Theme Park Insanity sits down with the one and only Chloe Matthews of the up and coming theme park and attractions blog Coasters With Chloe!
When it comes to the theme park and attractions industry it’s no secret that the content creator community is virtually bursting at the seams with individuals eager to show off their love for the industry through the medium of vlogging and blogging.
Every now and then however there is always one creator who comes along and blows everyone else out of the water with something slightly more unique and it’s very fair to say that Chloe Matthews of Coasters With Chloe has done just that.
Based mainly on Instagram and Facebook Chloe shares her love for the industry through the use of cleverly choreographed photography and well written content helping bring something fresh and new an entire community of enthusiasts eager to get their next fix of the latest and greatest theme park and attractions content.
We were therefore absolutely honoured when recently we had the chance to sit down with Chloe and get to know a little more about where her inspiration for the content she creates comes from and how she has come to grow her passion for the industry over the years since her childhood.
Therefore, without further a do here’s how we got on!
Who is Coasters With Chloe?
Hi, I’m Chloe and I’m from a town near Nottinghamshire and I live with my husband and 3 year old son Archie.
When I’m not at a theme park you’ll find me at the ice rink as I have been a competitive figure skater since I was 12.
Coasters With Chloe has only recently been established under the name and the logo as the account was previously known as ‘Towers Tourist’ as its main focus was Alton Towers but when I started regularly visiting other parks, I didn’t think the name was as fitting as I would have liked it to have been, hence the change
What first sparked your love for the industry?
In all honesty, I think I have always had a love for the industry even since childhood so it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly started it. Although I would NEVER in a million years go on a ‘big ride’ I used to love watching them and was fascinated by how they do the things they do and the reasons why. As a child I regularly visited American Adventure, Drayton Manor, Alton Towers, Fantasy Island, Yarmouth Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Pleasure Beach and I remember absolutely loving being in the theme park environment even when I didn’t go on any rides!
What was your main inspiration behind establishing Coasters with Chloe?
Throughout the 2019 season, I started to follow a lot of accounts on Instagram regards theme parks and I had toyed with the idea of setting one up myself but was always put off by the prospect of trolls and the fact I don’t really know what I’m doing LOL! After a few months, I decided to set up Towers Tourist to initially revolve around my very frequent visits to Alton Towers. This featured a few behind the scenes photos and some facts that not everyone would know to try and keep it interesting, rather than just a repeat of ride photos and updates about my day at the park. When I started to visit other parks, I didn’t think the account name was suited to the content and with the help of Coasters Gen’s Luke, came up with ‘Coasters with Chloe’. I feel this is much better as I try to vary content and not focus just on one park. However, at the moment the account hasn’t been updated with as much as I would like but this will change within the next few weeks.
Which UK park would say holds the biggest place in your heart?
Alton Towers for sure! I’d go as far as saying its my favourite place in the world. I’m so lucky to only be 45 mins away so I can visit a lot. The park is absolutely beautiful and the sight of the Towers as you walk through the turnstiles takes my breath away on each and every visit.The staff are absolutely fantastic and I have made some amazing friends out of them. The place is MAGICAL
Which childhood memories do you cherish the most from your time at the parks?
Which ride if any still gets your nerves jangling the most to this day and why?
Flat ride or Dark Ride?
Flat rides? Its a no from me hun! I’ll take a dark ride any day. The Haunted Mansion and Phantom Manor at Disney Resorts are my absolute favourites.
Coaster or Flat ride?
Which UK coasters take your top 5 and in what order?
I can literally hear the screams of enthusiasts wondering where ICON is on the list. I have news for you my dears, it doesn’t exist because its GARBAGE. The soundtrack is an absolute masterpiece and the baggage hold is cool but the trains are ugly as sin, the layout is boring, it doesn’t transition between the elements well and the Japanese cherry blossom theme makes no sense? It pains me to say but the merchandise is some of the best I have seen but I really disliked it. Whilst we are on the controversial subject.. I also prefer INFERNO to Nemesis.. SORRY!
How have your tastes in rides changed over time if at all?
I don’t think I have a specific taste in rides if I’m honest. I do like a lot of B&M rides and I’d probably go as far as saying that’s my favourite manufacturer but I enjoy the variety of rides we are able to enjoy today such as Launch Coasters or Inverts etc.
Do you think the love for coasters will continue within your family in the years to come?
Finally what does the future hold for Coasters With Chloe and what spoilers can you give your fans?
We would like to take this opportunity to offer huge thanks to Chloe for agreeing to join us here at Theme Park Insanity and allowing us this fantastic opportunity to get to know more who she is and what drives her to create the content she does. We really do appreciate it!
If you haven’t already checked out Coasters With Chloe then be sure that you do! You can find her on the following links;
Overall we really hope that you’ve enjoyed this chance to get to know more about this fantastic up and coming creator as much as we have and we hope to see you on park very soon Chloe!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more great official interviews right here on Theme Park Insanity!