2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Cedar Point's Millennium Force
Theme Park Insider readers have selected Cedar Point's Millennium Force
at the top seed in the Best Roller Coaster bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
, which begins Thursday.
Installed in 2000 (and thus, the name), Millennium Force takes riders up 300-foot lift hill for an awesome view all of Cedar Point, as well as much of the Ohio coast. Look quickly, though, because you're about to fall down those 300 feet, just yards from the edge of Lake Erie. Barely missing the lake, you then bank into a sweeping right turn that leaves you with a breathtaking feeling of flying over the treetops.
From there, it's all about speed and airtime, as Millennium Force swoops and dips up and down the Lake Erie shore. Come ride with us:
Millennium Force was Intamin's first coaster to be dubbed a "Giga." A second Giga, Intimidator 305, will open at Kings Dominion this spring. (Interesting to note that Cedar Fair's other "Intimidator"-themed coaster for this year, at Carowinds, will be a Bolliger & Mabillard Mega - the second seed in this year's Best Roller Coaster tournament bracket.) Intamin Megas - essentially the same design as the Giga but with smaller (gee, only 200-foot) drops) - include Bizarro at Six Flags New England and Superman - Ride Of Steel at Six Flags America.
So far, you've ranked Millennium Force as the best roller coaster at the nation's top theme parks. Can it survive head-to-head match-ups in the tournament to claim the title of the Best Roller Coaster in America? Tournament voting starts Thursday. You've seen the bracket now, so let's hear your thoughts in the comments.
Lemme kick off the comments by noting that the top
Manta should be much higher but I'm not sure enough folks have been on the ride to vote for it. Not sure Top Thrill Dragster should be in the top 16. It's a one-trick pony although that's one fantastic trick.
That is interesting, Robert. Personally, I agree with it. I don't care so much for inversions as I do airtime, speed, and a classic out-and-back format. Inversions disorient me, haha.
Best coaster ever....
Inversions are overrated. Good airtime is not, and that's why I'll take a coaster like this over something like Raptor any day.
Simply put, it's my favorite.
My only beef with this coaster is that Cedar Point, like here at Knott's Berry Farm, just can't seem to move coasters as quickly and efficiently as Busch Gardens can. (Or even, gulp, Six Flags Magic Mountain is doing more often these days. How that park has turned around!) Capacity should deliver some bonus points.
Right where it belongs. Now lets just hope that another robbery doesn't take place....did I say that? Sorry, couldn't help it : )
The best coaster ever made. Has hight, air time, and speed that is nearly unrivaled among other coasters. Simply the greatest by,imo,a significant margin.
I'm not such a huge roller coaster fanatic, but i have to say that Millenium Force is perhaps the best thrill out there and has been for years, and for years to come. I wonder if we will have to wait till monday for the top show. Better be Fantasmic!!
No other coaster in this tournament holds a candle to Millennium Force
Millennium Force is absolutely the best as mostly everyone else has stated! Who wants to go on a ride and get beaten up in the process? Not me. The smoothness is one of the best parts of this ride. Inversions do nothing for me anymore. Taller, faster, and more air time are what matters to me. I agree that Dragster may be a one trick pony, but it's a trick that never gets old! The front seat is amazing on both of these coasters!!!
Millennium Force will get my vote for number one. I agree with the other comment about this still being a smooth ride. Even though it's ten years old, I know when I ride this one I am not going to get beaten up. The last time I rode Manta, I felt like I had a concussion, so I pass on that one these days.
Now that I look at the bracket, did maverik take rock n roller coasters place(launching)?
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