More debate about the best roller coasters in America
Written by Robert Niles
The LA Times has been polling publishers of theme park news websites (including me), to compile a list of the 10 best steel and 10 best wooden roller coasters in the United States.Tweet
I decided to give the Times my personal favorites, rather than the top ranked coasters on Theme Park Insider. (They gave me the option of either one.) Since we're about to have our own tournament for Best Roller Coaster, I didn't want to pre-empt that. FWIW, I ranked The Voyage at Holiday World as the top wooden coaster and Manta at SeaWorld Orlando as the best steel.
Here are the lists from the LAT panel:
Here's what stands out to me in reading these lists: Bolliger & Mabillard and Intamin are the best steel roller coaster builders in the world. And people love the Mega/Giga models, from either manufacturer. As for wooden coasters, The Gravity Group and GCI (which includes the remnants of the old CCI), are kings.
Can't say that I'd argue with any of those conclusions.... :-)
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