I had seen tons of pictures and footage of Magnum prior to first riding it in 1998, and none of it could prepare me for how terrific the ride was in person, especially at night. I'd say exactly the same for The Beast.
On the flip-side of that coin is Mean Streak. Pictures do that ride all sorts of justice it doesn't deserve.
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My vote goes to X. Even if it does look cool in pix, they absolutely do not do justice to the sheer size of this thing. Turning into the parking lot off MM Parkway and seeing this GIGANTIC piece of twisted steel track and unbelievably HUGE supports right in front of you, absolutely breathtaking!
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Pretty much the entire cotton states section of SFOG. Ninja looks very good in both pictures and sight , but is only really a fun ride(for me) in the second seat from the back. GASM looks awful because of the Skycoaster. It ruins the classic beast feel.And Superman doesn't look half as good in pictures as it does in real life.
Also , what's wierd is pictures of Hypercoasters and other tall rides. They look tall in pictures , but not it real life , but they Seem a lot taller on the ride.
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Dania Beach Hurricane. "Rampy" and "curvy" come to mind when you see it. Not "unbelievable airtime machine".
The Coney Cyclone is another coaster that looks way tame in person compared to how it actually rides. Nothing can prepare you for the ferocity of the coaster. And lets not forget BD, which is pretty much hidden except for a few hills...
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Magnum at CP. I could'nt believe how it towered above the trees when I first saw it in person. Then Millenium Force, I could'nt believe how much taller it was compared to Magnum. Pictures never did them justice.
I'm gonna put in a vote for Boulder Dash. First of all, there's really no way to see the entire coaster in a picture, nor does the picture do it justice. And even an on-ride video doesn't prepare you for the incredible assault of forces and surprises that this ride has to offer. It must be experienced.
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I don't know that I'd say X on this one, because even seeing it in person doesn't do it justice.....nor does watching the train run the course....until I actually got ON the coaster and RODE it for myself, I can't say I was "prepared" for it....kinda like Cornball in that respect....:) ------------------ Mistakes were made, others are to blame...