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My name is Mark McKenzie. I have travelled to amusement parks all across the country in search of the latest and greatest roller-coaster thrills. I enjoy writing about my experiences at parks along with the various hotels, restaurants, people and experiences I encounter on my trips. This was the inspiration for my website.

Amusement parks create the perfect environment for families and friends to come together and have fun. Whether you're riding a roller-coaster or a carousel, enjoying a game on the midway or a picnic in the grove, amusement parks take us out of our normal environment and into another world. I hope you'll be inspired to visit another world through something you've read in The Trip Report.


Please follow the links to see my adventures at different parks,
and click on the pictures for larger images...


Author's Note My Top 10 Lists

Place Trip Report Name Date
AL - Visionland Visionland's Grand Opening 5/23/98
AL - Visionland RRC at SFOG/RRR 10/18/98
AL - Visionland ACE Spring Con: Praise Gs! 5/2/99
AR - Eureka Springs, AR Odyssey in the Ozarks 6/13/02
CA - Disneyland Disneyland: 30 Years Later Part 1 11/30/98
CA - Disneyland KBF and Coastering With Goofy 3/29/99
CA - Disneyland Winter Solace Part 3 3/6/00
CA - Knott's Berry Farm Return to CA: 30 Years Later Part 2 11/30/98
CA - Knott's Berry Farm KBF and Coastering With Goofy 3/29/99
CA - Knott's Berry Farm Winter Solace Part 1 3/4/00
CA - Knott's Berry Farm Winter Solace Part 4 3/7/00
CA - Paramount's Great America California Dreamin' Part 1 4/28/00
CA - San Francisco California Dreamin': San Francisco, CA Part 3 4/29/00
CA - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk California Dreamin' Part 1 4/28/00
CA - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk California Dreamin' Part 4 4/30/00
CA - Six Flags Magic Mountain Return to CA: 30 Years Later Part 2 11/30/98
CA - Six Flags Magic Mountain Winter Solace Part 2 3/5/00
CA - Six Flags Marine World California Dreamin' Part 2 4/29/00
CO - Lakeside Lakeside: Remember When 7/14/01
CO - Six Flags Elitch Gardens Not Worth A Dime! 8/17/00
CT - Lake Compounce New England: A Second Look Part 2 5/28/00
FL - Busch Gardens Tampa Kumba Yah 2/8/99
FL - Busch Gardens Tampa The Adventure of a Lifetime Part 2 11/3/99
FL - Busch Gardens Tampa The Ultimate New Years Eve Party Part 1 12/30/99
FL - Busch Gardens Tampa An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 2 11/3/00
FL - Disney's Animal Kingdom An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 6 11/7/00
FL - Disney's Animal Kingdom It May Be December, But It Sure Ain't Christmas! 12/13/06
FL - Disney's EPCOT The Ultimate New Years Eve Party Part 3 1/1/00
FL - Disney's EPCOT An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 1 11/2/00
FL - Disney's EPCOT An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 4 11/5/00
FL - Disney's EPCOT An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 6 11/7/00
FL - Disney's EPCOT It May Be December, But It Sure Ain't Christmas! 12/15/06
FL - Disney's Magic Kingdom The Ultimate New Years Eve Party Part 4 1/2/00
FL - Disney's Magic Kingdom An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 4 11/5/00
FL - Disney's Magic Kingdom It May Be December, But It Sure Ain't Christmas! 12/17/06
FL - Disney-MGM Studios The Adventure of a Lifetime Part 4 11/5/99
FL - Disney-MGM Studios An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 1 11/2/00
FL - Disney-MGM Studios An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 6 11/7/00
FL - Disney-MGM Studios It May Be December, But It Sure Ain't Christmas! 12/16/06
FL - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party It May Be December, But It Sure Ain't Christmas! 12/12/06
FL - Islands Of Adventure IOA: It Erases EVERYTHING! 4/25/99
FL - Islands of Adventure The Adventure of a Lifetime Part 1 11/2/99
FL - Islands of Adventure The Adventure of a Lifetime Part 3 11/4/99
FL - Islands of Adventure The Ultimate New Years Eve Party Part 2 12/31/99
FL - Islands of Adventure An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 3 11/4/00
FL - Islands of Adventure It May Be December, But It Sure Ain't Christmas! 12/14/06
FL - SeaWorld An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 5 11/6/00
FL - Universal Studios Florida An Emotional Trip to Florida Part 3 11/4/00
FL - Universal Studios Florida It May Be December, But It Sure Ain't Christmas! 12/14/06
GA - Six Flags Over Georgia I Left My Heart in Georgia 5/24/98
GA - Six Flags Over Georgia RRC at SFOG/RRR 10/18/98
GA - Six Flags Over Georgia ACE Spring Con: Praise Gs! 5/2/99
ID - Silverwood Silverwood, Silverwood, Oh Yeah! 7/28/00
IL - Six Flags Great America The Ride Of My Life Part 1 9/7/98
IL - Six Flags Great America SFGAm, A Second Look 5/8/99
IL - Six Flags Great America My Wonderfully Weird Weekend Part 1 6/2/00
IL - Six Flags Great America Six Flags Great America by Cindy Stout 6/08/01
IN - Holiday World My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 1 6/12/98
IN - Holiday World Why I Love Coastering Part 1 6/11/99
IN - Holiday World Birth of a Wooden Coaster Enthusiast 5/5/00
IN - Holiday World Bizarro Trip: A Great Boss and a Bad Legend 7/21/00
IN - Holiday World Everything Old is New Again Part 1 5/31/02
IN - Indiana Beach Indiana Beach 6/10/01
IN - Indiana Beach Everything Old is New Again Part 5 6/4/02
IA - Adventureland Lessons Learned in Iowa 5/17/98
IA - Arnolds Park Arnolds Park: Happy Trails 6/24/99
IA - Arnolds Park The Miracle of Arnolds Park 8/13/00
IA - Arnolds Park The Perfect Day at Arnolds Park 6/6/01
KY - Beech Bend Everything Old is New Again Part 2 6/1/02
KY - Kentucky Action Park Everything Old is New Again Part 2 6/1/02
KY - Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Why I Love Coastering Part 1 6/11/99
KY - Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Birth of a Wooden Coaster Enthusiast 5/5/00
LA - Six Flags New Orleans Jazzland: A Gourmet Trip Report 6/9/00
MD - Six Flags America Coaster Con Diary Part 5 6/19/01
MA - Whalom Park Weekend In New England Part 2 7/5/99
MA - Whalom Park New England: A Second Look Part 1 5/27/00
MA - Six Flags New England Weekend In New England Part 1 7/1/99
MA - Six Flags New England Weekend In New England Part 2 7/5/99
MA - Six Flags New England New England: A Second Look Part 3 5/30/00
MI - Michigan's Adventure My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 2 6/13/98
MI - Michigan's Adventure The Ride Of My Life Part 2 9/7/98
MI - Michigan's Adventure My Wonderfully Weird Weekend Part 2 6/3/00
MN - Family Funways The Most Evil Place on Urth 9/20/98
MN - Valleyfair Valleyfair! 9/27/98
MO - Branson, MO Odyssey in the Ozarks by Cindy Stout 6/13/02
MO - Silver Dollar City Silver Dollar City: No Place Like Home 6/10/02
MO - Six Flags St. Louis Bizarro Trip: A Great Boss and a Bad Legend 7/21/00
MO - Worlds of Fun My Sweet Mamba 4/25/98
NV - Las Vegas Attractions Las Vegas and Desperado! 2/8/98
NH - Canobie Lake Park Weekend In New England Part 2 7/5/99
NH - Canobie Lake Park New England: A Second Look Part 1 5/27/00
NJ - Six Flags Great Adventure My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 5 6/16/98
NJ - Six Flags Great Adventure Coaster Con Diary Part 8 6/22/01
NY - The Great Escape Weekend In New England Part 1 7/5/99
NY - Martin's Fantasy Island CoasterFest and KW 5/31/99
NY - New York, NY NYC and PPP: Same Planet/Different Worlds 10/4/01
NY - Six Flags Darien Lake CoasterFest and KW 5/31/99
NC - Paramount's Carowinds Carolina Coastering! 6/17/00
OH - Cedar Point First Time Cedar Point Impressions 9/1/97
OH - Cedar Point Cedar Point Burnout Part 1 5/7/00
OH - Friendly's Restaurant My Dinner With Todd Long Part 2 5/7/00
OH - LeSourdesville Lake Why I Love Coastering Part 2 6/12/99
OH - Paramount's Kings Island Why I Love Coastering Part 3 6/12/99
OH - Paramount's Kings Island Everything Old is New Again Part 4 6/3/02
OH - Six Flags Worlds of Adventure Six Flags Ohio: New Kid on an Old Block 5/12/00
OH - Six Flags Worlds of Adventure Pennyslvania Parks and Diners Part 6 9/3/00
PA - Centralia, PA Coaster Con Diary Part 6 6/20/01
PA - Conneaut Lake Park My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 10 6/21/98
PA - Conneaut Lake Park Coaster Con Diary Part 2 6/16/01
PA - DelGrosso's My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 3 6/14/98
PA - DelGrosso's Pennyslvania Parks and Diners Part 5 9/2/00
PA - DelGrosso's Coaster Con Diary Part 10 6/24/01
PA - Dorney Park My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 8 6/19/98
PA - Dorney Park Memories of Dorney Park's Ridefest 10/11/98
PA - Dorney Park Coaster Con Diary Part 7 6/21/01
PA - Dorney Park Coaster Con Diary Part 8 6/22/01
PA - Dorney Park NYC and PPP: Same Planet/Different Worlds 10/4/01
PA - Dutch Wonderland Coaster Con Diary Part 6 6/20/01
PA - Gettysburg, PA Pennyslvania Parks and Diners Part 2 8/30/00
PA - Hersheypark My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 9 6/20/98
PA - Hersheypark Pennyslvania Parks and Diners Part 3 8/31/00
PA - Hersheypark Coaster Con Diary Part 3 6/17/01
PA - Hersheypark Coaster Con Diary Part 4 6/18/01
PA - Hersheypark Coaster Con Diary Part 5 6/19/01
PA - Hersheypark Coaster Con Diary Part 6 6/20/01
PA - Idlewild My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 3 6/14/98
PA - Idlewild Coaster Con Diary Part 3 6/17/01
PA - Kennywood My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 10 6/21/98
PA - Kennywood CoasterFest and KW 5/31/99
PA - Kennywood Pennyslvania Parks and Diners Part 7 9/4/00
PA - Kennywood Coaster Con Diary Part 11 6/25/01
PA - Knoebels My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 4 6/15/98
PA - Knoebels My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 8 6/19/98
PA - Knoebels Memories of DP/PPP/Ridefest 10/11/98
PA - Knoebels Phall Phunphest, One Last Hurrah 10/8/99
PA - Knoebels Pennyslvania Parks and Diners Part 4 9/1/00
PA - Knoebels Coaster Con Diary Part 9 6/23/01
PA - Knoebels NYC and PPP: Same Planet/Different Worlds 10/4/01
PA - Lakemont Park My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 3 6/14/98
PA - Lakemont Park Memories of DP/PPP/Ridefest 10/11/98
PA - Lakemont Park Pennyslvania Parks and Diners Part 5 9/2/00
PA - Lakemont Park Coaster Con Diary Part 10 6/24/01
PA - Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway Coaster Con Diary Part 7 6/21/01
PA - Waldameer Park Coaster Con Diary Part 2 6/16/01
PA - Williams Grove Pennsylvania Parks and Diners Part 1 8/29/00
PA - Williams Grove Coaster Con Diary Part 4 6/18/01
SC - Family Kingdom Carolina Coastering! 6/18/00
SC - Grand Prix North Carolina Coastering! 6/18/00
SC - Myrtle Beach Pavillion Carolina Coastering! 6/18/00
TX - San Antonio, TX SAN ANTONIO! 3/9/05
VA - Busch Gardens Williamsburg Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion 4/11/99
VA - Paramount's Kings Dominion My 100th Roller-Coaster Part 6 6/17/98
VA - Paramount's Kings Dominion Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion 4/11/99
WV - Camden Park Camden Park 5/16/01
WV - Camden Park Everything Old is New Again Part 3 6/2/02
WI - Big Chief's Karts & Coasters The Ride Of My Life Part 3 9/7/99
Vancouver, B.C. - Playland A Perfect "Coaster" 7/11/99
Vancouver, B.C. - Playland Vancouver and Playland 7/30/00



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