CoasterBuzz at nine years

Posted Sunday, February 1, 2009 11:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

CoasterBuzz celebrated the ninth anniversary of its launch on January 30. Here are some of the changes over the years...

First iteration of CoasterBuzz

Launching on January 30, 2000, CoasterBuzz made its debut as a portal site with this layout. For several weeks before this launch, a bulletin board held its place, back in the days when it was fashionable to say that you were "under construction." The site also entertained rumors at the time, which were a fun distraction, given the insane roller coaster building boom led by Six Flags. Highlights of that year included extensive IAAPA coverage.

Second iteration of CoasterBuzz

The second version of the site, launched in the summer of 2001, dropped rumors and began establishing itself as an authority for news from around the amusement industry. It was also the year that CoasterBuzz Club launched as a means to support the site and organize a new online club model for enthusiasts.

Third iteration of CoasterBuzz

A year and a half passed before the third version of the site was launched, emphasizing track records for members and sporting a more modern (for the times) look. It was also a new milestone for the forum features. This arrangement was maintained for more than five and a half years.

Fourth iteration of CoasterBuzz

Finally, after years of staring at the same site, the current version launched on September 1, 2008. Since this release, a number of small tweaks have been made, including a drag-and-drop track record for members. There are more new things to come, so stay tuned!

Sunday, February 1, 2009 11:37 AM

Happy Birthday CoasterBuzz!

Thanks Jeff for all you do!


Sunday, February 1, 2009 11:56 AM

And next week will be my 7th anniversary as a member of Coasterbuzz. For some reason it seems like a lot longer then 7 years (I guess I was a lurker for a few months).

In any case, I rarely stop by anymore. Life just seems to get in the way. And the login script just reminded me I need to renew my Club membership, I guess I should go do that now.

Guess who's back? Back Again? James K's back. Tell a friend.

Sunday, February 1, 2009 12:56 PM

wow, Nine years of comments about Dance Dance Revolution, Gravy, snipes at Screamscape, and coasternerds(tm) sneering at ACEr's for being, well, nerds.

Seriously, Congrats Jeff. Tons of sites have come and gone, but you've managed to build a community and garnered a place in the industry. Not many have done that, and that's a testament to the number of hours you have spent on this project.

Here's to many more.

Sunday, February 1, 2009 2:16 PM

I miss the 3rd version.

Sunday, February 1, 2009 2:29 PM

Someday soon I plan to join the CB Club. Love the site, and many thanks to you and everybody else involved! I do miss the RCRollback, though.

/CB podcast junkie

Sunday, February 1, 2009 2:44 PM

I kinda miss version 3 too, but love the site none the less! Happy Anniversary Jeff and Coasterbuzz!


Sunday, February 1, 2009 4:04 PM

Wow, nine years is a long time in the internet world! Congrats to not only Jeff for keeping the site a fun place to visit, but to this crazy community for keeping it going.

I feel like I grew up on CoasterBuzz and it's really freaky/cool/scary to think of how much the site and its people have impacted my life over the past 9 years. Sniff...I think I may shed a tear :)!

~Kara (car-uh)

Sunday, February 1, 2009 5:41 PM

I am truly indebted to this site and its members for making my amusement park experiences exponentially better.

I appreciate the info, the debates and the fun!

Congrats Jeff & crew!

Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!

Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:14 PM
LostKause's avatar

You know, as much as some people here get on my nerves, CoasterBuzz has impacted my real life in a very positive way. I've been here since close to the beginning, and I can't imagine how my life would have turned out without it.

Thanks Jeff! Here's to another nine.

Sunday, February 1, 2009 10:45 PM

Wow, I remember joining this site under my real name, posting a bunch of crap, getting booted, asking Jeff to re-instate me, going under the screen name you see now, and then later being asked to be a mod.

One of the grandfathers of this site.

I have enjoyed the ride even if I have had my differences with the webmaster himself.

Glad this community still exists.

Here is to 9 more years.

My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.

Sunday, February 1, 2009 11:16 PM

Wow, I had to go back and look to see when I joined wondering how long I have been around here. I was a lurker for a bit before I joined in September of '00. My how the times have changed haven't they? I was a major roller coaster/amusement park junkie back then and now I'm nowhere near as active in the park/coaster community. I haven't been to CP since they added Maxair so that tells ya just how long it has been for me. :(

Congrats to the site for enduring the rises and falls of websites. Seems like there was a billion of coaster sites out there to gather news/rumors from back then and now a mere handful exist. Guess that says something about how the site is ran and the strong community that supports it. Here's to many more years.

This ain't no book you can close, when the big light hits your eyes. Cropduster-Riot Act-Pearl Jam
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 4:48 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Congrats Jeff! I've been here for a while and I'm glad I stuck around.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 1:24 AM

I'm definitely more of a lurker now than I was back in the "green" CoasterBuzz days, but nevertheless I have to log in to say congratulations on reaching the 9-year milestone!Maybe even just as, if not more important, congratulations on getting the newest version of CB up after... how many years of waiting for a new version? :D

Tommy P.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 7:20 AM

I've ben lurking and posting since 2005, right after my season working at CP. The people here have been kind, even when I screwed up. There has been a lot of good, thiught provoking bull sessions on the boards her. I hope it continues.

Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 9:17 AM

Great work over the years, Jeff!

Happy anniversary C-Buzz!

Great Lakes Brewery Patron...


Wednesday, February 4, 2009 9:28 AM
Jeff's avatar

Thank you everyone for the kind words!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 12:02 PM

I dunno . . . I think the site still needs more charm. ;)

My author website:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 2:44 PM
rollergator's avatar

^Plant a tree! ;) Seriously though, congrats Jeff and thanks to him, as well as everyone whom I've met through this site...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 7:03 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Im late on the congrats, but from an IT point of view, I love the progression of the site design.. Ive seen sites 10+ years that still have the same old dull schema. This site design has definitely progressed in a positive way.

Nice work!


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