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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.



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