wooden coaster’s...

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Join the Coaster101 Facebook Group

One of my favorite things about writing for Coaster101 is the ability to interact with readers, to discuss our mutual passion for roller coasters and the amusement industry. To enhance that discussion, we are testing a Facebook group created for

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The Walking Dead Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood July 4th

Universal Studios Hollywood today announced a July 4th opening for its “Walking Dead” attraction. The permanent walk-through attraction is based on the popular AMC television series, which follows survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating “walkers.” “After six years...

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Trip Report: A Day at Lake Winnie

My first and most recent trip to Lake Winnepesaukah (Lake Winnie for short) was last year during the park’s Halloween event, so I only saw the park after the sun had set. I was impressed by what the quaint park had to...

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Lake Winnie’s Twister Top Spin Video

Lake Winnie outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, this year debuted Twister, a Moser Rides’ Maverick model that is everything you know and love about the top spin — and then some. The “Maverick” model (or this variant of the model) features a 21-seat...

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Lake Compounce Releases Phobia Phear On-Ride POV Video

Lake Compounce has released an on-ride POV video of its new-for-2016 Phobia Phear Coaster, which opened to the public last weekend. The coaster is the fifth Premier “Sky Rocket II” model to open since 2012. To get a better idea of...