Now this is a top ten where I dont want the list I am sick of at this site (1. MF 2. Magnum 3. Raptor 4. Mantis etc.) where the only parks involved are CP and maybe SFO. . I want to hear from people that have been to at least 5 different major parks, and 10 major rides. My list would be as follows.
Since I haven't been to CP this year or PKI ever(hitting both in August)this won't be too hard.
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
1. Steel Force- Dorney
2. Viper- SFMM
3. Dueling Dragons-IOA
4. Hulk- IOA
5. Magnum- CP
6. Alpengeist-Busch Williamsburg
7. Kumba- Busch Tampa
8. Steel Phantom- Kennywood
9. Rock and Rollercoaster-Disney MGM (best theming)
10. Jack Rabbit- Kennywood(for the old style cars and lack of lapbar)
*HONORABLE MENTION- Spiderman-IOA -the best non coaster ride on the planet today.
1. Millennium Force
2. Shivering Timbers
4. Dueling Dragons (both in the front seat)
5. Incredible Hulk (IOA)
6. Big Bad Wolf (BGW)
10. S:ROS (SFDL) +Magnum
honorable mentions: Apollo's Chariot, Spiderman at IOA (I know it is not a coaster)
I've been to 9 parks, but my list still looks a little green:
2. Millenium Force
3. Magnum XL-200
4. The Beast
7. Loch Ness Monster (really just an Arrow looper, but still stylish, and was my first inversion)
8. Exterminator (Kennywood)
9. Jackrabbit (Kennywood)
10. The Racer (backward side, PKI)
I guess my list is still CP-centric, but I went to parks like BGW, PCW, and SFO in the late 80s/early 90s before they hit their modern coaster booms (and PKI pre-SOB), and I've been to quite a few parks (both Disneys, PCarowinds, SFEG *post Mr. Twister*) without top-10 quality coasters. Next month I hit IOA and BGT, so I expect the list to be upgraded a bit.
1. Raging Wolf Bobs (SFO)
2. Mean Streak
3. Steel Phantom
4. Twister II (SFEG)
5. Disaster Transport
Well, I've been to about 14 different parks and ridden around 70 different coasters (some clones like space mountain) so I *think* I can ad my two cents. Here goes:
10. Batman: The Ride (SFGAm)
8. Fire Dragon
7. Top Gun: The Jet Coaster (carowinds)
6. Magnum XL-200
4. Viper (SFGAm)
3. Raging Bull
2. Son of Beast
1. S:ROS (SFA)
4 and 5 are a veritable tie, Viper getting the nod because of a little more airtime. 1 and 2 are also paper-thin close, S:ROS getting the nod cause it's in my backyard and I can ride it any day (that is if it's working =]). I know that's biased, but so what, nyeh =P!
The one coaster that I'm sure would be on here if i ever rode it is Shivering Timbers. I just cant see going out to MA by myself though. Anybody in the DC/MD/VA area wanna road trip?
Well heres my list of Favs but I cant really rank them.
Son Of Beast-Pki
Batman and Robin:The Chiller:SFGAdventure
1 Hulk (launch and smooth standard B&M flow)
2 Superman:UE (wierdest new sensations)
3 Millinnium Force (at least until third hill)
4 Kraken (love the extended camelback)
5 Son of Beast (king of pain)
6 Montu (fav invert - never been to BGW tho...)
7 Screechin Eagle (favorite small park coaster)
8 Raging Bull (clamshell harnesses)
9 Raven (haven't seen Legend yet)
10 Fire Dragon/ Batman Knight Flight (tie)
Like I said, pretty limited experience (nothing out west yet), but this would be the list today. I really hate these kinds of lists, because If I got more rides on any of them it would probably change my opinion. Magnum has dropped low probably because after a few hundred laps last year I'm bored with it.
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1.) Millenium Force
2.) Shivering Timbers
3.) The Beast
4.) Apollo's Chariot
5.) Viper (SF Great America)
6.) The Magnum
8.) Mindbender (SF over GA)
10.)The Grizzly (Kings Dom.)
This is how I would rank them. Basically 2 through 6 are about equal IMO. If we were including defunct coasters the Mister Twister from the original Elitch Gardens would be #2. I have been to a variety of parks accross the U.S. However, I haven't been to Magic Mtn or SF over GA in quite a long time. I think Goliath and the GA Cyclone would probebly make the list if had been on them.