What is the best roller coaster in America?
Yesterday, we covered the
worst roller coasters in America
, so let's end the work week on a higher note. According to ratings submitted by our Theme Park Insider readers, here are the top 10 roller coasters in America:
The best roller coaster in America? El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure Bizarro at Six Flags New England Maverick at Cedar Point Intimidator at Carowinds Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Manta at SeaWorld Orlando Millennium Force at Cedar Point The Voyage at Holiday World Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City
Let's keep in mind that the average reader ratings for these great coasters are jammed together as closely as riders waiting in their queues. The difference between numbers one and 10 in terms of quality isn't much at all — you'll enjoy a great ride on any of these coasters, as well as on several more that lurk just underneath the current top 10.
We asked fans of Theme Park Insider on Facebook and on Twitter to name their favorite roller coasters, too. We heard multiple responses for many of the coasters on the top 10 list above, including Millennium Force, El Toro, Bizarro, Voyage, and Apollo's Chariot. In addition, Theme Park Insider fans on Facebook and Twitter frequently lauded:
Let's celebrate another great summer of riding coasters with on-ride videos from some of your favorites:
Later today, we'll keep
talking coasters with our Vote of the Week, and tomorrow we will reveal Theme Park Insider readers' picks for the top roller coaster parks in the United States.
Not a bad list at all. I have ridden all of these coasters and they are all good. Only one missing is Texas Giant which is my #1 overall.
YES to Apollo's Chariot! Verbolten makes me laugh, but it can't quite unseat my favorite coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Glorious.
The best coaster that I've ridden is the Hulk at Islands of Adventure, but I haven't ridden a lot of the top choices. The Voyage is a close second for me.
Since when is Knoebel's not on the park guides/reviews list? Surely this is a park whose influence in the industry extends well beyond its attendance numbers (hard to calculate, also, because the park doesn't charge admission). Anyway, I wanted to vote for the Phoenix, an amazing coaster that has way more ejector airtime thrills than one would imagine possible given its relatively small size.
After riding them pretty close together, I cannot understand how Milennium Force outranks Intimidator 305. With the recent reprofiling and the new OTSRs, I-305 blows MF away.
Not bad! Five of my overall top 10 are on here (Mav, MF, Voyage, AC, Intimidator). I haven't ridden the other five yet, but I'm hoping to get to them in the next few years. At first, I was disappointed that my overall #1 Intimidator 305 isn't on here. Then I realized that's a good thing. If I-305 is not TOO popular, that means shorter lines for me!
Having ridden only 8 of these, I can't comment on the other two but this is a great list which overlaps to some extent with my own top 10 list. I had long been of the opinion that El Toro was the best coaster in the country although it's now tied with Outlaw Run. One conspicuous omission, as Russell Meyer pointed out, is Intimidator 305, number 3 on my list. As to whether it outranks Millennium Force, there's one guy widely acknowledged as a roller coaster expert who thinks it does but I've given the matter a great deal of thought and think that Millie is just a little better due to the scenery and diversity. I've never been to Carowinds so could someone who's ridden both Intimidator at Carowinds and I-305 at Kings Dominion tell me why the former usually gets a higher rating?
I really loved Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando. The ride is so smooth and it has a huge looping in it. Sitting on the outside you are far away from the track and it's like you are flying. Also most coasters are getting a bit rough at the end where they still need to push some tight looping's or corkscrews in there but Kraken never gets uncomfortable.
I am always surprised at how high Bizarro rates. I mean, it is a REALLY good coaster, but is it really the 2nd best coaster out there? Really? I don't see it, though I do love it.
Hi Bobbie - I'll give you my two cents on your question about Intimidator and I-305...
montu from busch gradens is the best rollercoaster I have ever ridden. (I've ridden a lot.)
I've been on 8 out of 10 of the TPI top ten coasters (still need to ride Manta and Outlaw Run) and all 8 of those rank somewhere on my personal top 10 list. El Toro and Voyage are my 1st and 2nd place wooden coasters (respectively). Boulder Dash, Thunderhead, Ravine Flyer II, and Apocalypse the Ride are some of my other favorite wood coasters. As for the steel coasters, my steel top ten is:
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