All this week, Great American Thrills will be bringing you insider coverage from Coaster Con XXXVII – the biggest event on the American Coaster Enthusiasts calendar – and the first time ever the event has been held exclusively in Northern California.
From behind the scenes tours, special VIP events and even a few surprises along the way…stay tuned to Great American Thrills as we update the site every evening.
You can also follow our social media accounts – as we’ll be updating LIVE as we can with these hashtags across all the platforms:
June 12, 2014 | Categories: Amusement Parks, Lost Parks, Social Media, Theme Parks | Tags: ACE, american coaster enthusiasts, amusement park, amusement parks, beach boardwalk, boardwalk, Bonfante Gardens, california's great america, coaster con, coaster con xxxvii, coaster enthusiasts, CoasterCon, ERT, exclusive ride time, fun, Gilroy, Gilroy Gardens, great america, kris rowberry, kristopher rowberry, roller ocasters, santa clara, santa cruz, santa cruz beach boardwalk, six flags, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, social media, summer, summer fun, theme park, theme parks, Vallejo | Comments Off on Coaster Con XXXVII in the Bay Area this week
You’ve seen the recent support from coaster fan sites for Great American Thrills®, now – we’re proud to have industry leaders Irvine Ondrey Engineering stepping up and sharing our idea for a better amusement park travelogue show!
You know you’re onto something when fans of the industry you want to highlight like the idea – but when companies WORKING in the industry you’re looking to highlight want to help spread the word – that gives you an extra-special feeling.
I’m fairly certain “Insane Coaster Wars” (by Indigo Films) or “Ride-iculous” (by High Noon Entertainment) don’t have that sort of support from within the industry they’re covering; but then again, neither of those shows are as “authentic” as Great American Thrills®!
Thanks again, Irvine Ondrey Engineering – and remember, we can’t do this without YOU! Keep sharing the video with all your friends, family and favorite television networks – let’s get Great American Thrills® on the air, together!
February 11, 2014 | Categories: Amusement Parks | Tags: ACE, american coaster enthusiasts, boardwalk, destination america, discovery channel, Discovery Kingdom, filming, great american thrills, irvine ondrey, irvine ondrey engineering, keep santa cruz weird, kris rowberry, kristopher rowberry, production, robb alvey, santa cruz, santa cruz beach boardwalk, screamscape, six flags, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, social media, television, television concept, television production, the coaster guy, theme park review, travel channel, tv pitch, tv production | Comments Off on Industry Leaders Support Great American Thrills
This week, we were honored to watch as several of our friends in the amusement industry stood up and said, “WE WANT GREAT AMERICAN THRILLS® ON OUR TV’S!
From our friend, The Coaster Guy:
To our friends on Screamscape:
To our new friends at BehindtheThrills:
It looks like the Great American Thrills® pitch is really gaining steam! We’ve also been contacted by several other sites interested in interviewing both Nicholas, Robert and I about the project – so stay tuned and KEEP SHARING THE VIDEO WITH YOUR FAVORITE CABLE CHANNELS!
February 10, 2014 | Categories: Amusement Parks | Tags: boardwalk, destination america, discovery channel, Discovery Kingdom, filming, great american thrills, keep santa cruz weird, kris rowberry, kristopher rowberry, production, robb alvey, santa cruz, santa cruz beach boardwalk, screamscape, six flags, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, social media, television, television concept, television production, the coaster guy, theme park review, travel channel, tv pitch, tv production | Comments Off on Great American Thrills TV Pitch Gaining Steam!
After months of planning and years of dreaming – I am proud to present the official “pitch” video for our Great American Thrills® concept:
But, we need YOUR help! We need you to share this video with all of your friends, family and websites that you visit, especially television social media pages, such as Discovery, Travel and Destination America. The more eyeballs that see it, the better the odds of it being discovered – so SHARE AWAY!
From our press release today:
NEW COASTER SHOW CONCEPT AIMS TO SHOWCASE AMERICA’S GREAT AMUSEMENT PARKS
REDWOOD CITY, CA: Today, Kris Rowberry and Nicholas Laschkewitsch, producers of the popular “Lost Parks of Northern California” series, are proud to debut the official television “pitch” for their Great American Thrills® travelogue show concept. It can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeIJ6Kd__M0
The show follows host, Kris Rowberry, as he and his crew – headed by Laschkewitsch – travel the country to find their next thrill, based on suggestions and recommendations sent to them via social media, using the #GreatAmericanThrills hashtag.
“We all know social media is a huge part of our lives now,” said Rowberry. “So why not use it to its full potential – beyond just getting something trending?”
“Other shows may use hashtags or handles, but we’re the first one to utilize the medium to this level,” said Laschkewitsch. “In the process, we’re getting the authentic park experience from the people that know parks the best – their fans.”
Contributors to the show have the opportunity to join in on the fun: if their post is chosen, they get an automatic invite onto the show – which offers the chance to be on TV.
“We noticed that most ‘coaster shows’ have featured the same three parks,” said Rowberry. “We want to tell the stories and meet the people of the other 99% of amusement parks here in America.”
“When coaster enthusiasts aren’t watching the current slate of ‘coaster shows,’ that should tell you something,” said Laschkewitsch. “Our concept is simple: Bring back the passion of enjoying the great American amusement park, with the latest in modern technology.”
“But we can’t do this show alone,” said Rowberry. “We need fans of coasters and travel shows to tell their favorite cable networks they want to see Great American Thrills® on the air this summer!”
Both Rowberry and Laschkewitsch are proud members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, an organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of roller coasters worldwide.
February 3, 2014 | Categories: Amusement Parks, Television Production | Tags: boardwalk, destination america, discovery channel, Discovery Kingdom, filming, great american thrills, keep santa cruz weird, kris rowberry, kristopher rowberry, nicholas laschkewitsch, production, robb alvey, santa cruz, santa cruz beach boardwalk, six flags, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, social media, television, television concept, television production, theme park review, travel channel, tv pitch, tv production | Comments Off on Great American Thrills® Official Pitch
If you’re in need of a serious park fix in Northern California today, come on out and cheer us on at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk this afternoon.
We’ll be filming a “pitch” video for networks and production companies, hopefully to get the “GAT” concept on the air!
If you’re not able to make it out to the beach, you can still participate! Just tell us the next great ride you want us to ride by tagging your post on social media with #greatamericanthrills, just like this:
We’ll be using the posts in our post-production work – so POST AWAY!
January 18, 2014 | Categories: Amusement Parks, Social Media, Television Production | Tags: beach, boardwalk, destination america, discovery channel, filming, great american thrills, keep santa cruz weird, kris rowberry, kristopher rowberry, production, santa cruz, santa cruz beach boardwalk, social media, television, television concept, television production, travel channel, tv pitch | Comments Off on Great American Thrills Filming at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Today
Want to go back in time? Journey back to see when the Giant Dipper was painted white and GREEN!
This video was created back in the early 1970’s by the local Rotary Club, and is entitled, “Santa Cruz – Never a Dull Moment.” Visitors to the city can certainly attest to that, even in modern days!
Amusement park fans will want to skip to 22:15, where the Boardwalk is prominently featured – but be sure to check out the smaller moments of the narrators walking along the casino as well as the far end of the Boardwalk as well.
November 6, 2013 | Categories: Amusement Parks | Tags: beach, boardwalk, casino, Ferris wheel, giant dipper, great american thrills, kris rowberry, kristopher rowberry, looff carousel, pacific ocean, rotary, rotary club, santa cruz, sea lion, seal, skyride, time capsule, vintage video, wharf | Comments Off on Vintage Boardwalk Video
After several months of will they / won’t they open, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk pulled a “Disney” and had a soft opening for their Undertow spinning roller coaster today.
The first reviews are already in – and everything points to positive so far!
The ride, a brilliant yellow with sea foam green supports, combines the sharp curves of a “wild mouse” with the uncontrolled, spinning action of a “spin n’ puke.” It is manufactured by Maurer Sohne, of Germany.
It is a historical throwback to the past as well – for many years, the park had a wooden wild mouse located on the present site of the “Logger’s Run” flume ride.
Undertow replaced the aging “Hurricane” steel roller coaster that debuted in 1993 in the same location.
October 19, 2013 | Categories: Amusement Parks, General Travel | Tags: beach boardwalk, boardwalk, great american thrills, hurricane, kris rowberry, kristopher rowberry, maurer sohne, new coaster, new ride, new roller coaster, roller coaster, santa cruz, santa cruz beach boardwalk, soft opening, spinning coaster, spinning roller coaster, spinning wild mouse, undertow, wild mouse | Comments Off on Undertow Now Open at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk