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14 Coasters i have to go on before i die.

What's your list? Post in the comments.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 4, 2013 at 2:50 PM
As i turn 14 this year i ponder the coasters i haven't been on here are some

1. Kingda Ka.
2. The Beast.
3. Gatekeeper.
4. Outlaw Run.
5. Texs Giant.
6. Nemisis.
7. Nemisis Inferno.
9. Collossus
10. Air.
11. Rita
12. Formula rossa
13. Thr13een(Ba dum tiss)
14. The Smiler.

Whats your list post in the comments :)

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From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM
Well, I'm gonna be 49, but I certainly ain't gonna list 49 coasters for my "bucket list." And although there are several overseas rides I'd love to ride, I'll limit myself to North America. And I'll steal Manny's number and limit myself to 14. I used no sources except my head. There will be some I'll forget, but hey, that's what happens when you're old. In no particular order, but the numbers are for me to know when I have to stop:

1. X2
2. Tremors
3. Iron Rattler
4. Outlaw Run
5. Mummy
6. Prowler
7. Gatekeeper (or one of the other Wing Coasters)
8. Apocalypse (SFMM)
9. Gold Striker
10. Desperado
11. Verbolten
12. Leviathan
13. Hades (and others at Mt. Olympus)
14. Cornball Express

From AJ Hummel
Posted June 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM
This list is approximately 14 coasters (I had to add a few extra due to ties), but split into separate wood and steel categories. I went with US only, although there are a number of European coasters I'd like to ride (Balder and Expedition GeForce are at the top of my Europe list). Rankings are approximate order of importance.


1. Phoenix
2. Beast (Kings Island)
3. Shivering Timbers
4. Lightning Racer
5. Hades 360
6. Prowler
7. Cyclone (Coney Island)
8. Thunderbolt (Kennywood)
HM. Outlaw Run
HM2. Gold Striker (I'll definitely be riding this one this year)


1. Iron Rattler/New Texas Giant
2. Goliath (Six Flags Over Georgia)
3. Diamondback (Kings Island)
4. Phantom's Revenge
5. Montu
6. GateKeeper/Wild Eagle

I would post my complete list, but it would be over a hundred coasters long (even the US only one would be at least 50 coasters).

From Tony Duda
Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM
I don't really have a must do list but here are the coasters I went on last week (brag brag)-
Griffin BGW
Alpengeist BGW twice
Verbolten BGW thrice, last row once
Loch Ness Monster BGW
Apollo's Chariot BGW twice, front row once
Rock 'n Roller Coaster DHS
Kraken SWO
Manta SWO
Revenge of the Mummy USF
The Incredible Hulk IOA

Verbolten is unlike any other coaster I was ever on. Truly a great ride. The Incredible Hulk was still the best of them all. Griffin is just like SheiKra. First ever ride on Manta, didn't care for it, always makes you look "down", I like looking all around.

From David L.
Posted June 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM
This List will probably change but Voila:

-Kinda Ka
-Goliath (SFMM)
-Millennium Force
-The Beast
-Powder Keg
-Texas Giant
-Superman The Escape
-Cheetah Hunt

Regarding Verbolten, I found the ride to be fun and really different. For a family coaster, I thought the last turn or two to be rather intense. It's well themed and one of my favorite coasters out there.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM
Which Shockwave, David? Texas, VA, or Merry Olde England?

And you're's not really's just "Kinda" Ka :)

From David L.
Posted June 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM
My love of the Mind Bender should answer your question. And I was trying to keep my list domestic...International would be crazy.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM
BGT.Cheetah Hunt isn't worth a whole trip but Montu sheikra and Kumba is.


Mummy is different and unique in its own way and Dueling dragons is amazing

All the coasters at seaworld are amazing and Goliath at SFOG
Is amazing also.

From David L.
Posted June 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM
What's all the hype with Dragon Challenge? I rode both sides the May before last and was thoroughly unimpressed. My local Batman ride was far more intense and enjoyable.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM
Batman you've got to be crapping me dude did you ride when they were dueling

From Russell Meyer
Posted June 7, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Sure they were better than Batman when they were dueling (especially Ice in the front, Fire is still pretty good without the dueling), but the coaster will never duel again, so I'd take a Batman clone over both dragons now.

I've already ridden just about every major coaster in North America (I'll be riding Gatekeeper and Diamondback later this summer), so I'd probably put a number of European and Asian coasters on my bucket list...

Goliath (Netherlands)
Formula Rosa
Battlestar Galactica
Thunder Dolphin
Raging Bull
Mr Freeze Reverse Blast
Powder Keg
Outlaw Run

From James Rao
Posted June 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Looking at the lists, there are a lot of TPI-ers who want to visit my adopted home park, Silver Dollar City. Not sure why Robert Niles hasn't arranged a Midwest Meet Up yet....?

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM
Lol I Have a dream to go to alton and thrope because of the shear theme and amazing coasters there silver dollar looks fun too :)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM
Alton is probably the overseas park that would be my first choice to visit, edging out Blackpool. Alton not only for the coasters, but the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Actually that ride looks amazing as well
The smiler looks amazing.

From Alan Hiscutt
Posted June 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM
All being well, ill be in Alton Towers this October to experience The Smiler and all its grinning goodness. Ill let you guys know how it goes :)

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 7, 2013 at 8:11 PM
Thanks Alan don't forget to talk about the que not much footage has been posted On youtube sadly.

From Alan Hiscutt
Posted June 8, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Will do

From Bradley Keith
Posted June 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM
I have 16 in no particular order and all over the world:

Phoenix (knoebels)
Dragon Khan
Steel Dragon 2000
Cyclone (astroland)
Leap the Dips
Formula Rossa
Expedition GeForce
Dragon Mountain
California Screamin
Outlaw Run
Phantoms Revenge
Serpent of Fire (Mexico)
Bandit (Japan)
Goudurix (France) known as one of the roughest coasters ever, I just want to see how bad it is).

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM
Nice List i'm aiming toward record breakers and legendary coasters.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted June 9, 2013 at 8:17 PM
- Apollo's Chariot
- The Lochness Monster
- El Toro
- Expedition GeForce
- California Screamin'
- Space Fantasy: The Ride
- Kingda Ka
- Nemesis
- The Cyclone (Astroland)
- Tatsu
- Millenium Force
- Space Mountain (Disneyland)
- Alpengeist
- Outlaw Run

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM
Nice list Bryce i heard Mantas better than Tatstu but i've never been on Tatstu so cant tell which is better.

From Russell Meyer
Posted June 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM
From a purely ride standpoint, I think Tastu is better. However, Tatsu's line is so poorly managed, and the water dive and aquarium on Manta make it the better overall attraction.

From Bradley Keith
Posted June 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Yeah, that's the way most better Six Flags coasters are, "from a pure ride standpoint." Manta is pretty awesome with the waterfall, water shoot thing, and the near misses to trees. Tastu is statistically the biggest flyer but I prefer Manta. You can also have less worry of suffering a heat stroke while in line for Manta with the aquarium queue instead of Tatsu's queue which I believe for a while wasn't even covered at all.

Manny, I follow you but, some of the lesser known ones I put on my list are pretty legendary:

Phoenix- A rare relocated woodie, that some say got better in the move! It might only be 78 feet high and 45 mph but its an airtime machine, one of the most underrated woodies ever.

Serpent of Fire- Another classic woodie, it was the tallest coaster in the world for over a decade! It opened in 1964 and is 110 feet tall.

Bandit- TOGO coaster in Japan, opened in 1988. It is 256 feet high, but only has a 167 foot drop. Magnum was the first to have a 200+ drop, but considering the fact it is taller than all B&M coasters except Leviathan, it's pretty impressive and since its in Japan, very unknown.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Well than i got some searching on youtube to do.

From Bradley Keith
Posted June 10, 2013 at 6:21 PM
Be sure to check out Dragon Mountain, it's one I those WEIRD arrow things. It's literally built on a humongous man-made mountain. Located in Canada, it's one of those things you'd expect to only find in RCT3... It's 5,500 feet long and is one of the longest coasters ever. It opened in 1983, when Arrow was the supreme coaster builder of the world.

Leap the dips is the oldest coaster in America still operating, it opened in 1902 but was abandoned in the 70's and 80's when the smaller "classic" parks struggled but somehow the park pulled through and reopened in the 1990s. It statiscally is nothing at all, but I've always wanted to ride it, it's somewhere in Pennsylvania.

I assume you've heard of Expedition GeForce and Formula Rossa... Goliath at Walibi World is another Intamin, Russell mentioned it.

Pepsi Max Big One, or maybe they call it The Big One now, is basically a 5000+ foot long coaster crammed into a VERY small space. Made by Arrow, it's 201 feet high and opened in 1994, when Arrow started competing with B&M. This rivalry is summed up with the sister coasters Drachen Fire and Kumba at the Busch Gardens parks, which one's still running today? (Drachen Fire was a good ride but some people hated it).

Lastly, the Ultimate is another strange ride. It's 7542 feet long but most of it is bunny hops under 50 feet high. Don't expect much on this one but its really weird. Designed by the park owner and built in 1991, it's in England.

There are so many unknown international coasters, and sadly I will probably not ride half of them because they're so spread out.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 11, 2013 at 6:39 AM
Bradley said: "Leap the dips is the oldest coaster in America still operating, it opened in 1902 but was abandoned in the 70's and 80's when the smaller "classic" parks struggled but somehow the park pulled through and reopened in the 1990s. It statiscally is nothing at all, but I've always wanted to ride it, it's somewhere in Pennsylvania."

Lakemont Park in Altoona, to be precise. What a fun riding on a rolling loveseat. I took about 6 rides on my sole visit in 2009. The park is not much to speak of, though. :(

From Bradley Keith
Posted June 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Yeah, it's one of those parks. That's awesome how you got to ride it. I fear the park will close soon, because ACE was the reason it reopened and I've heard it's seriously struggling. It has basically a bunch of old fair rides, and I mean OLD.

Whenever it does close, I'd like to see it get moved sort of like Zippin Pippin. If that does happen, it'd be better than being demolished, I guess. All in all I seriously doubt the park lasts 20 more years. They also have the Skyliner, another true classic. It's really sad to see classic parks close, most of them in the 80s and 90s when the big chain parks started to blossom.

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