2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best of the rest of the Intamin coasters?
Today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
we're voting on roller coasters from the Swiss amusement manufacturer Intamin. Now, Intamin has so many highly-rated versions of its Accelerator coaster that we split those into their own category - and Top Thrill Dragster was your winner there. Today, we're voting on the best of the rest of Intamin's collection.
Here are the top five non-Accelerator Intamin coasters in the Theme Park Insider reader ratings. Pick your favorite, and campaign in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter. Voting is open for 24 hours.
Bizarro - at Six Flags New England
Cheetah Hunt - at Busch Gardens Tampa (listing page includes on-ride video)
Maverick - at Cedar Point (listing page includes on-ride video)
Millennium Force - at Cedar Point (listing page includes on-ride video)
Volcano: The Blast Coaster - at Kings Dominion
Tomorrow: We'll vote on what we're calling "illusion" shows, that is, theme park live shows where what you see on stage is not always what it seems.
Hmmm, this one is an odd vote for me... Bizarro is my 'home' coaster, about 2 hours away and DAMN good. But the rest are very, very, very good too. Oddly, the one coaster from one of my favorite parks, Cheetah Hunt, I have yet to ride.
You say these are the top five non-Accelerator Intamin coasters in the Theme Park Insider reader ratings. Is'nt Cheetah Hunt considered a launch/accelerator coaster since it has 3 launch points?
It's not formally an accelerator, which are those big top hat things, to be as simplistic as possible. I thought it stuck out too much in that category, and was a better fit in here.
@Justin Maverick has launch points as well. What Robert is getting at is that with the launch coasters he is referring to the car gets launched at a ridiculous speed and goes up and comes down where as these are more traditional coasters with minor launches well in the case of Cheetah Hunt and Maverick anyway.
Well, as I said yesterday, I'd be P.O'd if my favorite steelie was not part of this vote. So, I'm officially P.O'd.
I will agree with the above, no Intimidator 305 is quite surprising. Maybe it's from negative reviews of the trim brake version, I don't know. All I know is I went on the re-done 305 with my fiance last summer, and we loved it. But I know she is a Maverick girl. If Intimidator was in there instead of Bizarro, this would be a tough, tough call.
I voted for Millennium (Falcon) Force. Also on Friday, Star Tours 2 better win, OR ELSE!!!!
Volcano is a launch coaster as well, technically.
Tim, I've never rode I-305 with the first-drop trims. And I'm thankful for that.
Bizarro is last because of a simple reason: No one rides it. Oh, when you go to the park, it has a long line. But, let's face it, Six Flags New England is not a destination park like Cedar Point is. Basically it comes down to the same thing that probably doomed Journey to the Center of the Earth, if people don't experience it they won't vote for it.
I went with Millenium force. I haven't been to cedar point since maverick was built, and cheetah hunt is just not that much fun. Every acceleration run is immediately followed with a big hill so you slow right back down. It only feels fast when you go past the waterfall that used to be part of Rhino Rally. A beautifully themed coaster, but if there's a line to be had in that park, i'm going to be waiting on Montu instead.
I rode in it's original form in April 2010, and the redesigned form in April and September of 2011.
So far I've only ridden I-305 during the first year after it was destroyed. (Errr, I mean the trim was placed on the first descent.) It absolutely wrecked the experience - to begin freefall and then feel yourself literally jerked slower and slower. I don't know if I'll make it this year or not but I do owe it another try - but until then, my ranking would have been based on my experience. I loved S:ROS at SFNE before it was Bizarro. I've not ridden since the change but I would imagine it would still rank as the best coaster in the Northeast in my book and possibly my second favorite steel coaster. I still don't get the appeal of Maverick and I rode it repeatedly during ERT one night the opening year. Volcano is a great coaster but the extremely low ride capacity just kills it for me. (That and the inside of the volcano looking like - well unfinished - or - who cares about keeping up the theme.) Cheetah Hunt is nice - but not a top-ten one for me. That leaves MF - which I never grow tired up. The elevator lift; the smooth as butter ride; the lack of let up until the gentle magnetic brakes at the end - it shall remain the pinnacle of Intamin's designs for me for a long time - perhaps forever.
I305 is interesting. The initial votes had it among the top coasters in the country. Then, with the trims installed, its rating plunged. With further changes last summer, the rating's been coming back up. But it hasn't recovered enough to get back in the top five.
It came down to Volcano vs. Bizarro for me. Both are thrilling, decently decorated coasters that are also a ton of fun. Of these two rides, Bizarro will get my vote. It may not be the best coaster on the planet, but it is certainly in the discussion.
The only coaster I have ridden out the entries is Cheetah Hunt. It was definitely not worth the wait (IMO).
AJ, you're of course entitled to your opinion of I-305. But I think the reason Cheetah Hunt is leading is not because more people have ridden it. I believe it's due to the somewhat Florida-centric nature of this site, and the fact there's been more written written about it on the site recently because it was new this past year. I seriously doubt more people have ridden it than MF, Volcano or Bizarro (probably even Maverick,) considering those rides have been around a bit longer.
I am kinda shocked Cheetah Hunt won this over MF. Now, I have not ridden Cheetah Hunt yet, but I love MF so much, and in general, Cedar Point gets votes just for being Cedar Point. Not saying Cheetah is any better (or worse) than MF, just surprised the vote went that way.
Kind of strange that two of the highest rated Cedar Point coasters that have gone deep into every tournament lost here to a Florida coaster that just doesn't look as interesting. Sure it's probably fun to ride, but it's not the winner here. Unfortunately I can't give a completely experienced opinion because I've never ridden Cheetah Hunt, but I have ridden Millennium Force and Maverick several times. The Cheetah Hunt POV doesn't convince me that it's a better ride. It looks more to me like a longer version of Stunt Track, formerly known as Italian Job at Kings Island and Kings Dominion.
That's the thing with I305, they did go with the reprofile for this past season (no trims on the drop) and it rides like a more vicious MF, but past votes hurt it.
Wow... kinda surprised Millennium Farce bowed out so early. Kinda like the Saints falling to the Seahawks in the playoffs last year. Splitting the vote between two Cedar Point favorites probably did not help.
Wow is cheetah hunt that good? Watched the on ride POV and it does look awesome, but I have been on Maverick and Mforce and it would take ALOT to convince me that this is better. Mforce is the best coaster I have ever been on by far and Maverick is a close second. One thing I will say from watching cheetah hunt, the track layout looks awesome and very spread out with alot of speed and airtime. Hope I can ride it someday.
Maybe Cheetah Hunt won because it is the most different from the other nominees, it has themeing, and it appeals to a larger audience than just to the people who are primarely obsessed with how high, fast, or "scary" a coaster is.
Wow, I'm surprised by the results here. I thought Cheetah Hunt was just dreadful, tied with the-ride-formerly-known-as-Cheetah-Chase for the title of worst coaster in the park. Yes, Gwazi is better (with the Millennium Flyer trains, of course). Yes, Scorpion is better (though I admit that I have a thing for Schwarzkopfs).
I can't believe cheetah hunt won. It's fun, but it's not better than some of the others. (like MF or volcano.)
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