Park Hoppin’

The great leap backwards

The great leap backwards

Park Hoppin’ with Paul Ruben  Pictured here on the Cosmic Coaster, a Zamperla powered family coaster at Valleyfair, Shakopee, Minnesota, I was thinking – what is the most reproduced roller coaster?

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Why I love VR (the Virtue of Reality)

Why I love VR (the Virtue of Reality)

Park Hoppin’ with Paul Ruben  If they are frightened during a rollercoaster ride, passengers will close their eyes and the fear is diminished. I’ve always contended that the visual experience on a rollercoaster is half the thrills.

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Fun House longings

Fun House longings

In the old days, just about every park had a fun house filled with crazy things to do, writes Paul Ruben. Today most of them are gone.

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Gone to the dogs

Gone to the dogs

Park Hoppin’ with Paul Ruben Recently I visited Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, and met the newest member of the Morey Organization, Hobbs Morey, a Weimaraner.

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Socially acceptable road rage

Socially acceptable road rage

Park Hoppin’ with Paul Ruben The winter of 2014/15 brought an unusually large amount of snow to North America. And with the snow came scenes on my television screen of automobile carnage on the slippery snow-covered roads.

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Getting high in Colorado

Getting high in Colorado

PARK HOPPIN’ WITH PAUL RUBEN Since 2014 it is legal to buy cannabis in Colorado, but I much prefer adult beverages to Mary Jane.

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Sunshine on a rainy day

Sunshine on a rainy day

PARK HOPPIN’ WITH PAUL RUBEN Monday of IAAPA Attractions Expo week I made a quick trip to Busch Gardens Tampa to ride the park’s spectacular new drop tower from Intamin, Falcon’s Fury. While there I made some new friends, pictured here.

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Coney Island comeback continues

Coney Island comeback continues

PARK HOPPIN’ WITH PAUL RUBEN It had been two years since I last visited Coney Island, birthplace of the outdoor amusement industry. 

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Tubin’ in the Dark

Tubin’ in the Dark

by Paul Ruben

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By 23/05/2014 Read More →

Where A Million Diamonds Shine

by Paul Ruben Innovation is to be celebrated, to be cherished. That’s why I was so pleased to revisit Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to experience the crown jewel in the park’s New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.