Amusement Business & European Coaster Club

Monday, September 10, 2001 8:58 PM
Although I have been a very satisfied member of ACE for the past decade, I am finding myself craving more coaster magazines.  I guess receiving Roller Coaster! magazine 4 times a year just isn't enough for me anymore!  While I am definitely renewing my ACE membership, I have been taking closer looks at Amusement Business magazine and a membership in the European Coaster Club (for First Drop magazine, of course!)

Are there any buzzers out there who regularly receive either AB or First Drop?  They are both about $30 to $40 a year, and I would gladly pay for both if other enthusiasts recommend them.  Does Amusement Business have coaster articles, or does it focus more upon everything else in the industry?  I know First Drop is all coasters, but since it is a product of an overseas organization, will I be receiving the issues WAY after they are published?

Any feedback would be appreciated!

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 5:40 AM
First Drop (ECC) is an excellent publication, usually quite thick with loads of pics and plenty to read...Airtime(RCCGB) is not quite as impressive, usually less than 10 pages. Both magazines are a slower way than online for retrieving info about new rides, First Drop has extensive IAAPA coverage, manufacturer features, news etc. Airtime is more about reviewing the rides.....(massive generalising here so no flaming from RCCBG members please!)
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 7:16 PM
I get AB. It's primarly a trade publication. It deals not only with amusement parks, but also with traveling shows, fairs, auditoriums,stadiums,talent etc. There are some interesting articles in it about various facets of the outdoor amusement industry. They stay on top of the legislation that is being introduced in many states and what the implications are. It's definitely not a enthusist's publication, although many of the staff really like what they cover. One of the editors, Tim O'Brien is a park and coaster enthusist. If you really want to get an idea what it's like on the inside, it might be worth the $40.00 plus a year.
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 9:52 PM
I love reading about ANYTHING amusement park-related, and I'm glad to hear positive things about both publications.  Dutchman, do you remember a newletter called Inside Track?  Is AB similar to that publication?
Wednesday, September 12, 2001 6:12 AM
Yes, I remember Inside Track. AB is nothing like that. Like I said it's a trade publication. It gets into the nuts and bolts of the business. Some enthusists might consider it too cut and dry sometimes. If want to get an idea of what it's like, check out they're web site at   . You won't be able to see the whole magazine, but it will give a taste of what it's about.

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