European Coaster Club: FIRST DROP.

Below is a summary of the articles and reports that have appeared in FIRST DROP (including the five 'Last Drip' / 'Last Drop' April Fools' Day editions and 'ECC On Tour' brochure), which features much more than can be detailed here. This page has been made possible with the kind assistance of the ECC.
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FD097[Magazine: March 2014. 21x30cm – 68 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner – members have their say +ECC Benelux is launched. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood’s 2013 travels). Parks of the United Arab Emirates (a travel guide to: Wonderland, Al Nasr Leisureland, Sega Republic, Wild Wadi, Global Village, Antic’s Land, Adventureland, Jungle Bungle, Saqr Public Park, Fun City, Hili Fun Centre, Sparky’s Khalidiyah Mall, Sparky’s Mazyad Mall, and Ferrari World). “Ring°Racer” reports. Brazilian Party Buffets: small coasters of Funny Days, Cakky Balaco, Spazio Arcobaleno, and Spasso Splash. North Korea revisited: Taesongsan Funfair, Mangyongdae Funfair, Kaeson Youth Park, and Rungna Islet People’s Pleasure Grounds. Reports: Adventure World’s (Australia) “Abyss,” Fujikyu Highland’s (Japan) “Moonsault Scramble” remembered, China Dinosaurs Park (China) “Dinoconda,” The new trains on Nagashima Spaland’s (Japan) “Steel Dragon 2000,” and Sun Park’s (China) “Crazy Skateboard”. 24 pages of worldwide news +IAAPA 2013, woodie planned for Ireland’s Tayto Park, Liseberg’s “Helix” latest, etc. Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]


FD098[Magazine: October 2014. 21x30cm – 56 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner (+trips’ schedules, members’ Ton Ups and park remarks). Park and ride reports: Liseberg’s “Helix” and the Helix story (a 10-page feature +rider reviews), Cedar Point’s Gemini Plaza, Il Tempo Extra Gigante at Hunderfossen Familiepark, and Goliath at Six Flags Great America. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood’s 2013 travels – Part 2). New for 2014 (a list of 160+ new roller coasters). Ride reports continued: Banshee at Kings Island, Sky Scream at Holiday Park, and Flug der Dämonen at Heide Park. On Track news: 16 pages of worldwide news +Tayto Park’s wooden roller coaster going ahead, Ring°Racer for sale, Kolmården Zoo’s Wildfire coaster and Bamses Värld, Vidám Park reborn, Fantasy Island in administration, Six Flags’ 2015 plans, Margate’s Scenic Railway rebuild begins, Holiday World’s “Thunderbird” latest, Carowinds’ “Fury 325”, Hansa Park’s “Kärnan,” etc.). Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]


FD099[Magazine: March 2015. 21x30cm – 84 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner +Chairman’s column, trips’ news, members’ ton ups and ECC Benelux column. Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks at the work of Rocky Mountain Construction). Ride reports and reviews: Phantasialand’s Chiapas, Portaventura’s Angkor Adventure, Vialand and Moi Park (an 8-page feature on Turkey’s newest parks and their attractions), Coney Island New York’s Thunderbolt, Dollywood’s FireChaser Express, Nigloland’s Alpina Blitz, Universal Studios’ Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Kentucky Kingdom’s Lightning Run, Euro Park’s Battle of Blue Fire (+other China Euro Park coasters), Story Land’s Roar-O-Saurus, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. On Track news: 34 pages of worldwide news +Margate Dreamland update, IAAPA 2014 news from all the major manufacturers, Gravity Group’s Switchback coaster at ZDT’s Amusement Park and the Cú Chulainn Coaster at Tayto Park in Ireland, Djurs Sommerland’s Bondegårds Land, Efteling’s “Baron 1898 Dive Coaster” latest, Hansa Park’s “Kärnan” latest, etc.). Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]


FD100[Magazine: May 2016. 21x30cm – 200 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club merchandise page. Club Corner +Chairman’s column, ECC Benelux column, trips’ news, members’ remarks, members’ ton ups +George Greenway rides his 2,600th coaster! Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood reflects on his involvement with the Club). De Waarbeek’s “Rodelbaan” is the world’s oldest steel coaster +review. Virtual Reality Coasters (a 5-page feature). The Genetics of Roller Coasters (is coaster enthusiasm in your genes?). Margate’s Dreamland (14 pages: a history +how Dreamland and the Scenic Railway were saved). The Coasters of Myanmar and Cambodia (6 pages). The Coasters of Caucasus and Iran (10 pages). The Coasters of Pasto, Colombia (2 pages). The making of Dollywood’s “Mystery Mine” (a 6-page feature). Lang Wheels of Hillingdon in Middlesex (2 pages). Parque Interama (12 pages: the rise and fall of Argentina’s amusement park). Portrait of the Enthusiast (why are Club members so passionate?). Romon U-Park (4 pages about China’s new park). The making of Quassy’s “Wooden Warrior” (a 6-page feature). Growing Up in a Theme Park (4 pages: Europa-Park’s Michael Mack tells all). Ai Pioppi (4 pages about the Italian park and its unique rides). Vekoma – Space Warp (a 2-page insight). Action Park (4 pages about the former New Jersey park and its rides). B&M 100 (a 12-page feature showcasing all 100 Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters). Ride reports and reviews: Efteling’s “Baron 1898”, Lagoon’s “Cannibal”, Six Flags Mexico’s “Medusa Steel Coaster”, Buwalda’s travelling “XXL Spinning Coaster”, ZDT’s “Switchback” (6 pages +Donny Donhauser interview), Cavallino Matto’s “Freestyle” (4 pages +TOGO feature), Holiday World’s “Thunderbird”, Suzuka Circuit’s “Adventure Drive”, Knoebels’ “Impulse”, Nagashima Spaland’s “Acrobat”, Carowinds’ “Fury 325”, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s “Twisted Colossus”, Gardaland’s “Oblivion – The Black Hole”, PowerPark’s “Junker”, Six Flags New England’s “Wicked Cyclone”, and Adventureland’s “Turbulence”. Tayto Park’s “Cú Chulainn” reviews +an interview with general manager Charles Coyle (a 20-page feature). [visit ECC]


FD101[Magazine: February 2017. 21x30cm – 84 Pages – Full colour]. Chapter Points: Credits. Editorial. Club Corner +Chairman’s column, Troy roller coaster marathon, trips’ news, members’ ton ups, members’ reviews and park remarks. Ride reports and members’ reviews: Timber! at Walibi Rhône-Alpes, Lost Gravity at Walibi Holland, Taron and Raik at Phantasialand, The Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure, Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom, Pulsar at Walibi Belgium, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train at Thorpe Park, Wildfire at Kolmården, Lightning Rod at Dollywood (12 pages: +Wildfire and Lightning Rod compared). Horwood Coastering (Michael Horwood looks back on his 2014, 2015 and 2016 travels). Ride reports and reviews continued: The Monster at Adventureland, Drifting Coaster at the European Fairs. On Track news: 18 pages of worldwide news +Alton Towers’ wooden coaster latest, Blackpool Pleasure Beach “Construction MMXVIII” update, Europa-Park’s water park expansion, and what else is new for 2017, 2018 and beyond. Club merchandise page. [visit ECC]