2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Intamin Accelerator Coaster?
It's all about speed today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
. And just how quickly you can hit that top speed.
The undisputed speed champion in roller coasters today is Intamin, with its line of accelerator/high-speed launch coasters. Formula Rossa in Abu Dhabi is the current official speed champ (which is why I included it with these other, Top-Hat-style accelerators), but a few others in today's vote have held that record in the past, too. If there's an Achilles' heel on these Intamins, it's uptime. Too many fans over the years have complained that the traveled to a theme or amusement park to ride one of these record-breakers, only to find them down for much or even all of the day.
But when you do get on one? Sit back with your head against the rest, because you're in for one heck of a ride.
Voting is open for 24 hours. Rally the troops in the comments, and on Facebook and Twitter. Here are your nominees:
Formula Rossa - at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Kingda Ka - at Six Flags Great Adventure
Stealth - at Thorpe Park
Top Thrill Dragster - at Cedar Point
Xcelerator - at Knott's Berry Farm
Tuesday: Arcade-style dark rides, including Buzz Lightyear and Men in Black.
No Cheetah Hunt??
I'm a coaster guy, and I like going fast and high. However, I've only been on KK and TDD. kingda Ka is still the tallest coaster in the world, one of the fastest, and it resides in my home state at my home park. That being said, it's only the fourth or fifth best ride in the park.
Pretty easy one today. Formula Rossa looks beyond overrated to me. What's the point of going that fast if you're just going to hit trim brakes on the first hill and not even go to high. Stealth and Xcelerator are just too short compared to the other 2 to be considered the best. Between KK and TTD, I've only actually ridden Kingda Ka, but ended up voting for TTD. Even though it's not as tall, everyone seems to say it's a much freer experience with the restraints. Plus, I have to give it props for being the first coaster to break 400ft.
Formula Rossa is pretty cheesy.....you start hitting the breaks even before you make it to the top of the first hill. So, yes, it is the fastest coaster in the world, but immediately starts slowing you down and spends the entire rest of the ride slowing you down.....with no elements after the launch, it drops way down on my list....
I voted TTD. Also, TSM better win tomorrow, or else!!!!
Cheetah Hunt's coming up later in the tournament, in another Intamin category. Storm Runner got bumped by Formula Rossa, because it felt too weird not to include the world's fastest coaster in the tournament, and Storm Runner had fewer votes than the remaining coasters.
I'm assuming Maverick will be up with Cheetah Hunt later...
Oh - and agree with Randy that Storm Runner is a definite fave!!
I went with the tallest and fastest, even though it is inoperable most of the time.
Well given as my username is dragster master...I guess my vote is fairly obvious. That said, though, each of these rides IS pretty good. In fact, they are almost perfectly balanced, but the fact remains that the TTD has the free-est restraints [which really manifests itself nicely during the crest of the hill, where it DOES feel like you really are flying], and is the Stratocoaster OG. Kingda-Ka may be about 60 feet taller, but it's clear the design was commissioned solely for the purpose of upstaging Cedar Point's claim to having the largest roller coaster in the world. Still, Cedar Point has pioneered the "best and biggest" several times over. Being the original old-schooler is a lot better than being the rip-off with slightly bigger hills. Plus the theme for the TTD is pretty awesome.
Throwing this out there for debate: What would you rather look at from the top of the hill? When the rides are similar, best view can be the difference.
^^Parking lots are always nice.
No contest it's Formula Rossa. The rest are one-trick ponies, while Rossa has a lot of ride left after it's initial big trick. Unfortunately most people have never been on it so they don't vote for it.
Most people that LIVE there have never been on it; it's closed that frequently
I voted Kingda Ka, but I'd probably say it and Top Thrill Dragster are tied. They both have their unique pros and cons. Xcelerator is also really good, but there's something about a 400 ft drop that is difficult to beat (that being said, Xcelerator definitely has the best launch of the three).
Lol I can't believe people actually voted for Stealth
These rides really are pretty much the same. KK didn't get my vote even though it's technically the tallest and fastest. At that height and speed, the difference between KK and Dragster isn't really that much. I did however, leave it between the tallest ones, as the trip 400+ feet in the air is better than 200ft. Between KK and Dragster, it's the little things that make the difference.
I missed the voting on this, but would have voted for Dragster. I'll have to watch out for Cheetah Hunt. What a lame coaster. They made such a big deal out of it's speed, and it might hit that speed, but it immediately slows down.
I was too late to vote but the only one I have been on is Stealth at Thorpe Park so would have to have chosen this one.
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