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What's Your Favorite Roller Coaster?

Theme parks aren't the only places to find roller coasters. Here's the place to talk about your favorite rides from smaller amusement parks, fairs and other sites.

From Max Scheiber
Posted January 5, 2003 at 6:33 PM
Does anyone have a favorite roller coaster not included in the database of, or does anyone like a coaster not included in (most likely because it is not at a theme park)?

I really like the Dania Beach Hurricane. How about you?

From E
Posted January 6, 2003 at 7:38 AM
Well, I’m not sure if “favorite” applies here, but certainly the most stomach-churning, brain-damaging, code “U-” and “V-“creating high-speed, turbulent “roller coaster” type attraction here the last 15 or so years has been the state of the themed entertainment racket in general. That seemingly long, yet very shaky up hill rise, then this incredible, breakneck, seemingly endless downhill drop complete with surprising (dare I say appalling?) twists, turns, and loops.

From Coaster Enthusiast
Posted January 6, 2003 at 10:06 AM

However, Max was looking for an attraction not listed on TPI, ... He he

My favorite coaster would have to be, without a doubt: Coney Island Cyclone.

From David Allen
Posted January 6, 2003 at 10:19 AM
I would have to say for sentimental reasons that mine would be my "first" real roller coaster, the Big Dipper at Belmont Park in San Diego.

As a kid, I watched it for many years before I gathered up enough courage to ride it. When I finally did, I regretted all the years I didn't.

For many years it sat in disrepair. It survived a couple of fires. It survived the city council and attempts to remove it. When it ran again after all those years it was like being 14 all over again, even if the new cars do not sound quite right.

There are bigger and more thrilling rides, but none that are quite the same as this one.

From Enzo Pirrone Jr.
Posted January 6, 2003 at 1:11 PM
I would have to agree with David about "first" real roller coasters. They provide that first thrill and kind of sets a benchmark for what other coasters you dare to try. With mine having to be Skyliner ( at Lakemont Park in Altoona, PA.

From Steve Carter
Posted January 6, 2003 at 4:49 PM
My faveoite is the beast but my faveorite NOT mentioned here is.... Boulder Dash I guess.

From Scott Liverman
Posted January 7, 2003 at 1:26 AM
That's a tough one.. Millenium Force is certainly on the top of my list followed by Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg..and then there's Rock and Rollercoaster at Disney MGM studios. To name a few. These coasters kick it to the extreme.

From Ben Mills
Posted January 7, 2003 at 10:20 AM

Anyone wanna guess which one of those three I'm laughing at? Kevin?

From Carey Lynn Holtsclaw
Posted January 7, 2003 at 5:48 PM
LOL! Same Here!

From Coaster Enthusiast
Posted January 7, 2003 at 8:56 PM
Okay, since no-one else is confining their choices to coasters not listed on TPI ... I would like to say my favorite coaster is Alpengeist.

My second favorite coaster would be Wild One. It used to be called Giant Coaster when it was in operation at Paragon Park, Hull, Mass., where I rode it nearly a hundred times as a teenager.

Third in line would be my first: Coaster or Comet Coaster. Now defunct, it was my first full-size/wooden coaster ride at the age of nine. The first drop was a staggering 55 degrees!!

The reason why the Coney Island Cyclone is my current favorite over Wild One, is designers removed the drop-back turn at the return point and made it a banking turn. Other than the only banking first drop on a wooden coaster, the return was the best part of the ride!!

From chuck oneill
Posted January 7, 2003 at 10:13 PM
My favorite not listed on the
site is the Ripsaw at Mall of
America in minneapolis. Not
a major thrill but fun and very well themed, with three
lifts and lots of banks, it
goes through the "mountain"
in which the Mall flume ride

From Frank Melgeorge
Posted January 8, 2003 at 5:01 PM
My favorite wooden coaster is Tremors from Silverwood,Idaho. It kicks butt,It's 103 feet high and a speed of 60+ miles an Hour and has 4 underground tunnels and the first one is at the bottom of the first hill but it zooms through the Shake,Rattle and Roll gift shop!!!! And you get great airtime! And my favorite steel coaster is Disneyworlds Rock'n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith.

From Nathan Ellstrand
Posted January 8, 2003 at 6:22 PM
I agree with Frank, Tremors is amazing! Great banked turns, drops, and lots of airtime. (And yes, that would be my favorite coaster not listed on the site)

My overall favorite is X. It's so different, and so fun!

From Matthew Woodall
Posted January 8, 2003 at 8:05 PM
Can't find it on the site, so thought I'd add my favourite...Vortex from PCW!

From Michael Matthews
Posted January 9, 2003 at 2:15 AM
Im from australia and i think that the leathal weapon at warner bros movie world is my favoirte roller coaster

From Coaster Enthusiast
Posted January 9, 2003 at 7:42 PM
Paul Ruben's favorite coaster:
CP's Top Thrill Dragster

From Derek Svezia
Posted January 10, 2003 at 1:19 PM
I would have to say so far it would be The Raging Bull at Six Flags Great America. The Boss at Six Flags Saint Louis is second for me.

From Michelle Pilling
Posted January 20, 2003 at 1:21 PM
The Kraken at Seaworld and Tower of terror at WDW

From Anonymous
Posted January 20, 2003 at 3:38 PM

From Matthew Woodall
Posted January 20, 2003 at 4:43 PM

From Anonymous
Posted January 22, 2003 at 9:07 AM
Three more great coasters that haven't been mentioned:

Roller Coaster at Playland, Vancouver, BC

- A great, classic wooden coaster. It has everything a wooden coaster should - nice drops, plenty of air time, and only a simple lap bar to hold you in place.

Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spaland, Japan

- I love big drops, and this currently has the biggest in the world. Plus it's an exciting ride all the way to the finish.

White Cyclone, Nagashima Spaland, Japan

- One of the best wooden coasters I've ridden, it ranks up there with The Beast. Big drops, long ride, plenty of thrills beginning to end.

(Has anyone else been to Nagashima? I think that if the park wasn't so inaccessible, their two big coasters would be on a lot of people's top ten lists.)

- Joy

From Ray Schroeder
Posted January 22, 2003 at 12:35 PM
When ever I go to Las Vegas I take a trip out to Primm, NV(State Line). Go to Buffalo Bills Casino and ride Desperado. It's 225 feet going 90mph. It's great having that desert heat blasting you in the face. It's better that losing your $'s at the tables.

From Matthew Woodall
Posted January 22, 2003 at 1:15 PM
Isn't that the coaster that had its wheel fall off last year?

From Ray Schroeder
Posted January 23, 2003 at 7:20 AM
Now you tell me.

Thanks.... :)

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