2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best B&M Flying Coaster?
Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters consistently score among the top-rated roller coasters in Theme Park Insider's reader ratings. Today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
, we're going to select our favorite of the company's Flying Coaster models.
Voting is open for 24 hours, and you're invited to campaign for your favorite by rallying votes on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments.
Air - at Alton Towers
Manta [link includes on-ride video] - at SeaWorld Orlando
Superman - Ultimate Flight - at Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Over Georgia
Tatsu - at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Tomorrow: We'll vote on the best high-speed indoor rides.
How could you forget Firehawk at King's Island?
I voted the way of the UK a few days ago with Nemesis...Today my loyalty dies in the face of Manta. I just can't vote against it - its amazing.
@first poster: Firehawk is not a B&M coaster. It is a flying coaster made by Vekoma, so it doesn't qualify for this category.
I gotta agree with Todd... from watching the youtube videos (I have not ridden any of these coasters), Tatsu and Manta are clearly the head of the class. Superman seems like an afterthought (in need of a paint job) and Air looks awful, like you are alternately swooping over a trash dump and a sewer - yuck!
In addition to not being a B&M, Firehawk is AWFUL. I'm pretty sure they designed it to keep the sun in your eyes as much as possible.
The first couple of times I rode a flyer (both Vekoma) they totally messed with my well-being..I was psychologically and physically affected in a negative way. I had trouble collecting myself after riding, even to the extent that a Geauga Lake employee had to check to see if I was alright. Then, a few years ago, I decided I had to get over this, and set aside some time at Great Adventure solely to ride Superman:Ultimate Flight multiple times. It worked.
Haven't been on Superman, but out of the other 3 Manta is head and shoulders above the rest.
Mike, you owe it to yourself as a coaster fan to try Manta or Tatsu sometime - which I've found both to be silky-smooth coasters with an exhilarating ride. They are different, as others have mentioned in this thread. But that just means you really ought to try both. I am not a fan of head-messing coasters, but the B&M Flyer remains one of my favorite models.
So, Robert, which do you prefer? Manta or Tatsu...and why?
It seems odd to me to make it brand specific to B & M Flying Coasters.... although I guess they make most of them (and probably the best of them)..... but none of the other categories have really been brand specific I don't think so maybe that is why it seems odd..... (you know, like the suspended coaster catogory was not called the best B & M suspended..... although all the nominees probably were).
I feel I have to make a comment about Air.
An intriguing dodge of your journalistic duties, Mr. Niles! However, I find your excuse to be less "hard-bitten" and more "hard-to-swallow". ;)
I stand corrected (please forgive me for not noticing until now). I did not realize that in the previous catogories it was being brand specific..... such as Inverted Coaster and Hyper. For some reason I noticed it this time..... maybe because our home park.... Carowinds has one of the few flyers not made by B & M.... and even though I don't think it is winner material in this category..... it was automatically not eligible for this category due to the B & M specification. I just thought it would be like.... Best Flyer Category, or Best Inverted, etc. so it did not matter which company made it..... but I do realize a lot of times one company has claimed the largest part of the market in that category.
Where's the love for Superman? The slower nature of these coasters is what I like about them. The inverted roll was like nothing else the first time I rode it...
My biggest beef with Superman (rode it in Chicago), was that position of the seat and head rest forced your head down, looking at the ground, instead being angled slightly to allow you to look comfortably ahead a bit, as Manta's does.
I've been on Superman-Ultimate Flight (SFGAdv version) and Tatsu. As far as Superman goes, it was fun until after the pretzel loop, then it got pretty boring. Even though the line was only 15 minutes with a Gold FlashPass, I couldn't be bothered to ride it more than twice. Tatsu, on the other hand, is not only the best steel coaster in California, but one of my top five steel coasters overall. I ride it at least once each time I visit the park, even when the line is 90 minutes (as it can be sometimes).
@Robert Niles: Where is the Kiddie Coaster Group for the Tournament?
How could Tatsu be losing by such a big amount of votes?
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