I had heard so much about Magnum and Millenium Force prior to riding them this summer. And they were every bit as good as I imagined they would be. Phantom's Revenge outdoes its hype, because it doesn't get tons of attention and is an excelllent ride.
Ghostrider, Raven, S:RoS, Hulk (at night, when fog and mist are full blast), Steel Phantom (RIP), Coney Island Cyclone, Alpie, Beast (no kidding, it WAS great!), Mean Streak (ditto!), Twister and Phoenix, Talon ... ----------------- Son of Drop Zone - PKI CoasterCamp I Champions!!!
To me, Hulk, Ghostrider, Phoenix, S:ROS at SFA and Nitro all lived up to their hype. A few surprises for me this year were also Kraken, Wild One and V2. It's been a great year for me in the coaster department, even though I haven't ridden that many compared to some people. All of the coasters I've been on this year were amazing in their own ways, it's just that the ones listed above were the best of the bunch. :) Especially Hulk. ;) -----------------
I think Son of Beast, Beast, Magnum, and Phantom's Revenge all exceeded expectations. But Millenium Force was a big disappointment for me because after the drop it was just a series of slow curves. And the drop wasn't any different than a huge drop tower.
Hypersonic XLC, Nitro both blew me away this year when I got to ride them. Nitro is by far the best B&M hyper created so far. Hypersonic is just amazin. The launch, then the vertical incline and decline.