I was wondering, are there any coaster magazines out there? It seems like it would be a good idea for a magazine. There could be all kinds of sections, like a pick a park section where every month they pick a different park and it's coaster to tour. There could be some kind of section that takes a look at the making of a certain coaster, and there could even be a rumors section for rumors of the upcoming year. Souinds like it would be a great idea to me anyone else.
Most of us subscribe to Amusement Today. it covers the whole amusement park scene, from dark rides to water parks. But about 40% of the photos and articles are on coasters, and in a 28 page monthly magazine, that gives you pretty decent coverage. Each month you get some history, some interviews and a feature on one park. It tells you who's been hired and promoted, and even includes classified ads of rides for sale. Wanta buy a used Tilt A Whirl ? You can subscribe by phoning 817-460-7220.
I've also never seen a magazine be able to pass along news instantaneously. The turnaround time on production of a print mag makes it outdated before it's even printed. Then they need sent, delivered and read.
I keep trying to find coaster magazines at bookstores but can't find any. My local Books-a-Million has an entire wall dedicated just to magazines. It's a huge section, but I couldn't find one amusement magazine. I know there are some out there. I've heard of First Drop and Amusement Today. I've found magazines dedicated to clay shooting and Rennaissance fairs, but haven't seen a single amusement mag. What section would they be in?
You will probably not find any coaster related magazines at newsstands. You need to subsribe to a club (ACE, ECC, WNYCC, MACC etc) and they will produce a monthly or bi monthly newsletter. I was very impressed with the Rollercoaster! magazine I got from ACE today. It was all in color and featured a lenthly section on the first week of European Coaster Odyseey. Week two to be in Spring 04. It's a personal preference on wether or not you want a newsletter/magazine or if the internet satisfies your taste.
Amusement Today is an industry publication, hence, you won't find it at your local Barnes & Nobles. My friend subscribes and I wouldn't say it's all that terribly exciting. There are lots of ads for the different ride manufacturers, including waterslide manufacturers. Sure there are some ride announcements, but you probably already knew about them anyway by the time the publication hits your doorstep. If you are ever at Knoebels though, they carry lots of back issues of Amusement Today in one of the giftshops at a discount. I did pick up one issue that had an article on S:ROS at Darien Lake and an ad from Premier Rides congratulating Six Flags America on Joker's Jinx. ------------------ If you have a problem with clones, the solution is real simple—Stop traveling.
If you think that's expensive, you should see the subscription rate for Billboard Magazine, the music trade publication. I believe it's well over $100. I'm guessing the $40 for AT is because they don't have big time advertisements like in a Time Magazine, plus they don't have the subscriber rate either. ------------------ If you have a problem with clones, the solution is real simple—Stop traveling.