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Coasters is a magazine about amusement parks & water parks aimed at industry professionals & enthusiasts founded in 1971. It is among the magazines of Window Lifestyle Media, headquartered in Provo, Utah. Originally published 5 times a year, it switched to being published monthly in 2002 as a cost-cutting measure.

The magazine and it's sister magazines Amusements Unlimited (dedicated to amusement rides), State Fairs (dedicated to state & county fairs), and E-Coasters (focusing on virtual amusement park technology such as RollerCoaster Tycoon and RollerCoasterBuilder) along with Arcade Magazine and Zoos & Aquariums lend their concepts and identities to Coasters & Amusements, a TV channel launched in 2018 as a joint-venture of A&E Networks and MO Media with branding licensed from Window Lifestyle Media. Window Lifestyle Media and Disney Publishing Worldwide debuted a fourth sister magazine for Coasters, Disney Magic, in 2011.

The magazine is the main sponsor of WaterCon and AmusementCon.

History

The magazine was founded in 1971 by Andrew Brugmann-Bott as publisher & editorial director. The magazine was originally published out of a "sweatshop" facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania near Dorney Park, but in 1976 the magazine moved headquarters from Pennsylvania to Utah. Andrew cited his brother and assistant Edward Brugmann-Bott's conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as one reason for the move, but it led to a more relaxed work atmosphere and better facilities in the magazine's current hometown of Provo.

Starting with Issue 73, a "video magazine" version of each issue has been produced. The original video magazines (1985-2000) were produced by McNicoll Videotape Productions of Salt Lake City, which later merged with Downer Productions to form McNicoll Arts & Media, who produce Window Lifestyle Media's DVD releases.

Editors

Current Staff

Writers

Former Staff

Writers

  • Neil Bethell-Codrington (1993-2005) (First issue: Issue 113; Last issue: Issue 195) (Fired for remarks deemed offensive to disabled people)
  • Taylor Bybee (2016-2018) (Fired Due to a partnership with Six Flags and his negative review on La Ronde)

Issues

Issue 1 - Walt Disney World Opens To The Public, With No Coasters (October 1971)

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First issue in America

First Reissue (September 1981)

Second Reissue (May 1991)

Third Reissue (October 2001)

Fourth Reissue (August 2011)

Fifth Reissue (July 2021)

Issue 2 - Walt Disney World Opens 20,000 Leagues, Still No Coasters (October 1971)

Issue 3 - Coney Island In The Mills? (November 1971)

First Reissue (January 1972)

First Reissue in Coasters' History

Second Reissue (April 1973)

Third Reissue (August 1974)

Fourth Reissue (August 1976)

Fifth Reissue (April 1978)

Issue 4 - A Merry Coaster Christmas To You (December 1971)

Issue 5 - Introducing The Coaster Comix Pages (December 1971)

Issue 6 - What's A Schwarzkopf? (February 1972)

Issue 7 - Welcome To The King's Island (April 1972)

Issue 8 - More Kings Island (June 1972)

Issue 9 - Interview With Taft Broadcasting (August 1972)

Issue 10 - The News For 1973 (October 1972)

First issue in Canada

Issue 11 - It's Coming! Carowinds! (March 1973)

Issue 12 - A World of Fun (May 1973)

Issue 13 - More Carowinds Info (July 1973)

Issue 14 - More Worlds of Fun Info (September 1973)

Issue 15 - The News For 1974 (November 1973)

Issue 16 - A Second King's Island? (January 1974)

Issue 17 - Coming Soon: King's Dominion (June 1974)

Issue 18 - The World of UK Parks (July 1974)

Issue 19 - A Great Adventure Rises (September 1974)

Issue 20 - The World of Mexican Parks (October 1974)

Issue 21 - Space Mountain Opens At Disney World! (January 1975)

Issue 22 - King's Dominion Is Finished (February 1975)

Issue 23 - Welcome To The King's Is... Dominion (June 1975)

Issue 24 - TAFT Carowinds (July 1975)

Issue 25 - The World of French Parks (October 1975)

First issue in Europe

Issue 26 - The World of German Parks (February 1976)

Issue 27 - Journey to Deseret (May 1976)

  1. We've Moved to Utah!
  2. Visiting the Local Park, Lagoon in Farmington

Issue 28 - Great America Is Great! (June 1976)

  1. An Overview of Marriott's Great America
  2. The Columbia Carousel at Great America
  3. Riding Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland at Disneyland
  4. A Holy Day Out

Issue 29 - The New Inverting Coasters (July 1976)

Issue 30 - What's A Busch Garden? (September 1976)

Issue 31 - What's A Jet Star? (January 1977)

Issue 32 - The New Turntable At The Big Apple In The New York At The Big Apple (March 1977)

Issue 33 - California's Space Mountain (June 1977)

First issue to be translated and first issue in Spain, from then on, Mexican issues were in Spanish, not English with the Spanish translation clipped to the index.

Issue 34 - Marriott Ain't Need No Lifts! (July 1977)

Issue 35 - Best Independent Parks (October 1977)

Issue 36 - The Mind Bender Is Sick! (March 1978)

Issue 37 - Knott's Ain't Need No Lifts! (May 1978)

Issue 38 - Nara's Disneyland (June 1978)

Issue 39 - It's Impossible! Interlocking Loops? (July 1978)

Issue 40 - Rollercoasters Aren't As Dangerous As The Silver Screen Told You (August 1978)

Issue 41 - Plural Comix (January 1979)

  • Coaster Comix Now Coasters' Comix

Issue 42 - In The Name of Japan (March 1979)

Issue 43 - The Biggest, Baddest Beast Is Now Unleashed! (May 1979)

Issue 44 - In The Name of Japan Part 2 (June 1979)

Issue 45 - In The Name of Japan Part 3 (July 1979)

Issue 46 - The Demon Is Unleashed At Great America! (May 1980)

Issue 47 - Sesame Place - Bringing Sesame Street to Life in Pennsylvania (June 1980)

Issue 48 - Carwardine Announces It's Chain Plans (August 1980)

Issue 49 - Florida's Thunder Mountain (September 1980)

Issue 50 - A Special 50th Issue (October 1980)

First issue in Japan and most of Asia.

Issue 51 - Expectations For 10 Years Of Walt's World (January 1981)

Issue 52 - The Bat, Will It Suck? (April 1981)

Issue 53 - The Bat, It Really Sucks! (May 1981)

Issue 54 - Marriott Goes All Eagleland (June 1981)

Issue 55 - The 10th Of Disney World (October 1981)

First issue in Australia & New Zealand, albeit imported.

Issue 56 - The Grizzly Clones (February 1982)

Issue 57 - The Jet Star Trio (April 1982)

Issue 58 - Viper Fierce Five Inversion Coaster Opens at Darien Lake (June 1982)

Issue 59 - Coasters We Miss (July 1982)

Issue 60 - Coasters We Don't Miss (August 1982)

Issue 61 - Argentina Makes A Long One (January 1983)

Issue 62 - Tokyo Disneyland Opens to The Public (April 1983)

  1. Tokyo Disneyland Opening Day
  2. Before You Ask, Yes We're Wondering - Where Are The Coasters?!?

Issue 63 - Moonsault Can Gravitate Disney To The Dust (May 1983)

Issue 64 - Let's Talk About Sesame Place Texas and Carwardine Colony (June 1983)

  1. An Overview of Sesame Place II in Irving, Texas + Interview with Joan Ganz Cooney
  2. The Sesame Place Computer Gallery
  3. Indoor Attractions at Sesame Place II + The Sesame Studio
  4. Climbing 'n Crawling at Sesame Place II
  5. An Overview of Carwardine Colony + Interview with Christopher R. Carwardine
  6. Riding The Flying Turns & Fast Forward + History of The Flying Turns at Carwardine Colony
  7. Carwardine Mover at Carwardine Colony
  8. Various Rides at Carwardine Colony

Issue 65 - A Visit to Six Flags Atlantis (July 1983)

First issue in Brazil, albeit imported.

Issue 66 - The Stand Up Coaster (April 1984)

Issue 67 - Where's The Bat? (May 1984)

Issue 68 - The Biggest, Baddest Wolf (July 1984)

Issue 69 - Six Flags Making Some Sleds (August 1984)

Issue 70 - The Last Issue Of Coasters' Comix (September 1984)

Issue 71 - Introducing Coasters' Fake Stories (January 1985)

Issue 72 - Videopolis Is Very Bogus! (March 1985)

Issue 73 - Avalanche Run vs Sarajevo Bobsleds (May 1985)

Issue 74 - Knoebels Rescues The Rocket from Playland Park, Renaming it "Phoenix" (June 1985)

Issue 75 - One Giant Leap For Coasterkind (August 1985)

Issue 76 - Expo 86 Will Have An Arrow Coaster (January 1986)

Issue 77 - Arrowcoma? Arrow Goes Bankrupt! (March 1986)

Issue 78 - Expo 86 Is Getting Ready... The People's Coaster? (April 1986)

Issue 79 - Expo 86's Arrowcoma Review (May 1986)

Issue 80 - Share the Magic Moment at Kid's World! (August 1986)

  • What to Expect from Kid's World - The Neatest Kids Place in the Whole Wide World
  • Romper Room at Kid's World
  • Action Park: The Opposite of Kid's World (We Guess)
  • A Day Out at AstroWorld

Issue 81 - Korea's Everland (January 1987)

Issue 82 - Vortex Loops Our World (April 1987)

Issue 83 - The Bat's Remains (May 1987)

Issue 84 - Kid's World Destroyed by Fire, Sesame Place Bought by Anheuser-Busch, Another Visit to Six Flags Atlantis (June 1987)

  1. The Neatest Kids Place in the Whole Wide World Just Burnt Down
  2. Can You Tell Me How to Get to the Local Bar? Anheuser-Busch Buys Sesame Place
  3. Six Flags Atlantis - Business as Usual

Issue 85 - Action Park's Safety Record is Questionable (July 1987)

Issue 86 - Another Seoul Park (April 1988)

Issue 87 - Mack Makes Some Sleds (June 1988)

Issue 88 - What Is Up With Stand-Ups? (August 1988)

  1. Wooden Roller Coasters vs. Steel Roller Coasters
  2. A Insider's Look at Young People's Day Camp in New York

Issue 89 - Spooky Halloweens (October 1988)

Issue 90 - When Do Theme Parks Close? (November 1988)

Issue 91 - One Hades Of A Ride at Dorney! (May 1989)

Issue 92 - Walygator Park In France (June 1989)

Issue 93 - Ride Rotation Explained (August 1989)

Issue 94 - A Theme Park In Dayton? (October 1989)

Issue 95 - King Arthur At Valley's Fair (November 1989)

Issue 96 - The Successful Simpsons Show Find A Home At Carwardine's Parks (March 1990)

Issue 97 - Carwardine Snags Japanese Video Game Publisher's License (April 1990)

Issue 98 - Coasters' Comix Is Back! (June 1990)

Issue 99 - How Carwardine Resurrected Kid's World (September 1990)

Issue 100 - Our Big 1 Oh Oh (October 1990)

First issue in India

Issue 101 - A Visit to Whaaaaloooom Paaaark (June 1991)

Issue 102 - A Very Mean Streak (July 1991)

Issue 103 - The Longest Ultimate (August 1991)

Issue 104 - The Utah State Fair (September 1991)

Issue 105 - Disney and Carwardine Join Forces to Open Minneapolis' Biggest Theme Park (October 1991)

Issue 106 - New England Theme Parks: from Whaaaaloooom to Canobie and Back + Our Visit to the Grand Opening of Euro Disneyland Park (June 1992)

Issue 107 - Coasters' Comix And Coasters' Fake Stories Merged To Coasters' Entertainment (July 1992)

Issue 108 - Something Completely Different: Zoos & Aquariums in North America (August 1992)

Issue 109 - The Eagle's Fortress (September 1992)

Issue 110 - A Park In A Mall? (October 1992)

Issue 111 - Batman's Second Ride (May 1993)

Issue 112 - A Pleasure Island Where You Don't Get Turned To A Donkey (June 1993)

Issue 113 - York's Wild Kingdom is Wild as Usual (July 1993)

Issue 114 - Could FOX Kids Come To Six Flags? (August 1993)

First issue in the middle east

Issue 115 - Merry Whatever to You (December 1993)

Issue 116 - Watch Out! There's a Raptor on the Loose! (May 1994)

Issue 117 - The Comet Is Saved (June 1994)

Issue 118 - CCI Makes A Scooby Doo (July 1994)

Issue 119 - Clark's Trading Post - Trains, And New Englanders, And Bears, Oh My! (August 1994)

Issue 120 - Fantasia Lagoon, No Mice! (September 1994)

Issue 121 - Mobile's Waterville (January 1995)

Issue 122 - The E-World (March 1995)

Issue 123 - Walt Disney World Resort Now Has 3 Water Parks (April 1995)

Issue 124 - Dragon Khan, It Lives! (May 1995)

Issue 125 - A Day in the Park with Barney Opens at Universal, Geauga Lake is Growing, Europa-Park Isn't Even Trying to Hide it's Disney Influence (July 1995)

Issue 126 - Thorpe's Space Mountain Clone (March 1996)

Issue 127 - The Greenest Land of All (April 1996)

Issue 128 - A Skull Mountain Rises (June 1996)

Issue 129 - The King of The Mountains (July 1996)

Issue 130 - Spooky Scary Skeletons (October 1996)

Issue 131 - Windjammer Surf Racers Opens (March 1997)

Issue 132 - Batman Flies To Georgia (May 1997)

Issue 133 - What's an SLC? (June 1997)

Issue 134 - Jeepers, Creepers! (July 1997)

Issue 135 - A Whole Buncha New (August 1997)

Introduction of Louise.

Issue 136 - The 8 Inversion Mark (February 1998)

Issue 137 - Mr. Freeze Is Cool (April 1998)

Issue 138 - The Idiot; Live At Coasters' Entertainment + Sesame Place's Vapor Trail is Wild! (July 1998)

Issue 139 - The Ghost Is Coming (October 1998)

Issue 140 - The Ghost Of Knott's Past (December 1998)

Issue 141 - A Coaster Minus The Floors (April 1999)

Issue 142 - A Grand Prix Theme Park (June 1999)

Issue 143 - It Rocks! Disney's Studios (July 1999)

Issue 144 - The Australian Disney, And No, This Time It's Not Dreamworld (August 1999)

Issue 145 - 300 Feet?!? (September 1999)

Issue 146 - The New Millennium [Force] (January 2000)

Issue 147 - CELEBRATION! Disneyland Australia Resort Opens With Coasters This Time Around (February 2000)

Issue 148 - Millennium Force Review (June 2000)

Issue 149 - The Land of Myth: Terra Mítica Opens in Spain (July 2000)

Issue 150 - The Spell Breaks (October 2000)

First issue in Switzerland

Issue 151 - A Wildfire Breaks Out In Branson (April 2001)

Issue 152 - The V2 of Coasters (June 2001)

Issue 153 - The Other Louisiana Park (July 2001)

Issue 154 - The Deja Vu Rises (August 2001)

Issue 155 - Can 9/11 Affect Tourists? (September 2001)

Issue 156 - Generation X (January 2002)

Issue 157 - Park In The Desert (February 2002)

Issue 158 - What's A Flying Coaster? (March 2002)

Issue 159 - Six Flags Madrid? (April 2002)

Issue 160 - Now Year Round (June 2002)

Issue 161 (July 2002)

Issue 162 (August 2002)

Issue 163 (September 2002)

Issue 164 (October 2002)

Issue 165 (November 2002)

Issue 166 (December 2002)

Issue 167 (January 2003)

Issue 170 (April 2003)

Issue 171 - Top Thrill Dragster Opens (May 2003)

Issue 172 - Stop Thrill Dragster: Coaster Closed More Often Than Not (June 2003)

Issue 173 - Disney's America Finally Opens... Albeit in Missouri, Bringing 7 New Roller Coasters to the St. Louis Area (July 2003)

Issue 174 (August 2003)

Issue 175 - 175th Magaversary! Man In Mario Costume Goes Insane at Alabama's Backyard (September 2003)

First issue in Greece

Issue 176 - A S2003y Halloween (October 2003)

Issue 177 - (November 2003)

Issue 178 - (December 2003)

Issue 179 - A Day Out at Disneyland Sydney (January 2004)

Issue 180 (February 2004)

Issue 181 (March 2004)

Issue 182 - Coasters Celebrates April Fools Day on Halloween or Something (April 2004)

Issue 183 (May 2004)

Issue 184 (June 2004)

Issue 185 (July 2004)

First issue in Turkey

Issue 186 (August 2004)

Issue 187 (September 2004)

Issue 188 (October 2004)

Issue 189 (November 2004)

Issue 190 - We Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Happy 190 Issues! (December 2004)

Issue 191 (January 2005)

Issue 192 (February 2005)

Issue 193 - How To Get Ready for the Season (March 2005)

Issue 194 - The Great April Fools Day Coasters Entertainment Takeover! (April 2005)

Issue 195 (May 2005)

Issue 196 (June 2005)

Issue 197 - Lagoon in Farmington, Utah: The Park Our Writers Call "Home" (July 2005)

  • Why Lagoon is the #1 park we unanimously love
  • The Story of Colossus the Fire Dragon
  • Turn of the Century - The Most Scenic Swing Ride in America
  • Danny M. Bosch Rides Roller Coaster
  • Ubaldo Pesci's View of Wild Mouse

Issue 198 (August 2005)

Issue 199 (September 2005)

Issue 200 - 200 ISSUES! Andrew Willy Brugmann and Danny M. Bosch Lead Our 200th Issue Celebration (October 2005)

Issue 201 (November 2005)

Issue 202 - A 2005 Christmas (December 2005)

Issue 203 (January 2006)

Issue 204 (February 2006)

Issue 205 (March 2006)

Issue 206 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia... To Ride Goliath! (April 2006)

Issue 207 (May 2006)

Issue 208 - Oiê from Hopi Hari (June 2006)

  • Our Trip to Brazil to Visit Hopi Hari
  • Andrew Willy Brugmann Rides Montezum
  • Brazil Has It's Own Sesame Place at Hopi Hari - Vila Sésamo in Infantasia
  • Amalie Trausch Rides Katapul

Issue 209 (July 2006)

Issue 210 (August 2006)

Issue 211 (September 2006)

Issue 212 (October 2006)

Issue 213 (November 2006)

Issue 214 (December 2006)

Issue 215 - The Paramount Parks Become Part of the Six Flags Family (January 2007)

Issue 216 (Feburary 2007)

Issue 217 (March 2007)

Issue 218 (April 2007)

Issue 219 (May 2007)

Issue 220 (June 2007)

Issue 221 (July 2007)

Controversies

Firing of Coaster Studios (2018)

In January 2018, Coasters fired YouTuber Taylor Bybee [Coaster Studios] (who wrote editorals for the magazine) after he published a negative YouTube video in December 2017 about La Ronde in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Window Lifestyle Media stated that staff determined Coaster Studios' video to be insensitive towards Quebecois people (due to his complaints in the video about poutine and guests speaking French) and openly hostile towards the park. Many of Coaster Studios' fans declared this decision to be unfair, but Six Flags, the City of Montreal, The Theme Park Crew, and Theme Park Review all supported Coasters' decision.

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