WE ALL LOVE ROLLERCOASTERS. But which one's are our favorite? The speedsters( Millenium Force, Kingda ka, Top Thrill Dragster, and Nitro)? Or the loopers(Kumba, Batman:The Ride, Great Bear, and Medusa)? Tough question right? Tell us about your favorite monsters!
For me, it's the sensation of speed, more than anything. For instance, I would rather go on a woodie that tops out at 50 MPH, but feels like 80 MPH, than a coaster that tops out at 80 MPH, but feels like 50 MPH.
Inversions are fun and all, but I like those out of control feelings.
I like it all. I just don't like too much of one thing at one park. A park full of inversions, and it all begins to feel the same. 9 times out of 10, I'll take speed (as long as it's not just a bunch of straight track). I'm not against inversions though, although vertical loops and cobra rolls do nothing for me anymore. The zero g roll still gets me everytime.
As others have stated, I like speed. My favorite is the type I feel on coasters like Raven and Legend, even more so than the Son of Beast or Millie.
SOB/Mille speed = driving 80mph on an 8 lane highway Raven/Legend speed = driving 40mph in downtown San Francisco
The latter is not as fast but sure feels faster. A 150 mph coaster would be interesting, but the curves would be so big and drawn out that the ride would not be as thrilling as it should be.
And yes, I enjoy inversions too. They have their place and seem to work great as marketing tools. Son of Beast/Revolution/Mindbender etc. use the "less is more" inversion strategy, with good results. But for the most part, for me a loop is a loop is a loop...(Schwartzkopf loops excluded) -Buckeye Brad
The more experienced I became by riding many different coasters the less impressed I became by loops and by sheer speed. Airtime, unexpected directional changes and the general "fun factor" is most important to me now. I like a ride I actually want to reride a dozen times.
The most I've rerode a looping coaster was maybe 2 times during a day. I rode the Cornball Express 30 times in one day but desired to ride the Hoosier Hurrican 7 times during that same day.
I am kind of fond of shuttle loops such as Greezed Lighting, a few arrows that are not rough, Tennesee Tornado for instance, and I like some of the B&M sit down loopers and floorless coasters, but prefer the non-looping rides by B&M like Raging Bull.