I had to go with the Immelmann, nothing gives you the intensity of a vertical loop with that sweet release of airtime at the top. Yeah I know that "sweet release" line was cheesy but that’s how it feels.
Waaaaaaaaaaaay back in th early 1970s, then rock 'n' roll journalist Jon Landau wrote a legendary passage: "I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll. And its name is Bruce Springsteen."
There is a paralell line regarding theme parks/coasters. When Islands of Adventure first opened, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas wrote: "The beginning of the Incredible Hulk is the best five seconds in theme park history."
A true LIM or LSM launch is a breathtaking experience that will bring tears to your eyes...just make sure you keep them open, or you might just wind up blowing chunks. All the other elements -- as wonderful as they are -- pale in comparison to blasting from zero to 60 or so in just over 2 seconds!
Had to think about this ... started to put cobra roll first, then thought about Immelmanns, but really the drop is what does it the most for me.
So, drop first. Then, Immelmann, then cobra roll.
But here is one that is not on the list...
The entrance Tunnel of the historic Giant Dipper on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk has to be the most amazing element of any old Roller Coaster anywhere. Gravity takes you into the Tunnel. Immediately you curve down into it, and then it totally surprises you by being so long and dark and cool. The smell inside the Tunnel is wonderful and unforgettable, brings back many super happy childhood memories.
I don't like fast launches for most coasters. I'd rather have a slow, creepy, anticipation-building climb where I can enjoy the view.
I can't stand a helix, it makes me sick. (It's why I never ride Expedetion Everest despite the amazing theming.)
Until Top Thrill Dragster opened.
I voted for drops, although I do like the launch and the giant B&M vertical loops that offer hangtime.
Nothing beats the first drop of Raging Bull. Excellent
I'm surprised you didn't include the lift hill - it builds anticipation and allows for nice views.
The Pretzel Loop is a close second, and also very intense.
Of course when Cedar Fair bought the park they tore the ride down...I still hold a grudge.
My favorite type of inversion is immelman. I love it because of Alpengeist and Griffon. Two favorite inversions for me, no matter what...
James... Orient Express or Patriot...?