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About Nick Weisenberger
Nick Weisenberger was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Current works include:
Coasters 101: An Engineer's Guide to Roller Coaster Design
Observation Wheels: Guide to the World's Largest Ferris Wheels
Once I was Adopted
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Tired of the same old, rickety wooden roller coasters? Crave more thrills than the typical vertical loops and camelback hills found at every local amusement park? Fortunately, roller coasters come in a mind-blowing profusion of styles, shapes, and sizes. From innovative track designs to unusual seating configurations, from ridiculous locations to bizarre theming, the experience never gets old.
In The 50 Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built you’ll explore a roller coaster...
...powered by people
....inspired a popular computer game
....uses a Ferris wheel as a lift
....requires an on-board brakeman
....where the louder you scream the faster you go
....built on top of a skyscraper
....known as the “dog fart” coaster (yes, you read that right!).
The 50 Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built is a list comprised of unusual, rare, and hard to find scream machines.
New 3rd Edition Updates
- Now with more than 50 unique roller coasters!
- Updated stats and information
- 10 unique coasters added
- More pictures
- Peak into the future of roller coaster including new for 2023 coasters
- Kindle: color pictures, automatic updates when a new edition is released
- Paperback: black and white images to keep costs down
- Hardcover: black and white images to keep costs down
Have you ever wondered what it takes to design and build a roller coaster? At last, there’s a book that shows you. A mix of engineering and art, roller coasters are complex three-dimensional puzzles consisting of thousands of individual parts. Designers spend countless hours creating and tweaking ride paths to push the envelope of exhilaration, all while maintaining the highest safety standards. Coasters 101: An Engineering Guide to Roller Coaster Design examines the numerous diverse aspects of roller coaster engineering, including some of the mathematical formulas and engineering concepts used.
A few of the many topics covered include:
- Roller coaster history
- Defining wood versus steel roller coasters
- What software roller coaster designers use
- Roller coaster physics and formulas
- Project management and construction
- Wheel design and material selection
- Track fabrication techniques
- Daily inspections and preventive maintenance
- Amusement industry safety standards
- Career advice to help you become a roller coaster engineer
- And much more!
New 5th Edition Updates
- A roller coaster on a cruise ship?! How the SPIKE coaster works
- Four times a roller coaster saved a life
- How Universal’s Donkey Kong coasters will appear to jump the tracks
- Why are roller coasters removed?
- 60 pages of new content and improved explanations
- More images and diagrams!
- Kindle: color pictures, automatic updates when a new edition is released.
- Paperback: black and white images to keep costs down
- Hardcover: full color images
Nick Weisenberger is the author of several travel and theme park related books including The 50 Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built and Steam Trains and Monorails: The Best of America's Theme Parks. Catch him on the Coaster101 Podcast.
There are currently over 4,000 operating roller coasters on the planet today. But did you know there have also been well over 3,000 coasters built throughout history that no longer exist? Countless historic scream machines are nameless, long since forgotten, having left no proof of ever terrorizing its riders, not even a photograph. While others, even after a hundred years, are still praised with regard and reverence.
If a roller coaster is “legendary” why is it torn down and removed in the first place? If it was such a special ride, why does it no longer exist?
50 LEGENDARY ROLLER COASTERS THAT NO LONGER EXIST explains what goes into the tough decision to remove a multi-million dollar attraction and which roller coasters in history were the most notorious.
The groundbreaking scream machines that shaped the evolution of the roller coaster made this list because they were the first of their kind, crossed a threshold that had never been broken before, or have some other historical or cultural significance, such as:
The first floorless coaster.
The first to use lap bar restraints.
The first to use Linear Induction Motors.
The first to have two hills over 100 feet.
The first modern wooden coaster built in China.
The first steel inverting coaster.
The first to break 100mph.
The biggest wooden coaster ever built.
And much more!
Trace the evolution of white knuckle rides through these 50 Groundbreaking Roller Coasters.
Nick Weisenberger is the author of Coasters 101: An Engineer's Guide to Roller Coaster Design and The 50 Most Unique Roller Coasters Ever Built.
Where are the most terrifying roller coasters found? Who designs them? Which park builds the craziest rides? Find out by reading The 50 Most Terrifying Roller Coasters Ever Built!
The second coaster book from Nick Weisenberger, author of Coasters 101: An Engineer’s Guide to Roller Coaster Design, the most in-depth look at how roller coasters are designed, from concept through construction.
Besides highlighting fun attractions, there are also tips to make your visit better, either by maximizing your time or dollars – usually the two biggest limiting factors from turning a good vacation into an epic vacation. You’ll find something to suite every family member’s needs or interests.
Nick Weisenberger is the author of several travel and theme park related books, including Things To Do in the Smokies with Kids, Coasters 101: An Engineer's Guide to Roller Coaster Design, and Steam Trains and Monorails.
All aboard and please stand clear of the doors for a grand circle tour of the best steam trains and monorails of America’s theme parks. On our journey we’ll get a glimpse of a bygone era while riding a vintage steam train and a vision of a forgotten future on a sleek, streamlined monorail. This tour will highlight the juxtaposition of these titans of theme park transportation: new versus old, clean versus dirty, mechanics hidden versus exposed
Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts famously have both steam trains and monorails. But they’re not the only theme parks who do. There are other smaller, lesser-known amusement parks that have fabulous trains or monorails, and sometimes both. Numerous theme parks used to have one or the other but sadly don’t anymore.
Steam Trains and Monorails: The Best of America’s Theme Parks examines the history of defunct steam trains and monorails as well as highlighting where you can find the best ones still operating in America today. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
Part One: Theme Park Steam Trains
- Steam train terminology and how a steam train works
- Defunct steam trains at Opryland, Freedomland, Libertyland, Astroworld, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Railroad, Carowinds, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Kings Dominion, and more!
- The 15 best theme park steam trains you can still ride in the United States, including Whisky River Railroad, Busch Gardens Railway, Dollywood Express, Ghost Town and Calico Railway, and more!
- The longest steam train route in a US theme park
- Why Universal Orlando’s Hogwarts Express isn’t actually a real steam train and how it works
Part Two: Theme Park Monorails
What is a monorail? It’s not as simple a definition as you would think!
The history of monorails in America’s amusement parks
Why Disneyland’s monorail wasn’t the first in America like they claim
Defunct monorails including Summit Beach, Trailblazer, Cedar Point monorail, Busch Gardens California, Trans-Veldt monorail, Eagle One, Bumble Bee monorail, Ocean Park Playland, Bellaire Express, Wild Animal Safari, and more!
Monorails at surprising amusement parks that you can still ride today, including HersheyPark, Dutch Wonderland, Little Amerricka, Gilroy Gardens, and more!
If you’re a fan of narrow gauge railroads and scenic, elevated transportation systems then this book is for you!
My guess is you or someone you know has suffered from this fear, and wants help to overcome it. I’ve been in the same boat. The purpose of this book is to provide an understanding of what that fear is, where it stems from, and the actions you can take to be able to ride the roller coaster of your dreams.
Have you ever turned down an amazing vacation or day out with your friends because of it? Your fear of coasters could actually be something very specific or a combination of fears rolled into one. The best way to conquer any kind of fear is to face it.
In order to overcome your fear, you need to understand it. In the first half of this book, we’ll examine why people like to ride roller coasters in the first place while others are deathly afraid of them. Then we’ll get into the tips and strategies you can use to overpower that fear and ride that awesome and thrilling roller coaster.
Coaster enthusiasts strap themselves into these scream machines simply because they love being scared in a safe environment. Know that your fear is treatable, manageable, and that you can overcome it.
Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...
•Examining what about the roller coaster makes you scared
•How roller coasters are safer than your car
•Benefits of riding roller coasters
•How riding a roller coaster could save your life
•Where to sit on a roller coaster
•How to choose the best ride to get over your fear
•Much, much more!
Tags: roller coasters, fear of roller coaster, coaster phobia, fear of heights, illygnophobia, emetophobia, mysophobia, vertigo, theme parks
Who invented the Ferris wheel? How do they work? Where are the most unique Ferris wheels found? The 50 Biggest Ferris Wheels Ever Built answers all of these questions and more. So sit down, strap in, don’t rock the gondola, and let’s roll!
Your quick start guide to planning the perfect family vacation!
★★★★★NOW UPDATED FOR 2021!★★★★★
The Smoky Mountain region is an amazing vacation destination: majestic views, wonderful wildlife, thrilling rides, and relaxing walks are all to be found and enjoyed. Activities include relaxing, hiking, shopping, people watching, crafting, backpacking and more.
You’ll find something to suite every family member’s needs or interests. Things to Do in the Smokies with Kids will give you the tips and information you need to explore this popular and picturesque region with confidence.
If you don’t have time to sort through a 1,000+ page guide then this book is for you. Things to Do in the Smokies with Kids is not all encompassing; every single attraction in the area is not covered. Why sort through a list of every single restaurant in the area when you know you're never going to make it to 99% of them?
Rather, this book is a selective look at family oriented entertainment in the Smoky Mountains that are well worth visiting, from Dollywood to Goats on the Roof, from crusin' the Foothills Parkway to Crave mini-golf. Trust me, your kids will be talking about these activities for ages and begging you to go back - mine are!
The guide is organized geographically into three main regions (from North to South): Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Tips to improve your vacation while visiting the Smoky Mountain region include:
◆The best roads to take to avoid traffic congestion
◆How to save money on almost every attraction
◆Use the table provided to easily compare all the mountain coasters in the region to determine your priority list of the one you want to ride.
◆The easiest waterfall to hike to in the national park
◆My favorite Smoky Mountain Cabin to stay in
◆Free things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg; what Gatlinburg attractions are worth visiting?
◆When the best time to visit the Smoky Mountains is in terms of crowds and weather
This isn’t just a compiled list of second hand data from Google searches. This book is full of current information written from an author who has actually been there, done that (and has the pictures to prove it). The enclosed tips ensure you'll get the most out of your vacation with the least amount of hassle.
For example, learn some of the best shortcuts and alternative routes so that you’ll avoid the stressful traffic congestion and have more time for exploring the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
Learn about the top sights the entire family will enjoy, essential trip planning tips for traveling with kids, and how to improve your vacation by maximizing your time and dollars.