Gift Guide for Coaster Enthusiasts 2011

The holiday shopping season is upon us and if you’re on the hunt for that special gift for a roller coaster enthusiast, you’ve come to the right place.

Note: The prices listed below are the prices listed as of this posting date. They may have changed since.

The ACE 2012 Roller Coaster Calendar is perfect for just about any coaster enthusiast. This full-color 12-month calendar features coasters such as the New Texas Giant, Batman at Six Flags Great America, Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Africa, and Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park. Click here for the calendar order form. The calendar is available for $12.95.

Theme Park Review has released the sixth installment in the “Roller Coasters… In The Raw!” series. The Roller Coasters in the Raw Volume 6 DVD features raw footage of rides such as New Texas Giant, Cheetah Hunt, Dare Devil Dive, Wild Fire, and many more. The DVD is available for only $9.99.

Do you like assembling your Christmas presents? The Lego Carousel is right up your alley. At $720.95 on Amazon, it’s not a cheap buy, but the carousel “spins and plays music while the horses and swing boats move up and down.” This is the perfect addition for any special edition collection.

Editor’s Note: The Lego Carousel has been discontinued, hence the outrageous price. Proceed with caution!

The Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 computer game is great for all ages. The game is available for the great price of around $4 on Amazon. I’ve owned the game since 2004 and still play it to this day.

The K’nex Hot Shot Video Coaster is a great gift for aspiring coaster designers and videographers alike! The 725+ piece set is available for around $99 at Amazon. But this is no ordinary K’nex coaster kit – as the name suggests, this kit comes with a digital camera-equipped coaster car so you can shoot a POV video of your coaster to share with friends and family.

Are you looking for a gift for someone who enjoys reading up on history? The Holiday World installment is the perfect gift! The Images of America series showcases historic photos of amusement parks, towns, etc. The Holiday World edition is no different! I own several books in the series and I have thoroughly enjoyed each book. The book is available for around $16 on Amazon. Or you can get get a personalized, autographed copy signed by Pat Koch herself if you order through Holiday World’s website!

The Theme Park game is great for all gamers with a Nintendo DS gaming system. For around $40 on Amazon, you get a miniature amusement park tycoon game in the palm of your hand. As the product features state, you can “control everything, from the speed of your rides to the amount of ice in your drinks.”

Another great book for any readers is the American Amusement Park book. The “photographic retrospective distills more than 100 years of the sights, sounds, smells and thrills associated with the American amusement park.” The book is available for around $95 on Amazon.

Have you ever gone to a theme park and wondered, “How did they do that?” At last there’s a book that shows you. Theme Park Design: Behind the Scenes with an Engineer reveals the secrets behind some of the world’s greatest attractions. Take a peek behind the scenes, with a theme park engineer. Aimed at theme park enthusiasts, the book features behind the scenes information based upon author Steve Alcorn’s 35 years designing attractions. After reading the book you can read out interview with the author.

Another great book is Theme Park by Scott A. Lukas. Theme parks are a uniquely interactive and enduring form of entertainment that have influenced architecture, technology, and culture in surprising ways for more than a century, as Scott Lukas now reveals in his compelling historical chronicle. For more information read our interview with the author.

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Do you have more coaster enthusiast gift ideas? Post links to the items in the comments section below.