The Roller Coaster Lover's Companion: A Thrill Seeker's Guide to the World's Best Coasters

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Citadel Press, 2002 - Travel - 146 pages
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The annual attendance at the world's theme and amusement parks tops a staggering half-billion people, and the hottest attractions at these parks are their awesome, heart-pounding roller coasters. Here is the ultimate guide to the world's greatest coasters in one comprehensive volume, for everyone who loves to ride -- from hard-core enthusiast to casual fan.

Profusely illustrated and engagingly written, this book tells the whole exciting story of the history and development of roller coasters, from the first 15-foot-high, 4-mile-per-hour Switchback Railway in Coney Island's 1884 amusement park to today's wild mega-monsters. It profiles the triumphs, disasters, inventors, and engineering of all kinds of coasters, including wood, steel, mine, stand-up, inverted, and enclosed.

Best of all, it provides detailed itineraries so that readers can experience these sensational rides firsthand. Included is information on where to stay, how to get to the parks, and even which car to sit in on every type of coaster, a checklist to keep track of every scream, and a glossary of coaster terms.

  

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Contents

From Russia With Love
3
Thrill Machines Thrill Makers
15
Getting the Most When You Coast
33
The Worlds Best Wood Coasters
45
The Parks With the Best Collection of Coasters
56
The Best Roller Coaster Trips
101
The Top Five Roller Coaster Lists
120
Glossary
137
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About the author (2002)

Urbanowicz is editor and publisher of The Ride, an online amusement industry newsletter, has been a frequent guest of every major theme and amusement park in North America.

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