Allright heres one of those famous off season posts.
If you could bring back one roller coaster that has been torn down what would it be? By the way, bringing back a coaster does not mean the one that took its place would have to be torn down (ex. in this fantasy world you could bring back the Steel Phantom witout destroying Phantom's Revenge) and you could magically fix mechanical issues.
There have been way too many coasters demolished just over my lifetime that I would love to see re-built, and I'm only 17. Let alone the ones removed before I was even born. Way too many to choose just one.
I missed riding the Idora park wildcat by ONE DAY! :( :( :( I didn't know the park was closed on Mondays (no web in those days!) "We'll come back next year"......
My dad (who has ridden about 250 coasters) still says it is his favorite wooden coaster. I'd chose it....I think the CB Cyclone might not be so great.....it has attained this mythical status, but it just had the reputation of being the wildest....not the best....but, what do I know :)
Personally from what I've read and of all the coasters that are gone I would like one ride on the Puritas Springs Cyclone. After that Any of the Euclid Beach Coasters, Thriller, Racer, Flying Turns, just because those are the ones my parents and grandparents grew up riding. But honestly there are to many to list.
Drachen Fire. Not because it was a great ride, but because it is (to date) the only defunct ride that I've HAD THE CHANCE to ride and passed on. Of course, that was back in my wimpy days...but still, I had my shot and I said no. And boy am I regretting it now.
I'd have to say the Aeroplane at Playland, Both versions of Mr. Twister the original 64 version and the 67 rehab (so I can tell what mods were done to make it infamous), The Tornado from Coney Island, and the Cyclone Racer. Sorry, too many to pick from. *** Edited 1/21/2004 5:40:12 AM UTC by coasterpunk***
I vote for Idora Wildcat, I too would like to ride the original Mr. Twister. From what I hear the lift was raised, the first drop altered so that instead of going into a helix almost directly afterwards it would go into a second hill which would raise the speed of the helx to breakneck speeds.
I imagine every coaster fan would love to get the chance to at least see, and if possible ride, the three most famous defunct coasters:
Aeroplane - for its symetrical beauty and perfect pacing.
Crystal Beach Cyclone - for its extreme wildness and forceful nature (and I'd also like to meet "the nurse").
Riverview Bobs - for its speed and rapid turns.
Slightly less well known defunct coasters that I would like to experience include:
Puritas Springs Cyclone - for its unbelievable use of the parks terrain and an infamous first drop.
Cyclone Racer - for its USP (unique selling point); its a large racing wooden coaster on a pier and theres not many of them that have ever been built!
Belle Vue Bobs - because it was supposed to be the best coaster in the UK up until it was dismantled in the 70's. It is also virtually impossible to get pictures of this thing so it would be interesting to see what it really looks like.