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Issues 71 – 80


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Issue 71

October 2005.  48 pages

  • Cover is based on the Reaper coaster at the Amsterdam Dungeon.
  • Five pages of Club Corner.
  • Six Flags AstroWorld closure report.
  • An update on Lauri’s park in Finland.
  • Reports on Parc St. Paul, Lagunasia, Cypress Gardens, Disneyland Hong Kong & Williams Grove Amusement Park that has been put up for sale.
  • The newly rebuilt Space Mountain at Disneyland in California re-opens.
  • Disneyland’s 50th birthday celebrations.
  • Horwood Coastering – Michael looks at the kiddie coaster.
  • Ride construction reports from: Tusenfryd, Phantasialand, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Beech Bend, PowerPark, Thorpe Park and Holiday World.
  • Reports on Reaper (Amsterdam Dungeon), G-Force (Drayton Manor), Bell ride (Prater), Velocity (Flamingo Land) & Twist and Turn (Toverland).
  • Four pages of news.

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Issue 72

January 2006.  48 pages

  • Cover commemorates the closure of Six Flags AstroWorld.
  • Two pages of Club Corner.
  • Michael Horwood looks back at an eventful 2005.
  • John Wardley looks back on his career now that he has retired.
  • A report on the parks of South Africa.
  • A look back at Six Flags AstroWorld.
  • Update on Lauri’s Park in Finland.
  • A large feature on the IAAPA Amusement Trade Show, including ride construction updates.
  • DisneySea revisited, including a look at their new coaster Raging Spirits.
  • Reports on DarKastle (Busch Gardens Williamsburg) & Tarantula (Parque de Atracciones).
  • Four pages of news.

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Issue 73

April 2006.  48 pages

  • Cover features the Flying Turns.
  • Three pages of Club Corner.
  • List of new coasters opening in 2006.
  • Mountain Glider for Walibi Belgium.
  • Six Flags New Orleans – will it open again?
  • A feature on the history of the Flying Turns, and a look at Knoebels’ recreation of the classic ride.
  • A report on a strange coaster in the south of France.
  • A report on the Funderland Fair in Dublin.
  • Michael Horwood interviews Duane Marden, creator of RCDB.COM
  • Large construction feature, containing reports and pictures of: Tatsu (Six Flags Magic Mountain), The Voyage (Holiday World), Black Mamba (Phantasialand), Kumali (Flamingo Land), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Alton Towers), Speed (Oakwood), Thunderbird (PowerPark), El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure), Kentucky Rumbler (Beech Bend), Speedmonster (Tusenfryd),
    Pegasus (Europa Park), Goliath (Six Flags over Georgia), Italian Job Turbo Coaster (Kings Dominion), 4th Dimension (Fuji-Q), Vliegende Hollander (Efteling), X Coaster (Magic Springs).
  • Reports on Superman Escape (Warner Bros. Movie World Australia), Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom), Cobra (Paultons) & Stealth (Thorpe Park).
  • Four pages of news.

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Issue 74

July 2006.  48 pages

  • Cover features new coasters produced by GCII.
  • Two pages of Club Corner.
  • A report on the Nickelodeon area in Paramount’s Kings Island in the US.
  • Michael Horwood looks back at four coasters no longer with us.
  • Reports on Speed Monster (TusenFryd), Speed (Oakwood), Buzz Lightyear (Disneyland Paris), Super Booster (Brighton Pier), Goliath (Six Flags over Georgia), Patriot (World’s of Fun), The Voyage (Holiday World), Kumali (Flamingo Land), Supersplash (Plopsaland), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Alton Towers), Skyhawk (Cedar Point), Kentucky Rumbler (Beech Bend), Thunderbird (Powerpark) & Tatsu (Six Flags Magic Mountain).
  • Four pages of news.

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Issue 75

October 2006.  48 pages

  • Cover features Megafobia, celebrating its 10th birthday.
  • Four pages of Club Corner.
  • Michael Horwood wonders why some coasters just go out of fashion.
  • Reports on the closure of Pleasureland in the UK, the Gerstlauer factory with a new Euro-Fighter.
  • A feature on Megafobia’s 10th birthday.
  • A trip to Mexico City, and the three parks found there.
  • A feature on five new coasters being built in the US for 2007, including Cedar Point’s Maverick.
  • Report on Eejanaika (Fuji-Q), Goliath (La Ronde), Black Mamba (Phantasialand) & El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure).
  • Six pages of news.

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Issue 76

February 2007.  48 pages

  • Cover has a Chinese theme, tying in with the large China feature.
  • Two pages of Club Corner.
  • Michael Horwood wonders why some rides aren’t considered coasters.
  • China – a large piece about what is happening out east, including: Chime-Long Paradise report, Chongqing report, Happy Valley Shenzhen report, Jin Jiang report, Beijing Amusement Park report, Ride copies coming from Chinese companies, Guide to the major parks, Happy Valley Beijing report & some travel tips.
  • IAAPA show report. 12 pages covering the show and ride construction
  • Construction updates on: Troy, Hollywood Dream: the Ride, Renegade and the Flying Turns.
  • Eight pages of news.


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Issue 77

May 2007.  48 pages

  • Cover features a picture of the Messerschmidt Swing Coaster.
  • Three pages of Club Corner.
  • Lauri’s Park, an update from Finland.
  • Michael Horwood looks back at 2006.
  • A large ten page feature on Swing Coasters, including details of: the Messerschmidt Swing Coaster, the Kings Island Bat,
    the Schwarzkopf Busch Gardens Swing Coaster. It also includes an interview with Werner Stengel.
  • A report on the rebuilding of Ghost Town in the Sky.
  • Report on Hollywood Dream: The Ride (Universal Studios Japan).
  • A list of the new coasters opening in 2007.
  • Construction report. Covering (amongst others): Maverick, Griffon, Firehawk, Boardwalk Bullet, Knightmare, Starliner, Troy and Renegade.
  • Reports on Tony Hawk (Six Flags Fiesta Texas), Tower of Terror (DisneySea), Vliegende Hollander (Efteling), Extremis (London Dungeon) & Rage (Adventure Island).
  • Six pages of news.

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Issue 78

July 2007.  48 pages.  The first issue with half the pages in full colour.

  • Cover features a drawing based on Troy at Toverland.
  • Two pages of Club Corner.
  • Update on the Dreamland project, including news of some of the Pleasureland rides being saved.
  • Michael Horwood looks at how music and coasters have come together.
  • Construction update including pictures of: Flying TurnsGalaxy Orbiter and the Boardwalk Bullet.
  • Reports on Formule X (Drievliet), Uppswinget (Liseberg), Renegade (Valleyfair!), Furius Baco (PortAventura), Troy (Toverland), Maverick (Cedar Point), Griffon (Busch Gardens Williamsburg), Kvasten (Gröna Lund), Talocan (Phantasialand), River Splash (Prater) & Desert Race (Heide Park).
  • Six pages of news.


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Issue 79

November 2007.  48 pages

  • Cover features Russian Dolls tied to a story on Divo Ostrov.
  • Four pages of Club Corner.
  • A feature on Funtime, the Austrian ride company.
  • Large feature on the new Russian park Divo Ostrov.
  • Michael Horwood looks at some of the “other” coasters in Scandinavia.
  • Reports on Hankatten (BonBon-Land), Phaethon (Kyungju World), Sierra Sidewinder (Knott’s Berry Farm), Furius Baco (PortAventura), Kirnu (Linnanmäki), Knightmare (Camelot Theme Park), Wicked (Lagoon), Vertigo (Walibi Belgium), Galaxy Orbiter (West Edmonton Mall) & Boardwalk Bullet (Kemah).
  • Twelve pages of news.

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Issue 80

February 2008.  48 pages

  • Cover features a coaster in North Korea.
  • Two pages of Club Corner.
  • Large report on the coasters and parks of North Korea.
  • Reports on the imminent closure of New Metroland in England, the new Movie Park Germany & the 2007 IAAPA Expo.
  • A look at Thorpe Park’s ten years of growth.
  • Michael Horwood looks back at 2007.
  • Reports on Mystery Mine (Dollywood), Tower of Terror (Disneyland Paris) & Surfrider (Wet ‘n’ Wild).
  • Twelve pages of news.


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