Hi, I’m Brandon! I am a coaster enthusiast as I love riding roller coasters! I have been a coaster enthusiast since I was 8 years old, but I rode my first roller coaster when I was only 3 years old! My home park is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio and I visit the park almost every weekend during the summer and fall! I was very fortunate and got a season pass to the park in 2013 and then in 2014 I got an upgrade to a Platinum Pass which I have had since! I developed my passion for roller coasters after visiting the park multiple times in 2012 and 2013! The thing that I love most about roller coasters is the thrill and adrenaline you get from riding each for a few short minutes! Each ride experience is unique and delivers it’s own elements and thrill to guests! In my free time I write blog posts on my website, make videos for my YouTube channel, play the Piano and Trumpet, swim, read, bike, and many more fun activities that keep me busy! I have been a part of the Great Ohio Coaster Club since 2015, an organization with multiple opportunities to share the excitement of being a roller coaster enthusiast! I am Catholic and am proud to be faithful to my religion and participate in many activities to worship God! Something about me is that I love to keep busy whether that is with schoolwork (which it normally is) or Coaster to Coaster and my other extra curricular activities!
The Production of Coaster to Coaster & Why it Started
In May of 2017, I started a YouTube channel under my own personal name. At the time, I had a video editor, Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate, which I got for Christmas in 2016! I posted 1 video per week which was a vlog from my visit to Cedar Point that weekend or just footage from it! During this time, I wasn’t very good at video editing and I didn’t have a high-quality camera. I also had a blog where I wrote articles, but I still wasn’t very good at making a website and I didn’t know how to customize it and make it very fancy. I also wasn’t the best at the style of how to write a blog. I like informal but not grammatically incorrect blog posts.
In June of 2017, I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for a week after my school got out and I was going to post vlogs from my trip after, but then I decided to revamp my YouTube channel and I deleted my Blog which at the time was a lot of work and I didn’t have the time to do it. I then used the money I saved up to that time to buy the Nikon A900, a green screen, tripod, and studio lights! I also combined that with the APEMAN A60 Action Camera and Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate which I had already owned! My channel name, brandontotheparks lasted for a month. The videos weren’t really quality and I really wanted to make a successful brand. I watched tutorials on YouTube. I created a website and all of this took around 2 weeks. I was finally ready to start my brand and make it successful! I also had to come up with a name before I created the website which is really hard for coaster related brands because a lot of names people have already thought of. I thought of Coaster to Coaster because people (including me!) go from coaster to coaster at parks and I thought for people who like coasters it was a perfect name! Especially since it gives you the impression of riding multiple coasters to collect coaster credits! That is now what my channel is all about and has formed about. Other stems and ideas have come from it, but essentially this is what everything was built and surrounded around.
Coaster to Coaster
On July 29th, 2017, Coaster to Coaster launched! I first posted a blog post and then a YouTube video in late July, which was the beginning!
In September of 2017, I created a store for Coaster to Coaster to sell merchandise. I also created Haunt to Haunt! With the same name idea as Coaster to Coaster, it is to share the excitement and experiences during the Halloween season at amusement parks! I thought it would be cool to make an entire series on it and rebrand my content and social platforms for it! All branding was changed except the name Coaster to Coaster and logo were still present, as the Haunt to Haunt logo could be seen in the banners. (Note: Read the September 2018 section to see the changes for Haunt to Haunt Season 2!)
In February of 2018, I started to work harder on my content itself. I changed my upload schedule to something I could upkeep and not lose the quality of the content being produced. I worked on planning my videos effectively so that I am prepared when I film. I also worked on learning advanced editing to make my videos even better.
I have a new technique for my vlogs which I tried during my Spring Break trip at Carowinds and I changed all branding again for the next couple of months!
A huge month for Coaster to Coaster! I discontinued a few series and deleted all the videos from them and deleted videos I no longer want on my channel. I created new videos for the channel, planned future videos, and I updated all platforms and content for Coaster to Coaster!
A big month for Coaster to Coaster! I took a few week break and didn’t really post much content so I could work on the new series and content! I teased that soon (August) big channel changes were coming. This was referring to the content itself. I really worked hard on the content before I published it to make my channel really good. This was a big change that will improve my channel a lot! I also created a special YouTube video and blog post celebrating the 1 Year Anniversary of each and Coaster to Coaster as a whole!
I worked and planned new content ideas for Haunt to Haunt! I also created a new logo so I could actually change the logo of my social platforms but the background still had the Coaster to Coaster logo! I kept working on improving my content as a whole! I also worked on making Haunt to Haunt more professional as I like that style better for videos!