list of the world's top coasters, along with hybrid manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction. But because our "which is better" question has room for only two choices, we will stick with the Swiss today.When fans talk about the world's best steel roller coasters, they're almost always talking about a model from one of two Swiss companies: Intamin and Bolliger & Mabillard. These two coaster designers dominate our
So, for you as a coaster fan, which is better: Intamin or B&M?
Intamin builds the fastest and tallest roller coasters in the world, including world-record holders Formula Rossa and Kingda Ka. But Bolliger & Mabillard is known for the symphony of its elements - the drops, twists, and inversions that thrill beyond height and pure speed. Yet Intamin does not fail to deliver on that front, either, with some of the most innovative layouts in the world.
This year, B&M was preparing an impressive trio of new coasters for U.S. coaster fans, with Kings Island's Orion, Hersheypark's Candymonium, and SeaWorld San Diego's Emperor. Intamin's 2020 slate included Pantheon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Sandy’s Blasting Bronco at the new Nickelodeon Universe in New Jersey, following last year's hit Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure.
Let's ride along with a couple of our top videos that illustrate some of the strengths of each manufacturer, starting with the pure speed of the world's fastest roller coaster, Intamin's Formula Rossa from Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
Then let's enjoy the bliss of a wild ride through the woods on Bolliger & Mabillard's Thunderbird, from Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana.
Do you prefer the accelerator, blitz, impulse, indoor, family, and mega coasters from Intamin, including classics such as Maverick, Millennium Force and Intimidator 305? Or do you choose the dive, floorless, flying, inverted, wing, and hypers from Bolliger & Mabillard, including Manta, Mako, and Fury 325?
Make the case for your favorite in the comments.
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