News

Ride reviewer on a roll

Trying out the new Aussie World Giant Redback ride are Nolan Libero (left), Robb Alvey and Douglas Akers.
Trying out the new Aussie World Giant Redback ride are Nolan Libero (left), Robb Alvey and Douglas Akers. Cade Mooney

SOME people hold on tight until their knuckles go white.

Others close their eyes, let the wind run through their hair and let out the occasional “whooo”.

But Robb Alvey says the best way to enjoy a rollercoaster ride is to throw your hands in the air and squeal with delight.

And he should know. The 40-year-old American is a professional theme park reviewer.

Yesterday, he took an international tour group of about 40 to Aussie World to trial the Sunshine Coast's thrills and spills.

The group gave the Glenview theme park's new ride, the Giant Redback, which opens to the public today, a big thumbs-up.

“Imagine a giant circular plate that has seats facing outwards,” he said.

“Basically, it lifts up and spins very fast.

“It is very exciting.

“Overall, we loved Aussie World. It is family friendly and there are no long waits for rides.

“The old-fashioned wooden roller coaster was great.”

Robb started his blog Theme Park Review in 1996 with his wife Elissa and it has since become an internet sensation.

They now take tour groups across the globe with their four-year-old daughter.

Despite riding almost 1500 different rollercoasters in their time, no one has yet been sick.

“Yes, I think my daughter thinks mum and dad have the best jobs in the world. I agree, we do,'' Robb said.

“Some people tour the world catching sporting matches or rock concerts. For us, it is rollercoasters.

“My wife and I have always worked in the theme-park industry.

“At Disneyland I have done everything from line work to video game design.”

Robb said his group was planning to trial up to 18 rollercoasters in 11 days.

“In your country it is a focus on quality not quantity,” he said.

“One other thing I have noticed is that everyone is pleasant.”

THREE OF THE WILDEST RIDES

Robb's three most memorable rollercoaster rides

Expedition GeForce: It is one of the largest roller coasters in Europe and has an 82 degree first drop.

Superman ride of steel: It features a 63 metre lift hill, a 67 metre drop, and about 1.6km of track.

T Express Korea: Has the steepest first drop for a wooden coaster in the world and ranks as one of the tallest, fastest and longest as well.


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Workmates credited with saving man from certain death

THANK YOU: Bruce O'Grady in the centre with (clockwise from left) Trent Court, Chris Aiken, Dale Ward and Scott Blackwell.

BRUCE O’Grady does not remember the morning of January 25, 2016.

Milestone unveiling for Orion

NOW OPEN: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale officially opens Orion Springfield Central's Stage 2 exapansion with Mirvac's CEO and managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz.

Centre celebrates stage two completion

Ignoring skin cancer will only end painfully

Mayor Paul Pisasale goes under the knife to have a basal cell carcinoma removed.Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Half of the state's adult population sunburnt at least once a year

Latest deals and offers

Woman in court to see the man who put her in a wheelchair

AN ICE junkie who led police on a wild high-speed chase before crashing into a parked semi-trailer injuring five people has been jailed.

Workmates credited with saving man from certain death

THANK YOU: Bruce O'Grady in the centre with (clockwise from left) Trent Court, Chris Aiken, Dale Ward and Scott Blackwell.

BRUCE O’Grady does not remember the morning of January 25, 2016.

Milestone unveiling for Orion

NOW OPEN: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale officially opens Orion Springfield Central's Stage 2 exapansion with Mirvac's CEO and managing director Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz.

Centre celebrates stage two completion

Ignoring skin cancer will only end painfully

Mayor Paul Pisasale goes under the knife to have a basal cell carcinoma removed.Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Half of the state's adult population sunburnt at least once a year

Young dancers wow circus judges

WELL DONE: Dancers from The Studio of Performing Arts Springfield placed in second at the Australian Circus Festival in Sydney.

Performers impress at Australian Circus Festival

Queensland's worst traffic crawl spots revealed

Traffic congestion on the Ipswich motorway

RACQ says congestion has to end with better alternatives provided

RACQ releases SE Qld's worst choke points

Paul Turner, RACQ

Paul Turner from RACQ talks about our worst roads at peak time.

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances