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They Live. We Sleep.
Wicked Twister is pretty sweet at night, too...
I haven't ridden MF at night yet, but I hear it's great. SRoS @ SFDL is pretty good, its course isn't lit after the lift hill...
But then again, what do I know?
If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.
Volcano - Pitch black until the blast out the top. Awesome!
Big Bad Wolf - My favorite coaster to ride at night.
1. Tremors, Silverwood. During the day the opening sequence of drop, tunnel, bunny hop, tunnel, rise, lateral slam is by far the most intense opening salvo on a wooden coaster, period. Transform that to nighttime and it becomes even scarier. Then add a second helping of the same sequence at the end of the ride and you got yerself a winner.
2. Superman, SFNE. Come on, folks...this is the best steel coaster in the US, maybe on the planet. Anyone who thinks Millie is best hasn't ridden Supes! Take the best steelie and turn off the lights and you'll need a cigarette and a kleenex after each ride. Its THAT good.
3. Raven, Holiday World. That end run through the woods is hard scary/amazing, especially the luscious/groovy s-bunny near the end.
4. Phoneix, Knoebels. Phoenix is one of those rare beasts that runs well early in the day at park opening and just get better and better as the day progresses.
5. Boulderdash, Lake Compounce. I admit that there are many who don't get this woody and its notorious for less-than-stellar rides in certain conditions. But at night, in the dark, with your sense of sight limited and the sound of trees and boulders whooshing by as the surprise laterals hit you...well that's just pure bliss.
6. Legend, Holiday World [pre waterpark expansion]. In the first two years Legend was open, before Zinga and Zoombabwe opened, the out portion of the coaster was seemingly out in the middle of nowhere, with not a light to be found. Sure, the slides do add a new headchopper effect and the ride is still top-notch but "back in the day" that swoop drop and double up in the pitch black was jawdropping.
7. Ghostrider, Knotts Berry Farm. One of the most aggressive wooden coasters out there [AGRESSIVE...not ROUGH..there is a difference, people!] with an ending sequence that is hard to beat. There is a reason that an hour into a 2-hour ERT session 75% of the riders have had enough. LOL!
8. Giant Dipper, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The dark tunnel, the smell of grease, the seaside setting...hard to beat!
9. Cornball Express, Indiana Beach. How so much airtime and laterals can be squeezed into a coaster that small still baffles me.
10. Blue Streak, Conneaut Lake Park. The entire "out" portion is set away from the midway and is shrouded in pitch-black darkness. Those first three deep dips, especially in the refurbished Vettle trains, feel twice as long without sight references.
And to those who have read this and are wondering "But hey, why isn't Beast in your top 10?" I've ridden Beast at night, in the dark, numerous times. Its good...but these are WAY better.
Or the Grand National if you can't get to LA.
Fast forward to SRM, 2003, and my Lord..... :) Daddy like!
The Flying Turns makes all the right people wet - Gonch
a lot of the lights in the park are off and then u swoop down in to the tunel! its amazing
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