Trip Plans 2023

So as I mentioned in my last post, I’m planning to visit quite a few new parks this year, get on a lot of new coasters and this should dramatically impact my top 10s. I don’t necessarily expect the Big One to move much – maybe hard to understand given it isn’t the most exciting layout and there’s not much airtime on the ramps (yeah they are more ramps than hills, admit it), I grew up watching this being built in my home town and it’s one I really like. Plus you can’t beat that first drop.

MarchBlackpool Pleasure BeachOpening day!
Thorpe ParkOpening day!
Adventure IslandIf it’s open – never been before
Alton Towers
AprilAlton TowersPBE/Your Experience Guide event
Emerald ParkNever been
Blackpool Pleasure BeachRCCGB Blackpool Bash
Walibi BelgiumNever been
Movie Park GermanyNever been
MayPhantasialandNever been
ToverlandNever been
Walibi HollandNever been
EftelingNever been
Plopsaland De PanneNever been
Fantasy Island
Botton’s Pleasure BeachNever been
Blackpool Pleasure BeachWalk the Big One XL
JuneLisebergNever been – PBE Event
AugustOakwoodRCCGB Mega-GLOW-Mania
SeptemberAlton TowersRCCGB WOODathon
OctoberDrayton ManorRCCGB WOODathon – never been
NovemberWinter Wonderland
Trip Plans 2023

Along with this there’s going to be plenty of unplanned trips to BPB/Alton Towers/Thorpe Park.

Welcome and Top 10s

Photo of Katy wearing safety hat and harness, standing on top of the Big Dipper rollercoaster in Blackpool with view of Big One, Infusion and Big Dipper in background

Hey, I’m Katy and welcome to my new coaster/theme park blog. I’m intending this to be a much less formal blog which focusses on my coaster crazy hobby, with trip reports, photos and anything else I can think of.

I’m planning to visit a lot of new parks this year, so I’m going to put my current top 10 steel and top 10 wood coasters here, so I can see how much things have changed this time next year. I’ve not been on any coasters outside of the UK recently – except a few when I had a trip to Paris when I was a kid – so can’t remember any of those rides.

Current top 10 steel:

1Big OneBlackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
2IconBlackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
3NemesisAlton Towers, UK
4Saw – The RideThorpe Park, UK
5Nemesis InfernoThorpe Park, UK
6Munich/Olympia LoopingWinter Wonderland, UK
7StealthThorpe Park, UK
8RevolutionBlackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
9SwarmThorpe Park, UK
10Th13teenAlton Towers, UK
Top 10 Steel Coasters – January 2023

Now for the top 10 wood – okay it’s a top 8 as, although I’ve been on more wooden coasters than this (e.g. Southport and Frontierland) they were as a kid and I don’t remember them).

1Wild MouseBlackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
2Grand National (lifthill right track)Blackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
3MegafobiaOakwood, UK
4Wicker ManAlton Towers, UK
5Big DipperBlackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
6Nickelodeon StreakBlackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
7Grand National (lifthill left track)Blackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
8Blue FlyerBlackpool Pleasure Beach, UK
Top 8 Wood Coasters – January 2023

Yes I have split Grand National into two – in its current state end of season 2022, one side is brilliant, the other side painfully rough.