For this addition of Coaster Questions, I thought I’d ask which theme park websites are your favorite. Below, I’ll list the sites that I frequent most often (in no particular order). There are a lot of good sites out there that I really like, but again, these are just the ones that I visit most often.
Roller Coaster Database
This one should be a no-brainer. But in case you’re new to the world of roller coasters, you need to bookmark this site. The Roller Coaster Database is the definitive source for coaster stats, current status, and location. It’s been immensely useful over the years.
I’ve been popping over to the NewsPlusNotes blog (Amusement Industry News + Notes) for years. Beyond amusement park news, they’ve got cool features like From the Vault, which showcases old brochures and old attractions, and Aerial Antics, which analyzes parks from overhead using satellite photos.
Another amusement industry news site, Coaster101 has been around even longer than I have. I especially enjoy their interviews with industry insiders like amusement park safety consultant Randy King and Andreas Wild of Stengel Engineering.
I frequently check out Screamscape as Lance tends to specialize in not only news, but even rumors that often later become news. He’s been at it so long his sources send him tidbits of information long before official announcements are made by parks. Keep in mind, not everything he reports comes to fruition and he’s clear to identify items that are new rumors as well as rumors that have been backed up by multiple sources, etc. Regardless, Screamscape is probably the site that I visit most often (along with RCDB). For an exclusive behind the scenes look at Lance and Screamscape check out my interview with on Theme Park Geekly: “What It’s Like to Be Lance: The Man Behind Screamscape”
Theme Park Review
Occasionally I like to swing by Theme Park Review. It’s a great place to get the pulse of the people. At least these people :). I don’t have time to contribute regularly to a message board, but sometimes I want to know what the theme parkers are thinking and that’s my go-to place as it’s probably one of the most trafficked theme park sites on the Web. As the massive disclaimer in the footer says, “You need a sense of humor to view our site”. Things can also get PG-13 and if you’re not a regular, you might not get all of the inside jokes.
But again, it’s a great connecting place for theme park fans as well as a way to embark on one of the site’s stateside or international coaster trips. Robb and the TPR peeps are also responsible for those great POV videos that are filmed safely and with permission. So, I also find myself on the TPR YouTube channel weekly.
I’d also like to give a shout out to Coaster Image. For years they’ve been kind enough to allow me to borrow some of their awesome photos when I haven’t had a good one of my own to use. They recently got an overhaul and the site looks better than ever! In addition to some of the best amusement park pictures and roller coaster pictures, you can find some incredible roller coaster wallpapers.
Again, there are many great theme park websites out there, these are just the ones that I frequent most often. To see the rest of my favorites, scroll down to the footer of this site. Yes, down there.
What’s Your Take?
So, what are your favorite theme park websites? Where and how do you get your roller coaster and theme park news? I’m always looking for a new site to check out. Chime in below with your favorites.