What's the best roller coaster park in America?
Published: September 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM
So what are the best roller coaster parks in the United States? Once again, we're turning to you — Theme Park Insider readers — to make that call. We've collected the reader ratings you've submitted on roller coasters at top parks around the country over the past year. From them, we've calculated our collective picks for the country's best roller coaster parks.
Here's how we did it: First we looked for excellence. To be considered for the top five, a park had to have had at least two coasters rated a "9" or above by Theme Park Insider readers. From there, we looked for high-quality quantity, too, giving parks points for roller coasters rated "8" or above. We wanted to weigh the excellent coasters even more, so we gave parks an extra point for each coaster rated "9" or above. (Rankings were determined on the basis of ratings submitted by last Friday afternoon. Coasters had to have had a minimum number of votes to be considered.)
With this system, parks aren't penalized for having mediocre coasters or other types of rides, since we're ignoring them in the rankings. So long as a park offers plenty of high-quality coasters, they're good by us. No sense marking a park down for offering other rides, too. Hey, if those rides draw a few people out of the queues for the top coasters, all the better. ;^)
So, here they are:
ThemeParkInsider.com's Top Roller Coaster Parks in America, 2013
1. Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California
2. Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
3. Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois
4. Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey
El Toro, which also was our pick for the best roller coaster in America.
Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa
Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Again, if you're a coaster fan, you'll do well at any of these
five six parks, as well as several others that lurk just below in our rankings. Here's to looking back at a great summer at the country's regional amusement parks, and looking forward to another great season of riding coasters, starting next spring.