Coaster Trips: 2014

My travels this year began with a day trip to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, planned a few weeks in advance after it became clear that the event would be introducing a new coaster. Though an expensive day out, it proved worth it in hindsight due to it having Megan's last new credits for several months; a cancelled flight (after I was already in transit) left her unable to join me in Florida for Valentine's Weekend.

In late February I made a ten day expedition to the United Arab Emirates and India, covering over twenty parks, most of which were new to me. We missed out on three rides in the Mumbai area due to maintenance work, but otherwise the trip was a complete success, adding thirty new credits and five new Hard Rock Cafés to my list.

Two short trips in April and May were planned with the aid of the European Coaster Club. An enormous contingent of members made a day trip to Liseberg for the press launch of Helix, and just two weeks later an event was held at Gulliver's Matlock Bath, a park normally closed to adults without children. I'd intended to visit the Nurburgring on my way home, but that idea fell by the wayside with the untimely demise of Ring Racer, forcing a change of plan that took in Holiday Park and three different fairs. May also brought with it the opportunity to celebrate Megan's long overdue graduation from Gettysburg College with a ten day break together in California, my first trip to the northern part of the state in over a decade.

I'd not intended to go anywhere in June, but the temptation of an obscure travelling coaster proved too much to resist. Pictures of the legendary Super Railway under construction at Strasbourg resulted in me booking a last minute trip, and the ride was good enough that I'd do the same thing again given the opportunity.

Megan joined me again for a two week trip to the United States in July, a marathon journey covering over five thousand miles and twenty two different states. We adjusted our itinerary at the last minute to fit in a trip to Hoffman's Playland after its imminent closure was announced, despite it being some distance off our planned route, and I'm very glad we did; it proved one of the highlights of our trip.

My final new credits of the year came at the end of August, when a weekend of singing at Notre Dame de Paris left me with some unexpected spare time to enjoy coasters. A side trip to Belgium on the way home came close to ending badly, but significant embarrassment was averted by a delayed flight.

05/01: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
13/02: Boardwalk Amusements
14/02: Florida State Fair, FastTrax Entertainment, Highlands County Fair
15/02: Fun Spot America Orlando, Osceola County Fair, Fun Spot America Kissimmee
16/02: SeaWorld Orlando
22/02: Yas Waterworld, Fun City Marina, Global Village, Sparky's Al Ghurair, Dubai Festival City
23/02: Dino World
24/02: EsselWorld
25/02: Imagicaa
26/02: On Wheelz Amusement Park, Appu Ghar Pune
27/02: Innovative Film City, Wonderla Bangalore, Fun World Bangalore
28/02: VGP Universal Kingdom, MGM Dizzee World, Kishkinta Theme Park
01/03: Queens Land
02/03: Wonderla Kochi, Dream World Water Park, Silver Storm Water Theme Park
23/04: Liseberg
03/05: Gulliver's Matlock Bath, Clifton Park Amusements
04/05: Holiday Park, Mannheim Maimess, Hannover Fruhlingsfest, Mindener Maimesse
05/05: Heide Park
19/05: SeaWorld San Diego
20/05: Disney California Adventure, Disneyland
21/05: Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain
22/05: Adventuredome
23/05: Gilroy Gardens, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
24/05: Oakland Zoo, Pixieland Amusement Park, Fun Town at Micke Grove, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, California's Great America
25/05: Sonoma TrainTown Railroad, John's Incredible Pizza Roseville, Sacramento County Fair, Silver Dollar Fair
26/05: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
28/06: Royaume des Enfants Draveil, Parc Fenestre
29/06: Le Pal, Parc des Combes, Foire Saint-Jean à Strasbourg
30/06: Fraispertuis City, Nigloland
19/07: Fantasy Forest NYC, Luna Park NYC, Victorian Gardens
20/07: Keansburg Amusement Park, Fantasy Shore, Ocean Beach Park, Atlantic Beach Park
21/07: York's Wild Kingdom, Funtown Splashtown USA
22/07: Story Land, Fort Jefferson Fun Park, Hoffman's Playland
23/07: Greek Peak Outdoor Adventure Center, Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, Martin's Fantasy Island
24/07: Midway Park, Conneaut Lake Park, Memphis Kiddie Park
25/07: Paige's Crossing, Indiana Beach
26/07: Haunted Trails, Go Bananas, Six Flags Great America, Lake County Fair, Santa's Village Azoosment Park
27/07: Adventureland Iowa
28/07: Donley's Wild West Town, John Ivers
29/07: Kentucky Kingdom
30/07: Kings Island
31/07: Coney Island Cincinnati, Camden Park
01/08: Dollywood
02/08: Deadwood, Baja Amusements, Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Jolly Roger At The Pier, Trimper's Rides
03/08: Funplex Mount Laurel, Knoebels Amusement Resort
23/08: Jardin d'Acclimatation
25/08: Plopsaland De Panne, Bellewaerde Park
01/11: Emerald Park