Published: March 30, 2009 at 5:08 PM
I haven’t ridden the Beast for many years but I remember it was an amazing coaster. My memory must have some cobwebs in it, though, because I remember a smooth, almost relaxing ride through the trees with some air. I also remember there was no way to see the entire track layout from anywhere on the coaster, which was really cool.
Maverick doesn’t break any records? Doesn’t it have the first drop that’s greater than 90 degrees? Or was there another one before it? I don’t know of one (not that that means anything). That 95-degree pitch is pretty cool!
It’s a tough choice but, based on my memory (which also has visions of the once-smooth Mean Streak), I have to go with the Beast. Besides, I love woodies even if they’re rough!
On the other hand, come on, Apollo’s Chariot against the Haunted Mansion (any one of them)? You’ve got to be kidding! No competition; HM wins hands down! It has that huge Pepper’s Ghost illusion that I didn’t really understand how it worked until I was in high school. Have you ever been in the elevator when people didn’t recite the opening spiel word-for-word? The scrim on the ceiling disappearing to reveal the hanging from the rafters is a work of art! The busts that follow you as you walk past? Come on people! It’s even better now that there’s a coherent story behind the ride! This one is a classic and it can’t go down against just another B&M coaster!
Will the afternoon competition go into the afternoon tomorrow? Seems rigged if it doesn’t! :)