First Drop

First Drop is the magazine supplied to members of the European Coaster Club. Every new issue contains at least 48 pages of roller coaster news and views from all over the world, along with scores of pictures.

In addition to contributions from Club members, there are regular articles from an international team of dedicated news and feature correspondents with direct links to parks and ride manufacturers around the world, bringing you the very latest information and pictures in every issue.

From time to time, historical items looks at forgotten parks and unusual rides, and First Drop also covers topics rarely featured elsewhere.

Over the past thirty plus years, First Drop has often been first with the big coaster and park news. To name a few examples, First Drop published the first ever drawing of Diamondback, the B&M Hyper Coaster at Kings Island.  We also had the first ever drawing of OzIris at Parc Astérix and were the first to announce the Helix coaster at Liseberg.

You will also find industry members writing articles for First Drop. The list of past contributors includes: John Wardley – designer of Alton Towers NemesisOblivion, and Hex, along with the Vampire at Chessington, Dragon Khan at PortAventura to name but a few. We’ve also had contributions from Dr John Roberts who worked as a structural engineer on many UK rides, including Blackpool’s The Big One. Liseberg’s CEO Andreas Andersen has also contributed as has Michael Mack from the Mack family and Adam Sandy from Ride Entertainment.

First Drop is widely respected throughout the theme park industry. John Wardley,  has said of First Drop “I can learn more from spending a few minutes reading First Drop than I can from spending hours and hours reading trade magazines”

First Drop carries no advertising, which means we can be utterly unbiased in our reviews of parks and rides.