This latest edition of the authoritative guide to roller coasters provides a look at the history of coaster evolution, an exhaustive reference guide to coasters, and a peek into the future of roller coaster technology and design. The book is divided into two main sections. The history section covers the development of the roller coaster from its roots in Europe, when late 16th and early 17th century thrill-seekers constructed primitive ice slides throughout Russia in winter. The guide section features a state-by-state and province-by-province listing of more than 600 coasters at more than 155 amusement and theme parks across the two nations. Each entry includes the park's contact information along with summaries of each coaster's origins, features, and history. This section also includes more than 300 photographs and renderings of the beloved rides that have enthralled amusement-seekers of all ages, from the tamest kiddie rides to the wildest white-knuckle thrillers.
Six appendices provide a look at famous domestic and international roller coaster designers, a list of the longest wood and steel roller coasters in North America, a roller coaster census by state or province, a chronology of wooden roller coasters still in operation, a list of interesting amusement park and coaster trivia, and a guide to four alpine coasters which have been constructed at winter resorts in the United States.