The 7 dwarfs ride was pretty good, but I'm surprised they made the seats so small. That and the swaying wasn't as big a deal as they made it out to be other than it made for a really smooth ride overall.
I have a courtesy Fast Pass from a previous trip to WDW that can be used anywhere with no expiration. Whenever I get to Disney World again, I'll definitely use it for the Seven Dwarfs, but my guess is I'll be doing 7 inversions before hanging out with 7 little dudes.
Among the listed "ho hum" attractions (do you even like coasters, bro?!?!), Goliath is the one that brings the most innovation to the table. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, what Rocky Mountain Construction is doing for the coaster industry is just as revolutionary as anything happening in Orlando or SoCal. One day years from now folks will look back and attribute the removal of the lines between wood and steel to RMC. Goliath should win (one could argue it should win even if the new Potter rides were involved), but since it has only been open a short while, and is showcased at a less attended park, Banshee has a much better shot at the title.
This is like trying to choose my favorite disease... I am pulling a Brewsters Millions and going with "None of the above"
The only ride I will have a chance to experience is Goliath as I live about 45 minutes away, but by the time I do, the poll will be over.
I love coasters, by the way. I still say the "flying" variations (Superman" First Flight etc...) are the most unique. They are slow by comparison, but that feeling is like nothing else.
On a more personal note, after riding the New Texas Giant and Outlaw Run, I can wholeheartedly attest to the fact that Rocky Mountain Construction has upped the coaster ante by a significant amount. Rob, your love of coasters may be reignited by their work if you get a chance to ride one of their instant classics.
And beyond everything else I have written, even us Orlando-centric fan boys have to acknowledge when the smaller parks are doing great work. And the time has come to take off our 3D glasses and give credit where credit is due!
Having said that, there seems to be some sort of conundrum here. For the past couple of years, fans have been knocking Disney for building what they believe would end up being a rather mediocre kiddie coaster. Now that it's open, the general consensus seems to be that it's rather Ho-Hum. And now we're going to vote for it as Best New Ride of 2014 over other very innovative coasters?
I get what you're saying Rob. I too am not overly big on death-defying coasters over a well-themed ride. The Batman coasters over here are pretty much it in terms of theming (and even then, only one of them is worth writing home about). If Six Flags Great America was themed more like a Disney or Universal park, I'd stay here in IL a lot more.
Because I know better than to expect theming from a Six Flags coaster, I have to consider how much of a Wow factor it gives off. And from all accounts, Goliath, like James said, looks to be like a real winner in terms of innovation and experience. In my last couple weeks of school this year, everyone was talking about how much they were excited to ride it, and they're a bunch of theme park muggles who only get their park info from commercials. I haven't seen so much buzz for Six Flags here since 2008 when the Dark Knight was to open (and if you follow Great America park ratings, you'll know how much people were ready for a new coaster after that).
So, on a final note, I say we should at least give credit to Six Flags for making a worthy coaster in a short amount of time over what some might call a disappointing kiddie ride. If we give RMC enough praise, maybe they can expand to Florida where the parks down there can give it a Disney or Universal touch.
So much for making a short post.
This is the year where you make the exception to the rule.