2012 Best Attraction Tournament: More Bolliger & Mabillard coasters
Thanks to everyone who has been following the first round of the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
. Today's we're welcoming the final contestant into the best roller coaster bracket of the tournament. This spot will go to the "best of the rest" Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters, selected from the top five rated coasters that weren't part of the previous Mega, Inverted and Flying categories.
Voting is open for 24 hours.
Dominator - at Kings Dominion [with video]
Griffon - at Busch Gardens Williamsburg [with video]
Incredible Hulk Coaster - at Universal's Islands of Adventure
The Riddler's Revenge - at Six Flags Magic Mountain
SheiKra - at Busch Gardens Tampa
Tomorrow: We vote for the world's best motion-base ride, with a stellar line-up that includes Spider-Man, Transformers and Dinosaur.
My vote goes for The Incredible Hulk. I've been riding coasters for more years than I wish to divulge, but The Hulk still actually puts a little fear in my heart when I ride it. Th only other coaster that does that is the vastly underrated Phantom's Revenge in Kennywood. I rode Dominator & it was just OK. Griffon disappointed me. I heard all these great things about it and when I got off the ride my reaction was, "is that it". Maybe I expected too much.
I've been on all except Riddlers Revenge. I only had a couple rides on Hulk, but it didn't live up to the hype. I rode Sheikra before Griffon, and enjoyed the Tampa version more than its Williamsburg cousin. That leaves me voting for Dominator, one of my favorite steel coasters. I enjoyed it both at Geauga Lake and its present home. I like its placement in the park, and the forces in the back seat are tremendous. It's the first ride I hit when I visit KD, as I will in April.
I had to vote for the Hulk. I know some people are down on the second half, but it deserves my vote for the launch alone, which is the best I've ever ridden.
Hulk baby! Then again, I'm just a big comic book fan. Also, Spiderman better win tomorrow, but with recent failures like Soarin and Posideon winning, Spidey might have some trouble.
Mike: What was Dominator named when it was at Geauga Lake? I didn't realize it was there before the shutdown. I always enjoyed the Wolf's Bobs(I think that was what it was called)at Geauga Lake.
I was called Raging Wolf Bobs technically, When Dominator left Geauga Lake it was Dominator when the park was six flags though it was called Batman: Knight Flight
@Rob: Dominator was last called Dominator at Geauga Lake. When it was Six Flags Ohio, then Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, it was Batman Knight Flight. (You could still see the Batman logo - painted over - at GL.)
Rob, others above have answered accurately the question you posed to me. But as an interesting side note, I was at Geauga the day Raging Wolf Bobs breathed its last. I had two excellent rides in the morning with no sign of trouble. Then I found out about the derailment/accident while I was on the Dipper. Ironically, I was planning..after that ride..to head back over to RWB for some more rides.
Thank you gentlemen for the Dominator info. I rode it when it was Batman at Geauga. An interesting aside...I had taken my 14 yr. old nephew to the park. They even had the campy Bat Man show next to the ride. My nephew was terrified of coasters. Never had been on one. I kind of forced him to ride, told him he would have to walk home to the Pittsburgh suburbs if he wouldn't ride. He reluctantly rode it. We got off, he had a big smile on his face, and said "let's get on again". We rode all the coasters that day & now he just loves coasters. A perfect example of unfounded fears. Best to try something, you never know till you try.
Not that it has anything to do with the vote, but I'm with Todd. I consider Chang/Green Lantern my "favorite" stand-up, but that really ain't saying much..I just dislike stand-ups in general.
Rob, I did something eerily similar to MY nephew. The ride in question was the Great American Scream Machine at Great Adventure. The particulars vary, but the general situation was the same, minus the "you'll have to walk home" part.
When IOA first opened, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas wrote "the beginning of the Incredible Hulk is the best five seconds in theme park history."
I've been on Dominator, Griffon, and Riddler's Revenge. All three are very good rides, and are my favorite of the type. I voted for Griffon simply because it is the most unique of the three (there are more Stand-Ups and Floorless coasters than Diving Machines).
the incredible hulk gets my vote here not only a great coaster i love the sound of it as you approach after you enter the park
Just wanted to give a shout-out to Riddlers Revenge. The California attractions tend not to get the love the east coast rides get around here, so even though many readers might not have experienced it, RR is a fun, fun ride.
TH, isn't getting on JC the best 5 seconds?
Went with the Hulk mainly because of the launch. Many say the second half is boring but I still find it exciting enough.
Tough vote for me. Since I have not ridden Riddler's Revenge, that one is out (and, to be honest, even if I had ridden it, I hate stand-up coasters, I find them uncomfortable.) Having both SheiKra and Griffon here makes me compare the two, and while I like the theming on SheiKra better (especially the second drop into the tunnel), I think Griffon is a better ride overall.
In a sense, all of these coasters are one-trick-ponies, except Dominator, which has a variety of coaster elements all in one smooth, compact circuit. However, the overall result seems to be less than the sum of its parts, making for a bit of a disjointed experience. Furthermore, the total lack of theme in this "parking lot" coaster is another drawback. Incidentally, I rate Dominator as the third best coaster at King's Dominion after Volcano (#1) and I305 (#2).
I've probably ridden the Hulk more than 250 times since we moved to Orlando. It's still the best launch of any coaster I've ever experienced, but the whole ride and theming are pretty cool. It's on my top three list.
Ditto to Mr. Rao's comments. I wanted badly to vote for Sheikra, but ultimately the ride is just too short.
I do not know some of the coasters here. But if the one to beat is Hulk, although I agrre the launch is nice, it does not stand in front of SHEIKRA. Some of my reasons:
I'm sad...you didn't include Superman: Krypton Coaster at SFFTx. It's actually my fave B&M. I voted for Riddler's b/c it's the only one of those listed I've actually ridden.
Dom asks: "TH, isn't getting on JC the best 5 seconds?"
Aren't Griffon and Shekera (or whatever they call it) basically the same coaster?
I also have to go with the Hulk. I remember riding it for the first time and being blown away. And all the rides since that time have been equally as great.... especially anytime that I can snag the very last seat -- the g-force back there is awesome :-) The only other coaster in this class that I've ridden is SheiKra and I remember having a very "that's it????!!!!" moment at the end of it. I wanted to love it, but there just wasn't that much to it. (I went on to re-ride Kumba and Montu that same day and realized they were vastly superior....) And, based on the comments above, I'm guessing that Griffon is very much the same. Hulk all the way!!
Any one who thinks Riddler's Revenge is a "ballcrusher" just hasn't learned how to position themselves correctly on it. I voted for RR as I've had many great (and safe)rides on it.
Sounds like a detriment to me, Mark, as one should not have to stop and consider how to position the "family jewels" before enjoying a coaster.
@James - For me, Dominator was close to the Backlot Stunt Coaster (which I enjoyed more than I thought I would, to be honest.) The thing that hurts Dominator for me is the complete and utter lack of theming. I mean, Griffon has little theme around it, but it ain't over a parking lot.
I have a quick question are Kumba at BG Tampa and Riddlers Revenge the same coaster? With the obvious exception of the stand up cars on Riddlers Revenge?
@Tim I think we are on the same page. Here is my breakdown of all the KD coasters, circa 2010:
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