The park with the best mix of wood and steel?

Friday, September 27, 2002 5:40 AM
It seems to me that the big parks people rave about (SFMM, CP) all seem to have outstanding steel but not so good wood. Granted Colossos at SFMM seems to be okay, but when I saw the POV of it on one of those Coasters of West shows, there were SO many dead spots it really seemed to be more for the family. While I've heard that Blue Streak is pretty good it certainly doesn't seem like a perk for an 8 hour drive. On the flip side, PKI looks to have a good wood selection but a not so good steel collection (of course I'd REALLY like to ride Vortex.) So what is the happy medium with the perfect variation of wood and steel?

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Friday, September 27, 2002 5:58 AM
Hersheypark would be an easy answer, but I liked SFMW too. Even though they only have one woodie, it's a good one.
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Friday, September 27, 2002 6:05 AM
GCI fan aren'tya? Yeah I think Hersheypark would be a good one, I can't believe I didn't think of that one. But are there any else that may not look as obvious? Or possibly the ones that look obvious.

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Friday, September 27, 2002 6:08 AM

There are a lot of parks that have a really good mix if you think about it.

Off the top of my head: SFNE, SFStL, SFGAm, Hershey, KBF, SFWoA, PKI, BGT, KW, SFA...

I'm sure there's many more.

The biggest degree of seperation comes when looking for 'world class' wood and steel in the same park, as a lot of those types of wood coasters are at smaller, out of the way parks that don't have the steel counterparts. But finding a park that has a mix of both excellent steel and excellent wood isn't as hard as people think.

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Friday, September 27, 2002 6:13 AM
SFMW's selection is great and I agree Hershey's is awsome, too, but BGT also has a good mix.

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Friday, September 27, 2002 6:23 AM
While there are many that are good, I feel SFMW is an excellent although small mix. Roar is a world-class woodie, not just good. And with those Millennium Flyer trains...wow! Then there's Medusa, one of my favorite steels and V2 (everyone else seems to love this shuttle lauched beast). Nice, compact park with world-class rides
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Friday, September 27, 2002 6:35 AM

Two parks come to mind for me - Kennywood and SFNE.

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Friday, September 27, 2002 6:38 AM
PKI would be a pretty good example in my opinion. They have plenty of wood variety and plenty of steel variety. Though they don't have the best steel coasters out there, they certainly aren't bad. They even have a woodie that combines wood and steel in SOB.
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Friday, September 27, 2002 6:47 AM
I'm surprised that no one mentioned SFOG.
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Friday, September 27, 2002 7:55 AM

TOS......

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Friday, September 27, 2002 8:03 AM

Isn't TOS The ride In coasterbuzz and its the only one

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Friday, September 27, 2002 8:09 AM

What about SFGam?

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Friday, September 27, 2002 8:17 AM

Hersheypark, hands down. Then again, I'm a sucker for a GCI, and I know a lot of people won't agree on the quality of their steel ...

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Friday, September 27, 2002 8:17 AM

chris listed some good ones, and some I've yet to visit (SFStL, SFNE)...the rest I agree with whole-heartedly. With the possible exception of my poor home park BGT....which was *graced* with a GCI of power and speed, and has managed to really put a *wet blanket* over the ride with EXCEPTIONALLY poor ops policies: running one side per day, double restraint checking, the slowest loading procedures known to man, and maintenance that is CALLED *routine* but really is more hit-and-miss. BGT, please put yourself back *in the mix*, and let that wooden masterpiece DO what it is SO capable of doing....thrilling guests....

My top vote getters: SFA (Roar is THAT good), Hershey, SFGAm, and honorable mention to PKI...now they have world-class steel, thanks to the first "fix" applied to the Premier launch....

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Friday, September 27, 2002 8:26 AM

What about PKD? Sure, their selection might not be the BEST, but it's not an awful selection. You have Rebel Yell (forwards & backwards), Hurler, Grizzly, and Scooby Doo Ghoster Coaster. And for the steel, there's Volcano, Flight of Fear, Hypersonic, Anaconda, Avalanche, Ricochet, and Shockwave (they also have Tazi Jam, but it's really small).

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Friday, September 27, 2002 8:33 AM

Well, looking at my wood and steel top 10's:

SFA: S:ROS, Batwing, Wild One

KBF: Xcelerator, Monty, and Ghostrider

BGT: Montu and Gwazi

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Friday, September 27, 2002 8:52 AM

Kennywood for me. They don't have many coasters but the ones that they do have are world class. They have an awesome indoor wild mouse (exterminator) and an amazing hyper (PR) and two awesome woodies, thunderbolt and jackrabbit, and an Okay, still fun wooden coaster, The Racer. They could use that B&M inverter or the Dive Machine that they are rumored to get. I think we may have to wait a few more years though.

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Friday, September 27, 2002 8:55 AM
I was suprised nobody jumped at SFoG, either!

But I'll agree on the PKD, while others may have "rough" comments about some of the wood there, especially with Grizzly(Grizzly;)) I just can't see it. Rebel Yell forwards isn't something we love to do, but even that's not to bad. But, they do have lots of steel, lots of wood to mix, so if you're looking for both, that's the place, JMHO.

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Friday, September 27, 2002 9:07 AM

SFWoA when they get the time machine installed so you can ride their masterpieces in new condition. Big Dipper still kicks butt but takes the kicking part a little too seriously. Villain, needs rehabilitation. RWB, if it ran more like its inspiration. And then there is the steel collection which only lacks a hyper.

Indiana Beach, three great/good woodies, Tig'r and Galaxi.

I guess I can be happy easier with a lack of steel than a lack of wood. "10 percenters" keep the comments to your selves. Like that is going to happen with this group. ;)

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Friday, September 27, 2002 9:24 AM
SFA, Hershey, and Kennywood.
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