Don't forget about the ORIENT EXPRESS at Worlds of Fun. Truly one of the best steel coasters of the 80's...and one that was dismantled way too early!
Click HERE to see pictures of the late, great Orient Express!
Incidentally, I picked Orient over Zambezi because the Orient had several fairly distinctive moments like the pre-drop "kicker", the batwing loops (which they called the Kamikaze Curve back then), and the interlocking loops (only Loch Ness at BGE had interlocking loops at the time).
I would gladly give up the Patriot, Boomerang, Spinning Dragons, Joe Cool's BBQ, the "refurbished" shooting gallery, Panda Express, and Cinnabon to get the Orient back!!
As to the Orient, as much as I liked it I don't think I could trade it for the Patriot. They are both even in my book with Patriot having a small lead since B&M is synonymous with smooth ride.
I'm staying away from nominating all of the Disney attractions, because I figure they don't need my help. I'm trying to expand the horizons beyond Florida and California.
Yes, because Disney isn't a big enough sponsor for a pavilion in Epcot. ::rolls eyes::
As for Great America, Bradley, the only one I ever visited was the one in Santa Clara, California, when it was owned by Marriott (now owned by Cedar Fair, I think). The DEMON and TIDAL WAVE were the hot coasters. If I ever get to Illinois, however, I will check out Six Flags Great America and ride their version of the Zambezi Zinger!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mr.Toad's Wild Ride are two other honorable mentions...
The Bat (King's Island)Shockwave (Six Flags Great America)Orient Express (Worlds of Fun)Ragin' Wolf Bobs (Geauga Lake)Big Dipper (Geauga Lake)
Also I worked up an idea for a logo (banner) but didn't know how to send it to you. I threw it on my public space on my iDisk on .mac - but wasn't sure if a better way existed to provide you my submission. You can get to it at:
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Oh - and to James - I'm not sure I'd give up Spinning Dragons for Orient (Dragons with a lopsided load is a great ride) but I would give up Patriot (except for the front row with the ground-hugging ride I'm greatly disappointed) and Boomerang (since it is generic) to bring back Orient.
So, dump Boomerang, move Spinning Dragons there (rename it Zambezi 2), dump the Ripcord, Rock Climb, and Grand Prix (I hate all "pay extra rides"), move Patriot to where the Grand Prix is now (which is really the Americana section), blow up the Joe Cool Tent...now you have plenty of room for the Orient Express.
I am not asking for much am I?
Todd - I agree a lopsided load on SD is fun, but it doesn't always work. My last ride was almost as tame as a standard Wild Mouse.
Lightning Loops (Six Flags Great Adventure)Mr Toads Wild Ride (Magic Kingdom, FL)Hitcock Movie Magic (Universal, FL)
Skyway at the Magic Kingdom should win!!!It was the best way to see the park, avoid the parade route and impress your date with your kissing skills while passing the Castle in the air.