2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Inverted Coaster?
We're back to the roller coasters today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
. Today, we're voting for the best Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted Coaster. Here are the top five nominees, based on Theme Park Insider reader ratings.
Afterburn - at Carowinds
Dragon Challenge - at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Montu - at Busch Gardens Tampa
Nemesis - at Alton Towers
Raptor - at Cedar Point
Tomorrow: What's the best theme park movie attraction?
Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Europe is far better than Dragon Challenge and arguably Montu.
Even though Dragon Challenge is at a better park, Montu is definitely the best coaster on this list.
Whatever, I cannot believe that the Big Bad Wolf is on here! Even thought it's gone it is still the best!!! (Please note sarcasm) I appreciate your unbiased way of doing things Robert. Also, I was incredibly surprised by Montu the first time I rode it a few years ago. I like dragon challenge, but I harbor a little resentment that they no longer duel and the only changes to it for WWHP was the queue.
Montu is better than Dragon Challenge I feel. Have never ridden the rest. Montu wins for me.
I love inverteds! For me, this is easy. Montu is just, flat out, the most fun ride I have ever had. I could make a trip right now just to ride Montu again and again. Raptor and Dragon Challenge are very nice, as is Alpengeist (which is not on the list, I know), but nothing beats the perfection that is Montu.
its a shame more people haven't visited nemesis at alton towers because i believe it is far superior to the rest of the rides in this competition.
I was hoping I'd get to vote for Alpengeist today but I suppose instead I'll go for the other Busch inverted coaster in its place. Maybe I'll try rallying the BGW fans with a Colbert-esque campaign: "A vote for Montu is a vote for Alpengeist."
They are all Great! This is like picking your favorite child….
Montu and Afterburn are definitely the best on the list. Dragon Challenge is a brilliant concept (well, it was back when it dueled) but that doesn't change the fact that taken individually both coasters are weak. I never got the love for Raptor or Alpengeist - the elements don't flow smoothly together. And, like 95 percent of the people voting, I've never ridden Nemesis but good for Alton Towers getting into the mix.
Its all about Montu. Very pleased to see Nemesis on the list though.
I've ridden both Montu and Nemesis and I have to say that whilst Montu is several times bigger - longer, higher, etc. - there's just no comparison between the two rides. Nemesis was built with incredible constraints on height forcing Alton Towers to dig deep into the ground to construct the ride. The result is a coaster that plays with your mind as well as subjecting you to some of the most powerful forces I've ever felt on any coaster. The intensity of Nemesis can't be over-stated. The setting, the design and the sheer thrill of it leaves Montu standing, (and I say that as someone who loved Montu). Dragon Challenge was a great idea - (duelling inverts) - but it's brilliance was all around the close encounters. The actual theming, the design, the trackwork was all secondary to the moment of meeting. It doesn't compare either, and neither track is as viscerally thrilling to ride as Nemesis.
If Dragon Challenge were still dueling, it would of gotten my vote, but I voted Montu.
I havent been on it for a while but Nemesis! It was a close call with Montu (agree with the comment that it would be Dragon Challenge if it was still duelling) but the geography just edged it. Great for us UK readers to have a look-in at the votes.
Montu and Dragon Challenge ... FLORIDA REPRESENTS!
I'm a fan of Alpengeist as well, great theming and bigger than most other inverts you encounter, but Montu is probably best overall. Do you have something against Alpie? This must be a hard segment of the tourney for you Robert, I know you are not a fan of inverted coasters.
I can't believe Nemesis is 4th! I really was disappointed in Montu, definitely preferred Alpengiest.
When you look at how Alpengiest and probably another inverted coaster or 2 were left out of the tournament despite having a rating of 9, it makes you realize just how good B&M is at consistently making great coasters.
So happy to see my favorite invert, Afterburn, as part of the vote. I didn't think it would be there. None of the others on this list comes close, Nemesis being the only one I HAVEN'T been on. I'd rank SFGAdv's Batman and Dorney's Talon ahead of any of the other choices here, although I did enjoy Montu and Raptor. I thought Dueling Dragons was a bit blah, and even more so now that they don't race.
Robert, didn't you say you will not ride an inverter coaster? You're right that you can't see ahead when you're in the back seats. So maybe this is just a ride in the dark and this poll doesn't matter.
I voted for dragon challenge even though it bums me out that they do not duel anymore thanks to some knuckleheads.
I've only been on Afterburn and Raptor, and Afterburn is definitely the better of the two. Unfortunately, it's also the one at the least major park so it probably doesn't stand a chance.
Patriot and Alpengeist were the next two on the list, and it was close.
I vored for After Burn (Top Gun) so I am again in the minority..... Carowinds is probably considered my home park and maybe I am being biased.... but it is probably one of the better attractions there.... it is unique and when they built it it really impacted the look of that area of the park. I think it's cool that is is a fun ride to see for the people not on the ride..... there are a lot of places to see the ride as it pretty much surrounds the people walking up through the back gate area. I will say Montu also looks pretty awesome.
Also I will give a shout out to Black Mamba at Phantasialand that looks like it would be awesome based on what the swooping around the different buildings and fixtures. Looks like it would be a neat customer to see in a park. I guess since it is overseas and most of us have not had much chance to go there that it does not get as much recognition (I rarely hear that park talked about on here).... but I'd like to see some report or something (or even just some info or an article) for someone on this site who has info on that park or who has been there.
There was enough commentary about Nemesis that I had to do some research. It does indeed look like a uniquely fun ride, however you gotta give it some major demerits for the dilapidated condition of both the track and the grounds. Yuck! Is the rest of the park that much of a pit?
I am speaking out of complete ignorance, as I have never visited Alton Towers, but in response to James Rao's comment about a demerit for Nemesis due to the condition of the track, etc.: Isn't this a part of the theming? I don't think there is any reason that a modern B&M invert would get rusty like that naturally. The theme is some kind of swampy creature, right? and there is bloody water, etc. Plus, in the photo, look at the theming on the cars themselves. They look green/grey and dilapidated, and match perfectly the rusty track. Slapping a shiny coat of paint on a coaster is the easiest thing in the world to do, and the landscaping in Nemesis looks more than a little expensive. My guess is that the rust is fake and a part of the theming. Can anyone confirm?
I'm from scotland and i rate montu and dragon challenge above nemesis it is good but i prefer dragon challenge even though the two coasters are now staggered that gets my vote
voted for Montu although I still prefer Batman since its more accesable to me and I can get on far more tmes
Interesting Duel between Montu and Dragon Challenge. Montu has the best track design. Dragon Challenge used to have the astonishing "Duel" Feature. Voted upon last year, with the DUEL, for Dragon Challenge.
I've ridden all of the coasters except Nemesis. It has been a few years since I road Afterburn at Carowinds (it was still called Top Gun, but it is by far the smoothest, best flowing coaster I've ever ridden. No banging your head on the seats or restraints, and no jarring moves. Just a very clean ride. It was very easy to ride over and again. Montu is a good coaster, and the roar of the cars on the tracks is different than any other coaster, but I found it would bang me up after two consecutive rides. I don't want to get off a coaster with a headache that prevents me from ridding more rides.
I've been on all the best inverted coasters in the united states. Montu is by far the best. It does everything a coaster lover wants out of an inverted. Its also very well themed. Love the ride a lot and love Busch Gardens. Both of the busch garden parks, and even the sea world coasters have amazing world class coasters. I will say that busch gardens surpasses animal kingdom by a long shot. It perfected the whole animal park without it being a zoo. Also, let me just say this, I havnt been to any international parks at all, so I did ride Nemisis on youtube and let me just say.... WOW!!!! That looks pretty gosh darn good. I love that affect of going faster without the ride actually looking that tall.
Anonymous poster 18.104.22.168, I did try to confirm that the dilapidated look for Nemisis was indeed its theme (a tactic used quite often at Six Flags Saint Louis...heh heh), but could not find any corroborating evidence. However, if dilapidated is the theme, then the park is doing a GREAT job and I stand corrected.
I liked Montu and DC equally. DC should be two separate categories.... Fire and Ice ..... errr..... I mean Chinese Fireball and the Hungarian Horntail...
Dueling Dragons would have gotten my vote, but today it goes to Montu.
Would have voted for Dragon Challenge but it lost its appeal once the dueling stopped. Not sure who made it but Superman at Six Flags over GA. is amazing.
I've ridden all but nemesis, and my favorite is Montu. That's the coaster that got me started on my coaster kick in 2000 and I'm still going to a theme park 5 or 6 times a year to get my fix. I love the theming of the queue and the various segments of the track that go below ground all match that level of theming.
I just find inverted coasters dizzying so I don't really enjoy them. Therefore, I went with Montu simply because the Egyptian theming around the ride looks interesting.
I think out of all of these Raptor is probably the weakest.
Tracy, Big Bad Wolf is usually considered a "suspended" coaster rather than inverted. Oh how terribly I miss that ride...
For folks asking about Manta and Superman, those are flying coasters and they'll be featured in the January 30 competition. As far as Big Bad Wolf and Iron Dragon, those are suspended coasters and there unfortunately isn't a category in this tournament for that particular style.
I have ridden all of these coasters, with the exception of Nemesis. I have also ridden Alpengeist a number of times. Being an inverted coaster fan (as well as a skier), I expected to Alpengeist to easily be my favorite. But it simply proved the old adage, "bigger is not always better". With all that having been said, Montu always ends up at the top of my list.
Surprising how Raptor is ahead of Nemesis...
Gwazi is actually MUCH better than it used to be now that it has Millennium Flyer trains. It's not going to compete for "best wood" anytime soon, but it inflicts considerably less pain than it used to. If you get the opportunity, do give Gwazi another chance. It deserves it.
At least the worthy coaster Montu one this one instead of the underwhelming Dragon Challenge. Points for an interesting queue and theme, but when it comes down to the actual ride, it's at least the third best on the list, especially now that the dueling part is gone. Raptor is almost 20 years old and is still more fun than Dragons ever was.
I'm a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica: Cylon at Universal Studios Singapore.
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