2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best B&M Mega Coaster?
Okay, roller coaster fans, it's time to get started on your bracket in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Best Attraction Tournament
. Our first vote in that bracket is for the Best Bolliger & Mabillard Mega Coaster.
Based on the Theme Park Insider reader ratings, B&M Megas have been TPI readers' favorite model of coaster for years. The first B&M Mega, Apollo's Chariot, debuted at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 1999. Since then, B&M Megas have earned a reputation as some of the world's smoothest, swiftest coasters around. And while the B&M Mega offers no inversions, you'll enjoy airtime like you wouldn't believe.
These are the top five B&M Megas, according to your ratings. Voting will be open for 24 hours. If you're unsure about your vote, click through to the attraction listings for reader reviews, or check out the comments. If you are sure, campaign away in the comments, or round up more votes for your favorite on Facebook and Twitter.
Apollo's Chariot - at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Diamondback - at Kings Island
Goliath - at Six Flags Over Georgia
Intimidator - at Carowinds
Raging Bull - at Six Flags Great America
Tomorrow: We vote for the world's best indoor boat ride.
Apollo' Chariot is an awesome coaster in America's most beautiful theme park. Fantastic airtime and just soooooo smooth. Even my girlfriend, who is often intimidated by most coasters, loves Apollo's Chariot. I've ridden coasters for many a year and this is one of my all time favorites. Plus, its in the wonderfully Italian themed area of Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Ride, sights, & theme rates an A+++.
I'm really surprised Nitro at SF Great Adventure didn't make the cut. It's extremely popular at one of the busiest Six Flags parks and is routinely ranked in the top 10 coasters.
I hope that voters remember that today's vote is about the experience of the coaster and not the theme. Or the "theme" of the park it is in. With that said, I think that Raging Bull will be the Dark Horse of the tourney today. If you have never ridden this ride you are truly missing out on a gem.
Having been on none of these, I guess I can't vote. I could watch some YouTube vids, but that isn't the same.
It's nice to say I've been on all of these, although I've had only two rides each on Raging Bull and Goliath. Obviously, they're popular with TPI folks, but I was very underwhelmed by both..especially RB, after reading so much great stuff about it.
I didn't vote for nuthin' :P. I will however, be voting for POTC tomorrow, and Mr. Rao is gonna be just like TH; refreshing the page until it appears XD.
Why don't you worry about tomorrow, TOMORROW, Dom?
I'm also surprised NITRO is not listed. I prefer it to this group.
I've ridden these all but Intimadator (but will next June during CoasterCon XXXV) and my vote went to Goliath. Yes, my vote surprises even me. But when I finally had the opportunity to ride Goliath I thought I knew what to expect based on B&M's other megas. Boy was I wrong. There are many similarities in all these coasters and most are more or less and out and back with hill after hill, Raging Bull being the major exception since it has a rather twisted layout. But Goliath (and Apollo's Chariot) throws in a helix for the main turnaround plus due to space it is in more of a U shape then out and back. It makes for great airtime plus that g-force filled helix plus lots of extra banked turns. Additional it is unique in that its location actual brings it out of the front of park over the entrance road and where every guest walking from the main parking lot finds themselves under this roaring beast while they are watched from above. It completely transformed the look of the second original Six Flags park in a good way, while keeping the tree-lined charm of the majority of the park.
I'm really surprised Nitro didn't make the cut since almost everyone I've talked to said that was the best (well, everyone who hasn't been on Behemoth). I've been on Apollo's Chariot and Intimidator out of these five, and I think it will come down to preference on this one. I voted for Intimidator because I prefer longer sustained airtime to the shorter, more abrupt air offered on Apollo (which I'm guessing more people prefer).
Hey, the limit for each vote was five, and in this category Behemoth was sixth and Nitro seventh according to the average reader ratings. The margin was close, though! This was the tightest category from first through last of any in the tournament.
Ok first of all, this was the first major hard vote for me in this entire tournament. I LOVE B&M hypers. They are my favorite style of rollercoaster. Trying to pick my favorite is like me trying to pick my favorite kid (if I had kids haha). So I weeded out the flaws (which was REALLY HARD) in each of the coasters. Personally, I was never that crazy about the new staggered trains that came out later in the B&M Hyper history. Ive always loved the four across, just to see the faces of friends and family (and sometimes strangers) reactions. So that tossed out diamondback and Intimindator (Even though they are still great rides, they both feel like they just pack the same punch that B&M always has with nothing special to bring to the table). Then I went with, well how is the transitions of the other three. Even though Raging Bull is my home park coaster (I live just an hour away from Six Flags Great America), I will have to keep it in 3rd place in this competition due the whole "hyper twister" thing never really took off and in fact it seems to slow down the ride in some spots. So this brings me down to Apollos Chairiots and Goliath. AC is GREAT when it comes to taking advantage of the terrain and packs an amazing punch. plus, it does win for color selection imo. Goliath it just fun the minute you leave the station. The way it goes out in front of the park, and just never seems to stop. Both rides have AMAZING air time. The ONLY reason Goliath triumphs in front of apollo is because of the turn around. Apollo seems to be a little lackluster when it comes to the turnaround while Goliath just shows its strength through its turn around. Again both are great and both deserves to win. It is amazing to me how Appolo is still one of the best while it was the first one built.
Sadly I have not ridden Diamondback or Intimidator yet (I did ride Intimidator 305 which suffered from antisappointment and design flaws - at least when I visited), but from what I have seen and read Apollo's Chariot is still deity among savages. Combine its smooth, thrilling ride with the beauty of the park at which it resides, and it becomes a no-brainer (just ask Fabio - his no-brainer was pummeled on this masterpiece!).
I, for one, am glad to see that Nitro didn't make it to the top 5. Nitro was (still is for some) a fun ride, but it pulls too many G's in the spiral right before returning to the station. I rode it many times for the flying sensation it gave, but I nearly blacked out during the spiral on a few separate occasions, and was forced to stop riding.
Go Goliath! Does
Apollo's Chariot for me. I love the scenery from the ride and it's just silky smooth.
I'll be honest. I don't like B&M Megas. Most of them I just find boring because they focus too much on airtime. That's why I voted for Raging Bull. It's different from the others.
Still have to go with Diamondback. I've never really ridden a bad B&M, but the front seat ride on Diamondback is one of the best thrill ride experiences in the world. For those who haven't ridden, you really haven't ridden this ride until you've been in the front.
I was not really knowledgeable about Raging Bull until this discussion (and so I just watched the POV on youtube)..... but from what I see it does seem to be the most interesting of the group. It stands out.... it could use some trees or something around it like Apollos Chariot..... but I think it's cool that the layout is different and less predictable than some of the others.
i am very late, but I am sad to see Raging Bull come in last. Seriously people, you are missing a good ride!
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