My travels this year began with a two week business trip to Taiwan. There were only two days when it didn't rain, and fortunately both of those were across the weekend, allowing me to finally complete the known coasters in the country on my fourth attempt.
In March, Megan and I made a ten day trip taking in Bangladesh, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. The trip was not entirely successful, as the Schwarzkopf Katapult in Muscat was closed due to a technical problem, but we got to do a lot of interesting rides including the brand new Flying Aces which had premiered just two weeks before.
In April, we went to the Netherlands to try out Lost Gravity, also shoehorning in a side trip to a fair in Germany. That weekend ended in a rather unsettling fashion when the indicators failed on my rental car, but fortunately we made it back to the airport without incident.
In May we took a ten day trip to mainland Europe, starting with a weekend in France for a few rides on Timber, before flying to Vienna and working our way by road to Kraków. This gave us an opportunity to catch Olympia Looping in its temporary home in Austria.
In June I managed to shoehorn a few park visits into a business trip to the United States, and due more to luck than judgment I managed a front seat on the second public train on Joker right before I had to leave for the airport. On the same trip I made a somewhat embarrassing three and a half hour drive for a pathetic kiddie coaster.
In July we did a two week trip to the United States that picked up a large percentage of the new coasters added to the eastern side of the country over the last two years. The highlight of the trip was an early morning tour of Cedar Point during which we were able to take some fantastic photographs of the park.
In September I made a business trip to Singapore, allowing me to catch up with Puss in Boots. I also managed to squeeze in a side trip to Legoland Malaysia, completing the set of Legoland parks a few short weeks before number seven was due to open in Dubai.
In October we spent the three day weekend back in Germany, where we caught up with a few more butterflies and the only German travelling coaster I'd yet to ride.
The year drew to a close with two short visits to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
20/02: Bada Forest Paradise, E-DA Theme Park
21/02: Leofoo Village Theme Park, Taipei Children's Amusement Park
11/03: Antic's Land, Sparky's RAK, Dino World, Saqr Public Park, Al Montazah Amusement Park, Adventureland Sharjah
12/03: FunWorks, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
13/03: Dreamland Amusement & Water Park
14/03: Jamuna Future Park
15/03: Shadhinota Park, Foy's Lake Amusement World, Karnaphuly Shishu Park, Chittagong Shishu Park
16/03: Nandan Park, Fantasy Kingdom, Heritage Park, Fantasy Island Bangladesh
17/03: Dream Holiday
18/03: Fantasia, Sohar Entertainment Centre, Saham Park, Marah Land
19/03: Sindbad's Amusement Centre
17/04: Walibi Holland, Munster Fruhjahrsend
18/04: Speelpark Oud Valkeveen, Duinrell
07/05: OK Corral, Magic Park Land
08/05: Walibi Rhône-Alpes
09/05: Familypark, Wiener Prater
10/05: Schöckl Seilbahn, Freizeitpark Stubenberg See, Wiener Prater
11/05: Jagdmärchenpark Hirschalm, Grünbergflitzer Gmunden, Freizeitpark Familienland
12/05: HEIpark Tošovice
13/05: Zatorland, Energylandia
14/05: Jurapark Krasiejów, Legendia, Twinpigs, Rodzinny Park Atrakcji
15/05: Rabkoland, Park Kolejowy, Lunapark Smokoland
21/05: Paultons Park
22/05: Blackgang Chine, Pirates Cove Fun Park
28/05: Adventure City, Six Flags Magic Mountain
29/05: Funderland Amusement Park, Scandia Family Fun Center, Sonoma TrainTown Railroad
30/05: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
04/06: Country Mercantile, Remlinger Farms
03/07: Boomers Long Island, Adventureland New York, iPlay America
04/07: Six Flags Great Adventure, Blackbeard's Cave, Steel Pier, Gillian's Wonderland Pier, Playland's Castaway Cove
05/07: Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Trimper's Rides
06/07: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Go Karts Plus
07/07: Kings Dominion
08/07: Pavilion Park, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, O. D. Pavilion
10/07: Ober Gatlinburg, Goats on the Roof of the Smokies, Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, Dollywood
11/07: Memphis Incredible Pizza, Hydro Adventures
12/07: Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World
13/07: Beech Bend, Stricker's Grove
14/07: Cedar Point, Sluggers & Putters
15/07: Knoebels Amusement Resort, Hersheypark
16/07: Lake Compounce
17/07: Edaville USA, Six Flags New England
14/08: Tayto Park
20/08: Gröna Lund
22/08: Bad Kreuznacher Jahrmarkt, Niederfischbach Foschber Kirmes, Warendorf Maria-Himmelfahrt-Kirmes
23/08: Attractiepark Slagharen, Osse Kermissen, Luxembourg Schuberfouer
25/08: Walibi Belgium, Huy Fête Foraine du 15 Août
26/08: Affen- und Vogelpark, Familienpark Herne, Tier- und Freizeitpark Gut Eversum, Tierpark Nadermann, Nürnberg Herbstvolksfest
27/08: Rodel- und Freizeitparadies St. Englmar, Sport+Freizeitzentrum Hohenbogen, Freizeitpark Plohn
28/08: Belantis, Tierpark und Freizeitpark Germendorf
04/09: Universal Studios Singapore
10/09: Legoland Malaysia
29/10: Rügen Park, Inselrodelbahn Bergen, Neuruppin Martinimarkt
30/10: Märchenwald Saalburg, WurzelRudi's ErlebnisWelt, Gelenau, Sonnenlandpark, Dresden Herbstfest
31/10: Erlebniswelt Seilbahnen Thale, Scharmützel Bob
30/11: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
01/12: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland