Viper SFGAm – For some reason you don’t hear much about this ride but it is unquestionably the best of the Coney Island Cyclone type coasters. Its fast, smooth, great pops of airtime, the lapbars have wide gaps between the clicks so usually you get good air. Nothing not to like here.
Invadr – Not much to say here other than its an awesome little GCI. Fast, relatively smooth, has some good pops of air. Overall just a great coaster, kind of reminds of Avalanche at Timber Falls but longer.
Avalanche Timber Falls – Speaking of which...although it did get unbearably rough in its latter years (though still a great ride in the front row) this coaster was extremely underrated, which was understandable considering it was in the middle of bumble**** Wisconsin. At the time it opened there weren’t a whole lot of coasters in the country like it, it was one of the first of the incoming flood of awesome wooden coasters to come.
Big Dipper Geauga Lake – Another ride nobody ever talked about but had great airtime and relatively smooth for being so old. By far my most missed ride of that park.
Shambahla – Ok so this coaster probably is not over-rated amongst Europeans but here in the USA we tend to be ethnocentric and look at our B&M hypers as the best in the world…but this one is the best. I don’t even know why but there is just feels faster, has more sustained airtime, great views, etc.
Flying Dinosaur – Speaking of the best B&M of their type, this one also takes the taco when it comes to flying coasters. Tatsu and Manta get all the attention while this one flies under the radar because of its location, but this ride is intense AF.
Twister Knoebels – I went to this park thinking Phoenix was going to be the best ride, but Twister is really the standout coaster here. Even when I rode it recently it was relatively smooth (though not smooth by todays wooden coaster standards, it wasn’t bad at all for being older), the laterals and airtime are top notch.
Arthur Europa Park – Didn’t know much about this ride before going on it but it turned out to be my favorite ride in the park. While more dark ride than coaster, I thought it was extremely well done for being a non Disney/Universal dark ride-coaster. It’s also hilarious going through the “ghetto” scene and hearing the soundtrack say the N-word. Its like…”wait did I really just hear that??” especially on a ride made for kids.
Great Bear – I absolutely loved this invert, IMO it is one of the best out there. For some reason you don’t hear much about it as at the time it was built it was overshadowed in the fanscape by Raptor, Alpengiest, and Montu, but Great Bear is really unique.
Evel Knievel – Another kickass little GCI that delivers big even with its small footprint.
Raven – What’s so great about this ride? Nobody’s ever been able to explain it to me. Got a lot of attention because of the ACE event, it’s a decent but by no means a world class coaster. When I was younger this was constantly at the top of the polls yet Viper at SFGAm (see above) is better and you didn’t ever see that up there.
Montu – I don’t think this is a bad ride, but it was the big new ride when I was first getting into riding coasters so was super pumped for it. Came off thinking “that was kind of tame compared to Batman.” It just wasn’t as good as looked. As I’ve gotten older now I’ve learned to appreciate the tamer coasters a lot more lol. To be fair over the years I have gotten a few non-trimmed super intense rides where the ride was probably running more nylon wheels but those have been rare.
Diamondback – Its possible I just got a bad ride on it, but I rode it last year and didn’t really like anything about Diamondback. It was rough (like, legit rough, I thought my caps were going to fall out of my mouth) and didn’t have much air. Rode in the back but I feel like its probably a better front row ride.
Kingda Ka – This ride is excessively rough and has been ever since it first opened. For being so famous you would think Six Flags would take better care of it. Sadly the roughness really does ruin what should be an amazing ride, for some reason TTD doesn’t rattle nearly as bad.
Millennium Force – I think you have to be my age to understand this one. Nobody makes a big deal about MF now, but when it first opened it was supposedly the be-all-end-all of all coasters and was constantly getting ranked as the best coaster in the world. Meanwhile smaller but better versions were popping up all over the place around the same time (the Superman Intamin hyper trio, Expedition GeForce, etc). While its by no means a bad ride and I’ll go for a ride on it anytime it is definitely not one of the best coasters in the world.
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