Sea Paradise’s Surf Coaster Leviathan

17 Feb

IMG_6434Crave and his lovely wife Jaewon “The Queen of Coasters” visited Sea Paradise oceanarium and amusement park in Yokohama, Japan on Monday, February 16th, 2015. Lucky for them, they were able to catch a chilly ride on Surf Coater Leviathan just before the sun set. Crave previously visited the park in the fall of 2009 but was unable to score a credit since the ride was closed due to a bullying wind.

Admission to Sea Paradise is free. You can pay 3000 yen for an all-day ride pass, or simply hand over 1000 yen per ride. If you fancy animals that primarily live in liquids, you can also get a pass that includes both the amusements and oceanarium. Given the time of day, and the fact that the Blue Fall, the park’s 100 meter tall Intamin drop ride, was closed we opted to pay per ride.

We’ll let the on-ride POV video and pictures below speak for themselves.

Happy riding coasterers!

Jaewon is excited for Sea Paradise!

Jaewon is excited for Sea Paradise!

Crave contemplates riding his 430th coaster.

Crave contemplates riding his 430th coaster.









Vending Machines = Cool Way to Pay

Vending Machines = Cool Way to Pay

Two Tickets to Paradise

Two Tickets to Paradise


The "Don't Die and/or Sue Us" Sign

The “Don’t Die and/or Sue Us” Sign

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Mt. Fuji says goodnight. (Thank you Jaewon)

Mt. Fuji says goodnight. (Thank you Jaewon)

Crave’s Track Record

28 Jul

“It’s not always fun” (Space2000 @ Gyeongju World, Korea)

Please Note: This list is in no particular order and is subject to change due to disagreements over what classifies as a coaster. Check back as this list will be periodically updated. 

The best way to keep a track record is to become a member at Coasterbuzz!

How many coaster credits have you scored? Please comment below!

Total: 430 coasters (as of 2015/02/16)

  1. Batman: The Ride, Six Flags Over Georgia
  2. Georgia Scorcher, Six Flags Over Georgia
  3. Ninja, Six Flags Over Georgia
  4. Big Thunder Mountain, Tokyo Disneyland
  5. The Dragon, Ocean Park
  6. Wild West Mine Train, Ocean Park
  7. Fujiyama, Fujikyu-Highland
  8. Tower Of Terror, Dreamworld
  9. G5, Janfusun Fancyworld
  10. White Canyon, Yomiuri Land
  11. Spin Mouse, Fujikyu-Highland
  12. Thomas the Tank Engine, Fujikyu-Highland
  13. Bandit, Yomiuri Land
  14. Birdmen, Fujikyu-Highland
  15. Crazy Flying Coaster, Janfusun Fancyworld

    Mayan Adventure @ Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village

  16. Hanging Coaster, Dream World
  17. Space Mountain, Dream World
  18. Tento, Tobu Zoo
  19. Regina, Tobu Zoo
  20. Dragon, Yomiuri Land
  21. Standing & Loop Coaster, Yomiuri Land
  22. Zola 7, Fujikyu-Highland
  23. French Revolution, Lotte World
  24. SL Coaster, Yomiuri Land
  25. Gadget’s Go Coaster, Tokyo Disneyland
  26. Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Warner Bros. Movie World Australia
  27. Road Runner Rollercoaster, Warner Bros. Movie World Australia
  28. Runaway Reptar Roller Coaster, Dreamworld
  29. Western Crazy Express, Leofoo Village
  30. Screaming Condor, Leofoo Village
  31. Z-Force (defunct), Six Flags Over Georgia
  32. Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster, Six Flags Over Georgia
  33. Space Mountain, Hong Kong Disneyland
  34. Superman Escape, Warner Bros. Movie World Australia
  35. Goliath, Six Flags Over Georgia
  36. Eejanaika, Fujikyu-Highland
  37. Mick Doohan Motocoaster, Dreamworld
  38. Lost City of Gold, Sunway Lagoon
  39. Buffalo Bill Coaster, Sunway Lagoon
  40. Supersonic Odyssey, Cosmo’s World
  41. Raging Spirits, Tokyo DisneySea
  42. Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster, Tokyo DisneySea
  43. Roller Coaster, Hanayashiki Amusement Park
  44. Vortex, Siam Park City
  45. Boomerang, Siam Park City
  46. Spinning Coaster, Me World
  47. Diving Coaster, Me World
  48. Atlantis Adventure, Lotte World
  49. Comet Express, Lotte World
  50. Herky & Timmy’s Racing Coaster, Everland
  51. T Express, Everland
  52. Wild Mouse, Luna Park
  53. Sea Viper, Seaworld Australia
  54. Jet Rescue, Seaworld Australia
  55. Scenic Railway, Luna Park
  56. Metropolis, Luna Park
  57. Sahara Twist, Leofoo Village
  58. Gravity Max, Discovery World
  59. Mine Express, Discovery World
  60. Caribbean Splash, Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village
  61. Space Mountain, Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village
  62. Mayan Adventure, Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village
  63. Fireball, Happy Valley
  64. Kawasemi, Tobu Zoo
  65. Corkscrew, Rusutsu Resort
  66. Go Go Sneaker, Rusutsu Resort
  67. Hurricane, Rusutsu Resort
  68. Loop the Loop, Rusutsu Resort
  69. Mad Mouse, Rusutsu Resort
  70. Mountain Coaster, Rusutsu Resort
  71. Standing Coaster, Rusutsu Resort
  72. Ultra Twister, Rusutsu Resort
  73. Woodstock’s Express, Dorney Park
  74. Woodstock Express, Cedar Point
  75. Wilde Maus, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  76. Wilde Beast, Canada’s Wonderland
  77. Wildcat, Cedar Point
  78. Wildcat, Hersheypark
  79. Wildcat, Martin’s Fantasy Island
  80. Wild One, Six Flags America
  81. Wild Mouse, Hersheypark
  82. Wild Mouse, Dorney Park
  83. Wicked Twister, Cedar Point
  84. Whizzer, Six Flags Great America
  85. Whirlwind, Seabreeze
  86. Voyage, The, Holiday World
  87. Vortex, Canada’s Wonderland
  88. Vortex, Kings Island
  89. Volcano: The Blast Coaster, Kings Dominion
  90. Viper, Darien Lake
  91. Viper, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  92. Viper, Six Flags Great Adventure
  93. Villain, The, Geauga Lake
  94. Two Face: The Flipside, Six Flags America
  95. Twister, Knoebels
  96. Trailblazer, Hersheypark
  97. Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point
  98. Top Gun, Canada’s Wonderland
  99. Flight Deck, Kings Island
  100. Thunderhawk, Geauga Lake
  101. Thunderhawk, Dorney Park
  102. Thunderbolt, Kennywood
  103. Thunderbolt, Six Flags New England
  104. Thunder Run, Canada’s Wonderland
  105. Great Pumpkin Coaster, Kings Island
  106. Talon, Dorney Park
  107. Superman: Ride of Steel, Six Flags America
  108. Ride of Steel, Darien Lake
  109. Bizarro, Six Flags New England
  110. Superman Ultimate Flight, Six Flags Great Adventure
  111. Superman Ultimate Flight, Six Flags Over Georgia
  112. Storm Runner, Hersheypark
  113. Steel Phantom, Kennywood
  114. Steel Force, Dorney Park
  115. Steamin’ Demon, Great Escape, The
  116. Space Mountain, Magic Kingdom
  117. sooperdooperlooper, Hersheypark
  118. Son of Beast, Kings Island
  119. Skyrider, Canada’s Wonderland
  120. Skull Mountain, Six Flags Great Adventure
  121. Silver Comet, Martin’s Fantasy Island
  122. Sidewinder, Hersheypark
  123. Shockwave, Six Flags Great America
  124. Shockwave, Kings Dominion
  125. Scorpion, Busch Gardens Tampa
  126. Runaway Train, Six Flags Great Adventure
  127. Flying ACE Aerial Chase, Kings Island
  128. Rolling Thunder, Six Flags Great Adventure
  129. Rock-n-Roller Coaster, Disney Hollywood Studios
  130. Roar, Six Flags America
  131. Riverside Cyclone, Six Flags New England
  132. Ricochet, Kings Dominion
  133. Revolution, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  134. Revenge of the Mummy, Universal Studios Florida
  135. Rebel Yell, Kings Dominion
  136. Raven, Holiday World
  137. Raptor, Cedar Point
  138. Raging Wolf Bobs, Geauga Lake
  139. Racer, The, Kings Island
  140. Racer, The, Kennywood
  141. Python, Busch Gardens Tampa
  142. Psyclone, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  143. Primeval Whirl, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  144. Predator, Darien Lake
  145. Poison Ivy’s Tangled Train, Six Flags New England
  146. Phoenix, Knoebels
  147. Phantom’s Revenge, Kennywood
  148. Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure
  149. Ninja, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  150. Nightmare at Crackaxle Canyon, Great Escape, The
  151. Montu, Busch Gardens Tampa
  152. Mini-Mine Train (defunct), Six Flags Over Georgia
  153. Mindbender, Six Flags Over Georgia
  154. Mind Eraser, Darien Lake
  155. Millennium Force, Cedar Point
  156. Mighty Canadian Minebuster, The, Canada’s Wonderland
  157. Medusa, Six Flags Great Adventure
  158. Mean Streak, Cedar Point
  159. Mantis, Cedar Point
  160. Magnum XL-200, Cedar Point
  161. Loch Ness Monster, The, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  162. Little Laser, Dorney Park
  163. Lightning Racer, Hersheypark
  164. Lightning Bolt, MGM Grand Adventures
  165. Legend, The, Holiday World
  166. Laser, Dorney Park
  167. Kumba, Busch Gardens Tampa
  168. Kraken, SeaWorld Orlando
  169. Jr. Gemini, Cedar Point
  170. Journey to Atlantis, SeaWorld Orlando
  171. Joker’s Jinx, Six Flags America
  172. Jackrabbit, Seabreeze
  173. Jack Rabbit, Kennywood
  174. Backlot Stunt Coaster, Kings Island
  175. Iron Wolf, Six Flags Great America
  176. Iron Dragon, Cedar Point
  177. Incredible Hulk, The, Islands of Adventure
  178. HyperSonic XLC, Kings Dominion
  179. Hurler, The, Kings Dominion
  180. Howler, The, Holiday World
  181. High Speed Thrill Coaster, Knoebels
  182. Hercules, Dorney Park
  183. Gwazi (Lion), Busch Gardens Tampa
  184. Grizzly, The, Kings Dominion
  185. Great Bear, Hersheypark
  186. Great American Scream Machine, Six Flags Great Adventure
  187. Great American Scream Machine, Six Flags Over Georgia
  188. Ghoster Coaster, Kings Dominion
  189. Ghoster Coaster, Canada’s Wonderland
  190. Georgia Cyclone, Six Flags Over Georgia
  191. Gemini, Cedar Point
  192. Flight of the Hippogriff, Islands of Adventure
  193. Flight of Fear, Kings Dominion
  194. Flight of Fear, Kings Island
  195. Flashback, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  196. Firehawk, Kings Island
  197. Woodstock Express, Kings Island
  198. Dragon Challenge (Hungarian Horntail), Islands of Adventure
  199. Dragon Challenge (Chinese Fireball), Islands of Adventure
  200. Dragon Fyre, Canada’s Wonderland
  201. Dragon Coaster, Dorney Park
  202. Drachen Fire, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  203. Double Loop, Geauga Lake
  204. Dominator, Geauga Lake
  205. Disaster Transport, Cedar Point
  206. Desperado, Buffalo Bill’s
  207. Demon, Six Flags Great America
  208. Dania Beach Hurricane, Grand Prix Race-O-Rama
  209. Dahlonega Mine Train, Six Flags Over Georgia
  210. Cyclone, Astroland
  211. Corkscrew, Cedar Point
  212. Comet, The, Great Escape, The
  213. Comet, Hersheypark
  214. Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  215. Cedar Creek Mine Ride, Cedar Point
  216. Canyon Blaster, Adventuredome, The
  217. Canyon Blaster, Great Escape, The
  218. Boomerang, Great Escape, The
  219. Boomerang, Darien Lake
  220. Bobsled, Seabreeze
  221. Blue Streak, Cedar Point
  222. Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure Train, Six Flags Great Adventure
  223. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Magic Kingdom
  224. Big Dipper, Geauga Lake
  225. Big Bad Wolf, The, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  226. Beaver Land Mine Ride, Geauga Lake
  227. Beast, The, Kings Island
  228. Batman: The Ride, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  229. Batman: The Ride, Six Flags Great America
  230. Batman and Robin: The Chiller (Robin), Six Flags Great Adventure
  231. Bat, The, Canada’s Wonderland
  232. Avalanche, Kings Dominion
  233. Anaconda, Kings Dominion
  234. American Eagle, Six Flags Great America
  235. Alpengeist, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  236. Adventure Express, Kings Island
  237. Moto Coaster, Jin Jiang Action Park
  238. Roller Coaster, Jin Jiang Action Park
  239. Karst Cave Coaster, Jin Jiang Action Park
  240. Spinning Coaster, Jin Jiang Action Park
  241. Mine Train Coaster, Happy Valley Shanghai
  242. Le-Le’s Chariot, Happy Valley Shanghai
  243. Fireball, Happy Valley Shanghai
  244. Diving Coaster, Happy Valley Shanghai
  245. Mega-Lite, Happy Valley Shanghai
  246. Crystal Wing, Happy Valley Beijing
  247. Golden Wings in Snowfield, Happy Valley Beijing
  248. Harvest Time, Happy Valley Beijing
  249. Jungle Racing, Happy Valley Beijing
  250. Atomic Coaster, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  251. Crazy Mouse, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  252. Feng Shen, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  253. Jurassic Adventure, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  254. Mine Coaster, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  255. Shenzhou Coaster, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  256. Space Trip, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  257. Spinning Batman, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  258. Worm Coaster, Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
  259. Space Mountain, Tokyo Disneyland
  260. Dodonpa / ドドンパ, Fujikyu Highland
  261. Takabisha / 高飛車, Fujikyu Highland
  262. Galaxy Express 999, Shinagawa Aquarium
  263. Spin Bullet, Tokyo Joypolis
  264. Super Coaster / スーパーコースター, Lina World
  265. Hello Kitty Angel Coaster / エンジェルコースター, Lina World [Powered]
  266. Jet Coaster Discovery / ジェットコースターデイスカバリー, Lina World
  267. Jet Coaster / ジェトコースター, Beny Land
  268. Wagiyama Cyclone / ハ木山サイクロン, Beny Land
  269. Corkscrew / コークスクリュー, Beny Land
  270. Mad Mouse / マッドマウス, Sendai Highland
  271. Hurricane Coaster / ハリケーンコースター, Sendai Highland
  272. Dragon Coaster / ドラゴンコースター, Nasu Highland [Powered]
  273. F2 / エフツー, Nasu Highland
  274. Camel Coaster / キャメルコースター, Nasu Highland
  275. Thunder Coaster / サンダーコースター, Nasu Highland
  276. Big Boom / ビッグバーンコースター, Nasu Highland
  277. Spin Turn Coaster / スピンターンコースター, Nasu Highland
  278. Shinpi / シンピ, Nasu Highland [Powered]
  279. Panic Drive / パニックドライブ, Nasu Highland
  280. Cyclone / サイクロン, Toshimaen
  281. Corkscrew / コークスクリュー,  Toshimaen
  282. Mini Cyclone / ミニサイクロン, Toshimaen
  283. Jet Coaster, Higashiyama Zoo
  284. Bear Coaster, , Higashiyama Zoo [Powered]
  285. Stellar Coaster, Lagunasia
  286. Aqua Wind, Lagunasia
  287. Pirates Blast, Lagunasia
  288. Children Coaster, Nagashima Spa Land [Powered]
  289. Ultra Twister, Nagashima Spa Land
  290. Corkscrew,  Nagashima Spa Land
  291. Shuttle Loop, Nagashima Spa Land
  292. Looping Star, Nagashima Spa Land
  293. Wild Mouse (Right), Nagashima Spa Land
  294. White Cyclone, Nagashima Spa Land
  295. Steel Dragon 2000, Nagashima Spa Land
  296. Wild Mouse (Left) , Nagashima Spa Land
  297. Mini Coaster, Hamanako Pal Pal
  298. Mega Coaster, Hamanako Pal Pal
  299. Jungle Mouse, Hamanako Pal Pal
  300. Highway Coaster, Japan Monkey Park
  301. Monkey Coaser, Japan Monkey Park [Powered]
  302. Go! Go! Banana Coaster, Japan Monkey Park
  303. Elf, Hirakata Park
  304. Red Falcon, Hirakata Park
  305. Peekaboo Town, Hirakata Park
  306. Crazy Mouse, Hirakata Park
  307. Rowdy, Hirakata Park
  308. Jet Coaster, Himeji Central Park
  309. Imorinth, Himeji Central Park
  310. Hurricane, Himeji Central Park
  311. Diavlo, Himeji Central Park
  312. Labyrinth, Himeji Central Park
  313. Gran Montserrat, Parque Espana
  314. Pyrenees, Parque Espana
  315. Bullfight Roller Coaster Matador, Parque Espana
  316. Hollywood Dream Coaster, Universal Studios Japan
  317. Space Fantasy, Universal Studios Japan
  318. Snoopy’s Great Race, Universal Studios Japan
  319. Titan V, Space World
  320. Zaturn, Space World
  321. Black Hole Scramble, Space World
  322. Venus GP, Space World
  323. Boogie-Woogie Space Coaster, Space World
  324. Clipper, Space World
  325. Ladybird, Mitsui Greenland
  326. Grampus Jet, Mitsui Greenland
  327. Milky Way, Mitsui Greenland
  328. Sphinx, Mitsui Greenland
  329. Spin Mouse, Mitsui Greenland
  330. Black Hole Coaster, Mitsui Greenland
  331. Megaton, Mitsui Greenland
  332. Nio, Mitsui Greenland
  333. Gao Coaster, Mitsui Greenland
  334. Vivace, New Reoma World
  335. Kids Coaster, New Reoma World
  336. Spaceship 2056, New Reoma World
  337. Standing CoasterWashuzan Highland
  338. Rhythmic Coaster, Harmonyland
  339. Hello Kitty Angel Coaster, , Harmonyland
  340. Gold Rush, Kijima Kogen
  341. Roller Skater, Kijima Kogen
  342. Dragon, Kijima Kogen
  343. Super LS Coaster, Kijima Kogen
  344. Jupiter, Kijima Kogen
  345. Rolling X-Train, Everland
  346. Behemoth, Canada’s Wonderland
  347. Back Lot Stunt Coaster, Canada’s Wonderland
  348. Time Warp, Canada’s Wonderland
  349. Leviathan, Canada’s Wonderland
  350. The Fly, Canada’s Wonderland
  351. Silver Streak, Canada’s Wonderland
  352. Taxi Jam, Canada’s Wonderland
  353. Dare Devil Dive, Six Flags Over Georgia
  354. Dragon Mountain, Marineland (Canada)
  355. Ravine Flyer II, Waldameer
  356. Ravine Flyer 3, Waldameer
  357. Steel Dragon, Waldameer
  358. Nessie the Dreamy Dragon, Darien Lake
  359. Nightmare at Phantom Cave, Darien Lake
  360. Ladybug Coaster, Marineland (Canada)
  361. Laser Blaster, Window on China Theme Park
  362. Mini Mine Train, Window on China Theme Park
  363. Flume Ride, E-DA World
  364. Big Air, E-DA World
  365. Dark Ride, E-DA World
  366. Roof Junior Coaster, E-DA World
  367. The Roller Coaster, NY, NY Casino & Resort
  368. Max’s Doggie Dog Coaster, Martin’s Fantasy Island
  369. Crazy Mouse, Martin’s Fantasy Island
  370. Moto Coaster, Darien Lake
  371. Gatekeeper, Cedar Point
  372. Maverick, Cedar Point
  373. Matterhorn, Disneyland
  374. Gadget’s Go Coaster, Disneyland
  375. California Screamin’, Disney’s California Adventure
  376. Goofy’s Sky School, Disney’s California Adventure
  377. Space Mountain, Disneyland
  378. Ghostrider, Knott’s Berry Farm
  379. Sierra Sidewinder, Knott’s Berry Farm
  380. Silver Bullet, Knott’s Berry Farm
  381. Montezooma’s Revenge, Knott’s Berry Farm
  382. Jaguar!, Knott’s Berry Farm
  383. Boomerang, Knott’s Berry Farm
  384. Coast Rider, Knott’s Berry Farm
  385. Pony Express, Knott’s Berry Farm
  386. Santa Monica West Coater, Pacific Park
  387. Full Throttle, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  388. Canyon Blaster, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  389. Road Runner Express, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  390. Goliath, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  391. Scream!, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  392. Riddler’s Revenge, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  393. Green Lantern: First Flight, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  394. Gold Rusher, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  395. Superman: Escape from Krypton, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  396. Tatsu, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  397. X2, Six Flags Magic Mountain
  398. El Loco, Adventure Dome
  399. Revenge of the Mummy, Universal Studios Singapore
  400. Canopy Flyer, Universal Studios Singapore
  401. Enchanted Airways, Universal Studios Singapore
  402. Padrinos Voladores, Parque de Atracciones de Madrid
  403. TNT Tren de la Mina, Parque de Atracciones de Madrid
  404. Vagones Loco, Parque de Atracciones de Madrid
  405. Vertigo, Parque de Atracciones de Madrid
  406. Abismo, Parque de Atracciones de Madrid
  407. Tarantula, Parque de Atracciones de Madrid
  408. Stunt Fall, Parque Warner
  409. Superman: La Atraccion de Acero, Parque Warner
  410. Batman: La Fuga, Parque Warner
  411. Coaster Express, Parque Warner
  412. Tom & Jerry, Parque Warner
  413. Correcaminos Bip Bip, Parque Warner
  414. Furious Baco, Port Aventura
  415. Shambhala, Port Aventura
  416. Dragon Khan, Port Aventura
  417. El Diablo – Tren de la Mina, Port Aventura
  418. Stampida, Port Aventura
  419. Tomahawk, Port Aventura
  420. Tami-Tami, Port Aventura
  421. Expedition Everest, Animal Kingdom
  422. Sheikra, Busch Gardens Tampa
  423. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Walt Disney Studios Park
  424. RC Racer, Walt Disney Studios Park
  425. Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril, Disneyland Paris
  426. Space Mountain Mission 2, Disneyland Paris
  427. Big Thunder Mountain, Disneyland Paris
  428. Crush’s Coaster, Walt Disney Studios Park
  429. Interstellar Magic Speed, Taipei Children’s Amusement Park
  430. Surf Coaster Leviathan, Hakkejima Sea Paradise

400th Coaster Conquered!

28 Jun

It is with pure adrenaline that I announce that I have ridden my 400th roller coaster!

This week, 24 amazing students and a trusted friend/colleague invaded Singapore for an international academic competition. Of course, we just had to make a stop at Universal Studios Singapore. And then it happened…

On Saturday, June 28th at approximately 12:30pm (I’m totally guessing here)… a childhood dream became reality. I rode my 400th roller coaster! The Canopy Flyer, may be a coasterer’s first pick for such an honor, but it felt right. The Jurassic Park theme softly surged through my soul, legs dangling, and in the distance a new ride/coaster was mysteriously under construction. Just when the tears rolled out, the ride was over and I faced with a new challenge… time for 401!

Thank you Singapore for providing my 399th (Mummy), 400th (Canopy Flyer), and 401st (Enchanted Airways) coasters!




Roof Junior Coaster (#366)

29 May

Roof Junior Coaster (#366)

Enjoying E-DA World with my students!
Full post on the park to follow…

CraveCoasters 2012 Review

31 Dec

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Rainbow Bandits: New Reoma World’s Hidden Gem

9 Dec

“We live in a rainbow of chaos.” – Paul Cezanne


Dolly Parton said “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”  Though if you happen to be at New Reoma World,  that’s not the case as the park’s “rainbow” themed dark ride provides shelter from natural water bombing. While Japan is a stomping ground for coasterers, few make the trek down to Shikoku island, where New Reoma World and its four roller coasters remain hidden deep into the countryside of Kagawa prefecture.

“Rainbow Bandits” was a surprisingly funtastic attraction. The ride system was Peter Pan’s Flight meets hot air balloons set amidst a cute and corny Teddy Ruxpin and Rainbow Brite-esque universe. Granted the animatronics aren’t as “animated” as those with Disney’s signature, but the duration of the ride is filled with colorful, imaginative, and humorous scenes.

It’s no Phantom Theatre (King’s Island), but Rainbow Bandits has earned a spot in my dark ride top ten.

Special thanks to DreamUSJ for posting the on-ride video.

Photos are copyright 2012 Crave Cravak. Please do not copy, publish, or distribute without permission from

360 Degree Ride

19 Jul

Lady Bug Tamer

For my three hundred sixtieth coaster I decided to pull a 360 degree turn. While I visited Marineland in Niagara Falls, Canada for the first time in late May, I purposefully skipped their kiddie coaster. It was symbolic to hold off until the 360th spot became available. If my parents had taken me as a child to Marineland, chances are the Lady Bug Coaster, then called the Tivoli Coaster, would have been my first coaster. I desired to take this special ride back to my childhood. How fitting to hop aboard the Lady Bug Coaster for the first time at #360. I guess you can say I’m a romantic rider.

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3 Jul


North Tonawanda’s Enchanting Carousel Kingdom

By Stephen Cravak

Nestled amongst tree-lined avenues of a Buffalo suburb, resides a  hidden gem. A testament to human passion and preservation stands a relic of America’s industrial past and its continued pursuit of amusement. When on Thompson Street in the heart of North Tonawanda, your eyes need to be peeled for a red brick complex  built in 1915. Inside its crimson walls organs serenade and horses run wild. You will enter not a re-creation, but a true representation of the past. Welcome to the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum.

The museum has been treating visitors to a merry-go-round of insight into the area’s rich contributions to antique carousels and children’s ride production. The building served as the primary facility for the Allan Herschell Company.

Hop aboard living history!

According to Carousel historian and collector Charlotte Dinger, Allan Herschell was born in Scotland in 1851 later emigrating to Buffalo, New York. After seeing a carousel in New York City, he was determined to begin building steam-operated merry-go-rounds. His first company the Armitage Herschell Company was unable to survive two fires and economic downturn. Herschell’s passion for carousels led him to continue on by joining forces with his brother-in-law to form the Herschell-Spillman Company. It’s not surprising that it was a mere 2 years after Herschell’s retirement that he jumped back into the carousel business. Founding the Allan Herschell Company, the fourth carousel producer in North Tonawanda, Herschell competed against the Spillman Engineering Company, who conveniently removed his name.  Continue reading

Ralph to the Rescue?

2 Jul

Ralph to the Rescue?

Upcoming Animated Feature Well Suited for Disney Attraction

By Stephen “Crave” Cravak

Pixar’s Brave audiences were treated to the first glimpse of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s next theatrical production, Wreck-It Ralph. Slated for release on November 2nd, the movie promises to be a hip departure from folk-lore inspired classics. From the 2 minute plus trailer, there also doesn’t appear to be a damsel in distress. Instead, the hero of the story is a donkey kong-esque villain who dreams of being a hero. In many ways, Wreck-It Ralph promises to be the “Toy Story” of the video game world pitting original main characters within an existing world of pop icons.

When it comes to turning movies into attractions, or attractions into movies, Disney has a resume long enough to empty your ink cartridge. Especially with the ability to include classic 80s and 90s villains from Super Mario, Sonic, Pac Man, and Street Fighter, Wreck-It Ralph would lend itself well to any Disney park. The film’s pixelated logo has a nostalgic look and would look appealing on a T-shirt. A hyper cast member could easily jump into the costume of the title character or the mario-esque Fix-It Felix. While there is a Sonic Spinball themed coaster in Tokyo, the amusement industry has long ignored video games as potential tie-ins. Wreck-It Ralph provides Disney with the chance to strongly promote one of its own, non-Pixar films, while tapping into a lucrative industry.  Continue reading

Hot Off the Presses: AppleSeeds Features Amusement Parks

25 Jun

AppleSeeds magazine launches a thrilling issue this summer with “How the World Works: Amusement Parks.” While AppleSeeds is a social studies publication geared towards grades 3-5, this installment is the perfect read for coaster enthusiasts of all ages.

CraveCoasters’ own Stephen “Crave” Cravak had the honor of serving as the consulting editor ensuring each article accurately represented and portrayed the wonderful world of amusement parks.

Special thanks to AppleSeeds, editor Susan Buckley, and all of the writers, photographers and contributors for delivering a fresh, unique, and informative look into the amusement industry.

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