Posted Monday, January 1, 2001 11:24 AM | Contributed by themeparkne
Theme Park New England's Reader Survey 2000 was dominated by New England parks. Six Flags New England's Superman: Ride of Steel was not only voted the best roller coaster in New England, but also the best steel coaster in the world. SFNE's Scream! freefall tower tied for the best non-coaster attraction in the world with Islands of Adventure's Amazing Adventures of Spiderman. SFNE itself was voted the best park in New England wrapping up a very impressive showing for the western Massachusetts park. Another regional favorite, Lake Compounce's Boulder Dash, earned the title of the world's best woodie. New England's roller coaster count increased greatly over the last year making it a great region for coaster enthusiasts to visit. We in the region are proud to host some of the world's best roller coasters.
I hate when people say you can't compare to coasters, esp. when they are made by the same company. Just think, if this was your last day alive and you only had time to ride one, which would you pick? I know I would go for Millennium Force, just because it is number 1 in the country.
Exactly Lynch, just like I read a certain individual on this topic who quotes, "Millennium Force is WAY BETTER then Superman: Ride of Steel!!!, but yet I dont see that ride or that park on his track record. A little word to people who havent been on both coasters, dont say one is better then the other if you havent experienced both of them.
I haven't expierienced Millenium Force yet, so I'm not going to make a judgement because I can't decide over something I haven't ridden yet. But every ACE emember and enthusiast I have held a conversation with at the park says SROS at SFNE is better than Millenium Force. In my opinion, Scream! looks like the best S&S Tower. Power Tower and Supreme Scream don't do the double shot maneuver (space shot/turdo drop combined) and they look way to tall. 200 ft. is the perfect size.
Hey Park World magazine ranked SFNE's SROS as number one. Paul Rueben has been on both MF and SROS too. From what I hear MF has a better first drop but that's it. It doesn't has as much airtime as SROS nor does it have SROS's intense helixes. The mist filled tunnels also are supposed to be better than MF's. this is what all the enthusiasts on Ultimate Roller coaster say anyway.
Height isn't everything in free fall towers, just the same as roller coasters. Last week, I rode IOA's Dr. Doom and liked it better than Scream because it shot riders up and down in the same ride. Dr. Doom, however is 50 ft. shorter than Scream. I also rode PittFall at Kennywood and prefered it to Power Tower because of the braking design which allows for a much longer free fall.
But isn't it funny that CP also dominates most national/international polls as well as the industry awards. How many Golden Tickets have SFNE won? Point is any one can throw up a regional poll and pimp it to the area; but to take the big national polls(like the ones ACE, Amusement Today, as well as others that are pushed nationally or further) makes the claims stroger because of the larger sample taken from the coaster community.
As to the S:ROS, while never having the luxury to trvel out there, i do think i would like it better than the MF because like most coaster enthusiasts i enjoy airtime and other g-forces. Somthing that MF doesn't provide a lot of. But somhow i doubt it can compete with the 300' drop at 80 degrees.