BEST COASTER? WHATS YOUR TOP 10?Cedar Point: Rank your top 10, or more if you like.
From Gabe KatzmanRank your top 10 coasters around the world. You may do more, though. You have to had rode them, though.
Posted November 27, 2007 at 5:46 PM
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From Anthony Murphy1.Krakken (Sea World)
Posted November 27, 2007 at 11:35 PM
2. Batman (Six Flags Great America)
3. Thunder Mountain (DLP)
4. Dueling Dragons (IOA)
5. Raging Bull (Six Flags Great America)
6. Everest (AK)
7. Rockin Roller Coaster (MGM or DSH)
8. The Viper (Six Flags Great America)
9. Crush's Coaster (Disney Studios- Paris)
10. The Mummy (USO)
From Dan Forget1: NITRO- SFGAdv
Posted November 28, 2007 at 1:04 PM
3: Maverick- CP
4: Top Thrill Dragster- CP
5: Millennium Force- CP
6: Storm Runner- HP
7: Kumba- BGA
8: Montu- BGA
9: Wicked Twister- CP
10: Mantis- CP
From Eli KatzmanGabe, you already know mine, but here they are:
Posted November 28, 2007 at 4:50 PM
From Christy Shuman1. Top Gun (Carowinds)
Posted November 28, 2007 at 5:31 PM
9.loch ness monster
10.Flight of fear
From Michael SurvoyMy Top 10 Coasters
Posted November 29, 2007 at 1:42 PM
1. Maverick (Cedar Point)
2. Millennium Force (Cedar Point)
3. Magnum XL-200 (Cedar Point)
4. Dominator (Geauga Lake)
5. Raptor (Cedar Point)
6. Beast (Kings Island)
7. Mantis (Cedar Point)
8. Face/Off (Kings Island)
9. Thunderhawk (Geauga Lake)
10. Head Spin (Geauga Lake)
From Mark Walker1). Dueling Dragons
Posted November 30, 2007 at 8:04 AM
5). Incredible Hulk Coaster
9). Spinball Whizzer
From Chris WaltonHard to say because I haven't been to any true coaster parks outside of Florida and BGE, but here's my current list...
Posted November 30, 2007 at 11:05 AM
1. Sheikra (BGA)
11. Alpengeist (BGE)
What I want to ride...
Kingda Ka (SFGA)
From Eli KatzmanGriffon was awesome!!!
Posted November 30, 2007 at 1:21 PM
From Greg Bark1. Griffon
Posted November 30, 2007 at 1:53 PM
2. Expedition Everest
3. Apollo's Chariot
4. Lightning Racer
5. Magic Kingdom Space Mountain
6. Storm Runner
7. Rock n' Roller Coaster
8. Jack Rabbit
10. Loch Ness Monster
From Kevin Sowinski1. The Voyage
Posted November 30, 2007 at 3:16 PM
2. Superman (New England)
3. Millenium Force
4. Apollo's Chariot
6. El Toro
7. Goliath (Georgia)
8. Phantom's Revenge
From Ally Pascua1. X (SFMM)- the front is just bliss
Posted November 30, 2007 at 9:13 PM
2. Tatsu (SFMM)- the back is CRAZY during the pretzel loop
3. Top Thrill Dragster (CP)- man that launch was fast!!!
4. Maverick (CP)- an overall impressive layout
5. Millenium Force (CP)- the drops are fantastic
6. Rock 'N Roller Coaster (DMGMS)- i love how well disney incorporated the theme
7. Ghost Rider (KBF)- although i usually prefer steel, it's such a well built woodie that always delivers tons of 0 g thrills
8. Space Mountain (DL)- the best ride at DL; i have ridden it every single time i visited the park
9. Comet (HP)- even though it's not the most thrilling coaster, there's just something charming about it, plus it's something everyone in my family can ride and enjoy
10. Revolution (SFMM)- again, not the most thrilling ride, but i'm always fascinated by its history and truly being the "revolution" in roller coaster engineering
From Jonny ReadOblivion - Alton Towers
Posted December 1, 2007 at 7:11 AM
Space Mountain:Mission 2 - Disneyland Paris
Nemesis - Alton Towers
Kraken - Seaworld Orlando
Expedition Everest - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Duelling Dragons - Universal Orlando
Pepsi-Max Big One - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Spinball Whizzer - Alton Towers
Big Dipper - Blackpool Pleasure Beach
California Screaming - Disney's California Adven.
From Bill Thelen1. Montu - BGA
Posted December 1, 2007 at 11:53 AM
2. ROS at Darien Lake.
3. Dueling Dragons - IOA
4. Krakken - SWO
5. Hulk - IOA
6. Beast - PKI *
7. MF - CP *
8. Kumba - BGA
9. Revenge of the Mummy - USF
10. Jack Rabbit - Seabreeze (sentimental reasons)
* I do not ride these anymore as I will no longer go to Cedar Fair Parks.
From Christy ShumanCan I ask why Bill, that you wont to CF parks?
Posted December 1, 2007 at 12:11 PM
From Bill ThelenI live about an hour from Cedar Point.
Posted December 1, 2007 at 1:39 PM
I have had a season pass for Cedar Fair parks for the last 5 years. Visiting Cedar Point and/or Geauga Lake every weekend.
After the way they handled the Geauga Lake closing I sent my pass back to them and told them that they had lost a customer.
I now have season passes for Darien Lake.
I will also be going to Dollywood, Hersheypark, and Kennywood. Parks that I either have not been to or have not been to in years. The only thing that I will miss is Kings Island's Beast.
From Adrienne McDonaldWell, again, since I haven't ridden that many, my faves of the one's I HAVE ridden are as follows, in order of faves:
Posted December 9, 2007 at 5:26 PM
Loch Ness Monster--BGE--Just because. :)
I can't think of anymore right now, if I do, I'll add to it. :).
From Eli Katzmanloch ness monster is horrible and i don't think that Tony hawks BS is even open until next season. And yes, i ment to say BS because it looks horrible.
Posted December 10, 2007 at 3:18 PM
From Danny Melilloloch ness is ok for the small waits they have, and tony haws bs in sf fiest texas opened this year
Posted December 10, 2007 at 8:22 PM
From Scott VerbleRockin' Roller coaster (MGM) that name will never change for me
Posted December 13, 2007 at 3:03 PM
The Hulk (IOA)
Kraken (Sea World)
Shi Kra (BGA)
Dueling Dragons (IOA)
Ghost Rider (Knott's Berry Farms)
Tennessee Tornado (Dolly Wood)
Space Mountain (MK)
From Justin Spistomy top 10 are
Posted December 16, 2007 at 11:27 AM
1. Apollo's Chariot (BGE)
From Mike Bianucci1. The Beast- KI
Posted December 24, 2007 at 8:27 AM
2. Thunderhead- Dollywood
3. Vertical Velocity- SFGA
4. Titan SFOT
5. Magnum XL 200 CP
6. Space Mountain- Disney
7. Mind Bender SFOG
8. Goliath SFOG
9. Raging Bull SFGA
10. Mr Freeze- SFOT
THese are all ones that I have ridden.
From Adrienne McDonaldEli why do you say Loch Ness is horrible? Loch Ness is GREAT! It's smooth & unique, first of it's kind (since Orient Express is gone, as far as I know the ONLY one of it's kind) & the wait time was like 30 min. or under 1 hr. Just because it's not outragously huge or has twists & turns, etc. etc. etc. doesn't mean it's not a good coaster. For an Arrow coaster, it's SMOOTH. Normally they're bad jerky or something else wrong w/older Arrows but this one is perfect! :) You don't hafta like it but I do.
Posted December 24, 2007 at 8:43 AM
From Tyler W.I've never waited over 15 minutes for LNM.
Posted December 25, 2007 at 6:53 PM
From Christy ShumanHow dare you talk bad about Nessie, lol. Nessie is one of the smoothest and coolest arrows out there, other than Tennesee Torndao at Dollywood.
Posted December 26, 2007 at 9:22 AM
From Justin SpistoAmen. Nessie is a living legend. It is the best arrow coaster around and it withstood the test of time so far. Unlike another another arrow that used to be at BGE. cough* cough* Drachen Fire cough* cough*.
Posted December 26, 2007 at 12:08 PM
From Tyler W.I wish I could have had a chance to ride Drachen Fire, I was too young.
Posted December 26, 2007 at 3:31 PM
From Justin SpistoI was to young also but from what I heard that coaster was rough as hell. But it had one of the most unique designs ever.
Posted December 27, 2007 at 9:59 AM
From Eli KatzmanOkay, I admit I was totally wrong. I had a bad temper that day. I think that for an ARROW coaster, it was smooth. It still had way more whiplash than I like. The part that amazed me the most was the flips. The were really smooth. I also couldn't enjoy nessie that much because I had to wait 45 minutes the only time I rode it. I am very happy that nessie has something to do with BGE, and I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings. Especially yours, Nessie. I rode it with my brother Gabe, who started this discussion, and he loved it. One thing he liked the best was that there were no seatbelts, you just lock into place. He thought the helix in the tunnel was sweet!
Posted December 27, 2007 at 11:04 AM
From Justin SpistoWhiplash?? What do you expect even the smoothest Aroww's have whiplash. Its a Frigin Arrow.
Posted December 28, 2007 at 11:05 AM
From Justin SpistoWhiplash?? What do you expect even the smoothest Aroww's have whiplash. Its a Frigin Arrow.
Posted December 28, 2007 at 11:05 AM
From Eli KatzmanYou answered twice! Duh, everyone has whiplash! Arrow just isn't very smooth!
Posted December 28, 2007 at 4:35 PM
From Barbara BoyerI think I am one of the few people in the world who loved Drachen Fire. It was my favorite coaster, ever. I still feel sad when I go by the area where the dragon lived. It could be a little rough, but once you knew where the rough parts were - the rest was pure heaven. Sigh....
Posted December 29, 2007 at 4:36 PM
From DV MThere is another Arrow missing from nearly every list...Magnum XL200 is still one of the best coaster experiences out there...especially row 3. Nessie is good. Tennessee Tornado is good. Magnum is elite. My list would also include mostly LIM/LSM/Hydraulic Launch (Volcano, Flight of Fear, TTD, Stormrunner, Maverick), Inverted (Alpinegeist is the best imo) and a few special sitdowns (MF, Apollo's Chariot). I throw in Everest for the theming.
Posted January 2, 2008 at 2:52 PM
From robert millerKevin (or whoever rode voyage) I see that you have voyage #1. I love woodies, but have not ridden many of the good ones. Is Holiday World worth a long trip.
Posted January 2, 2008 at 7:00 PM
I love the Yeti on Everest, but I dont really like the coaster. (plus I get dizzy when you go backwards)
From steve leeRobert (miller), I would say Holiday World is absolutely worth a visit as long as you manage to score another park or two while you're at it. Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, while not much of a park, is about an hour away (and I recommend spending the night in Louisville anyway. There's NOTHING to do in Santa Claus other than Holiday World).
Posted January 2, 2008 at 7:38 PM
If you're driving, you can always swing by Beech Bend. It's a smaller park, but Kentucky Rumbler is a really good wood coaster (and their spinning mouse is SICK).
If you need more, King's Island is about an hour and 45 minutes from Louisville, or you can delve deeper into Indiana and hit up Indiana Beach (which I've heard mostly good things about, though oddly not from anyone here. Go figure).
So, yeah. I'd totally say it's worth a longer trip.
From Eli KatzmanHey Robert; Alpengeist isn't rough. All the loops are smooth except for the cobra roll. It's a little rough, but more than you think it would be. The Immelman is extremely smooth and in my opinion the best part.
Posted January 3, 2008 at 1:45 PM
If it's changed since you've been there/\
From Kevin SowinskiSteve knows his stuff. If you like wooden coasters Holiday World has the best 3 punch combo out there Raven and Legend are also very good. It's probably even better known for it's water park. I only went for an afternoon visit and I was able to ride each of these coasters 7 or 8 times each. I hit all of the parks that Steve mentioned in addition to Holiday World. King's Island, Beech Bend, and Kentucky Kingdom are quite close together. Indiana Beach is a bit further away, but it worth a visit to see space maximization at its finest.
Posted January 4, 2008 at 7:47 PM
From Lee WesterHere's my top 6:
Posted January 6, 2008 at 3:45 PM
1. Magnum XL 200, Cedar Point, OH
2. Millenium Force, Cedar Point, OH
3. Pheonix, Knoebels, PA
4. Superman, Six Flags Darien Lake, NY
5. Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point, OH
6. Thunderbolt, Kennywood, PA
From Eli KatzmanPheonix is AWESOME!
Posted January 7, 2008 at 3:26 PM
I haven't been to Darien Lake, but I've ridden the mirror image of it at SF America.
From Adrienne McDonaldI accept your apology Eli, on behalf of Nessie & her fans of course! :) I didn't notice any whiplash on her though. Where did you sit? There's really not much there to get whiplash from.
Posted January 8, 2008 at 8:16 PM
From Eli KatzmanI actually sat in the 2nd row.
Posted January 8, 2008 at 8:57 PM
From Adrienne McDonaldI sat in second car back seat. Very strange.
Posted January 10, 2008 at 5:28 PM
From Eli KatzmanI guess I'm just sort of strict in the whiplash way. I've only ridden, like, about 4 arrow coasters anyway.
Posted January 12, 2008 at 9:11 PM
From Jake Rivers1. Millennium Force (duh)
Posted January 17, 2008 at 5:33 PM
2. Maverick ( right behind him )
3. TTD ( lap bars )
4. El Toro
5. Magnum ( right on the beach )
From Logan Decker1.Top Thrill Dragster
Posted January 17, 2008 at 6:32 PM
3.Magnum XL 200
4.Rockin roller coaster
From Russell MeyerI haven't done one of these in a while, and it's probably changed a bit since the last time I thought about it.
Posted January 18, 2008 at 7:01 PM
1. Top Thrill Dragster-Yes, it's not as big as Kingda Ka, but it's smoother and the views from the top are WAY better.
2. Alpengeist-I still cannot get enough of this coaster. The cobra roll from the back left seat is unmatched in intensity on any other coaster I've ridden.
3. Montu-I rode it again a few months ago, and it's moved up a bit on my list, probably because I think the trims have been softened a bit going into the batwing and during the MCBR.
4. Kraken-Easily the best floorless coaster in the world. Only Superman: Krypton Coaster comes close.
5. Millenium Force-That first drop is unparalelled, and there's nothing like eating bugs for dinner on Millenium Island.
6. Phoenix-I'm definitely a steel coaster fan, but this woodie is smoother than a lot of steel coasters.
7. Apollo's Chariot-I know Nitro is bigger and faster, and pulls more g's, but the world's first B&M hyper is my favorite because of the neverending and uninterupted airtime.
8. Phantom's Revenge-The best second drop in the world, STILL.
9. X-It's been a few years since I've ridden it, but I still fondly remember it, and look forward to riding it again with it's new trains and special effects.
10. Revenge of the Mummy-I just can never get enough of this coaster, and the theming is spot-on.
From charles henderson1. Incredible Hulk (IOA)
Posted January 19, 2008 at 8:18 AM
2. Mellenium Force (CP)
3. Shiekra (BGA)
4. Superman (SFA)the one in MD.
5. Rock'n Rollercoaster (DHS)
6. Dueling Dragons (IOA)
7. Mummy Returns (USF)
8. Valcano (PKD)
9. Mantis (CP)
10.Flight of Fear (PKD)
From Marshall StannageGood lists guys.......had to think a bit about my faves, but here;s my top 11 (couldnt quite get it down to the 10)
Posted January 19, 2008 at 9:23 AM
1. Hulk – IOA
2. California Screamin – DCA
3. Kraken – SWF
4. Nemesis – Alton Towers
5. Silver Bullet – Knotts Berry Farm
6. Duelling Dragons – IOA
7. Kumba – BGA
8. Dragon Khan – Port Aventura
9. Rock N Rollercoaster – MGM
10. Montu – BGA
11. Expedition Everest - AK
From Adrienne McDonaldI don't know how Alpie could be "rough". It's a B&M plus it's an invert. I've never found any of those 'rough'. The cobra roll popped me up off my seat a bit but it wasn't rough to me anyway.
Posted January 26, 2008 at 3:20 PM
From Eli KatzmanFor me, that part was just quick for some reason
Posted January 26, 2008 at 4:07 PM
From John Jackson1. Nitro - SFGAdv
Posted July 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM
2. Magnum XL200 - CP
3. El Toro - SFGAdv
4. Phantom's Revenge - Kennywood
5. Titan - SFoT
5. Raptor - CP
6. Dueling Dragons - IoA
6. Maverick - CP
7. Steel Force - Dorney
7. Kingda Ka - SFGAdv
8. Texas Giant - SFoT
8. Top Thrill Dragster - CP
9. Cyclone - Astroland
9. Superman Krypton Coaster - SFFT
10. Steel Eel - SW-SA
10. Powder Keg - Silver Dollar City
(sorry, i just couldn't pick only 10)
From DYLAN 5#1 Hulk ( THE BEST ROLLER COASTER IN THE WORLD )
Posted July 12, 2008 at 4:40 PM
From John JacksonOops! Forgot about Hulk! I'd have to squeeze him in just after Maverick.
Posted July 12, 2008 at 8:39 PM
From Michael Owen1. Kraken (SeaWorld Orlando)
Posted July 13, 2008 at 6:11 AM
2. SheiKra (BGA)
3. Rock 'n' Rollercoaster (DHS/WDS)
4. Big Thunder Mountain (DLP)
5. Space Mountain: Mission 2(DLP)
6. Montu (BGA)
7. Gwazi (BGA)
8. Incredible Hulk Coaster(IOA)
9. Dueling Dragons (IOA)
10. Revenge of the Mummy (USF)
From Christy ShumanOk this thread was started in 2007 so mine have changed a bit.
Posted July 13, 2008 at 6:31 AM
From hannah callerI've only ever been to florida themeparks and english themeparks so my list is not gonna be very impressive
Posted July 13, 2008 at 7:24 AM
1.Duelling Dragons (IOA)
From Justin SpistoHere's mine. It's only tempoaray. So I will post an update later.
Posted July 13, 2008 at 7:40 AM
1. Apollo's Chariot-BGE
Farenhiet will get into this countdown by Sunday.
From Brian DI don't particularly have a top 10. I can, however, safely say that my top 2 favorite rides are:
Posted July 13, 2008 at 9:47 AM
1. X (going on X2 in August)- SFMM
2. El Toro- SFGAdv
Oh, and the Teacups and Spider are up there too.
From Nick SNot my final list but my best so far...
Posted July 13, 2008 at 7:15 PM
1. El Toro- SFGAdv
From steve leeI can't really think up a true top ten list, but I wanted to take a moment to commend Christy for recognizing the quality of Swamp Fox at Myrtle Beach. The park it's in is about as ghetto as you can possibly get, but that coaster has got some amazing force behind it (I haven't been on it in a year or two, so I don't know how it's been holding up).
Posted July 13, 2008 at 8:21 PM
If anyone goes to Hard Rock Park, be sure to save an hour or two to head over to Family Kingdom. It costs about five bucks to ride Swamp Fox and is totally worth it (ACE members get a discount, as well).
From Marc RickettsIn alphabetical order:
Posted July 13, 2008 at 10:48 PM
Desperado-Buffalo Bill's Casino, Primm, NV
One day I'll visit those mid-west parks, and the list will change.
From Logan DeckerMy new top 10 would be something like
Posted July 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM
1.Top Thrill Dragster - love the launch and speed
From Christy ShumanThanks Steve, It used to be my all time favorite woodie until I rode el toro. hehe
Posted July 14, 2008 at 1:51 PM
From Scott WardMy Top 12 Coasters (based on Thrill/Fun of the ride, no credit for theme--Sorry Disney!)
Posted July 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM
1. X (Six Flags Magic Mtn)
Could not narrow my list to only 10!
NOTE: I have not been to many of the Great Coaster parks in the Midwest or Northeast.
* Lived 5 minutes from the park for 6 yrs--rode this ride too many times to leave it off the list.
Busch Gardens Africa
From Ian KampertOK- Here goes!
Posted July 15, 2008 at 5:34 AM
1.Millennium Force - Cedar Point
*Ridden over 200 times, so it had to be on this list!
From George Abagis1-Super Man-Six Flags New England
Posted July 19, 2008 at 12:55 PM
3-Millennium Force-Cedar Point
5-Mean Streak "before breaks were added"-Cedar Point
6-Montu-Busch Gardens Tampa
7-Cyclone-Six Flags New England
9-Top Thrill Dragster-Cedar point
10-Mantis-Cedar Point-Cedar Point
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