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Reliable source discussion Edit

Per the above proposal about the future of this WikiProject, it has been mentioned having an in-house reliable source subpage would be useful to APARKS. As such, I've started a user space page for a draft of a list of reliable sources which can be found here (that anyone is free to edit, add, remove, etc.). I think we should have a general discussion here about commonly used or popular sources first as a jumpstart before we begin RS or Notability subpage(s), similar to those of other WikiProjects.

Below, there are a few sections of the names of websites that are popular/commonly used. Please comment on their reliability with Reliable, Unreliable or With considerations - please make sure to include reasonings. If this discussion becomes too long, please move it to another page. -- Harobouri TC (he/him) 16:21, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Another discussion of the future of WikiProject Amusement Parks is ongoing and input of participants is requested in the following section at the section: Implementing new ideas: Guides, new collaboration, visual makeover. -- Harobouri TC (he/him) 20:51, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There is a lot of input so far! Don't forget, though, there's still some added sources that do not have any consensus. While this discussion is still open, I expect our RS discussion wraps up before the season starts (April-May). Harobouri🎢🏗️ (he/him) 15:44, 4 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


For reference, RCDB can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally reliable, the RCDB contains pertinent information on hundreds of thousands of attractions from kiddie roller coasters to stratacoasters. I believe the RCDB is an invaluable source to WP:APARKS and Wikipedia because of the information provided by its 15 or so researchers, with Duane Marden essentially being the editor-in-chief. The database has a complete staff structure and is not user-generated. Not to mention RCDB's coverage on other reliable sources (such as The New York Times), the information on each page is generally reliable when compared to other public resources. It is mainly an integral database.
My concern, which I feel obligated to state, is there may be some incorrect information, as I previously noted on Kumba (roller coaster) with diff here. I believe the RCDB is most reliable when using its statistical data, make, model, type, characteristics (track, trains, details), name, location, pictures, videos, maps, definitions, terms, and other resources (things that are obvious). I am sometimes a bit wary of operation-specific dates, or notes (e.g. coming to mind from the reliable trade magazine Amusement Business stating the New Mexico Rattler was "95%" completed when CCI closed (ProQuest), while RCDB states "less than half complete" (RCDB - New Mexico Rattler). These are only two instances, which may be due to a typo or insufficient resources when these entries were put in place. I believe the RCDB can be used as a single source, but as with any citation work I do, I would use it with another source to present more than one avenue or reliable information. Adog (TalkCont) 17:44, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've also noticed typos over the years, and it's more common with older coasters that pre-dated the creation of the website. I think in Kumba's case, the 4/20/93 date claim by RCDB is referring to media preview day per this source. In any case, even the most reliable newspapers get statistics and dates wrong on occasion, which is why it's always a good idea to have important claims confirmed by at least two sources. --GoneIn60 (talk) 09:47, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I agree, I do not personally blame them considering they have 11,261 roller coasters (as of December 4, 2022) on the books, and it is a great community-rooted database. Always good to double check, and when it comes to statistics, I usually trust their numbers with another source. An example where I think they are right against RS is Jolly Rancher Remix, and the ride's total track length. Adog (TalkCont) 14:58, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally reliable - I agree with the above. RCDB is generally reliable because it's not user-generated, but it sometimes makes mistakes. I'd recommend using the RCDB in addition to another source is possible. Epicgenius (talk) 19:31, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Mostly reliable - As Adog mentioned, sometimes RCDB has some factual inaccuracies. I've also discovered an inaccuracy when trying to find sources for the layout of Pipeline: The Surf Coaster. The roller coaster only has 1 inversion, but listed the inversion as being both a corkscrew and horseshoe inversion. Despite this, I believe RCDB is reliable coming to ride statistics. Should use another source to confirm what RCDB says is factually correct. Harobouri TC (he/him) 20:00, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Worth noting that RCDB does rely in part on user submissions - I have personally suggested changes and sent in corrections. Though of course these are all vetted by Duane Marden before being added. Garuda3 (talk) 23:30, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Reliable – Generally more reliable than newspapers for statistical claims, and about on par with newspapers when it comes to dates. Like with a lot of major city newspapers, there will be the occasional statistical inaccuracy or flubbing of a date, especially with older coasters that opened and/or closed prior to the website's creation in 1996. The only problem is that newspapers tend to regurgitate and publish statistics given to them by the park (or read from their PR) and not confirmed by an independent source, so you always have to be careful with those as well when comparing to RCDB. For statistical differences, I tend to lean in favor of RCDB's claim. --GoneIn60 (talk) 09:47, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally reliable - The source is excellent for confirming if a ride exists or ever existed, and in most cases only creates entries for new rides when enough proof exists that the ride is indeed coming. Information in doubt is usually noted as such or simply left blank on a given attraction's entry. Statistics can sometimes come from marketing info, meaning WP:PRIMARY concerns may come into play. --McDoobAU93 14:11, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Reliable – Reliable for statistics and any other factual information. I have found inaccuracy with its arbitrary threshold for what is considered a unique rollercoaster vs an off-the-shelf model, as well as its designation of when a rollercoaster is worthy of addition onto RCDB or not. I would usually seek to clarify from other sources in these cases. --Aadams (talk) 13:44, 12 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

YouTube Edit

For reference, YouTube can be found here; comments go below here:

  • With considerations, for roller coaster articles, Unreliable in almost all other uses. YouTube should always and foremost be evaluated based on WP:YOUTUBE and WP:VIDEOREF. I, admittedly, use YouTube point-of-view (POV) videos for roller coaster articles to better present "Ride experience" sections, as most reliable sources will not give an account of the full layout of a roller coaster. The Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/SheiKra/archive2 comes to mind when I think about the reasoning behind using YouTube as a source in amusement park articles, mainly for roller coasters. When questioned about CoasterForce's POV being used as a source, the nominator stated:

This is POV of the ride. It can't be fake/modified. I don't think it should be removed because it provides the most detailed layout information. Also, I don't think it is OR by translating a video into words because the video clearly supports if the train is making a left or right (just as an example)...

— Dom497
I believe this is a perfect reason for a POV's inclusion through a YouTube video. So long as the POV has good quality, it is neutral, only features the POV (no commentary, extra footage, or other content), and comes from a verified account (such as Theme Park Review, CoasterForce, or the park's account), it seems like a viable option. I would even argue a video POV is an extension of MOS:ALT, as the "Ride experience" section, only for a roller coaster's layout, is essentially an alternative text to convey information found on a continuously moving image (i.e. the video). When giving more detailed information, such as statistics or a ride's element, another reliable source (such as RCDB) should be used with the YouTube source.
In all other cases, YouTube is generally unreliable. Although, I am sure interview's with a primary source (like those you would find about IAAPA) could be argued as a reliable source of information. Adog (TalkCont) 18:12, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I also think YouTube is generally unreliable, except for POVs and interviews. Ride POVs show the layout of a ride, which is a basic fact and not controversial, so they should be allowed. Interviews from reliable sources could also be acceptable. However, any video that includes analysis of a ride may not be reliable. Epicgenius (talk) 19:31, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally unreliable with few exceptions – If my goal was to elevate an article to GA and eventually FA status, I would avoid citing YouTube as much as possible. POVs are one possible exception, but even then, you'd want to complement the source with other reliable sources to reduce its weight. I'd argue that "Ride experience" sections covering the layout of the ride don't actually need any sources. Plot summaries of films and books that are in nearly every article of that type are known to be based on the primary source, and therefore citations are not needed in these sections. The same goes for coasters, IMO. The source is the coaster itself, which is publicly accessible. They deserve the same treatment as a plot summary.
    The other exception would be for interviews, as the others have mentioned, but only interviews conducted by sources that are deemed reliable by Wikipedia's standards. We need to be mindful of WP:RSSELF and WP:USERG, especially the part: "Self-published expert sources may be considered reliable when produced by an established expert on the subject matter, whose work in the relevant field has previously been published by reliable, independent publications".
    One other point. Unlike a standard "print" article online that can be archived with Wayback or, YouTube content cannot be as far as I'm aware. Since the video can be removed at any time by its creator, which is likely to eventually happen for POVs, there's no good way to archive that information, resulting in the YouTube POV being unreliable in the long term. Best to avoid. --GoneIn60 (talk) 10:10, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    This is an interesting take with a possible long-term solution to the longevity of video sources. I wonder how or if we could go about doing such a thing. Adog (TalkCont) 15:03, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Adog, thanks for the interest. I aim to archive every citation I use on Wikipedia, but video presents a complicated obstacle. Might be worth discussing options in a separate thread down the road. Technically, I can capture and archive the video myself if it's something I don't want to lose, but that's no help to Wikipedia of course, especially after I'm gone! --GoneIn60 (talk) 18:53, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I am sure once we conclude the reliability of some of these sources, we may start a YouTube discussion and create a guideline similar to MOS:TVPLOT. Adog (TalkCont) 17:58, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • As an addendum, I will also lump enthusiast personnel channels such as Coaster Studios, Midway Mayhem, ElToroRyan, Defunctland, Theme Park Stop, Coaster Bot, Theme Park History, Expedition Theme Park, among others as Unreliable or to avoid for opinions, reviews, rankings, & coverage. Although many of these individuals are well traveled and intentioned, some have great quality essays or videos, quality across the board is varied and are prone to errors. Some channels do not provide sources to their content, and sometimes rely on enthusiast legacy rumors. Not to mention copyright content that is contained within videos. Adog (TalkCont) 16:37, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Best avoided - Too much risk involved here, such as pages being flooded with video links that are mere speculation and wish-casting. If a reader wants to search YouTube on their own and make their own call, they will do so without our direction. --McDoobAU93 14:11, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Inside the Magic Edit

For reference, ITM can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Not reliable. Articles are mostly click bait — Preceding unsigned comment added by DisneyAviationRollerCoasterEnthusiast (talkcontribs)
  • Unreliable, like DisneyAviationRollerCoasterEnthusiast has mentioned, articles on there are prone to being clickbait. We should never use the title of the source to use to confirm something. They posted something (to my memory) when a ride (I forgot which ride) was planned to be closed for renovations and they made it sound like it was going to be permanently closed. Harobouri TC (he/him) 19:55, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
More specifically, some of their "news" content is ≤ half actual reporting and the other half or more is an (assuming unsponsored) promotion of the park, or its clearly unrelated. This is not something that just happened in the past and they fixed, its something they keep doing.
This recent article dated December 13, 2022 talks about a fire at SFGAm half of the time and then talks about Six Flags' operation of theme parks across the world and talks about SFGAm's operation of American Eagle by C+P content from their website. --Harbouri🎢🏗️ (he/himThis is an alt account) 20:19, 13 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Unreliable, although there does seem to be some essence of news coverage (construction updates), it is vastly overshadowed by opinion pieces and small updates you would find on a Disney vlog channel. Adog (TalkCont) 21:07, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Best to avoid – Reliability is there at times, but the website is full of intrusive advertising and is occasionally written like a tabloid. Not seeing anything here but opinions of facts reported by other sources, or simply a regurgitation of what other sources are reporting. Just use the other sources! --GoneIn60 (talk) 11:24, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • CLICKBAIT - Completely and utterly unreliable as previously stated. --McDoobAU93 14:11, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Best to avoid because it appears to be formatted as a blog with opinion pieces, minor trivia, and the occasional factual scoop. Unlike with trade publications such as Attractions Magazine, I'm not seeing any evidence that this website has an editorial control process. – Epicgenius (talk) 17:25, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Coaster101 Edit

For reference, C101 can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally Reliable, Coaster 101 is an online news organization focusing on the amusement park industry. The said organization has an outlined staff structure with a team of engineers, media and communication personnel, and correspondents. They are headed by two individuals and have a range of content from general information about roller coasters, news in the amusement industry, reviews on attractions, and interviews with industry professionals. Guest writers are sometimes used, but are published under the guidance of the staff individuals. Adog (TalkCont) 18:55, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • With consideration. I'm not sure how well some of the articles are researched. I have spotted some errors and found some inconsistencies. If they are quoting industry professionals, then the article should be reliable. However, they also write many opinion pieces, and I would avoid using any of those as a source.JlACEer (talk) 19:16, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally reliable per Adog. Epicgenius (talk) 19:31, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Reliable – As with any site, some publications could be questionable, but for the most part, I have found a majority of their content to be reasonably reliable. Works well as a complementary source. --GoneIn60 (talk) 11:27, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Theme Park Insider Edit

For reference, TPI can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally Reliable, the Theme Park Insider news website has a focus on the amusement industry; and has a staff structure with Robert Niles as its editor-in-chief. There are writers, some more notable than others, but it is assumed to be edited and published before release. Robert Niles has had coverage in reliable sources, as he likes to state on his about page. Niles has been quoted in Forbes, coverage in trade magazine AdWeek, and mentions in Travel & Leisure for its amusement park coverage. The website has a range of topics, from opinion pieces and news reports. Adog (TalkCont) 19:23, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Will change to With considerations given factual reporting, disregarding opinion pieces per below. Adog (TalkCont) 18:42, 8 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally reliable per Adog. Epicgenius (talk) 19:31, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • With consideration. I know that Niles has been quoted in various magazines and newspapers, but outside of Disney, I've never considered him to be very knowledgeable. Sure, he's made a name for himself and that's why others flock to him, but I don't think he's a very good source. I don't think he travels very much and I have never seen him at press or media events outside of the general Orlando area. If you need to know something about Disney World, he's the man. If it's not Disney, use caution. Much like Coaster101 and other websites, avoid opinion pieces.JlACEer (talk) 19:36, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Somewhat reliable, use with caution – I've seen a lot of content that simply post construction updates through pictures with a little speculation on what they mean. General commentary can be sketchy at times. I'm with JlACEer on this one. Avoid citing opinions and only use for factual representation that is shared by other sources. If other sources aren't talking about it, it probably isn't significant enough to warrant mention on Wikipedia. --GoneIn60 (talk) 11:32, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Attractions Magazine Edit

For reference, Attractions Magazine can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Reliable – They have been cited by other reliable publications, and I've cited them myself in a number of articles. --GoneIn60 (talk) 11:35, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Reliable - One of the few actual physical publications included here. That editorial oversight carries a LOT of weight for citations. --McDoobAU93 14:11, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally reliable per above. – Epicgenius (talk) 17:33, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Theme Park Review Edit

For reference, TPR can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally unreliable. Most, if not all, pages on TPR are Robb Alvey's personal commentary, more akin to a blog. The website even has the following disclaimer: "You need a sense of humor to view our site, if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!" I don't think people outside WP:APARKS would look highly on this site, either, since it's Alvey's personal website. Epicgenius (talk) 19:31, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally unreliable. Agreed. One thing that sticks out to me is he reuploads POV's of rides from official sources and uses them as his own. FlyersFan1969 (talk) 19:53, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I think that poses a bigger issue. If he's uploading other people's POVs without permission, then he is violating their copyright and we can't even link to these videos per WP:COPYLINK. – Epicgenius (talk) 20:27, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I could be wrong, but it may refer to POV's such as this one. Park promotional POV's that are posted and reuploaded by theme park channels. These would most definitely be copyright. Though, I think Alvey uploads his own POV's because you can hear him very loud and clear in many videos...such as the annoying "we are on a log flume". Adog (TalkCont) 20:46, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Yeah that's true, Alvey does upload his own POVs. I still would not recommend using them, though, since he always feels the need to talk about every single aspect of every single ride because of his extensive opinionated commentary. – Epicgenius (talk) 01:54, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Both statements are true. Adog (TalkCont) 03:43, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally unreliable. Sadly, Alvey is well-traveled and probably very knowledgeable, but instead of using that knowledge for the betterment of the enthusiast community, he prefers to be contemptible to appeal to his pitiable fan base.JlACEer (talk) 20:28, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally unreliable At least for the forums. Is it appropriate to use TPR photo pages as references like in Dorney Park? Garuda3 (talk) 20:34, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Unreliable – Nothing more than a personal blog full of opinions and enthusiast content. Not suitable for Wikipedia as a citation. --GoneIn60 (talk) 11:38, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Unreliable - It's always been a fan-site and chat blog, even before the drama started. --McDoobAU93 14:11, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Screamscape Edit

For reference, Screamscape can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Unreliable, given that Screamscape is a largely speculative source, as has been wrong about its information. Most prominently, with its coverage about Kumba (roller coaster) possibly closing (Web Archive May 12, 2022) - Screamscape (March 19, 2022). Adog (TalkCont) 18:30, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally unreliable. The site's About Us page says: "While is primarily the of work of myself, I do have help and information sent in from around the world." This suggests that it is Lance Hart's personal website and should be treated with a grain of salt. The news provided by this website may be reliable, as long as it has been verified by another source. However, other content such as rumors definitely should not be included on Wikipedia. Unfortunately, Screamscape's news coverage may be tainted by rumors, which is why I'm wary of using it as a reference. Epicgenius (talk) 19:31, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Unreliable, a lot of speculation and rumors and very most likely incorrect information. I've only used Screamscape as a source only once to mention the color of supports for Pipeline: The Surf Coaster because other than a Blogspot SPS, no other source has mentioned that the supports are white colored.Harobouri TC (he/him) 19:48, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Unreliable – And if I ever see a citation to Screamscape, it's getting removed! Violates WP:RSSELF and WP:CRYSTAL. If any of its speculation is ever worth including, a more reliable source will pick up on it. --GoneIn60 (talk) 11:42, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Borderline - While Screamscape generally is an individual's personal work, he does occasionally cite other sources to support his posts. So, when used to find another source, Screamscape can be useful (but only when the linked source is deemed reliable and is cited directly). If no source is given, should be treated as rumor and speculation. --McDoobAU93 14:11, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    McDoobAU93, it's a good point, as I have used Screamscape personally for those reasons trying to locate a good source. But in regard to Wikipedia, I'm not citing Screamscape for anything. If they list a reliable source, I'm citing that reliable source directly. If it's a statement from a reliable source that hasn't been published anywhere else, it stays out of Wikipedia, because we can deem that as insignificant. --GoneIn60 (talk) 18:57, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ultimate Rollercoaster Edit

For reference, Ultimate Rollercoaster can be found here and Ultimate Waterpark can be found here. They are both connected entities, comments go below here:

  • Reliable. May not be up to date, but Eric Gieszl has been maintaining this site for a long time and over the years I have found it to be well-researched and fairly reliable.JlACEer (talk) 19:41, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Occasionally unreliable. Best to avoid or use with caution – On a number of occasions over the years, I've had to remove citations to this source for questionable claims that either couldn't be found in other sources or for claims that contradicted other sources, such as RCDB. While I can see why someone might have it as a personal bookmark, I would not advise citing it on Wikipedia. Most experienced editors, especially in an FA review, will take one look at this site and get the immediate impression it is a personal website. They will question its status as reliable, and for good reason. In nearly every case, the information they provide can be found in better sources. The one exception for me would be old press releases. They have a decent archive of hard-to-find PRs from some parks, and I've found those to be helpful. --GoneIn60 (talk) 10:46, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • With considerations, Ultimate Rollercoaster has flaws, more-so evenly with others, but its usually more reliable. I would cite it with supporting reliable sources, and try to avoid information that can be verified elsewhere. Adog (TalkCont) 17:54, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Mouse Trap Edit

For reference, The Mouse Trap can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Very unreliable - I've included this only to confirm (and link in the RS table) that this satirical source should never be used. Personally, some of their content is funny but should never, ever be used for article content. They've also confirmed themselves that they are satire news here. Harobouri TC (he/him) 19:40, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Behind the Thrills Edit

For reference, BTH can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Somewhat reliable, use with caution – If we had tiers of reliability, with Tier 1 being the most reliable, this site would probably be a Tier 3. In some instances, it appears to be a glorified blog offering personal accounts/opinions coupled with on-site photos. In other cases, they include quotes from park administrative staff and present things from an objective viewpoint. I've noticed some intrusive advertising as well that cover the page until you click past. For that reason, I would mostly steer clear, but it can be a decent source. --GoneIn60 (talk) 13:29, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • With considerations regarding some objective construction and general amusement news (such as IAAPA coverage). I have found their coverage of certain attractions reliable, as they provide helpful photos and updates. Though, I would be wary of content such as this. Behind the Thrills appears to have some semblance of staff structure, but it remains unclear when a first-name basis is used at times. That being said, they have a timeline of the article's authors have written. In addition, in their "About" section (scrolling all the way to the bottom of the front page), they do state they post rumors. I credit coverage with tangible assets with photos or images that can verify an observation. Adog (TalkCont) 15:27, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Amusement Insider Edit

For reference, AI can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Unreliable, despite its well-sounded name, the information that can be found on Amusement Insider is primarily a guide to amusement parks, videos on trips, and video reviews. Founded by Austin Rdzanek, who is the apparent owner of Behind the Thrills, its mainly a platform for videos, which we would not consider reliable. The news section redirects to BTH website. Adog (TalkCont) 18:42, 8 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Theme Park Tourist Edit

For reference, TPT can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally Unreliable, the website is run by Natalie Sim, who co-founded the 'news' service with Nick Sim until his death in 2016. Most of the articles (a good majority), are written by Sim herself, with some staff writing as well. They do post rumors about projects, and act more on the side of a blog than a news publishing service with guides thrown about, about Disney or Universal. It does not convey a broad scope of coverage with its service, with a main focus on the Orlando theme park area, specifically the two giants. Adog (TalkCont) 15:42, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Questionable – Can be reliable. While you will usually find better sources to cite, some articles are well-written and researched. Coaster101 actually recommends the source for news and articles (link), and they have been name-dropped by reliable sources such as TheStreet and Tampa Bay Times. However, I would only cite as a complementary source for speculation and opinion. --GoneIn60 (talk) 09:40, 18 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

blooloop Edit

For reference, blooloop can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally reliable staffed by those who used to work in the industry.DisneyAviationRollerCoasterEnthusiast (talk) 22:06, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally reliable. Although the publication is targeted toward those in the amusement industry, it seems to have some sort of editorial process and staffed by industry journalists. – Epicgenius (talk) 01:52, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Reliable – Professional presentation with well-written articles that appear to undergo an editorial process. --GoneIn60 (talk) 13:21, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Theme Park Tribune Edit

For reference, TPT can be found here; comments go below here:

  • With considerations for now, I've used this source here and there some times, and TPT isn't speculative or based off of rumors. However, it is a WP:SPS, as John Gregory is the main (only) contributor of all TPT articles. Might change my view point once a second or third opinion has been made. Harobouri TC (he/him) 23:46, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Somewhat reliable – Professional presentation with informative articles, as shown in this piece. I share the same concern as Harobouri, however, that this is mostly a one-man show. However, Gregory has been recognized as a subject-matter expert from other reliable sources, so I think his content would pass the WP:SPS litmus test. --GoneIn60 (talk) 13:40, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • With considerations when placed with a more reliable or well-established source, and depending on who the writer is. With the sentiment above, it is mostly a one-man show. I did find another contributor, Ethan, who seems more of an enthusiast than an established writer and whose reporting is more-or-less like a blog on speculation and primary observation. I would trust Gregory a bit more, as his about page is more professional sounding than Theme Park Magazine. He has established credentials in writing, the media, and with other outlets. Older reporting include an author from the Orlando Sentinel, Terry Roen and another. Adog (TalkCont) 18:42, 8 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Coaster Nation Edit

For reference, Coaster Nation can be found here; comments go below here:

Comment A lot, but not all, of their content and articles are created by Dan Hower. However, they have a Join Our Team section which states that interested writers should have "familiarity with AP Style for writing or for the media". Harobouri TC (he/him) 23:46, 3 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Best to avoid, Coaster Nation seems fine for an enthusiast-run webpage, with its news section really headlines another reliable source would pick up. Hower's background does not pertain to the amusement industry in full, besides a stint at the BTH network. If there is another reliable source I would use it, as this is a nice enthusiast website for directory news. Adog (TalkCont) 18:42, 8 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Parkz Edit

For reference, Parkz can be found here; comments go below here:

Comment - A lot of their recent articles are mainly Australian theme park press releases. Harobouri TC (he/him) 17:10, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • With considerations for some aspects of news where commentary is not primarily used, Best to avoid their database. I found Parkz pretty reliable when they covered DC Rivals HyperCoaster, as their reporting (Richard Wilson) was similar to reliable sources. Such as this piece, there can be points where reporting is essentially just photos and commentary, would avoid these. Finding a listed writers/authors page is hard to find when the staff page only states, "Our editorial team provides expert insight from around the globe". Due diligence is needed for using this website. There is a database for rides, but I would avoid this for two reasons. One, personal reviews can be added to this by anyone (see WP:USERGENERATED). Two, although the database is moderated, it can be made up by user submissions. Adog (TalkCont) 18:42, 8 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

OurWorlds Edit

For reference, OW can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Best to avoid, for reasons of nearly being a WP:SPS & WP:SPONSORED. OurWorlds is a very professional-looking publication covering Australian amusement park news, and I find their articles to be generally reliable when it comes to reporting. The major ref flag I saw here was on their about page, which states, "We welcome media invites for consideration, as do we encourage sponsored content and collaborations with brands". To whom or what is sponsored, I do not know, as it does not have any clear indications on the articles. This makes it even worse when it comes to reviews, as it is entirely possible it is sponsored. More recently, the website is published by Ben Roache, who seems professional. Not many writers in this newsroom as of late, so best to avoid it because of the problems above. Adog (TalkCont) 16:13, 9 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

CoasterForce Edit

For reference, CF can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Best to avoid as CoasterForce, by its own merit, is a roller coaster enthusiast community. They have many useful pages for roller coaster junkies or enthusiasts, or "goons" (please never use that). On their about page, there is some semblance of staff structure, but you will not find it on any of the news posts as they are all without a stated author/writer. I am sure their Coaster Info pages are helpful to some degree of research, but they do not cite any sources, which makes any content questionable. Records you could easily substitute for RCDB, with personal records not verified on the page itself. Accidents could have some usefulness as it does cite its sources. Most definitely avoid the glossary or forum for any reliability, as it is WP:FANCRUFT and WP:USERGENERATED. Adog (TalkCont) 17:16, 7 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Amusement Park Warehouse Edit

For reference, APW can be found here; comments go below here:

Coaster Buzz Edit

For reference, CB can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally Unreliable, as a database/blog/forum. Coaster Buzz is authored by Jeff Putz, with another website having a tell-all about the subject. Coaster Buzz is a "database" and "news" website that is funded by members or outside advertising. Putz as an authored subject has seen some media recognition NPR, but much of the website is not a great source of info and acts like a personal log for the individual. The news is small headlines or a sentence or two, maybe a press release from the actual source. The database has errors, such as Python opening in 1977 (opened in 1976), or Gwazi (one side), had four vehicles. I know he means four vehicles for the entire Gwazi roller coaster, but if we cited that others would not. RCDB is a better complete source, and the news you can find on said websites. Adog (TalkCont) 17:16, 7 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

News Plus Notes Edit

For reference, NPN can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Somewhat reliable, use with caution – Similar to Theme Park Insider regarding construction updates/photos and speculative commentary, all of which I would use caution on. However, they tend to cover amusement park news from all over, and I have cited them many times in the past. Generally reliable but should be assessed as needed on a case-by-case basis. --GoneIn60 (talk) 18:33, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • With considerations, for contemporary news, but generally Unreliable for questionable oversight in the reporting in its early history. They seem to have done their homework, looking into topics such as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. They interview primary sources and present information well enough to be used as a media-published source, concerning roller coaster construction over the years and updates such as Montu's repaint.
I would deem this source unreliable for its past reporting and things they did not directly report on themselves. For one, this is posted on Blogger; it is very much an enthusiast blog run by three individuals: a self-described "amusement industry junkie" and a couple in the social work industry. Besides the obvious WP:SPS issue, it would seem there is a lack of editorial oversight on older reporting, such as Drachen Fire, which is likely false and possibly facilitated a citogensis incident with our article on Drachen Fire and the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily online news source. If true, it is a tad embarrassing. I would use a reliable source over this one but consider using it for specific updates and reports on construction where verified and has citations. Adog (TalkCont) 17:16, 7 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WDW News Today Edit

For reference, WDWNT can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Utterly unreliable - Only notable thing about this site is it actually elicited a response out of Disney itself debunking its reporting. Please don't give it any bandwidth or consideration for sourcing. --McDoobAU93 19:47, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Unreliable, will agree with the above. Having a conflict with the company in your organization's name is not a great look for reliability, much so, as having a rumor dispelled. Much of the content (including its YouTube aspect), covers many minor changes that only the most addicted Disney fan would like to know, such as road sign color changes or Florida man news. Updates are covered so often that it would not be worth noting all of them if you wrote an article about an attraction's construction, and are not verified by the Walt Disney company. Articles are written more to the effect of getting clicks, even if the report is noteworthy to cite. Unless you really want to know about new sheathing and plaster that were added to a rumored attraction's facade, I think we can pass on this being on Wikipedia. Adog (TalkCont) 00:00, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

InPark Magazine Edit

For reference, IPM can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally Reliable, as the InPark Magazine appears to be different from the other listed news sources. IPM is not so much from an enthusiast's perspective, but one similar to other trade publications such as Amusement Today or Funworld Magazine. The staff appear to be reliable authors, all with backgrounds in the amusement industry, some previously of the Themed Entertainment Association. They do include guest writers who have credentials in the entertainment industry. IPM is multi-media, with books, a news org., and a regular print of featured amusement topics. From the articles I have read, it seems to be accurate. A flaw is that news articles will tend to be authored by the magazine, not by an individual author, making it harder to know who authored the publishing. Adog (TalkCont) 17:12, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Theme Park Magazine Edit

For reference, TPM can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally Unreliable for now, possibly with considerations in the following years if revisited. Theme Park Magazine has the look and feel of a reliable news website, but with a few red flags. The first is that the cite was founded in 2021, and is sponsored by The Great Oregon Steam-Up. Second, the news magazine is primarily published under the guise of Joe Tracy, the editor-at-large, resembling that of an WP:SPS. However, to his credit, he has guest writers, but the con is there are mostly (if not all) made up of freelance writers, who can publish on the platform as "it helps build your expertise". The two writers I found were an enthusiast (see below) and another freelance writer in biology and journalism. According to Tracy's Linkedin, many aspects of the magazine are "in development". Given time, this could be developed into a host of reliable information, but at present, it has to go through some growing pains to get established.
Side note: A personal gripe with statistics, but a writer wrote on the topic I also researched (Jolly Rancher Remix), and used the figure of 105 feet that the park similarly has on its official web page; rather than the given 115 feet used by RS upon opening 1, 2, 3 or the precise 116.5 feet the manufacture listed for its boomerang model. It does not seem likely that the ride is 105 feet tall, as very older reports suggested only when the ride was announced. Theme park websites also vary statistics between boomerang models. It is a small gripe, but trying nonetheless when the site has "Hours of research (that) goes into writing the article with more information, insights, and depth". Adog (TalkCont) 01:30, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Captain Coaster Edit

For reference, CC can be found here; comments go below here:

Coasters World Edit

For reference, CW can be found here; comments go below here:

Johnnyupsidedown Edit

For reference, JUD can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Best to avoid, as there is a clear case of personal journaling. If there were an explicit use of WP:SPS, this would be your website. John Wiencek seems to be a well-traveled enthusiast who covers some construction, trips, and personal projects on his website. I find his reporting to be generally reliable, with good photos taken during construction projects. There are some portfolios where he was more active than others, but he does cite reliable figures in instances of media tours. Generally, his photos are accompanied by commentary about what happened between x and y dates, similar to a Midway Mayhem video posted on a website. His information is useful, but I am sure reliable sources could publish these same logs, and best avoided for now unless accompanied by another reliable source. Adog (TalkCont) 16:13, 9 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Coaster Critic Edit

For reference, CC can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Reliable – The author, Joel Bullock, is a subject-matter expert that has been interviewed/recognized by reputable sources. Cite with confidence. --GoneIn60 (talk) 03:16, 7 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • With considerations for news reporting and reviews; avoiding "showdowns", trip reports, or "coasterology" and the like. Joel seems to be an established self-described Coaster Critic with many reviews of attractions and coverage from reliable sources. I am sure his reviews may be acceptable, maybe even news when paired with a reliable source. Others write for the website, such as Bobbie, Jon, or Eric to name a few. I would give due consideration to these authors, as they are lesser known. The website is very much an enthusiast blog, with content like this that should never appear in an article. I would be ok with their coasterology (especially with their views on "hybrid-roller coasters" becoming more mainstream), but very unsure of its reliability if it were to be an authoritative source on the matter. Adog (TalkCont) 17:34, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Roller Coaster Philosophy Edit

For reference, RCP can be found here; comments go below here:

Coaster Net Edit

For reference, CN can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Best to avoid and generally Unreliable, Coaster Net has their news headlines with full stories available on reliable sources websites or redirects to unreliable enthusiast blogs. CN has a basic staff structure, with some enthusiast milestone credentials. Looking at the owner's Twitter is an eyesore like PatP-owner Bob; it does not strike me as professional. There are better sources out there. Adog (TalkCont) 17:34, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Point Buzz Edit

For reference, PB can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally Unreliable as with Coaster Buzz. A lot of the news is headlines or redirected to more reliable sources. I think we can pass on Point Buzz. Adog (TalkCont) 17:34, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Attraction Source Edit

For reference, AS can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Seems reliable - Several of the articles about rollercoasters under construction have references to the appropriate recently-submitted planning documents, some archives of former attractions with photos of them, and some information about the construction processes of other rides also have some photographic evidence. As a sidenote, TowersTimes is part of AS, but specifically with info about Alton Towers instead of UK theme parks in general. 🔥HOTm̵̟͆e̷̜̓s̵̼̊s̸̜̃🔥 (talkedits) 16:03, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Generally Reliable, if not, with an established source for acceptable reporting on news, construction, or history. I am not too familiar with UK theme parks and news, so if someone is, please back up or counter my observations. Attraction Source seems to have an established team of web designers, 'creators', and media personnel. They cover various topics, from trip reports, news, construction in the making, guides, and more. I would most definitely avoid guides and trip reports, these would not fly in an article for factual reporting. They seem to have a good breakdown for upcoming attractions through their paperwork. Professional appearance and reporting appear valid. Adog (TalkCont) 17:34, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pixels at the Park Edit

For reference, PatP can be found archived here; comments go below here:

  • Best to avoid Pixels at the Park as being an enthusiast account of construction updates of central Florida theme parks. PatP closed sometime in the 2010s as fast as it was started, and I had noticed them in the past for their reporting on Busch Gardens Tampa construction. Their team was made up of general enthusiast reporters that were slowly tacked on during the years. Reporting seems reasonably reliable, but it is one of those situations where the construction updates were commonplace that it is not encyclopedic to utilize. Best leave this in the internet archive for enthusiasts to enjoy, not the encyclopedia.
Addendum, their owner, Bob, also raves to different companies over Twitter about minute nonsensical garbage. Seems like reporting was better time served than complaining about a hostess at Cracker Barrel. Adog (TalkCont) 17:34, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

InterPark Edit

For reference, IP can be found here; comments go below here:

  • Generally Reliable, as InterPark is an established magazine with ties in the amusement industry, being a business-to-business consortium. Their reporting appears to be reliable, with a print magazine on international theme park topics, including the Middle East and China, which is fairly unique for a public magazine on the amusement industry (also makes a tremendous page-flipping sound). A lot of the online face-valued content is handled by a David Whitworth having an established background in sports, news, and editorial oversight. Adog (TalkCont) 17:34, 17 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

One of your project's articles has been selected for improvement! Edit


Please note that Kiddie ride, which is within this project's scope, has been selected as one of the Articles for improvement. The article is scheduled to appear on Wikipedia's Community portal in the "Articles for improvement" section for one week, beginning today. Everyone is encouraged to collaborate to improve the article. Thanks, and happy editing!
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Tron Lightcycle article Edit

Tron Lightcycle Power Run was named after the first coaster that opened in Shanghai Disneyland. Now that the second installation has a different version of the name, should we look at moving this article to something like Tron Lightcycle (roller coaster)? I could maybe see Tron Lightcycle Run as well, since both rides have a slightly different variation of that name. Plus sources like this one use that exact phrasing. Thoughts? -- GoneIn60 (talk) 04:28, 22 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re-organization of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor article Edit

I've opened a discussion on the talk page (link) about addressing multiple issues within the article about the chain, and would like the input of members from WikiProject Amusement Parks. Thanks! --Harobouri🎢🏗️ (he/him) 19:11, 27 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Flag removal Edit

Please feel free to weigh in at Talk:List of roller coaster rankings#Flag removal with your thoughts on whether flags belong or should be removed from lists such as this one. Thank you. --GoneIn60 (talk) 19:20, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Project-independent quality assessments Edit

Quality assessments are used by Wikipedia editors to rate the quality of articles in terms of completeness, organization, prose quality, sourcing, etc. Most wikiprojects follow the general guidelines at Wikipedia:Content assessment, but some have specialized assessment guidelines. A recent Village pump proposal was approved and has been implemented to add a |class= parameter to {{WikiProject banner shell}}, which can display a general quality assessment for an article, and to let project banner templates "inherit" this assessment.

No action is required if your wikiproject follows the standard assessment approach. Over time, quality assessments will be migrated up to {{WikiProject banner shell}}, and your project banner will automatically "inherit" any changes to the general assessments for the purpose of assigning categories.

However, if your project decides to "opt out" and follow a non-standard quality assessment approach, all you have to do is modify your wikiproject banner template to pass {{WPBannerMeta}} a new |QUALITY_CRITERIA=custom parameter. If this is done, changes to the general quality assessment will be ignored, and your project-level assessment will be displayed and used to create categories, as at present. Aymatth2 (talk) 13:53, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

FA review: Iron Gwazi Edit

Adog has submitted Iron Gwazi for FA review and could use a couple more participants! If you have time to pitch in, please add your comments at WP:Featured article candidates/Iron Gwazi/archive1. Thank you! GoneIn60 (talk) 19:03, 17 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Just providing an update that the article passed the FA review and will be listed as Today's featured article on September 25, 2023. Congrats to Adog for the time and effort involved in getting this promoted! --GoneIn60 (talk) 15:51, 5 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Requested move at Talk:Safari Off Road Adventure#Requested move 7 June 2023 Edit


There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Safari Off Road Adventure#Requested move 7 June 2023 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. Captain Jack Sparrow (talk) 12:00, 22 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

AFD at Vichy Water Park Edit

There's an AFD out there at WP:Articles for deletion/Vichy Water Park. I thought y'all at Wikiproject Amusement Parks might be interested in this. — Prodraxis {talkcontributions} (she/her) 00:29, 30 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A pre-alpha implementation of APARKS new tabs Edit

Hey everyone! Who ever is here or around. In my sandbox, User:Adog/sandbox2, I have finally finished a general type-out of some of the rough-rough ideas from here, and here. It took six months right? I did not put in the new UI GoneIn60 created into the sandbox yet, however, you can view that right here. In the sandbox, you can find two new banners, a research guide, a perennial sources list, a start to some new changes to the collaboration tab (maybe the barnstars can be merged or a two-level system), and finally the thing that needs to most scrutinization: a non-official APARKS notability guide. I took most of the ideas from previous discussions, and from my readings on guide after guide. It is mostly aimed at new users, and attempts to solve some problems regarding the limbo system of information inclusion. If anything is wrong, feel free to edit it for anything: grammar, functional idea changes, an idea you wanna throw in there, delete whatever does not feel right. Hopefully these can be rolled out by the end of the year, and what else we have not thought of yet.

Forewarn, it is a lot of information. If you are not into that stuff skip this post, but, I would appreciate your help with our project's future. Adog (TalkCont) 11:26, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Draft:American Heartland Theme Park Edit

I recently created a draft for the planned American Heartland Theme Park. Any help would be appreciated. Thriley (talk) 04:57, 3 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Thriley: Hey! I heard about this recently. I am not sure if there is much to add. The amusement park was just announced, and, as such, plans can change massively. It might need to be draft-ified until construction starts because amusement parks can fail before anything physically happens and would not likely pass WP:GNG at this time. Adog (TalkCont) 02:35, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]